Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

 
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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, Im excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels Ive come across in 18 years of barrel aging beer. Barrels were originally filled with spirit in 1985. We have 50 bourbon barrels aging, it will be a one time bottling, it will not be repeated."

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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2011
(shared at RBWG 2011-Phoenix! and courtesy of Alpar). Pours black and thick like oil. Aroma is a rich bourbony goodness. Sweet wlit a little hot taste and some chocolate notes. Full bodied with slick texture. Had side by side with the 5050 Eclipse PVW and Rare was a bit better, imo.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2011
WOW! Worth the price. Oily veryt dark brown pour with a sweet bourbon and vanilla aroma. The taste was Alcohol, roast , coffee, nut and wood. Blended perfectly. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14376) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and light roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate and light roastiness with a smooth dry lingering bourbon finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (6898) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2013 Pour is pitch black syrup. Zero head. Zero lacing. Aroma and taste is insanely complex. Toffee biscuit, dark mocha chocolate, ultra fine whiskey, coconut, molasses, roasted malts. Much hotter then the vanilla but when it warms up it gets less boozey. Sick beer. Thanks for sharing Simon. Had again in July of 12, unreal, the heat has faded and the beer has become more rich and layered then anything I have tried. Had to move it up to a 4.9.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours dark, frothy tan head. Nose is taking over my mind...boozy as satan and satan is cool. Chocolate and vanilla and cream, blessed by the lord underneath...it opens the nostrils...its beatifully cleansing...brown sugar and booze, but in the most sensual way. Time to stop smelling and start drinking. Lucious dessert beer...sweet, vanilla, booze, chocolate, candy..its sweet but the sweetness is accentuating flavors that are mind bendingly good...who cares if its under attentuated, that malt has created the most beautiful dessert flavors on the planet. Soooo good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blipp (8882) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 Bottle I shared at Paul and Ryans 5,000th rate tasting, Ryan also brought a bottle so there was plenty to go around. Pours near black with a tan head. Awesome sweet bourbon aroma with roasted malts and some coffee. The flavor has sweet delicious bourbon up front, vanilla, roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Awesome, a bit on the hot side, I guess it could sit around awhile and mellow, but still really good and really drinkable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Thanks to Huhzubendah for providing this at his recent tasting. Served in a snifter. Pour brings the typical Bourbon County look--motor-oil black with a thin mocha head, a bit of a collar, and some legs on the side of the glass. The nose brought some really great Pappy character. At this point, I am beyond convinced that using Pappy barrels will certainly make a better-tasting beer than using most other barrels. Good chocolate notes and a hint of vanilla and oak in the background. The taste brings lots of Pappy character plus some roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of booze. Really smooth and lovely. Quite drinkable. Love it. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-29-2011

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (11021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at Paul and Ryans 5000 celebration, thanks! Poured black with a dark brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was slightly hot with bourbon backed by dark chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of vanilla and caramel. Flavor was similar with a bourbon note that mellowed that allowed the dark chocolate and roasted malts to come through with some vanilla and caramel in the finish. Nice and thick on the tongue.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7922) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 22, 2011
2010 Bottle number 12021 thanks to alen. Pours with a fading mocha colored head over a pitch black body. Huge alcohol legs! Aromas of marshmallow, boozy, cocoa, vanilla, wood, caramel, brown sugar, bacon. Very complex. Oh my lord, the flavor is amazing! Vanilla, huge, complex, oak, maple syrup, caramel, molasses, malted milk, bacon and tannins. Huge, creamy, velvety, oily mouthfeel. Thick and rich. Really an amazing beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle shared by thirdeye and mora. Black color with tan foamage. Dry dark chocolate, dry wood aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Very nice sweet dark chocolate flavors with dark roast malt, candi sugar, sweet vanilla.


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