Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickd717 (4556) - Sofia, BULGARIA - JAN 23, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2011 Huge thanks to Nick3 on BA for opening this "rarity." Ive found people named Nick to be extremely generous and knowledgeable about beer, with few exceptions. Pours pretty much jet black with a one finger brown head that lasts and fades to thick foam. Awesome rich aroma. The Pappy is evident and well-integrated. Oak, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, and roast back it up. Very complex flavor with seamless Pappy -bal aging. Roast, anise, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a little alcohol. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, like silk, with soft carbonation and a great long finish. Damn, I wanted to hate this because of the shameless "rare" naming (with 11,000 bottles LOL) and tipoff price point of $45, it just hurts so good. Im going to trade for more of this now, even though Ill hate myself for it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy of JRedmond, bless him. Nose is ridiculously intense... bourbon, vanilla, espresso, heavy malts, woody. Taste is so rich and satisfying... it makes Weasel Beer Geek Brunch look like childsplay. 5.05

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (10983) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle Tampa Farewell to Sebletitje Tasting This beer rocks! Pours pitch black with a thin, bubbly, tan head. The only real difference between this ones bouquet and that of the traditional Bourbon County Stout is that I am picking up a boatload of toasted oak here oak-o-fucking-rama. Although coconut is not as heavily featured in this one, there is plenty of opulent, ancient bourbon. Full-bodied and oily with soothing carbonation. Loads of bourbon flavor a good bit more than the traditional version but surprisingly, there may be less alcohol heat in this treatment. I would have to do a horizontal to be certain. Finishes sticky, sweet and chocolaty with a healthy splash of bourbon. World class imperial stout shared by Degarth. Thanks, Joey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Pours a rich black. Nose is heavy bourbon, wood, molasses, toffee, vanilla. Flavors is a smooth malt backbone with mild bourbon presence, warming alcohol, vanilla bean, rich cocoa and thick molasses. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8477) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pours deep darkness with weak tan head. The aroma is an even mix of molasses, chocolate and a mild level of vanilla then quickly getting toward firm near abrasive booziness. The taste has pleasing molasses, rich sweet malts, some vanilla, toffee and then chocolate Wow! It then begins pulling up booziness that is kind of rough and raw and at odds with the non booze notes. Awesomely good until the booze kicks in about midway to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Thanks to whomever brought this to Seabasss going away party. Hot! Super hot. Flavors are solid, though. It just needs some time. Lots of booze but it is good booze. Good beer, but needs some more balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (8046) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2014 Bottle split with Andrew and streets. A gift to streets for the interview. Pours a thick, pitch brown body with great golden brown lacing. Aroma is pure perfection - notes ofsweet Bourbon, oak, rich chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel lives up to the hype of the aroma. Probably the best barrel-aged beer Ive ever had. Notes of rich, dark chocolate, Bourbon, wood, and sweet vanilla bean.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (8294) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle #1379 .. . And now, are you adequately prepared to rock?!? .. . Pours a dead black .. . aroma is amazing - tar, bourbon, roast, ..bliss! .. . Pure amazement in a glass!! .. .
Do you think hes gonna do something dangerous?
How should I know? Just keep loading missiles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Feeling hot hot hot. Thats what this beer is. $45 for an intensely hot, over the top beer. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Go figure. Again, for $45 you would expect complexity and brashness, but a hot mess of alcohol? No thanks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2011
$45 bottle - I just had to go for it. Shared it with my bro and two cousins. Poured in small snifters, it poured an oil-slick black color with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate, burnt coffee, and alcohol. Taste is much the same but a bit hotter than I expected in terms of alcohol but good flavors going on. A couple years would do this some justice.

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