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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours black, light tan head, quick dissipation. Smell is rich. Roast, tobacco, strong bourbon and oak Taste smooth rich caramel and fudge, still lots of heat, oak and bourbon, smooth, red fruit and charred wood, wonderfully complex Strong but smooth Very good, but not earth shattering

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle. Compliments of UMNBeerhunter. Poured into a tulip glass a dark, black brown color with a slight tan head. The aroma contains a multitude of smells including first and foremost the bourbon aroma the barrels imparted followed by molasses, dark chocolate, and some vanilla. I must be a little sensitve to the bourbon as in this beer it seems it almost burns the nose a little when you take a big whiff. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Roasty, sweet, vanilla, oak, bourbon all hit your tongue at the same time and meld rather well together. The vanilla comes through pretty nice. Overall, a really good beer. Id like to see the bourbon "heat" relax with some additional time and see where it goes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OmegaX (1374) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Yep. My turn. Instead of going into detail on each component of this beers characteristics I just want to say that the smoothness of this brew paired with the subtle and well balanced flavors make this one a winner. Very creamy and rich. The bourbon notes in the aroma and taste are so complimentary and intoxicating that they truly make this beer a rare gem. I think this brew is so good due to the fact that the bourbon and beer have come together as one and make something brand new if that makes any sense. Its damn good, nut much else to say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2010
This beer pours a black with a medium tan head. The aromas are soy, roasted coffee, chocolate. The mouthfeel is stick, bitter and heavy like motor oil. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Thick black pour with little carbonation. Light tan head. Bourbon aroma with notes of vanilla and a bit of chocolate. Very creamy with a hint of roast underneath. Very creamy flavor. Easy bourbon flavor throughout. Lightly roast flavor. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Slightly fruity. Hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Black Brown viscous pour into a glass. Brown head. Aroma is a blast of barrel, vanilla, bourbon, chalk, cocoa, almond, bakers chocolate. Mouth feel is a perfect blend of carbonation, viscosity, and smoothness. Flavor is hot, boozy, vanilla, bourbon wood, chocolate bar, hot chocolate. The bourbon is featured, but the base beer is apparent as well. damn good. believe the hype.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ICEatALAMO (1340) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle. Finally a beer that has lived up to the hype. The pour is dark with some head. The aroma is blissful, not overpowering bourbon, but enough to warm your nose. The taste is the smoothest beer I have ever had. Never had it fresh, but the bourbon is mellow, but has tons of flavor. Finishes perfectly smooth. Cant say enough about this beer, finally a 5.0!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
Tasted at the mikes gi vertical. Nose is high sharp alcohol. Smooth bourbon. Taste massive alcohol bomb with oak and hints of cherries waaaaay in the top and back. Massive alcohol. Lots of movement but lords hotness. Super glad I got to try this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2012
This beer was all I expected it to be. The body is a rich, oily black with light signs of carbonation. One whiff revealed soft vanilla and coffee with traces of oak and bourbon among dried fruit. The taste is beyond satisfying; smooth chocolate and overly-roasted coffee beans with undertones of vanilla and cherries. So smooth was the finish and left the mouth with a pleasant, almost bitter cocoa finish with a hint of caramel. This is one of the very few beers actually worth the hype, and I thank Jordan for the share.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2012
At a tasting , 3 bottles brought 1 Rare by gEUS, 1 coffee and 1 Vanilla by me

Head: none
Colour: black
Smell: lots of bourbon, vanilla and sweetness , very balanced tough
Taste: flavour was awesome perfectly balanced a very very good beer altough the vanilla was more of my liking ;-)

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