Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 2010

 
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100
100
style
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, I’m excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels I’ve 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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4.3
j12601 (12973) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle shared with my coworkers. Pours an oily and viscous deep black with a thin tan head. Huge fat bourbon and wood, some amazing bourbon on here. I was a bit skeptical initially, but there really is a lot of complexity going on with this. A light isopropyl note which is quickly engulfed by vanilla and wood. Big chocolate, roast, and dense fudgy pudding. Long chewy and lingering chocolate and woody bourbon. Fantastic. I wonder if I’d be able to pick this out somewhat consistently from the regular BCS, but regardless it’s a delicious beer. Really glad I got to try this one.

4.4
hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2015
22oz bottle. Bottle 2425. Poured a black color with a smaller sized head. Roast, wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and dark fruits.

4.3
jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2011
@RBWG-22oz-thanks to Dschiller/Dave–pours a disappearing light brown head and black color that sheets the glass. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, dark malt, dark fruit, some alcohol. So now I can cellar the bottle hbmason got for me!

4.6
slowrunner77 (12455) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"been waiting for this one and it did not disappoint. immediately upon opening the aroma burst through my congestion! i gotta try some 23 year old pappy van winkle (the barrels this was aged in). i think with a year or two on it, this could be near perfection. as it is, the bourbon is a little hot on the palate and overpowering in the flavor (it’s a month old) but it’s so damn tasty, you don’t mind. chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a ton of gooood bourbon. if this mellows a little, it could be one of my favorites. as it is now...still elite. 10/11 still a little hot, but it hurts so good :) "

4.2
Pinball (12184) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
bottle #13 at yespr blind tasting very dark black, small brown head. nice aroma, storng, wood, boozy, roasted stuff, toffee. heavy. flavor is wood, roasted stuff, loads of bourbon, vanilla, very complex and balanced.

3.9
deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle shared by someone at Paul and Ryan’s 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.

4.4
madsberg (11774) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
Bottled. Blind no 13 @ Yesprs. Pitch black coloured. Light brown dense head. Aroma of cocoa, sweetness, coconut, roast, vanilla. Flavour of vanilla, coconut, roast, caramel, cocoa, liqourice, Full bodied. Rosty smooth bitter end with a light alcohol touch.

4.4
hopscotch (11175) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” TastingThis beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a thin, bubbly, tan head. The only real difference between this one’s 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!

4.8
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Did this side by side with the 03-10 BCS, Coffee, and Vanilla. Pours super dark with a nice brown head. Rich aroma of fudge, bourbon, toffee, burned sugar(in a good way), oak. Flavor is rich, oily, sweet, heavenly. Damn fine brew. Rare? NO! Delicious as shit? HELL YES!

4.3
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Rare
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: January 01, 2011
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Dan NYE
Appearance: black, scant tan head
Aroma: sweet bourbon and dark chocolate aroma, caramel and vanilla, dose of roasted malt
Flavor: rich chocolate and roasted flavor, lots of sweet Bourbon, caramel and vanilla

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Rare
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Aroma: more of the sweet vanilla coming theough in the aroma
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, lots of caramel and vanilla, light roast
Overall: one of the best pappy beers out there

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4


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