Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare 2010

 
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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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4.4
douglas88 (9632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 22 ounce bottle thanks to Dunt. What a nice brew, despite the price and the somewhat uninteresting name of ’rare’ it holds up as a great brew. Pours a pure black color with a medium deep brown head. The aroma is heavenly; massive rich bourbon just explodes out of the glass, some dark fruits, cocoa, and wood later as it warms. A wonderful flavor; hot, just inhaling warms you up, massive bourbon, but not just bourbon, perfect bourbon, vanilla, wood, rich dark fruits and chocolates mix, this is no one trick pony, in fact it is very complex. Lovely. A great example of craft beer. Yes, this is massively a bourbon beer. But it is also a great Imperial Stout. I could rate this even higher.

4.4
JaBier (8253) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Bottle #612 shared by a friend on New Year’s Eve. Black pour with a thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and lots of oak. Vanilla and woody oak flavors with some chocolate and roast at the end to round it out.

4.4
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle, courtesy degarth. Pours dark brown with some red highlights, lacing and head are both minimal. Nose is strong on smooth bourbon with chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is so damn smooth with the bourbon. It turns the base beer into something incredibly drinkable and delicious. Loved it.

4.4
hopscotch (11236) - 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!

4.4
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94: Pours an oily opaque with a thin ring of dark tan head. Has an intense sweet roasted dark caramel and chocolate malty nose with some dark fruits and vanilla bourbon complexity. Starts with a smooth, yet rich dark malty sweetness with a nice dark fruity complexity and vanilla flavor before a slightly warming, but balanced finish. A very complex and enjoyable beer, but I think it’s probably at its peak now as far as aging goes.

4.4
blipp (9696) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2011 Bottle I shared at Paul and Ryan’s 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.

4.4
DaSilky1 (2608) - 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
tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle at Paul and Ryan’s tasting. The aroma is chocolate, cream, slight bourbon. The bourbon didn’t jump to the front as I thought it would. The appearance is like any other BCS, deep black, tan head. The flavor had nice, sooth, sweet bourbon upfront, chocolate, vanilla, cream. The finish was sweet, bourbon, piney hop bittering. Beautiful thick body, creamy mouthfeel. Awesome beer. Still, I didn’t love it so much more than regular BCS. Not enough for this beer to cost $3 an oz.

4.4
kappldav123 (6133) - GERMANY - MAR 25, 2011
Thanks to forgetfu for that one! Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass deep black, oily, small head. Starts heavy malty, very oily, very strong, woody notes, some coffee and notes of old chocolate. Burning finish, intense malty notes, modest sweet and alcoholic hints. Impressing!

4.4
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle shared by the other Matt the other day at the other house. This is the other Bourbon county, the green one, served in a Russian River wine glass. Thanks Matt! This beer was also drank close to the same time the Bourbon County Brand Stout (regular) vertical was drank. I’ll review that later. Beer looks exactly like BCBS, it’s black, thin head of small tan bubbles, minimal lacing, low carbonation, the swirl leaves a coating on the glass, legs appear, looks really nice. Aroma is great, it has this sweetness from the malt, hints of roast with a strong but not overpowering woodsy and liquor character. The liquor is smooth and flavorful on the nose. Beer is medium in body and lowly carbonated on the palate. Beer is sweet at lead off the way a syrup is sweet, giving way to a huge, flavorful midpalate experience of strong liquor and alcohol. The finish is a little dry with minimal bitterness, somehow accenting the flavor of the oak and the bourbon, it tastes really nice. For such a big and aggressive beer it drinks wonderfully. I am very curious to see how this ages. Very excited about this beer in general. I am not a scotch or single malt expert but all of these nuanced flavors from the different barrels definitely makes me curious. Serving type: bottle


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