Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Rare (2010)

 
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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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From Greg Hall:
"BCS rare, Iím excited. Brewed in 2008, aged for 24 months in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle Barrels. These are the very best smelling barrels Iíve 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
Cavie (4651) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle with big thanks to thirdeye11 and Mora2000. He almost sold his naming rights to this beer but no one took him up on it. Poor Bill. Iíll enjoy your beer though! Pours a sticky brown color with a slight bit of carbonation. Aroma is huge vanilla with stinging bourbon, wood, cocoa, heavy dark malts. Wow, nice. Flavor is very sweet with a sharp touch of tart wood. Bourbon finishes out the flavor with a nice punch of roasted malt. Wow fantastic. Lovely.

4.3
j12601 (10871) - 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 Iíd be able to pick this out somewhat consistently from the regular BCS, but regardless itís a delicious beer. Really glad I got to try this one.

4.3
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.

4.3
Bullit (4569) - Burgos, SPAIN - JAN 30, 2011
Bottled @ tasting cgarvieuk. Thanks for bring this on. Black colour, tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, bourbon, coffee, salty, umami. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, oak, bourbon. Sweet and long roasted finish. Excellent stuff.

4.3
beernbourbon (1590) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by pantanap, thanks Kan and good to see you. pour is black with tan head. Aroma is soooo smooth with notes of caramel, molasses, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is also very smooth with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and roasted malt. It just drinks so easily.

4.3
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
22oz bottle courtesy of Joe and Marc. Rating #75. Dark pour with a nice head. Big vanilla aroma to me, light chocolate. Flavor was more vanilla and bourbon, very smooth and quit delicious. (1477)

4.3
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
22 oz. bomber. Poured pitch black with little tan head. Very smooth and sweet compared to the regular bourbon county stout. Nice bourbon flavor. Great beer.

4.3
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottle pours black and oily with thin tan head. Aroma bourbon and vanilla. Taste with strong bourbon with vanilla, chocolate, tiny bit of roast. Prolonged alcohol finish. Palate thick and smooth, a touch sticky. Alcohol very evident. Basically this is aged Bourbon County Stout with a better and smoother bourbon. Liked the Coffee Stout better but itís really a matter of taste at this level. Really good.

4.3
callmemickey (4542) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Bold black body. Thin creamy khaki cap. S: Lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and chocolate. A lot going on, but not distinguishable from other big, complex stouts. T: Wow-moment complexity. The bourbon is assertive in flavor, but not heat. Lots of chocolate to go with the bourbon notes and maybe even a little cola flavors. M: Hearty, but smooth and not burdensome. Nice bold finish-no heat. O: Top notch. Really puts the Vanilla and Regular to shame (both of which were way too hot and noxious for my liking). Right there with the Coffee in terms of sheer enjoyment.

4.2
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22oz. bomber, #3,760, with thanks to dgugliuzza from over on BA, and selfishly shared with no one on my own little New Years Eve Eve party by myself. Pours a nice dark black with a minimal brown head that quickly disappears leaving a still surface. Aroma is lovely, with lots of barrel notes, oak, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, chocolate, and ripe dark fruits. There is a definite initial note of alcohol that dissipates as it has a chance to breathe, and other than needing a little time found this quickly went away. Flavor is equally up to the task, with more rich vanilla, oak, molasses, chocolate and a blend of ripe dark fruits. The carbonation is just a touch higher than Iíd hope, with some prickliness, but retains a smooth and coating finish. A fine beer, but not quite at the level of something like FiftyFiftyís PVW Eclipse. Embarrassed at how much this costs, but for a one bottle, one time kind of thing there are no regrets. Thanks again Danny!


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