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, 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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (4552) - 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. Ill 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9929) - 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 Id be able to pick this out somewhat consistently from the regular BCS, but regardless its a delicious beer. Really glad I got to try this one.

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2011
sampled during the 2011 RBWG weekendbottle pours thick black with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is equal parks vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is rich and thick roasted malts, sweet bourbon, coconut and toffee. Finishes with a oak and hot alcohol finish. Lovely stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2011
Pours black, almost more like a super-rich brown with a small but stubborn head. Strong bourbon scent but within it are deep, rich malt scents. Dark chocolate, dark fruits, and black licorice. Taste is so smooth! Immensely rich taste but allowing for big sips too. Mellow caramel with raisins, figs, and dark chocolate, all imbued with bourbon. And the bourbon is smooth too. No bitter, no smacking, only ever so slightly boozy. Rich, mellow, smooth, and huge. What a unique and special treat to enjoy this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 its really a matter of taste at this level. Really good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (4526) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (27013) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2011
Bottle at yesprs blindtasting. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and soy sauce with notes of bourbon. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, vanilla and soy sauce with notes of bourbon. Sweet and roasted finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottles from the always generous phaseslu and BBB. Thanks pals! Consumed with family and friends at a little graduation bbq in south bend. Taste of molasses doughy figs and tangy plums. Dark chocolate and bourbon. Touch of vanilla. The rare really comes forth as it warms. Some nice throat warming heat kicks in. Tasty. Like. Would buy again for 20 bucks. Thanks again beer friends!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 Id hope, with some prickliness, but retains a smooth and coating finish. A fine beer, but not quite at the level of something like FiftyFiftys 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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