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%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sledutah (7370) - Utah, USA - DEC 18, 2010
22oz bottle, #4265, generously shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Poured thick black with a medium sized dark tan head, it left a nice brown coating on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla and chocolate
Taste: Smooth and full mouthfeel. Dark malts, chocolate and bourbon
This was an awesome beer. I enjoyed and savored every drop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1634) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with minute brown head which soon recedes. Aroma is fudge, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Taste is fudgey sweet, chocolate sweet, vanilla, strong oak, bourbon heat, dates, some raisins. Slightly airy body and paradoxically syrupy at the same time.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ctipping (1810) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
650 mL bottle. Originally reviewed 3/3/2012. Inky black and viscous looking. A vigorous pour yields only a slight chocolate head. No retention to speak of. Smells wonderful. Bourbon, but so well integrated. Its not a bourbon bomb like regular BCBS. Vanilla and oak blend seamlessly with the chocolate stout flavors. Far less boozy than regular BCBS. Even less boozy than Big John. Initial tingly bourbon flavor followed by vanilla and caramel malts. The flavor fades to a darker malt roast of chocolate and coffee. Very sweet, but almost forgivable given the flavors at play. The sweetness gives it a slightly fruity flavor that complements the roast nicely. Like chocolate covered cherries. Regular BCBS tastes like its 20% alcohol. This tastes nowhere near 13%. Its amazing how dramatically it changes the beer. Still immensely sweet and a slow drink. Thick, viscous, and low in carbonation. Its a really good stout. Much better than BCBS. Worth the money? Probably not. Update: Drank my last bottle on 10/3/2016 side-by-side with 2015 Rare and there was no comparison. 2010 was still drinking great and was a far better beer than 2010.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christpuncher (3034) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2016 bottle share at kasers . pours deep brown almost black. no head or carbonation. flavor is not boozy, lots of chocolate, thick pallette, super smooth. this is the best blended bourbon county i have had. incredible. bottle number #4189

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kaser (6070) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Had this at a bottle share. Jet black pour with no head at all. Cocoa, carmel, vanilla, and wood aroma. Taste is Vanilla, creamy, chocolate, and maybe a hint of coffee. The booze is WELL hidden, no bite to this at all. Outstanding as expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3927) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
May 28, 2016. Bottle, received in a trade, thanks!
Black with a tiny brown head. Aroma is sweet, slight boozy, with toffee, vanilla, bourbon with a very light boozy touch, dark chocolate, light coffee notes, milk chocolate. sherry, dark fruits and prunes. Taste is sweet, warming alcohol, light bitterness. Finish is warming alcohol, smooth bourbon, some vanilla notes, sweet caramel, prunes, figs. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, oily texture.
Glad to finally try this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4778) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle courtesy of hackobock. Pours blackish dark brown with a small creamy mocha head that leaves some very sparse trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty and slightly fruity with roasted malts, caramel, cereal, vanilla fudge, charred wood, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, leather, moist soil, prunes, raisins, dried cherries and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and fruity. Mouthfeel is viscous, round, tiny roasted astringent, very tiny fruity tart, slightly boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with dark chocolate malts, oxidized dried dark fruits, coffee and bourbon. Clearly past its prime but still holds up well with its rather intriguing dried dark fruit oxidation character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdmiralVernon (1139) - SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2016
A: Deep dark brown/black! Thin brown lacing. N: Boozy, oak, green peppers T: Milk chocolate, liqourice, coffee, bitter chocolate O: Very nice and complex flavours! A bit boozy, but extremly nice!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (9178) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2016
20/II/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG V (Bens place) - BB: n/a, 2010 vintage (2016-228) Thanks to Tinus for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, small to no head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: wow, thats a lot of bourbon, vanilla, bit of green banana, sweet touch. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: sweet start, lots of bourbon, sugary, caramel, lots of dark chocolate. Aftertaste: very sweet, lots of vanilla, malty, crme brle, bourbon, dark chocolate, caramel. It is lovely shizzle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (2869) - Hagen / Bonn, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle at RBBWG 2016 in Antwerpen, bottled in November 2015, courtesy of Martinus, thanks a lot! Pitch black. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and dark ripe fruits. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and dark ripe fruits, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, warming and moderately alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, creamy to oily mouthfeel. Great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9184) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2016
THANK YOU Martinus! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG V. Pours a sludgy motor-oil black, only a very thin layer of mocha bubbles on the sides, close to zero head. Nose is warming molasses, syrup, thick chocolate bourbon, vanilla, brambleberries, blueberries, chocolate, astonishing. Taste is rich thick molasses, coated in chocolate, blueberries, brambleberries, molasses, sugar, bourbon, dates, vanilla, sweet chocolate, thick sludge, coffee. Very thick & chewy body. Wow this is good, ridiculous. The thing that kept the regular one from reaching perfection was that it was a small touch too boozy, this one isnt, it has more elegance, more nuances. Not sure if age is the reason here, I have never had the regular one 5 years old or whether this beer had these qualities back when it was young. Either way, this is close to 5 with a bigger pour I might have upped it to a 5. This is astonishing, I feel like I might need to try more in order to fully explore it but I am happy surprised that I even managed to try it at all. Thanks a lot. The price of this one is another discussion.

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