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Rare Bourbon County Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 336
rAvg: 4.8
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 1,696
Gots: 472 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged 2 years in 23-year old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels.

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 10-07-2010)
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4.85/5  rDev +1%

I was lucky enough to attend a Bourbon County bottle share last night where we had every variant present.
This variant was my second favorite of the night just behind Vanilla! I had this beer alongside a regular 2013 bcbs just to compare. Rare is so smooth and more than any other bourbon county variant I have tried you could REALLY taste that pappy barrel. Right at the end, so bright and strong...I was not expecting that. I have read reviews where people say they either a) can not differentiate from regular bcbs or b) it isn't that much better....let me just say it is! These are obviously 1st world beer problems I am referring to but man what a beer! It is still at the top of its game!

TboneRN, Sunday at 05:27 PM
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4.67/5  rDev -2.7%

****400th Review / 100th Rating****

Happy to tick off this milestone tonight. This is a big, big beer, and I'm thrilled to finally tick it off. Poured from a bomber into a Trillium tasting tulip.

Appearance: Thick black motor oil. No head, but a tiny tiny crown around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Hints of honey and the chocolate on the nose too. Actually scratch that. Lots of honey on the nose. Can’t say I was expecting that on the nose of a bourbon aged stout.

Taste: Chocolate, bourbon, sweetness in a light honey type of way. Pretty different from the regular BCBS, mostly in the nature of the sweetness more than anything. The honey flavors don’t stick around forever though, after the first few sips they fade away. Definitely pretty boozy. Bourbon flavors get stronger as it warms up. Little bit of dark fruit flavors, possibly from the age of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Typical for the style. Thick, sticky, lowish carbonation.

Overall: Very nice stuff. Different, but I’m not sure it’s significantly nicer than the base beer.

WTKeene, Aug 23, 2014
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Rare Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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