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Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010) - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010)Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010)

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.8
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 1,767
Gots: 472 | FT: 17
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:
Beer added by: alcstradamus on 10-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Aged 2 years in 23-year old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels.
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Photo of Oakhtar
4.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ohhsnap
4.93/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of barczar
4.83/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Arguably the best beer I've had. With 5 years of age on it, the bourbon notes have melded into the beer impeccably well. Really a treat to experience. Would likely continue to develop with more age. They should bottle and sell the aroma, alone.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a very special beer right here, with plenty of age on it now, and only good fortune allowed me to drink this. apparently aged in pappy 23 barrels, the bourbon character of this beer is like no other, but lets start with the look. packaging is gorgeous, velvety green box, regal looking, anticipation is high. the beer is extremely thick, viscosity to the max, shiny black liquid dances in the glass, producing a short espresso crema head on top. the nose is insane, and i stop and just smell this for several minutes before i taste. the bourbon is everywhere, char and oak and sweet vanilla marry beautifully with dense fire roasted malts, almost has a grilled property with what i perceive to be a touch of smoke, and then a raw brown sugar type sweetness, very little booze in the smell at all, i assume this has calmed down over time. the flavor is gorgeous too, with bourbon leading the way. im also finding all sorts of interesting accent flavors in the dense grain waves, from raisin to fresh cut tobacco and even coffee with a nice earthy body. speaking of body, this is a teeth coater, extremely thick and sticky lingering beer. it has some residual sugar, no doubt, but its never unflattering, and in fact beings out the bourbon even better i think. i havent consumed much pappy, been out of the budget for sure, but i can see why it has a place at the top just from its impact on this beer. ive loved all of the bourbon county stuff, but nothing has come close to this one in my mind. a perfect combination of flavors, stout at its finest. this is in some ways the final word on bourbon barrel imperial stout, i mean, where could it go from here?

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.88/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of IMFletcher
4.75/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Seiler22
4.91/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of deebo
4.75/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this a couple years ago. Another chance to try. It's as good as I remember. Amazing in every way.

Photo of BeersAndBears
5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Dr_Crantastic
4.91/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 2005wendyrika
4.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlackNotesIII
5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of newbeeraday
4.5/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dspinler
4.75/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JonathanC
4.99/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rare- (8oz pour)
Tried next to bcbs 07 , bcbs 08, and bcbs 12(doesn't compare just yet)

Pours a dark coffee, motor oil
Smells of sweet bourbon and molasses.
This was very smooth and good. Rare and bcbs 07/08 were each very similar and I would like to add again VERY SMOOTH.

The difference between 07/08 bcbs was that Rare was had a smudge of complexity of interesting notes, (I am assuming from the barrel) towards the end of a sweet chocolate, bourbon ride.

Overall- Superb

Photo of edmaher
5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zuidman
4.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - pours a viscous, dark coffee color with a brown sugar colored thin head. The head quickly disipitates leaving a nice ring of tiny brown bubbles.

S - bourbon, molasses, fig, hints of dark chocolate, slight caramel and toffee and raisins.

T - smooth bourbon with dark chocolate and toffee. Some caramel on the finish and some dark fruits in there.

M - low carbonation with a thick feel that isn't heavy. It sticks to your palate for a bit after consumption which is nice.


O - fantastic!

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Axnjxn
4.77/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mfbda1daonly
5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Billquirk
4.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cheesy26
4.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JOrtt
4.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010) from Goose Island Beer Co.
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