Rare Bourbon County Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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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.
08-23-2014 03:27:13 | More by WTKeene
5/5 rDev +4.2%
Tasted @ 15th Anniversary Goose Island Wrigleyville - Benefit for Bodhi. Best beer event ever.
Tasted after Bourbon County Brand Stout, Proprietors, Templeton Rye, Buffalo Trace, and lastly RARE!
Overall Perfection for all traits...
Appearance: Dark as night, thin mocha head and produced from being on tap.
Smell: Roasted malts, bourbon, not at all boozy and a well mannered 13%.
Taste: Same as the smell. I would compare this to aging the last five years of BCS and blending all of the best bottles together. Not as complex or distinct as I imagined but overall perfect.
Mouthfeel: Thick, viscous, creamy, smooth and covers mouth with immense flavor.
Overall: Really happy I got to try the best BCS bottle ever made. Not sure if anyone should justify the hundreds of dollars its going for on ebay or whatever or even the $75 it sold for originally. Aging a BCS Brand Stout for a while in perfect cellar conditions can stand up to this beer no problem in my opinion.
08-04-2014 15:53:03 | More by Hesscabob
Rare Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,130 ratings.