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Rare Bourbon County Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,161 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,161
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 4.8
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 1,709
Gots: 471 | 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, Sep 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -8.3%

Tried side by side with reg BCBS. Lots of similarities, but everyone at the tasting agreed that there was just an added level of complexity and smoothness on the back end with Rare. Tons of vanilla and cocoa. Well timed coconut notes. Extremely rich and full body all the way. Sweet, but not quite as sweet as regular. Honestly, probably not worth the effort to acquire when some of the other variants are more readily available. I would actually prefer BCBCS to this one

Bosoxfan20, Oct 05, 2014
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Rare Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.