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

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Ratings: 1,248
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.8
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 1,791
Gots: 474 | 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:
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 rhong187
4.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Winston3737
5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of markgugs
4.74/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaymo18
4.75/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Svyturys30
4.64/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kplooki
4.49/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Would have liked to have tried this a couple years ago

Photo of EuphonicHops
4.79/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of atrocity
4.88/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of 4lo
4.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku glass. Thin tan head on the pour which quickly dissipates, straight heavy black pour. Nose is of liquorice with some chocolate. Very smooth beer after 5 years. You get some chocolate with honey up front. Bourbon picks up and trails off into a liqourice and sweetness at the end. Good mouthfeel that leaves you drymouthed and wanting some more at the end. Great to try once

Photo of mklisz
4.39/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of Ben7773
5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Along with the King Henry tasting, I also was blessed by tasting this whale gem. So yummy!

Photo of dnb128
4.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TWStandley
4.96/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

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