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Rare Bourbon County Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.8
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 1,687
Gots: 470 | FT: 16
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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Davit

Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-31-2014 21:17:36 | More by Davit
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thereal_adam

Texas

5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-30-2014 21:45:24 | More by thereal_adam
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Mertzy81

Maryland

5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-28-2014 03:11:22 | More by Mertzy81
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Sinzanasti

Ohio

5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-27-2014 03:35:13 | More by Sinzanasti
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WTKeene

Texas

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
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baerb69

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev -1%

08-16-2014 23:23:35 | More by baerb69
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Yeti1979

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev -1%

08-16-2014 21:14:39 | More by Yeti1979
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev -1%

08-16-2014 11:44:46 | More by ldhughes3
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falc0n2600

California

5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-16-2014 00:57:04 | More by falc0n2600
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themilkman87

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-14-2014 23:35:15 | More by themilkman87
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jonbeer89

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-14-2014 02:44:41 | More by jonbeer89
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bbrown12

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-11-2014 20:18:24 | More by bbrown12
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KnowYourCraft

California

5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-10-2014 22:02:05 | More by KnowYourCraft
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Danimal25

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -1%

08-10-2014 09:50:51 | More by Danimal25
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st9647v3

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +4.2%

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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -1%

08-09-2014 15:28:29 | More by arlingtonjoe
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

08-06-2014 02:24:52 | More by MaseFace
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Hesscabob

Illinois

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
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Florida

5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.2%

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cp45

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -11.5%

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Nebraska

5/5  rDev +4.2%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

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Kansas

5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev -1%

08-01-2014 03:34:18 | More by MNMike
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Rare Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.