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

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Reviews: 351
Hads: 1,304
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 3.21%
Wants: 1,851
Gots: 478 | 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 brewerdrew
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer.

This beer poured black as night with a nice thick brown head.

The complexity provided by the Bourbon Barrel aging is unparalleled in relation to other wood aged beers I have had.

Everytime I return to this beer it never fails to suprise me on how great it is. (279 characters)

Photo of drowland
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12/23/10. Bomber, first taste care of cbfobes, my main man/lady! Solid, opaque pour with a small brown head that settles to a ring but lasts forever. Amazing sweet buttery coconut and vanilla aroma laced with bourbon booze, sweet chocolate, a hint of coffee, and more than I could explain. Ripe sweet chocolate vanilla flavor loaded with more vanilla, coconut, sweet cherries, dark fruits, brown sugar, and more than I can imagine. Silky smooth and simply amazing. This is heaven. (480 characters)

Photo of evilc
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from Bottle 10,274 sent to me by a generous BA, can't name him =) Brought it to Toronado SD and shared it with the awesome bartender Nate aka "Islander".

A: Jet black. Pitch black. Absolute black. Initial head that settled quickly.

S: BCBS, but bigger. The smell on this was everything I love about BCBS Straight but amplified - molasses, chocolate, vanilla.

T: Again - comparing to BCBS, mostly 11' since that what I have had the most of. It has all of the qualities of BCBS but is smoother, perfectly balanced, with not a hint of alcohol. Roast, chocolate, slight edge of vanilla.

M: Pure silk. It's BCBS with the mouthfeel of KBS if that makes any sense. Smoother.

O: Flawless. Best beer I have had. I am no whale hunter or anything so I have had far less beers than others - but this one tops it for me. (819 characters)

Photo of jegross2
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Rare Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Brewing Company. This beer was a one-time, now retired and incredibly hard to find brew -- the 2008 batch of Bourbon County Brand Stout aged for two-years in 23 year old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. These barrels, in turn, were used to age the King Henry barleywine.
Score: 100

Bottle Number 4784. Bottled on 11/19/10. Served in Duvel glasses and shared with my magnanimous buddy Bryan Hernandez on 03/31/12 at Merkles Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville. This was the last bottle of Bourbon County Rare in the bar, and it was not even on the bar menu. We gave a sample pour to our server, Jenni, and she seemed to love it.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color that is a total vacuum of light. Completely opaque. A thin mocha/espresso-colored head at pour quickly dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. This beer is absolutely imposing in appearance. Minimal lacing with surprisingly average retention. 5/5

Smell: Deep, rich and bold vanilla pleasantly dominates and invigorates the aroma. Smooth bourbon-soaked raisin, light oatmeal, molasses, dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate and just a subtle hint of currant/black cherry. 5/5

Taste: Delicately crafted, robust and balanced. Savory vanilla and smooth, rich bourbon-soaked raisin hit right upfront. There is no booziness at all, but there is a light and pleasant warmth and liveliness on the midpalate. The back half of this beer is loaded with complex and luscious chocolate flavors -- creamy milk chocolate, dark chocolate, unsweetened raw chocolate and a little bit of bittersweet chocolate morsel. The unsweetened chocolate and bourbony raisin sweetness layer up on the palate real nicely. There's some oak and maple syrup flavor on the midpalate too. This beer is sweet, but ever so perfectly so for the style and far from being "overly sweet." A little caramel, tobacco, and butterscotch come out as the beer warms and layers. This beer is heavenly. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Creamy and syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet and slightly dry finish. Perfect imperial stout mouthfeel. 5/5

Overall: This is easily the best barrel aged beer I have ever had.

Recommendation: $60 is a steep price to pay for 22 ounces of beer (almost $2.75 an ounce, or about 20% the cost per ounce of ordering a Sam Adams Utopias pour at a bar), but it is well worth the price for the quality of beer you get. Bourbon County Rare is drinking perfectly right now, and Goose Island has no intention, as far as I am aware, of ever making this beer again. With only 940 cases of this beer produced, it is only getting harder and harder to find and try with every bottle consumed. Seek this one out now, before it's all gone or before the beer is past its prime.

Pairings: Do not pair this beer with anything. It is a rich and luscious dessert to be enjoyed in its own right and on its own merit. If you must, however, pair it with a food, try s'mores.

Cost: $60 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle at the bar. This cost somewhere around $45-50 a bottle retail when it was first released, but you would be hard pressed to find a better deal than the $60 we paid at Merkles. I know two other bars in the city that still have a bottle of this, and they charge $75 and $100 for the bottle. (3,294 characters)

Photo of samie85
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally 10/7/11.

A-Pours a pitch black with a 1/2 finger of dark brown head that quickly dissipates.

S-The nose is so rich with vanilla and deep rich caramel with chocolate and roasted notes and some mellow bourbon.

T-Opulent chocolate, caramel and vanilla notes with bourbon, light hints of dark chocolate bitterness and oak.

M-Very full-bodied, mouth-coating and chewy with low carbonation.

D-So drinkable, rich, and complex; it's like fresh BCS but so much smoother and refined.... I thought I would like this, but I feared that it was over-priced and over-hyped. Nothing could be further from the truth; in mind, this beer is perfection. (670 characters)

Photo of cpz28
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I drank this side-by-side with an 08 BCS for comparison. The rare is definitely thinner but by no means thin-bodied. The rare was much smoother than the 08 BCS as well. Being a huge BCS fan in general, I really had my doubts about the rare being miles away from regular BCS, but drinking them next to each other exposed the 08 as being harsher and made it less desirable to drink. I'm not bias towards a "rare" and expensive bottle of beer. I would like nothing more than to bash Goose and say the beers were pretty much the same, and $45 was a rip-off, but that is not the case. The rare is a superior product, but I, like many others, don't think it's $45 good.

A- Black as midnight, viscous with an 8th inch head that faded quickly.

S- A complex amalgamation of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla.

T- Balanced, rich, and semi-sweet. All of the scents are represented in the taste and play equally.

M- Thick, smooth, and creamy

O- Great beer, but I'm not sure if I'd buy another at that price. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Franch
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this may be my favorite beer. a group of my friends and i split it for a graduation party. we poured it up and it was motor oil black. the aroma was perfect - a jumble of smells that instead of being jarring all worked together perfectly. the taste didn't disappoint either. the pappy van winkle came through strongly, but not overwhelming everything else. and everything else there was - vanilla, coffee, raisins, and all that is good in the world.

instead of hiding its ABV shockingly well (like CBS) it embraces it - sip this beer, and savor it. (549 characters)

Photo of foogerd
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter
Luscious motor oil pour with few coffee colored carbonation bubbles lining the rim. Black as midnight, totally opaque.

Toffee,caramel,boozy whisky, milk chocolate enveloping all these flavors delivering a sweet utopia to your nose. Amazingly not a trace of alcohol detected from this 13% beast.

This takes your taste buds to craftbeer candy shop heaven! Ive never taste such a sweet syrupy balanced beer ever. Youve got bourbon of course up at the forefront, dark chocolate,a slight welcoming acidity from the coffee flavors. This should be the benchmark for balance to any brewer trying to make a sweet balanced brew. At first there was no heat to be found, it sure crept up on me later on.

Pancake syrup. Thats the only way to appropiately describe this mouthfeel.

Amazing! You could do this all on your own if you tried, the alcohol is that well hidden.

So the big question is, is it worth the price? I paid 48 and bought two bottles. Any regrets? A resounding NO! this is the most balanced,out there,renegade beer Ive tried, and it was an experience ill take to my grave. Go for it once, by the time you finish this bottle you wont remember how much you spent. (1,208 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Bottle # 1761, split with a friend. Poured into a pair of Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulips. 650 mL bottle served at room temperature. The original Bourbon County is one of my favorites, so I'm hoping that this is even better.

Appearance: Midnight black and thick as can be. I actually get a rather substantial mocha brown head that recedes pretty quickly into a nice lacing. Definitely one of the thicker stouts I've seen.

Aroma: Baker's fudge, vanilla bean, and really smooth bourbon. The bourbon is perfectly integrated into the beer. Everything in the aroma is perfectly balanced actually. None of the components overpower. Definitely impressive.

Taste: The bourbon character here is outrageously smooth, but still manages to keep the qualities that are so great about Bourbon County fresh. The higher quality barrels are definitely noticable as is the extra time in the barrel. These factors manage to combine the smoothness of aged Bourbon County with the bourbon bite of it fresh. Also, the vanilla and fudge aspects are here in full force as well. All the flavors have great balance and complement each other as well as can be.The bourbon is definitely the highlight though.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and heavy, but there is just enough carbonation from keeping this becoming overly heavy. Really works perfect for a beer of this ABV.

Drinkability: Exceptionally smooth for 13% ABV. The extra time in the barrels really imparted an unbelievable smoothness to this. Obviously the price tag is a major impediment to drinking a lot of this, but I don't think I would have trouble finishing a bottle by myself if given the opportunity.

Overall, the best beer I've had to date, hands down. This is the first perfect score I've given to a beer. The fact that Goose Island managed to capture the best aspects of aged and fresh Bourbon County, and then managed to increase the quality of the bourbon flavors themselves is amazing. I had ridiculously high expectations going in and I was not disappointed in the slightest. Somehow, this manages to justify the price tag and that's not an easy feat. (2,118 characters)

Photo of david131
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 5,564. Shared with fellow BA warnerry and with a sidecar of 2009 regular Bourbon County Brand Stout for comparisons sake. Happy Monday.

A- Pours an absolutely pitch black oily liquid with a splotchy brown head that gets reinvigorarted with a quick swirl of the glass. Looks beautiful and mean.

S- Loads of vanilla, coffee, molasses, maple syrup, dark fruits, and alcohol. Smells much more robust, sweet, and complex than the regular BCBS.

T- Super thick and heavy flavors of vanilla, coffee, molasses, and maple syrup. Roasty and robust and sweet... well balanced and rich. Unbelievably decadent. Blows the doors off of the regular BCBS, which is really saying something.

M- Velvety smooth with a nice bit of carbonation to lighten it up just enough. Still, it coats the mouth and the alcohol leaves a lingering warmth.

O- Unbelievably delicious. This is what it is all about. I don't know what else to say. (919 characters)

Photo of Hesscabob
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (971 characters)

Photo of Yagman3000
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served as part of a birthday celebration tasting with fellow BA Cosmicevan. Generously shared and for certain to be an amazing experience.

Appearance is incredible. It's midnight in a glass with a really thick oily appearance. There's a continual halo of bubbly cream around the rim.

Smells deeply from the Pappy barreling - woody, vanilla, and chocolate roast. An inhale reveals a great taste experience in the making.

Tastes insane. Chocolate, espresso, and sweet mature bourbon. It lives up to the hype.

The mouthfeel is, to me, as highly regarded as its taste. The creaminess and depth to this stout Are deserving of a 5.5.
There's a special lip tingle from the bourbon that should be patented.

Overall I loved it and appreciated the shared experience. Forever on my "list of wants." (798 characters)

Photo of dolomite128
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a HF stemmed taster glass.

Very appealing pour with dark brown head the disappears to a thin ring of foam which stays on the glass throughout the first half of the beer.

Smells divine with cherries / currants and dark bakers chocolate. whiffs of barrel / bourbon but can be almost noted as vanilla. Could smell this instead of drinking it!

Taste is quite complex with vanilla, bourbon and notes of nutmeg. Cherries / currants are there but subdued and mostly on the aroma. Finish is thick / slick and cloying (in a good way). Finish is sweet but the bourbon really comes out as chocolate / cocoa fades.

Overall this beer (bottle 3414) has survived its 4.5 year slumber incredibly well. Balanced yet full of flavors and aromas worthy of its praise. Have to assume it is aged in the Family Reserve barrels as the bourbon flavors are superior and syrupy compared to Pappy's younger bourbons. Without a doubt the most elegant BA Stout I've ever consumed. Hard to imagine any improvements could be made to this elixir.

Found no flaws - 5s across the board. (1,077 characters)

Photo of swanny28
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a 22 oz bottle after christmas dinner poured into a snifter. I was lucky to get ahold of this rare beer.

A: This is black gold texas tea I think this is what the Beverly Hillbilly's were signing about when they wrote that song! Rich thick creamy head that disapates quickly.

S: This beer has a striking aroma with a hint of oak : also oozes pappy van winkles finest bourbon ( but not overwhelming) its a perfect combination of beer meets bourbon.

T: The taste is so complex and the bourbon is mixed perfectly with the bcs. A lot of buzz on the butterscotch taste and i agree it has a nice after taste to it.

M: This beer is a thick stout that clings to the tounge and explodes with flavor. Hints of vanilla , carmel, and the bourbon all excite the the taste buds into a frenzy.

D: The beer gods smile down on us. This could be the finest beer ever made. I was worried it would be to hot but it came in easily drinkable.

Overall this rare beer really stands out- it was worth the hype. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Lukafer
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black as night with no head.  Smells like bourbon and barrel with a lot of booze, smells fantastic.  I taste a lot of bourbon, wood, some vanilla and chocolate, with a boozy drying finish.  I'm surprised at how much chocolate I taste, especially at the end.   Very good beer.  There is pretty much no carbonation in this beer, and I don't mind it at all.  It's extremely sticky and very chewy.  Drinkability is pretty high if you're into barrel aged beers or bourbon, and I really enjoy both so this beer is fantastic to me.  One of the best beers I've ever had, A++, and no, I don't have any in my cellar to hype. (628 characters)

Photo of grilledsquid
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle 2807 poured into a Duvel Parra tulip.

A: Pours like thick motor oil with a dense light tan head which dissipates to the outer edges. No trace of light can be seen through this dark liquid. Lacing clings to the glass, dripping slowly.

S: Toasted coconut, dark ripe cherry, caramelized sugar, faint trace of booze at the end

T: An explosion of milk and dark chocolate intermingling with each other. Classic truffles with a hint of raspberry towards the middle. Finishes with a light tart and some sweetness with bourbon riding through the entire experience.

M: Incredibly thick and chewy with some light bubbles

O: What an amazing experience. This is what a bourbon barrel aged beer should strive for. I think the best word to describe this beer would be decadent. Would love to have this again even at the high price. (829 characters)

Photo of jt31914
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best beer that I've ever had. Period. No exceptions. Smooth, great chocolate/bourbon/vanilla blend of flavors, it was fantastic. Smell is amazing, the feel is wonderful; this beer was worth every cent I paid. I repeat, this is the best beer I've ever had. (255 characters)

Photo of rtaps
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black not much head but what's there light brown minimal head.

Nice bourbon oak barrel aroma coffee, with roasted malts, Dark fruits

Taste is fucking amazing chocolate caramel toffee coffee amazingness

Medium bodied, medium carb smooth

Overall perfect (simply and sweet)
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Photo of mrn1ceguy
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smoothest beer I have ever had. If I could drink nothing but this forever, I would be happy man. Take the best flavors from any BA Stout you had, add extra smoothness and you have RARE. (191 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a big black color with a nice body, huge brown cap, sluggish and down right sexy!

S: Wow. Bourbon and booze stings the nostrils, big hints at old spent wood, Earth, tobacco, chocolate

T: Big bourbon blast upfront, old tobacco leaves, dark fruits, cocoa, vanilla just down right delicous

M: Huge, very sticky, sweet, warm everything I like. Loads of flavor and continues to impress.

O: Best o' the best (415 characters)

Photo of BeerBATvocate
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally decided to open my first one. Poured into 8oz Snifter.

A-Pours a jet back, with almost zero translucency. Produced a semi-pillowy finger and a half of head that quickly dissipated, with tiny bits of lacing.

S-The aroma is beautiful. It starts with the bourbon, which has its own maturity, then follows immediately with lovely oak. Next are the malt and vanilla, which are both equally present, and are accompanied by bits of toffee. The nose ends in a boozy bourbon infused alcohol finish that warms the senses.

T-Flavor very much mirrors the aroma, but with the obvious greater complexity. First thing I taste right off the bat is the bourbon. This bourbon has a significant maturity to it. It's obviously a well made bourbon, meant for connoisseurs and enthusiasts, who would have no problem shelling out $260 for the bottle of Pappy. The character of the Pappy is just so well rounded and beautiful. Next the oak hits me, with a nice earthy tone, followed by huge vanilla. The vanilla itself is surprisingly present, pretty much sticking around the entire time, coming in waves throughout. Next is the roasted malt character, which is dark roast coffee-like, and a bit like toasted bread skin in character. Immediately after the malt comes some bitter chocolate notes, which are reminiscent of bakers chocolate. As the chocolate hits the back end, notes of toffee creep in, then disappear in the finish. The finish itself is warming alcohol and bourbon, which is less than the nose, but still pretty present. The overall flavor is very well balanced. Dare I say perfect?

M-The mouthfeel on this is velvety smooth and silky, with lovely carbonation that tingles just right. Just perfectly carbed all together. The silky texture is smooth but yet sticks to the mouth just the right amount. Feels quite excellent to drink.

D-The drinkability is superb. I know many have said that this beer is awesome, but they can't justify the price tag. After giving careful review, I feel wholeheartedly that it is. The flavor profile is damn near perfect. I really can't think of any taste I would want more or less of. There's definitely some heat to it, but it's not hot by any means. The heat itself is mostly due to the bourbon character, which is actually very pleasant. Overall, this beer is quite impressive, and I very much look forward to the next bottle. (2,369 characters)

Photo of Montrose79
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this once from the bottle and then had it on draft at DLD. Had to review it because it may be the best beer I've ever had and certainly the best bourbon barrel brew.

A: Pitch black, viscous, extremely thin head.

S: Bourbon, bourbon, bourbon with notes of dark fruit, oak, and vanilla.

T: Exceptional. Huge bourbon flavor, but much smoother, complex, and less boozy than regular BCBCS. Notes of oak, vanilla, chocolate, dark roast.

M: Excellent. Thick, full bodied.

O: One of the best beers I've ever had. First time I had it, I savored it over the course of an hour or more. This one went down a little quicker than before, but it was DLD, so lots of drinking to do. Couldn't linger on one brew for too long. If one is a big bourbon fan, this brew is a homerun. (771 characters)

Photo of ryanfolty
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Date: September 5, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Trade with FullObs, Plainfield, IL Appearance: Opaque jet black, slight amount of tan head and good lacing. Aroma: Chocolate, bourbon, woody and vanilla. Flavor: Consistent with aroma but also some sweet brown sugar or molasses, thick bodied, and a long lasting delicious finish. Other: This was amazing! Had to put my whole beer rating experience under analysis after trying and could not say this was not at the top or near top of its class in every category. Bottled 11/19/2010, bottle 7,324. Shared with BVery which made the experience even better. (597 characters)

Photo of Spartan517
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to find this at a shop about a month ago and decided to crack it open. I was a little reluctant to buy it, given the price tag, but was so happy I did. In the glass, the beer is dark as night, with only faint glimmers of brown at the edges. There was a small tan head that slowly faded into a ring of bubbles. The smell was intense and pleasant, dominated by chocolate, bourbon, and some vanilla. The flavor was rich and delicious with the bourbon perfectly integrated into the overall flavor profile. I thought that this was a definite upgrade over the regular version. There were still some chocolate flavors with a little subtle syrup mixed in with the bourbon. Overall a phenomenal taste! The viscosity was pretty high and this beer sat on the tongue well. I thought it had an appropriately low level of carbonation. This isn't something I could afford to have on a regular basis, obviously, but I'll definitely be searching for more to save for special occasions. (987 characters)

Photo of JonathanC
4.99/5  rDev +6.9%
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 (480 characters)

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Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010) from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.