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

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Ratings: 1,231
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.8
pDev: 6.46%
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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 bulldogp04
4.58/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice black pour with a beautiful dark khaki head. Nice lacing.

S: smells of the best bourbon barrel character Ive ever come across- rich and deep tones of coconut, vanilla, oak, charred whiskey and massive chocolate

T: chocolate, wood, coconut bourbon goodness. Very decadent layers of coffee are mellowed with age, as the chocolate and alcohol steal the show. Quite a bit of bourbon in the flavor, although not too "hot"

M: perfect thick viscosity for a rich BB imperial stout, coats the mouth and is quite chewy...lower carbonation

O: great beer if you like bourbon or even just stouts!

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.42/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served into a small snifter

A: Black with very dark brown cap of head. Very, very nice looking.

S: Lots of bourbon, backed up by strong dark chocolate, toffee, and light licorice.

T: Even better than the aroma. Strong bourbon is again present, with equally strong chocolate notes and toffee to make the beer fairly sweet. Dark fruit comes in, but is way in the background.

M: Thick, viscous. Light carbonation.

O: Complex, intense, tasty, yet somehow balanced. The beer seems much less boozy than the regular BCBS. It also seems more refined.

Photo of scottfrie
4.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A very warm thank you to HosP for sending me this bottle a long while back. Bottle #3028 split with mjyoung.

A: Pours thick and black with a thin, fizzy, dark brown head that quickly fizzed away into nothingness. No lacing.
S: Wow that’s a lot of bourbon! PvW dominates the nose but upon further inspection I get notes of oak, wood and spices.
T: The first thing that impresses me about this beer is how rich and buttery it is. The flavors are some smooth, rich, creamy and integrated with the bourbon that it’s amazing. The alcohol/bourbon warmth is integrated exceptionally well and just adds another layer to the complexity of the flavors. I can taste the base beer (which aged two years by itself is incredible), but I also get notes of vanilla, cream, nutella and milk chocolate. There is a honey-like sweetness as well. The finish is full of caramel with a splash of coffee and a bit of roast. Again, I can’t believe how buttery this beer is.
M: Thick bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth, buttery, and incredibly slick. There is no way that this beer is 13%. So smooth.
O: The best stout I’ve ever had (so far) and one of the top five beers I’ve ever drank. I loved every single drop of this, and really wish I had another bottle. Thanks again for putting in the effort to get me a bottle, Mark!

Photo of jera1350
4.92/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally time to crack open one of my two bottles of this. Great anticipation for it!

Pours a thick and rich syrupy black color. A supple head of dark khaki sits on top.

Such a rich and complex smelling beer. Bourbon, vanilla bean, maple syrup, rich malts. The list goes on and on. A treat for the nostrils.

The taste is the real deal and lives up to all of the hype. Such a deeply complex array of flavor. Surprisingly, this is not at all hot. Quite sweet and bourbony with notes of vanilla bean, maple syrup, molasses, coconut and oak. The taste seems to be ever changing and new things are picked up with others fading away. Just so damn good, it's hard to set down.

Very syrupy and sticky and smooth. Every bit of full bodied.

Overall, this was an outstanding beer that lived up to the hype and was all around a great experience. Surprisingly drinkable as well. Does not drink like a 13% brew. Honestly, it is better than regular BCS, but not so much to warrant the huge price difference. Either way, this beer deserves all of the accolades it is getting. Top notch brew.

Photo of auroracrisis
4.52/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz split into two tulips.

Pitch black upon arrival with a small head that dissipates into a ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Foam sticks around for the duration of the session, with plenty of legging. No lacing surprisingly.

Big fudge and baker's chocolate on the nose at first with espresso and bourbon woven in as well. Vanilla and oak a little more behind that, with a tickle of alcohol and some teasing earthyness of tobacco and resin. As it warms, molasses and licorice poke their head in and compliment the sweeter flavors, with more heat from the alcohol but it never becomes offensive. Massive, complex, and inviting here.

Your tongue is greeted by fudge and baker's chocolate again with espresso, bourbon, oak, and vanilla up front. A little less bourbon on the tongue than on the nose and the alcohol remains equally subdued. A touch of tobacco becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

Creamy and sticky on the tongue with a very heavy body. A tingle of carbonation and some alcohol burn on the swallow that gets increasing more apparent as the beer warms but as mentioned before, does not become offensive or boozey.

Outstanding aroma and flavor of fudgey baker's chocolate with bourbon and tobacco to compliment. Reminiscent and not too far off from a well cared for and aged regular Bourbon County Brand Stout but with a stronger aroma. A great beer, but pricey and hard to come by. Some what worthy of the hype, but I'd rather have alot of other beers over it.

Photo of mjyoung
4.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split w/ scottfrie. Many thanks to him for sharing. Drank 9/25/11. Bottle #3028

A: Pours a deep brown, the color of darkly stained oak. A very thin head that dissipates rapidly and completely. There's a pretty thick ring of alcohol stick as it swirls.

S: Hoooeee. Bourbon. Lots and lots of bourbon. Some underlying notes of the malt, with molasses, oak and a wee hint of vanilla. Good, but just misses fantastic.

T: Extremely smooth. This trumps any other adjective that I can apply to this beer. Incredibly smooth, well integrated notes of bourbon, vanilla and oh-so-delicious 'stouty' body. Absolutely no hint of the high ABV.

M: Almost creamy in it's smoothness, but it doesn't have much carb at all. It's pretty thick, but not quite as chewy as it could be. I hesitate to say that, because I don't want it to be a criticism. It's fantastic and sits delightfully well. It's rich, smooth and superb, but it could maaayyybe be thicker.

O: Holy shitake mushrooms, batman. Move over Abyss, this is now the best stout I've had...

Photo of ChugginOil
4.87/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a good reason to crack this gem!! My 1 year anniversary here on Beer Advocate!!!

Bottle # 3102 Bottled on 11-19-10

This beast pours a dark dark brown and settles a viscous black hole. Tan head sits for a just a few seconds before dissipating, leaving some oily lacing along the snifter. A great sight that begs to be further investigated.

The nose is filled with oak, vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, and a hefty amount of booze. Definitely smelling the bourbon infusion happening here. The two years invested a lot of bourbon characteristics into this beer.

The taste is also a bourbon packed onslaught. A sticky vanilla and oak overload begin to tantalize my palate. Some cocoa and vanilla sweetness spread throughout but not in a cloying fashion. Very enjoyable. Some raisin fruit is noticed in the back end along with butterscotch and again, a warm welcoming booze wave. The heat is prominent to a certain extent but in no way is this a negative. The flavors absorbed from these 23 yr old barrels is certainly forthcoming, and much more so as this brew warms. Fantastic

The mouthfeel is sticky, beastly, thick, viscous, oily and fulfilling, to say the least. But in all seriousness, this one's oily presence is perfect for throwing those great flavors across my palate. A very modest amount of carbonation is quite suiting for allowing a damn near heavenly mouthfeel.

Overall, fuck a price tag, this brew is as close to perfect as one can be. Although not deviating too far from BCBS, Rare offers a smooth, more enjoyable stout that shows what a stout can endure and absorb throughout a pristine barrel-aging process. Bravo Goose Island, Bravo.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/3 22 oz in red wine glass. Bottle 3316. Reviewed 25 January 2011.

Ar: Amazing rich dark sweetness, smooth, very polished, chocolate, strong smooth bourbon, alcohol, very good

Ap: Black, low tan head, leaves whispers of head for the duration

T: Rich and full, strong bourbon, delicious chocolate, heavy and full caramel, alcohol is strong but smooth, alcohol balances sweetness, great barrel and vanilla, not much roast, the alcohol is smoother than in BCBVS, brown sugar, very complex, very sweet but pleasant and appropriate, the bourbon and oak are well integrated into the beer

M: Low carbonation, rich and full, heavy but smooth and very good, slight warming in the finish, great

O: This is quite possibly my ideal stout, it doesn't seem much different from BCBS but it is very good, could use a bit of time to mellow perhaps and i would like a touch more carbonation, the aroma is slightly mild

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Split three ways with two other awesome BAs. I'm about 99.9% positive my pour was the healthier of the three but not by much, bottle #1,344

To note - This isn't my favorite style of beer but I'm confident that I'm OK with making the bold statement...this is the best beer I've ever had. There's more depth here than the 2008 BCBS and better for my palate than the other BCBS varieties.

A - Flawless with a nice tan head that arises from an agressive swirl, more than expected. It's just beautiful.

S - The best smelling beer ever. The minute the cap was popped it reeked of a moist Fudge vanilla brownie cake soaked in bourbon. Deserves a 5.5 in this dept.

T - Chocolate Fudge Brownie soaked in Bourbon, Vanilla and oak there along with a nice roastiness. Again, deserves a 5.5 in this dept. I can't imagine a stout getting better than this. Heat and bourbon became more apparent when as it warmed.

M - Just about perfect. I prefer more of a velvet / silky smoothness that you would find in a Parabola slightly more, but that's just getting too knit-picky. Make no mistake about it... this is the better beer.

O - I prefer the 2008 BCBS at room temp or close to it, whereas I preferred Rare a bit chillier that that. The room temp made Rare lose it's Fudge Brownie characteristics and made it more hot whereas I found the exact opposite last month in the 2008 BCBS. Again, too knit picky. I felt Rare the better and more complex beer.

Believe the hype, worth the price tag if you have the $$$ if at least just to have it once.

Photo of abecall98
4.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you Rob, (RBassSFhopitME) for sharing this Rare beer, pun intended. Bottle 1,344.

A - pours a pitch black. Head lasts, tan lacing, perfect for a BAL stout. That's it.

S - heebus Jeebus. I smell a box of fresh chocolate. It reminds me of fresh hot chocolate, with hints of coffee and some bourbon. Sweet cocoa just finishes the smell.

T - very berry good. I start off with some roasted malt, the taste goes sweet. I get hints of milk chocolate, just like the nose. Some barrel. Some slight alcohol in the finish, a little hot.

M - Very smooth. Carbonation is on the lower spectrum, but it's BAL aged, so it's cool. The beer coats the flavor sensors, and allows the flavors to come through all over. Creamy finish.

O - the beer is great. Something well worth the hype. Get it, enjoy it. It's so easy, anybody could do it.

Photo of zep9865
4.92/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy cow im drinking a bourbon county rare! Of course im enjoying it with aasher, my lifelong friend who is now engaged! We are drinking it out of really small snifters and pretending like we are really important.

Poured into a small snifter from the bomber. Jet black as expected. Color is beautiful.

S-you can smell the bourbon from this beer as you pour it. If you could combine bourbon and beer perfectly, this is the smell it would create. Bourbon, vanilla beans, roasted malt, and a little bit of chocolate.

T-taste is right on point with the smell of this beer. The bourbon notes combine very well with the roasted malt and vanilla. I feel like like this beer could take on any dessert wine.

M-beer is smooth from start to finish. Carbonation is higher than i expected and the alcohol is surprisingly suttle.

O-Really glad i got to try this beer. Cant wait to rub it in everyone's face. Get it if you can find it.

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

Bottle #1287, shared with zep9865 to celebrate my recent engagement. I've had this before but this is the proper time to sit down to review and reflect upon this masterpiece.

It pours a lifeless midnight black in color with no head or carbonation. It looks like an '08 Bourbon County, perfectly oily and overly viscous. The aromas consist of sweet bourbon, vanilla, molasses, oak, chocolates, and syrupy goodness. You can tell it's had plenty of time to age and let it's intricate qualities intermingle. I would like a little more PVW but it's fine. The beer is already over two and a half years old at this point. The flavors are just wow. You get the silkiest, smoothest chocolates, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, caramel, and earthiness that a beer drinker could ask for. It is so soft and perfect for your palate. It just fits. I don't think I've ever had a beer with a body so perfect. This beer is a masterpiece, a real spectacle to behold. Well done Goose, well done.

Photo of Yagman3000
5/5  rDev +4.2%
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."

Photo of cosmicevan
4.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle number 3955. shared with yagman on my Bday. I've had this before but waited to review for a full pour.

a - beautiful. oil black with no head at all (as you'd expect from a BBA such as this). really what a stout should look like. swirling the glass can build a coaster of a head on the surface of the beer, but doesn't last long and leaves no lacing. like an oil slick in a glass. creamy.

s - bourbon. stout. happiness. the wood is definitely there, it gives it a smoothing vanilla, almost caramel vibe on top of a deep chocolatey, rich stout. it is extremely smooth. it is rich, it is heavy. i get a strong vanilla. the balance is incredible. nothing is too much in any directions. booze is there as well.

t - this is a rich flavor explosion of a beer. BBA beers all carry a similar flavor in varying degrees, the thing about this beer is that everything is perfectly in proportion. the booze is there, but balanced. the stout is just as present as the barrels it is aged in and the wood brings out an incredible vanilla flavoring.

m - the mouth jumps out at me at first. it is so smooth it is gross. yagman hit it on the head by saying that for this beer you should be allowed to score it at a 5.5. it is perfect. smooth, no bite at all. heavy and rich, but not cloying. this is the definition of correct beer.

o - overall, few beers live up to their hype. this beer exceeds the hype. it is hard to believe that this beer really is as good as it is based on the story and they hype, but it really squashes the hype. it is rich, it is full, it is sweet, it is magic in a glass. world class. full on special occasion brew. not for the faint of heart. glad i've got a few of these...can't wait to see what time does to this beer!

Photo of hawks10
4.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle - Bottled November 19th, 2010 - Poured into a Goose Island mini-imperial pint glass...

Looks just like regular Bourbon County Stout, dense and black. However, the thick, dark tan head recedes much faster in this version...

Aroma seems to be much sweeter than the regular Bourbon County Stout, with a rich chocolate and bourbon presence. The smell is as expected with a more pronounced bourbon presence than the already booze heavy regular BCS...

Wow, incredibly smooth and flavorful. Rich, chocolate and bourbon mix together perfectly. Bourbon heat shows up in the end, mostly on the lips and gums, but is remarkably mellow and reserved. The bourbon flavor is there 100%, but the in your face booziness of the regular BCS is toned down completely. Wonderful.

Thick and coating, incredibly smooth. Hard to describe, just so mellow and delicious...


Photo of youradhere
4.43/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to crack this one open. I was afraid that the bourbon would be too much, but I was thankfully proven wrong.
Pours black like the base beer, nice brown head. Aromas are bourbon and vanilla up front, some anise, chocolate and more bourbon. Taste was more upfront bourbon, but it was nicely mellowed and well blended. Bourbon beers dominated by bourbon do not score well with me. Minimal chocolate as it warms, more bourbon vanilla and barrel char, some interesting licorice and something I can only describe as "blackberry" in it. Mouthfeel is the same as regular BCS for me; nice and thick, carries the sugars and alcohol well. Overall a very well crafted beer, and something I would love to get my hands on again- unfortunately the hype and "rarity" of it makes it virtually a one time thing for me as I doubt I can or want to try to afford another.

Photo of boMD
4.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #1650 brought from New York by my bride’s father to Portland to celebrate our wedding

Poured pitch black with a tan head. As soon as the cap was popped got a breeze of bourbon. Sniffing my snifter I got a lot more dark fruits, roasted grains, and dense espresso coffee.

Slightly fizzy palate, heading on the dryer side towards the finish. Extremely hot, strong whiskey tones, vanilla, sweet cream, roast, fortified fruits, oak, dark chocolates, and very sweet. Caramel, toffee, toasted sweetness like crem-brulee on alcohol steroids.

This is basically a jacked up high octane BCS... Quite awesome!

Photo of caskstrength
4.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Decided to share this with caskstrength on a random cellar raiding night. .

Pours like Bourbon County Stout. No surprises there.

Smells like Bourbon County Stout. But with more vanilla and coconut. Certainly more depth here, but still quite similar to the "normal" version. So much so that I'm getting worried...

I'm drinking a sweet gooey figgy molasses stout with vanilla and coconut (yum and yum) and more barrel than I've had in past versions. It's pretty darn good, and 2 years in the PVW barrel improves things, but not monumentally so.

Mouthfeel is thinned some by the barrels, but this is still BCS, tried and true.
Which means it sticks to the enamel, the glass, whatever it touches.

I was blown away by fresh Coffee BCS. I was not blown away by this beer. It's obviously a very good beer, but I wanted something more different-er than normal BCS. Glad I tried it, not much more to say, other than the price is ridiculous.

Photo of Kshock
4.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with some brown edges when held to light. Decent dark tan head resides after a minute or so.

S- Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. Smells heavy on the booze, but other than that all the aromas are awesome and balanced. Everything comes together nicely.

T- OH MY GOD....Incredibly balanced. Very strong vanilla, coffee/chocolate tones balanced perfectly. Taste almost no alcohol compared to what the nose led on. Really amazing combination of all the right flavors here. The OG BCBS is one of my favorite beers and this is light years better. Shows how the quality of the barrels has a good amount to do with how the beer turns out. The balance is what makes this beer particularly amazing and unique.

M- Heavy body with a nice velvety smoothness on the palate. Very nice mouth feel for a big beer.

O- Top 3 beers...EVER

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.74/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2011. 5 oz pour into tasting glass.

A- Pours pitch black, motor oil color, opaque, ½ finger tan head that dissipates to nothing, lacing is minimal.
S- The aroma is amazing, big bourbon aroma with sweet vanilla notes coming out, slight chocolate aroma in the background; oak notes are present as well.
T- The taste was not disappointing. Delicious vanilla and bourbon flavors that coat the palate, this beer is so tasty and so drinkable. For how high the abv the alcohol is hidden. Nice rich chocolate and slight roasted malts, some coffee, slight dark fruit flavors, molasses, caramel.
M- Big mouth feel, coats the palate, smooth finish.
O- What can I say this beer lived up to the hype. A lot smoother than regular BCS which surprised me, now If I can only land a bottle of this brew I would be a happy man.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 08/13/11. From notes.

Pours viscous and black with small darkish brown ring of head. Big chocolate smell, roasted malt, some vanilla bean and oak, and a hint of bourbon. Really well integrated. Taste is big, fudgey chocolate, floury vanilla cake, cocoa and wonderful roasted malt, and some bourbon. Very rich. Finishes with the slight taste of alcohol. Full bodied to the point of thick, with low carbonation. Overall, this is a decadent, smooth, delicious, huge stout. By nature, not a beer I'd want to drink a pint of. The bourbon is quite restrained and I was expecting more presence, but it works nicely.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.74/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared by Andrewinski1 and poured into a tulip. Pours pitch motor oil black with no head just a thin rim of tan foam around the glass.

The aroma is full of rich bourbon. Bitter sweet chococalte and some caramel with a fruity presence that reminds me of dark cherries. Seems to have a lingering hint of vanilla. The flavor is just full of bourbon. It's incredibly rich with dark chocolate and some vanilla. Simply incredible.

The feel is smooth and silky. Low carbonation and just a little bit hot. The flavor lingers nicely. Overall this is probably the best BA stout that I've had. All other BA stouts bow down to this!

Photo of andrewinski1
4.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet. This looks extra black and there is a small layer of tan head.

The aroma is very heavy with bourbon with a touch of licorice mixed in. Chocolate is the secondary aroma with some vanilla and oak. I can easily detect all of the different aromas here.

The taste is very sweet and chocolatey. There is plenty of bourbony oak in the finish that doesn't come across as hot.

This beer is huge, and feels very smooth going down.

This met my very high expectations.

Photo of SkiBum22
4.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Motor oil black, not much carbonation, about 1/4 finger worth of head.

S - Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some caramel sweetness. Chocolate and coffee with a light roast. Some dark fruits as well.

T - WOW! The bourbon definitely dominates. Cocoa, tobacco, oak, vanilla, light smoke, chewy malts, light oats, dark choc, baker's choc, light spicy booze, some warmth from the booze, Finishes a bit dry, some booze, lots of great bourbon and dark malts.

M - Very silky smooth and almost had a creamy feel to it.

O - Very good beer that lives up to the hype. The most bourbon I've ever tasted in a bourbon barrel stout.

Photo of StoneTSR
4.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #6,584 - Bottles on 11/19/2010. I have to thank my kick-ass girlfriend for this one. She got it for me as a gift this past winter and we finally decided to crack it open tonight, our first night settled into our new home in Colorado. We opened this along with a Vanilla, a regular BCBS and a Night Stalker. What a wonderful tasting from our former home. If InBev messes this all up I am going to somehow be able to hate them more than I already do.

APPEARANCE: No light at all penetrates this sucker - no little red ring around the bottom or anything, just a deep, dark black. A small reddish colored head appeared for about 30 seconds before fading away, but that's a lot longer than the regular BCBS lasted. A little fountain of bubbles trickled up from the bottom of the glass throughout the entire beer. No lacing to speak of. This was the only drawback in appearance, but by no means was it unexpected in any way.

SMELL: After living in Chicago most of my life I am very fortunate to have an ingrained knowledge of Bourbon County Stout's aroma and this instantly triggered memories of drinking BCBS. It was stronger though with a lot more wood and a HUGE bourbon aroma making it much more boozy than its counterpart. vanilla and a lot of booze.

TASTE: OK, I've been waiting long enough for this sip...well...VERY intense and there is a lot going on here. Bourbon, vanilla, a slight bit of coffee and a LOT of wood. The oak is very strong here.

MOUTHFEEL: Far more carbonated than I expected, this is the biggest and most pleasant surprise from this beer in my mind. Very shocking to have such a big beer pack such a punch in the feel department.

OVERALL: Honestly, let this beer warm up to about 55 degrees before serving it. When it first came out of the fridge I was not sure if it was really worth the price tag compared to regular BCBS, but as it warmed it became more and more worth while.

Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010) from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,231 ratings.