Rare Bourbon County Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.74/5 rDev -1.2%
Appearance: Semi-vigorous pour into a snifter yields tan head over black. The 3/4 inch head dissipates rather quickly leaving a ring that hangs around.
Smell: Bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, bourbon (with the requisite oak, vanilla and caramel), dark roast coffee. Later, as it warms a bit, cherry and hay.
Taste: Chocolate, dark dried fruit, coffee, vanilla, and, oh yes, there is definitely heat from the bourbon.
Mouthfeel: Nice, considering the age.
Overall: So glad I finally opened one and even more glad I have another! This is a special, special beer. I will try to share the other one. ;)
07-20-2014 03:21:11 | More by bobv
4.94/5 rDev +2.9%
Held on to this one for a few years and cracked it at a special date. I'm a big fan of regular Bourbon Country, so I've got a pretty good handle on how the regular stuff tastes.
This is a different animal.
Pours as thick and lifeless as you can expect, but after that, it is damn near perfection. Chocolate, smoke, heat, perfume, spice, vanilla, coffee, wood, caramel, time, delicacy, velvet. There is just so much complexity in this, it's hard to properly describe.
I'll have to use a phrase a brewer once told me describes exceptional beers.
"It tastes like memories."
07-18-2014 22:18:02 | More by JohnnyChicago
4.93/5 rDev +2.7%
Bottle #6554, 4 oz pour into tulip tasting glass.
A: Black with a light dark brown foam. Foam dissipated rather quickly after pour.
S: Tons of chocolate on the nose followed by powerful scent of bourbon.
T: What I picked up on the nose gets amplified on the palate. Starts with big chocolate and then the rich bourbon flavor starts to build and come into its own. This is such an excellent fusion of flavor.
M: Medium body. Beer leaves its mark on your palate and the flavors persist long after a sip.
O: This was one of the finest imp. stouts I have ever had. I wish I had a more sophisticated bourbon palate to better detect the intricacies of the barrel aging. Regardless, this was like eating a box of chocolates, all of which were filled with pappy!
06-27-2014 12:06:30 | More by Get_Lowell
4.85/5 rDev +1%
Shared by a couple new beer buddies for Dan's birthday. Thanks to Mike for bringing this one out. Glad to finally be able to review this beer. Poured into a Hunahpu's snifter and shared with 2 other people
A - Viscous thick beer that pours dark as night leaving little to no head. Didn't expect there to be much but this one coats the glass a good bit
S - Smell is strong notes of bourbon followed by chocolate vanilla oaky hints that meld together. The dominate nose here is the bourbon.
T - Taste follows the nose except the bourbon is not as dominate. The smells have blended together into flavors where there is no one dominate taste. 3 and a half years and a properly cellared rare has made this into a fantastic taste. Chocolate bourbon coffee with hints of Vanilla and an oaky after taste. Not too much heat, at least compared to the Remy's Pappy we opened before
M - Mouthfeel was spot on for a beer this old, not too thin and not too thick. Still pretty full bodied with very minimal carbonation.
O -No oxidation here. It makes me want to seek one out now. Thanks again Mike. Happy that I am able to tick this.
06-25-2014 15:19:06 | More by drmcleod10
Rare Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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