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Rare Bourbon County Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,148 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.8
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 1,697
Gots: 473 | 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:
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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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.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle #4087

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. ;)

Review/rating #1000

bobv, Jul 20, 2014
Rare Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.