1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Rare Bourbon County Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Rare Bourbon County StoutRare Bourbon County Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
100
world-class

1,148 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,148
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 4.8
pDev: 6.46%
Wants: 1,699
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,148 | Reviews: 337 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Howlader
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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."

Beautiful beer.

JohnnyChicago, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Theredflame2
4.75/5  rDev -1%

Theredflame2, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of JustinMatthew
5/5  rDev +4.2%

JustinMatthew, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of _morandi_
4.75/5  rDev -1%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of KAF
4.75/5  rDev -1%

KAF, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Jackp_43
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Jackp_43, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Moc513
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Moc513, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Mitch_Cumstein
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Mitch_Cumstein, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of VernonBaxter
5/5  rDev +4.2%

VernonBaxter, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of randyb0007
5/5  rDev +4.2%

randyb0007, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Herky21
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Herky21, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Zimm
4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

Zimm, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Ilovelampandbeer, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of striker2160
4.75/5  rDev -1%

striker2160, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Jmbbabson
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Jmbbabson, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of Get_Lowell
4.93/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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!

Get_Lowell, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of drmcleod10
4.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.

drmcleod10, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of 77apm
4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

77apm, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of stephensinner
5/5  rDev +4.2%

stephensinner, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Theortiz01
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Theortiz01, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of KCBeerNerd
5/5  rDev +4.2%

KCBeerNerd, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Thishops4u
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Thishops4u, Jun 17, 2014
Rare Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,148 ratings.