Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015) | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Back in 1979 the folks at Heaven Hill Distilleries filled a handful of new freshly charred American white oak barrels with some of their finest whiskey. It is rare for Bourbon to age in barrels for more than twenty-three years. But these barrels patiently sat for over thirty years. The extra years developed a distinct and complex character that makes them truly one-of-a kind. We filled those barrels with Bourbon County Brand Stout, and then stored them away in our Chicago Barrel House to age for two more years. With these rare barrels from our friends at Heaven Hill we believe this is one of the finest beers we have ever produced. This is Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout for 2015

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-30-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
181
Ratings:
1,006
pDev:
6.47%
 
 
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Photo of ovaltine
4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is jet black, underneath a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. The barrel notes are prominent on the nose, but not overwhelming.

The taste is in perfect balance, IMHO. The barrel has big vanilla and oak notes, and the base beer has loads of char, toffee, and chocolate. Exceptionally well-executed, IMHO, which is to be expected for a beer named “Rare.”

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4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells of sweet caramel especially after this beer has been age to three years. Amazing complexity to the flavor profile with good sweetness. This beer pours pitch black with a good head. Truly amazing!

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours Pitch Black with a thin tan head that recedes immediately. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of bourbon heat, charcoal, vanilla cake frosting, fudge, and a little spice. It tastes of vanilla cake frosting, smoke, fudge, spices, and bourbon. This beer is thick, deep, complex, and smooth. This is one of the best Barrel aged stouts I’ve ever had.

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4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Super black with a tiny tan head that disappeared quickly.
S: 3 years in and this still has huge bourbon and oak notes. After the bourbon you get chocolate, then slight notes of toffee, vanilla and dark cherries.
T: This follows the nose almost exactly. Huge boozy bourbon and oak up front, followed by slight hints of vanilla, dark fruits and toffee.
F: Just like most BCBS stuff, the feel is super thick and has a nice dry finish.
O: So glad I got to try this once. I love BA stouts that are big on bourbon and oak and even though this is 3 years old, it did not disappoint.

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4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10/21/18 (Round Lake): Bottle 2037 bottled 9/21/15 purchased in 2015, 14.8% ABV. Poured into three snifters, shared with my two brothers. Pitch black pour, off white bubbly ring around glass. Very strong harsh whiskey aroma, overpowers other aromas. Taste is nicely balanced, the strong whiskey aroma does not portend strictly whiskey taste. Roasted malt, whiskey balanced taste. Silky smooth mouth feel. Overall outstanding offering. Love this!!! Afraid the whiskey taste would overwhelm based on the aroma, but this outstandingly well balanced excellent world class offering is one of the top beers I've ever tasted. Well worth the wait and price.

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4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.49/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.6/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours jet black with no head to speak of. Over time a tan ring of bubbles forms on the glass
S - The barrel is real. Bourbon is by far the dominant aroma here. Followed closely by hints of toffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and booze. Oh so much booze.
T - The bourbon hits even harder here. Booze and toasted oak come at the tongue in force followed by roasty chocolate notes and the slightest hint of something reminiscent of vanilla. Finishes extremely dry and hot.
F - thinner than Ideal but oh so smoothe
O - I love my stouts absolutely chock full of bourbon but I lik it to take a backseat to the beer itself. This is a fantastic beer that I would happily drink again, but I think it needs a stronger sense of balance.

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5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has an ABV of 14.50%. The story is in 1979 Heaven Hills Distilleries filled some freshly charred oak barrels with whiskey and aged them for 35 years. Then the empty barrels were filled with Bourbon County Brand Stout and aged for two years, then bottled.
The beer is black with no head, even with an aggressive pour.
Aroma of booze and chocolate, some vanilla.
A more complex taste. Bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. A hint of dark fruit.
Big beer. I could drink this forever.

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4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.86/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Beer rating: 4.64 out of 5 with 1,006 ratings