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 Double / 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 thirty-five 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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-30-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
981
pDev:
6.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 981 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of Snowcrash000
4.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black coloration with almost no head whatsoever. Very strong bourbon nose with some chocolate and perhaps oak coming through as well. The bourbon is quite overpowering, although not necessarily in a bad way. Taste follows the nose, with a very strong, nuanced and overpowering bourbon note. Some chocolate, oak and just a hint of vanilla coming through as well. Quite a bit of hot boozyness coming through in the aftertaste. Body is thick and oily, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonisation. This is poorly balanced in my opinion, with the bourbon being way to overpowering. I honestly prefer the normal BCBS with its sublime balance of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon to this, where the hot, boozy bourbon just overpowers everything else. This almost tastes more like chocoloate flavoured bourbon than bourbon flavoured beer, actually.

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Photo of curtis6290
4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured quickly into a snifter to produce as much foam and disturbance as possible. Enjoyed over 60 minutes of watching Sean White win the Gold Medal.

Look: Little to no foam (tan in color) even with the intense pour. Minimal sediment residue at the bottom. No lacing. Jet black in color, syrupy brown/caramel crowning.
Smell: Maraschino cherry, bourbon, chewable daily vitamins, wet grass, candied oranges, port wine.
Taste: Light enjoyable acidity, intense citrus and stone fruit throughout the beginning, middle and end. Hops are present in the slightest way possible, but can definitely notice them. Slight presence of bourbon on the aftertaste along with oak and peanuts. Maple syrup and fresh sugar cane come through as it opens up, along with smoke, ash, whiskey really come through.
Feel: Extremely smooth and enjoyable, light acidic but nutty tang on the tail end that really make you want to keep drinking this. Opens up nicely, but appears to get thicker as it warms. Resinous, piney, syrupy.
Overall: I am extremely pleased with this brew, definitely worth the wait and the price. Happy to enjoy the wooden box and the honor of being able to try Goose Island's finest. This beer is exceptionally enjoyable, and I wish I had bought a few more.

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Photo of carmike813
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of cj8311
4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hayley_86
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, ladies and gents, this is the real deal here. Smell is about as intoxicating as a Victoria secret sleepover - potent barrel aged booze, yet still delicate. Once I want in for the kill, it was like a Keanu Reeves tidal wave of thick, luxurious liquid chocolate and barrel aged whisky. Even on a bad day this beverage would make Raul’s compass go true north.

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Photo of monty79_1997
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of WesMantooth
4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nichols33
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of madbrewer9
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer.
Refined bourbon flavor. Vanilla, dark fruit and chocolate.
Boozy nose and flavor.
Lots of malt sweetness.

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Photo of Datdubj1988
4.62/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of mjpolzin
4.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally found some time to share this with two other friends. Had it along side regular 2015 Bourbon County Stout. I wanted a comparison of how it stacked up to the original version.

Immediately the nose of Rare blew regular Bourbon County away. There were strong aromas of booze, char and oak. Regular BCBS had very little nose at first but it improved as it warmed. The taste of Rare was as complex as any barrel aged stout I have had. There was flavors of vanilla, roast, oak and sweetness. Each aspect of the taste seemed to come through in layers before it eventually settled on your tongue.

Was this worth the $65 price tag? No, probably not. But it is definitely worth trying if you haven't had it before. And even now that I have had it, I would love to have another opportunity to try it again a few years down the road.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DasBeerbaron
3.72/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Waaay too boozy and overpriced especially for a beer that was more readily available than the regal rye from the same years release. Still drinkable and got the job done but learned my lesson. Next time buy it to sell at a higher price to some schmuck.

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Photo of FBarber
4.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black - shiny and glossy - thick and viscous. Thin wimpy tan head dissipate quickly leaving no residual head or lacing.

Aroma is incredibly strong - notes of oak, bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, marshmallow, and roasted malts. For a bourbon barrel aged stout this is pretty much. a perfect aroma - I wouldn't change a thing - its incredible.

Taste follows the nose with notes of oak, marshmallow, cocoa, dark chocolate, and a nice roasted malt backbone. Bourbon and oak soak the flavors - definite bit of heat from the bourbon but not overpowering.

Feel is thick, sticky, and viscous. Moderate carbonation with a slightly fizzy mouthfeel. Very smooth mellow feel with some alcohol heat on the back end that provides a pleasant warming sensation.

Overall this is a fantastic bourbon barrel aged stout. The price was rather insane, but putting that aside, this might be one of if not the best barrel aged stout I've ever had.

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

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

It is really a special beer. Wish it wasn’t so expensive but it was worth it. Phenomenal fluid

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Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.64 out of 5 with 981 ratings