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Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010)Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010)

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged 2 years in 23-year old Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrels.

Added by alcstradamus on 10-07-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TrueRates
2.36/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Was lucky enough to be able to sample about a 6 oz. pour at a local tasting. Happy I didn't have to fork over the $45+ price tag! Deep opaque black pour with a cappucino color head. The aroma is just wayyy too boozy. Tons of vanilla, caramel, residual sweetness, and Bourbon out the wazoo! Flavor is quite similar to the aroma. Very full bodies beer with overwhelming notes of bourbon and tones of licorice, sweet espresso, molasses, and some more vanilla. The body is nice and full for a RIS but the finish is just too sweet and alcoholic. I can't imagine drinking more than a few ounces of this. I think Goose Island nailed what they were going for in this beer. There were no real off flavors but just completely alcoholic and over the top.

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Photo of EdwardFortyHands
3.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is an ok brew but I expected more.

I get that it was mellowed for a long time in some swank barrels, but at this point it is over the hill. It must be pretty old in beer years because it tasted tired, and left for dead. There was just no life left in this beer and I think it really killed bottle "aging".

I really like the barrel aging aspect of stouts but once they come out of the barrel, that is it, that is as good as they are ever going to get.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goose Island BCS tasting on 6/16/2012

A: Very dark brown, with dark brown bubbles rising to the top, but no head to speak of.

S: Chocolate, bourbon, and wood

T: Lots of bourbon and dark cacao.

M: Oily, with low carbonation. Finished hot and astringent.

O: Honestly, a let-down for me. Too hot to really enjoy.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

The both famous and infamous Rare Bourbon County Stout. With a $45 retail price tag, we had mixed feelings going into this one. Regardless, lots of help from Masterski and theTomG for this stuff. Thanks a lot guys!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bourbon County Brand Stout in Pappy van Winkel barrels for 2 years.
Brewed in 2008 and bottled in 2010.
Bottle: 1475

APPEARANCE: Same pour as the base beer. Comes out black and yields a small, mocha colored head that quickly fades to a ring only. Relatively lousy retention. Jet black body with no visible carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Same as the base beer.

SMELL: Like the base beer, this one is quite bourbon heavy. Lots of barrel, with oak, vanilla and milk chocolate accompanying the bourbon base. Light roasted and chocolate notes, but strong on the barrel and very similar to the regular Bourbon County. Perhaps a touch less boozy than the fresh 2010 base beer, and the oak and vanilla are a little more forthcoming.

TASTE: Lots of barrel here, but more base beer up front than the 2010 regular Bourbon County showed. Roasted and smoky malts with some dark chocolate as well, then a burst of bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate. Lots of barrel on the finish, but not as boozy as the regular 2010 bottle. Bold and lingering aftertaste of vanilla, oak, bourbon and dark chocolate. Very flavorful overall, with less booze and more a bit more base beer under the barrel. The extra ageing time has done this one well, as it is mellower than the 2010 and more base beer is now detectible. For a big, huge barrel aged stout, this is quite good.

PALATE: Even lighter and more prickly than the regular version. Thinner body, prickly carbonation, and finishes quite sticky on the palate. This definitely needs to be thicker and creamier for the style. Like the rest of this series, the feel is where it falls way short.

OVERALL: This is a barrel aged lovers dream, as the barrel is not only bold and flavorful, but the extra age has let it mellow enough that the base beer can show its worth a little more. Definitely more complex and enjoyable than a fresh 2010 Bourbon County, and more flavorful and in better shape than the vintage 2007 bottle we opened as well. However, the body is simply too thin and the carbonation too prickly to make this the world class brew it wants to be. Moreover, although this bottle was in better shape than the 2007 we opened, I can imagine a vintage 2009 bottle would show the same quality as this. In the end, this beer is only worth the hefty price tag for novelty’s sake; if you want to taste something similar, try a 2009 bomber. A fraction of the price and just as enjoyable. Thanks for the help with this one guys. It was a fun experience.

EDIT: We tried the entire horizontal a couple weeks back and found that the Rare was indeed better than the '09 bomber we opened. More chocolate notes and, consequently, slightly more decadent.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rare Bourbon County comes out of the bottle with a very heavy-looking, black body. The brown head is a little weak looking, and doesn't manage any lacing. Not really a surprise or a problem with a beer this big though.

The aroma is a monster, with a ton of bourbon crushing hints of chocolate and wood.

Who put beer in my bourbon? Or isn't it normally the other way around? The bourbon domiantes this thing, with a huge amount of heat. I have to admit, the Pappy is a top notch bourbon, and it's noticeable, but this one is just too hot for me to fall in love. Some of the flavor that linger around beneath the bourbon are a good bit of roast and chocolate, some wood and vanilla,

A big, sticky body that burns my nose hairs.

This one only gets marks this high from me because the Pappy Van Winkle is excellent. I'm not, however, a fan of the bourbon strangling the beer completely. Although I am glad I got to try it, I don't think it was worth 50 bucks.

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Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Regular BCS & Vanilla last night, Rare tonight. Feeling decadent. And while I'm at it, I'm going to bitch about the price a bit. Goose Island - don't do this again. Worse, don't think you've made it OK for others to do it. Unfortunately, I just couldn't resist becoming part of the problem. But $40 for a bomber is seriously out of line.

Lovely packaging. Nice box, good micro-story, beautiful bottle. #3165 bottled on 11/19/10. Pours Testors flat matte black. Doubt you could raise a decent head on this without an old Raise Dead spell. Allow to sit for several minutes to warm from fridge temps. Smells like bourbon. Rich & good bourbon, but that's about it, really like a replay of regular BCS with more oomph.

Rare Bourbon County Stout burns all the way down. The additional bourboning has raised the base beer from overamped to carpet bombing. Although I'm actually laughing at some of the other reviews picking out "nuances" in this beer, kind of like criticizing the acting of Jenna Jameson. This is a bourbon nuclear weapon fused with malts. Any other taste is a figment of your imagination. It is, for all it's lack of subtlety, a masterful melding of the two.

Lacking any but the most cursory bits of carbonation, this is a heavy heavy monster mash in the stomach. That impacts how much I want of it, too. I could have easily had another Vanilla last night, but this creature, no way. Splitting a bomber with my wife is plenty, thank you.

Very good beer. But not $40+ good. This is a "glad I had it, don't need to have one again" kind of beer. Next time I'll buy 3 bottles of The Abyss or 12 cans of Furious & be much more entertained.

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Photo of MNJR
4.02/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours thick and displays a very slight head (almost none really). The color is dark chocolate brown and opaque. A couple drops on the table reveal that you can barely see through it, and they look exactly like a couple drops of espresso. This beer is laden with "nosefeel." Deep, rich aromas or bourbon (of course), oak, earth, slight prune, and port wine. Mothfeel is thick and very similar to a heavy port, or prune juice. The taste is absolutely informed by the strong aromas. It's a heavy mix of bourbon notes, vanilla, oak, slight prune, and port. As strong as it is, there is a mellowness as the flavors hit and fade, melding into a very satisfying finish. I've had bourbon stouts, but this was singular in complexity and depth. Drinkability is hardly an option here. For one thing the cost is very high, and for another one 22 oz bottle is definitely enough. This is like enjoying a little too much chocolate cake - it's filling and satisfying, but realize you've had enough.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.04/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a pitch black with a small light chocolate head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is heavenly with big vanilla, oak, chocolate brownie, bourbon, and some light cherry as well as a bit of nuttiness. The taste is sweet with hazlenut, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate brownie. The finish has quite a bit of alcohol as well as a light astringency and leaves some lingering oak on the palate. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel with low carbonation. This is a very good beer, but I find it to be a little be too sweet and boozy for me.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Bottle #2077. Shared at a tasting 1/8/11. 4oz. pour from a 22oz. bottle into a Founder's snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours super viscous. No head or lacing. Beer is a deep, dark, opaque, motor-oil black. Leaves nice oily remnants on the side of the glass.

S: As a take my first whiff of this one, I'm immediately hit with a face full of bourbon masking otherwise nice layers of complexity. Chocolate, fudge, sweet soy sauce, plum, prune, raisin, and vanilla. Very aromatic and sweet with a nose that's pretty spot on for a -bal stout.

T: Opens very sweet and boozy almost exactly like an aged Bourbon County Stout. Vanilla, chocolate, fudge, oak, and sweet soy sauce. Finish is cocoa powder and liquified dark fruit with an aftertaste of prunes and plum.

M: As full bodied as any imperial stout I've ever had. Very little carbonation. Oily and silky. Thick in the mouth and pretty smooth going down. Hot all the way though. Warming finish with a sweet, sticky aftertaste.

D: A very solid beer overall, Rare looses points for the amount of heat it contains in the nose, taste, and feel. Then again, Goose Island's never been known for their subtle -bal aging. Worth a try and I'm glad I had the opportunity but very similar to an aged regular Bourbon County Stout in my opinion.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.1/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Decided to share this with caskstrength on a random cellar raiding night. .

Pours like Bourbon County Stout. No surprises there.

Smells like Bourbon County Stout. But with more vanilla and coconut. Certainly more depth here, but still quite similar to the "normal" version. So much so that I'm getting worried...

I'm drinking a sweet gooey figgy molasses stout with vanilla and coconut (yum and yum) and more barrel than I've had in past versions. It's pretty darn good, and 2 years in the PVW barrel improves things, but not monumentally so.

Mouthfeel is thinned some by the barrels, but this is still BCS, tried and true.
Which means it sticks to the enamel, the glass, whatever it touches.

I was blown away by fresh Coffee BCS. I was not blown away by this beer. It's obviously a very good beer, but I wanted something more different-er than normal BCS. Glad I tried it, not much more to say, other than the price is ridiculous.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle number 8,455.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. The beer smells fairly boozy.

The flavor is heavy on the barrel-aged notes. I get a lot of maple and oak, as well as quite a bit of bourbon. There is also a good amount of chocolate and roasted malt in the flavor. The flavor is just as boozy as the aroma.

Full mouthfeel and low carbonation.

A very good imperial stout that I am very happy I got to try. That being said, I don't feel it is worth near what I paid for it. I think the Bourbon County Coffee Stout is a better beer at a fraction of the price, while the regular Bourbon County Stout has much more bang for your buck. If the beer was $15 it would be a great beer and a good deal, at the $53 price tag on this bottle, it is overpriced for what it delivers - although I am not sure any stout could be a good deal at that cost.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.12/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to zimmerbloke for hooking me up with a bottle of this in a surprise box. Thanks Matt. Shared at ramnuts house with our host, Black13, TulipSnifter, Bird, Mini, and Growler on 1-15-11. Review from notes.

A: Dark brown, ruby edges, legs. Typical finger of Bourbon County fizzy head dissipates to NOTHING.

S: Spices, caramel, sweet Bourbon (duh).

T: Smooth caramel, peppery alcohol, sweet cocoa, and molasses all make up components of the overall profile. Tons of vanilla show up as well. I think Bourbon County Vanilla might be pretty similar to this in a year or two. To be honest I prefer regular BCS but it's still good.

M: Thick, mouth coating, lowly carbonated, my soft palate is numb!

D: Not bad, I could have had more but in the end it is very similar to regular BCS. It's a novel concept to try a single barrel treatment such as PVW on this beer but for the price, I personally will be sticking to the annual offering.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.14/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Mike for our tasting tonight...Black pour with light carbonation, typical bcs...The aroma is pretty light, especially for a bcs, I'm shocked. Its not hot at all where is rare for a bcs beer, even one of the older aged ones. While I don't love the heat, I miss it a little. The aroma of vanilla and bourbon is nice, just not enough of it to get me really excited...The taste is really smooth, lightly creamy. Lots of vanilla is really nice, makes this really easy to drink. Light bourbon and alcohol, flavor palate just doesn't have a ton going on.

An aged BCS, smooth, but the aging makes its loses a lot of its character. Worth trying, but not worth the price tag.

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was shared by ejyoung at a recent tasting, and I shall be eternally grateful for it. This was poured into a small taster glass.

Inky, absorbing black, with almost no head to speak of. Looks thick and filling.

The aroma’s smooth and rich, as I’d expect from any beer with the Bourbon County Stout label. Tons of toffee, toasted coconut, buttery vanilla, oak and dark chocolate. Coconut, however, is the biggest contributor.

Honestly, there’s not a huge difference from the regular BCS in either aroma or flavor. The bourbon is very smooth — as Pappy should be. Butter and velvety oak blend with butterscotch, coconut, caramel and a little bit of chocolate.

Very mild, massaging carbonation breaks the beer into just a bit of fizz. Spicy and hot on the tongue. Creamy, mouth-coating body — I’d call it medium-full.

Rare is a very good beer, but so is regular Bourbon County Stout. And when you can get a couple four-packs of that brew for the price of a bottle of these, the choice is obvious. Not that I’m complaining about getting to try it. Thanks, Eric!

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank side by side with regular, coffee, and vanilla BCS.
A: less head than regular bcs, no lacing even after a bit. thick motor oil legs coat the glass.
S: definitely more bourbon/whiskey in the nose than regular bcs.
T: hard to distinguish from regular BCS, maybe a bit smoother.
M: slicker and fuller than regular bcs with the decreased co2.
D: worth that much extra money? maybe once, just to try. nice packaging though and the individually numbered bottles was a turn-on.

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Photo of seedsofchaos
4.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Me and a few buddies decided on a special occasion worthy enough and broke a bottle of Rare out of the cellar. Hand-written bottle number 872, bottled on November 19th, 2010. "This Stout was aged for two years in the finest old barrels Goose Island has used in its 18 years of bourbon barrel-aging beers! A true rarity - savor and share it only with those you hold dear, as it will never be made again. Cheers!"

Poured into chalices and shared amongst three friends. Jet black with a raspberry hot chocolate head. The head's color speaks of hot chocolate with touches of red, ruby and mahogany. The appearance is much the same as BCBS of any year, as one would expect, with its normal viscous nature and fully opaque, pitch black body.

The aroma is a rich medley of roast (perhaps burnt chocolate), heavy bourbon, oak, cordial cherries with hints of vanilla and licorice. Alcohol is present and the bourbon is not shy in its arrival in the nostrils as it shouldn't be with such a grandiose name as Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout. The bouquet leads directly into the flavor which echoes it's BCBS counterparts. Rich, creamy and bourbon forward as expected. The bourbon is quite rich and this beer quite oaky with such a smooth mouthfeel that enjoying this stout is no problem for any beer or whiskey lover. Though spirit-forward, there is plenty else going on. Fruity esters centered on cherry mix with oak, dark chocolate malt, roasted barley, dark crystal malts and light vanilla. The caramel malts seem to help accentuate the creaminess while the bourbon sticks to the sides of your mouth. Goes down warm.

The warming has a bit of a heavier impact than previous BCBSs that I've come across. Warmth is ever-present from the tip of the tongue all the way down throughout the tasting. Though highly enjoyable, this doesn't hit the high expectations set by it's "Rare" denomination or extravagant price tag. Make no arguments about it, this beer is a fantastic bourbon barrel aged stout but, at the same time, has been hyped to a point beyond what any beer should. Approach blindly as you would any other Imperial Stout and you shall be pleasantly surprised.

Drinkability? At $40 a bottle? A little less than exceptional... Sans that, a fantastically delicious beer.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep black, I would venture to say pitch black. slight lacing with mocha head.

S-Compared it right next to a 15 year old pappy bourbon and smelled dead on. Slight vanilla and chocolate

T-Once past the bourbon, I pick up hints of vanilla. It makes it almost sweet. Nice oak tones as well.

M-Silky and so sweet bourbon. Somewhat hot. wonder what some age would do with it.

D-Way more smooth and drinkable than i was anticipating. had to slow down as to savor my $40 bottle.

Not worth the $40 bottle, but definitely worth the try!

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.22/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Black13 for pulling out. Bottle #2967

Appearance-No lacing. Black with brown highlights. Pours like oil. 4/5

Smell- Alcohol, vanilla and bits of coffee. Smooth dark chocolate aroma. Very Woody after is warms. Can't stop smelling it. 4.5/5

Taste- Very hot. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Some coffee. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Not as thick as you would think but very good. 4/5

Overall- Very good. Sweet as hell. Sticks to your lips. The aroma is definitely the most interesting part. 4.5/5

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Photo of kbutler1
4.22/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Compliments of UMNBeerhunter. Poured into a tulip glass a dark, black brown color with a slight tan head. The aroma contains a multitude of smells including first and foremost the bourbon aroma the barrels imparted followed by molasses, dark chocolate, and some vanilla. I must be a little sensitve to the bourbon as in this beer it seems it almost burns the nose a little when you take a big whiff. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Roasty, sweet, vanilla, oak, bourbon all hit your tongue at the same time and meld rather well together. The vanilla comes through pretty nice. Overall, a really good beer. I’d like to see the bourbon "heat" relax with some additional time and see where it goes.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout is an enormous, delicious, autolysed, ashy imperial stout. I had this at the Goose Island event at Meridian Pint in DC a few months ago.

A: Dark black colour. No head, presumably because it's old. 4

S: Bourbon aroma as well as an extremely string Vegemite aroma from autolysed yeast 3.5

T: Extremely malty and dark with lots of autolysed yeast and ash. Not overpowering. Very woody finish with a little brown sugar. So big. Really nice. 4.5

M: Chewy with low carbonation. 4.5

O: 4.5

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A friend of mine was nice enough to share a bottle of this with me and 2 other friends. Served at cellar temperature into a snifter.

A - Pours jet black with about 1 finger of rich, khaki colored head

S - Smells of bourbon and creamy chocolate. However, I was really hoping for a little bit more bourbon aroma.

T - Subtle bourbon up front, followed by a wave of chocolate, molasses, and vanilla. Very easy to drink, but I have to slow myself down because I know that I probably won't be tasting this again. Given the opportunity though, I could drink much more of this than regular BCS.

M - Full bodied. The mouthfeel was almost spot on. My favorite aspect of this beer. It's thick and chewy, but also creamy at the same time.

O - I was the only one of my friends tasting this that had not had it earlier. Everyone else said that it was much more "hot" a year ago with more bourbon barrel flavor. However, I still think this is drinking really nicely right now and most people will actually appreciate the fact that it is a bit toned down now and the flavors really melt together nicely. I wouldn't pay an arm and a leg to try one... but I'm glad that I did.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at DLD 2011

I was handed a sample of this brew!

It was a very dark black color with a nice caramel lacing. My first impression was this beer is HOT! It was very warm tasting and the whiskey needed to mature a little in the beer.

This would be fantastic at about 1.5/2 years of cellaring IMHO

Overall a great beer to try if you can get some! I wont be paying what they are asking for it though!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Split the bottle with angrybabboon and bilco.

Appearance: Deep black. Some rich browns when held to direct light. Clear. Pours like motor oil. Small tan collar with a quickly dissipating head. Thick and still. Very similar to straight BCBS.

Smell: A solid punch of smooth alcohol. Signature Bourbon County sweetness with a bit more depth. Marshmallow and coconut. Loads of vanilla, both from the barrel and the bean. Raisins and dark macerated cherry flesh. Nice solid oakiness through the back. Slightly burnt and roasted. Blends caramel and toffee with some rich cooked sugars. Sweet, a but too much for my taste.

Taste: Roasted marshmallow with some solid vanilla and caramel. Crazy smooth blend of bourbon barrels and Bourbon County. Toasted coconut flesh and sugar. Cooked and caramelized malts. Slight alcohol heat on the back. Raw sugar. Molasses and toffee. Sweet but not too sweet. A bit more balanced than the standard. Crazy smooth. Brown sugar and some oak. Almost delicate. Super complex, but that's expected.

Mouthfeel: Crazy smooth. Creamy. Light to medium carbonation with a slick and oily medium to full body. Surprisingly clean.

Overall: I can't taste the rare. Ahab is sad.

An improvement over BCBS but not quite the legend I expected. A smoother more polished version of the base beer. Nicely complex.

This is an orca among white whales. Big and smooth but not worth what it takes to track down. I'm glad I got a bottle when it was on the shelves. Check it off and move on.

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Photo of pwoody11
4.25/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:

Aroma was mostly chocolate with hints of vanilla, caramel and leather.

Taste was sweet without being cloying. Follows the nose for the most park. Chocolate, caramel, vanilla and toffee. Not as boozy as I expected. Not picking up as much PVW as I expected either. Definitely there, just not profound.

Mouthfeel was smooth and rich.

Really enjoyed this one. Have one more bottle left. Think I'll sit on it for awhile.

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Photo of illidurit
4.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on the RBSG 2012 bus. Pours black with amber highlights. Aroma is pretty solid, nothing spectacular, coffee grounds and dry dark malts. The flavor is out of this world though. Vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut explode on the palate, tons of sweet luxurious malt flavors, velvety mouthfeel. Great barrel influence, just a rich complex sweetness and rustic oakiness with very little coconut (which I can’t stand). It’s hard to describe how much better this is than your garden variety BA imperial stout. It’s just a whole other stratum.

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