Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2010) | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Brewed by:
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 kylehay2004
4.74/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of acurtis
4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Bottle # 7,245.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki that slowly settles to oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is incredible with dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Taste is much the same with a mild alcohol kick and a pleasant woody finish after each sip. There is a fairly mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great beer with an amazing aroma and a fantastic taste. I am glad I finally was able to try this beer after hearing about it for so long.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a very special beer right here, with plenty of age on it now, and only good fortune allowed me to drink this. apparently aged in pappy 23 barrels, the bourbon character of this beer is like no other, but lets start with the look. packaging is gorgeous, velvety green box, regal looking, anticipation is high. the beer is extremely thick, viscosity to the max, shiny black liquid dances in the glass, producing a short espresso crema head on top. the nose is insane, and i stop and just smell this for several minutes before i taste. the bourbon is everywhere, char and oak and sweet vanilla marry beautifully with dense fire roasted malts, almost has a grilled property with what i perceive to be a touch of smoke, and then a raw brown sugar type sweetness, very little booze in the smell at all, i assume this has calmed down over time. the flavor is gorgeous too, with bourbon leading the way. im also finding all sorts of interesting accent flavors in the dense grain waves, from raisin to fresh cut tobacco and even coffee with a nice earthy body. speaking of body, this is a teeth coater, extremely thick and sticky lingering beer. it has some residual sugar, no doubt, but its never unflattering, and in fact beings out the bourbon even better i think. i havent consumed much pappy, been out of the budget for sure, but i can see why it has a place at the top just from its impact on this beer. ive loved all of the bourbon county stuff, but nothing has come close to this one in my mind. a perfect combination of flavors, stout at its finest. this is in some ways the final word on bourbon barrel imperial stout, i mean, where could it go from here?

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.96/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

With no doubt, this is the best Stout that I have ever had- 100% worth the hype and acclaim!

With even more anticipation than the Coffee and Vanilla infused Bourbon County Brand Stouts, no hype is lost on this beast. This Pappy Van Winkle infused BCBS is much more bourbony than any beer I have tried to date. Imagine my favorite bourbon and my favorite stout hooked up at a great beery distillery and conceived another angelic brew.

The beer opens with a dead-on motor oil viscosity and color. A delicate crème forms with a roast-stained hue. Where the retention eventually succumbes to the alcohol and weight, the legging became more apparent. The low carbonation and visual weight of the beer adds to the mystique of its appearance.

Extremely seductive aromas of decedent cocoa, espresso, and lucious bourbon all stand out in obvious stature. Lighter notes of cherry esters, licorice, and actual molasses help to round out the background attributes. The beer's aroma is complex nearly to the point of becomming overwhelmed with so much power, boldness, and harmony.

Flavors build even more, springboarding off of the powerful cocoa and espresso. But the thickness of the beer along with the creamy maltytness give even greater smoothness and melded taste making this beer way more drinkable than it should be; kinda malty-sweet-chocolatey like Whoppers malted milk candies. As the beer warms and deep in the finish, the molasses, licorice, and cherry flavors become much more apparant. Where hops are restrained, bitterness is achieved with the smooth bitterness of the carefully brewed espresso beans.

Distinct Bourbon notes from the famed Pappy 23 barrels give a sweet vanillan, caramel, oaky flavor and a texture that is smoothly boozy, powdery dry and with an almost marshmallowy feel. Signature Pappy contributes the dry-tannic feel to accompany the oak flavor in a very savory and handsome manner.

As expected, the beer is as thick, chewy, heavy, full, and as round as any beer that has crept into my mouth. And with the ultimate velvety textures, it drank much like a thick chocolate milkshake. The beer remains so very deep, lasting well into the finish and aftertaste.

It's crazy to talk that these unique barrels could make such a difference with the original Bourbon County Brand Stout. I'm not sure that the Pappy 23 release is that much more superior to the BCBS, but does improve upon them somewhat.

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Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black Friday insanity... wait in a line, pay for bottles, get in another line, drink! Five ounce pours were $10, but some were luckier than others with a couple extra ounces. Thanks to GbvDave and Acme for hooking me up with a little extra.

Dark chocolate mocha foam that had a dark tobacco stained tan hue. Once it parted, the surface was glassy obsidian black. There was little to no lace, and eventually the head faded to nothing, leaving just the oily black liquid.

Sweet bourbon aroma, vanilla, toasted coconut, fudgy dark chocolate, rich toffee. Seems a bit sweeter than standard-issue BCS. Dark syrupy chocolate and sweet vanilla flavors, though not as sweet as the nose lets on. Toasted coconut and tobacco smudges from the barrel, with noticeable oak traces lingering long into the aftertaste. Roasted black malt at it's core lends some bitterness. Very clean, not overly boozy compared to fresh BCS right out of the gate.

Mellow feel, the extra barrel time smoothed out any rough edges. Aged to perfection. Super drinkable, though the price and rarity limit it to a strictly "special occasion" sipper.

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Photo of oline73
4.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap at Dark Lord Day, reviewed from notes I made then.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with hardly any head. Black as night and thick light motor oil.

Smell: Sweet roasty malt with a hint of smooth bourbon, I'm also picking up some cocoa.

Taste: Wow! Super smooth, very sweet and roasty. The bourbon is very gentle and smooth, just wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth like butter. Coats your tongue completely. Very little carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: I can't really think of anything to complain about with this beer. I feel very lucky that I was able to score a poor of this. As smooth as anything I've had before. Love it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with nary a head that leaves a few leggy dots behind

Smell: Fudgy and oaky, with waves of caramel, bourbon and vanilla; a subtle waft of heat from the alcohol

Taste: Opens with dried plum and chocolate fudge, with developing caramel and vanilla elements; by mid-palate, the Pappy barrel bourbon, with its rich warm flavors, envelops the tongue and leaves a rich legacy that lasts well into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and velvety, with low carbonation; gentle warmth in the gullet

Overall: Deserving of the accolades; the best Bourbon-barrel stout I have come across by a country mile

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Photo of zeff80
4.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a small, tan head of wispy foam. It left sudsy trails of foam on the glass.

S - Licorice, whiskey, vanilla, roasty malt with some oaky notes.

T - Fantastic taste! The perfect blend of whiskey and beer flavors. Vanilla up front with some woody/oaky flavors. Licorice, burnt molasses and chocolate come with some booziness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence. Drinks like a brandy or aperitif.

O - This is really, really outstanding. It delivered on the hype in a big way. Thanks Jarret for sharing!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with small foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma consists of bourbon and vanilla with light dry roasted malt with nice lingering sweet notes and is almost perfect. Taste is a perfectly balanced mix between some bourbon with balanced vanilla notes and some light dry roasted malt that is offset by light lactose notes. Body is quite full with a very nice creamy texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol notes. I must admit that even though my expectations were quite high for this beer, this has exceeded my expectations. The notes of vanilla, bourbon and roasted malt are well integrated and creamy texture is perfect. Now I wish I could find another bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of largadeer
4.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to cpferris for sharing this invaluable tick.

Appearance: Black and viscous. The brown head recedes to a lasting crust.

Smell: Molasses, oatmeal cookie, bittersweet chocolate bar. Plenty of oak, too. Subtleties of vanilla, toffee, a little tootsie roll sweetness. This has more depth than regular BCS, though it's very similar.

Taste & texture: Molasses up front, boozy bourbon, still a surprising heat present despite 2 years in barrels. A lot of oak mid-palate, drying and tannic until some sweetness reappears toward the finish. Full, rich body. Chocolate-covered espresso bean finish, lingering licorice, light tannins.

Quality stuff for sure, and a clear step up from regular Bourbon County Stout.

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Photo of mothman
4.69/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 3580

Pours very little head. Color is a deep caramel brown, near black, but not as dark as I expected.

Aroma: Awesome bourbon flavors with a vanilla sweetness. Oak, caramel, chocolate, and a light roast with some coffee flavors. So sweet and inviting.

Taste: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some caramel sweetness. Chocolate and coffee with a light roast. Dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Warming, smooth, and creamy. Not hot, but the bourbon shows nicely. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends with bourbon flavors.

Overall, this was a really solid beer. More smooth than regular bcs. The bourbon was spot on providing a warming layer that wasn’t hot and distracting from the beer.

Thanks Joe for sharing this treat!

Edit: 12-2015 bottle #4541
After having the near full line up of BCBS, you can tell the difference clearly. The bourbon flavors are so much more complex here. So smooth and complex. Extremely easy to drink. Rich, roasted, coffee, and bourbon.

Edit: 10-2016 bottle #3296
Most of what I have loved about this beer in the past has been lost. It is a shell of it's former self and tastes more like regular BCBS than rare. Very sad, but I knew the day would eventually come.

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5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.72/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Super dark creamy head, pitch black beer with long legs, nice and thick.

N: Awesome, nice dark malts, chewy oats and malts, chocolate malts, dark chocolate, roast, caramel, roasty molasses, light oak and vanilla, bit of bourbon.

T: Wow! Awesome bourbon dominates, aged bourbon, cocoa, tobacco, oak and some vanilla, light smoke, chewy malts, light oats, dark choc, baker's choc, light spicy booze, some warmth from the booze, Finishes a bit dry, some booze, lots of great bourbon and dark malts.

M: Heavier bodied, some warming booze, decent carb.

O: Amazing, great malts, light booze, whisky, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate flavors, great beer, aging would do well but I'd be afraid the bourbon will fade a bit.

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4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Huhzubendah for providing this at his recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pour brings the typical Bourbon County look--motor-oil black with a thin mocha head, a bit of a collar, and some legs on the side of the glass. The nose brought some really great Pappy character. At this point, I am beyond convinced that using Pappy barrels will certainly make a better-tasting beer than using most other barrels. Good chocolate notes and a hint of vanilla and oak in the background. The taste brings lots of Pappy character plus some roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of booze. Really smooth and lovely. Quite drinkable. Love it.

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Photo of billab914
4.5/5  rDev -6.3%

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