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)
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
370
Ratings:
1,382
pDev:
6.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1,858
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Ratings: 1,382 |  Reviews: 370
Photo of SeanBond
4.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll start with two disclaimers: I never had this fresh, and am not QUITE as huge a fan of regular BCBS as many people (it's one of my favorites, but I typically like at least one or two variants more per year). With that being said:

As far as I'm concerned, this is the best non-adjunct BA stout I've ever had. BCBS was already right up there (I could never decide whether I preferred BCBS or Parabola, but BCBS '14 clarified that I was a GI boy), but this takes what's great about regular, and amps it up. The mouthfeel is better and creamier, the beer itself is extremely black (blacker than BCBS), and the finish of the beer goes on for days and days (seriously, the first taste didn't blow me away, but the finish did. I literally said "wow" out loud, when it was still lingering for what seemed like forever). Hides the alcohol really well, but this is a 5 year old beer, so that might be part of the reason. The other thing I noted while drinking (shared with my girlfriend, but as usual, it turned into a night of me pouring into my snifter, and drinking the bomber alone!) is how easy/enjoyable it is to drink. It's not my favorite BCBS taste-wise, but it just slides through your mouth like nothing. Awesome.

I'm hoping to grab a bottle of Rare '15 to do a proper comparison (only had one pour at FoBAB, and I don't think that's enough), but I'm really eager to do so. My first impressions of the side-by-side would be that the '15 is possibly more complex, but the '10 is more well-rounded.

I still think Prop '13 is my favorite Bourbon County, all-time, but you can't go wrong with this beer. I'm glad GI decided to bring it back, even if it's in a slightly different form.

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Photo of Orlando
4.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MartyIU13
5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at a share along with 15 Rare. Wow did it hold up. Perfectly balanced and smooth. All the flavors were blended perfectly.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.69/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.51/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a pretty girl. Jet black. Brown head. Aroma was warm, bourbon, chocolate truffle type of beer. Where did we drink this, March Madness 2011? Or was it 2012? Eh, still have one more.

Taste again, pvw barrels seem to be hotter than some others, I know there is all this name nonsense, but really that is the most discernable thing for my palate. Its still a great beer, but there are lots of them and I don't see how this is really any better than the base bcs beer. The marketing behind it is genius.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.75/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark as night....smell of bourbon and chocolate, flavors started predominantly with raisin, then evolved into tobacco, and finished strong with molten chocolate bourbon brownie... Exceptionally tasty, but may have lost a little concentration over the years...

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Photo of rarapacz
4.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of htm
4.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Abbbp
4.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of timc100
4.77/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not but 10 days before the 5 year mark do I have the privilege of finally trying the original Rare. Cellared by Goose Island and enjoyed during a cellar clearing, this bottle has help up perfectly and shows no sign of a half-decade of age.

I am very surprised at how different this is than the regular - so much additional refined flavor from the extra aging and PVW23 barrels. This is really a standout, a top stout in all regards and the best rendition of bourbon county stout I've had. As it warms the sweet barrel nuances that separate this from other stouts are highlighted: sweet pipe tobacco, charred marshmallow, honey, toffee; all over a rich chocolatey and roasty stout. There is enough bold stout and bitterness to hold up it's own and keep balanced after this extended aging in these over-saturated 23yr barrels. One thing that seems to have faded with age is the actual bourbon flavor - at this point it is just very soft nuances but does not have the bourbon and char flavor.

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mabmab67
4.79/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smutty33
4.69/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of KingEdward
4.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jenebauer
4.75/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmcurran
5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of suckaj
4.91/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of elkinbrown
4.81/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bradaplast
4.92/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ricoslim
4.75/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NickyDee21
4.74/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review from 20 Sep 2015. Poured out of 22 oz bottle into snifter

L: Jet-black. Little-to-no quickly disappearing light brown head. Thick like motor oil
S: Outstanding aroma. Bourbon notes ignite your nasal cavity. Getting some rich notes of dark chocolate.
T: Wow. Bourbon soaked dark chocolate. Even after 5 years, this one is still hot. Best bourbon taste I have had in a beer. It warms but does not overpower. Picking up hints of oak and vanilla on the back end finished with a black coffee bitterness. This beer is something else
M: full-bodied. chewy. creamy.
O: Amazing beer. Great bourbon presence. Great bourbon taste. A+ brew. Has set a high standard for Rare 2015.

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Photo of anteater
4.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stum-pub
4.6/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2010) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.8 out of 5 with 1,382 ratings