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

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Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010)Rare Bourbon County 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
Ratings:
1,373
Reviews:
367
Avg:
4.7
pDev:
6.6%
 
 
Wants:
1,861
Gots:
477
For Trade:
15
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Ratings: 1,373 |  Reviews: 367
Photo of Abbbp
4.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of timc100
4.77/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mabmab67
4.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smutty33
4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of KingEdward
4.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jenebauer
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mmcurran
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of suckaj
4.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of elkinbrown
4.81/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bradaplast
4.92/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ricoslim
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NickyDee21
4.74/5  rDev +0.9%
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 -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stum-pub
4.6/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Narthax
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cannabispinoy
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shawner
4.3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uncccegr
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of deadsincebirth
4.87/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look is black with a ring of brown tinge. Smells of chocolate bourbon soaked brownies. Taste is slightly sweet chocolate, coffee like bitterness and bourbon all rounding each other off in perfect harmony. Feel is ligering chocolate that stays with you a while. Overall wonderfully balanced and has held up really well. Oxydation is evident so drink now. IMO this will not be getting any better.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.37/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured dark reddish brown hue with a minmal fizzy light brown head that mostly diminished with little lacing. Aroma was a heavy toasted chocolate malt, vanilla and woody bourbon. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy complex toasted malt, vanilla and bourbon flavor and a heavy complex sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of JohnParadee
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rab53
4.74/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmh_the_legend
4.83/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rare Bourbon County Stout (2010) from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.7 out of 5 based on 1,373 ratings.
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