Old '84 Rye Bourbon County Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Khazadum on 03-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 7
Photo of MasterSki
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stoutfest. Served in the matching taster glass.

A - All these BCS variants look the same, particularly once the dime of foam dissipates.

S - This one reminded me a lot of BCS Rare/vintage bottles of BCS. The whiskey flavor is intense, but the beer somehow comes across as mellow nonetheless. Obviously this isn't a bad thing, but I was expecting more divergence from the regular version. There's perhaps a touch of spicy rye, but I find that really old American whiskeys tend to start converging at a similar flavor.

T - Again, really nice stuff, but hard to pick apart from regular BCS without the virtue of an A/B comparison (pun not intended). Whiskey is prevalent and imparts a mild amount of characteristic rye spice. Plenty of chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel sweetness too, but I'd expect nothing less of BCS.

M - Pretty similar to the Lion's Pride I had side-by-side.

D - I liked this one, but not quite as much as the Koval barrel-aged version. Also, every time I have one of this variants I'm reminded of how much a classic regular ol' BCS is and how much I long for the days where I could buy it year-round off the shelf.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great bourbon county traditional appearance, its thinner than you expect on appearance. Thick inky clouds.

Gigantic chocolate with perfect bourbon character. Heat on back end. Sherry, caramel, molasses. Sweet, with a light spicy bite.

Tastes.. spicy bourbon, great great heat, sweet molasses, caramels from everywhere. Sherry and deep dark fruits. The finish is a lingering spicy love with bite. It's the best plain Jane variation ever. That rye is so prevalent and so noticeable. It's complex bourbon.

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Old '84 Rye Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.5 out of 5 based on 7 ratings.
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