Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,464 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 9,464
Reviews: 2,506
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,086
Gots: 4,431 | FT: 457
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
60 IBU

(Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003)
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Photo of Buster
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kolatinstigator
4.98/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DaverCS
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Released in 2014, labeled 2013.

Appearance is dark motor oil, with little head. The head that is present consists of a caramel color.

Aroma is something incredibly special. You know this is an excellent beer just by the smell. It smells of an intense bourbon flavor. Some sweet molasses come forward. Huge hit of vanilla for sure! Absolutely outstanding.

Taste is phenomenal! This beer is thick… I mean it coats the palate! Intense flavors of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and some maple syrup. A huge kick of alcohol at the end that warms and provides a nice flavor. The bourbon is the star of this beer. It is so intense that ALL stouts will fail in comparison. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS BEER! Very little carbonation. No hops present. No bitterness. Just smooth, thick, bourbon laced beer.

This is by far the best stout I have ever tried. I highly recommend it for anyone who says stouts aren’t good. I would typically agree, however, this could convert even the biggest haters of stouts. Normally I give a recommended pairing, but this beer needs a clean palate and an hour to fully enjoy it! An obvious 100/100 for me!

Photo of LouZ
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured pitch black from a 12oz bottle, 2014 vintage. Minimal, coffee-colored head. Scent was not as strong as I was expecting. It was there, and you got a hint of bourbon, but not prominent. Taste was amazing. This is quite well balanced given the style. The bourbon was foremost, but it wasn't drowning in booze as I had expected, and was mixed with sweet notes of molasses and a hint of coffee. Delicious. Feel was tremendous; just the right amount of carbonation to please the palate, but also thick and filling. This one is worth the hype.

Photo of JackFlash
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of QuentinCall
4.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of glf60
4.96/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Paulieblaze
2.59/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 3.5

A little too thick for my taste but very strong beer. Good idea bad implementation.

Photo of HarmonMW
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of webb_traverse
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of rvitztum
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Slammy
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Erik-P
4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Leag0002
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Purduechris13
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Clownoisseur
3.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iohann
4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Pinball_Guy
4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ejeitner
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of spidermite
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

my first experience with this beer was in a 6 oz snifter , after I had already destroyed my palate with a imperial IPA. It was delicious and very thick. I knew I liked it but I wasn't sure how altered it was from the first beer. So the next day I got two orders poured into a larger glass :). It is very bourbon forward in smell, the only other thing I could pull out aroma wise was a fruit that reminded me of plums...But not any plums , the plums I used to steal off my great grandmas tree on hot days the warm fresh plum only a kid could love.
As I remembered it had a very thick mouth-feel and the after-feel was that of clean barley-wine buried in an oak coffin. The entire drinking sensation was more of a neurological experience reconnecting me to smells and memories of picking fruit and stealing bourbon from my grandad's pantry that i had long forgotten.

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brackh
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one has been staring at me each time I open the fridge since the day after Thanksgiving. I couldn't hold out any longer. Poured from a growler dark as night with almost no head. Smells super bourbon boozy bomb. Love the smell. Taste matches right up. So much going on. Tastes better the warmer it got. Loved everything about this beer. The hype matches this bad boy. Raul was right.

Photo of njtmayhem
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful beer. Def in my top stouts.

Photo of speedvagen
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage, excellent bourbon stout....up there with kbs in every way...

Photo of Gregfalone
4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Starts with the opening of the bottle. This is fresh. Bottled 8/2914 and opened 12/23/14.

I opened it and sniffed the bottle. At first I thought it smelled a little off. I was worried.

The pour

I pourd it into a medium snifter. From an inch over the rim I saw absolutely no head forming. Again, I was worried. I gradually raised the bottle , by the end of the pour I was pouring from about 15" above the rim of the glass.

About 1/2" of head formed, and my worries lessened. This beer is pitch black pouring and in the glass with no light showing through anywhere. Sniffed it again and it was much more appealing after being poured. The dirty feet smell was gone.
Taste-

This beer tastes amazing. Dark fruit, chocolate, hints of coffe, dates, worchestershire, the sweet taste from fine bourbon, oak, sherry, vanilla... It's all there.

Feel is thick and viscous, perfection. I almost wanted to chew this beer.

Overall this is one of the best beers in the world in my opinion. Beats the abyss. Beats parabola. Beats westvleteren 12. Beats just about anything when it comes to flavor and feel, and that's all I really care about

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,464 ratings.