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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

10,205 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 10,205
Reviews: 2,658
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 2,329
Gots: 5,333 | FT: 577
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003

60 IBU
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Ratings: 10,205 | Reviews: 2,658
Photo of thgreatrandini
2/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I know everyone else in beerdom loves this brew but...yeesh...it was a conscious task to finish one bottle and not pour it out. Not one for me, at least not yet.

Photo of sjdevel
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a very thick pitch black out of a 12oz'er. You're not going to see the light of day through this one! About a 2 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly with not much lacing left behind.

Smell: Instantly greeted with alcohol and rich Bourbon, although not overpowering for this high of an ABV brew. Full wafts of chocolate and vanilla. There are also hints of caramel and smoky greatness.

Taste: An instant fruity bite quickly followed by a shot of bourbon. The whiskey fades and I was then left with coffee, caramel, molasses, and chocolate swirling flavors with a hint of cherry.

Feel: Mouth-feel is a very full bodied / thick and oily feeling that coats the tongue.

Overall: An amazing beer that I highly recommend. Probably one of the best (if not the best) barrel aged beers I have had (or just beer in general). Very high ABV (13.8%) but not too overpowering. Thick, rich, and full of flavor. Very impressed with this one.

Photo of FrancisSmooth
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got in the mail here in Miami Beach from my buddy back in Chicago. Thanks Timbo! The whole shipment didnt survive but thankfully this crown jewel was sittin pretty.

Nose - carmel, toffee, coffee, chocolate, a little bourbon. Delicious, like what I want for breakfast in retirement.

First sip - wow...this is what artisan and craft is all about. Delicate mouth feel, elegant. It dances .It is like a bananas foster, sweet delicious and a touch of booze. Goes down like the first milkshake of summer. Fine swiss dark chocolate.

This is a beer to finish off a fine dining meal. I want to drop a scoop of vanilla in it and make a float.

Delicious. Really in a class of its own. I do somewhat desire a little bit more of a carbonation bite, but even my burps are amazing.

Photo of Webbydag1
4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Great! Stayed on the tongue longer than I like. Strong flavors and smell.

Photo of jmhulet
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boozy and well balanced. One of my favorite all time beers.

Photo of jlsims04
4.88/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Classic. A personal favorite. This one is everything a BBA Stout should be.

Photo of KaeF
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark, black beer, great bourbon smell, dark chocolate, overall one of my first top beers I ever drank, this is so good!

Photo of InkedinRi
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is super thick and smooth! At 14.4% abv it's not boozy at all.. Bottled Aug 8 2014 this beer is out of this world

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with an off white tan head. A few spots of lace are left behind. This beer has a sticky feel on the glass, some might say it has legs.

Powerful bourbon aroma with charcoal elements usually found in Russian Imperial Stouts. Bourbon, slightly oxidized malt showing off nutty and chocolate hints. A bit of oak but mainly bourbon. Strong but well rounded with roast and sweetness.

Full bodied, thick feel that really sends the bourbon love to the dome.

Overall, this is a bourbon barrel aged stout that hits you over the head with strong bourbon and barrel flavors. I understand why there is such a frenzy over this beer. This worthy of being a regarded beer and a fine specimen of the barrel aged stout style.

Photo of bmeGT
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had it in a blind test. It beat out Sunday Morning Stout, KBS 2015 and Big Bad Baptist.

Photo of Kodama78
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the BA stout that I compare all other stouts too. Super thick, lots of depth to the flavor and a richness that I have yet to really find in another BA stout. Add to the fact that it is not incredibly difficult to find at the right time of year and it definitely is one of my favorites.

Photo of chrisjws
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Was refrigerated and allowed to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

A: Pitch black. Less than a finger of head. Swirling I can see some alcohol legs.
S: Little bit of dark fruit. Roasty. Bourbon. Cocoa. Some vanilla undertones. Slight booziness.
T: Big coffee, roasty, bourbon and cocoa flavors up front. Finishes with cocoa and whiskey lingering in the aftertaste.
M: Heavy yet incredibly smooth. Goes down very nicely with light carbonation complimenting the flavors perfectly. Coats your mouth and leaves you wanting more.
O: Very intense. Worth savoring each sip. One of the best bourbon beers out there.

Photo of lefty17
4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Amazing in every aspect. Highly recommended

Photo of phillyhops
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

opened up a 2013 the other night...mouthfeel and flavor exceed any other stout ive had the experience of trying

Photo of ajm5108
3.16/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never loved BCBS...For my palette I have always picked up way too much of the smoked hickory / wet wood aroma & taste. It is certainly unique & complex and all that jazz, just not for me. It reminds of a camp fire after it has been rained on. The bourbon / oak / vanilla is mixed in there somewhere but the charred elements overwhelm it.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2012 bottle that has been sitting in my cellar for about 2 years at this point. The beer itself pours with NO head at all, almost no ringing at all. The beer is inky black, not redness on the edges here. The nose is rather subdued here, unlike most stouts, I have no hint of coffee at all. There is some mild candied fruit, but it is very mild. The taste is a bit malty up front, quickly fades to some very sweet malt, and then fades with a lingering boozy sweetness. This beer has great mouthfeel and is silky smooth. Beer is a bit boozy, but nothing extreme. Its also a bit sweeter than anything that I am used to but its not bad at all. Its an interesting beer, but nothing I would buy again.

Photo of blues_fever
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Glad I have had the opportunity to have this multiples times and was able to get my hands on a couple of bottles.

Photo of K-Dog
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being from Michigan I've been able to have kbs and bells blacknote. Bcbs is fantastic and just slightly better than previous mentioned. Smell is amazing as is the taste worth the hype.

Photo of georgeaaron
4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

For the 2015 vintage I like the 14.4 ABV over the 13.8

Photo of founddrama
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LOOK: Black. Totally opaque in the glass. Viscous, even seems to pour slow. Almost no head at all. Very thin bit of brown bubbles around the rim.

SMELL: Holy bourbon, Batman. Boozy whiskey smell, but you need to come in close for it. (It's not just wafting off...) Style points for that being somehow both assertive and subtle.

TASTE: Tastes like bourbon with the sharp boozy alcohol bite removed. (So like bourbon with the volume turned down?) Rich and complex. Notes here like leather and smoke, a slight touch of chocolate. But bourbon is running the show from start to finish. Everything else is just part of the chorus.

FEEL: In a word: sumptuous. Rich and oily. Thick and chewy. Sticks around long after you finished swallowing.

Photo of dleigh
4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The type of beer I can just stick my nose in the glass and smell for hours. Taste can get a little cloying, though. I've only had it fresh, but I bet it would be 5/5 if aged for a year or two.

Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle.
Appearance: pitch black with a light brown creamy head.
Smell: chocolate, coconut, , light whisky.
Taste: chocolate, coconut, raisin, tobacco, bourbon-booze.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation, thick body, cloyingly sweet.
Overall: big and tasty. Definitely a sipper. Will buy again if I can afford the ridiculously high price I paid for this 12 oz. bottle. Yum.

Photo of 2Bstout
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This rating is on a Vintage 2010. Wow drinking so good.

Photo of tiltednotion
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This, for me personally, is the most amazingly put together barrel aged stout. I love how thick and heavy it is.

Photo of dboon
4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Move over KBS cuz GIBCS is the real deal. This 08 vintage bottle relinquished a snifter of indian ink as black as Joan Jett’s chopped locks. The sweet smell of bourbon and roasted malt rose up into the air to greet me. This beer is thick and almost syrupy with taste of vanilla, sweet malt, bourbon, and coffee..

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 10,205 ratings.