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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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2,605 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,605
Hads: 10,711
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 19.78%
Wants: 2,588
Gots: 5,823 | FT: 610
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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Photo of mobrado
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 edition. This drinks absolutely wonderfully right now. Not boozy at all, a miraculous feat at 14.3%. There is literally only a single thing I don't like about it--the hassle to get more. *sigh*

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Photo of SquallLionhart
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vanilla. Molasses. Bourbon. Coffee. Chocolate. Retrieved from the cave (aka basement), 2014 release, 12oz bottle.

L: Black, thick black motor-oil, with a thin almost-orange brown head that bubbles lightly to the surface shortly after pouring.
S: Coffee and chocolate. And vanilla. And more (dark fruit even?). Almost reminds me of the smell of a good pipe tobacco from many years ago. Sweet, complex... It's intoxicating, really.
T: So much going on here. The vanilla/molasses is right up front. Coffee less prominent than it was in the smell. The bourbon-barrel flavor comes through later for me... less chocolate than some of the similar ones. The aftertaste is amazing. Leaves you wanting more. This one is good from start to finish.
F: Thick and sticky. Light on carbonation (I honestly could have had a little more carbonation on this one). High on alcohol. Warms you up as it goes down, but not so hot that it burns.
O: Admittedly, I didn't like this one as much as my cohorts when it first came out. First time I had it was release-day 2014.... in-your-face vanilla and bourbon, with a firey-hot alcohol finish. This one has definitely benefited from having a little 'alone time' downstairs. It's far better now than it was a year ago (IMO of course).

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Photo of MarioM
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 16oz bottle pured into a snifter

A: Dark but not opaque like other stouts. Tan head that quickly dissipates with no lacing. Not an appetizing brew

S: Aroma is interesting. Full of vanilla and smooth chocolate with some booze.

T: Very smooth and amazing. I get lots of vanilla. Very smooth and dangerously drinkable. Nice smooth chocolate and mild bourbon. Not overpowering at all and very tasty!

F: Carbonation is perfect. Light alcohol in the after taste but no where near what I would expect from a 13.7% abv beer... Very nice...

O: A very well made brew that is worth the search/hunt. Incredibly smooth. Very good, can't wait to taste with some age.

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Photo of dertyd
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing!!!!!!! The pour was as black as dirty motor oil. The smell was of chocolate,raisins,dark fruit and smoke
smoke. The taste was smooth with chocolate,raisins,raisinets,brownies and a slight soy sauce flavor what an amazing brew

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking the 2013 batch on tap at Craft 260 in Fairfield today. Pours super black with a small brown head of about one finger, leaves spotty lacing. Smell is instant bourbon, tons of barrel, hints of booze, malts, smoke. Taste is superb, if you want a bourbon bomb, this is it. Never too sweet, but backbone of tons of malt, molasses, chocolate, segues into the notes of bourbon, lots of wood, smoke, barrel, char. Finish lingers for days, never seems to escape your mouth. Some carbonation to break up the fan fare, definitely heavy body and very sticky in the mouth. Bourbon bomb, period, very well crafted. A sipping beer for when the snow flakes fall.

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Photo of Myotus
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle ( bottled on 15Oct14) into a snifter.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of cinnamon colored foam that shrivels down into a khaki line after 10 seconds. Black in color with an orange tint. Rising bubbles are small in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and very subtle.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of molasses, plums, raisins, and figs entangle with mild aromas of vanilla, bourbon, and sweet chocolate. Subtle aromas of sweet coffee, oak, and hints of bitter roasted malts support the obvious sweet goodness.
TASTE: Initial taste is of very strong flavors of molasses, plums, raisins, and figs along with strong sweet chocolate flavors that are immediately followed by mild borubon and vanilla flavors. Mild flavors of sweet coffee and subtle flavors of oak step onto the palate right after. Hints of bitter roasted malts enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for bourbon flavors, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a slight dryness.
NOTE: Why have I waited so long to try this??? I know. It's because I don't like bourbon. But this was EXTREMELYsweet (I do have a gargantuan sweet tooth) instead of being extremely bourbony like I thought it was going to be.

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Photo of GregA135
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 Bottle - Got this baby in a trade!

This was my first time ever trying BCBS and it definitely did not disappoint.
Poured into a snifter - a nice black color, with a tan head.
Instantly my smelling senses were hit with bourbon, vanilla and coffee.
Sipping the beer my palate was excited by the coffee, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, and chocolate. You can taste the booziness of the beer and the bourbon gave a slight burn after sipping. One word for this beer, DELICIOUS!
Medium body, light carbonation
This beer was so smooth! Can't wait to open the 2012 BCBS!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle served in a snifter.

Dark black with a rich brown head. Smelled of bourbon, boozy, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, toffee, burnt sugars, tons of barrel character, oaky, coconut, vanilla, marshmallow. Taste followed the nose to a tee with the exception of sweetness: this beer was over the top sweet for me and had a strong of fusel alcohols left in there even after a year in the cellar. It needs more time to mellow out. The taste was a bit too sweet for me on this one but it certainly has enough residual sugars to last for many years to come in a cellar under proper conditions. The rating is high because it was an excellent brew but I believe it can get better.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black with a nice tan head. Almost no lacing. Bourbon, chocolate, molasses and a wee bit of coffee. The taste is the same but with a licorice note. Nice medium body. Superb beer.

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Photo of jhavs
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz pour at Wicked Weed Funkatorium for their Barrel Aged Tap takeover for the 2015 Dark Arts release. Poured into a snifter.

A= Black, opaque, very thin ring of light brown foam around the glass edge.

S= Big aroma filled with dark roasted malts, coffee, bitter and sweet chocolate with a background of bourbon and dankness. Hint of dark fruits.

T= Dark roasted malt, bourbon spice, black coffee and bitter chocolate.

M= Heavy body with light carbonation.

O= Covers the high ABV with pleasant layers of flavor, bourbon aging does not overpower.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - 2014 version on tap

Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells of heavy dark roasted chocolate malts, little coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. The taste is impeccable. Dark roasted chocolate malts, hint of black coffee, with a nuance of bourbon and vanilla like flavors. The feel is very thin, almost like a wine. This is more of a barleywine than a typical bourbon aged stout. Though the mouthfeel may be thin, this beer does not lack in pure stout flavor with mild bourbon booziness. Overall, despite the thin wine-like mouthfeel and look, this beer is as stouty as stout can be! Pure chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon notes shine through prominently.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.18/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a motor oil color. Has a boozy sweet aroma with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Flavor is sweet, you get notes of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Leaves a warm boozy mouth feel. Overall I feel the hype didn't help this beer. It's very nice, for me it's similar to a ba Dark app with a little less vanilla and booziness.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 split 4 ways into snifters amongst family. Deep black, with dark brown head. Smells of black molasses. Taste is molasses and sugar. Slight heat from the alcohol on the back end. Vanilla and dark wood. Very big beer, so many flavors. Evolves nicely as it warms.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

'14 vintage

I haven't had one of these in months and this is my first time reviewing it. Keeping this one simple. Pours like black, liquid silk. The thinnest smattering of bubbles fizzes away in seconds, leaving my snifter looking like a floating 8-ball. The nose is a nice dose of bourbon with sugared rasins, dates(or something along those lines), and semi-sweet chocolate. The taste is such a smooth experience, with the bourbon up front but not boozy or abrasive at all. A little bitter chocolate and wood linger on the palate with a slight tinge of bourbon sour. Thick and creamy texture. Everything about this beer is crafted with the most delicacy. The favors meld perfectly together and the high ABV is completely forgettable as you are enjoying this easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Just wow. I honestly did not expect this to meet expectations, I don't know why, but this is great. I enjoy it more than kbs, and slightly less than ANTEAD. Pours a night dark brown, one finger head. Smell is bourbon and tons of it, chocolate, vanilla, that order. Taste is bourbon and sweet caramel upfront, chocolate, barrel roast and oaky vanilla, before a smooth, creamy chocolate and barrel tannin finish. Unbelievably smooth for the alcohol content. Will definitely hop on any chance to get this or a variant in the future.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Have had the 2013 and 2014 several times. This is a 2014 bottle, almost a year old. Pours almost pitch black, finger brown head faded quickly into a thin ring and a diamond shape pattern in the middle, cool looking. Wow this brew has some nose, chocolate and vanilla, bourbon, a little red wine. The taste is bold but soft, if that's possible. The chocolate flavor is sweet and bitter, some fruit notes of cherry and raisin, vanilla is there also. Alcohol comes out in the end but is not intense or burning. Mouthfeel is medium and slippery. Overall this brew is just filled with flavor, one of my favorites.

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Photo of MHurley
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say ita Bourbon County 2014. Pours jet black into a sniffer with a carmel Head. The smell of Bourbon as it pours and feels your mouth. Amazing beer all the way around! I can't get over how smooth this is for being a bourbon barrel beer. Was handed this by my brother in law by suprise and my heart dropped. This beer deserves a 5 out of five in my bookes

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Photo of tregan_20
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased from a local liquor store, 12 oz, 2014 edition. Nose on this beer is coffee, caramel, chocolate. it has a very delicate mouth feel. I would recommend drinking it after a fine meal, like a dessert. Overall, superb beer and really delicious!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, 2014 version, thanks to rogerdandy for the share.

This beer pours a solid black, but with prominent red and mahogany tints when pressed to the light, and a thin cap of wispy and ephemeral brown head, which leaves a bit of paramecia lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of musty treacle, bittersweet cocoa powder, sozzled dark orchard fruit (plums, prunes, and bitter bing cherries), an under the stairs dankness, cafe-au-lait, and faint earthy, weedy, and leafy hops. The taste is big, rich milk chocolate, a muddled black fruitiness, anise root, caramel/toffee malt, brown sugar, well-creamed coffee, some warming vanilla from the wood, and some very laid-back booze acridity.

The carbonation is quite low in its sedate frothiness, the body a solid-punching heavyweight, and rather smooth, with an attendant creaminess. It finishes fairly sweet, the cocoa, sugary caramel, and sauced fruit all entertaining us while they wait for their ride home.

Well, few products stand up to such high expectations, and I gotta say that this is one of them - large, but restrained in its massive stout fury. Maybe a little hot on the nose, but s'all good after that, nice and warming, and more or less worth the lengthy wait in my own small corner of the beer world.

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Photo of Tropheus
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

For me this lived up to everything I heard. Purchased a Growler from distro. Opened and had a toasty aroma with molasses, vanilla. Taste was great sweeter than I anticipated but was a great reward. Flavors were well balanced and nice light bourbon background. Had KBS on tap last night and this is equal or slightly better.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, dark, roasty, malty, thick, bourbon-y and boozy with a touch of tobacco. This was hyped beyond belief, but I don't see it as heads and shoulders above other bourbon barrel stouts. Still a world class beer and worthy of a special occassion.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

As overhyped and well sought after as it may be, this 2014 bottle was opened on 09.05.15 and refrigerated for nearly a year. What a damn good beer by the innovators of BBS style beers. Thick, creamy, and full, this beer was boozy and rich, but in such a good way. Fuck yea goose mafuggin island

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Photo of Magister_Beav
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the 2012 edition. This beer is black! It has been perfectly aged in the bourbon giving a nice deep flavor and a bit of the caramel from the barrel. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerBear
4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage in a snifter glass.
Pour's black as night with mild carbonation and a short head.
Smell: molasses and hot alcohol aroma.
Taste: BIG bourbon blasts with toasted coconut, molasses, vanilla and tobacco notes. High heat from the Alcohol.
Feel: Lovely mouthfeel, low carbonation, smooth finish.

Overall this is a really nice beer. Clearly the idea to go big with the bourbon business is the goal, but for my own tastes it's a bit over the top and overshadows the other nice flavors trying to get noticed.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 2014 edition in a snifter at around 50 degrees. Since this was the first time drinking it, I have no way of determining if it had mellowed from the 11 month aging since its bottling; nevertheless, it did have some bourbon fire on the front end, but it finished very smoothly. Bourbon flavor is accented with hints of chocolate, coffee, and spices. Wish I had more to drink, so I could see how it ages over the years. Overall, a great tasting beer.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 2,605 ratings.