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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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8,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,122
Reviews: 2,352
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,845
Gots: 3,457 | FT: 380
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 UCLABrewN84
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to mjtiernan for sending me this one!

2009 vintage. Bottled on 10/9/09.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots and streaks of lace slide back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of wood, vanilla, toasted coconut, and milk chocolate. Taste is of toasted coconut, vanilla, wood, and semi-sweet cocoa powder. There is a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a most excellent beer and I can see why this one is held in such high regard. A rare treat for me that I am glad I got to try.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A 2008 bottle poured into a snifter. The pour is dark as night with some thin mocha colored foam.

S: The smell is full of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and a slight bit of alcohol.

T: This is one smooth beverage. Great bourbon, chocolate, oak, and molasses flavors. There are still some alcohol presence, but it's nowhere near as hot as when fresh.

M: The carbonation is very light, but it works well with a 13% Impy Stout. The body is full, smooth, and creamy.

D: Even though the alcohol has died down quite a bit in a year+, it's still a big, big beer. I need to go out and buy more of this, because I see this only getting better.

womencantsail, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a large, lush dark tan head.

Smell: Intense aroma of chocolate-covered coffee beans and bourbon, with all the companion hints of vanilla, wood, and dark brown sugar. Light whiff of smoke.

Taste: Dark maltiness with chocolate, sweetened coffee, and dark caramel. Plenty of complimentary sweetness to go around. A bourbon flavor so exquisite, it's hard not to get excited about it. At this level, you get astoundingly distinct, robust flavors of vanilla beans, brown sugar, and charred oak. Anymore bourbon would turn this beer into an abomination of beerkind. The beer gets very chocolatey near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy, delectable mouthfeel. Warming alcohol presence.

Drinkability: Very good! The first sip was a joy, as was the last.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 25, 2007
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4.8/5  rDev +4.8%

Old ratings: 4.75, 4.25, 4.75, 4.25, 5 (original tasting was Jan 9th, 2014)

Was happy to see this offered at a local store. Had some high expectations given its spot on the top 250 beer list, but was also cautious because of the high-alcohol content. I was hoping it didn't power the ratings and wouldn't overpower the beer.

The pour was on point, with a little less head than some stouts, but given the ABV, not unexpected. The nose has obvious bourbon, but the dark roasted malt smell is also there. There's also notes of brown sugar and oak.

The taste starts with a twinge of alcohol heat, but the backbone is roasted malt with some semi-sweet chocolate and honey mixed in (in my re-review, I actually get a decent taste of coconut!?). The taste is pretty smooth throughout, well balanced. There's a little tartness that appears in the background, reminding me oddly of a tart apple.

I did thoroughly enjoy the beer. The bourbon/alcohol tastes were present, but not overpowering (I noticed these less in the re-review). The roasted malt nature of a stout is not lost, and the balance of these things is well done.

I know it's only been a month, but on my second try of this beer, I enjoyed it even more. It's sweetness (chocolate/honey mentioned above) appealed to me, and the overall beer seemed smoother. One month is not aging, but the difference in my impression of the difference in tastes is as if the beer had done just that.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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