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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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world-class

9,389 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 9,389
Reviews: 2,487
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,070
Gots: 4,340 | FT: 452
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 jemarent
4.73/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of JNForsyth
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BlueMoon10
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2014 release. 13.8 Abv. Still very strong and as expected very good.

Photo of Andrew041180
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My second barrel-aged beer. First stout.

The talk of strong alcohol aroma, big bourbon flavor, and alcohol sting are all complete lies. All of my fears were completely unjustified. Here goes.

Poured an inky jet black into my snifter. A few small bubbles fizzled out very quickly. My first whiff caused me some hesitation. Where was all the alcohol I had been promised? Instead I received a very mild sensation of all the key components that I was expecting. Wonderful. First taste was excellent. Not mind blowing, but far more integrated and subdued than I had expected. Velvety feel, and surprisingly clean. Clean isn't really the right word, but I expected this beer to really stick to my mouth and it didn't. I understand why people go crazy for this stuff.

Photo of j205724
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of dd43
4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CTbrew32
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 on tap

Appearance- Black with thin mocha head

Aroma- Milk chocolate, booze, and vanilla

Taste- Milk chocolate, very slight roasted malt, vanilla, marshmallow, and molasses. Very boozy at first, but as it warms up it becomes incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel- Velvety smooth feel with a nice alcohol warmth. Really everything you could ask for in a stout. Little to no carbonation present and the perfect amount of malt chewiness.

Overall- Can't say enough good things about this beer. Perfect taste with a big array of flavors that develop as it warms and the velvety smooth mouthfeel becomes the cherry on top. Lives up to the hype and then some.

Photo of Drahtschwein
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Blksab99
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Brendonkingsbury
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Grodd87
4.91/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow I well balanced beer that has some kick

Photo of Dudon
4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajgood04
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of aleigator
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

'14 version, many thanks to Tom!

Pours a thick, syrupy, completely black color, with a small, soon disappearing dark brown head, leaving a very thin lacing at the edge of the glass.

Has an intriguing nose of earthy, scorched malts with hints of molasses to it, along with milk chocolate, vanilla notes and a gentle barrel infusion, providing a convincing amount of wood and slightly hot Bourbon, blending outstandingly well into the sweeter notes of the beer, building up a fantastic, complexity. A generous amount of toffee and cocoa nibs complete the inviting aromas of this beer.

Tastes of earthy, wooden, toasted malts, mingled together with an unbelievable chocolate creaminess, giving this beer its incredible smooth mouthfeel. Even though this is a sipper, it drinks fairly easy, as the alcohol isn't hidden, but a fundamentaly, well integrated aspect. The Bourbon builds up on the palate above the malt and chocolate foundation, inviting sweeter flavors of molasses, toffee and nougat to the taste, which not only provide a well fitting depth, but also are responsible for wrapping up any alcoholic burn in a very pleasant way, providing a rich, complex, slightly burning Bourbon character with oaken qualities to it. These then again blend well into the malts, leading to a sweeter finish, with a subtle coffee bitterness in the end, calmed by lots of bakers chocolate, exiting with a short, sharp bourbon bite.

Photo of Richcii
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of CraigP83
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this last night. I don't have the words to make a review. Mind blown, eyes open, I see the world through a different light this morning.

Photo of treeslothguy
2.69/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Too boozy for me. Maybe the ones in cellar will be better next year.

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

Photo of ZagZagg
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz 2014 bottle into snifter

A: Viscous black, molasses-like pour envelops the floor of the snifter. Quarter finger copper head manifests itself along the globe, but has weak retention. Lacing isn’t bad – with a lingering alcohol curtain. This brew has a rich motor oil hue, lustrous.

S: Formidable bourbon aroma in the vanguard followed by bittersweet notes of caramel and oak. Dark bitter chocolate warps warm hints of roasted and chocolate malts. Light coco nibs mix with fig and suppressed toffee.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet, up front, dark fruits, rich dark chocolate. Bourbon flavors are dynamic, contributing a rye confection without being as boozy as the nose let on. Fig and plum impart a strong sugary character that evokes tastes of caramel and brown sugars. Oak resins pervade with a certain smokiness that collides with a piquant vanilla bean. The finish has a warming syrupy sweetness laced with anise and tart dry bourbon.

M: Motor oil, rich, and syrup. Heavy hitting and warm – carbonation is almost non-existent. Aftertaste is long-lived, rather sweet and rich.

O: Fantastic stout, one of the best, not as carbonated as I remember though. Tremendous mouthfeel inundated with sweet dark fruits and benevolent bourbon. Well-balanced and quite consumable for 13.8%. Perfect for a winter evening.

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

Photo of Stofko1992
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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