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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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10,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 10,169
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 2,310
Gots: 5,295 | FT: 570
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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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 10,169 | Reviews: 2,649
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..

Photo of PERDIDOUSA
4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing! Would have preferred a thicker head but overall this was delicious!

Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty but not my ideal type of Stout. Indeed it was too syrupy as others have noted.

Photo of Don_Quixote
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A pitch black color with the slightest brown tint if held up to LED lights, it's the malt.

S: Dark fruit first, mostly malty dates and some prune action for me. The bourbon is a backdrop to this killer whiff, at least I think so.

T: Goes down smooth, like a milk stout but with a bourbon hint in the backdrop. I enjoy boozy (hot like the nerds say) in my BA stouts.

F: Straight silk with a perfect amount of carb. A bit sticky on the feel…weird, could be the thickness of the ingredients?

O: I've had the best of them, including all the years of this bad boy. 2014 may need to sit another year but this year's has done an incredible job.

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

Black pour with a blood red tinge on edges in my chalice . Thin brown head. Caramel, toffee and bourbon nose - as it warms, the scent reminds me of biting into a caramel apple at the fair-fresh fruit and candy satisfaction. Initial taste is caramel candy and toffee with a bourbon linger. Semi sweet caramel as liquid warms tempered by oak/whiskey background. Creamy medium plus mouthfeel and alcohol bite on tongue-as it warms, sticky sweet. Overall, outstanding. Big, velvety, boozy. Simply put: heavenly.

Photo of mattsox94
3.32/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was not overly thrilled with this. A little too syrup-y for me

Photo of JonBeer
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding... Duh. We all know it.

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

Great chocolatey, boozy, bourbon taste. Gets even tastier once closer to room temp. Will taste it anytime I find it in bottle or on tap. A classic.

Photo of Str8fromtheGrnMtns
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 8/8/2014. 14.4% version, huge dark chocolate in this one. some dark fruits but chocolate and bourbon dominate this. amazing brew.

Photo of marieli
4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Restaurant. Approximately Cellar to start. Beautiful looking dark beer with minor head. Smell includes chocolate with strong roast that is almost coffee-like. But also, strong bourbon. That smell mellowed a bit over time. Flavor was similar to smell. The bourbon mellowed a bit during the middle but reappeared toward the end. The mouthfeel redefined what a score of 5 is to me. Incredibly smooth, creamy, thick, lush. I do not care for a strong bourbon taste and this has it, even though it's a bit mellow, but I would drink this again just for how it feels! If you like bourbon aged stouts, I strongly suggest you get ahold of this beer.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 10,169 ratings.