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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

9,766 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 9,766
Reviews: 2,578
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,160
Gots: 4,848 | FT: 497
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 Chris-1911
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DersForsbrand
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Pours thick and black into my snifter. Smell is incredible and taste is magic. Sweet and boozy with bourbon, chocolate and vanilla all showing up here. As it warms, these flavors increase. This is a top five beer for me. A true masterpiece.

Photo of jrmymorrow
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beric
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle into tulip
Served: 30 January 2014

Appearance: Pours a deep, almost viscous black with no head at all (likely due to alcohol). Poured hard, yielded a brief deep brown head that quickly collapsed to nothing. Looks like your average strong stout.

Aroma: Really sweet, almost cloying at times. Muted notes of vanilla and sweet malts. Alcohol present in the nose, but not overwhelmingly so.

Taste: Wow, very surprised how this one came together here. The beer is dominated by the vanilla flavors from the barrel and the bourbon, so much so that the stout base was almost completely overwhelmed other than just the softest assertion of roasty sweetness. This is almost like drinking a dark-chocolate vanilla espresso bean. Lots of alcohol, but masked nicely. Exceedingly drinkable for how big this beer is.

Mouthfeel: Huge body, viscous, and silky.

Overall: It's not rated a 100 for nothing. This is not the best beer I've ever had, but it's up there. Extremely good beer, and one I will enjoy for years to come. That said, I only bought one bottle, and I think that was enough for me until next year. This beer sits with you for a while. World class.

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

One of my favorite bourbon stouts. True bourbon taste hints of coffee yet blended perfectly

Photo of BvilleBrewGuy
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Slamdeal
4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of galwayjoyce
3.6/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I am confused regarding the hype.
This beer is overly boozy, unbalanced, and holds on to it's reputation through name cache, and high ABV.
Goose Island is part of the macro world now...can we stop pretending it is so mind-bending?
I get it--it comes with the beer Connoisseur training package, but there are other imperial stouts that deserve our attention more.

Photo of toothirsty
4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Seer_One
4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrlafay
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dbattey
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Hab11
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bourbon County Stout 2014 from a 12oz. Bottle. Reviewed with Three Lions.
Look: Molassaes Color, dark like the back of a closet during a power outage. Slight caramel head. Very little lacing but leaves resin up the glass.
Smell: chocolate liqueur nose and can definitely get some of the oak from the barrel. Would love to know the bourbon that was in the barrel as it has a smoothness to it that's appealing. Chocolate Nibs with some sort of plum or date.
Taste: A lot a like a Milkyway Midnight. Vanilla, Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, caramel malt. So much more going on I can even describe. This is packed with flavors. The alcohol definitely comes through. Again would love to know the brand of Bourbon.
Mouthfeel: sticky like a good single malt bourbon or scotch, syrupie but not overly so. It is very creamy mid tongue. Finishes hot like a whiskey.
Overall: Three Lions wasn't lying this is incredible.

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

Reviewed with Hab11.
Picked up this gem to share with my brother in law. Have had multiple times, first time reviewing it. Here goes:
At first pour this beer comes out the color of spent motor oil. Faintest hint of head quickly dissipates leaving a molasses colored beer. Upon swirling the beer leaves a syrupy resinous coating along the sides of the glass.
Aroma: what a smell. The alcohol (at 13.8%) is far from hidden. Intense burn. Dark fruit and wood come through up front with chocolate notes in the background. It is like a rich chocolate liquer.
Taste: Taste is an obvious 5. So rich. Dark chocolate milky way? My god this is rich. I feel like I'm drinking a dessert. A very boozy dessert I might add. The look on my sister's face when she had a sip said it all. So comical. This is an intense beer. It's so heavy, so thick and creamy, so boozy...it's over the top.
Mouth: in general I hate putting numbers to or talking about mouthful but this was an easy 5. From the first sip I knew it was a 5 before any hint of flavor was processed. So thick and perfect.
Overall. What is there to say really? It's a near flawless beer. If you enjoy barrel aged stouts then you need to seek out this brew. If you aren't familiar then this would be a great place to start but beware because setting the standard with this...this benchmark will leave you let down by a large number of other beer claiming to deliver a similar product.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ryanmextorf
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of lateralundertow
4.12/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of BoozerMcGee
3.91/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,766 ratings.