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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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7,766 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,766
Reviews: 2,332
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,734
Gots: 3,314 | FT: 364
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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Josievan

Iowa

4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bourbon County Stout pours a sexy jet black. This beer, along with Founders Breakfast Stout, are the most opaque beers I've ever encountered. Describing beers as having the consistency of motor oil is probably overused, but here it is absolutely warranted. The head is a dark brown, always a good sign. However, this dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aroma is quite boozy, with the bourbon-aging coming through well. Caramel and vanilla are also present.

Taste: Wow, this has to be one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted! There's just so much going on. A glorious array of flavors cascade across the palate. Each sip seems to bring forth new and different delights. There's soft vanilla, woodiness, and booze from the bourbon. Then there's caramel and toffee notes from the malt. Dark fruit even seems to be in the mix.

Through all of this, the beer manages to be surprisingly sweet. There is also some cereal flavor, which is rare for a stout. The alcohol is certainly present, but is not obtrusive. Going by the taste, I would have guessed this to be in the 8-9% range, not as high as 13%.

Mouthfeel: BCS's body is as thick as molasses, quite viscous. It's also much smoother than one might have guessed for 13%.

Drinkability: This is a slow sipper by necessity, to be sure. But it is so delicious that I wish this weren't the case.

Notes: I believe this is the highest alcohol content beer that I've yet tried. It is a feat that the alcohol here is not as harsh as many beers with much lower ABVs. The alcohol provides a nice warming effect in the belly more than it is exhibited in the taste or mouthfeel.

I haven't had too many Goose Island beers that I've been truly impressed with, but Bourbon County Stout by itself solidifies the brewery as one of the great American breweries. I look forward to future opportunities to consume this rare treat. Bourbon County Stout is a true delicacy.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 23:33:12 | More by Josievan
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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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