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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 2,577
Hads: 10,545
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 5.16%
Wants: 2,485
Gots: 5,686 | FT: 607
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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
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Photo of CruisaC
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright folks, here goes with my FIRST review. This one is a doosey. Went to my local Party Source and was disappointed to find out that the bottle version was sold out earlier in the week but, oh, by the way, they have it on tap and available for purchase by the growler.

A: dark, dark, brown poured that left a couple mm brown head. A swirl on the top of the glass that lets you know there's some alcohol there.

S: Coffee and alcohol and toasted coconut. Some of the bourbon breaks through here as well.

T: I taste the bourbon, the coffee, everything you'd expect from a quality barrel aged stout. The chocolate coffee flavor hangs around long after the liquid has gone down the gullet.

M: Thick, carbonation not overwhelming.

D: Certainly a sipper, but I find that the case with most of beers in this category. Overall I found it delicious and I was very happy to run into this. Wish I had a couple of bottles that I could let sit for a while. (952 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to re-reviewing this beer. My original review from 3-8-10 of the 2009 Vintage was with a very unsophisticated palate. That review has been deleted and replaced by this one.

2010 Vintage. 12 oz bottle poured in to oversized CBS snifter.
Bottled on 10/15/10 1426.

A - Dark black with almost no head. A very small amount of light brown head formed and immediately disappeared. The bubbles were also very large (odd sized) bubbles.

S - Huge barrel aging qualities up front with aromas of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some cocoa notes in the background along with a faint roasted malt aroma.

T - A great balance of flavours from the barrel - bourbon, vanilla and oak - are evident up front. The background has a light roasted malt profile with faint hints of cocoa. The barrel aging qualities definitely dominate this one. Considering the 13% ABV, this is smooth. The alcohol is warming though and it lingers in the finish.

M - Full bodied. Thick and viscous. A beautiful sludgy body. Light carbonation.

O - An excellent barrel aged RIS. As I suspected, this is miles better than my initial review suggested. Glad to have re-reviewed. (1,158 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 2010 release, poured into a tulip glass. Tried 2008 version a few weeks ago so looking to try this and compare. Beer pours pitch black and dark, with no head except a few thin patches of dark brown film. Lots of alcohol legs on this one though, thick and coats the inside of the glass with long lasting beer film and I can swirl up a half a finger of bubbles that quickly dissipates. Looks like minimal carbonation if any.

Nose has a nice bourbon component, vanilla, nutty like toasted almonds, oak, toffee, dark fruit like cherry. A bit of the alcohol comes through in the aroma as well. Stout base is there, rich fudgy chocolate, roasted malts. Bourbon barrel is a bit stronger than the 2008 bottle I tried, where it was much more well integrated.

Taking a sip, the flavors are more balanced between stout and barrel, with more of the chocolate and dark fruits being on similar level with vanilla, almond, oak, and toffee. Not much roastiness in the flavor. Smooth, with a bit of the alcohol at the back of the tongue and throat.

Full body and silky on the tongue, minimum carbonation, though enough to lightly taunt your tongue. Sticky lingering flavors of chocolate and bourbon on a long finish. Definitely a sipper as this is a very flavorful beer. (1,266 characters)

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep black with very little brown colored head that fades fast and leaves little to no lacing down the sides.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, chocolate hints, caramel, and a huge bourbon smell that is the main aroma.
T: Like the nose, this one has a huge bourbon taste to it. It is a bit overpowering but after the initial bourbon there are some really nice chocolate, coffee, caramel flavors that really balance it out well. The aftertaste is a nice bourbon hint to it.
M: Very smooth, heavy, potent, perfect amount of carbonation for this style of beer.
D: Pretty drinkable considering it's well above 10% abv. Very nice mixing of flavors, very well balanced. Probably couldn't drink more than one of these, but if you're only going to have one beer, this would be it. (782 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this 2008 version shortly after it was released and thought it was WAY too hot. Since then, I have grown slightly more fond of bourbon aged beers, plus this now has a solid 6 months on it so I figure it is time to re-review. I wasn't going to crack this until January 2010 but I don't have the willpower...

Pours black as night with a small quarter inch dark brown head that scatters quickly leaving swirls that dance upon the top of the beer. Smell is bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. Some vanilla, wood, and chocolate too (dipped in bourbon). The taste is a seriously huge mash of bourbon and hops, not near as painful as I remember but still pretty bold even for my further developed palate. Not quite what I would call "harsh" though, which is a positive. Background flavors include chocolate, wood, and burnt caramel. Full bodied and creamy, exactly how an imperial stout should be. This is a big time sipper, not one to be messed with. World class beer with few flaws. (986 characters)

Photo of BigBry
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage, 12oz bottle, $5.79. Bottled On date 10/16/08.
From the label: "I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original Brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party, but we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout - so big, the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation, we brought inn some bourbon barrels that aged the stout. One hundred days later Bourbon County Brand Stout was born. It's a liquid as DARK and DENSE as a black hole withthick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, vanilla, caramel and smoke. ONE SIP has MORE FLAVOR than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said it's a GREAT CIGAR BEER. But I have yet to try a cigar that can stand up. Greg Hall, Brewmaster"
Hey, with a lead up like that, it has to be good.
Pours a black color with ruby highlight. Minimal tan head, really just a thin ring. You could smell the bourbon as soon as the cap came off. Some roasted malt, charred burnt notes, a bit oaky, but bourbon whiskey dominates. The taste is not as hot with alcohol as the aroma would suggest. Flavors of roasted malt, some chocolate or cocoa, and the bourbon barrel; vanilla, oaksmoke. A nice beer with a background of bourbon, not overpowering alcohol burn. This is a sipper, to be enjoyed slowly. (1,398 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, thick brown, minimal rings of brown bubbles, gone quickly. Whiffs of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, oak, dark bakers chocolate, medium roast espresso beans, faint char - fantastic. All notes from scent present, bourbon the star backed by lots of chocolate notes, oak/vanilla/coconut notes smooth out the taste, coffee and char notes take a back seat, mild fruit pops up. Towards the end, alcohol pops up and not the bourbon kind... not quite harsh, but noted. Full bodied, not as oily or sticky as had expected, minimal carbonation, maybe a splash more needed. Really good beer, imporves as it sits and warms to room temeperature. (640 characters)

Photo of waldoiverson
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle into Nonic

A: black as midnight on a moonless night, tight carbonation in the 1.5 finger foam that slowly released

S: musty bread yeast, can smell the oak/vanilla, slight char in the end.

T: Candied plums, char, bread, vanilla in that order of release with the taste of burnt marshmallow as the finish (YUM!)

M: Smooth, kinda wish for a bit more carbonation to kill some of the sweetness, but it insures that this is a slow sipper

D: THis is as drinkable as a 13% beer can be, a one beer session that can last for awhile as it warms (550 characters)

Photo of climax
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This classic poured the deep black I was expecting into an oversized wine glass. I didn't get much of a head out of it, but what did was brown retained excellent around the edges which seemed to take a redish hue in the light.

Nose was strong but smooth and inviting. Chocolate, whiskey, oak, sweet caramel, licorice, and subtle alcohol.

Wow what a flavor. Sweet chocolate, vanilla bean, caramel, woody along with aged whiskey. Finish was coffee and not overly dry.

Body was full as expected, a sipper for sure. The carbonation kept it crisp, while the alcohol kept it warm and warmer going down.

A whiskey lover's delight, this one does not disappoint. Great winter sipper or a beer to watch the game with....the whole game. (729 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly hard poured from a 2012 vintage 12 oz. bottle into a 9 oz. Perception rocks glass

Pours an opaque black with a thin fizzy light brown head which quickly dissipates. The nose is dominated by big bourbon booziness and heavy oak barrel with lighter accents of dark fruit. Opens with a blast of bourbon and oak joined by vanilla, raisins, plum and notes of black cherry. Finishes with strong bourbon booziness and more vanilla and oak. Full bodied, low carbonation, smooth and at times syrupy mouthfeel. This beer is a bruiser and delivers exactly as advertised: a big tasty imperial stout that packs an unmatched bourbon punch. (632 characters)

Photo of Naugled
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in tall sample glass

a: jet black opaque, blackest I've ever seen, no head but nice legs

s: beechnut tobacco and molassas

t: tobacco raisons, prunes, molassas, caramel, coffee, and sherry, nice balance with bitterness, not hot for a 13%

m: sweet and cloying, but in a good way, rich and creamy

d: good for a monster beer great dessert beer. (352 characters)

Photo of tedpeer
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour into a chalice. Bottle from 2007.

A - Black and thick. Very little head, quickly settled to no head.

S - Coffee and bourbon aroma. Wife said it smelt like Kahlua.

T - Bourbon taste mostly overpowers everything else, but I still get a hint of coffee. After taste lingers a while.

M - creamy and smooth. Coats the mouth.

D - This one's a sipper and at 13%, one's my limit. (390 characters)

Photo of rpardon7
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap an oil black with a small thick tan head that faded quickly. Smell is dominated by bourbon, roasted malts, and some hints of dark fruit and black liquorice. Taste is of chocolate, bourbon, warming alchohol, a bit of coffee, a hint of dark fruit and liqourice. Mouthfeel is thin and smooth not much carbonation. Drikability well this one is tough it is a wonderful beer however very high in ABV and that makes it tought to have more than one. That being said you could enjoy more than one when the time is right. But definately a sipper. (556 characters)

Photo of goodspeed94
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Joey at South Bay Drugs. Thanks!

A: This brew is one thick, dark as night, rolling pour. Not too much of a head to speak of with hardly any noticeable carbonation. The blackness hardly even thins out with a tilt of the glass.

S: Right away you get strong notes of chocolate and bourbon as expected. No secret this is one very big beer. Can faintly detect licorice, almost reminds me of a wood stove heated home around the holidays. Complex and exciting.

T: Wow. First off, this beer is a raging alcoholic. Very strong notes of bourbon (even a little of the burn on the tongue). The chocolate is secondary in this beer, roasted flavors are present as well. Somewhat hard to really find the levels to this one as the alcohol is rather overpowering.

M: The carbonation level is perfect on this beer for its style. Thick mouthfeel, coats the entire palate. Again, slightly a little too hot from the alcohol. Stronger than some other barrel-aged stouts I have come across.

D: Don't think I could have more than one in a night. Enjoyable dont get me wrong, but slightly a little too aggressive to have multiple.

Overall, definitely a good beer. This was my first review so things may not have been articulated perfectly, but I did enjoy this offering. This is the first of this kind that I have seen out here in Southern California in terms of a big, burning, bourbon stout, reminds me of some of the Weyerbacher bourbon offerings from back East. Would recommend trying in order to experience ranges of taste within a style, but not my personal favorite. Looking forward to more Goose Island offerings should they make it out.

**Just had another one of these and it was WAY less bourbon flavored than before. Much more vanilla, chocolate notes, really thick and velvety on the palate. Great, complex beer. (1,825 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

appearance; very dark brown, has almost a shine to it, pours a finger of brown head that settles into thin lacing. Not much more you can expect of a stout.

smell; rich roasted malt flavors with obvious , notes of coffee, chocolate and caramel, along with hints of dark fruits, the bourbon is also very obvious.

taste; the malt flavors hit you first, the smallest sip is bursting with caramel, coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, and pure malt sweetness, followed by the punch of the bourbon.

mouthfeel; to say this beer is full bodied is an understatement. very rich, thick, and creamy, with light /mild carbonation.

overall; the bourbon flavor was a bit overpowering, and the heaviness was also excesive, but it is a very inique beer experience and with trying. (763 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a label of "2009" but the back of the label reads that it was bottled on 1/14/10.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears black in color. Around the edges there is barely any light shining through but what does break though displays a bit of brown clarity. A thin film of dark tan head appears and rapidly dissolves with audible fizzing. Very faint spotty lace clings to the glass with swirls that release carbonation but still fail to formulate a head.

The aroma of this brew is a pleasant blend of bourbon and vanilla. There are some woodsy suggestions of the oak aging process throughout the profile. The dark scent of the grain comes across with burnt notes lightly suggesting chocolate and coffee but these are quite subtle compared to the bold presence of bourbon and vanilla.

The taste of this brew is bold with a forceful kick of bourbon heat right upfront. The taste of the alcohol is somewhat solvent with a tangy bite partially influenced by some hops. The dark grain leaves a persistent bitterness like strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate that lingers in the mouth. The barrel aging influence is evident with some dry woodsy flavors that blend with the burnt grain aspect and turn to a more mellow vanilla smoothness that suggests dark caramel or toffee.

This is a full bodied brew that at times seems lighter just because of the sheer evaporative quality that this brew has inside your mouth. It is acceptably light in carbonation and is a mighty fine sipper on a cold night. This brew is a savage beast and I really like it. At 1 year old, it hasn't even touched a fraction of it's aging capacity and tastes strikingly similar to a 3 year old bottle I recently had. I know the label states that this brew can develop in the bottle for up to 5 years but lets be honest, that is a starting point for this brew. (1,847 characters)

Photo of MrDanno96
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark as night with a thing ring of creamy looking tan head. Very minimal lacing. No light is getting through this thing.

S: I love how bourbon barrel aged things smell! Distinct smells of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. You can also find some subtle hints of coffee, chocolate, and cherries. Alcohol is also pretty apparent.

T: Tasty! Pretty similar to the nose: bourbon and sweet vanilla are most apparent. Very warm alcohol on the finish and aftertastes of coffee and chocolate linger for some time. Some oakiness is also in there. This reminds me of BT, but isn't nearly as complex. Keep in mind, however, that BT probably deserves about a 6 out of 5 for taste. What I'm trying to say is that Goose Island BCS is very good.

M: Smooth and chewy. The bite from the alcohol is a little harsh, but really not too bad.

D: As with most high quality Bourbon barrel aged stouts, this one is a tasty and complex sipper. I will definitely have this again, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting. I'll definitely put a few of these in the cellar as well and see how they taste in a year or two. (1,107 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick looking jet black color. I couldn't get any head or lacing out of it. (Maybe a sloppy pour?)
Intense coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medicinal too. You can get high from whiffing on this one too much.
Ultra sweet taste that combines roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate. Some balance provided by the hops. The alcohol flavor is there particularly in the after taste. You can taste the barrel wood. It warms you up like a dessert liqueur, bourbon or cognac.
Supremely thick, full bodied and viscous feel. This is certainly a sipper.
This one is not for the faint of heart and certainly not to be drunk when you want something light and crispy to cool off. It is a beer that feels more like a hard liquor. Warning: the high ABV gives you quite a buzz. Do not operate heavy machinery during or after drinking. (827 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer. Not what its gets the hype about and definitely not worth the annoyance of seeking it out. Very bourbon forward. Bu t this beer is thin for the style. Everyone talks this beer up and thinks its the best thing ever but truly it really isn't that fantastic. I have had BA stouts that were better balanced. If I want to drink bourbon I will and if I want to drink a stout I will. This is the 14.4 edition by the way (2014). Its a good beer but it is more overhyped to me than it is worth seeking out. If it was a regular beer sitting on a shelf and people could buy it every day unlike the current situation of Black Friday, this would be among the higher echelons of beerdom, but all things considered its not worth the craziness.

Appearance: Black, no head whatsoever.

Smell: strong bourbon and chocolate. It smells amazing!

Taste: not as good as the aroma would let you believe.

Overall: This is an overhyped beer like no other. I bought a bunch of this one but this was the only 14.4 version I had tonight I also have the other abv 13.8, I think? Its a tasty beer, but as far as BA stouts go, this was good but its no better than other ones I have had. Maybe older versions are better. I am not taking into account the new ownership, I am simply reviewing this beer as I see it. If it was a blind taste test, I don't know if it would get as high a review as I gave it. Maybe I should do that with some friends just to see what everyone thinks! (1,475 characters)

Photo of robobor
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured thick and viscous from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Very, very dark brown with the only suggestions of color coming through the stream between bottle and glass. A finger and a half of head the color of cocoa powder, which disappeared within seconds. Immediately I smell bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. I have never smelled a beer like this before. Taste is bourbon sweet, vanilla and chocolate, the chocolate almost identical to some candy I remember my grandmother giving me when I was a kid. Mouthfeel is smooth, heavy and tingling from both the alcohol and a bit of carbonation. I actually give this higher marks than I would have thought on drinkability, but I should point out that it took me two hours to finish 12 ounces.

This beer definitely lived up to my expectations and was far and away more unique than I could have imagined. Truly exceptional. (869 characters)

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed Fresh:

From bottle into tulip glass. Pours ink black with a dark toffee head that rapidly dissipates to a few wisps. The smell is bourbon moderated only slightly with molasses and faint vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is classic imperial stout: heavy, thick, minimal carbonation. Chocolate, toffee and vanilla sweetness take the lead with coffee and burnt oak providing a strong backbone. Then the bourbon takes over. At first the bourbon helps supervise the sweetness, which otherwise would run amok. But the bourbon and alcohol bitterness defintely take over by the finish. That aftertaste is the true barometer of this beer; if you don't like bourbon, this is not the beer for you. Not much will pair with this other than dark chocolate (and even that doesn't stand up too well). We're going to cellar a few four-packs and see if it mellows with age. But while I think it could use a bit of the discipline that age provides, its complexity and flavor profile deserves attention right out of the blocks.

Edit: With 2-3 years on it, GIBCS may be one of my favorite beers, period. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black with a small mocha colored head that fades fast. A very think pour.
First whiff is Bourbon and oak! WOW. Then you get an aroma of mocha and vanilla. Its quite a rush to the nose. The first sip is the same, sharp bourbon with hints of port and oak. Another sip brings coffee, chocolate, and booze!
Its definatly a sipper. The booze is strong, but its more from the bourbon presence than the overall ABV. Actually the more you drink the more it smooths out and becomes just a nice tasty warmth. Now this review is of a 2009 vintage, bottled on 2/18/09. I would imagine another year would make it even smoother. With that said, I can't think a fresh one would be very easy to get down with all of the booze and bourbon. But if you can find an aged one, pick it up!! Its one of the most unique stouts I have had, buts its not one for those who don't like the uniqeness of the bourbon flavor. (911 characters)

Photo of ncaudle
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz 2009 bottle poured into large snifter.

absolutely no head. not even a small hint in a far corner of the glass...

BOOZE! it cannot be stressed how potent the bourbon is on the nose. this can lead to either of two very different reactions.
I rarely drink liquor so this was sinus opening...

love the taste! once past the initial smell that bourbon flavor is soo very sweet, complementing the chocolates perfectly. very warm back-end due to the alcohol, 13%

thinner than I expected but it did leave a lite creamy coating on the tongue. drinkability is what it is with something this alcoholic. I cant imagine a more liquored brew being more drinkable...

I'm curious how it ages. will the bourbon nose ease a bit? the bottle states it should develop for up to 5 years and I have 3 more from this 4 pack sitting in the cabinet... (835 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coal-black body with a thin yet lasting tan head. Deep, rich roasted grain scent infused with noticeable bourbon undertone and touches of fudge and milk chocolate. Sweet and boozy are the first taste impressions; loads of chocolate and cocoa. Heavy bodied; velvety and smooth on the palate.

Everything comes across top-notch with this heavy-hitting stout with the relatively minor quibble about a thin head. But, I'm not into beer primarily for its looks, but its flavor, and this monster in incredible! It's a black mystery at first look and then the first (and subsequent) sips reveal all the underlying depth and complexity of robust dark malts, a well-balanced big booze presence that does not overwhelm things, the whole thing being deep and complex yet easily satisfying. (778 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a very short-lived tan head. A thin tan line is still visible around the edges. Also has thin lacing, as to be expected with a beer as strong as this.

S: At first, alcohol is dominant, but as the beer warms a bit the aromas pop. Coffee, chocolate, and roasty malt show beautifully. The oak aging lends hints of coconut, vanilla, and toasty wood.

T: This stout is packed with flavor. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit notes shine through. The oak lends it's distinct flavors with hints of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and maple. The finish is boozy and warming.

M: Full-bodied and as viscous as motor oil, BCS is chewy and rich.

D: This beer is big, and full of complex flavors, but it's quite easy to drink. Two years old may still be a bit young. It has some serious aging potential. (872 characters)

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 2,577 ratings.