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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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8,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,121
Reviews: 2,352
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,844
Gots: 3,456 | FT: 380
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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

jisom123, Sep 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch-black with a tiny caramel colored head that vanishes right away. Aromas if extremely rich. Tons of dark, overripe fruits, raisins, plums...vanilla bean, oak, molasses, maple syrup, the list goes on and on. Very in your face aroma and I think I smelled this beer for about 5 minutes before I even took a sip. Tastes is even more jaw-dropping and complex. Initial flavors of overripe fruits ala rasins, figs, and the like. Then steps in HUGE flavors of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, slight oakiness, nutty, roasty, molasses....absolutely phenomenal. This beer has one of the most amazing lingering aftertastes of any beer I have ever had. Mouthfeel is also ridiculous. Definitely one of the top 3 most viscous beers I have ever had as well. I can literally feel this beer coating my mouth. I feel like I have to chew it before swallowing. Light on the carbonation but seems perfect for this brew. Nice warmth in the finish. I cannot stop smelling and tasting this beer, sip after sip...and that;s a dangerous thing at 13%. Definitely one of the most amazing beers I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. I only bought a single 12oz bottle to see if it was worth the price as I am often very skeptical nowadays. But this beer delivers in spades. Time to stock up. I can only imagine what this beer will offer with some years on it. Gawdayum!

Doomcifer, Feb 27, 2010
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Snikwad1020, Feb 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

mctizzz, May 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

reitzbrewing, Feb 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Mugenlude, Dec 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

burninggoat, May 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

mikejonze, Feb 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

ryancl, Nov 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

sm0key, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

bartlettc42, Apr 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Completely black, almost no head and it was brown. No lacing.

Smell: Alcohol, smokey bourbon notes, with coffee and malts in the background.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, thick and full bodied. Bourbon and alcohol dominate the palate with roasted coffee, malts, and carmel and some sweet cream too, maybe.

Overall: Very warm and complex brew. Well balanced. Excellent sipping beer with charicteristics similar to a fine wine.

Cavanaghty, Dec 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Happy_Camper, Apr 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

MicroBeerMan1980, Jul 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

jburchett, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Goose Island's 2009 Bourbon County Stout promises that one sip will have "more flavor than your average case of beer." Judging by the smell alone, this promise doesn't seem exaggerated: the brew is ripe with bourbon, milk chocolate, dark (90%) chocolate, figs, port, molasses, tobacco, and anise.

On the tongue, the first flavor is an intense bourbon & charcoal burst, followed by an almost equally-intense injection of black licorice, smoky tobacco, port, chocolate & black malts, all atop a thick bed of almost-burnt sugars. The power of these flavors cannot be understated, and even the hyperbolic promise that every sip has more flavor than a case of beer seems understated. So heady is the brew that the liquid seems supersaturated, and it is difficult to imagine that any more flavor could have been squeezed into the bottle. As a result, the mouthfeel is highly syrupy--thicker even than condensed milk--and so little room is left for anything else that carbonation barely manages a medium-light.

Overall, while I think this is one of the more astounding beers I've ever tasted, I do recognize that only the most hardy of beer-drinkers could appreciate the result. Buyer beware, then: if you think Guinness is borderline, this is definitely not the drink for you. But if you seek the thickest, darkest, mealiest, most flavorful stout on the planet, you have a shot at a contender with this one.

jondeelee, Aug 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

JeffNev, Dec 27, 2013
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warmbier804, May 28, 2014
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Mantooth, Feb 10, 2013
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jokermanboy, Jul 21, 2013
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Dizzy, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

acknight, Apr 05, 2014
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Hopinho, Jul 13, 2014
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,121 ratings.