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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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7,973 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,973
Reviews: 2,341
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,789
Gots: 3,394 | FT: 372
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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1/5  rDev -78.2%

11-15-2012 15:40:08 | More by jim5879
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

11-19-2012 03:01:13 | More by maltydoug
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

01-30-2012 18:21:18 | More by beerandcake
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North Carolina

1/5  rDev -78.2%

01-01-2013 12:37:29 | More by jonmorgan
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

08-16-2014 22:55:39 | More by I_am_liz
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

02-05-2012 14:10:46 | More by Kidfrogger
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

12-17-2012 14:58:05 | More by JTDarr
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

01-03-2013 05:49:05 | More by thetastywort
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

12-16-2012 17:39:52 | More by BRD14
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1.38/5  rDev -69.9%


When I poured this beer I thought it could pass for chocolate, DARK chocolate milk. The aroma was thick, like molasses and caramel and Jim Bean mixed together. The flavor mimmicked the aroma but had a bigger punch to my pallet. IT burned on the way down like liquor.

I have to say this isn't the shittiest tasting beer I've had, but it's up there. Perhaps I should just give up on finding an imperial that I like.

If you want S T R O N G, go for this bad boy.

06-02-2009 01:17:58 | More by DesMoinesMike
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1.45/5  rDev -68.3%

I got this from a wine/beer shop where the owner said he'd heard good things about this one but hadn't tried it yet. Well, he won't hear anything good from me. I don't remember the last time I didn't finish a beer. Just dreadful bleck. A friend with me shared my opinion.

This beer either represents the Emporers New Clothes of craft beer or there was something wrong with this bottle. It looked a fine dark brown/black. The smell was of molasses, burned things,raw alcohol and more burned molasses. A hint of overheated radiator was one of the better scents. The taste was big and layered, but the waves of burned sugar, gloppy sorghum, alcohol, just kept coming like a string of plague rats jumping into my mouth. I'm not sure of the mouthfeel, as I was too busy thinking of ways to apologize to my tongue.

If you took a Guinness and let it bounce around in your car trunk for a summer spent in the desert, added various burned molasses concoctions and some bourbon you had washed your feet in, you might approximate the flavor. This is the Edsel of beers in my opinion, and I am a huge fan of big stouts.

07-21-2009 23:07:09 | More by TAREUA
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1.5/5  rDev -67.2%

09-01-2012 18:06:33 | More by jdkoch
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New Hampshire

1.5/5  rDev -67.2%

03-06-2014 02:23:33 | More by 2ellas
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1.6/5  rDev -65.1%


Ink black body and hardly any head at all. Smell is more bourbon barrel than anything. Lot of vanilla, chocolate, and a weird buttery aroma. The butter is so strong. Kind of soured/rancid. Pros for flavor: roasty malts, chocolate, caramel. Cons: overwhelming barrel, vanilla, butter, soy sauce, sweetness, booze. Mouthfeel is slick and kind of flat. Booze numbs the tongue. I really don't like this at all. It's grossing me out. A fine example of a messy, bourbon barrel-forwarded stout.

01-24-2014 05:09:25 | More by goochpunch
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1.65/5  rDev -64%

I like beer, I like Bourbon, I thought I would like this, but was very disappointed.

Very little head, but a nice dark appearance. "Bourbony" tast was overwhelming from the first sip. Cloying, sticky, nasty, like drinking a large glass of bad Bourbon. The Bourbon taste is overwhelming. 12 oz felt like about 10 oz too much. I have three more bottles - anybody want them?

08-13-2010 01:28:59 | More by greenengineer
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1.75/5  rDev -61.8%

09-16-2012 18:01:14 | More by Vlaminck
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -61.8%

Beer snobs will say this is the greatest beer ever, but honestly, all I taste is licorice. That is it. That is all there is. It is just really alcoholic licorice. There are no hints of chocolate or vanilla, and the bourbon is virtually non-existent. It really just tastes like licorice. I don't understand how people taste otherwise.

12-20-2013 02:04:48 | More by RayzTheRoof
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1.75/5  rDev -61.8%

02-21-2014 07:26:02 | More by kp29
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1.85/5  rDev -59.6%

Umm, where do I start.

First of all, I know the BCBS train is probably gonna be outside my apartment with pitch forks. After tasting this beer, it's either I got a bad batch, I have abnormal taste buds, or it's just an overhyped beer.

Appearance - looked like normal imperial stouts. No head pretty much.
Smell - bourbon, coffee, vanilla. Ok, it's typical barrel aged stuff.
Taste - Tasted like alcohol straight up. Let it warm up, more alcohol! I get same notes from the smell here.
Mouthfeel - meh, it was very syrupy. it left a foul taste in my mouth
Overall - worst night of my life. I could not sleep. I kept moving around my bed all night long. Very gassy, trying to burp everytime just to get rid out the fowlness.

Sorry guys, this is my first experience on this beer, but sorry BCBS doesn't do it for me. I'm glad.

Edit: December 16, 2013... This is gross. Sorry guys.

12-17-2013 06:45:15 | More by Rainier
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1.88/5  rDev -59%

A - Black. Minimal coffee-colored head that dissipated rapidly

S - Bourbon. Overwhelmingly bourbon. Nothing but bourbon

T - Bourbon. Strong bourbon

M - Smooth. Carbonation seemed just about right

D - I'm sorry, but I couldn't finish this bottle.

This tastes to me like stout-flavored bourbon. I like bourbon. When I was younger, bourbon was my mixed drink of choice. I do not, however, find this mixture appealing (in any way, shape or form). If you want the same taste (at less cost), just mix Ten High half and half with Guinness.

Apparently a large number of folks find this appealing. I am not one of them.

Edit: In all fairness, this beer had only been in the bottle for 5 months. Another year of aging could have an effect on my opinion, but it is unlikely to make me love this beer. If I wanted bourbon, I would have bought bourbon.

05-10-2010 03:38:34 | More by drumhaggart
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New York

1.95/5  rDev -57.4%

Reviewed on 8/15/08. Bottle, 2007. Pours black with a small dark tan/red head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor of bourbon, alcohol sweetness. I can tell that this is a better bourbon barrel aged beer than a lot of other BBA beers, but I can't actually taste any of the underlying stout. I suppose it's less bourbony than other beers, but it is definitely dominated by the bourbon. And I don't want my beer to taste like bourbon, I want it to taste like beer. Also the 13% makes it extremely difficult to drink. Suffice it to say, I didn't care for this bourbon bomb.
4/3/4/2/10 (2.3/5)

12-23-2008 17:32:10 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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2/5  rDev -56.3%

11-28-2011 00:38:48 | More by cates1tg
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2/5  rDev -56.3%

08-26-2014 15:44:04 | More by Desp59
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2/5  rDev -56.3%

12-23-2011 17:25:18 | More by weakness33
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2/5  rDev -56.3%

09-09-2012 18:53:18 | More by Buttwagon13
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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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