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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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8,581 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,581
Reviews: 2,381
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,005
Gots: 3,649 | FT: 383
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%

jim5879, Nov 15, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

maltydoug, Nov 19, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

beerandcake, Jan 30, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

Mary_mitchell14, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of jonmorgan
1/5  rDev -78.2%

jonmorgan, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of I_am_liz
1/5  rDev -78.2%

I_am_liz, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of WestHam973
1/5  rDev -78.2%

WestHam973, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of Kidfrogger
1/5  rDev -78.2%

Kidfrogger, Feb 05, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

JTDarr, Dec 17, 2012
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

Ml2az, Oct 15, 2014
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

dskinner, Saturday at 10:57 PM
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

thetastywort, Jan 03, 2013
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

SwinginParty, Nov 14, 2014
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1/5  rDev -78.2%

BRD14, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of DesMoinesMike
1.38/5  rDev -69.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5


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.

DesMoinesMike, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of TAREUA
1.45/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

TAREUA, Jul 22, 2009
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1.5/5  rDev -67.3%

jdkoch, Sep 01, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -67.3%

2ellas, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
1.6/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25


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.

goochpunch, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of greenengineer
1.65/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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?

greenengineer, Aug 13, 2010
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1.75/5  rDev -61.9%

Vlaminck, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of RayzTheRoof
1.75/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

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.

RayzTheRoof, Dec 20, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -61.9%

kp29, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Rainier
1.85/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

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.

Rainier, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of drumhaggart
1.88/5  rDev -59%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

drumhaggart, May 10, 2010
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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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