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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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world-class

7,603 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,603
Reviews: 2,326
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,688
Gots: 3,246 | FT: 355
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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

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yapi

Belgium

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I've had some now over the last couple of months, and I'm reviewing an 08 version. Had younger ones, but time is on the side of this drink, so I'll keep off the younger versions and stick to the aged ones. 3 years old and the bourbon mellowed down perfectly into a balanced stout, very good example of its style. Only hints of how boozy this one once was. So preferably drink aged versions is my best advice for this one

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 16:51:35 | More by yapi
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle dated 11-11-11.Consumed on 12-9-11.
55 degrees into snifter.

A-Pours out a super dense,inky,midnight black
body that remained motionless beneath one inch of fluffy but quickly dissipating dark mocha foam.Lots of boozey legs and spotty lacing.

S-Real nice nose here.Cherry cordials,dark chocolate,bourbon,vanilla,toasted coconut,molasses and burnt brownies.

T-Black currant,strong coffee,bourbon,bittersweet chocolate,blackstrap molasses and a sweetened espresso finish.Delicious!

M-Thick,rich and complex.Full bodied with extremely well integrated flavors.Sweet,roasty and smooth.ABV is not felt.As the beer warmed,more of the bourbon and chocolate notes came through.

O-I can't really say much about this beer that hasn't already been said.Highly acclaimed and worthy of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 13:08:55 | More by StlHopHead77
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011: smells much more of vanilla than I recalled, a deep and satisfying vanilla. tastewise did not get the licorice that annoyed me with the 2010. just a much fuller, much better version of a bourbon barrel stout.

2010 bcbs

a 4 tar black, long legs, minimal head, no lace noted.

s 4 molasses and butterscotch dominate the nose

t 3.5 big and sweet, some vanilla and butterscotch fade into anise/licorice. just enough bitterness underneath to keep me from complaining about the overarching molasses sweetness. as the glass drains, the licorice builds on the palate.

m 4.5 very rich and viscous, luxurious, velvety smooth, not a lot of carbonation.

o 3.5 as much as I liked bcbs the first time, by the end of the second bottle (on a diff day) I was feeling overwhelmed by licorice.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 03:01:14 | More by brewmudgeon
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. Pours a one finger brown head that quickly fades to a ring, leaving traces of lace. Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Bourbon and alcohol nose. Flavor is bourbon, molasses and some alcohol. Pricey at $6.30 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 22:50:25 | More by jdhilt
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark, tar-like appearance; very little tan head, though it does try to lace.

S: Bourbon booze, dark roasted malt, burnt caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, hint of licorous and a little port. Tons of nose. Exceptional.

T: Dark fruit (prune & raisin), dark caramel, dark/bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee with a little licorous & underlying oak. Assertive bitterness, but not overwhelming.

M: Full, syrupy body is a little chalky; carbonation is light to moderate.

D: This one's a sipper. Approachable & well rounded, with plenty of depth... but it is a quite full. Still, the drinkability is impressive for its strength.

Thanks Dave!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 01:18:00 | More by Derek
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veachster

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poors thick and black with a not so impressive dark tan head. Head retention is ok.

S - Right away I picked up bourbon. The bourbon overpowered everything else right away but seemed like it settled and the smell of roasted malts and a chocolate coffee came through.

T - The bourbon hits followed by a coffee. Definately can taste the chocolately roasted malts. No signs of lacing in the glass.

M - It sits crispy (carbonation) at first then it becomes a nice smooth creamy feel. The bourbon lingers out and bites a little bit. Chocolate seems to stick around for the after taste.

D - It is a very nice stout and seems like a good choice to share for the holiday with family and friends. I wouldn't slam the bottle by any means nor drink more than one at a time, but I am very much enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:10:00 | More by veachster
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and viscous near jet black beer with a very small deep brown head with a faint reddish tinge. Dissipates rapidly and leaves no lace.

Nose is chocolatey, molasses, fumy alcohol, dark fruits like raisins and prunes, hints of coffee and vanilla. Subtle oakiness; prominent bourbon.

Big time complex flavor with immediate booziness but still not overly hot or unpleasant. All the notes of the aroma are present in the taste: chocolate, raisin, prune, rich maltiness, coffee, vanilla, lots of bourbon. More woodiness underneath.

Sticky, tremendously syrupy, viscous and chewy mouthfeel. Low carbonation and very full bodied. The flavor lingers quite a bit as the booze warms you.

Massive bourbon bomb of a stout, super delicious and one that should be a rare treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 05:25:51 | More by tobelerone
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brystmar

Texas

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer on draft at the Clark brewpub when I lived in Chicago in 2007. At the time, I wasn't a big stout fan (that's changed :)) and, although I considered myself a budding beer geek, I really didn't know what I was doing. So when I tried this straight from the tap, I remember enjoying the flavors somewhat but being physically incapable of downing more than a sip or two due to its extreme ABV. Then again, maybe it's just too hot without any age on it. I'll find out again someday.

Anyway, tonight's bottle is from August 2005.

A: jet black and completely opaque with minimal tan head. Strong, sticky lace.

S: Booze. Roasted malt, caramel, smokey oak, sweet aged booze. Awesome.

T: deliciously roasty. Aged boozy malts. Chocolate, oaky goodness, more malt, plenty of alcoholic warmth. Still a touch hot, but much improved over the last batch I tried. The age on this bottle is obvious here and really adds great character to the beer. Quite good overall.

M/D: full-bodied, oily, low carbonation. A pleasant sipper. Much more alcoholic warmth when cold -- this is a brew that really opens up as it sits. This is a must drink for stout-heads. Can't wait to try the vanilla version!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 05:27:19 | More by brystmar
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cosmicevan

New York

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a few 16oz growler fills of 2009 vintage.

A -Poured a stunning oil black with a thin creamy tan head which vanished quickly after the pour as with all borbon barel aged beers.

S -The nose leads a bit with the bourbon, but not too intensely. Malty chocolate dominates the party and bourbon is subtle, but compliments nicely. It is calmed with nice hints of vanilla and caramel to round off the smell.

T -Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. The alcohol warms as you drink but nicely hidden since there is some time in it. Drinking really nice right now.

M -Smooth as butter. Subtle tingle, but not as much as some of the other bourbon aged stouts out there. Very creamy and smooth. Leaves a nice cool aftertaste.

O -The alcohol is timid with the age but very aparent as it warms your soul. Delicious, drinking great right now and reakly wonderful fresh from the tap. After drinking the growler ran out for additional fills.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 20:12:01 | More by cosmicevan
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark as the darkest of stouts with a mocha colored head. Little lacing.

S - Sweet malts, booze and oak.

T - Mostly the sweet malts that leave a predominate flavor of raisins and other dark fruits. Some cocoa with a touch of chocolate round this brew out. Very complex; I would rank this among BSDAs for complexity.

M - Lighter than expected, but rich and smooth. No presence of alcohol burn.

D - Wow, this brew lives up to its hype; not many can say that. The range of flavors in this beer put it ahead of any other bourbon barrel aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 07:35:29 | More by LiquidCucumber
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JamisonM

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: served in a rounded wine glass 12 ounce bottle 2008 vintage

A: it really pours with no head its very dark super dark beer

S: smells rich complex sugars in there hints of vanilla and coffee

T: taste is a great one you could have this beer for dessert! alone I mean with nothing else! since its not aged (besides in the barral) I am guessing its even sweeter then an aged one. and the finish is fantasic sweet coffee chocolate and vanilla, the finish lingers on for atleast 20 or 30 secs with each drink. one to savor and take your time with for certain.

M: think and heavy coats the tongue wonderfully

D: its drinkable its think its one to savor don't gulp this one!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 02:24:52 | More by JamisonM
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"bottled on 071406"

a: Pours a dark, deep black with a small amount of dark head.

s: Incredible. The smell is bourbon, molasses, espresso, vanilla, and dark chocolate, very rich smell.

t: malt, tons of roasted malt, which makes it sweet. Vanilla and chocolate are noticeable, as is bourbon. The aroma and flavor are virtually identical. A slight bite at the end, possibly from the bourbon (or the fact that its 11% abv).

m: Thick, like drinking motor oil. Virtually no carbonation. Chewy, sticky, coats the tongue in sweet maltiness. Absolutely full bodied.

d: Somehow, despite all the malt they crammed into this thing, the heaviness of its texture, its still silky smooth. That being said, I can't imagine having more than 12 ounces at a time, in fact their are times when I've had to split a bottle of this stuff. Its just so rich, you have no choice but to slowly sip or suffer its wrath, but hey, its an imperial stout, that's what you're supposed to do.

This beer is excellent, but be warned: its richness makes it a challenge to consume. Are you prepared?

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 00:50:36 | More by BradLikesBrew
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4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle, 2006 vintage.

Poured a deep, dark, mahogany color. Appeared clear when held up to light. Ruby highlights. Modest, brown head.

Aroma was delicious. Bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, raisins, caramel/molasses, and just a bit of licorice.

Taste was even better. Bourbon, roast characteristics, alcohol, chocolate, coffee. All blended together in a perfectly harmonious manner. Overall, much more sweet than bitter.

Mouthfeel was as heavy as it gets. Carbonation seemed very low. To me, this beer was not even a bit drying. Alcohol warming kicks in quickly.

Not much to say except this is one of the best stouts I've had. Wish it was distributed a bit more widely. Next year, I will make a point of getting to Chicago when it is "in season".

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 18:34:30 | More by
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theformula

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #44 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/13. HUGE thanks to ScoobyDank for the extra. That's right, extra!

A: Pours a body that's pitch black into a tulip glass. w/ a 2 finger espresso crema colored head. Opaque body; head lacks retention as expected, not much lacing.

S: Outstanding. This oak-aged RIS has the most pronounced bourbon character of any I've had by FAR. Awesome vanilla & charred oak along w/ the toffee-bourbon note. Alcohol is present but well integrated into the bourbon laced body. Dark chocolate & molasses malts give it a solid background. Great balance but the bourbon really stand out in this one.

M: Med. -full body, low carbonation. Extremely silky smooth, a bit oily. Nice.

T: The malts are very rich w/ an ample sweetness of molasses & toffee w/ dark chocolate becoming stronger as it warms. Vague fruits as well (plum, prune?) & black licorice. Then comes the charred oak & bourbon w/ vanilla, and the boozy bourbon hits the back of the throat w/ a nice, sharp punch. Warming. Finishes a bit smokey w/ wood.

D: An incredibly tasty barrel-aged RIS, this really is world class. It makes a great nightcap & the 13% ABV sneaks up on you but it's well hidden. Big, sweet & full of awesome oak & bourbon. I'd take this over a single malt scotch any day. Be careful though, and if you don't like smoke & bourbon, don't drink this one. Leave it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 22:41:48 | More by theformula
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version. Poured at just above cellar temp.

Pours an opaque black as if someone turned the lights out in the cellar while you were looking for a beer. Making your way out you see a thin one finger caramel colored head that dissipates rather quickly leaving small island like forming foam in the middle of the glass. Chocolate notes are the first aromas to hit the nostrils. Theres a smoothness to the chocolate notes, which can be attributed to vanilla bean notes. Woody oak notes also contribute to the smoothness in the nose. Hot licorice and dark fruit notes are also present, but play a nice secondary role to the oak and vanilla bean notes.

Oak laced chocolate flavors hit the taste buds like a wave. Chocolate flavors give way to vanilla bean notes that give a subtle smoothness to the overall flavor. Licorice notes blend well with a touch of dark fruits, which contribute to a nice sweetness that comes through in the aftertaste. Thick and juicy mouthfeel comes through pretty hard with a hotness. Bourbon booze is hefty but not over abundant. A nice brew this one is with a ton of flavor and excellent smooth mouthfeel. One to sip and enjoy if you get the chance. I bet this also cellars well.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 02:31:35 | More by bjohnson
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Sideswipe

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage courtesy of the ever generous AleWatcher.

The beer pours pitch black with a small brown head. The foam dissipates leaving a thin tan ring. The nose offers huge notes of vanilla, bourbon and roasted malt. Taste opens with bourbon flavors, very well integrated and not overwhelming at all. A sweet, roasted malt backbone makes an entrance mid-palate. Vanilla and oak are present in copious amounts, throughout. The finish really shines with smooth, velvety layers of roasted malt, chocolate and hints of coffee. Feel is thick and viscous with a low level of carbonation which lends a creamy quality to the beer. Overall this is a fantastic beer. Incredible bourbon flavors melded with great vanilla and oak characteristics make this a joy to imbibe. Not hot or overdone, it very easy drinking and enjoyable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 08:39:36 | More by Sideswipe
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bhalter8

Georgia

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight from the bottle to goblet, pours a dark syrupy looking beer with thin tan head resting atop. The beer alone screams stout, and a burley one at that. Aroma is strong bourbon, very strong, it almost overwhelms the beer, but as it warms some chocolate and roasted malt comes through. There is a lot going on in this beer, more than just booze, which I was somewhat afraid of at first. Much like the smell, there is bourbon up front in the nose, but the sweet chocolate flavor is there, and hints of vanilla and some other sweetness I can't quite put my finger on, but there is more! A thick beer, that goes down slow, with an intense warming as you sip it. Definitely lives up to the billing, I love this beer and am looking forward to trying an aged bottle I got in trade, as well as aging few others just to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 02:38:38 | More by bhalter8
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Stacy53

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Goose Island- Bourbon County Band Stout- Bottled on: 11/12/09

Aged under a year, only 6 months

A- Black and thick, very thin brown caramel head that down not stay around for long.

S- Strong warm boozy bourbon, with a rich dark chocolate smell. This beer's smell was hard for me to identify.

T- Sweet chocolate, smoky, and creamy. The taste is so great it is almost indescribable.

M- Thick HUGE Beer, and still it is very lightly carbonated and smooth.

D- Again, very smooth yet still a slow sipper to saver this outstanding beer.

Today is my 25th birthday and this was the perfect beer to savor and enjoy for this day. I have two more bottles of this and I am going to age them for a few more years to see what comes of these flavors!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 16:39:52 | More by Stacy53
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Adamdc

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in pint glass

A: Deep, dark body topped off by quickly dissipating 1/2 inch of tan foam. Black as night!

S: A lot going on here--the bourbon is the most obvious followed by coffee, milk chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and vanilla. Excellent!

T: Clear bourbon presence. Some alcohol, milk and dark chocolate, molasses, soy, caramel and raisins. Outstanding!

M: Thick and creamy.

D: This is about as drinkable as a 13% barrel-aged RIS can get. Goes down smoothly but I'm feeling a bit impaired at this point!

This is a very special beer. Probably in my top 10!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 03:03:36 | More by Adamdc
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Martin2D

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this one.

A - Pitch black with a decent tan head with lacing.

S - Woody, roasty, boozy, vanilla

T - Super woody and roasty. A good presence of vanilla and classic bourbon flavors play with the roasted malts. A decent hop presence, but the bourbon is on display here.

M - Medium-low carbonation and medium-heavy in body.

D - Very good beer. Unique, nice flavors and I could drink a lot of this if I had the chance. Extremely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 02:03:44 | More by Martin2D
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Klym

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into an oversize wine glass.

A: Pours dark with a dark red shine outlining throughout the glass. Wheat brown one finger head that dies quickly into a bubble ring around the top with close to no lacing. Nothing alarming but nothing unusually impressive.

S: Bourbon, roasted wheat grains, molasses and a little bit of fig in the nose. Traditional high-quality bourbon barrel aged stout smell.

T: Such a smooth, rich, and spicy bourbon taste upfront that then rolls through the taste of a dark fruit sucked of most of its sweetness then soaked in bourbon and rolled in savory spices and finally ends with a milk chocolate esque sweetness and some bourbon burn/dark chocolate bitterness in the after taste. Delicious, high quality, but no large step away from a great many well-made bourbon barrel aged stouts.

M: Mouth feel is surprisingly carbonated considering the evaporating head. Nice feel in the mouth but a little prickly and almost numbing toward the end.

O: If they aimed to capture Bourbon character in a stout and smooth it with beer qualities and add a little spice, they have done a great job with this beer. It's perhaps unfair that I've tried this after many other bourbon barrel aged stouts when it is one of the more original ones in the timeline, but I have a hard time getting excited over this given the great many other stouts that emphasize the bourbon and ride its beerified glory. Wish it would go further beyond its barrel, but still undoubtedly an incredibly delicious stout with beautifully integrated flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 04:09:02 | More by Klym
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a brief coffee milk head that fades after a few seconds but sticks to the sides of the chalice

Smell: Bourbon, oak, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla and a hint of dried cherries

Taste: The bourbon is apparent from the start, and blends with the syrupy dark chocolate and vanilla flavors; a little later on the fruit arrives, with dried cherries, prunes and molasses; after the swallow, the dark chocolate and bourbon return to dominate the finish, with a boozy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and syrupy, with relatively low carbonation (the carbonation level is higher at first); plenty of warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: Extraordinarily well-balanced between the bourbon and stout elements

(My wife, Lex, likes this better than Speedway, her previous favorite beer.)

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 02:12:35 | More by brentk56
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seanpachefddfa

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- pours black with a thin mocha colored head. a good bit of lace

smell- bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and some dark fruit

taste- the same taste as the smell but all the flavors stand out much more in the taste.

mouthfeel- full body with good carbonation and a Warming alcohol presence.

drinkability- a great sipper beer. took me about an hour to finish 1 12oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 04:16:24 | More by seanpachefddfa
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mjthor

Iowa

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1st review -- might as well start with a good one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Westmalle chalice. This bottle was from an October '08 batch, so it's only aged about 6 months.

A: Very, very dark and opaque brown. Dare I say mahogany? Even with an aggressive pour, the head is almost non-existent; just a few small milk chocolate-colored bubbles forming near the glass.

S: Incredible. Tons of bourbon, chocolate, and a bit of a fruity/sugary sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. Small hint of alcohol, but it's there -- not that that's surprising, considering the 13% ABV. Very tantalizing and complex.

T: The alcohol isn't well-hidden here, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. The bourbon again comes out in the taste -- especially at the finish. Incredibly sweet malt with hints of chocolate, it really complements the powerful bourbon flavor characteristics.

M: Absolutely coats the tongue. Very viscous. "Syrupy" would be a good word to describe this beer, from smell to taste to mouthfeel.

D: I would definitely have another, but not tonight. No way. This is without a doubt a sipper, and absolutely a one-and-done. Each sip lingers until you take the next. I'm about halfway through, and I might pair this with some good Swiss cheese.

Overall, this is a great beer. I've always been very impressed with Goose Island as a mid-range brewery, but this and Matilda has solidified them as, in my mind, capable of brewing very high-end stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 01:14:44 | More by mjthor
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BeerManDan

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've never seen any stout when poured that was so dark, almost black, with no foam what so ever and not a stich of lace. The smell of bourbon was what first came to mind. The aroma was of bourbon only for me. But, the taste was not only of a bourbon flavor, but, a hint of smoke and leather. It poured so thick, I don't ever remember any stout that thick when poured. A nice balance of different flavors. I'll let it age for awhile, about a year, then try again!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 02:02:44 | More by BeerManDan
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,603 ratings.