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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,343 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 8,343
Reviews: 2,364
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,914
Gots: 3,551 | FT: 373
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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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tytoanderso for this amazing beer!! Poured into a chimay goblet. Pitch Dark black color with virtually no head. First smell- bourbon! Nothing else. Then second smell- Vanilla. Next, some chocolate. It keeps changing after every sip!! Taste is so amazing!- Tastes of burnt malts, with some chocolate and coffee hints, but always finished up with a oaky bourbon kick. Still have it in my mouth after 20 minutes! Slick mouthfeel, but really pretty drinkable considering 13%!! Really want more!! Hook me up!

DrDogbeer, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Aenema
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12/13 2009 Bottle Reviewed
(Had draft about a week later; the bourbon flavor was stronger and the alcohol more pronounced).

Appearance - Pours pitch black, one-finger deep tan head. No lacing.
Smell - Lots of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol.
Taste - Layers of bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, caramel, brown sugar, smoke. Very complex with a myriad of flavors in every drop.
Mouthfeel - Thick, full-bodied. Fine bubbles, quick rate.
Drinkability - Very rich and filling. A slow sipper, but quite enjoyable. I believe this is the richest beer I've had; tremendously delicious, but one at a time is plenty.

Aenema, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of jminsc76
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a 2008 version.

Poured in to a wide-mouthed sifter, pouring a dark brown head atop an impenetrable (Dark Vader-like) body. The head dies quickly, and the viscous nature of the body allows me to see my reflection at the top.

Aromas are INTENSE, with vanilla, graham, cracker, and molasses forming the bouquet. Very sweet, and it lifts the nose like a champ.

A wonderful bite up front, with the flavors washing over the palate like a rainbow. The beer exhibits chocolate, molasses, and vanilla initially, with some strong graham cracker, oak, and coffee/slight espresso on the finish. Wow, this stuff is nooo joke, and it compares to Dark Lord in flavor and consistency.

The mouthfeel is highly viscous, syrupy, with a little carbonation to cleanse the palate; ultimately, this is a sipping D.I. Stout if there ever was one.

Overall, this is very refined, with little heat (if any) and a little bit of bitterness coming out of the thick consistency. Incredibly refined, and lives up to its reputation.

Note: there are rumors abounding that some bottles exhibit a slight tinge of soy sauce, which is NOT a good thing apparently. I can vouch for this, as some of the bottles I have opened do exhibit a slight degree of the Asian condiment.

However, there are some bottles I have had that exhibit no soy sauce, and approach heaven-on-earth in their drinkability. Best thing to do when your B.C.S. exhibits slight degrees of soy sauce: don't let it warm too much and share it with others.

jminsc76, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of surlytheduff
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Drank from big Founders snifter. The beer poured black as sin, with a faint sliver of a cola-colored head. There were deep, dark ruby highlights near the outer edge/surface after the head faded. The aroma was unmistakable, noticeable from across the table (confirmed by my wife). Upon getting my nose in the glass, I was greeted with an orgy of scents. Bourbon and oak of course, but vanilla, roasted malt, sweet sugars, dark fruits and booze.

The flavor didn't disappoint. Two years in the bottle hasn't diminished the chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, vanilla and general roasty flavor in this beer. The bourbon flavor isn't at all overwhelming, and the age has mellowed the burn from the alcohol quite a bit. This beer really coats the inside of your mouth as you drink it, in a very pleasant way. The carbonation is noticeable, but well balanced; it renders it creamy-feeling.

surlytheduff, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of route66pubs
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle drank in June, 2009.

A - pours very dark with a creamy head that does not last long. Very thick and dark --- no air here.

S - Vanilla and caramel, with a slight chocolate feel.

T - What can you say? This beer is darn near perfect. Chocolate and slight raisin for an icredibly perfect balance.

M - Crisp yet bubbly, a perfect balance leads to a perfect head.

D - stilll hot after seven months, but easy to go down. Let it sit longer and you have a gem.

route66pubs, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of mavbrew
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH snifter. Bottled on 12/18.09.

A: Pours a nice jet black color with a finger thick dark brown/tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Smells of alcohol and has a bit of a bourbon scent to it, not surprising. Has some dark chocolate scents and a bit of roasted malts with some smokiness as well.

T: Strong flavor of alcohol/bourbon is apparent up front. Following is a strong taste of chocolate sweetness. The finish has a bit of smoke flavor with a hint of oak.

M: Medium bodied with slight carbonation.

D: I've had much stronger beers, but this beer is pretty strong for being 13%, seems to drink like a higher ABV, which is not bad at all. I enjoyed this beer very much, but I also love high ABV beers. It's not for everyone but if you like strong beers, you will love this beer.

mavbrew, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a big beer. Pours a dark black with little foam in the glass. You can smell the bourbon and dark roasted chocolate from the glass. The taste is a punch in the face of flavour, with bourbon and roasted chocolate taking the front. Its very smooth and drinkable considering the 13% alc. Drinking an '08 followed by a '09. The older has mellowed just a bit compared to the newer batch. But both are fucking excelelnt. This is just a crazy awesome impertial stout.

WeedKing4, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 355mL bottle into 330mL St. Bernardus Chalice. Bottled on date of 10/15/2010

Appearance: Pours black with a minimal brown head that dissipates quickly yet leaves behind a ring of lace around the top of the beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate smell is the most prevalent, backed up by a certain degree of roastiness, dark fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Begins sweet, primarily tasting of chocolate, plum and maybe even some grape. Finishes with a lot more bittersweet chocolate and a roasted character, along with alcohol. As it warms, bourbon can be noticed throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with light carbonation and a sticky finish. The alcohol in this brerw is definitely noticeable- I felt a slight burn on my lips on the first sip, and chills run down my spine as soon as the beer touches my lips and there is a slight burn as it goes down. Despite this, the alcohol is not overpowering or unpleasant. Also, I am guessing this feeling has something to do with the bourbon barrels, as something similar happens to me when I drink whiskey.

Drinkability: A superb and very complex beer. The alcohol, though is such that this is a definite sipper. I could see this one being absolutely outstanding after some cellar time.

Mosstrooper, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, with a brown tinge at the top when held to the light, otherwise pretty much black. Head is not very existent, with a ring of ochre foam around the edge. Lacing is not very prominent but good and sticky. Looks pretty nice, for all its faults.

Nose is actually very sweet, with a toasted coconut aroma being dominant, aspects of dark, syrupy grain infusion underneath, a marshmallow hint and of course a rich chocolatey character. Really, that smells like a Bounty® Bar - chocolate and coconut. Slightly tart as well as very sweet and toasted. I don't know if I like it that sweet, but otherwise immaculate.

Taste is also sweet, with again a toasted coconut flavour and some more nutty hints of pecan and walnut. Sweet chocolate comes through with a milky cocoa goodness, kind of threatens to turn tart with some prune character on the mid and a good hit of oak as well. Still just sweet. Finish is a little bit toasty, maybe very slight roasty bitterness but none of that gritty espresso I'm used to. Just sweet, roasty and yummy.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and velvety with just a little alcohol warmth on the back. This is perhaps a little sweet to be drunk all the time, but it's so outrageously tasty otherwise.

laituegonflable, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of sommersb
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 10-17-2011
Freshness: Bottled on 10-15-2010
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

Drinking this 2010 vintage with about 1 year on it.

Pours a thick black color, akin to a motor oil, with no light penetrating the darkness. The head is a dark tan, but is not even a finger high, which isn't a surprise given the high alcohol. Retention is low and lacing is almost non-existent.

A strong cornucopia of aromas are pulled from my snifter - alcohol in the form of bourbon, oak woodiness, roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and brown sugars, and over-ripened fruits that come more to the forefront as this beer warms to room temperature.

Taste is equally as complex and rich as the nose, with a strong roasted coffee bitterness and heavy bourbon flavors. Very boozy as well at 13% ABV. A sweetness is present with flavors of licorice and vanilla.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thick and chewy, with low carbonation. The aftertastes are of whiskey and blackened malts.

This is a major player of a beer that demands a slow sipping to fully appreciate and not be overwhelmed by its strength! Definitely an exceptional beer, although was a bit too much for me. I want to try a fresh version and see how it compares to this 1-year old sample.

sommersb, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black beer with very little head.

Bourbon aroma does not dominate but it's clearly there. There are also chocolate and some black licorice scents.

Tastes rich but not overly so. Deep, dark malt flavors glazed over with the bourbon. The bourbon accents the stout and does not overwhelm the rich, dark chocolate flavors.

birderbeerer, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of DrShizzle
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Blind Tiger.

Wow, is this an intense, in your face beer. I'm not sure I ever used that phrase to describe a beer before, but that's what comes to mind. There is nothing subtle about it, from the nose, to the taste, to the boozy heat it leaves behind. If you like wood aged stouts, you're going to like it. If you don't, you won't.

It pours (oozes?) jet black and thick as old motor oil, little in the way of foam. The nose is all bourbon, wood, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. And, alcohol. Taste is exactly what it smells like and punches you in the tastebuds the second it hits em. All the bourbon, vanilla and coffee hit fast, and then the boozy heat finishes it off. This is a sipper for sure. Probably shouldn't have had it first...Very smooth in the mouth, as you'd expect from something like this with such little carbonation.

Its definitely an "experience" beer. Would I drink it again? Its only a matter of time...it just wouldn't be tomorrow. Still, first rate and worth trying if you can find it. To me, the only thing it could use is some subtlety.

DrShizzle, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of eclipse54
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*First time combining multiple vintages of a brew for review, so hopefully this isn't too far off center format-wise.

(Current review from 03/10/2012)

A 12 ounce bottle of the 2011 batch, generously sent by FluffyMcTingle; thanks again man! Bottled 11/2011, and consumed tonight via DFH signature glass.

A - 4.0 - Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a thin veil of dark chocolate colored head. The head fades almost immediately to a ring around the edge of the glass and bubbly legs scattered across the surface.

S - 4.5 - The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, oak, toasted marshmallow, and brown sugar.

T - 4.5 - It tastes of caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, dark chocolate/cacao, bourbon, and burnt sugar. There is an alcohol presence near the end.

M - 4.0 - Mouthfeel is thick, and this once coats every inch of the palate. Syrupy texture, resinous finish, and warming alcohol sensation throughout.

O - 4.5 - Overall, a delicious stout that brings out the best of the barrel treatment.

Final Weighted Score: 4.43

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(Review from 11/20/2011)

A 12 ounce bottle of the 2009 vintage sent to me by inlimbo77; thank you very much for this one! Bottled on 11/12/2009, so this is very nearly two years old at this point. Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass...

A - 3.5 - It pours a richly black body with dark caramel hues near the surface; this transitions into a similarly colored head. Head development was minimal, not surprising given the high alcohol content (and a strange bottle-opening occurance). Regardless, a ring of coffee-colored bubbles and similar patches dot the surface of the liquid. Lacing is nonexistent.

S - 4.5 - The aroma is of toffee, bourbon, oak, hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, and alcohol. Really a phenomenal nose here, and very inviting to those who seek the bourbon-aged effect.

T - 4.5 - The taste is similar with toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, almond, and alcohol all blending together beautifully. It is quite reminiscent of a stout blended with an English barleywine, which is fine by me!

M - 4.0 - The mouthfeel is very good as the carbonation lifts the rich texture off the tongue and accentuates some of the finer flavors. The finish is great, but the alcohol really comes through in the end with a bit of a burning sensation. No doubt that this is 13% here.

O - 4.5 - Overall, a well crafted, delicious offering that I will certainly need to acquire more of.

Final Weighted Score: 4.40

eclipse54, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of webmanspidey
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter. This is pitch black with only a small amount of head that quickly subsides. Smells intensely sweet with a mix of bourbon, raisins, cherries, and caramel. Alcohol is very noticeable in the smell.

Taste is extremely sweet. Bourbon is the dominant flavor, with some other hints of vanilla, raisin, and cherry. Alcohol blends into the flavor very well.

This is delicious and very drinkable. Met and exceeded my expectations.

webmanspidey, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - pitch black with a small dark tan head that fell to a ring and then vanished altogether.

S - bourbon smell with some roasted malt and vanilla aromas as well.

T - rich roasted flavor of dark chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla extract with the tatse of bourbon kicking up the back end. Extremely complex and mind blowing flavor for a stout. 45-50 degrees is where best flavor is achieved.

M - full bodied with a silky smooth feel.

D - sip and enjoy.

Final Note: I like Bourbon (Makers Mark) and I like this Stout. I'm laying 1 down for a few months, or at least until I see the first robin of Spring!

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Rinkor16
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade and shared it with some buddies. Thank you azdback!

A: Pitch black with little to no head. Wasn't expecting any with the high alcohol content anyway.

S: Dark chocolate and of course the sweet smell of bourbon.

T: Wow this beer is amazing. Very complex and rich. Lots of malt, dark chocolate and vanilla. A little bit of caramel maybe? Then the perfect finish with the sweet taste of the bourbon.

M: Full bodied with very light carbonation. Very smooth and velvety. Definitely one to sip.

O: This beer is definitely worth seeking out! It is amazing! I've never had a bourbon aged stout before... This was a treat! I definitely want to get my hands on BCBCS now.

Rinkor16, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Treebs
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #100

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

A: Pours a jet black, slightly viscous with quick half finger dark caramel head that quickly dissipates into nothing leaving some slight popping bubbles. 

S: I'm picking up the bourbon right away and it's still fairly strong for being almost 3 years years old. This makes me happy. I'm picking up some light oak notes, almost like wet wood chips, with very faint hint of smoke. 

T: From first sip there is a multitude flavors. It's a roller coaster of flavor enjoyment. The opening of this brew is a slight kick of bourbon with a charred oak smokeyness, like the embers of a campfire. It's smoothes out in the middle to a very light vanilla and finishes with an almost roasted coffee malt. As the beer warms the heat from the alcohol becomes more pronounced. 

M: Slightly syrupy on the mouth, heavy bodied with little carbonation. The brew coats the palate leaving an oaky and light dark chocolate mix. Minutes after a sip the taste still clings to the tongue. 

O: Wow. I saved this for my 100th review and I'm glad I did. I'm so glad the bourbon held up  and I'm glad there was still a whirlwind of flavor after the last 3 years. This is definitely a sipping beer, no questions asked, and  A must for any fan of BA stouts.  

Treebs, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark black color with a touch of brown visible around the edges and a thin finger of tan head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace.

S - Aroma is full of bourbon, smoke, and sweet oak. Some coffee and chocolate. A bit of the roasted malt also comes through. Really pungent.

T - Starts off with a lot of smoke and bourbon flavor. Some chocolate flavor alongside. There is some roasted malt and a hint of vanilla. Through the middle some brown sugar sweetness and oak flavors that come out. The finish is warm bourbon and chocolate malt blend, with only a touch of alcohol flavor that lingers really nicely.

M - Full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Creamy and even a bit oily. Flavor really fills the mouth. The finish has a nice warming feeling.

D - Pretty drinkable, especially given the strong flavors and the 13% abv. The bourbon flavor is strong and flavorful, but still well balanced.

ngeunit1, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark and sets really f'n dark. Looks good but lacks head. Dark tan, maybe 1/4" off the body.

Smell: Light vanilla notes with a heavy scotch feel. The aroma is outstanding but still light.

Taste: I am loving this brew, it is incredibly smoth and so tasty,. Lightly bitter heavy in the alscohol taste but smooth. Little sweet offset with the obvious bitterness. Heavy molasses feel but it won't scare you.

Mouth: Smooth, sticking...I have had other bourbon aged stouts as far as after-taste, texture and how easy to drink this one tops them all.

Overall: This beer is a gem, pricey as hell but you would definitely pay more at a bar for worse. At roughly 25 bucks a four pack it is a steal. I am personally not crazing over bourbon stouts but this one is a beast. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter [seems almost like 5W-motor oil :-) when it pours].
Absolutely pitch black; dark as dark can be.
Little to no head, but some very nice bubbles surfacing constantly at the center of the surface.
The aroma of bourbon was evident as soon as the bottle was opened. Hints of sweetness presumably from the alcohol, some dark fruits and licorice aroma coming through. In short, smells very delicious.
Very complex beer taste-wise, there are so many things going on in this beer. The taste upfront is sweet, with the sweetness coating the palate nicely. Slightly bitter finish, with a nice lingering aftertaste. Alcohol will definitely warm you up with every sip.
The taste keeps getting better with time.
Mouthfeel is so silky, rich and creamy. This is definitely a sipper.
Hats off to Goose Island for coming up with such a big, bold strong beer. Paired it with pecan pie and it was pure decadence.
In my opinion, this is one beer that every beer lover "must-have" in their lifetime. If not for the taste, then purely for the effort of the brewer's.

CaptDavyJones, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Florida9
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I've never described a beer as looking like motor oil, thinking the reference was somewhat tacky. However, I've never had a beer glug, glug, glug its way out of a bottle like, well, motor oil. This beer is black. The rim of the glass offers a slight hint of cola colored liquid, but otherwise, this is nothing but black. A thin dark tan head finds its way to the top after pouring, but doesn't stick around for very long. There is no lacing.

S: Reminds me of fresh brownies. Chocolate, vanilla, ganache and, yes, the decidedly un-brownie-like scent of a mellow bourbon. However, with all of the comments of smelling like bourbon, I decided to smell this against a glass of Rock Hill Farms bourbon and will say, while there are similarities, the chocolate presence is much more pronounced than is the bourbon.

T&M: Coats the tongue with chocolate, vanilla, and faint hint of coffee. There are notes of raisin and prune. Finishes with oak and a slight alcohol burn, though the viscosity of this beer does much to subdue the volatile alcohols. Carbonation is low, too low in my opinion, but the thick liquid does allow for a long, complex finish.

D: This beer reminds me of a PX sherry. Sweet, complex, and raisiny. The flatness of the beer and the high alcohol only goes to reinforce the connection. Drinkability is good, as long as your not too aggressive with this beer. It's a sipper for sure. A nice slow glass of beer, meant to be appreciated.

Florida9, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of jamescain
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer at Chumley’s in Lafayette, IN. I finally got the chance to try this one and now I wonder why I waited so long.

Appearance: It pours a pitch black and in this dark bar there is no chance of seeing through it. There was a nice tan head, but that died rather quickly, due to the bottle being too cold.

Aroma: Big bourbon aromas, alcohol, subtle hints of vanilla, and roasty goodness. I could smell this beer all day. Luckily I needed to let it warm up, so I was able to just sit there and enjoy the aroma as I cradle it with my hands.

Taste: The taste is exactly how it smells. It’s big, it’s boozy, and it’s great! Sweet malty goodness with an undertone of chocolate all complemented by blanket of bourbon warming. The alcohol is not well hidden; however, it is not a bad thing in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a sipper for sure and if it was the only beer I have the entire night I will be happy. It’s not as thick as I was expecting and a little more carbonated then I was expecting, but I think that just wakes up the taste buds.

Overall: This is a great beer, one of my new favorites and I can’t wait to try the other versions. I look forward to see how it develops over the next few years. Highly recommend.

jamescain, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of WesM63
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large snifter. 2012

A: Pours a pitch black with no head. No retention to speak of and minor amounts of lacing.

S: Oak, Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and some roasted malts.

T: Close to the nose. Bourbon, Oak, vanilla, roasted malts and some bittersweet chocolate.

M: Full body and low carbonation. Very thick and viscous. Has quite the burn but not overpowering.

O: Delicious! Lives up to the hype. Just enough burn to remind you you're drinking a big BA stout.

WesM63, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of koopa
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 12oz bottle consumed 7/27/09

Appearance: Deep brown, bordering black, with a red brown 2 finger foam head that rapidly dissipates and leaves some swirls of lace.

Smell: Loads of bourbon, charred oak, and hints of vanilla.

Taste: Bourbon and oak throughout. Nice chocolate and vanilla notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Truly phenomenal creamy medium body with the slightest touch of syrup likeness.

Drinkability: Despite the 13.00% abv, this delicious brew begs to be consumed.

koopa, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. 12/2009 bottling. Thanks Luke.

Appearance: As expected, completely opaque and pours with the consistency of used motor oil. The head is short lived, but a beautiful dark brown for a minute or so. Almost no lacing, but some nice legs.

Smell: This is a beast. Its 13%, and it shows. Very strong bourbon aroma. Alcohol stings the nose a little. Espresso, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Boozy, roasty, and sweet.

Taste: Extremely bourbony. Almost like a stout with a shot of bourbon dumped in. Strong bitter coffee and chocolate. Roasted marshmallow and vanilla in the finish which is long and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and slick in the way that liquor can be, but not as thick and chewy as a big stout can be. It is by no means thin or light in the mouth, it just has a combination of beer and liquor mouthfeel. Different, and good.

Drinkability: I hate sharing, but this is so big and intense, that it should be shared. The bourbon is not just a note you detect, it really dominates the beer, but in a good way. Complex and delicious. I can't wait to try other bottle in a year or so.

rapidsequence, Sep 18, 2010
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,343 ratings.