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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,702 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,702
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,703
Gots: 3,284 | FT: 355
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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TruePerception

California

4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Stout, aged in bourbon barrels. 14.9% ABV.

A: Black with a hint of brown. The thinnest of brown head. No head, but there is a very thin, transparent bit of alcohol clinging to the glass, as wine does. Fades quickly without noticeable tearing. Just the slightest inkiness.

S: A pleasant blend of cocoa, chocolate, bourbon, sweet char, faint licorice sweetness, slight oak note. Nice, without being overpowering.

T/MF: A good deal of sweetness to this one. Sweetened cocoa. Slightly charred toffee. Has an almost sickly sweet upturn towards the finish, and finishes with a little of that same sweetness.

Really good, but I still prefer the w00tstout and Velvet Merkin.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 07:26:43 | More by TruePerception
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Monstro

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.7%

12-20-2013 04:39:12 | More by Monstro
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YoudownwithABV

Tennessee

4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My first review:

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at about 45 - 50 degrees

A: A very dark brown color with a tight head and very little carbonation.

S: Bourbon, Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee, and a slight char.

T: First and foremost if you told me this was almost 15% abv I would call you a liar. It's literally a party in your mouth and you've invited all things I mention with Smell. I'm in love, that's why I bought 2 cases.

M: Coats your mouth with a thin maple syrup feel.

O: This is the real deal Holyfield, borderline one of the best beers ever. I hand this beer out to my friends trying to get them to experience perfection. I can't wait to age this and enjoy for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 04:24:27 | More by YoudownwithABV
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours an inky, opaque, deeply dark brown, with a wispy half-finger dark tan head that dissipated very quickly. (Not surprising for the ABV) Only the faintest hint of lacing.

S - Wow. Powerful aroma of prune, bourbon, smoke, wood, and molasses. One of the best aromas ever.

T - WOW. Sets a new bar for complexity. Burnt marshmallow, raisin, date, bitter chocolate, smoke, hickory, heavy cream, vanilla, toffee, caramel, anise, and a hint of plum and black cherry. The balance between the sweeter chocolate/dark fruit notes and the bourbon/woody esters is PERFECT. Boozy in the finish but the flavor is still peaking, making the heat divine rather than distracting. Amazingly, stupendously good.

M - More amazingness, as it's somehow chewy, creamy, oily, and syrupy all at the same time. Low side of medium carbonation. Pretty much the perfect delivery system for the flavor profile and ABV. Warming finish was much enjoyed on the cold, rainy night I sampled this gem.

O - Seriously, this is THE best beer I have ever tasted. If there was a way to score it a "10", I would do so. How they manage to get that much bourbon, wood, and "heat" into a beer and STILL have it balanced with sweetness is pure wizardry. I feel my taste buds may have been ruined...I cant even imagine drinking another beer in the same evening. It's THAT good.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:40:39 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Kerrie

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-20-2013 03:39:46 | More by Kerrie
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Marcelozicker

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-20-2013 03:16:09 | More by Marcelozicker
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lakeylake

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 03:15:39 | More by lakeylake
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fthegiants

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 03:14:28 | More by fthegiants
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cam12

Texas

4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my bourbon county snifter.

Appearance- dark dark brown not quite black, thin medium brown head. No lacing, very tight bubbles.

Smell- just like smelling into a bourbon barrel, just straight bourbon!

Taste- bourbon in the front and bourbon in the back, the in between is filled with sweet chocolately malt, so rich. Warming alcohol lingers with the finish

Mouthfeel- the best part about the beer, thick and creamy and just sits on your tongue. Medium carbonation.

Overall- lived up beyond the hype, I waited 2 hours in the cold to get it and I would gladly do it again for this gem...in-bev owned or not this is delicious beer. Not really a beer, just the liquid of the gods.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 02:54:31 | More by cam12
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chim52chim

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

12-20-2013 02:21:04 | More by chim52chim
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RayzTheRoof

New York

1.75/5  rDev -61.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 02:04:48 | More by RayzTheRoof
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emwild12

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 01:49:25 | More by emwild12
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Peter1977

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-20-2013 01:36:27 | More by Peter1977
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budsandsuds8

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 00:33:08 | More by budsandsuds8
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Robert84vette

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-19-2013 21:46:09 | More by Robert84vette
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Absolut

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-19-2013 21:30:36 | More by Absolut
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fellowrs

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-19-2013 20:44:49 | More by fellowrs
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KornWallace

New York

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-19-2013 19:57:23 | More by KornWallace
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alexm1309

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-19-2013 19:35:49 | More by alexm1309
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Arloxen

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-19-2013 16:30:53 | More by Arloxen
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jpowers315

New York

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-19-2013 15:40:27 | More by jpowers315
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Hoptron_3000

Australia

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-19-2013 09:39:14 | More by Hoptron_3000
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Maximot

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

...and on the 7th day, god created Bourbon County Brand Stout

Relatively new to bourbon stouts but this clearly sets the bar to date. Very complex with a multitude of flavors..chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Flavors to be expected in such a beer , but in this case, Goose Island seems to have figured out a balance that works out ideally. Moderately rich but not overly intense. Strong bourbon taste evident but well balanced, if not perfectly balanced, with other flavors. This beer can be sipped over a LONG period of time, and rightly so with its bold alcohol content. The flavors seem to linger on the palate longer than other beers in this category.

Subtle post sip heat from bourbon, but again, not too intense to distract from the flavor extravaganza. Moderately heavy/ full bodied. One would be very hard pressed to state that this beer is missing anything or should be changed in any way.

For the alcohol content, total package of complexity, and its scarcity, a 4 pack at $20-$25 should be considered a fair price if not a bargain. It has the ideal characteristics to leave one yearning for a literal bottomless glass. Standing ovation, with request for encore. WELL DONE!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 05:01:25 | More by Maximot
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inspektor

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-19-2013 04:16:24 | More by inspektor
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Vondiggity

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-19-2013 03:08:10 | More by Vondiggity
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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