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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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8,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,129
Reviews: 2,352
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,847
Gots: 3,459 | FT: 380
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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

krustster, Jan 22, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

tylergoov, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of schwemjw
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage
A: Void of color, black. with a creamy dark tan head that leaves beautiful lacing around the glass when it disappears.

S: Oh my. vanilla, roast, coffee, chocolate, spicy rye, dense oak, bourbon burn, brown sugar and raisins. Unbelievably complex with every sniff bringing a different treat to my nostrils.

T: Everything i expected! Strong on vanilla with huge roast component. Lots of barrel and bourbon. a sweet caramelized raisin with mocha and roast. bittersweet chocolate morsels. Brown sugar and a little bit of bitter molasses. a bit of anise. Toffee, dark fruit and tobacco with a long finish of alcoholic bourbon and coffee. WOW

M: Thick and creamy. Carbonation doesn't exist, its sludge and i like it that way. Finish is long, slightly bitter and dry.

O: This is a beer that totally lives up to the hype for me. Unbelievable complexity with a mingling of flavors that keeps bringing me back for more. Each sip is an adventure. Pick up, cellar and drink, drink, drink!

schwemjw, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of batfireman
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

batfireman, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of bball208
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I get it beer snobs, you don't even like giving beers like this one a perfect 5/5, but let's stop playing around here and let's get real. What more could you ask for? Quit your horsing around, this beer is a 5/5, 10/10, 100/100 whatever you wanna call it, THIS is the best beer in the world

2012 vs 2013 vertical tasting: 2012 highlighted chocolate and a more overall sweetness. Very pleasant. 2013 tasted different, but still very similar. The difference was less chocolate, but more red wine. It actually tasted more like a cab sauv than the previous year. What's up with that? I honestly couldn't pick which tasted better. It's like having to choose between Sexy bitch #1 and Hot bitch #2.

bball208, Jan 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Bolivian22, Jan 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Ilovelampandbeer, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Jpepe08, Jan 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Rilesmiles, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of James773
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark as night. Smells of vanilla, bourbon warmth, a little coffee. Taste is the same; very intense and rich. The mouthfeel is incredible; intensely creamy and thick. The alcohol is quite warm but much more than welcome. I nursed one 12oz bottle for about an hour, but I wasn't such a good judge of how the flavors/aroma changed as it warmed because I was quite buzzed by the bottom of my glass. :)

James773, Jan 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Gio, Jan 22, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown bottling date but 2013 vintage, shared and drank out of my "Brewing Up a Revolution" NHC 2013 glass over ~30-45 minutes:

A: 3/3 - jet black (cannot read or see through), creamy tan carbonation pours thick and then settles into a subtle glass lacing, large alcohol legs that recirculates on swirling

S: 11/12: intense barrel-aged imperial stout notes - coconut, vanilla, molasses, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate; no hop character on the nose

T: 19/20: on the front of the tongue, the flavor perfectly matches the aroma - dark chocolate, molasses, dark coffee roast, vanilla, coconut and toffee; in the middle of the mouth, the intensity continues with an assault of roasted malts - special roast, roasted barley and dark British malts - and alcohol; mild-to-moderate residual sweetness with a mild aftertaste

M: 5/5 - thick, motor oil-like mouthfeel, big alcohol feel and burn; low carbonation; incredibly creamy and smooth!

O: 19/20 - huge hype surrounds it with good reason; this is definitely one of the best barrel-aged imperial stouts that is an intense sipper and ages exceptionally well; will continue to buy a four pack and age at least one for a vertical tasting; highly recommended!

TOTAL - 47/50

MNishCT77, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Sinatra716, Jan 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

rickcrip76, Jan 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BigBlueShep, Jan 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Zach1251, Jan 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Rmbr2, Jan 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

UTCengOwl, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Ainjyll, Jan 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

vmdominguez, Jan 21, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a midnight black with a thin tan head. Head dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Very nice. Big blast of bourbon,vanilla, and oak. Chocolate comes out as the beer warms.

T - Just like the smell. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and oak. There is some alcohol burn in the finish.

M - Thick bodied wit low carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable, but helps complements the bourbon.

O - This is easily the best stout I've ever had and one of the best beers I've ever had. Simply put it's world class.

TreyIsWilson, Jan 21, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

livehoppy, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Anewjourneyof, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

trentbrown89, Jan 20, 2014
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,129 ratings.