1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

8,573 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 8,573
Reviews: 2,380
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,004
Gots: 3,645 | FT: 384
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bourbon County Brand Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 8,573 | Reviews: 2,380 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of allisonmichelle
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

allisonmichelle, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of BrooklynPanch
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

BrooklynPanch, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of BryanCDM
4.5/5  rDev -2%

BryanCDM, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of adhuntr
5/5  rDev +8.9%

adhuntr, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of hophead8181
4.5/5  rDev -2%

hophead8181, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Hopscotchale
5/5  rDev +8.9%

Hopscotchale, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of TheBaumer
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

TheBaumer, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of dejones
5/5  rDev +8.9%

dejones, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of R_J_FearNoBeer
4.5/5  rDev -2%

R_J_FearNoBeer, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of SpartyJoe
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

SpartyJoe, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of bleedsblu
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

bleedsblu, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Keananmichael5
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Keananmichael5, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of pdmoore714
5/5  rDev +8.9%

pdmoore714, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Finnhammer
4/5  rDev -12.9%

Finnhammer, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of boss302
4.36/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this from a take away growler from tap and in the bottle. I think I liked the tap version a bit better.
Poured pitch black with very little head.
Strong Bourbon boozy aroma.
Flavor was vanilla and chocolate at the start and finished smooth and roasty. Creamy milky texture that gave it a nice thickness. It also came with an noticeable alcohol flavor.
Tastes and feels like a high gravity beer that it is, it is not masked like some other high alcohol beers.
Overall a very chocolaty beer that is smooth and roasty. I enjoyed drinking it. I put a few up for aging to see how it is in 1 year and 2 years.

boss302, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Adavar
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Adavar, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of shadetree67
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage poured into a darkness snifter

A. Dark brown nearly black. Pour yielded minimal head that dissipated quickly. No lacing but you can see the beer coat the sides of the glass leaving a brown / gold tinge.

S. It smells great. Bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.

T. Bourbon first and foremost. Followed by vanilla and caramel. Finish has some dark fruits.

M. Low carbonation. thick and creamy mouth feel. A little heat on the back end but it's a pleasant amount. I was expecting more of a boozy finish but am glad it's not overwhelming.

O. I understand now why this is rated so highly. This is more balanced than other bourbon barrel stouts that I have tried. More smooth for sure. It was very difficult to get any of this in MN this year and am glad was able to track down a few. Looking forward to seeing how this ages.

shadetree67, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Scottie_A25
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Scottie_A25, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of iJyuken
4.5/5  rDev -2%

iJyuken, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at Varga in Philly. From notes.

A - Black pour with no head. Good carbonation. Appearance to be expected with high ABV. Doesn't look that great, but less troublesome than for other styles.

S - Intense nose all over the place. Lot's of dark fruit and smooth vanilla-like bourbon notes. Dark fruit and smooth bourbon. Really inviting. Pretty stuff.

T - Big and ballsy. Lot's of smooth bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit. Delicious sweet chocolate and booze that isn't aggressive, but encompasses the bourbon well. All the elements blend together in such a terrific way. Very, very nice.

M - Good carbonation, a bit of sting to finish with sweet bourbon and wood , full silky body.

O/D - This was really good. Lives up to the hype, and does what I like in a stout. RIch, flavourful, drinkable and sippable, this is quality.

tbeckett, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of DarkUnity
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

DarkUnity, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of IMXELITE0
5/5  rDev +8.9%

IMXELITE0, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of tblondin1
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

tblondin1, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Vinithing
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Vinithing, Mar 12, 2014
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,573 ratings.