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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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7,715 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,715
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,712
Gots: 3,288 | FT: 354
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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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-21-2013 14:03:40 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of Cheld


4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at Victoire bar in Rochester NY into a belgian glass.

Appearance- Jet black with a small light brown/tan head that stuck around for a bit.

Smell- Bourbon is dominant, but also coffee and chocolate present. Bourbon is definitely the strongest smell though.

Taste- The bourbon is not as overpowering as the smell would let on, but still very present. Also blended in are hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and sweet fruitiness. The alcohol is well covered, and just adds sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Thick. Very thick, just as an imperial stout should be.

Overall- Definitely my favourite stout, and may be one of my favourite beers to date. Definitely a sipper though, as it is a heavy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 05:36:12 | More by Cheld
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-20-2013 20:25:45 | More by cfaulman
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North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Poured into a 12 ounce New Belgium globe glass-pitch black with a mocha head that dissipated quickly and left a thing ring of foam throughout. It didn't leave any lacing but there was some minor cascading.

S-Bourbon overwhelmed the nose with hints of coconut, vanilla, alcohol, and dark fruits. The only reason I couldn't give a 5 for the nose was due to the overwhelming presence of the bourbon as it overshadowed everything else making it nearly one dimensional.

T-Bourbon, but much more tame than the nose suggested, dark fruits, with hints of coconut, vanilla, fudge, and alcohol. I expected a complete bourbon bomb from the nose but to my surprise this was a very complex and extremely flavorful beer. It is sweet from the alcohol and there is not much roast at all, which I thoroughly enjoyed because I like a more dark fruit forward imperial stout. The beer coats your mouth and begs for you to take another sip, its wonderful. One of the best tasting beers I've ever drank-it is simply amazing.

M-Perfect mouthfeel-its creamy and thick. I don't think it could be any better.

D-This is a true sipper due to the high alcohol content and complexity. I only drank one I don't think I could have handled another but it was an amazing experience.

Overall, this might be the best beer I've yet to try. Next year I hope to purchase some in bottle form as it is truly a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 18:01:45 | More by thegodfather2701
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 16:26:19 | More by cultclassic89
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 15:57:52 | More by cvalleskey
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 15:13:49 | More by Zenk
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage at just below room temp poured into a snifter. Have had solo and side by side with 2012 Rain, 2013 Black tuesday and the consensus was: Rain, BCBS, Tuesday

Overall the BCBS is just put together so nicely with a nice upfront bourbon heavy smell/taste but it has decent depth too with an amazing silky smoothness. Easily one of my favorites

Feel is Super smooth and silky.
Smell: boozy bourbon, chocolate/brewed cofee
Taste bourbon without the burn and a chocolatey malt backrdrop

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 12:59:41 | More by alaimoa
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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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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -12.7%

12-20-2013 04:39:12 | More by Monstro
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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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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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-20-2013 03:39:46 | More by Kerrie
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-20-2013 03:16:09 | More by Marcelozicker
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 03:15:39 | More by lakeylake
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 03:14:28 | More by fthegiants
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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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3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

12-20-2013 02:21:04 | More by chim52chim
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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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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 01:49:25 | More by emwild12
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-20-2013 01:36:27 | More by Peter1977
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-20-2013 00:33:08 | More by budsandsuds8
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-19-2013 21:46:09 | More by Robert84vette
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-19-2013 21:30:36 | More by Absolut
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-19-2013 20:44:49 | More by fellowrs
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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