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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 2,577
Hads: 10,549
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 5.16%
Wants: 2,488
Gots: 5,685 | FT: 609
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003

60 IBU
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Reviews: 2,577 | Hads: 10,549
Photo of reds2harleys
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one left me a little disappointed. Not a bad brew but not worthy of all the hype around it. Color was good but taste left me wanting more. Pretty bland, which is rare for a BBA Stout. (191 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hands down this is the best smelling beer I've ever smelled.

Flavor: Chocolatey, molasses, and lots of figs. Alcohol is not really noticed when the beer is cold, however it is intensely noticed when the beer warms. Some red wine like characteristics. Just a beautiful, lovely, barrel aged stout. Get it when you can. (324 characters)

Photo of dannydetox
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brown, almost black brew with little head. aroma is maple, molasses, chocolate, and coconut. thick and viscous across the tongue, wuth deeply roastes malt and dark chocolate rising on the back end. vanilla persists, plus a tiny hint of the bourbon laced oak this ale rested against. solid example of a big barrelled american stout. (331 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Cellar temp into a snifter.

Look: fairly thick, very dark, with a light brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon. Also brighter notes—spice, alcohol, cherry (almost medicinal).

Taste: chocolate, bourbon, a little coconut, hint of BBQ sauce. Just this side of too sweet, alcohol heat (but reads more like 12% than almost 15%).

Feel: medium to thick, very very solid—possibly the best element of the beer.

Overall: I like this a bit better than fresh; it's clearly a very good BA stout, but not worth the craziness it inspires. (583 characters)

Photo of Mehinaman
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What really needs to be said about this beer that hasn't been said already? The only negative I will say is that I found my first two sips off putting in that I found th bourbon slightly overpowering. But then my pallete adapted, I settled in and quickly realized this is one of those rare things in life that lives up to the hype. I definitely consider it a "winter time" beer though. (385 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and viscous as can be. Thin dark khaki head fades but leaves a ring that sticks around. Alcohol legs on the glass but not much stick. Big aromas of bourbon soaked dark cherry, coconut, caramel, toffee, coconut, wood, chocolate, vanilla and char. It all translates in the flavor and its immensely complex. Mouthfeel is full, sticky, coating yet not as thick as you'd expect. This is a great beer with huge complexity, but there is a local offering that does it a bit better. (490 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 28 Aug 14 at 40.5 degrees into tulip. Some rust under cap.
Aroma of bourbon: some licorice aroma at 50 degrees
Head – none
Lacing – none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very much of bourbon with vanillin present. Alcohol present. No hops, no diacetyl. Immediate stomach burn.
Palate full, oily, flat

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor at almost one year: 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75. Allowed to warm to 50 degrees, alcohol flavor is less harsh. Other than that, no appreciable change. (509 characters)

Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Too boozy for me. I enjoy many other barrel aged stouts, this one is too boozy. It also has a black licorice smell to it that doesn't appeal to me. I can appreciate others enjoy this beer, it's just too much for me. Maybe age will help it out for me. I have three others in my cellar, so I will test out that theory. (321 characters)

Photo of funkydrumma
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We did a comparison tasting with a 2009 vs 2013. The difference between the two was amazing. The extra four years blended the flavors and took the edge off just enough to make a perfect beer even more perfecter. If you get a chance, tuck a bottle of this away for a few years and compare. You'll be glad you did. (316 characters)

Photo of makeyourself
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last tasted a 2013 in a bourbon taster glass. They hype is real on this beer and has been for a very long time. One of the best if not the best BA stouts out there. This beer embodies perfection in every aspect that a review really can't do this beer justice. Its look, smell, taste, and finish is out of this world. That is why BCBS is on the top of many top beer lists. You simply have to try it if you haven't already and do yourself a favor... get your hands on all the previous years too. (493 characters)

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: No head, no carbonation, just pitch black and looks like oil
S: They don't call it bourbon county for nothing. Huge bourbon and chocolate.
T: Big sweet bourbon without the heat, chocolate and a hint of the barrel notes.
F: This completely coats my mouth, and the flavor last far beyond the drink. It's very thick and smooth.
O: Clean sweep of 5's, it's special occasion beer. An absolute treat! (403 characters)

Photo of W_Des
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When consumed right away there is a strong bourbon presence to the beer. The aroma is boozey chocolate and oak from the barrels. The body is thick but velvet smooth on the tongue and in the mouth. The flavor is richness; chocolate caramel and vanilla followed by a wonderful bourbon heat that just warms the throat and stomach. This is a fireside beer winter warmer and it is delicious. (386 characters)

Photo of KWolf
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a religious experience...
The 100 by BA is not a fluke.
This is the real deal. There are so many notes its like drinking a symphony.
If you manage to find it it, drink it. (176 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout has a thin, tan head, a very dark brown, almost black, appearance, and essentially no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is as expected- a strong, overriding, vanilla/oak/Bourbon whiskey smell, with background malt. Taste is of the same, with lots of sugar, some char, dark, slightly-turned dark fruits, like prunes, and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety, and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout finishes rich and boozy.

RJT (478 characters)

Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love the bourbon county brand series. The start of it right here. I tried the 2015 version. Amazing oak aromas. Great carbonation from the bottle creating an off white head. Better than the coffee version to me. Not as difficult to find as well. Great bourbon notes from the aging. Definitely worth a try. In my top 20 for sure. (330 characters)

Photo of Wachturm
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into a snifter, leaving about three fingers worth of head. Appearance is black as night without any light coming through the edges. Smell and taste are heat/booze, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and some coffee notes in there as well. Very thick and lush mouth feel. A tried-and-true example of this style. (321 characters)

Photo of cmq103
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid Imperial Stout from Goose Island. I had this as part of a Goose Island flight sampler. Dark and boozy goodness in a glass. Top notch in my book. (155 characters)

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

as far as Bourbon aged stouts go, this is the king. outrageously complex beer that gets better the further down the bottle you go. Also still manages to improve with aging. simply put, this beer is a benchmark. (210 characters)

Photo of MA_hops
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super complex. Tastes completely different depending upon whether your drinking it cold or room temperature. Raisins, bourbon and a rich malty sweetness add to the mystery tastes behind BCBS. (191 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 version, bottled on 9/16/14, 14.4% ABV. Pours opaque black with a small light brown head. Smells like rich cocoa and bourbon. The taste follows very closely, but starts with cocoa, some vanilla and molasses, then ends with oak and bourbon... amazing. Thick and luscious mouth feel, lower carbonation. Good alcohol warming. Like a bourbon chocolate dessert.

2013 version, bottled on 8/29/13, 14.9% ABV. This bottle was notably sweeter than the 2014, but still had all the amazing bourbon cocoa flavors. (512 characters)

Photo of akeiii
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Engine Room in Mystic. The only thing not awesome is the head which is great but a tad less than perfect. I highly recommend the only stouts of the same caliber are Dragon's Milk and my all time favorite Ten Fidy. (228 characters)

Photo of pjf4611
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, so this one does live up to the hype. Got lucky and got to taste this at a smaller beer fest. Bottle listed the ABV at 14.4 and it smelled like it. But it did not taste like a super heavy stout. Still very robust with coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, and bourbon or course. Damn good stout. (299 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick looking jet black color. I couldn't get any head or lacing out of it. (Maybe a sloppy pour?)
Intense coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medicinal too. You can get high from whiffing on this one too much.
Ultra sweet taste that combines roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate. Some balance provided by the hops. The alcohol flavor is there particularly in the after taste. You can taste the barrel wood. It warms you up like a dessert liqueur, bourbon or cognac.
Supremely thick, full bodied and viscous feel. This is certainly a sipper.
This one is not for the faint of heart and certainly not to be drunk when you want something light and crispy to cool off. It is a beer that feels more like a hard liquor. Warning: the high ABV gives you quite a buzz. Do not operate heavy machinery during or after drinking. (827 characters)

Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle
L: Brilliant black under a 1” dark tan finely bubbled foam collar.
S: Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla
T: Big dreamy chocolaty, coffee, bourbon flavors.
F: A very smooth creamy palate that almost has a nitro beer texture without the reduction in flavor.
O: One of the better things done to a bourbon barrel in a long time – all of the flavors are big, but well balanced – nothing is harsh or out off place. (450 characters)

Photo of thgreatrandini
2/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I know everyone else in beerdom loves this brew but...yeesh...it was a conscious task to finish one bottle and not pour it out. Not one for me, at least not yet. (161 characters)

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 2,577 ratings.