Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.4/5 rDev -3.9%
From 12 oz bottle to snifter
First off, this is one of two BA brews of this caliber (KBS being the other) available in a 12 oz bottle. I guess that becomes an option with a little financial backing. Secondly, this latest batch of BCS should quell any fears that big business necessarily means bad brew. Whether it's from some prodigy's garage, or InBev's latest club-like gastropub, a good beer is a good beer, which is all that should matter.
Appearance: Um, is this a beer, or used car oil?
No way for a head to form, the sludgy complexion keeps nary a bubble from escaping.
The nose: Chocolate and burnt sugar. Vanilla, a touch of a cherry note, and I'm picking up a hint of soy sauce at the edge of bouquet. Ample alcohol volatiles stream the nose with aroma.
The palate: Unsweetened chocolate, roasted coffee notes and wood all at once, seemingly penetrating the palate. Molasses, a touch of grassy astringency, tobacco, all blending in harmony. If there is any criticism, it's in a carob-like note toward the finish, which becomes a little too prominent as it warms. Alcohol isn't masked, but I would've guessed 10-ish%. Finishes long and sweet.
How it feels: Next time I won't forget my fork.
04-30-2014 07:49:21 | More by rand
4.55/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from the bottle, the appearance was jet black and produced a mocha head. It had the thickness of motor oil with the lacing to follow. The nose of this stout might be the best scent I have experienced on a beer. The maltiness and the bourbon somehow morphed into a coconut aroma. I wanted to take a bite out of the glass. The initial taste was a very smooth and sweet chocolate with tart coffee in the background. Also making noise was the vanilla notes produced by the bourbon. The bourbon notes were not as active as I aniticipated. The stout finished with a warming almost sticky aftertaste. This stout was some serious lingering powers.
07-04-2012 18:53:26 | More by JohnnyHopps
4.69/5 rDev +2.4%
2013 bottle poured into oversized snifter. Almost jet black, appears to have the consistency of oil but darker. Minimal head, but lacing nonetheless.
Scent of figs, vanilla then wood and of course, bourbon. A little dry sting to the nostrils.
Taste of oak, vanilla, bourbon, dried dark fruit, cocoa nibs. Finish is very oaky and bourbony but balanced with sweetness. Alcohol is present, but goes smoothly over the palate.
A tad bitter, but a nice balancing sweet finish. Viscous and a bit chewy.
Overall, very balanced, and as smooth as a beer this strong can be. This is really the only beet I've had that deserves the word bourbon in the name. Not just a hint of bourbon, they did it right. The only thing that could really make this better would be cold steeped coffee, and they have a beer for that.
11-28-2013 03:21:12 | More by MrBoh
4.91/5 rDev +7.2%
A- dark thick black reminiscent of motor oil ... What I would expect from a stout beer of this category
S- bourbon whisky boom.... Really boozy aroma which is perfect if
That is your sort of thing (it is for me)
T- really boozy up front that settles nicely into deep dark chocolate
M- Really chewy and thick, this is a big beer that is very full
I have had the 2012 vintage on tap and in th bottle. The alcohol is ramped up in the 2012 vintage that changed the beer slightly that earlier (15% vs 13% ABV) editions. I prefer the slightly less ABV edition but still absolutely
Love this version as
07-16-2013 04:07:25 | More by carmike813
4.33/5 rDev -5.5%
Ah, yes. The Goose was the first brewpub I ever knew of, and I enjoyed grabbing a couple of Gooses by the neck... and then this came along: the first beer that made me say, "Oh... my... freakin' God!" Now it's out in bottles as part of the Goose' "Extreme Beers," but still hard to find:
A deeper Imperial Stout-type nose. Big bourbon flavor, even powerful like a Hennessey. Beautiful black with red highlights. I saw the bourbon barrels they were aging this in at the brewery a few months back, and I'm pleased to say they've bottled it beautifully!
12-12-2003 13:48:55 | More by DrunkMcDermott
4.4/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured into a stemless red wine glass.
A-Out of the bottle, this stuff looked like motor oil: thick, black, opaque, viscous. Very little head was able to rise off the pour, but what's there (and arises with agitation) is dark brown.
S-Immediately upon starting my pour, I sensed a bourbony essence in the room. I brought the beer to my nose to investigate further and found mounts of vanilla bean, smokiness, roasty and chocolatey malts, and nuances of bourbon barrel. As the beer warmed, I was finding more alcohol in the nose, mingling with the bourbony aromas.
T-Vanilla bean, smokey with a roasted malt and chocolate malt character. Bourbon nuances come and go with authority. Hop bitterness is there, and gosh, I think I can even decipher some hop characters here and there. Finish is vanilla and bourbon with a smooth (though, at times, borderline harsh) alcohol flavor.
M-Carbonation is very low, affording a more vinuous characteristic to this beer. To call this beer "full-bodied" would not do this monster justice! I had to chew this one a few times to get it down. The tingle of alcohol flirts on my tongue and palate, but remains quite smooth.
D-I liked the interplay of all of the rich, big flavors in this beer, making it immensly comlex and enjoyable. I sipped this one slowly after work on the coldest day in Minnesota in years, and boy did it warm me up fast! Having drank a bottle of the 2008, I can't wait to see how my additional couple bottles of this one will taste in a year or two.
01-16-2009 19:56:08 | More by CHSLBrew
5/5 rDev +9.2%
Picked this up at Davidson's Liquor on a recent pilgrimage to Denver. This is the first Goose Island beer I've tried, I've never lived in a state they distribute to.
A: Dark as the darkest night, dense coffee brown head about a centimeter thick, swirling it leaves behind a residue the tint and consistency of molasses.
S: Bourbon and it's familiar counterparts--vanilla, oak, char--combines with a malty sweetness so thick and pungent it could be cut with a knife.
T: Vanilla, caramel, smoke, leather; I'm left with red hot alcohol and a sharp dash of oak.
M: Viscosity akin to industrial lubricant, oily, it's like drinking a vanilla milkshake with whiskey in it.
D: The absolute best you can hope for in this style of beer. They've reached a pinnacle of the Bourbon barrel-aged with this one.
08-30-2010 00:38:52 | More by nickhiller
2.41/5 rDev -47.4%
On draft at the bar, very fresh keg.
Ill be that guy and say that I am not a fan. The bourbon was overpowering in both the smell and the taste. The vanilla that was supposed to be in the smell was not present due to the overpowering scent of bourbon.
This left a huge bourbon taste on my tongue and did not allow me to taste any other flavors.
Color was perfect for a heavy stout, dark but not cloudy. Head remained for a little while, but ended as a small amount around the edges of the goblet the beer was served in.
I can see how this would be a good beer to barrel aged beer fans, but it is not for me.
02-14-2014 03:47:42 | More by timmy2b
4.51/5 rDev -1.5%
A - Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Aggressive pour, no head. Very thick. Jet black. Bottled August 2013. Sitting in the fridge since December.
S - Caramel, dark fruits (cherries), vanilla, bourbon.
T - Malty sweetness up front, really follows the nose with the dark fruits, alcohol-burn mixed with roast coffee, balanced slightly with vanilla. Burn lingers for a moment, then leaves. Palate is left with a thick coating of malt/chocolate.
M - Thick body, low carbonation. As mentioned lingers on the palate.
O - Not my first BCBS, but it is the first I decided to review. Certainly deserving of its' status. After having this a few times I am now able to see past the booze punch and recognize how complex a beer this is. Looking forward to having more of these after they've aged a bit. All politics aside this is a fine brew.
05-03-2014 13:44:05 | More by ColdOneKev
4.22/5 rDev -7.9%
Thanks to shbobdb for the opportunity to indulge in this obvious monster beer.
12 ounce bottle: vigorous pour into a .4 liter chalice yields almost no head. Just a thin ring. Thick as maple syrup, dark and opaque as molasses.
Smell is oak, vanilla, chocolate malt, vinous woody tannins. There is a note of merlot. Cocoa powder smell has an interesting "dry" aroma - don't know how else to describe it. Hint of smoke.
Taste is wowowow. Boozy, bourbon, charred oak, burned sugar, burned chocolate. Long dry charred aftertaste, with plenty of smoke notes. I can see why they claim this is a good cigar beer. Lots of alcohol -- warming, sweet, sharp. The only bitterness is the toasted (or burned and smoked?) malt bitterness. Hops, if they are there, are totally sublimated to the intense smoky-char flavors. This is the most burned flavors I've ever experienced in a beverage.
Certainly this is an extremely thick and chewy beer. Syrupy, almost, it almost sticks to the inside of the mouth and under the tongue.
Drinkability? This thing is definitely a sipper, but what you sip is pretty good.
What can you say about a 13% beer with this much bourbon-barrel overtness? This beast is intense, and in your face. A smash-mouth charred malt bomb, exploding with burned sweet smoky flavors.
06-12-2008 04:27:50 | More by ColoradoBobs
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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