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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

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10,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,074
Reviews: 2,634
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,254
Gots: 5,188 | FT: 549
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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Ratings: 10,074 | Reviews: 2,634
Photo of Agold
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is motor oil black with a light brown head which recedes to a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

It smells of bourbon, chocoate, and caramel. Bourbon dominates the taste, but it is not overwhelming at all with chocolate, toffee, and caramel and coffee added in. As it warms a bit the bourbon is more prevalent in the nose along with a strong sweetness. The bourbon comes across a bit more boozy which is very pleasant.

Amazingly thick mouthfeel, especially after the carbonation dissipates a bit after a minute or two. Because of some of its best qualities, its drinkability is not as great. Although i love the taste and the thick mouthfeel, the large format bottle is a bit intimidating, but a great challenge that I am more than happy to complete.

Really had my hopes up for this beer, and it delivered.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of appetiteforparis
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Kaveman
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sonofliberty2
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tsauce2
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Opaque. Head is semi-puffy, dark chocolate, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Big rich dark roast malt, caramel/molasses sweetness, alcohol.

T: Huge dark roast malt followed by chocolate, molasses, and mild bourbon. Sweet but not overpowering. Sweetness is countered by a doughy flavor, much like a brownie. Aftertaste is dark roast malt, chocolate, and some bourbon. Alcohol is lightly noticable, despite 14.5% ABV.

M: Full body. High viscosity. Malt and bourbon create a feel that is thick, rich, and completely covers the palate and sticks. Semi-wet finish.

O: Wow. Re-donk-u-lous. I have had Rare, Coffee, and Vanilla, and this is exactly where all of them came from. Sometimes when variants of a beer are made, you wonder what was done to the original to come up with such a vastly different variation. Not here. This beer is world-class, all on its own. I feel like if I put some fresh vanilla I would get BCBVS, same for the other variants. This is a great beer, extremely well balanced fresh, and will get better with age. Even though it is pricey, I will buy all I can get.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of webmanspidey
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a large snifter. This is pitch black with only a small amount of head that quickly subsides. Smells intensely sweet with a mix of bourbon, raisins, cherries, and caramel. Alcohol is very noticeable in the smell.

Taste is extremely sweet. Bourbon is the dominant flavor, with some other hints of vanilla, raisin, and cherry. Alcohol blends into the flavor very well.

This is delicious and very drinkable. Met and exceeded my expectations.

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a very short-lived tan head. A thin tan line is still visible around the edges. Also has thin lacing, as to be expected with a beer as strong as this.

S: At first, alcohol is dominant, but as the beer warms a bit the aromas pop. Coffee, chocolate, and roasty malt show beautifully. The oak aging lends hints of coconut, vanilla, and toasty wood.

T: This stout is packed with flavor. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit notes shine through. The oak lends it's distinct flavors with hints of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and maple. The finish is boozy and warming.

M: Full-bodied and as viscous as motor oil, BCS is chewy and rich.

D: This beer is big, and full of complex flavors, but it's quite easy to drink. Two years old may still be a bit young. It has some serious aging potential.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part 2 of 3 in my count down to my 200th review.

Poured from a 2008 bottle (bottled on 10/21/2008 so 9 months to the day since it was bottled). I had this back in February and loved it, and wanted to see how it had changed in the last 9 months.

Poured half into my Darkness Tulip and half into a standard pint glass for my friend who is a self-proclaimed bourbon fiend. I figured he would enjoy this one, so I offered to share some.

Pours a viscous black motor oil like liquid. Black as night. Thick and slimey almost. A good swirl shows one of it's best qualities, the ability to temporarily stain the glass a murky and evil brown. I tried hard to get a nice head, but I failed, barely making a one finger head in my tulip. My buddy, on the other hand, produced a much more impressive one in the pint glass. Decent retention but not much lacing. This is some thick stuff.

The bourbon has definitely dropped off in the last 9 months, but it is definitely still there. I'm kinda shocked at how much this has changed in such a short time. Big bourbon scent with subtle vanilla and oak hints. I get a significant portion of burnt malts and sugars.

Taste is a lot like I remembered, big bourbon punch. Thick and creamy. I get a lot more vanilla and oak than I did in the 2008 bottle I had in February. The bourbon has dropped off a bit, but there is shadows of it's former self. I get bitter chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. My friend commented on how this would make a great dessert beer. I would agree with that.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. It slides around your mouth, coating it much like it coats the glass. I've never had motor oil, but I would imagine this is the same consistency as that.

While the 13% is barely noticeable, the drinkability definitely takes a hit in this one. It's not that it's hard to drink, it's just the consistency of the liquid coupled with the big flavor. Besides, if you chug this you deserve a slap in the face.

I would recommend this to someone who loves big beers and bourbon. I have only gotten into bourbon in the last half year or so, and I definitely didn't enjoy this as much in February as I did this time around

Photo of MadScientist
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark brown but allowing some light through showing deep garnet highlights and good clarity. The head doesn't last too long probably from the high ABV but what is there is a dark brown, creamy bubbles with a lasting ring around the glass.

S: Strong aromas of bourbon and roast. The moderately-strong oak smelling more like toasted coconut than anything probably from the cinnamon combining with the roast and sweet malt notes. There isn't much in the way of hops coming through. There is a moderately-strong alcohol aroma that is kind of flowery. A moderately-low chocolate character with a faint molasses aroma as well.

T: The flavor matches the nose with a bourbon, chocolate and a cinnamon oak flavor, fairly strong roast medium hops bitterness. Nothing much for hops flavor coming through the other strong flavors. There is a some moderate malt sweetness which is more than balanced by the hops bitterness and alcohol. The finish is off-dry with an aftertaste of chocolate and hops bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a big smooth alcohol warmth.

O: An outstanding oak aged with a lot of bourbon character. The overall smells and flavor is like that of coconut covered burbon chocolates. This one should develop in the bottle for years, I had a three year old one a couple months back and it was oh so nice.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage.

This one pours out a thick, black liquid. Absolutely no light penetrating this bad boy. There is a thin head that is light brown in color.

The aroma was an extremely nice blending of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and dark (almost burnt) roasted malts. Very "warm and inviting" smelling...if that makes sense.

The taste is simply outstanding. Perfect bitterness to complement the coffee, bourbon, and dark chocolate flavors. So smooth...the time in the cellar has done this beer well, very well. There is a hint of vanilla and caramel in here, too. Simply delicious.

This one is very full bodied. Thick, smooth, and extremely enjoyable at this point in time. I am looking forward to seeing how my remaining bottles continue to age...that is if I can leave them in the cellar and not drink them.

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4.7/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of carmike813
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of drmcleod10
4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in 12 oz bottle. Had a three pack of the 2012 version. Aging one.

A - Amazing looking creamy beer with minimal carbonation. Dark as night. 15% abv makes this one a monster.

S - Can smell the bourbon, the coffee, the chocolate, cloves, licorice, slight carmel hints

T - Liked the first bottle I had more than the second, not sure why, maybe just the mood I was in. First one I had though was incredible. Minimal carbonation, coconut, vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Slight alcohol burn that may level out as my 3rd bottle ages.

M - Full bodied. Creamy deliciousness with a strong booze finish.

O - Can't wait to compare this and the 2010 bottle OF BCBS Coffee that I have aging. Loved this beer and stands up there with the greats. The hype did not surpass this beer.

Will get my hands on more in the future. Would like to try another year though.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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