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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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7,578 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,578
Reviews: 2,326
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,683
Gots: 3,240 | FT: 356
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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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +9.2%

10-19-2012 02:25:29 | More by HopBrain
Photo of JamesMN


4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque very dark brown, basically black with an almost nonexistent light brown head.

Aroma: Vanilla, alcohol, caramel. Not overpowering but lots of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Chocolate up front then quickly turns into a caramel/molasses profile. Real nice and malty with that added bourbon flavor for an interesting palate. No bitterness or hop character (wasn't expecting any). An overall sweet profile with some bitter chocolate on the aftertaste. Can't taste much of the 15% ABV which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and real smooth. Alcohol warmth on the end. Good drinkability for such a big beer.

Final Thoughts: This one didn't really blow my mind but I didn't have those kind of expectations. It's a very good beer, an Imperial Stout on steroids. Would I drink it again? I can't see myself passing this one up.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:25:52 | More by JamesMN
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-17-2012 17:27:58 | More by Travcofarms
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-05-2013 02:50:18 | More by CCutch
Photo of Evarigan

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-01-2013 16:37:25 | More by Evarigan
Photo of sacrelicio


4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Wow, just, wow. Amazing beer.

Pure black with a reddish brown head.

Very strong bourbon and oak in the smell smell, with a little coffee and chocolate.

So sweet and rich, with bourbon highlights.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Not particularly carbonated, but so slick and velvety and smooth. Drinkability is my only complaint. While I can drink it easily, many could not.

Overall, a magnificent beer. One of the best. World Class stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2011 05:13:03 | More by sacrelicio
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Mynie, thanks bro! Enjoyed this one at the end of a mini-gathering session with fellow BAs chonyr and raider, and what a way to end a session.

Black as coal with a light tan coloured head. Adequately carbonated, and no lacings.

And what aroma! Buttery and nutty bourbon, oak, vanilla, burnt malts with scents of chocolate and coffee, and treacle.

Very rich, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and treacle and finishes with the chocolate/coffee flavours of the malts.

Insanely rich and balanced brew. The bourbon flavours wonderfully compliment the chocolate/coffee flavours from the burnt malts, and the sweetness, buttery, caramel and treacle nicely balance the bitterness of the burnt malts.

Pour this one in a snifter and i could sniff and sip blissfully all night long. Can see how this one actually lives up to the hyperbole on the label and that no cigar is a match for this one. We enjoyed 99% cocao chocolate with this one and they complimented each other very nicely. Hope i can find this one again. l

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 14:08:23 | More by demcorhip
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4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled a 2009 Bottle.

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin layer of tan foam, which quickly receded to a collar. The body was a completely opaque dark brown. Carbonation was not visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Bueatifully pungent aromas of caramel malt, vanilla and bourbon dominate the nose. Lesser roasty and chocolate notes were also detected. Smells incredibly wonderful.

T- An EXPLOSION of sweet and roasted malts combine with huge bourbon and vanilla notes on the palate. The drink quickly becomes hot in the middle with alcohol. The finish itself was very boozy, and some roasty bitterness lingers on the tongue long after swallowing. The excessive booziness is the only thing preventing this from being a 'perfect 5' the Taste department.

M- BIG thick velvety mouthfeel. Thick with unattenuated sugar and a silky soft carbonation. Exquisite.

D- The heat from the alcohol and the booziness is excessive. I couldn't drink more than a bottle of this... at least when served fresh. With a bit of age on it, I would imagine that the drinkability would improve considerably.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 16:02:15 | More by jgasparine
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Is it the sleep deprivation or the nonstop working that makes my senses so acute? But I pop the top and oak, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol fly into my nose. The blackness is impressive, the pop as well.

2008 vintage.. tasted on 6/13/10

Still solventy, hot hot hot! Loving it, but I'm sure this will continue to get better.
Not sweet. Dry, burning finish, oaky. It lingers strongly, angrily. It will not go quietly into that good night. Nor will I.

Note: This beer is also fantastic warmed beyond reason. Go ahead, set it on your wood stove for 10 minutes in a coffee mug. Get it up above 80, 90, 100!
Maybe next time hit it with a splash of vanilla ice cream.

2009 vintage.. tasted on 10/09/10

I'm sure you think I'm crazy, but I can't wait til the day I can go into the bar and order a hot stout.
We drank half the bottle at cellar temp, not as solventy actually as the 08. Bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, little roast. Damn excellent.
As per tradition, heated up on the stove to about 120-130. So damn good! Put in a touch of fresh raw milk and a pinch of cinnamon. Out of this world. Go ahead...try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 04:59:27 | More by dragonWhale
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

02-07-2014 20:35:49 | More by Morakaton
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West Virginia

5/5  rDev +9.2%

06-01-2014 01:29:09 | More by xJMFCx
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4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on 10/2/09.

A: Black as night. What little head there is recedes to a thin film on the sides. Hardly any lacing.

S: Chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.

T: Even more chocolate and vanilla. Also a hint of smoke. Pretty strong alcohol burn.

M: Fairly thin, but still big, if that makes any sense.

D: Definitely a sipper. Big and complex, but not necessarily enjoyable at this stage. I'd say it needs a bit more time in the cellar to come together.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 16:43:24 | More by BarrelO
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 2009 bomber. Thanks, JamnesCameron!

Pours like chocolate syrup. Dark brown/black color. Impenetrable. Smallish chocolate head retains well. Not much lacing.

Aroma is mostly bourbon. A lot of sweetness, like caramel, vanilla, and chocolate.

Flavor follows. A lot of sweetness with a light, bittering roast. Really, really rich flavor. Definitely a dessert/cigar beer.

Thick, viscous feel. Like drinking syrup. Very low carbonation level. The ABV is noticeable, but not enough to make this an unpleasant drinking experience. Half of the bomber took well over an hour to drink - this is definitely a slow sipper, meant to be savored. Can't wait to get my hands on more bottles to age.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:02:39 | More by Gyle41386
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-22-2013 23:03:07 | More by maDUECEgunner
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-22-2013 15:49:55 | More by TubaDan
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-03-2014 15:26:11 | More by dcguitar
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4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage revied blind in the blind bombers bif. Thanks to Prufrock.

Pours a deep, opaque purple...it is one shade away from being black...there is not enough light in this room to see through this...there is a little crema colored head that falls quickly to a ring...any lacing slides back into the ring.

I smell vanilla, caramel, burnt wood, toasted marshmallow, bourbon, smoked meat...This beer has a bigger nose than Geddy Lee...As bold as the aromas are they are blended well together...there is a strong alcohol presence.

I taste chocolate covered raisins, vanilla extract, bourbon, anise, grilled steak, there is a slight coffee, and bittersweet-chocolate like bitterness...The flavors are bold and deliciously sweet...This is one of, if not the best Imperial Stouts that I've had!

Big full body, slides across my tongue like silk...This is one very well crafted beer!

Drinkability is high as long as you only plan on having a glass or two...one snifter and Im feeling this already! (4.5)

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 04:00:42 | More by sitarist
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-21-2012 04:19:18 | More by KevSal
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-09-2014 22:59:37 | More by Goldndomer
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

08-14-2013 19:32:53 | More by dbc5
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

06-16-2013 01:07:49 | More by stogirelli
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New York

5/5  rDev +9.2%

02-19-2013 22:16:58 | More by clay23
Photo of badbeer


4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown to black in color with a dark tan colored head that quickly dissipated leaving nothing more than a few islands of carbonation in the glass, no lacing. Initial smell was a bit disappointing but as this one warmed it got vastly better and I found chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and of course coffee aromas. Others have said how much the bourbon stands out, to me it was definately present, but I found the chocolate and coffee flavors to be much more dominant and much to my delight. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with low carbonation, just how I think it should be. I'm stuck on where to rate this for drinkability; it was very enjoyable throughout, but it is a sipper. This is not one you would expect to have a few of, but every moment of it is enjoyable, so I think a "4" is fair here. Wonderful beer and will get more before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 13:32:26 | More by badbeer
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4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 12oz courtesy of Pawel. Thanks!

A: Dull lightless abyss. Very, very thin lacing. The beer definitely sinks into the glass,though.

N: Caramel and vanilla over chocolate. The bourbon is front and center here, as it should be. A very little soy sauce saltiness which is actually pleasant.

T: Bourbon and soy sauce. I know there's no smoke in this, but it's got that element hiding in the back end. Salted caramel and chocolate. Prunes and raisins. Very noticeable alcohol presence, still. This should probably have graduated at this point.

M: Slick and oily.

O: I'm going to suggest this bottle was a bit over the hill. There's a dominant saltiness which detracts from the proceedings. This is something I have found from time to time in BCS, however, as the first time I ever got my hands on a bottle, I was disgusted by the sodium 'content'.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 21:56:02 | More by writerLJBerg
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

10-27-2013 05:45:18 | More by StubFaceJoe
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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