Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
60 IBU

Added by drewbage on 06-26-2003

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Reviews: 2,820 | Ratings: 11,609
Photo of DaltonCastle
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 Vintage cellared for 5 months.

Look- Poured like used motor oil. No head retention. Alcohol feet for days.

Smell- Chocolate, Vanilla, Bourbon, Coconut and Coffee

Taste- Huge chocolate and hot fudge. Tastes like I just poured Hershey's syrup right into my mouth

Feel- This beer is still pretty hot even after cellaring for 5 months. Very nice mouthfeel regardless.

Overall- A world class beer. It's such a shame that there is a quality control issue with this vintage.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure opaque black moto oil pour with virtually no head. Bourbon and port wine like aroma with strong vanilla and light chocolate notes in the aroma & flavor. Almost no roast or bitterness, just sweet and smooth. Very big beer that hides its alcohol well.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours thick like motor oil with very little carbonation. The smell is of sweet molasses and the taste is similar. There's not much more that I can say that hasn't already been said. The only complaint I really have is the smell on the glass near the end of the sipping session. For me, the smell is a bit off and over powering. When it gets to this stage, I usually just try to finish it off.

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Photo of moundbz
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Solid black, mine didn't have much foam on it, the smell has some hidden coconut mixed in with the bourbon. Taste is so smooth with not much bite for being 13 ABV. Feel perfect in my mouth. Terrific beer!

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Photo of bbtkd
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking cellared bottle 2 of 3, ensuring no infection, and no problem here. Pours thick and black, no head, not much lacing. Nose is bourbon forward plus coffee. Taste follows, with hints of chocolate, quite boozy. Not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is excellent, and overall an excellent example of a BBS. While I do really like it, I would appreciate it more with a lower ABV. As it is, drinking one bottle of 14.3% BCBS is the alcohol equivalent of almost five "regular" 4.2% ABV beers, quite a lot for us mere mortals.

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Photo of Bassbrew
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 keg, growler pour. The keg was from 2013, the growler was filled and drank within the day.

Pours almost black with hardly any head, but the growler had lots of foam pouring out. I'm sure it would've been much better right into the glass.

Smell is very boozy. Swirling the glass helps to diffuse the evaporated alcohol and let you smell the beer itself, which is delightful.

The taste is fantastic. Really well balanced, which is not easy in a 14% beer. The first few sips are dominated somewhat by the alcohol burn, but then all of a sudden it starts to open up and you can taste the roast and chocolate flavors.

Nice and full mouthfeel. It's very full bodied, but it doesn't hang on in your mouth too long.

This is a great beer, but it definitely tests the definition of beer. Sipping a few ounces of this feels great, and if I wasn't afraid of ruining it, I would try just pouring a little and saving the rest in the fridge to see if it keeps well. I can't imagine drinking 12 ounces of this at once.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage
~6 months since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, viscous. Fine layer of mocha colored head. Tons of alcohol legs, coats glass like a sticky film.

Aroma- Charred spicy oak, bourbon. Milk chocolates, caramel, vanilla, smoky roasted malt. Some almond / macadamian nuttiness, coconut, and some alcohol heat.

Taste- Chocolates, caramel sweetness, toffees, vanilla cream, coconut. Dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries, almond nuttiness. Charred oak and bourbon, rich roasted malt, smoky earthiness, slight alcohol notes.

Feel- Full bodied feel, creamy and thick, smooth and silky. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Barrel characteristics and bourbon flavor really highlight this beer, and accentuate the beer by adding such complex and nuanced flavors underneath a wonderful rich creaminess and roastiness. Truly one of the best.

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Photo of nyoung
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2015 BCBS with about 6 months of age.

Look: This beer pours well and looks fantastic! I've always been a fan of BCBS and this year did not disappoint. Dark brown, almost black in color. Minimal head.

Smell: Bourbon, with sweet notes, possibly caramel or chocolate or vanilla even, it was hard to pinpoint.

Taste: For a beer that has a 14.4% ABV according to the bottle, this drinks extremely smooth and easy. Bourbon is most certainly in the front, with subtle chocolate and other sweet flavors. It plays extremely well, not one aspect overpowering the other.

Feel: On the thicker side of things, could be just a tad thicker in my opinion, but maybe I'm just being picky. Gives you a full mouth feeling and minimal heat from the alcohol.

Overall, highly recommend picking this up if you have the chance. I wouldn't venture to say it's hard to obtain, but you have to put in the work to get it. As always, drink responsibly!

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2811 people reviewed this beer before I did and we all know that it looks, smell, tastes, feels, and iBudweiserrific. It's one of the best beer I've ever had, but I think bourbon barrel aged beers are gimmick beers and I buy everyone I see, and I always try to find the base beer that they start with.. I have yet to see a Goose Island Stout. So much for my $.02 worth.
One final thought, IMHO, last year's was better, maybe the aging helped.

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Photo of Masonz223
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: vanilla raisin coconut slight booziness.
Taste:upfront vanilla brown sugar coconut middle of the mouth dark fruits start to sneak in rasin molasses licorice a sugary sweetness finishes with more coconut vanilla milk chocolate a slight woodiness and a Mellow boozy taste.
Feel: big body almost completely dry in the finish but leaves a slick velvety felling in the mouth.
Overall: perfection in a glass 5/5!

Note: 2015 bottle not infected!!

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Photo of Ikeithbot
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark black with almost no head. Very boubony aroma, with a roasted malt sweetness. An almost chocolate milk texture but in a good way. Slight carbonation. You can really taste the alcohol and the bourbon after the initial rich roasted flavor and creaminess and syrupiness. Very good beer

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Photo of LiaLia
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

beautiful viscous pour
rich black brown color with no head
aroma contains heavy malts, alcohol, slight fruity notes
taste is dark dark malts and grains up front, trailing into cocoa and candy cherry vibes, with hot bourbon sweetness on the swallow, and lighter malts again on the finish
Incredible beer, probably the best stout I've had

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Photo of IlCraftWjgman
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had a bottle of 2015 last night. Poured jet black with a slight head. Smelled bourbon and chocolate notes immediately. Booziness has subsided slightly with age. Let warm as I drank. Best flavor, taste, and mouth feel present once warm

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015.

Black as black can be. Diminutive head forms and fades away real quick. Appearance ends up looking like Coca Cola. Eh.

The aroma is intoxicating, and I mean that literally. Smells like a straight shot of Jack Daniels. Trailing behind are syrupy sap straight from the tree, melted sticky plum, and french pressed coffee aromas.

Wow. If this isn't complex, I don't know what is. Quite possibly the most complex beer I've ever laid lips to, and out of 800 some odd trials, that's quite a feat. Oddly enough it's still easily drinkable, and by that I mean sippable. Bourbon County manages to do away with lingering bitterness or off-flavors. A total array of chocolate, cream, milk, caramels, sugared plum, coffee, dried figs - all swirling at once taking turns like the Knights of the Round Summon in Final Fantasy VII. This is a beer that if you simply take a shot glass sized sample, you get the full gammut and you know right off the bat what this beer has to offer. If you don't like this you either hate stouts or you've got a bad batch (known to happen). The fading flavors are perfectly done morning coffee, a touch of acidity, and bourbon-soaked plums.

The feel is nothing short of substantial. It just destroys the palate with syrup and a stickiness rivaling caramel apples. This is a palate wrecker in the sense that it doesn't scrub your tongue, it invades it.

Overall Bourbon County seemed to be not worth the hype until I laid lips to it. I paid $13.99 for this bottle and I feel it was a bit stiff, but on the flipside you could spend that on a 12 pack of Budweiser and not get 1/4 of the experience presented here. I'll be having this again next year.


(P.S. : 1/3 of the bottle is gone, and so am I)

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Photo of LeRose
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours black, thick, oily. In the snifter there is no head, just a very light ring of coffee colored bubbles that vanish.

Aroma - I can smell the bourbon from the counter top. Closer sniff...massive dark fruit, a molasses like sweetness, vanilla, alcohol.

Taste - initially very sweet, heavy on the figs and dates, that brown sugar or molasses flavor, vanilla, bourbon. As it warms, more notes show. Cherry, oak, some bitterness and a coffee aroma. As it warms, the sweetness subsides some and it becomes less boozy. The bitter helps clean things up as the malts come out of hiding with warmth. A little charred taste - almost but not quite smoky. More coffee on the nose than the taste, and a pleasing hint of pipe tobacco. There is a small amount of licorice - not my favorite flavor in a beer, but it is not very strong.

Feel - There isn't much coating on the tongue, but there is a stickiness on the lips like.

There is a lot going on, and it all seems to play nicely together. It certainly evolves. There is no doubt that this is a well made beer. Subjectively, I dont find myself loving this beer. Objectively, this is just that damned good...no doubt, end of story. Subjectively, I am enjoying the flavors as they morph and emerge, but it doesn't make my "gotta have it" list. Great beer, just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this in a snifter on draft at a local bar/restaurant. The body on this is so full you feel like you're drinking a bourbon shake. On top of that their is plenty of bourbon tastes w/ caramel & chocolate tastes lingering around. What an amazing stout, I never knew stouts could have this much pow to it. This beer is so solid and everyone has to try it!! Perfection of a bourbon aged stout.

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Photo of davidperez
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first liberating gasp of the beer (that moment where the cap barely releases a modicum of pressure), revealed a massive coconut with some roasted malts perfume, reassuring me that my hype was not to be let down.

Served in a snifter, it pours a black ink, thick, seemingly oily.
The pour induced the formation of a small dark brown foam, not enough to cover the whole surface area, and evidently not enough to form a head. Such foam had low retention.
This beer leaves no lacing. Instead, after a swirl this beer coats the glass with a transparent, oily layer, exactly like tears of wine.
After some more time of gentle swirling, you can actually see that the beer paints the glass with a tender and subtle brown hue, akin to the effect of a red wine of an intensely pigmented varietal on its glass.
Bourbon County Brand Stout is beautiful to the eye.

This bouquet is superlative.
Massive coconut, assertive alcohol reminiscent of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, cherry and raisins, charred wood, slight hint of tobacco, slight hint of coffee.
These particular set of elements present in the bouquet set the tone for a clearly sophisticated beer.

Magnificent flavor.
It overruns your palate with a complex sweetness and a hot spirit-like component.
Notes of caramel, coconut, vanilla, molasses, subtle chocolate and coffee, slight hint of raisins and cherry.
Moments before reaching the finish, you sense the vestigial bitterness coming from the roasted malts, and the tobacco/smokiness becomes present too, giving this beer a subtle twist right before fading.
The aftertaste is bourbon-like, and it has a strong vanilla component, which lingers pleasantly. Despite the assertiveness, almost aggressiveness of all the flavors in this beer, the aftertaste doesn't last that long.
The mouthfeel is also delicious. Oily, silky but mostly chewy, this liquid caresses your palate while delivering all of its notes. Warm.
No carbonation present, which, needless to say, it fits perfectly in the equation.

After emptying the snifter, you corroborate what could be seen when the glass was full with some gentle swirling: this beer treats the glass as a canvas, and paints its walls with a light, translucent, brown hue.

Great depth and complexity.

Bourbon County Brand Stout, epitome of a world class beer.

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Photo of Uscjojo
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Black with a small tan head. looks like black motor oil. The smell is chocolate, burnt sugar, dark fruits, coffee, bourbon, and roast malts. The taste is amazing! chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, coffee and bourbon. The bourbon is definitely present. Feel is thick, clings to mouth and heat from bourbon. This is my favorite stout! I have three of the 2015's aging in my cellar.... Yay!!

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Photo of Bleer
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Shocking I know.... I do love this beer and will always go out of my way to find it. However, I do find it a little on the harsh side when compared to the bourbon county coffee or say a KBS. Jet black, boozy nose, little to no head, again a little more harsh than I prefer on the alcohol taste, and very warm/warming. I would love to try again after it ages a year or two!

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: So dark. Probably a 9.5/10 in darkness with a tight medium khaki head. A bit shiny like obsidian. Almost no visible carbonation, but a a bit of lacing.

Smell: Roast malt, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, coffee, tobacco, a bit of bourbon soaked ripe cherry and raspberry. It's all great, but a bit muddled by the pervasiveness of the borbon as tends to be the case with fresher vintages of BCBS.

Taste: Tons of dark fruit in the front palate, prickly non-bitter roast coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Lacking the strong chocolate that I've had in past vintages. I'm really surprised about the vanilla, bourbon soaked cherry flavors. TONS.

Feel: Thick mouthfeel. 8.5/9 out of 10. Viscous. Slick and tongue coating.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed Oct 1st, 2015 - 13.7% ABV

Look - if 10 is motor oil, I have this at a 9. TINY bit of light around the edges.
Smell - lots of sweet/dark fruits… good amount of chocolate and bourbon coming in as well.
Taste - taste is on point with the smell. Definitely strong sweet/dark fruits at first followed by milky chocolate and bourbon with a hint of toasted coconut/vanilla. I personally can't find a ton of vanilla on the backend like some people say, but I can tell its there.
Feel - very slick mouthfeel but not too thick.
Overall - Awesome beer. Very sweet with a slight alcohol burn, balanced quite nicely. I'd say its worth the hype.

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Photo of diddy4l
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours like motor oil,smells like high ABV. ,tastes like carmel,and bourbon,little bit of a burn, but a soothing burn,that keeps you going back to it over and over again

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Photo of tmm313
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/08/13
Drank 04/01/16

A - Pitch black in the glass. 1/2 finger head with aggressive pour, which disappeared immediately. No lacing, just legs. 5

S - Bourbon, barrel, chocolate covered cherries, raisins, and notes of vanilla. 4.5

T - Each sip is a little different, but basically: super sweet intro of caramelized sugar and a sweeter bourbon character. Mid way the alcohol kicks in with notes of dark chocolate, cherries, dark fruits, wood, and hints of vanilla. Every other sip or so I get a whisper of coconut, right before the roasted coffee settles in as the aftertaste. Maybe just a touch of earthy hop. Became much more balanced as it warmed. Flavors mingled and mixed together perfectly. Hard to put down. 5

M - Thick. Viscous. Sticky. Heaven. 5

O - Fantastic. My best advice is sip it while it's cold so you can enjoy it when it warms. It's a masterpiece. I waited 2 years to drink this and it did. not. disappoint. Cheers! 4.75

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Photo of iliketurtlesthx
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is for the 2015 bottle release. Had immediate after release and just cracked open another bottle.

I've tried all sorts of barrel aged stouts, porters, etc, but I keep coming back to this being one of my favorites. I love boozy, high ABV beers and this pleases me like no other. Pours super dark with a caramel head. The taste is rich with chocolate, vanilla, and some barrel.

Some of my favorite barrel aged beers are best in moderation (KBS, No Rules), but I could drink this any day of the week and never grow tired of it.

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Photo of Dusten2015
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had recently acquired this from a friend, and this was super hyped for me, i was worried, but mostly excited for it.

L: Black, small head that faded moderately quick

S: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and slight booze.

T: The hype was real. This beer was one of my favorites ever. It was such a sticky, sweet but tiny bit bitter beer.

F: oily, super smooth. velvet on the tongue

O: I will definetly try to have this beer more. This was fantastic. Can't wait to try the others.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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