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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,746 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,746
Reviews: 2,331
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,728
Gots: 3,308 | FT: 360
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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anzb

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-18-2013 15:12:16 | More by anzb
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crowbar540

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-18-2013 14:47:41 | More by crowbar540
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BRYeleJR

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-18-2013 14:37:58 | More by BRYeleJR
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LumpkinBrews

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-18-2013 05:52:24 | More by LumpkinBrews
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teleforce

Nebraska

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-18-2013 05:16:09 | More by teleforce
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Lochnessmonster

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

12-18-2013 04:57:04 | More by Lochnessmonster
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BeerBeast

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-18-2013 03:45:54 | More by BeerBeast
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deschutes_fan

Idaho

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-18-2013 03:41:54 | More by deschutes_fan
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TheBeerDad

Michigan

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-18-2013 03:19:00 | More by TheBeerDad
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dextermcgurk

New York

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-18-2013 02:39:03 | More by dextermcgurk
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- pitch black with a caramel colored head. Very little lacing down the glass. Color is definitely characteristic of the style.

S- smells of sweet sugar and coffee.hints of chocolate and a touch of bourbon.

T- tastes of sweet coffee, hints of bitter chocolate, and warm bourbon flavor. Subtle afterthoughts of bourbon that linger on...delicious!

M- one of the greatest mouthfeels that I have ever had to opportunity of placing upon my pallate. Nicely done.

O- one of the greatest bourbon stouts of its time. Very well balanced and wen better maintained...very impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2013 01:39:47 | More by Budinetz
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LagersAndAles

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-18-2013 01:23:49 | More by LagersAndAles
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ALifeWellWasted

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-17-2013 21:46:03 | More by ALifeWellWasted
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HoppyBastard1

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-17-2013 19:11:40 | More by HoppyBastard1
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-17-2013 14:31:37 | More by Agentveba
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bolognahead

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-17-2013 13:49:40 | More by bolognahead
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RenskoLN

Hawaii

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-17-2013 08:28:03 | More by RenskoLN
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Rainier

California

1.85/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

Umm, where do I start.

First of all, I know the BCBS train is probably gonna be outside my apartment with pitch forks. After tasting this beer, it's either I got a bad batch, I have abnormal taste buds, or it's just an overhyped beer.

Appearance - looked like normal imperial stouts. No head pretty much.
Smell - bourbon, coffee, vanilla. Ok, it's typical barrel aged stuff.
Taste - Tasted like alcohol straight up. Let it warm up, more alcohol! I get same notes from the smell here.
Mouthfeel - meh, it was very syrupy. it left a foul taste in my mouth
Overall - worst night of my life. I could not sleep. I kept moving around my bed all night long. Very gassy, trying to burp everytime just to get rid out the fowlness.

Sorry guys, this is my first experience on this beer, but sorry BCBS doesn't do it for me. I'm glad.

Edit: December 16, 2013... This is gross. Sorry guys.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 06:45:15 | More by Rainier
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Mgm54

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-17-2013 06:12:03 | More by Mgm54
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, opaque everywhere but the edges. Small coffee-colored head, quickly fades to periphery of my glass. Bottle art is stark and bold.

S: Holy... shit. Overpowering. Don't stick your nose in the glass, honestly, just waft it over to your noseholes. Intense! oak, chocolate, syrup, vanilla, molasses. Not sure how balanced it is, but the raw power of it is so over the top that I can't help but love it.

T: After that insane aroma, this is actually pretty palatable for an accustomed tongue. Same flavors: oak, nibs of baker's chocolate, some vanilla, smoke, hints of coconut. Overall bitter, but there is some sweetness to counter it. Very intense, crazy high ABV hidden well but does provide some heat on the finish. If you've had your shares of stouts you will probably be in love. Don't get me wrong, this will put half of lager drinkers in their graves.

M: A little syrupy and chewy, but still fluid with perfect carbonation to avoid flatness while maintaining smoothness. Surprisingly not very mouth-drying. Pretty solid.

O: God damn, this is a BREW! Lives up to the reputation, an intense beer, it will destroy unprepared palates. Whether you end up loving or hating it, this is a must-try. World class.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 06:02:04 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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MitchD14

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-17-2013 06:01:53 | More by MitchD14
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-17-2013 05:59:23 | More by Dbrulet
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mtraver

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 release, 14.9%. 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: It pours deep, dark black, with a very small and short-lived caramel-colored head. Intriguing and, again, ridiculously dark.

Aroma: Nose has notes of toffee/caramelized sugar, sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a little smoke. It's a very complex nose that keeps evolving, not unlike a good whiskey. And as a guy who loves his whiskey that's oh so appealing :)

Taste: The taste is a wonderful balance of the stout's chocolate/coffee malt and the whiskey, and quite sweet. The finish is dominated by bourbon and is a little boozy, but this beer has more than enough substance to stand up to the alcohol and is, incredibly, totally at home at 14.9%. There's also a lingering dryness on the finish that sort of feels like the oak coming through. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel: It has a very full, creamy, chewy mouthfeel. It's sticky and syrupy in the best way. The carbonation is subtle, which works well with this beer's huge body -- it's enough to offset what could be an over-the-top creaminess, but any more would be too much.

Overall: This beer is just massive. Immense. Huge. Off-the-charts big. And it's off-the-charts amazing, too. The bourbon barrel doesn't dominate, although it does provide a solid bourbon flavor that works with the stout's malt in a way that enhances each. There's so much there to explore, so definitely take your time with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 05:25:08 | More by mtraver
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Beer_Nurse_C

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-17-2013 04:33:26 | More by Beer_Nurse_C
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Oscar_The_Rauch

North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tis the season! I snagged a 4-pack of 2013 Bourbon County on Black Friday, which was the only thing I purchased on that terrible day of the year. I've been building a vertical, but I always like to try one within the first month of the release to see what the current vintage is like.

A: Jet black "motor oil" as expected! Very thin head that has a coffee tan color and doesn't hang around for long. But, this beer has been aging in bourbon barrels for some time now.

N: Ohhhh man! FULL of bready roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, brown spice... I guess you could say "bourbon influences" too.

T: The beer delivers on the palate exactly what you were hoping for from the nose... PURE OPULENCE. It is rich and full-bodied with all the flavors listed above coating your tongue and sticking to the roof of your mouth. Smoooth mouthfeel. The finish is long and enjoyable with a bit of that heat present in the back, but not disjointed at all.

O: A pretty balanced beer for how high-gravity it is this year (14.9%). This will definitely age with the best of them. Now, the question is... how patient are you??

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:57:32 | More by Oscar_The_Rauch
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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