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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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8,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,091
Reviews: 2,350
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 3,447 | FT: 378
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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Photo of Ryanm1
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Lot of hype surrounding this beer. Took a little to obtain this. Got a chance to try it a week after I bought it. It was everything it was cracked up to be. Poured black as night into a tulip glass. Overwhelmingly power smell of alcohol specifically bourbon eminating from the glass. Slight brown head. Small amount of carbonation at the top stops fairly short after the pour. Not many bubbles lasting the entire two hour journey. Very powerful on the tastebuds. Robust malt flavor, with hints of chocolate. It's almost like drinking a hard alcohol beverage. Leaves legs on the glass as if it were a Cabernet from Napa Valley. I recommend to all and would say yes, it's worth the $9 a bottle, but next year if it crept up to $10 a bottle I'd opt for something else.

Ryanm1, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of TheZzyzxScarecrow
4/5  rDev -12.7%

TheZzyzxScarecrow, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of truska
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

truska, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of logicerror
3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

logicerror, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of 420Rick
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

420Rick, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of ScaryEd
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ScaryEd, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of UltimateLivewire
5/5  rDev +9.2%

UltimateLivewire, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of Cheld
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%

Served on tap at Victoire bar in Rochester NY into a belgian glass.

Appearance- Jet black with a small light brown/tan head that stuck around for a bit.

Smell- Bourbon is dominant, but also coffee and chocolate present. Bourbon is definitely the strongest smell though.

Taste- The bourbon is not as overpowering as the smell would let on, but still very present. Also blended in are hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and sweet fruitiness. The alcohol is well covered, and just adds sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Thick. Very thick, just as an imperial stout should be.

Overall- Definitely my favourite stout, and may be one of my favourite beers to date. Definitely a sipper though, as it is a heavy beer.

Cheld, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of cfaulman
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

cfaulman, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%

A-Poured into a 12 ounce New Belgium globe glass-pitch black with a mocha head that dissipated quickly and left a thing ring of foam throughout. It didn't leave any lacing but there was some minor cascading.

S-Bourbon overwhelmed the nose with hints of coconut, vanilla, alcohol, and dark fruits. The only reason I couldn't give a 5 for the nose was due to the overwhelming presence of the bourbon as it overshadowed everything else making it nearly one dimensional.

T-Bourbon, but much more tame than the nose suggested, dark fruits, with hints of coconut, vanilla, fudge, and alcohol. I expected a complete bourbon bomb from the nose but to my surprise this was a very complex and extremely flavorful beer. It is sweet from the alcohol and there is not much roast at all, which I thoroughly enjoyed because I like a more dark fruit forward imperial stout. The beer coats your mouth and begs for you to take another sip, its wonderful. One of the best tasting beers I've ever drank-it is simply amazing.

M-Perfect mouthfeel-its creamy and thick. I don't think it could be any better.

D-This is a true sipper due to the high alcohol content and complexity. I only drank one I don't think I could have handled another but it was an amazing experience.

Overall, this might be the best beer I've yet to try. Next year I hope to purchase some in bottle form as it is truly a great beer.

thegodfather2701, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of cultclassic89
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

cultclassic89, Dec 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

cvalleskey, Dec 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Zenk, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of alaimoa
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

2013 vintage at just below room temp poured into a snifter. Have had solo and side by side with 2012 Rain, 2013 Black tuesday and the consensus was: Rain, BCBS, Tuesday

Overall the BCBS is just put together so nicely with a nice upfront bourbon heavy smell/taste but it has decent depth too with an amazing silky smoothness. Easily one of my favorites

Feel is Super smooth and silky.
Smell: boozy bourbon, chocolate/brewed cofee
Taste bourbon without the burn and a chocolatey malt backrdrop

alaimoa, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of TruePerception
4.35/5  rDev -5%

Bourbon County Brand Stout, aged in bourbon barrels. 14.9% ABV.

A: Black with a hint of brown. The thinnest of brown head. No head, but there is a very thin, transparent bit of alcohol clinging to the glass, as wine does. Fades quickly without noticeable tearing. Just the slightest inkiness.

S: A pleasant blend of cocoa, chocolate, bourbon, sweet char, faint licorice sweetness, slight oak note. Nice, without being overpowering.

T/MF: A good deal of sweetness to this one. Sweetened cocoa. Slightly charred toffee. Has an almost sickly sweet upturn towards the finish, and finishes with a little of that same sweetness.

Really good, but I still prefer the w00tstout and Velvet Merkin.

TruePerception, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Monstro, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of YoudownwithABV
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%

My first review:

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at about 45 - 50 degrees

A: A very dark brown color with a tight head and very little carbonation.

S: Bourbon, Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee, and a slight char.

T: First and foremost if you told me this was almost 15% abv I would call you a liar. It's literally a party in your mouth and you've invited all things I mention with Smell. I'm in love, that's why I bought 2 cases.

M: Coats your mouth with a thin maple syrup feel.

O: This is the real deal Holyfield, borderline one of the best beers ever. I hand this beer out to my friends trying to get them to experience perfection. I can't wait to age this and enjoy for years to come.

YoudownwithABV, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of TempeBeerMan
5/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours an inky, opaque, deeply dark brown, with a wispy half-finger dark tan head that dissipated very quickly. (Not surprising for the ABV) Only the faintest hint of lacing.

S - Wow. Powerful aroma of prune, bourbon, smoke, wood, and molasses. One of the best aromas ever.

T - WOW. Sets a new bar for complexity. Burnt marshmallow, raisin, date, bitter chocolate, smoke, hickory, heavy cream, vanilla, toffee, caramel, anise, and a hint of plum and black cherry. The balance between the sweeter chocolate/dark fruit notes and the bourbon/woody esters is PERFECT. Boozy in the finish but the flavor is still peaking, making the heat divine rather than distracting. Amazingly, stupendously good.

M - More amazingness, as it's somehow chewy, creamy, oily, and syrupy all at the same time. Low side of medium carbonation. Pretty much the perfect delivery system for the flavor profile and ABV. Warming finish was much enjoyed on the cold, rainy night I sampled this gem.

O - Seriously, this is THE best beer I have ever tasted. If there was a way to score it a "10", I would do so. How they manage to get that much bourbon, wood, and "heat" into a beer and STILL have it balanced with sweetness is pure wizardry. I feel my taste buds may have been ruined...I cant even imagine drinking another beer in the same evening. It's THAT good.

TempeBeerMan, Dec 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Kerrie, Dec 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Marcelozicker, Dec 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

lakeylake, Dec 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

fthegiants, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of cam12
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my bourbon county snifter.

Appearance- dark dark brown not quite black, thin medium brown head. No lacing, very tight bubbles.

Smell- just like smelling into a bourbon barrel, just straight bourbon!

Taste- bourbon in the front and bourbon in the back, the in between is filled with sweet chocolately malt, so rich. Warming alcohol lingers with the finish

Mouthfeel- the best part about the beer, thick and creamy and just sits on your tongue. Medium carbonation.

Overall- lived up beyond the hype, I waited 2 hours in the cold to get it and I would gladly do it again for this gem...in-bev owned or not this is delicious beer. Not really a beer, just the liquid of the gods.

cam12, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

chim52chim, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of RayzTheRoof
1.75/5  rDev -61.8%

Beer snobs will say this is the greatest beer ever, but honestly, all I taste is licorice. That is it. That is all there is. It is just really alcoholic licorice. There are no hints of chocolate or vanilla, and the bourbon is virtually non-existent. It really just tastes like licorice. I don't understand how people taste otherwise.

RayzTheRoof, Dec 20, 2013
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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