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Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Avg:
4.5
pDev:
19.56%
 
 
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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: 2,834 | Ratings: 11,657
Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first time reviewing so I thought I'd start with a doozy

A- Dark opaque brown with a hint of copper around the top poured with very little head that disappeared after a few minutes.

S- The first smell before the glass got close was dark chocolate. Then the bourbon smacked me in the face when I got closer, with hits of campfire

T- Roasted espresso beans soaked in bourbon for twelve days in a smokey bar. Definitely a 13 percenter.

M- Maybe I'm used to the BBA style but it was smooth as velvet, I was expecting a lingering sticky-ness

D- A sipper or for desert would be fine. I could not drink 2 of these but glad I bought a four pack to have again

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

Poured black color with medium brown rocky head that lasted with good lacing. Aroma was long complex roasted coffee and chocolate and wood. The flavor was rich of bourban, oak, malt and alcohol. Finish was long and had a good bite.

Good stout and well worth the hunt to find.

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Photo of pdxwhisky
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - black as oil coming out of the bottle. Heavy duty aromas of tobacco, licorice, malts, and bourbon. Nice first sip, but the flavor grows a bit out of sequence as too much might be going on at once. Overall drinkability is a bit hard, as this is a beer that requires a big meal prior in able to cut through the viscousness. A great beer, though, but not for the unexpected drinker.

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Photo of soccerman7
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Holy Smoke. Served in a goblet

A - 2 shades to pitch black with a dark tan, thin head.

S - Fantastic nose of bourbon, alcohol, smoke, maple, and malts.

T - Extremely complex, with the sweetness of the malt and bourbon very pleasant against the oak and smoke. A lot of maple notes with the hops cleaning it out. Excellent

M- This was my only knock against this beer. It was a bit high on the alcohol taste which did burn a bit and the sweetness really coated the mouth by the 3rd or fourth sip. Started eating food half way through the goblet and it was difficult to really taste.

D - overall an excellent version of oaked imperial stout. very interesting and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of cameraman
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black opaque color, looks thick and syrupy as it is being poured. Very little evidence of a head, a beige feint line forms around the glass. The bourbon fragrance is strong, so strong I am giessing which distilleries barrels were used. There are touches of chocolate and dark roasted malt scents. The taste is strong, rich and robust, with chocolate, malty sweetness, with touches coffee and dried fruit. Then the bourbon comes in to compliment it all together, it finishes with a bit of a boozy flavor at the end. The feel is thick, rich and oily, as it slides across the palate. The surprise is I am expecting a little touch of a burn from alchol, but there is none. Everything about this beer is strong, though the look is little weak, but the aroma, taste, and feel are top notch. This is a great night cap beer or excellent with a cigar.

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Photo of TheDoorman
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black appearance with a coffee brown head. Aroma alone will knock your socks off. Just completely filled with bourbon and rich roasted malt flavors. Taste follows the nose. Bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon. Roasted malt and chocolate and coffee notes are abundant as well. I nice melding of many very strong characteristics, each of which assert themselves nicely. Full bodied, thick, creamy and luxurious mouthfeel. Beautiful. Alcohol is present, and noticeable, as it should be for a bourbon-barrel stout. It doesn't get better than this.

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Photo of joerodiii
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle in a Duvel tulip.

This is an amazing beer. The appearance is an opaque black, thick but not syrupy. The aroma is strongly bourbon, but it is nicely balanced with chocolate, roasted barley, sweetness, and alcohol.

In spite of it's richness and strength, this beer's taste makes it the most drinkable RIS I've ever had. The bourbon is definitely up front, but it does not overpower the rest of the beer. There is a fairly strong chocolate taste that increases as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect, just thick enough.

If it wasn't so expensive, I could drink this beer all the time.

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Photo of cvs241
3.74/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a thick viscous black with a very small little caramel colored head. The head dissipates in a few seconds leaving very little lacing. The smell hints a roasted malt and vanilla, but is overwhelmed by the bourbon. The flavor is similar to the smell with hints chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. The beer is overly sweet and there seems to be little bitterness to balance this. The feel of the beer is thick, and the alcohol isn't hidden whatsoever. The beer is almost hard to drink and certainly wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. Overall an interesting offering that I might come back to, but it isn't going to be a regular in my fridge.

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

The beer pours with very little head. Even the laser etching on the bottom of the glass can't bring about anything but the slightest amount. What did show up quickly disappears. On the plus side, it did pour with the stout thickness I would expect.

The smell is mostly caramel, a bit toffee and backed by the obvious smell of alcohol.

At first the taste is much more of the same, but it then mellows out into the roasted flavor of coffee. All the while, there's a grape like fruitiness in the background. There is definitely booze in this beer.

The mouthfeel is much better than I expected. Even though there is a complete lack of head, carbonation is still certainly there. I was a bit worried I'd have troubles swallowing it down. Flat beer makes me pour a beer down the drain quicker than anything else. Instead, I want to swig this around a bit.

I love the complexity of this beer. Take a sip, let it sit, and then swallow. The flavor continues to change for a good minute. How many sips does it take to get to the bottom of my glass? I don't think I could keep track. I keep forgetting after shouting, "Damn that's good!"

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Photo of dakid618
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours jet black with virtually no head. Smell is chocolatey with strong bourbon scents. Taste is very alcohol heavy but delicious. This beer wows me with every drink. Light hot mouthfeel. This is very drinkable for being 13% ABV. Not sessionable but an outstanding IS. I love this brew!

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Photo of raoulduke37
4.07/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Failed to give this one a hard pour, which would have increased the head (according to an earlier review), but bearing that in mind, I saw very little of the tan head and then for only a brief period. Appearance was jet black, very thick, looks a lot like Stone Russian Imperial Stout.

Smell was very very good. Dark chocolate, definitely bourbon, even the oak barrel s evident, but the alcohol smell is not masked. It smells like a really good port wine.

Decadent is definitely the word. Truffle chocolate, coffee, again port wine, but the alcohol taste is not masked well at all, and at times overpowers the brew. If you are feeling like a stiff drink but don't want whiskey, this is the brew of choice, gentlemen.

Mouthfeel was great - thick, creamy, smooth, everything you'd want from a stout. Tastes like dessert.

Drinkability is way down due to the alcohol. Not a session beer. More of a get drunk and write a killer poem beer, if you're the Faulkner type anyway. Keep this one away from your friend who tends to go overboard.

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

2008 bottle. Pours a pitch black color, looks very oily; the head is small and it dies.

Smell is absolutely fantastic! I can't say I've smelled anything better lately, it has been a while since I had Närke Kaggen and I'm not really sure, but this could even be better than that one. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, fudge, toffee, almonds, oak, vanilla, bourbon and even some light smokiness behind all this too.

Taste is powerful; very sweet, yet balanced, in my opinion. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, fudge, almonds, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Perfection. A slight warming note from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is extremely filling. A fullbodied beer, very creamy and thick, low carbonation. Long, pleasant finish. Overall this have to be the best beer I've had together with Kaggen! Maybe the absolute best one.

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Photo of Ummagum
2.36/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2007 vintage in a 12 oz bottle. Poured black with a small brownish head. Left a small collar around the glass. Overwhelmed by the bourbon smell and taste. I did not enjoy this beer. I have enjoyed other beers by this brewer, but this one did not impress me.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black, no head. Strong bourbon aroma, caramel. Rasins and vanilla as well. Some coconut and a good amount of alcohol. Sweet caramel flavor, nutty finish. A bit too thin. Aroma and flavor are great and have me coming back. A bit overated in my opinion.

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Photo of johnd513
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours thick and black like motor oil with a small thin brown head that quickly disappears. Huge bourbon smell, with chocolate and coffee. Tastes of huge bourbon, chocolate vanilla and The mouthfeel is extremely thick and syrupy with a full body and relatively low carbonation. Drinkability is high considering the high abv. One of my new favorite Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of BierFan
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 10/21/08. Poured from a 12 ounce brown twist off bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black. A hard pour into a pint glass yielded a perfect 2 inch brown head.

Smell: The smell is a concoction of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and a bit of smokiness. I feel like I could get drunk just by smelling it, the aroma is that powerful.

Taste: More vanilla, oak, and bourbon in the taste. The alcohol warms the throat on the way down. Smokey aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thinner than the smell and taste would lead you to believe.

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Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage on tap at the Ginger Man in NYC.

Scorched soil and blackened branches, it appears like the ashy aftermath of a forest fire. It's an image appropriately conjured by a beer that spent one-hundred days in charred oak. It is discernibly opaque although its trim is accented with a burnt creme brulee crust. Its gingerbread brown head is gigantic even in an oversize brandy glass. Its lacing is spotty and various sized bubbles mark the surface like craters.

Ahhh the amazing scent of Bourbon County Stout! The confined intimacy of the barrel has married bitter dark cocoa, freshly pulled espresso, warm toasty biscuits, firewood, just lit cigars, dark caramel, and a combination of singed and smoked oak. I'd guess it's a ratio of two parts bourbon and one part heavy roast Imperial Stout. It is a seductive and soothing call to the senses. You will cascade under it. It is simply marvelous.

This sample is very, very fresh and I'm not sure all nuances have had enough time to evolve. Still, this is every bit an orgiastic feast as you'll find in a beer. Notes of creme brulee, vanilla custard, and chocolate truffle satisfy the most urged cravings of the decadent one could have. Along with the cigars and oak chips dipped in chocolate it stands to reason that those hints of dark caramel, roast malts, and bitter espresso will come forth even more with time.

Still young the bourbon is very forward. Bits of tobacco, toasted oak, vanilla bean and exotic eastern spices means this could probably appeal to whiskey fans as much as beer lovers. Not being overlooked, however, the connoisseurs will appreciate the plethora of hops that were used. It's hard to believe so much grassy, hop leaf presence can co-exist with the dark, rich characteristics of the beer and bourbon.

The mouthfeel is especially, incredibly, fabulously thick. It's like licking the inside of a tobacco barrel and then gnawing on the wood; I can still feel the splinters in my gums. The beer itself resounds like a dark, dark, and bitter, bitter unrefined cocoa. It has a burnt coffee bean like astringency. The charred wood is dry with a strong smokey presence. There is a good deal of alcohol warmth (it's young still remember) that heats the soul without burning the tongue.

There must have been claw marks on the inside of those barrels. This stout has absorbed so much of the bourbon character but astoundingly maintained its thick, heavy roast Imperial Stout qualities; it's a marriage not a balancing act. This is a drink designed for contemplation and reflection. It demands respect and drinks with grace and refinement. Given all the choices in the world there are few beers that I would rather savour.

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

Delicious beer unlike almost anything I've drank in the past. It has a deep dark color with a nice dark brown head that was fairly thin. The smell is very sweet with caramel and vanilla. The taste is great, like I already mentioned, thick malt presence although not in an overwhelming way, more in the taste. I also taste that vanilla and some raisins and caramel, I also taste something that's not really coffee like but some of that style of robustness is hittin my tongue. Their is enough hops to notice it, but this is definitely strong on the malt. The aftertaste is good although I do feel a little of the alcohol burning as I exhale. I'm guessing this beer is going to improve as it gets a bit warmer and I'm also excited to try this again after it ages a year or so.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I have been meaning to try this beer for way too long. Actually, this beer was one of the first beers I had traded for. The bottle I will be drinking is a 2007.

A really hazy dark blood red glass that is as dark as you can get with out be completely opaque. Slight dark brown mahogany bubbles float on top that evaporate quickly into thin air. Very still.

Tons of bourbon mash, lots of vanilla, some caramel, slight cocoa, fairly sweet and creamy. The bourbon is overwhelming, hence the name. The smooth however is very warming and refined. With the bottle being aged and never having tried a fresh one, I have nothing to compare it to.

Incredibly complex even though the predominate flavor that jumps out is bourbon. Tons of caramel and toffee flavors. Incredibly smooth in swallowing, but fairly sweet and sticky mouthfeel that really rides the top and bottom of your mouth. Great roasted malts that produce a very nice texture and flavor assortment. Some cocoa and vanilla are present in the background, and are greatly overshadowed by the bourbon. Very bread-like/cracker after taste. Hints of oak are in the background as well. Definitely a slow sipper but a fantastic one at that.

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Photo of kels
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hesitated to pick up a pack of this at $19.99 for 4, but I couldn't resist. I just kept hearing from everybody how great it was. Reviewed on a bottle-pour into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black with no head and a light tan ring of lace at the top. Beer appears thick and creamy - swirls of tan lace float atop the liquid.

Smell: Deliciously delicate bourbon-scent with creamy bittersweet chocolate and light roasted coffee.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Oh wow...goodness...it is absolutely delicious. The backdrop of the taste is an amazingly balanced creamy and bitter chocolate - a little on the syrupy side. Compliments of dark, fruity roasted coffee and sweet bourbon are both strongly present. There's even a hoppy character that comes through slightly under the alcohol. There's a distinct dryness in the palate, and it seems to come from hints of charred oak flavor from the barrels. The alcohol warms all the way into my stomach just like a good bourbon. It's amazing. So strong in the taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and fairly well carbonated and goes down easy.

Drinkability: If the ABV wasn't so strong, I'd have to have another.

Definitely worth the cost - I can't wait to age the other 3 and see what I get. I've heard of people buying these each year and drinking aged sets vertically. I might have to give that a try.

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Photo of jkendrick
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with virtually no head on a moderately aggressive pour. There is just a light brown ring on the edge of the goblet and no lacing.

Aroma: The bourbon and oak dominate the nose. There is some vanilla and caramel in the back.

Mouthfeel: This is a thick beer. It is smooth and chewy with light carbonation.

Taste: The bourbon is strong at first and almost overwhelming. It would be overwhelming if not for the oakiness, which sets in next, and the vanilla and roasted malt which help to balance. There is a caramel taste that lingers in the finish. The strong alcohol and bourbon stings almost numbs the mouth and is very warming on this cold, snowy night.

Overall Impressions: The bourbon is almost too much at first, but it is quickly balanced and makes for a fine sipping stout. A little more spicy oak (my favorite bourbon is George T. Stagg) and better presentation with a head and lacing would catapult this beer into the upper echelon. As it stands, it is one fine adult beverage.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Holy Bourbon Kick To The Head Batman!

This was a great gift, a free gift, one that I did not expect. This is the type of beer you have when you are naked in a snowstorm. This brew is almost like a shot of bourbon.

The appearance is gorgeous. It is so dark and black and came with almost, almost, a 1/16 inch head. It does this liquor-alcohol thing on the side of the glass, just like Baileys. I was playing with the brew and it leaves an alcoholic residue on the side of the glass that just slides down the side like silk. Really a beautiful brew.

The smell is nuts, crazy, absurd. It smells like the ABV is 25%, not only 13%. The smell burns your nostrils a little, but in a totally good way. You can smell caramel, liquor or just that alcohol sting, bourbon, cocoa, and a little smoked smell.

The taste is intensely strong. It tastes like a sweet bourbon. The alcohol comes through mostly, but also dark sugars, maybe some fruits and deff some caramel and cocoa. It is a little hard to drink although because you get that warm feeling all over your body. Really great on the tongue also.

The palate gets some mercy in this one. With all the usual suspects, high alcohol percentage, bourbon aged, Imperial Stout, you would think your tongue is going to be brutally raped. Not with this brew because it is as smooth as silk. It just slides down so easily it is the reason I gave it such good reviews. I enjoyed the taste but also could drink it. The mouthfeel is superb, the drinkability is not as good just because your stomach is taking the heat blasts, not a beer you could drink a sixer of. I really would love this again, and would love to have this aged. Overall a highly recommended brew.

J

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Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. poured into "Lucy" my snifter that I do most of my reviews from.

Appearance: Motor oil black, completely opaque, ... no REALLY! Imagine an eight ball wrapped in tarpaper, in the bottom of a tar pit at midnight! I poured this beer from 12" high just to see if I could make it produce a head. All I got for my efforts was ½ a finger at best and it dissipated to a thin mocha colored ring in seconds.

Smell: Heavenly. There is a LOT going on here! Licorice hits hard, followed immediately with the inevitable waft of bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, strong vanilla bean, roasted grains / coffee, dried cherries and figs.

Taste: Tasted like the smell would lead you to believe. Like dark chocolate melted into a glass of bourbon, licorice and dried cherries. This may not sound appealing, but trust me... this works! Other flavors include, bourbon (but not overpowering) molasses, and very slight coffee

Mouthfeel: Thick as thick can be. You can almost chew this big beer! Coats your mouth, in a good way. Velvety, viscous, and oily are just some of the adjectives that come to mind Carbonation is perfect for the style, which is to say barely there.

Drinkability: As delicious as it is, it would be difficult to have more than just one bottle at any one sitting. Perfect nightcap.

Overall: One of the best beers I have ever tried. This beer is fantastic, period... No disclaimer! It is nice to see some breweries pushing the envelope of beer making.
No matter who you are you should try this beer at least for the experience. I have had this offering from GI on two previous occasions. I have two more bottles and I really hope I can leave them in the cellar for a few more years before cracking into them.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2008

I poured this baby fairly aggressively into a pint glass in hopes of some substantial head. No dice! I got a thin layer of dark molasses colored head atop a pitch blach fluid. Almost no light gets through this bad boy. A teensy bit can be seen at the very edges. A thin ring of lacing persists most of the way down the glass as I drink. With a slight tilt of the glass, you can see, the beer definitely "has legs".

I poured the glass about a foot from my nose, however, I easily had a whiff of the powerful bourbon aroma. Upon closer sniffing, I can ascertain the smell as a somewhat dry bourbon smell with hints of toasted malts, sweet molasses, and cinammon.

A sip reveals a massive palette of bourbon chocolate candy! Holy cow!! It has been a while since I last had this. By nights end I may end up raiding my stash of yesteryear GIBCS... but I digress. Man, that is a big flavor. The alcohol is very present but not overbearing. It has a nice warming quality for these cold nights. Bourbon is definitely at the forefront, but I wouldn't say the beer is unbalanced, just boozy.

Drinkability....hmmmm....Ask yourself, do you like fizzy yellow beer even in winter? If yes, this may not be for you. This beer isn't messing around. For the "full-flavor" types out there, it is certainly drinkable!

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Photo of CHickman
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1/25/2009-Rough brew, and I'm a big fan of stouts. Very heavy with a smokey flavor that's sweet, you can taste vanilla & bourbon. This is a beer that I would have at home to end an evening or just to sip and enjoy as it's a hearty brew. It's very strong and the bourbon aging is evident, and while I thought that this was a very tasty brew, the fact remains that it would be tough to have more than one in a single sitting.

2012 batch review, bottled on 9/26/12: pours as black as night with a small dark brown head that was full of tiny little bubbles and faded fast, leaving a little head around the edges and the head completely disappeared and then the brew looked like spent motor oil sitting is a drain pan.

Smells of rich vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and molasses initially, with oaky and burnt wood notes following and then some obvious booze from the bourbon barrels. Really sweet, with much of these similar notes in the aroma that it’s like a sweet, boozy wine that has thick coffee and a glass of bourbon mixed in. There seems to be earthy and dark fruit notes as well, but they get pulled into the tornado of booze and smoky sweetness to make anything hard to nail down in this complicated mix.

Tastes very sweet like it smells, with molasses, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit like raisin or plum, caramel, oaky and burnt wood notes, red wine, brown sugar, tea leaf, peat moss and of course some nice booze from the bourbon barrels, which after some aging seems more like a dark rum than bourbon. Like the nose the flavor is really sweet, but surprisingly mellow considering the high ABV; the booze is like a deep red wine on steroids mixed with the after dinner espresso and a shot - delicious. The complexity and simplicity are the ying and yang which make a perfect slow sipper.

Mouthfeel is very slick and creamy across the tongue, with basically no carbonation, a very thick chewy body like a soup, and an almost extreme sweetness which manages to mellow out as it goes down allowing this to be dangerously drinkable.

Overall it was excellent, and I’ve really enjoyed this over the past few years. After having this again in 2011 & 2012, my appreciation of it grew exponentially and I love it. It is everything that an imperial beer and barrel aged experiment should be and a huge pillar of the craft beer movement.

12/31/13-shared a 4 pack on New Year's Eve and loved the 2013 batch. It had zero alcohol presence or burn and was very sweet with a lot of vanilla, caramel, oak and bourbon sweetness that was really complex and dangerously smooth and drinkable. I need to go get more while it is still available near me, it was outstanding.

Had another 2013 bottle on 6/5/14 that was bottled on 10/9/13, which had a nice dark tan 1 finger head that faded very slowly and left a layer on top. Smelled of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate and molasses; rich, sweet and complex, it hid the ABV well and was more like a port wine or merlot. Tastes very sweet with vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit like cherry, dates or chocolate dipped strawberry, sweet rum-like flavor, chocolate, licorice, brown sugar, and molasses; there is a bitterness like burnt coffee and syrup or toffee melted in it, almost like a dark chocolate malted ball candy that was dipped in booze. Perfectly hides the alcohol and slides down too easy with very minor heat. Excellent again.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 2,834 ratings.