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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 2,577
Hads: 10,549
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 5.16%
Wants: 2,487
Gots: 5,684 | FT: 609
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003

60 IBU
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Photo of 1fastz28
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours as black as wesley snipes, its just pure black, harldy any head, while pouring it looked like a thick molasses coming out of the bottle. smell is surpringly bland, it smells chocolately and malty, as to be expected. taste gives me goosebumps. no pun intended, its a strong concoction has a winey sweetness to it at first with a more pungent bitterness aftertaste. has a very thick mouthfeel to it, it taste like a DARK chocolate, the bitterness is very similar. i'm afriad this beer isn't for me, its too much for me. i've had some extreme beers, but this one takes the cake, i just dont care for the taste, its like an explosion of flavor, but doesn't have one that should be there, atleast for my taste buds, just an over abundance of flavor. dont take my opinion for too much, but this beer is very extreme.

*edit*

as this beer got warmer and warmer, it got much much much better, the chocolate flavor really started to come out, as did its sweet malty character, i must of originally drank it too cold (1,013 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled poured into a snifter - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a very pitch black color with a brown head that is only a quarter inch high. It shows no sign of head retention. In fact, the head quickly disappears and doesn't leave anything on the glass or on the miniscus.

Smell: Intense. Dark chocolate, graham cracker, biscotti, creme brulee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon and booze. Deep malt overtones. Toasted oak and heavy alcohol.

Taste: Another intense experience. Mostly the same as the aroma. Dark chocolate, heavy vanilla, bourbon liquor. Caramelized sugars, licorice and a lot of boozy alcohol. My favorite part of this beer is the strong graham cracker flavor which makes this beer unique over so many other RIS contenders. It then fades to let the booze take over the finish. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Extremely chewy and pretty thick. Enough sugar to be palatable and enough booze to knock your socks off. Definitely a warming beer from the mouth to the belly. Alcohol is certainly pronounced.

Drinkability: This is a great beer, pure and simple. I cannot think of a better beer to enjoy in the depths of winter than this one. The complexity would be hard to rival. The bourbon flavors are strong and compliment the beer nicely and aren't annoyingly cloying. If the appearance (head,retention,lace) were better this would be near perfection. One would assume that this is hard to accompish with a beer soaked with bourbon. An awesome treat to be savored and cellared, good thing I have 3 more. (1,528 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer as my 300th review.

Poured from a bottle a "none more black" black with a quickly fading mocha head.

Aroma of sweet roasted malts, espresso, chocolate, oak, and of course, bourbon.

The taste is sweet and creamy with chocolate, espresso, creamy vanilla, and warm alcohol all shining through.Finish is surprisingly clean.

Rich, full mouthfeel, chewy, and lightly carbonated.

Wow! This is quite the stout. Drink it slow and enjoy this one. (459 characters)

Photo of jackhig
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12 oz. bottle into a cognac glass.

A- Pitch black even when held directly against the light. Beautiful. Caramel head but it is lost almost immediately.

S- Bourbon is the main smell that comes through here. I can already tell this will be a big beer.

T- Awesome. Chocolate upfront. Bourbon and roasted coffee come through on the aftertaste. Lasts forever in the mouth. Really complex.

M- Little carbonation. extremely viscous.

D- Even though it is delicious, the abv and the gravity will catch up to you. One is about all I can have. (550 characters)

Photo of pheggeseth
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PHawk this one. 2006 vintage poured into my Darkness goblet.

A: pours THICK with virtually no head, no lacing, absolutely opaque. Kind of intimidating.

S: strong red wine, bittersweet chocolate, kind of a smokey vanilla in the back, alcohol is very present

T: charred malt with the warming alcohol immediately flowing over it, ends with a roasted vanilla flavor, kind of a caramel aftertaste that takes the bite out of the bitterness, very strong

M: thick and viscous, heavy, very little carbonation

D: wow, this one is serious, the bourbon aging is obvious, tasty and complex, but strong, would definitely only be having one of these (649 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ebony black with some ruby coloured clarity. No head whatsoever. Little bit of lacing around edge of glass. Nose- powerful stuff- dark chocolate, espresso roast and bourbon heat rises up. Taste- thick oily monster. Beautiful roasted malts with big bourbon flavour. All nicely rounded though. Oak and hops show up in full force on the finish along with a wave of boozy heat. The vanilla also helps smooth out this powerhouse. The scary part is that drinkability is through the roof with this beer. I wish I had more... (523 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RustyDiamond for the chance to knock this want off my list.

Bottled on 7/3/2006 and is listed at 11%, not the 13% here.

Pours jet black, no light being able to penetrate, decent tan head from an aggressive pour, little noticeable lacing.

Smells is quite powerful, strong malt backbone with subtle caramel tones, the real aroma is the smokiness and woodiness of this beer.

Taste is a real kick in the mouth, very creamy from the beginning, starts out chocolaty and malty then has an aftertaste of coffee and heavy smokiness, makes me feel like I've been smoking, strong warming sensation from the alcohol which off puts me a bit. (642 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: This beer pours a viscous and opaque black. No light gets through. A tiny tan head forms, but recedes fast and leaves no lace.
S: The nose is huge. The first thing I pick up on is vanilla and chocolate. Big bourbon and woody/oaky notes come through next. Sweet malt with dark fruits come in towards the end. A very complex and wonderful smelling beer.
T: Follows the nose. All the complexities work together to make one hell of a tastey beer. The bourbon comes through stong, but it does not overpower. A wonderful smokey oak flavor with vanilla, chocolate and dark fruits again. Plenty of warming alcohol as well.
M/D: Extremley rich and creamy. This just feels great in the mouth. There is lots of alcohol and bourbon flavor, so that might detract from the drinkability for some. Though, I love it. A sipping beer through and through.

I shared a bottle with a friend one night. We both loved it. I shared some with other friends, and they hated it. This is very complex that might not be for everyone, but I think it is a great beer. In my opinion, this is superlitive. (1,075 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheBlackMallard for a great trade!

This black bitch pours super super viscous. Looks like used motor oil glug gluging and forming an eddy in the glass. Sickly putrid black. impenetrable when held up to blistering sun. I love it! The nose reeks of bourbon and wood with some alcohol in it as well. Taste is balls out malty with strong bourbon and oak. Roasted toasted oak and vanilla. Some blackness that is unexplainable rises out of this muk. Some sort of caramello or Rolo type of aftertaste while the alcoholic heat travels down the esophagus. Hop bitterness takes a back seat here, this one is all about the black sick disturbed malts. Mouthfeel is super thick and chewy which I love in an impy stout. Drinkability is good, but lacking a bit at the moment as this 2007 vintage is still a bit hot. I think these marks will go up in a year or so. Overall this is a very impressive brew. This is not your neo-hippie's wimpy oatmeal shit, this brew is fierce! An excellent concoction from Goose Island Beer Co. And an excellent trade with TheBlackMallard, thanks again Craig! (1,086 characters)

Photo of JToad
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow.. split a bottle with Fuzzy65 tonight...

Pours a dark pitch black, no light coming through here. Virtually no head, very heavy lacing on the side of the glass.

Smells of Dark Chocolate, bourbon smacks you right away, def. makes you take a step back!!

Very Chocolatey flavor, alchohol, while present, is very unassuming. No burn at all, given the alchohol content and strong bourbon smell it surprised me.

Very viscous, reminds me of a latte, thick milkshake.

All in all, an extreme stout. This is how I like my stouts, thick and heavy. Could not imagine drinking more than one of these. I shared a 12oz bottle, and that was more than enough for one sitting. The alchohol hits you about a half hour later, whew I was feeling it a little bit later!!

I loved it. Very well done GI. (788 characters)

Photo of dnichols
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured the 12 ounce capped bottle into a chalice. It was date stamped October 12, 2007.

A: It poured a thick dark molasseses color with no appreciable head and no lacking.

S: There was a monster chocolate aroma that nearly masked all other odors. there were hints of the dark roasted malts and the sweet smell of bourbon.

T: It was like having a huge slice of German Chocolate cake. Sweet mike and bitter baker's chocolate were dominate flavors. However, hints of bourbon and dark ripe prunes were present. The alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was medium to full-bodied, creamy and smooth, nice clean and warm finish. No lingering aftertaste. Light to no carbonation.

D: I wish I had serval of these to celler. The bottle sampled was young and would improve with aging. However, this brew was ready to drink. It was balanced but lacked the strong coffee presence I expected. The bourbon nicely complemented the chocolate. (930 characters)

Photo of esch
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Perfectly black. Held a flashlight up to the glass and no light came through. I'd give it a five, but I was unable to coax a head out of it. There's a thin line of tan bubbles around the edge of the glass. Swirl the beer around the glass a bit and it leaves a yellow residue, like looking through a smoke stained window.

S: Oak and Bourbon, what else do you expect? Alcohol snaps through, finishes with a malty sweetness. At 60IBUs, I expected some hop aroma, but there's little to be found.

T: There is so much going on here. How amazing. Starts with plenty of sweetness...then an explosion of flavors. Roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smoke. Yum! Yum! Yum! Grainy/malty flavors are met in the finish with medium hop bitterness. Noticeable but balanaced alcohol underscores this all.

M: Viscous. Heavy on the palate. Low carbonation.

D: Bourbon County Stout might be the best beer I've had so far. I keep telling myself to sit back and savor this but the massive flavors make me keep sipping. (1,014 characters)

Photo of theformula
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #44 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/13. HUGE thanks to ScoobyDank for the extra. That's right, extra!

A: Pours a body that's pitch black into a tulip glass. w/ a 2 finger espresso crema colored head. Opaque body; head lacks retention as expected, not much lacing.

S: Outstanding. This oak-aged RIS has the most pronounced bourbon character of any I've had by FAR. Awesome vanilla & charred oak along w/ the toffee-bourbon note. Alcohol is present but well integrated into the bourbon laced body. Dark chocolate & molasses malts give it a solid background. Great balance but the bourbon really stand out in this one.

M: Med. -full body, low carbonation. Extremely silky smooth, a bit oily. Nice.

T: The malts are very rich w/ an ample sweetness of molasses & toffee w/ dark chocolate becoming stronger as it warms. Vague fruits as well (plum, prune?) & black licorice. Then comes the charred oak & bourbon w/ vanilla, and the boozy bourbon hits the back of the throat w/ a nice, sharp punch. Warming. Finishes a bit smokey w/ wood.

D: An incredibly tasty barrel-aged RIS, this really is world class. It makes a great nightcap & the 13% ABV sneaks up on you but it's well hidden. Big, sweet & full of awesome oak & bourbon. I'd take this over a single malt scotch any day. Be careful though, and if you don't like smoke & bourbon, don't drink this one. Leave it for me. (1,388 characters)

Photo of Avryle
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. A fascinatingly unique brew. Intense in flavor and appearance. Worth the $9-12/bottle that I've paid to have the pleasure of experiencing a masterpiece of brewing genius.

A- Pours a viscous black with a thick mocha head. Head retention impressive despite its airy appearance.

S- Bourbon is prevalent with undertones of The ubiquitous "dark fruit", molasses, chocolate and vanilla. High boozy aroma, but in this case is it desirable and is to be expected of a brew that's A. 13% and B. Has the word, "Bourbon" in its name.

T- Again, bourbon is prevalent with all the favors recognized in the aroma coming forth- chocolate, molasses, vanilla, dates. Its complex, yet well balanced.

M- Viscous. This is one heavy brew. It has a syrupy quality that coats the mouth and throat going down.

D- Haha! Even splitting a 12oz bottle, this one took a while. Both the body and the intensity of flavor don't allow for easy drinking. This one's a sipper that's intended to be savored. (980 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Vintage 2006
Bottled on July 3, 2006
Acquired in a trade with nathan15

Poured a viscous, near pitch black with a barely there, flimsy film of coffee colored lace.

The aroma was exceptionally potent. Boozy, bourbon-like and oaky with ridiculous amounts of malts, brown sugar and vanilla notes. The bourbon was really over the top in this brew (in a good way). Dark chocolate was noticeable as well.

The taste was deep and dark and far more roasty than the nose. Rich, smooth, oaky and somewhat smoky. Charred oak, dark roasted coffee and bakers chocolate came through strong. Raisins and stone fruiits were also apparent. Slightly acrid with mild oxidative notes. Subtle minty hops appeared mid-palate and carried into the somewhat dry and woody finish. The aftertaste was moderately roasty and slightly sweet. As the beer warmed, the boozy alcohol really made its presence known, turning hot on the swallow.

Mouthfeel was extremely heavy and viscous. Slick, chewy and thick to the extreme.

As for drinkability, this beer was surprisingly quaffable for such an extreme, high alcohol brew.

Truly an experience in a bottle. (1,157 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pitch black, even when thinned it's still opaque. A quater-inch of head appears for a moment and then disappears.

Smell - Over-the-top bourbon with traces of dark fruit, molasses and chocolate. Alcohol is plainly noticeable but entirely appropriate and even enjoyable.

Taste - Bourbon makes itself known immediately, though it's nicely blended with flavors of vanilla, raisins, dark chocolate and molasses. Intensely rich and flavorful. Bourbon lingers on in the finish, with a hot, warming quality in the swallow.

Mouthfeel - Thick, syrupy and coating. Moderate carbonation; more than I was expecting from a barrel-aged beer.

Notes - Exceptional stuff; one of the better bourbon barrel beers I've had. (719 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having seen this lingering around the excellent local Piccadilly for some time, I finally caved and picked up one of these in a mixed sixer. Foolish me, since I'll have to head back and grab some more of this positively incredible, unique, sturdy imperial stout.

A smattering of dark mocha-cherry head tops this blacker than black body. I had thought that Gonzo Imperial Porter and Yeti may be the blackest beers I'd had in some time. Bourbon County might top those, which is really saying something. The smell is so amazing it's difficult to describe the depth and complexity. There's no mistaking the bourbon, and the idea to soak this gem of a stout in bourbon barrels was nothing short of genius. Bourbon permeates this beauty from start to finish, yet there so much more--chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee--it's truly amazing.

Same goes with the flavor. Clearly, bourbon is preeminent, which might weigh too heavily for people sheepish about bourbon, and thankfully I am not one of those people. However, the deep complexity of this presents enough for any beer lover to ponder. Chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, caramel all noticeable and extremely delicious. The malts in this are phenomenal.

Equally so, the texture is ridiculously rich. Though not heavily carbonated, the flavors interact ingeniously with each other in a beer that doesn't flatten. Though the ABV is very high (11%), this is an easy sipper and one you'd like to follow with another. Every delectable sip is a dip into one of the best beers around, bar none.

A masterpiece. (1,550 characters)

Photo of goschool
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage

Appearance: The pour is black as crude. One of the darkest colored heads I've ever seen pops up for a brief instance, before rescinding to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The nose is loaded with roasted barley, dark chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon.

Taste: The flavor profile is explosive. Dark chocolate, bourbon, toffee, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and molasses leads into a burst of coconut, blackberry, anise, and semi-sweet chocolate, with espresso and another shot of bourbon at the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's super thick and oily with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a lovely huge, complex stout and it's best suited for sipping over a long period of time. (727 characters)

Photo of dkoehler42
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer does not lie when it tells you "One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer." My initial taste was of shock and distaste. However, the aftertaste is smooth and very nice. It pours a very dark color, which allows for no light to pass through. There is little to no head, and I potent smell, indicating this is not going to be a light beer. The initial taste is overpowering, and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. It has a nice smooth mouthfeel to it though, and the aftertaste is nice and sweet. I might put one of these away and let it age longer, as it's only a 2007 batch. (604 characters)

Photo of Vixie
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm writing this review after having sampled the second bottle of this, the first I had was a bit warmer, it hadn't had time to fully chill, the second is fully chilled. The big difference in the temp seems to affect the head, the warmer beer poured with a creamy head that didn't last long, the colder one had nearly no head, with just some light bubbling on it. The color was nearly pitch black, as dark as I've ever seen from any beer.

The smell of this is very powerful, I was telling people at work you know you have a good beer when the smell gives you a buzz! It's fairly complex, with a lot of vanilla noticeable, plus sweetness from the malt, I'd say a touch of caramel with almost a bit of apple thrown in. The alcohol is noticeable as well.

The taste starts a bit sweet, with definite chocolate and coffee notes. It has a bite to it, I'm guessing that is due to the bourbon aging, I am not familiar with the taste of bourbon, so can't quite place it, but that is most likely what it is. I didn't notice the smoky flavor at first, but it became more pronounced as I drank more. Also vanilla is fairly prominent.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice and thick to let you know this is a serious beer. It has a nice warm feeling going down, with a nice blending of flavors.

Overall this is one of the more unique beers I've tried, nothing I've had before really reminds me of it. Very much a reward beer, don't waste this for day to day drinking, enjoy it when you want to treat yourself. It's a bit too strong to have more than one or two at a time, but you'll enjoy the time spent with this one.

2007 bottle (1,615 characters)

Photo of cokes
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 release. A little over a year in the cellar.

I loved this thing from the get-go. It pours like a malfunctioning printer spewing ink. Jet black. The type of shit you don't want to get on your clothes....at least your nice stuff. The head is more a slumped shoulder of dark tan, as there is no chance for it to gather the vigor to rise very far above the molten body.
Now is where it truly gets special. A literal stampede up the nose. Coffee, fudge, Bourbon (the good stuff too, and high proof, like Wild Turkey Rare Breed, or George T. Stagg), after those three mainstays, its a kaleidoscopic array of fallout from berries (rasp- and blue-, and black-), black cherries, soy sauce, salt, barbecued beef fat, plum, and Pinot Noir.
It marinades the mouth with a briny coffee fudge Bourbon bombshell. It's like espresso mixed with soy sauce, tootsie rolls, barrel-proof Bourbon, prune juice, whole cherries, oak-barreled red wine, leather, and dried pine puree. And those are not suggestions, each one shows up exponentially on any given sip. Give it concentration, and it will morph into any of them and back again.
And that doesn't even touch on it's subtleties, which are too numerous to note, but burnt coconut, over-proof rum (a la boozy dark sugar), bbq beef, hot peppers, hazelnuts, cigar ash, and tar are all featured in bit roles. And yet the surface has merely been superficially scratched.
It's a thick, mouth-brutalizing, basically uncarbonated sludge. It's the closest American example to something like the polarizing Le Coq. Love it or hate it, it's thick, intense, and uncompromising. I happen to love it. It's drinkable only in that a glass will joyfully last the better part of an evening. And another glass will make the next evening every bit as enjoyable.
Haters will say that this is more marinade than beer. I'll say that they are right on, and I'd love to baste my head in this stuff as frequently as possible.
This scores as an experience. Buy a case, even at $5 a bottle, and it will last you indefinitely, as long as you want, or at least as long as you can ration out your hedonism.
As a stout, as a barrel-aged beer, or as something to remember and savor those special occasions with, this is tops, and without a close peer.
It is in every way phenominal. (2,291 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 10/11/07. Label indicates 13% abv.

Pours completely black with a small dark brown head made of ultra fine bubbles that slowly rises then fades to but a spotting.

Big malty sweet smells waft in my face, chocolaty with a bit of roastiness, vanilla and definitely some bourbon notes.

This is a big beer and it tastes like it! Big chewy mouthfeel, dark caramalt and roasted barley flavors balanced by substantial hop impression that finishes with a hot bit of bourbon oakiness.

Overall, a nice Impy Stout that could easily stand some age, but is ready to sip and contemplate now. (595 characters)

Photo of budgood1
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage.

pours out a motor oil black colour with ruby hues...a thin deep tan head appears and reduces quickly to slight wisps of lace. boozy bourbon aroma dominates, with plentiful dark, ripened fruits to compliment. chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee, smoke, all are intermingled in the nose as well. a tremendous smelling beer! the taste is an amazing balance between bittersweet chocolate, toffee, jim beam, coffee, vanilla cappuccino, nuts, fruits, leather, tobacco...i could go on and on. the 13% ABV is pretty apparent as an extreme warming sensation in the belly, and adds a nice boozy spice on top of the whiskey characteristics. there is a good dose of hops that hold there own against the bold brashness of intricate nuances. it's an amazingly complex beer with a tremendous balance of flavours, if i already didn't mention it. the body is aptly full figured..with a silky smooth mouthfeel. finishes with a boozy badness and a bitter hop bombast. sippability is perfect, and if i smoked cigars, this would be the beer i would pair a good one with.

it's been a long time since i've been floored by a beer that i deem fantastic. this one is about perfect in all aspects, especially for such a heavy hitter. this is a stout that deserves a big "hell yeah"!

well worth the premium price and highly recommended. (1,326 characters)

Photo of Atron67
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a dead black and even with a decent pour there was barely any foam build up and it faded pretty quick as well, not unexpected for a heavy ale.

S- no kidding on the bourbon smells, really delicious scents of chocolate, bourbon and malts.

T- rich maltiness throughout, turns into a strong bourbon flavor that then slowly fades into a really chocolately malty finish with a solid bitterness with it as well. spectacular throughout

M- thick as hell, light carbonation, lingers on the tongue for ever which is great for the style

D- not necessarily gonna drink a ton in one sitting, but i would wanna drink these alot (626 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle procured from NYC Whole Foods on Bowery, poured into a Stone OG tulip glass, 2007 edition bottled 1/20/07, currently #27 on the BA overall rankings

Appearance is pitch black hue with tinges of brown on the periphery, head is minimal, a mere thin ring of brown bubbles, moderate lacing

Smell is amazing, big notes of molasses, dark fruits, bourbon alcohol, and woody oak, some dark bitter chocolate and coffee tones, vanilla and roasty malts as well

Taste is also quite spectacular initially characterized by bittersweet chocolate malts, whisky, and dark fruits, transitions slowly to coffee and roast malts, vanilla, and a touch of earthy hops, finishes syrupy sweet with alcohol warming

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick viscous texture coats the mouth like motor oil, carbonation is ample

Drinkability is moderate at 11%, you can definitely feel the alcohol but it is not overwhelming, great mix of malts, dark fruits, hops, the bourbon barrel accents are a great accent that does not hijack the flavor profile, this is deserving of high ratings and I would love to try try again after a few years of cellaring, yum! (1,133 characters)

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 2,577 ratings.