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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,702 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,702
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,703
Gots: 3,284 | FT: 356
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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petepiroc

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-02-2013 00:21:32 | More by petepiroc
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

shame on me for even rating this beer. I am a beer freak but ABV above 9 is just too sweet for my taste.

This beer was so hyped that I just had to have it but I should known better than to go for these high ABVs.

you would think I would learn my lesson but no.

this is a really good beer for those who like the sweetness. other who have rated it have commented about the high bourbon flavor but I just didn't taste it

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 23:28:26 | More by Segelstrom
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jaycar06

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-01-2013 23:11:21 | More by jaycar06
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p0tt3r

Maryland

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-01-2013 23:06:30 | More by p0tt3r
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instinct2

Indiana

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-01-2013 22:26:35 | More by instinct2
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Previous review of 2008 Reserve on 3/07/2011: (4.66)

Not following regular format here.

This is a very near perfect beer. Age has done wonders for this beer. Tons on vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, hints of chocolate and cake batter mellowed and blended perfectly together.

What can I say that already hasn't been said? When it comes to complexity in any beer I've ever had, I don't think there's ever been more.

The only downfall I can find is that it's a little sugary towards the end but at 13% it's expected. This is the only reason why this doesn't get 5's across the board excluding drinkability. Not sure any variation of BCS deserves a 5 in drinkability. Sipper for sure.

I'm SO happy after having this one that the RARE is the same year. I won't touch that one and only RARE I'm cellaring for at least another year.

SUBLIME!!!

2013 Re-Review:

Again, not following regular format here.

This displays everything flawlessly about what Bourbon Barrels lend to Beer. Obviously Stouts in general, but this for me is the perfect Bourbon barrel Aged beer.

Fudge cake pastry Chocolate soaked in Bourbon with some mild dark fruits and heat in the finish. Vanilla Oak and sticky, yet smooth. That sticky Barrel just lingers on the palate for days! Keep smacking my lips minutes after each sip, and Loving it.

Mouthfeel thick and sticky, yet Pure Satin Velvet and smooth.

This beer is fresh. Bottled in November 2013 and I'm finding this hard that much age will improved upon this specimen. When I had a 2008 bottle back in 2011, it was basically the same beer I'm tasting now from memory, only more sweet and sugary. If that is what age will do to this, I say drink this fresh! I can find no flaws. The epitome for the style IMHO.

The only other perfect 5 Beer I've given besides PtE after 4 & 1/2 years on this site.

ISO the base beer! Any takers?

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:12:38 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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sblank

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-01-2013 20:57:36 | More by sblank
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-01-2013 20:44:57 | More by garuda
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sicandy63

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-01-2013 20:40:12 | More by sicandy63
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chrisleetodd

Ohio

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-01-2013 20:20:13 | More by chrisleetodd
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quetzal013

California

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-01-2013 20:15:02 | More by quetzal013
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logan0203

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-01-2013 19:42:48 | More by logan0203
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-01-2013 19:11:27 | More by MRsojourner
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sloelco

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-01-2013 18:49:16 | More by sloelco
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STEELERFAN2390

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pitch black ...smooth and silky. This thing crackled like rice crispys when aggressively poured.
S- smokey , candied sugars , dark fruits , vanilla, bourbon , possibly some coffee , caramel , licorice .. really nice.
T- the booze flavors in this is not really my thing but its well made. I can taste a lot of bourbon ,that caramel vanilla-ish flavor bourbon gives, slight coconut and coffee.
M- fairly easy to drink and very silky on the tongue.
O- I am glad it tried this awesome unique stout ,but I prefer others more.


Purchased at total wine in Naples , Fl for 17.99 a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 18:38:19 | More by STEELERFAN2390
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ChrisMyhre

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a stemmed tulip from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: Dark Black with just a little brown around the edges. Small bubbles in light mocha colored head, no lacing and little head retention.

s: Not as alcohol/ bourbon forward as expected, very complex with toffee, smoke, oak and vanilla.

t: Much more Bourbon forward, very similar to the smell except some added booziness; toffee, smoke, oak and vanilla.

m: Smooth but thick, not super creamy though. Low carbonation but very full bodied.

o: Amazing, a world class beer that definitely still stands up to it's rating. If you really want to pick nits, it doesn't have great head retention and is a little light on carbonation. Awesome bourbon barreled stout and no discernible drop in quality with the increased quantity and distribution.

Bottled August 2013.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 18:32:44 | More by ChrisMyhre
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Danny1217

Florida

4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 - 14.2% ABV

Pours black. Pitch black with a bit of brown foam if poured hard enough. The head quickly fizzles out, but what can you expect from such a high ABV beer?
Huge aroma of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, a touch of smoke, dark rich sugars, licorice, and dark fruits. Intense and complex, the huge roasted malts and oak character manage to hide the alcohol quite well in the aroma.
Taste follows similarly. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits. Very sweet. A slight burn on the end from being a young beer with a high abv. Incredibly thick and rich, low carbonation.

One huge stout. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 18:00:57 | More by Danny1217
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gashmoney

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-01-2013 17:17:25 | More by gashmoney
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Evarigan

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-01-2013 16:37:25 | More by Evarigan
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jme015

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-01-2013 16:17:57 | More by jme015
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-01-2013 16:01:11 | More by jfstilling
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darcange

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-01-2013 15:24:02 | More by darcange
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-01-2013 15:03:17 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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Bjorn2bWild

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-01-2013 14:55:09 | More by Bjorn2bWild
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Samuel906

California

4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Starting with appearance... this is the epitome of what a stout should look like. Pours absolute, sheer black, thick and like crude oil with a thin brown head. Zero light comes through even with a 600 Lumen flashlight on the other side of the glass. BLACK. At the very edges, it has a golden hue as opposed to the more common black with a reddish hue. Good lookin beer. Smell is well... bourbon... And lots of it. Bourbon, mild coffee, chocolate and coconut. Like a Mounds Bar... soaked in bourbon. The taste is simply incredible: robust but smooth bourbon comes first with the oak and vanilla you would expect. Bright notes of roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla and chocolate linger well after you finish your sip. The booze is very apparent, but not undesirable. This is a warmer; you feel it in your gut! Feel is heavy, thick but silky smooth. Almost zero carbonation. Coats your mouth and everything else on the way down leaving a boozey warmth wherever it touches. Fantastic beer overall; tons of good flavors, a perfect dessert or sipping beer, and it's affordable to boot. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 09:08:09 | More by Samuel906
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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