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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

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8,322 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,322
Reviews: 2,363
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 1,908
Gots: 3,544 | FT: 374
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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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

LGB362, Jan 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

osant37, Jan 04, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark black color with a hint of red around the edges. Very little head, even with a vigorous pour.

Smell - bourbon... and more bourbon

Taste - bourbon, but also a bit smokey with hints of chocolate. This year was not as good as last year as I remember it. The bourbon is almost overpowering, but at almost 15% ABV that is to be expected I guess.

Mouthfeel - lighter in body than I expected, but that was interesting, as it was still quite rich in flavor (mostly bourbon though).

Overall - There are two drinks that I enjoy, bourbon and beer. So this beer, despite arguably being over bourboned, was still quite good to me. I think that there are better examples of a bourbon stout right here in Chicago at Revolution Brewery, but they are better because of the lower ABV which allows you to pick up the other flavors a bit more, and experience the best of what this style has to offer.

barryjr8883, Jan 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Alron, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Basshooker, Jan 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

BltByKrmn, Jan 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Brob245, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of beergoot
4.36/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coal-black body with a thin yet lasting tan head. Deep, rich roasted grain scent infused with noticeable bourbon undertone and touches of fudge and milk chocolate. Sweet and boozy are the first taste impressions; loads of chocolate and cocoa. Heavy bodied; velvety and smooth on the palate.

Everything comes across top-notch with this heavy-hitting stout with the relatively minor quibble about a thin head. But, I'm not into beer primarily for its looks, but its flavor, and this monster in incredible! It's a black mystery at first look and then the first (and subsequent) sips reveal all the underlying depth and complexity of robust dark malts, a well-balanced big booze presence that does not overwhelm things, the whole thing being deep and complex yet easily satisfying.

beergoot, Jan 03, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BCBS pours like almost a syrup. Nice thick looking beer although very little head. The smell is unreal, delicious with a hint of alcohol, probably due to high alcohol content. Just as tasty as it smells but you can certainly notice the alcohol, but at 14% it gains bonus points overall. Great beer and actually not a bad value due to high alcohol content. Will definitely treat myself again in the future.

JamieDuncan, Jan 03, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the few heavier stouts that I could constantly keep on chuggin if it weren't for a little sickness/alcohol poisining. Never got my hands on it before and lo and behold it's on tap one time only at local pub so had to have it. Poured a black body with decent sized head that died slow with minimal lace patches. Smell is a cross between old indian cherry bourbon (actually whiskey) and vanilla, oak, roasted malts, chocolate. For such a boozy and heavy beer I find that this beer has an incredible smoothness and is so easy to drink. I get bourbon, booze, woodiness, chocolate, some roasted graininess, vanilla, even some dark fruits like black cherry or figs (minimal, mind you). I didn't really get any ABV burn but it didn't take me too long to sip on this (never really warmed). A definite must try.

clayrock81, Jan 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

outlaw1323, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

rodemey2, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

SUP3RDAV3, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

ccronin, Jan 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

dominic4beer, Jan 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

OleDixie, Jan 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

CDCNAM, Jan 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a tiny brown colored head. The head fades almost instantly leaving a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass. Upon swirling the brew in the glass, its thickness could be seen, with fingers of the beer clinging to the sides of the glass and slowly receding to the bottom of the glass to its resting place.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of sweet smells with caramel, molasses, dark fruits of raisin, plum and cherry, as well as a little bit of vanilla all there. Along with these smells are lots of darker aromas of chocolate and roasted malt smells as well as some other lighter aromas of coffee. Rounding out all these smells, and as the name would suggest, a huge bourbon smell as well as a nice woody aroma mix with the rest of the smells, producing a delicious, very dark, sweet and warming aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor along with sweeter flavors of molasses and darker fruits of raisin and prune. Right from the start, there is also a big bourbon flavor. The bourbon flavor is big and smooth tasting with lots of oaky and woody flavors mixed within. The bourbon gets even richer as the taste advances, bringing with it just a hint of bitterness as more woodsy flavors and a bit of coffee come to the tongue. Along with these increases in the boozy tastes, other sweeter flavors of vanilla and a bit of chocolate come to the tongue more toward the end complementing the other flavors nicely. In the end, with all the nice roasted, sweet, and bourbon flavors of the brew, a very pleasant and still very smooth, yet somehow very warming taste is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick and creamy body are most fantastic for the darker and heavy boozy and sweet flavors of the brew, with the lower carbonation only enhancing these flavors even more. With the lower carbonation and super thick body, all the fantastic flavors really get to sit and coat the mouth allowing the taste buds to be bathed in all the delicious flavors and soothing the mouth with a fantastic feel.

Overall –This is a super flavorful, yet massively smooth and balanced stout with an amazing blend of bourbon, sweet, and roast flavor. A sipping stout like no other, and up at the top of my list. Oh so delicious and enjoyable.

Darkmagus82, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

TypsiYpsi, Jan 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,322 ratings.