Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.74/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Lovely dark motor oil black brew. Thin but present dark brown head, quickly fading to an oily sheen. Absolutely lovely looking beer.
The bourbon smell is tart and overpowering at first. Cocoa and coffee come through afterwards, as well as vanilla bean (in order of strength). Wheat and malts. Just a hint of sharp tartness, not unlike grapes, but much more subdued than in other stouts.
Taste is much smoother than the aroma. Creamy and milky, with more individual tastes than I can figure out from a single taste. Sweet and grainy bourbon, but so much more subdued than in a lesser barrel-aged beer; creamy chocolate; vanilla bean and oak; barely noticeable hop bite.
The bourbon comes in on the initial flavor, and comes in again on the back end, wonderfully book-ending perfectly smooth chocolate malts.
Thickest, fullest mouthfeel I think I've ever had. Absolutely chewy. Very warm; there's no avoiding the fact that this beer clocks in at 14.2%, but it's done phenomenally well. Tiny sting from carbonation; it lends a very necessary balance to what is otherwise a silkily smooth and creamy dessert.
I honestly did not expect to be this impressed, because I don't like bourbon. Its influence is undeniable, but instead of overpowering the stout flavors, it really does complement them perfectly.
This is the only beer to enjoy over an evening, and to be enjoyed slowly and lovingly. I can't believe how well-made it is; it may not be my favorite stout right now, but it is the best.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 22:41:51 | More by Roguer
5/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This was a 12oz 2013 bottle that I drank just 2 days after its release on Black Friday. I drank it from a snifter at around 56°F within one hour. ABV is 14.9%
A - After popping the cap and hearing that slight fizz, a thin body with deep black color poured out. They say "motor-oil" thick, but this beer has a motor-oil color. Super dark and not a fraction of light shines through it. Zero head even after a vigorous pour, and what almost looked like a forming head, quickly dissipated. A thin line of brown bubbles lines the glass around where the beer's surface sits.
S - As soon as you crack this bad boy, subtle sweet bourbon notes float around you. Even at a distance of 2 feet I still get wafts of that sugary booze. The scent is intensely sweet (in case you haven't picked up on that yet) with other notes of burnt malts, nutty chocolate, coffee, and of course bourbon.
T - Tasty cocoa nibs melted over a coffee-and-bourbon-infused, roasted almond with a sugary vanilla glaze would accurately describe the taste. Not sure if anyone has ever made such a thing, but this is it in liquid form... and it's damn delicious!
M - For a beer that's packing nearly 15% ABV, the way GI disguises the alcohol burn is beyond me. Very impressive. There's still a small amount of heat after a swallow, but none like any other >15% beer I've had. Moving onto carbonation... there isn't much, but that's expected from an imperial stout like this.
O - What a wonderful beer. I truly think that BCBS is the definition of bourbon barrel aged stouts. Not too sweet, hot, or thick. Goose Island prints on its label that it can age over 5 years in the bottle. I don't doubt that, and I'm excited to see how my other 7 bottles will develop over time. If you're on edge about trying one, I suggest you buy/trade for one now. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 07:08:09 | More by oN3xM
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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