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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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8,334 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,334
Reviews: 2,364
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 1,914
Gots: 3,546 | FT: 373
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%
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.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, must say before trying this one I was sure it was all a bunch of hype, I mean come on Goose Island is a decent brewery, but no Founders! I have been won over, Bourbon County Stout lives up to the hype and more, simply put...amazing! Pricey? Yes, but one of the few pricey beers that is totally worth it! Next time you have a few extra bucks burning a hole in your pocket, take the plunge if you can get your hands on this bad boy. You won't regret it!

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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