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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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8,110 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,110
Reviews: 2,352
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,843
Gots: 3,452 | FT: 379
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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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Hoptron_3000, Dec 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

...and on the 7th day, god created Bourbon County Brand Stout

Relatively new to bourbon stouts but this clearly sets the bar to date. Very complex with a multitude of flavors..chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Flavors to be expected in such a beer , but in this case, Goose Island seems to have figured out a balance that works out ideally. Moderately rich but not overly intense. Strong bourbon taste evident but well balanced, if not perfectly balanced, with other flavors. This beer can be sipped over a LONG period of time, and rightly so with its bold alcohol content. The flavors seem to linger on the palate longer than other beers in this category.

Subtle post sip heat from bourbon, but again, not too intense to distract from the flavor extravaganza. Moderately heavy/ full bodied. One would be very hard pressed to state that this beer is missing anything or should be changed in any way.

For the alcohol content, total package of complexity, and its scarcity, a 4 pack at $20-$25 should be considered a fair price if not a bargain. It has the ideal characteristics to leave one yearning for a literal bottomless glass. Standing ovation, with request for encore. WELL DONE!

Maximot, Dec 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

inspektor, Dec 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Vondiggity, Dec 19, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle served at 55 degrees.

A: Motor oil, lightly carbonated. Interesting surface tension like crude oil.

S: Raisins, bourbon, molasses, alcohol.

T: Tobacco, bourbon, and brown sugar. Noticeable alcohol. A bit of chocolate later.

M: Chewy oil. Coats the throat on the way down.

O: Exceptional, though a bit hot/raw at this time. I believe this will improve with a bit of cellar time. I will try my next bottle in 6 months to a year.

Baron_of_Suds, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

StompingClover, Dec 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

mrk829, Dec 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

dextermcgurk, Dec 18, 2013
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4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- pitch black with a caramel colored head. Very little lacing down the glass. Color is definitely characteristic of the style.

S- smells of sweet sugar and coffee.hints of chocolate and a touch of bourbon.

T- tastes of sweet coffee, hints of bitter chocolate, and warm bourbon flavor. Subtle afterthoughts of bourbon that linger on...delicious!

M- one of the greatest mouthfeels that I have ever had to opportunity of placing upon my pallate. Nicely done.

O- one of the greatest bourbon stouts of its time. Very well balanced and wen better maintained...very impressive.

Budinetz, Dec 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Agentveba, Dec 17, 2013
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,110 ratings.