Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -17.5%
A: pitch black, like a glass of crude oil; no head; no lacing
S: a sweet oatmeal bourbon cookie
T: sweet, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, astringent chocolate aftertaste
M: numbing, thick, dry
O: As good a job as it does masking the super high abv, there's still an off-putting astringent aftertaste, and while I appreciate many of the flavors and sensations, it isn't satisfying to drink, although if you're a fan of a bourbon stout this must be perfection.
12oz / Pint Glass
12-12-2013 05:05:28 | More by RandomExile
4/5 rDev -12.7%
The beer pours a midnight black, like motor oil. The beer appears thick and viscous, and forms a very small head of dark, oak-colored bubbles that quickly fizzle away to just a scrim. In body, the beer is opaque and impenetrable to the eye, though presumably free of particles. When swirled against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves a lovely set of legs. On the nose, this beer is boozy with dark chocolate, a touch of dark roast coffee, oak, vanilla, and chocolate covered raisins running across the nostrils. Soft toasted coconut and a touch of pralines and toffee also make it into the rich nose of this beer, but at its base, this beer is all about the boozy bourbon character which comes through beautifully. I’m getting the sense of a boozy, chocolate covered pretzel for some reason… On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy hot, and sweet with a drying boozy finish. The heat begins a little too hot but is smoothed out by the chocolate sweetness, while mild tannins dance at the finish alongside a roast bitterness, and just a hint of hop bitters as well before the booze makes one last hurrah. In flavor, the beer begins briefly as hot fusel alcohol, morphing into rich and boozy bourbon it develops flavors of vanilla and oak and then the stout comes through giving dark chocolate, raisins, molasses, and then chocolate milk flavors. The finish is hot with alcohol while mild tannic wood presses through alongside slight charred smoke, the finish eventually unfolds further stout characteristics, but only after the heat has moved down the gullet. A touch of char comes through in the aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer feels perfect for the style. It is richly full in body, like milk or even heavy cream, with a soft carbonation that is nearly nonexistent. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and silky with a thick chewiness that completes the beer. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left tingly with alcoholic burn, yet dry with only hints of salivation at the sides of the mouth. Overall, this is BCBS, a classic of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Stouts, and it is a great beer. I personally would sit on my bottle for a little while longer as the heat is a little too hot for me right now. The beer is rich in everything you want from a barrel aged stout, though, and is a damn fine beer. This is a whale worth hunting down.
12-11-2013 19:38:21 | More by Maxwell
4.75/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured down the middle of a Bruery tulip glass filling it with blackness and a small brown head. A ring of head holds steady for quite some time.
The smell is overpowering. I opened it outside and could smell it from a couple feet away. Big barrel character flexes its muscle with toasted coconut and vanilla. Chocolate, a little bourbon heat, and some small amount of coffee/roast comes out. A fairly bright cherry note as the beer warmed up.
This is delectable. More bourbon flavor and heat is coming through on the palate. Lots of barrel delivering vanilla and coconut. Big sweet chocolate, dark fruit, cherry, and coffee.
The body is thick and silky smooth with light carbonation. Sticky sweet on the lips.
Mind = blown on this one.
12-11-2013 04:59:18 | More by MattSweatshirt
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,980 ratings.