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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 2,577
Hads: 10,545
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 5.16%
Wants: 2,485
Gots: 5,685 | FT: 607
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003

60 IBU
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Photo of tmitch75
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a single bottle at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago.

Pours thick and dark - like motor oil - with head the color of a chocolate milkshake. Head is thin, though, and disappears fast.

Smells like a bottle of Jim Beam, even before it's poured. There is some vanilla and wood in there, but mostly just bourbon. Very strong smell.

Tastes like bourbon too with vanilla and smoky woody notes. Tastes like it smells.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Almost chewy. Very thick.

This beer really is one-of-a-kind. I'm not much of a bourbon guy, so I won't be seeking it out again, but I can definitely respect this beer and I am quite glad I got the chance to try it. (667 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage.

This one pours out a thick, black liquid. Absolutely no light penetrating this bad boy. There is a thin head that is light brown in color.

The aroma was an extremely nice blending of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and dark (almost burnt) roasted malts. Very "warm and inviting" smelling...if that makes sense.

The taste is simply outstanding. Perfect bitterness to complement the coffee, bourbon, and dark chocolate flavors. So smooth...the time in the cellar has done this beer well, very well. There is a hint of vanilla and caramel in here, too. Simply delicious.

This one is very full bodied. Thick, smooth, and extremely enjoyable at this point in time. I am looking forward to seeing how my remaining bottles continue to age...that is if I can leave them in the cellar and not drink them. (809 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 12oz bottle.

A: Possibly the blackest beer I have ever seen. Some tan mocha head.

S: Bourbon. Then stout. The alcohol smell from the bourbon dominates. There is a slight hint of roast in the background.

T:Bourbon up front. Almost feels like bourbon. The taste after that are incredible. Brown sugar comes first. Then a subtle malt sweetness. This is then followed by a rush of espresso then coffee bringing some bitterness. After that it goes into super dark chocolate. This is the best and most unexpected aftertaste in a beer ever.

M: Super thick. It felt like it was coating my soul.

D:Definitely a sipper. The first few sips you feel like you are enjoying a glass of bourbon. Really weird. It actually became more drinkable as it warmed up. This is an amazing beer. (782 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006. Chalice. Pours black as a starless night. Thin dark carmel head. Less carbonation with aging. Bourbon tone is clearly apparent and is accentuated by the high ABV. Also coming through are notes of charred oak, dark chocolate, molasses, and a hint of raisin. Smell is equally complex...it alone draws you in. A truly amazing beer...the only drawback being it's lack of sessionability. My favorite winter beer to sip and contemplate as the snow is falling.

2/4/10 update:
Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. 2006 vintage.
A: Pours super dark black--no light comes through with backlighting. Essentially no head. Quiet and strong...almost intimidating in appearance.
S: Sweet bourbon, charred oak, molasses, and dark dried fruit (especially raisin).
T: Mirrors aroma perfectly with the addition of the alcohol bite. Despite the ABV, the alcohol doesn't dominate here but instead is balanced well with the rest of the brew. Dark chocolate and vanilla come through with warming.
M: Heavy, smooth, and slightly oily. Mild alcohol burn. Taste lingers nicely, slowly fading. Sticky sweet. Wonderful.
D: A nearly perfect beer in my estimation...kudos to Goose Island! My only knock is that I just simply can't give this one--with an ABV of 13%--a 5 on drinkability. In comparison with the original review, I must say this has lost a half step with aging. If you have any 2005 or 2006 left at this point, drink them up!

12/29/14: 2006 vintage into snifter.
A: Pours thick and black as motor oil. No head; no carbonation. (4)
S: Boozy bourbon, dark sweet chocolate, dark tobacco, leather, and a hint of brown sugar and cream. Still potent here. (4.5)
T: Several off flavors here...definitely past peak (3).
M: Smooth and viscous. Moderately heavy body. Darkly sweet. (4)
D: Some aspects still going strong...especially the aroma. But overall this one is over the hill. (3.5)

1/12/15: 2007 vintage into snifter.
A: Pours thick and black as motoroil. No head. (4)
S: Strong sweet bourbon aroma. Dark chocolate, burnt wood, tobacco, and leather. (4.5)
T: Lost a step here. A bit weak...sort of follows aroma. (3)
M: Heavy body. Thick and darkly sweet. (3.5)
D: Definitely past peak. (3)

1/23/15: 2008 vintage into snifter. Bottled on 10/21/08.
A: Pours thick and black as motoroil. Just a whiff of dark mocha head. (4)
S: Sweet bourbon, charred wood, dark tobacco, old leather, and dark chocolate. (4.25)
T: Darkly sweet bourbon, dark chocolate, dates and other dark dried fruit, oaky vanilla, and mild dark tobacco. Lost a half-step, but still solid. (4)
M: Heavy body. Darkly sweet. Slightly oily feel. Only mild alcohol burn (age has definitely subdued this). Decent lingering on palate. (3.75)
D: This is actually still doing well even though this is 6 1/3 yrs old. (4)

1/25/15: 2009 vintage poured into snifter. Bottle on 1/14/10.
A: Pours an extremely dark black-brown. Doesn't seem quite as thick as prior vintages. No head. Very faint sticky lacing. (4)
S: Can smell the sweet bourbon booziness from a foot away. Dark chocolate, charred wood, dark tobacco, oaky vanilla, and a hint of leather. (4.25)
T: Bourbon soaked raisins, cinnamon, dark tobacco, bittersweet chocolate, oaky vanilla, and a hint of charred wood (not quite as heavy/dark as the aroma was suggesting). (4.5)
M: Heavy body. Moderate bourbon booze bite (softened a bit with age). Sticky sweet feel. Lingers nicely on the palate with a small amount of maturing too (again, can tell this one is a bit past prime). (4.25)
D: I'm drinking this one less than 2 weeks beyond the 5 year max shelf time recommended on the bottle. I would agree. You can tell it is starting to fade, but still is hanging on to much of the glory this brew has at its core. (4.25)

1/26/15: 2010 vintage into snifter. Bottled on 5/10 1405.
A: Pours extremely dark brown-black with just a skiff of super dark mocha head that recedes fairly quickly. (4.25)
S: Dark chocolate, charred wood, oaky vanilla, sweet bourbon, burnt brown sugar, and a hint of cola. (4.25)
T: Smooth dark chocolate, sweet bourbon, oaky vanilla, dark tobacco, leather, dark dried fruit, cinnamon and brown sugar, and charred wood. Very, very nice! (4.75)
M: Medium-heavy body (seems lighter than past vintages). Velvety smooth. Darkly sweet with a moderate boozy bourbon bite (you can tell this one has aged, but is now nicely settled down). Lingers and matures nicely on the palate. (4.5)
D: Tasting the various vintages recently, I can appreciate the various stages this beer goes through. This one really shines with the taste and mouthfeel and is only a step or two off in the appearance and smell when compared with a younger vintage. (4.5) (4,700 characters)

Photo of jj21
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006
I poured this violently into a Duvel tulip to get all the head I could out of it. Ended up a couple fingers from the top. Black dense body with brown bubbly head that sticks around for a while and lasted to the end. Smell was a smack in the face of coffee, chocolate and rasted malts. Flavor is a strong chocolate-vanilla with just enough bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel for the viscosity of the brew. So drinkable for such a high alcohol and thickness beer. Need More! (476 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 2007 Edition, consumed Feb. 4, 2008, 13% alc.

A: Pours a motor oil black, with a small thin tan head, which surprisingly stays around for a long time, though it looks kind of flat on the first pour.

S: Smells like a shot of whiskey, without all the heavy alcohol, you get the richness of the wood odour and the vanilla.

T: Heavy bourbon on the first sip, probably the most bourbon dominated strong stout I have ever had, much more than Firestone 11 or Angel's Share. Vanilla bean, caramel, molasses there as well. Some coffee and roasted malt flavours too, but they are light compared with the whiskey which dominates the flavour.

M: Endlessly smooth and rich, not cloying at all in its sweetness, one of the most full-bodied beers ever.

D: A fantastic brewing and aging accomplishment, very tasty stuff, but it's definitely a sipper, a beer you should take your time with to fully enjoy.

Edit - Having an '08 on 2/13/10, the flavour is just nuts. Huge whiskey/vanilla, dark roasted malts with an elegant alcoholic, but not boozy mouthfeel. Editing taste from a 4.5 to a 5. What is it with me and early February and BCS? (1,141 characters)

Photo of flowerysong
3.06/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with a slight viscosity and minimal head. Dense black with orange highlights.

Nose: Molasses and bourbon, with a slight chocolate influence.

Taste: Sweet treacle, toffee, bitter cocoa, hints of coffee. Bourbon influence shows up as slightly vegetal, mild vanilla notes from the oak, and also some nuttiness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and tongue-coating, carbonation on the light side of medium.

Overall: Decent strong stout, but lacks a certain depth of flavour. On the sweet side, and at 13% ABV this is definitely one to sip. (554 characters)

Photo of grub
4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Viggo hooked me up with this one. thanks eric!

2007 vintage, bottled 10/12/07. sampled feb 2/08.

pours opaque black with a small dense brown head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

aroma is intense. alcohol. bourbon. bit of vanilla. caramel sweetness. dark chocolate. bit of espresso. roasty. huge bread and biscuit malt. orange and tangerine.

taste is great. coffee. dark chocolate. caramel. big bread and biscuit malt. alcohol. lots of bourbon. vanilla. light orange and tangerine. nice roasty and toasty character. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth medium-low carbonation level. nice big body.

drinkability is great. this one hides its alcohol quite well. excellent balance. just the perfect level of bourbon and barrel character. silky smooth. this is one excellent beer. thanks again eric!

previous review: 4.5/5.0/4.5/4/4. overall 4.5.

Viggo hooked me up with this one. thanks eric!

2006 vintage, bottled 07/14/06. sampled dec 2/06.

pours an opaque black colour with a half inch of thick dark reddish brown head. head drops fairly quickly and leaves almost no lace.

aroma is great. alcohol obvious. vanilla and bourbon. espresso and bittersweet chocolate. caramel. roasty and slightly smokey.

taste is great. strong vanilla and bourbon character. feels stronger than it is due to the bourbon presence. alcohol. espresso. bittersweet chocolate. caramel sweetness. nice and roasty.

mouthfeel is good. fairly big with a good moderate carbonation level.

drinkability is good. really tasty and drinkable. like having dessert. excellent beer. thanks again eric! (1,633 characters)

Photo of MayorAdamWest
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let this one sit for a while. I chilled two and drank one the day it came out this year... I wasn't impressed. BUT! I let the other sit for about 30 days and even in the fridge it developed nicely.

2007 12oz bottle aged for 30 days served in a snifter.

Appearance: Not to copy others, but the only way to describe the appearance is "motor oil." Admittedly, I had mixed feels about it when I first I first poured it. I didn't quite know what to think it was much thicker than last years I had at the Clybourn brewpub.

Smell: After smelling it all apprehension disappeared. Chocolate, vanilla and of course bourbon scream out DRINK ME! After you are hit with the initial scents you get dark roasted malt, maybe coffee and vegetation.

Taste: Wow... just simply put... Wow. Maybe the best example of a bourbon aged stout I have every sampled. Tasting just as it smells with rich chocolate, vanilla with a nice bourbon and alcohol kick. After that the dark malts, a vegetable earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Thick... Slides down the side of the glass into your mouth. Coates your pallet with flavor. Rolls around your mouth with little carbonation. Wonderful.

Drinkability: Scary just how easy it is to drink. At 13% ABV you could drink a couple and not even know it. If you have more than one... Make sure the CTA is your ride home.

Worth the wait every year. (1,353 characters)

Photo of EGledhill
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to JHammerly for the chance to try this.

Poured into chalice glass

A. pours like used motor oil. black with a thin brown head that disapates quickly leaving thin lacing around glass

S.the most fragrent, complex beer I've tried to date. Sweet burbon, chocolate, and vanilla lead the way with other sweet and spice tones laying in wait.

T. More complex and exciting than the smell, every sip leaves you with a diffrent variation of the last. Top is predominently coffee, chocolate, vanilla and slight alcohol, the deeper you get the more the alcohol takes over this brew. the latter third of this brings out some spices and haevy burbon. heavy yet extremely drinkable.

M. very thick and oily. exactly how I would picture a top end stout to preform. (sidenote. the burps even bring up a fantastic chocolate taste.)

D. Extremely drinkable for a 13%abv, not one that you're going to chug at the local bar. fantastic for dessert, or as a sipping beer

Pulled a trade last week for some more of these and glad i did. this is the ultimate for cold night sipping or special occassions (1,088 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Bottling - Dated 10/11/07

Pours a dark, pitch black that no light can pass through. No hue or highlights, just darkness. Has a very small initial coffee colored head, which quickly settled to a thin ring around the brew. No lace is left behind.

The heavy bourbon aroma hits as you pour. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate lie in the background. Hints of toffee and vanilla add some more sweetness. Very nice aroma.

Starts with huge amount of sweetness - Caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Next some roasted sweetness steps up with dark chocolate. Then the bourbon bomb drops. Bourbon, spices, oak, and alcohol - for a moment this could be whiskey you're sipping instead of beer. Big flavors, but surprisingly not too overpowering. Leaves a nice warming burn.

Super smooth and a little sticky. Full bodied, thick and hearty. A real sipper with great drinkability for such a big beer. Definitely a beer to sip slowly, savor, and enjoy. Perfect nightcap on a cold evening. (973 characters)

Photo of moose3285
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured pitch black with very minimal brown head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Very sweet bourbon smell with some chocolate. Not a very strong alcohol in the nose.

T - This is an incredibly complexed beer. You really feel like you're drinking something special with this beer and I will probably save the rest of these for special occasions. The taste starts out the same as the smell with a sweet bourbon flavor and moves to chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol really makes itself known.

M - Really thick, creamy mouthfeel. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but that's alright.

D - I can't imagine drinking more than one of these in a night. However, one is incredibly drinkable.

My one complaint with this beer is the lack of a head. Other than that, it was great. Even at $20 for a 4-pack I would recommend picking this one up. (842 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From a 2007 bottle with a brewed on 10/12/07 and best for 5 years label on it.

A - Pours a dark, dark deep chocolate brown with a small head floating on the top it disappeared pretty fast but left a nice chocolate brown ring on the edges the whole time and can see light carbonation floating up the sides to it.

S- whoa very fragrant here as I could smell this one from the moment I opened the bottle. The nose is chocolate, coffee, and a heavy boozy bourbon smell. Also there are hints of toffee and vanilla sweetness mixed in as well. Really like the smell on this one.

T- here I was a bit surprised in a good way by how much sweetness there was mixed in with the bourbon. When I first take a sip, the biggest flavor hitting me is that toffee and vanilla which then fades away into a darker chocolatey flavor. After that comes the big bourbon flavors! Wow, almost like taking a sip of whiskey as you can just taste the spices, oak, and alcohol comes in there too but not at all overpowering. This is a beer that I would definitely drink while sitting by the fire reading a book. A perfect nightcap beer to just sit back and relax especially because you get that nice warming alcohol feeling in your whole body after every sip.

MF - rather sticky in the mouth when you drink it which goes well with the sweetness that comes first into the mouth. The stickiness makes the beer thick and this makes it the sipper that it is. It literally almost makes you sit down and enjoy the beer that you are drinking. After the beer sits in the mouth for a bit it becomes a bit more mellow and has less viscosity. The MF is rather fitting for the beer itself.

D - a great beer by GI and one that I would pick up again for sure despite the 20 bucks a 4 pack price tag. A beer to be savored and to make sure that you drink it slow and have the time to appreciate it because if not it will be a waste. (1,891 characters)

Photo of SMark
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This was poured into a large wine glass at 52° from a 12 ounce bottle with a bottled on this date on the back label. The label also recommended a broad mouth glass. The beer was deep dark brown in color with a slight tan head. There was minimal lacing.

The bouquet wafted from the very first pour. Oak and a liqueur scent were very much in evidence. Dark roasted malts were inviting the first sip. Indications were that this was going to take some work.

There was a slight carbonation and then burning sensation on the tongue. Dark roasted coffee and malt were tasted in the upper part of the mouth. This was taking a concentrated effort to evaluate.

This beer almost overwhelms the mouth. There is a lot going on here with the oak, alcohol, malts, and other little flavors and liqueur aromatics that linger on and on. The beer feels even better as it picks up warmth delivering a very comfortable effort.

The beer is a keeper. Label on this 2007 says the flavor will continue to develop over five years. Not sure I will keep that long but will let them age for some time. This is neither a session beer nor one to be imbibed, pounded or whatever terms are used for dispensing quickly. A good beer to be enjoyed leisurely and at $5 a pop you should savor. Think about a good bottle of wine only costing $10 and then the cost seems very reasonable. Good job Goose Island! (1,375 characters)

Photo of umustdrink
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as a beer could be. A dark brown ring of a head. Very little lacing. Could be coffee if not for the ring of a head.

S - Whisky and vanilla, toasted malts. Bittery sweetness and a wee bit of alcohol.

T - Starts with a sharp and fast kick of bourbon flavor and a weak alcohol burn, then creamy chocolatey malts quickly come in with some vanilla. Very creamy for a little bit then the bourbon flavor comes back. Finish leaves a lasting smoky malty flavor with faint afterthoughts of the bourbon-y onslaught.

M - Thick and creamy with a good level of carbonation, alcohol is "felt" at some times.

D - This is THE bourbon aged stout and should be experienced by all. Good night! (688 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Gregis.

Jet black motor oil pour with absolutely no head of any kind. Looks like a glass full of motor oil.

Strong aroma of bourbon here. Almost overpowering anything else in the beer. There are some roasted malts lingering faintly in the background, but this smells like good ol' Kentucky bourbon.

Unbelievably smooth taste to this beer. I was expecting a huge bourbon burn to this one and while you can taste the bourbon very prevalently, it's as smooth as a baby's behind. Definite notes of chocolate and roasted malt behind the oaky bourbon taste. There is bit of a burn going down but it's not at all unpleasant or overpowering and only adds to the ambience of this brew.

What a treat this one is. It is a definite sipper and I don't know that I could drink more than one but I don't know that I would want to either. One is plenty with the ABV in this. Got another bottle left and I'm going to age it for a while and note the differences. Awesome beer here... (989 characters)

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with no highlights around the edges. A small swirl of mocha colored head dissipated right before my eyes immediately after the pour, and it left minimal lacing on the walls of my glass. I can smell this as I pour it. My first smell is bourbon and charred wood. I also get huge scents of roasted barley, burnt caramel, and sweet vanilla. Glorious! I could keep my nose in this beer for another hour, but I can't wait to taste this beer. The flavor profile on this beer is so amazingly complex. The bourbon flavor on this beer is in no way harsh. It is as smooth as some of the finer triple distilled Irish whiskeys, but with the bolder American bourbon flavor. Dark cherries and rum soaked plums mingle with chocolate, sorghum, and bitter coffee. All of the flavors coexist extremely well and no one flavor dominates any other. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but there is a good shot of warming alcohol on the mouth as well. The ABV is a high on this, so the drinkability is more of a sipper and would be most enjoyed in moderation.

Fantastic beer here. (1,080 characters)

Photo of Mudpuppet
3.61/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jw347 for the chance to try this.

A- Pours pitch black like motor oil from a 12oz 2007 bottle into my Riedel Snifter. Pours with no head.

S- Bourbon definitely. I also get a woody after-nose (is that a word?). Not very complex but a lot of boubon and old wet wood.

T- Bourbon on the start followed by dark malts and chocolate, toffee and vanilla. A definite alcohol in the aftertaste. Not quite as complex as I was hoping for. Certainly a good stout but I think it may almost be better without the bourbon barrel aging.

M- Good carbonation. It is also a very think viscous brew.

D- I like this beer. I am not sure it is my top 10 stouts but it is decent overall. I would be interested to try more beers from this brewery. Holding on to my other bottle for a few years to see how it ages. I imagine it will be much more interesting. (846 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.97/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

note: I had the 2006 version.

a: This beer is pitch black. It Pours with a medium tan head that fades fairly quickly.

s: An incredible balance is struck here. Elements of whiskey, wood, and vanilla are, of course, very pronounced. Yet somehow, a very noticeable roasty dark chocolate aroma was also present.

t: I simply don't have the superlatives. This lives up to the hype and then some. The barrel aging provides a nice blanket of booze, vanilla, and oak, that does not overwhelm one of the chocolatiest stouts I've ever had.

m: Thick and oily body on this one. The carbonation reminds me a bit of a Belgian brew, the way it seems to expand to fill your mouth.

d: This is as close to perfection as I've ever found in a beer. I forget who I got this from via trade, but thanks anyway. (792 characters)

Photo of BeerLover729
3.9/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: Thick, opaque, black beer with small but notable toasty tan head.

S: Woody oak aroma with minimal presence of tannins, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol are all pronounced smells.

T: Creamy, sweet, richly malty beer with subdued, but ever present, bourbon/oak flavors. Tannins are present but not sharp and seem to blend into a tobacco flavor. Alcohol present but not overpowering.

M: Silky smooth syrup. Texturally similar to chocolate mousse. Amazingly creamy heavy body with soft but present carbonation that brings out a nice sweetness when you hold on your tongue.

D: This is a sipping beer for sure and at damn near $25 a four pack you really gotta savor each sip. Based on this, it is hard to gauge this category. I drank this beer slower than almost any other 12oz beer I have had in a while and even for 13% abv (thats what my bottle says) the boozeyness seems to stand out because of the bourbon flavors more than some other high alcohol beers.

Notes: Again this is a serious sipping beer. With that in mind though, this beer is wonderfully complex. Mine was born on 10/11/07 and I am drinking it on 1/16/08. I must admit sweet stouts are not really my style but the body of this beer is amazing, the flavors are intriguing and overall this is a damn good beer. (1,275 characters)

Photo of Scoobydank
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L:A small mocha colored head that dispaears quickly. The color is a dark oil black that no light can shine through.
S: Big rich smell of bourbon soaked oak barrells imediately. Sweet caramel is also present with just a tiny bit of creamy milk chocolate.
T: A outstanding mix of carmel and chocolate togethor With a cream in the middle. A nice bourbon is present through out, but not over powering. Mild black coffee beans on the back.
M: The mouth feel might be the best part of this beer. It is just a rich awesome creaminess that totally fills your mouth with a big and warm feeling.
D:AWESOME!!!! This might be the best beer I have ever had in my life. Every single sip leaves me wanting more. (696 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pour is jet black, as in I've never seen a beer this black. It lets no light through no matter what angle you hold the glass at. The aggressive pour left little head that disappeared quickly, but left nice little rings around the glass after every sip. This beer is making me interested already. Aroma is a myriad of smells. Definite whiffs of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, toffee and roasted almonds. But there are also dark fruits, raisins and figs finishing with a flash of booze. Really complex...still holding my attention. Taste is what espresso smells like, not like it actually tastes. Definitely vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted almonds. The one thing it reminds me of heavily is of a waffle cone, the kind you get at Baskin Robbins. You take that waffle cone and douse it in dark chocolate and vanilla and drizzle some Makers Mark on top of it, well there ya go. Mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation. The oily nature of the beer sticks with you making it linger in you mouth. The only points I can take off is the fact I could only drink about 1 a week. Way to rich to make it into my normal rotation. (1,167 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - pitch black with a small dark tan head that fell to a ring and then vanished altogether.

S - bourbon smell with some roasted malt and vanilla aromas as well.

T - rich roasted flavor of dark chocolate, coffee beans and vanilla extract with the tatse of bourbon kicking up the back end. Extremely complex and mind blowing flavor for a stout. 45-50 degrees is where best flavor is achieved.

M - full bodied with a silky smooth feel.

D - sip and enjoy.

Final Note: I like Bourbon (Makers Mark) and I like this Stout. I'm laying 1 down for a few months, or at least until I see the first robin of Spring! (642 characters)

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4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was happy to get a 4 pack of this on a recent trip to Chicago to drink with my wife and ssiter-in-law. This was our end of the evening beer, but it still nearly took our heads off! Huge, big beer-maybe the most intense beer of any kind that I have ever had. It makes the KBS taste like an iced coffee. Pours big, utterly black, and incredibly viscous with little head. Wow. The aromas are incredible! Starts with a big hit of Bourbon folowed immediately by licorice pastilles, then fades a bit to developfurther aromas of coconu, oak, vanilla, a finer Bourbon purity, dark fruit, and a ton of chocolate. After it breathes for a while it becomes even more licoricy. Taste is equally as incredible. Very powerful, but also amazingly integrated. Licorice up front, then vanilla, chocolate,and a long Bourbon finish. Huge and delicious. Mouthfeel is huge and very smooth and creamy. Very much a sipper,but so, so impressive. It's worth the money. (944 characters)

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4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 2007 vintage. Picked this up at Sudyks in MN on a recent trip home. Poured this magnificent pitch black, 10W40 into a snifter. A half finger mocha head. Not much retention, but who cares - this is a serious beer - the label reads 13% ABV. The highest ABV I have had yet.

WOW!!! The strong bourbon nose just gave me the "he-bitch man slap". I don't want to drink this it smells so good: burnt oak, Woodford Creek, sweet burnt malt, coffee, unsweetened dark chocolate. This is complex.

I'm 2/3 of the way through this beer and I'm buzzed. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV.

A wonderfully unique beer. I'm going to age a few bottles of this to see how it turns out. Although it is fantastic when it is young. If you like extreme, complex beers, try this beer and you won't be disappointed. If you like bourbon also, this will blow your mind!! I can't beleive a place that is associated with AB would make such a wonderful concoction - thanks.

Cheers!! (1,015 characters)

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 2,577 ratings.