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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 2,590
Hads: 10,626
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 2,532
Gots: 5,754 | FT: 609
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003

60 IBU
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Reviews: 2,590 | Hads: 10,626
Photo of metsfansour
1.75/5  rDev -61%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pors Jet Black with no lacing in a tulip glass

a bad tasting stout masked with heavy bourbon that kills the palate it is cloyingly sweet I honestly don't see what the hype is about.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 version

Pours black as night with thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Smells of chocolate, pecans, vanilla, dates and booze. Sweet taste of dates and raisins. Vanilla on the finish with a large amount of lingering booziness. Great mouthfeel, thick and chewy. Certainly an excellent beer, but a bit too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of danh53
4.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is appropriately named. Bourbon is very prominent in the nose and the taste. The bourbon part is very well done compared to others in the style. Lots of vanilla, Carmel, and malt come through with chocolate and dark fruit from the base beer. The fruitiness takes over a little too much and I wish there was a little more on offer from the base stout, but the bourbon treatment really makes this a nice treat. I'll probably grab another 4 pack of this in the Fall, but I won't be stocking up like I did last year.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The name says it all, Bourbon. Not super overpowering, but a very strong taste of bourbon.
Pours out motor oil, jet black with small head
Harshness starts with sweetness to follow. If you don't like the taste of bourbon, you should go with another one of their stouts (coffee, barley wine)
Slightly thick mouthfeel
Drinkability is one bottle or maybe two shared. Sip slow and in my opinion tastes better in the winter

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Photo of kbwalters
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Warmed at room temp for about 15 min. before pouring into a spiegelau stout glass. 2014 vintage at 13.8%.
Look = 4.5 Pours a motor oil black with 1 finger of dark brown head that quickly fades to away to a light ring. A little spotty lace is left behind with each sip.
Aroma = 4.5 Terrific bourbon barrel notes hit me first complemented with vanilla and chocolate, which comes out more and more as it warms. Light booziness in the aroma too.
Taste = 4.5 Chocolate notes, vanilla and roasty malt upfront; the bourbon really kicks in on the backend; a moderate bitterness lingers into the aftertaste where it mingles with a boozy burn. High heat level for sure.
Feel = 5.0 Really thick, creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied with low carbonation, one of the best feels around.
Drinkability = 3.5 High heat decreases all around drinkability; a sipper for sure.
Overall = 4.475 A terrific, top of the line BB aged stout; good bourbon barrel characteristics in aroma and taste, solid stout flavors and big alcohol burn.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ale Arsenal. Lucky to find it! Huge bourbon on the nose. A bit of spice at the back of the throat (from bourbon I'm guessing), rich an creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of raisins, fig, sweet bourbon, malt. Overall: great BA stout! Not my overall favorite but great.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one left me a little disappointed. Not a bad brew but not worthy of all the hype around it. Color was good but taste left me wanting more. Pretty bland, which is rare for a BBA Stout.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hands down this is the best smelling beer I've ever smelled.

Flavor: Chocolatey, molasses, and lots of figs. Alcohol is not really noticed when the beer is cold, however it is intensely noticed when the beer warms. Some red wine like characteristics. Just a beautiful, lovely, barrel aged stout. Get it when you can.

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Photo of dannydetox
4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brown, almost black brew with little head. aroma is maple, molasses, chocolate, and coconut. thick and viscous across the tongue, wuth deeply roastes malt and dark chocolate rising on the back end. vanilla persists, plus a tiny hint of the bourbon laced oak this ale rested against. solid example of a big barrelled american stout.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Cellar temp into a snifter.

Look: fairly thick, very dark, with a light brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon. Also brighter notes—spice, alcohol, cherry (almost medicinal).

Taste: chocolate, bourbon, a little coconut, hint of BBQ sauce. Just this side of too sweet, alcohol heat (but reads more like 12% than almost 15%).

Feel: medium to thick, very very solid—possibly the best element of the beer.

Overall: I like this a bit better than fresh; it's clearly a very good BA stout, but not worth the craziness it inspires.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What really needs to be said about this beer that hasn't been said already? The only negative I will say is that I found my first two sips off putting in that I found th bourbon slightly overpowering. But then my pallete adapted, I settled in and quickly realized this is one of those rare things in life that lives up to the hype. I definitely consider it a "winter time" beer though.

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black and viscous as can be. Thin dark khaki head fades but leaves a ring that sticks around. Alcohol legs on the glass but not much stick. Big aromas of bourbon soaked dark cherry, coconut, caramel, toffee, coconut, wood, chocolate, vanilla and char. It all translates in the flavor and its immensely complex. Mouthfeel is full, sticky, coating yet not as thick as you'd expect. This is a great beer with huge complexity, but there is a local offering that does it a bit better.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 28 Aug 14 at 40.5 degrees into tulip. Some rust under cap.
Aroma of bourbon: some licorice aroma at 50 degrees
Head – none
Lacing – none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor very much of bourbon with vanillin present. Alcohol present. No hops, no diacetyl. Immediate stomach burn.
Palate full, oily, flat

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor at almost one year: 4, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.75. Allowed to warm to 50 degrees, alcohol flavor is less harsh. Other than that, no appreciable change.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Too boozy for me. I enjoy many other barrel aged stouts, this one is too boozy. It also has a black licorice smell to it that doesn't appeal to me. I can appreciate others enjoy this beer, it's just too much for me. Maybe age will help it out for me. I have three others in my cellar, so I will test out that theory.

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Photo of funkydrumma
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

We did a comparison tasting with a 2009 vs 2013. The difference between the two was amazing. The extra four years blended the flavors and took the edge off just enough to make a perfect beer even more perfecter. If you get a chance, tuck a bottle of this away for a few years and compare. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of makeyourself
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Last tasted a 2013 in a bourbon taster glass. They hype is real on this beer and has been for a very long time. One of the best if not the best BA stouts out there. This beer embodies perfection in every aspect that a review really can't do this beer justice. Its look, smell, taste, and finish is out of this world. That is why BCBS is on the top of many top beer lists. You simply have to try it if you haven't already and do yourself a favor... get your hands on all the previous years too.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: No head, no carbonation, just pitch black and looks like oil
S: They don't call it bourbon county for nothing. Huge bourbon and chocolate.
T: Big sweet bourbon without the heat, chocolate and a hint of the barrel notes.
F: This completely coats my mouth, and the flavor last far beyond the drink. It's very thick and smooth.
O: Clean sweep of 5's, it's special occasion beer. An absolute treat!

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Photo of W_Des
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When consumed right away there is a strong bourbon presence to the beer. The aroma is boozey chocolate and oak from the barrels. The body is thick but velvet smooth on the tongue and in the mouth. The flavor is richness; chocolate caramel and vanilla followed by a wonderful bourbon heat that just warms the throat and stomach. This is a fireside beer winter warmer and it is delicious.

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Photo of KWolf
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a religious experience...
The 100 by BA is not a fluke.
This is the real deal. There are so many notes its like drinking a symphony.
If you manage to find it it, drink it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.95/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout has a thin, tan head, a very dark brown, almost black, appearance, and essentially no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is as expected- a strong, overriding, vanilla/oak/Bourbon whiskey smell, with background malt. Taste is of the same, with lots of sugar, some char, dark, slightly-turned dark fruits, like prunes, and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety, and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout finishes rich and boozy.


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Photo of BradfordStuckey
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love the bourbon county brand series. The start of it right here. I tried the 2015 version. Amazing oak aromas. Great carbonation from the bottle creating an off white head. Better than the coffee version to me. Not as difficult to find as well. Great bourbon notes from the aging. Definitely worth a try. In my top 20 for sure.

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Photo of Wachturm
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into a snifter, leaving about three fingers worth of head. Appearance is black as night without any light coming through the edges. Smell and taste are heat/booze, bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and some coffee notes in there as well. Very thick and lush mouth feel. A tried-and-true example of this style.

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Photo of cmq103
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid Imperial Stout from Goose Island. I had this as part of a Goose Island flight sampler. Dark and boozy goodness in a glass. Top notch in my book.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

as far as Bourbon aged stouts go, this is the king. outrageously complex beer that gets better the further down the bottle you go. Also still manages to improve with aging. simply put, this beer is a benchmark.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super complex. Tastes completely different depending upon whether your drinking it cold or room temperature. Raisins, bourbon and a rich malty sweetness add to the mystery tastes behind BCBS.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 2,590 ratings.