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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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8,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,136
Reviews: 2,352
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,846
Gots: 3,464 | FT: 382
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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Old ratings: 4.75, 4.25, 4.75, 4.25, 5 (original tasting was Jan 9th, 2014)

Was happy to see this offered at a local store. Had some high expectations given its spot on the top 250 beer list, but was also cautious because of the high-alcohol content. I was hoping it didn't power the ratings and wouldn't overpower the beer.

The pour was on point, with a little less head than some stouts, but given the ABV, not unexpected. The nose has obvious bourbon, but the dark roasted malt smell is also there. There's also notes of brown sugar and oak.

The taste starts with a twinge of alcohol heat, but the backbone is roasted malt with some semi-sweet chocolate and honey mixed in (in my re-review, I actually get a decent taste of coconut!?). The taste is pretty smooth throughout, well balanced. There's a little tartness that appears in the background, reminding me oddly of a tart apple.

I did thoroughly enjoy the beer. The bourbon/alcohol tastes were present, but not overpowering (I noticed these less in the re-review). The roasted malt nature of a stout is not lost, and the balance of these things is well done.

I know it's only been a month, but on my second try of this beer, I enjoyed it even more. It's sweetness (chocolate/honey mentioned above) appealed to me, and the overall beer seemed smoother. One month is not aging, but the difference in my impression of the difference in tastes is as if the beer had done just that.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,136 ratings.