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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 2,769
Hads: 11,349
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 19.78%
Wants: 2,636
Gots: 6,730 | FT: 683
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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: 2,769 | Hads: 11,349
Photo of Biggtriksta
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic stout. While there are better out there, this is a great go-to, when available! It does a great job defining what a stout can be. Slight hints of both chocolate and vanilla and plenty of bourbon. It's a very well-balanced, well-crafted beer when brewed on point.

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Photo of mac31
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice sweet bourbon w/ subtle dark fruit (chocolate covered cherry) in the entry. Big cooked caramel follows right behind. Smokiness and ash are prominent but not overpowering. Sweet bourbon is a nice firm component without taking over the whole beer. Caramel rolls in to nice chocolaty booze. The bourbon also gives off some nuanced maple tones. Nice, earthy soft bitterness in the finish. The carbonation combined with the hops gives the beer a minute bite. Cereal grains linger on the tongue after the hops and carbo die off. A super complex beer. First time having it. Very impressed. Probably one of the few AB InBev products I will consume. If you can get it, grab a bottle... or three.

For this beer (bottled 9/15, drank 1/16) the hops, carb, and booze are touch bitey/young. I can't wait to have this beer in another year!

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Photo of TriggerFingers
4.98/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Split this with my brother....

Man oh man. Aromas of bourbon and oak. Flavors of bourbon, brown sugar, stewed/dried plums, moist tobacco, cola, vanilla, toffee. It was thick and syrupy and quite possibly one of the best stouts I have ever had (definitely the best bourbon stout!).

In short...amazing!

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Photo of Allen_A
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably one of the best stouts (and beers) I've had, ever. Pours really nicely with a thin head that settles into some thin lacing. The aroma is just amazing. Rum raisin, chocolate, malt, brunt caramel, and dark fruits all come into mind. It doesn't smell "boozy" but you know when you smell it that there's alcohol in it. The taste and texture are sublime. Dark chocolate and fruit mix and mingle together very nicely on the palette and ends in a sweet then bitter note that makes for an all-over balanced tasting experience. The texture is thick, even for a stout and coats the tongue very nicely. High viscosity that remains through each sip. Ready to enjoy out of the bottle...but I will be cellaring the remaining bottles I have left.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. Poured from its new bottle into a tulip glass, and out comes a beer that resembles thick motor. A nice mocha, tan ring of bubbles lasts as I drink. The aroma is fantastic; bourbon, vanilla, oak, char, chocolate, maybe some maple, and some dark fruit.
Taste is incredibly decadent, and much of that comes from its velvety mouthfeel. The beer is excellent, bourbon, vanilla, it definitely has some sweetness. It's a little hot from the booze, but at 13.7%, not surprising. Warming on the way down.
This is a world class beer, and I can't wait to see how it ages over the next few years.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark black, almost no head (light pour).

Smells STRONGLY of bourbon, charred barrel, smoke.
Tastes like im sipping on chocolatey bourbon. Smooth, but a bit of alcohol as well.

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Photo of Foggy_Memories_Beer
2.2/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.25

I must have gotten a bad batch. I doubt they care or will do anything. Mine was infected, tasted sour and had a funk. I sadly paid 20 for this because it was hard to get in my area. Never again.

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Photo of Christoffer91
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This "beer" is an experience. This is my first year having BCBS, and I'm into my second bottle. L: looks like you want to drink it. Opaque black, small tan head, slight oil on top once head fades. S: black cherry, oak, chocolate, booze, vanilla, sugar. T: sweet, dark liquid of the gods, leads to a strong cherry flavor, with dark malt chocolate backdrop, not upfront like many imp stouts. Boozy warmth leads to a vanilla, oak and crisp dry finish, possible hop bitterness here, and bitterness from roasted malt. Incredible balance of flavors comes as an amalgamation of the most decadent flavors in life. F: Surprisingly, this beer isn't "hot" for a 14%, is simply a pleasant boozy warm. Very light carbonation, as with many BA beers. Not chewy thick, yet not a thin feeling beer, very medium bodied, and drinkable as far as imperial stouts go. O: a memorable beer, truly decadent. This should send shivers down the spine of any beer/bourbon lover.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Pours a deep dark brown/black...light tinge of amber around the edges. Light tan head which fades. Rich aroma of leather, sweet cherry, vanilla, cacao. Full smooth flavor, light bittersweet coffee at the end...delicious beer, quite well rounded. A tinge of hot alcohol, but not overwhelming. Awaiting tasting the newest batch!

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Photo of EMV
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at the 'Z' bar in State College, PA. Poured into a snifter.

L: Pours a thick dark brown... nearly black with 2 fingers of dense brownish head.

S: Complexity incarnate... oak and vanilla, bourbon and chocolate, booze... and possibly angel tears.

T/F: Taste follows smell remarkably well. Charred malts with dark fruits, chocolate, and vanilla. Bourbon and oak... boozy yet strikingly smooth and creamy. Warming and the flavor gets even more robust as it warms up to room temperature.

O: I know it's an Inbev product... but this is a spectacular beer. (and hey, they didn't louse it up!). A rare treat whenever you can find it on-tap and still one of the standard bearers for the style. Definitely one to enjoy whenever you can catch a glimpse.

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Photo of laketang
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours ink , no head. good legs (alcohol)

good bourbon aroma. hints of dark brown sugar, vanilla,cinnamin,rich chocolate.

elegant flavors all melded together, layeres of chocolate and bourbon and spices for a great balance.not at all edgy.

creamy felon sides of mouth.dense.good warming from alcohol, not over the top.

great now, and of course with age, so i'm doing both.

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Photo of WillDavis707
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Truly one of the best Imp Stouts out there. Best if aged for at least a year.

Pours pitch black with a thick opaque head. Smells of bourbon and roasty goodness. Tastes like bourbon, booze, coffee, chocolate. I prefer it to the coffee version.

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Photo of samuelp23
4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black; light does not penetrate next to the bulb; creamy dark brown head
S: Molasses; fig; prune; burnt sugar; graham cracker; liquorice;
T: starts sweet, tunrs sour and ends bitter; burnt sugar; chickory; slight chocolate; hoppy spiciness in the finish;
F: thick; little burn at end
O: A little sweet and not as boubon or vanilla flavours as past years; spicy finish hangs around a lot more too;

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Photo of beantown_hopster
4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Let me paint the picture. New Year's Eve... girlfriend runs into 7/11 for dip for her veggie plate. Hm. An innocuous liquor store next door, might as well pop in. Right as I walk into this not at all craft beer liquor store there is a open case of BCBS, heard it's pretty good, was $10 a bottle so I picked up 1 to drink and 1 to cellar.

Needless to say both were drank as I made everyone there try and everyone was as impressed as I was. I went back and got 4 to cellar...unless I feel like drinking heaven in a glass before then.

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Photo of JAck199
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outvof a 17 oz bottle. Heavenly beer! So well balanced, subtle burbon/ run flavor with a nice middle of vanilla and chocolale. By far one of the best beers I have had. Worthy of the search.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage, 2 months from bottling

Apearance- Pours black color, opaque, silky and viscous in glass. Razor thin layer of cinnamon colored head. Alcohol legs coat glass with a thick layer of film.

Aroma- Chocolates, toffee candies, and caramel. Charred oak, roasted / burnt malts, smoky undertones. Toasty coconut and vanilla, oaky spice, almonds, and dark fruits. Intense sweet bourbon and boozy notes.

Taste- Milk chocolate sweetness, caramel, toffee, and creamy vanilla. Sweet bourbon, charred barrel, roasty malts, spicy oak, toasted coconut. Smooth sweet finish.

Feel- Full bodied, creamy, smooth, and silky. Coats the mouth, thick and oily. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Depth of flavors is what makes this beer one of the best in its style. Barrel characteristics are so strong and forward, but just compliment and don’t overpower the base beer flavors. Everything is in wonderful balance. So enjoyable to just sit and sip, let the flavors unfold, and reach for every little subtlety.

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Photo of Martinnewman48
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely wonderful this is the definition that you would find next to bourbon barrel stout!
L: pitch dark as in blackhole dark with almost zero head
S: quality rich Bourbon smell with hints oif caramel
T: sweet heavenly bourbon and smokey vanilla all infused into an amazing single taste
F: I can't say enough about how smooth and easy drinking this beer is
The first thought that I had was you can take me now my life is complete

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Description: Darth Vader dressed in a ninja suit dark black appearance. Looks silky as it pours and with absolutely no head. Smell is bourbon foremost (shocker) followed by wood/oak and some sort of a dark fruit (grape, raisin, maybe even a hint of raspberry) and a touch of vanilla. Taste is similar to the smell, as bourbon takes center stage with some dark fruit acidity behind it. It's a roasty flavor without any discernible sweetness aside from the bourbon. The finish leaves a noticeable smoky, woody flavor as it goes down. The feel is rich and velvety and this one coats the mouth without being syrupy.

Suggested food pairing: Bacon wrapped shrimp or a juicy beef brisket

If you like this beer then you should also try: Ten FIDY

Overall: 4.75 (This beer is excellent and I would definitely drink it again) This was my first foray into the Bourbon County lineup and it didn't disappoint. It wasn't quite as bourbony as I expected which I actually think was a good thing as it should some more flavor complexity and wasn't one-note. Hides the alcohol well for as high an ABV beer as this is. In short, a great beer that lived up to expectations. All the hubbub is justified and this is one to seek out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

-2015. Enjoyed in a snifter. Bot. 21oct15. Consumed 12.25.15. Warmed to recommended drinking temp by style.

A: A dark viscose pour produces a darken cherry-mocha capping of 0.5inches with a very audible sense, fizzling to a rather quick demise and patchy covering.

S: Boozy bourbon and chocolate mingle in harmony with a soothing sense of campfire minerality and charred woodiness. Fresh coffee roast is abundant, fresh, wet, silky dark aroma, with some dark fruit of plums and black cherries about. The strength and retention rate is is very nice and lingering.

T: Thick chocolate slurry, with a big bourbon flair and campfire minerality. The coffee roast is oily, wet, and fresh and of the darkest level of intensity, just the way a real coffee drinker likes it. Spicy dark fruit and liquor, roasted barley with hints of burnt brown sugar, caramel-vanilla and scorched barrel woodiness. Roasted pine and spicy hops close things out.

M: The mouthful is creamy and viscose, thick chocolate-barley, that sits heavily on the tongue with a roasted bitterness that glows on the inner cheeks. Heavenly coffee roast feel that lingers on long after the swallow.

O: After several fruitless years of searching i was able to secure a bottle and received one for x-mas. The price tag ($20) and wait was well worth it in the end. A lot of hype surrounds this beer and rightfully so. I rarely give out 5's, but in the end the flavor, intensity, coffee aspect, bourbon flair, and thick viscose mouthful and nature was so overwhelming and perfect in execution, i do not think the human tongue could detect any minor improvements if they could possibly be made. Just like you can't make a beer any hoppier then the tongue can distinguish or beyond the means of alpha acid saturation, i believe you can't make a bourbon barrel aged stout any more bigger, bolder with such a refined drinkability nature as this one. As everyone has their own individual tastes, this is just my personal opinion. This was highly polished with the 14.3% feeling perfect here adding dark and beautiful alcohol tones to the mix. I thought about aging one, but think the late fresh coffee additions after barrel aging would mellow, and this is what makes this beer such a standout, not the base beer, but the barrel aging technique and cold coffee infusion and care that goes into this production and aging that makes it worthy of seeking out and waiting in lines.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm at a lost on what to say. Do I comment on how sweet it smells out of the bottle? Or how smooth it is despite the 13.7% abv? Or maybe how it 's straight up darkness in a bottle? Whichever route, it is pretty damn solid. I got lucky to find a few bottles in the wild and glad I snapped them up. I an only imagine the potential of how they will be like when they age a bit. If you can find one, worth the plunge if nothing else, just to see what everyone is raving about.

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Photo of jooler
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like motor oil but tastes like figs. There is a great noticeable bourbon taste. It all just blends really well. I got two more for aging and we will see how that goes.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the 2015 version which is 14.3%. Throwing it down New Years Eve 2015.....

Pours black with minimal head, which lasts about 15 seconds. Lacing is very minimal, sticks around.

Smells of bourbon first....bourbon 2nd, with some chocolate and malt... - Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and booze

Taste - This is where the bourbon might take 2nd to the chocolate. A real nice flavor.

Definitely feel and taste the bourbon. It goes down pretty easy, which is impressive considering the 14.3%. Medium Body AT BEST.

Overall: I'm glad I got it. It was $9.29 for 22 ounces. Probably won't get it again but only because there are tons of other Bourbon stouts waiting to be had...

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought my first bottle of 2015 BCBS and couldn't help but drink it rather than age it. It smells nice of roasted malt and vanilla bean. Taste was boozy, malty, tasted notes of raisin, coffee, and chocolate. Super syrupy which fits the style but is not my favorite mouthfeel. I'm glad I tried it, wouldn't go out of my way for it most likely, but would buy again if convenient (which is not common for this I understand).

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Photo of vileplume
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

vileplume's "cut the shit" review on bcbs.

this is how a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout should taste.

bourbon. stout. thick. alcohol. sweet. balance.

waited out in the cold every year for this beer, will continue to do so as there's nothing like it in the world. many imitations, none quite make the grade.

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Photo of PLDamico
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L - Jet black

S - Amazing. Smells like bourbon and chocolate.

T - Solid bourbon and tons of chocolate. Alcohol is present but enjoyable. What you would expect from BCBS.

F - Coats the pallet nicely.

O - It's Bourbon County. Find it. Drink it. Enjoy it.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 2,769 ratings.