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Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
60 IBU

Added by drewbage on 06-26-2003

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Reviews: 2,840 | Ratings: 11,706
Photo of Mistamakkus
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A world class imperial stout standard. This beer leaves you with all the usual notes you'd expect from a huge beer style like this: Chocolate, coffee vanilla, some spice. But what really comes out of these beer is the balance. It's everything you want in a thick, viscous stout, but with balance that makes it very drinkable and very palatable with tons of desserts.

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Photo of Mike1958
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an incredible beer. Reminds me of a lovely semi sweet chocolate dipped in bourbon. The taste is unbelievable with notes of chocolate caramel and roasted goodness. My only regret is that this isn't available all year long.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Black tar with a minimal cappuccino colored head.

Smell - Dark chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet liquor/oaky smell.

Taste - very rich dark Chocolate covered dark fruit. Heavy liquor finish.

Feel - full bodied and sticky. Really coats the mouth/lips.

Overall - world class stout. Needs some time to mellow.

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

Chocolate cherries (dark chocolate) sweet dark chocolate some alcohol but not overwhelming.
Smell is chocolate cherries.
Taste is dark chocolate cherries. A little bit of molasses but mostly chocolate cherries.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is fine.
Overall a rich beer with a decent amount of carbonaition.
Nice smooth finish and lightly bitter.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Besides a foamy head, (which one would not expect, especially at ABV 13.8) there is nothing lacking in this stout. Rich and complex all around, there's a reason beeradvocate has this rated so high. Definitely a beer to sip on. Don't pass this one up.

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Photo of solefly23
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is my new favorite. The smell and taste have strong notes of molasses and dates. The high ABV is actually matched with the light carbonation. Great beer

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Photo of Dols401
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with almost no head. Very boubony aroma, with a roasted malt sweetness. An almost chocolate milk texture but in a good way. Slight carbonation. You can really taste the alcohol and the bourbon after the initial rich roasted flavor and creaminess and syrupiness. Very good beer. Not the best stout I have ever had but in the top 2.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 version had on 3/5/16. RATING : 4.6

First time I ever had BCBS, rated at 4.6 had at 1.5 years old
I was impressed, but even at a year old was still a bit to sweet, and not as full tasting as I was anticipating. Could have had my standards too high though.

2015 version had on 4/13/16 RATING 4.85
Now THIS is what I was expecting/wanted out of the legendary BCBS. This was amazing. And at only 5 months old. Dark fruit, roast, cocoa, some coffee. Wow.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably one of the best beers I've had this year. It simply delivered. The vanilla and caramel blend with the bourbon to create an amazing experience. I enjoy drinking it cold and letting it warm up for a different experience - less booze and more sweetness.

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark as sin, pours like motor oil sludge, leaves a decent head when you give it turbidity, not much head, transient lacing
S: molasses, brown sugar, malt on malt, cocoa, bourbon whiskey, oak, caramel, black licorice maybe, honey
T: chocolate, bourbon, malt, !, hides the alcohol very well, some oak, some smoke at the end, perfectly-toasted bread, figs, Caramelized sugar that's on the verge of burning the stove down, honey, bourbon with sugar is aftertaste, taste of bourbon is inversely proportional to temperature which is fun
M: fairly chewy with a slightly oily residue, leaves the lips sticky afterwards
O: lives up to the hype, this is really delicious, feel great afterwards too

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a perfect black like used motor oil with no light passing through. Hardly had a head to it. Can smell bourbon and dark fruit. Can taste roasted barley and fruit. One of the best tasting stouts.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Got bottles of 2015 release. This is a strong, full bodied stout. Poured dark black with little head. The aroma is strong - vanilla & bourbon. The taste is intensely vanilla and bourbon, with the alcohol dominating the after-taste. The body is very full, and pleasant. This is the most pleasant tasting Imperial Stout I have had.

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

Bottling date of 10/20/15

Appearance - Pours black with a brown, quarter finger width head that dissipates quickly to reveal a mostly barren surface.

Smell - An array of strong chocolate character with healthy bourbon backing it up. Vanilla and dark fruit. Caramel. Oak.

Taste - Follows the nose. A mix of dark and milk chocolate and cocoa, beset by a prominent but not overbearing bourbon character. Notes of vanilla and oak. Molasses. Faint coffee roast hits mid-taste. Coconut hits near the finish, catching the wave of chocolate and boozy bourbon warmth that rides well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Thick, near syrupy texture, but it goes down stupid smooth for a 14.3% BA stout this early into its development.

Overall - A classic and perhaps the Standard bearer for the style. Much respect. Excellent balance between the stout aspect and the heat from the bourbon barrel aging, resulting in a brew that's ready to drink right off the assembly line. I can't believe I put off buying it for this long!

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Photo of acelin
3.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I could have sworn I had posted this before, but here's my review from 2012 of a three year vertical:

2012: Dark tar with a small brown head that lingers. Smells of bourbon, dark bitter chocolate, coffee, and faint generic bitterness. Lots of soy in the mouth, combined with hot alcohol booziness. Not my cup of tea. I bought a 4 pack of this at the time, the others here were done at a tasting along with the coffee version from 2011? I think, Yeti in a 3 year, and Mephistophiles in a 3 year.

2011: Same look as 2012, less head however. Lower carbonation, but not much different. Somehow a bit thicker in body. Less alcohol heat, less bourbon flavors, but still soy saucey.

2010: Much improved over the other two - almost no carb, very thick mouthfeel . Still soy sauce, but the malt is coming through more here. Less hop and chocolate flavors.

Overall not my thing.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at the Hangar in Westfield. The beer is jet black with no head or lacing on the sides. Aromas are very powerful and complex: bourbon alcohol, vanilla, coffee, dark fruit, and several earthy-grain tones. Taste follows the nose and it quite a punch. Definitely potent alcohol taste mixed with a vanilla richness. The body to this drink really helped with its taste; very silky and creamy. Overall, this is a fantastic stout with powerful flavors, both in smell and taste.

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Photo of golf_sierra
3.59/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I don't normally find big stouts to be my favorite.
Black as death, no real head forms or lasts.
Strong bourbon on the smell, a very good thing.
Taste is dark fruit and bourbon. Figs, raisins. Sweet.
Alcohol is prominent with some burn.
Probably a seriously fine example, but not what I look for to enjoy a beer.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage; drank to the 10th Valentine's day of Hedwig and me.

A - pours dolid blacl with nearly no head, just some thin brown lacing
S - espresso with soft vanilla and alcohol
T - coffee, caramel, light oakiness, vanilla, toasted nuts, smooth boozey finish
M - thick and oily with no carbonation
O - perfectly balanced BA stout. Not wildly complex but just a perfect balance in everything. Delicious.

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

2-7-2016 Growler fill poured into LeftHand stout glass. Thanks to the great people at Providence Wine and Spirits for setting aside a keg of this for a pre-SuperBowl tapping!

The look and smell of this are great, but the taste and mouthfeel are where I think it really excels. Very creamy with a surprisingly sweet finish. The bourbon notes are perfectly balanced while deceptively masking the high abv. Well done.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Goddamn - first time BCBS drinker. Picked up a couple bottles to enjoy and finally cracked one open. Barely any head and almost a non-existent aroma, certainly nothing that stands out. BUT HOLY SHIT THE TASTE. Smoothest beer I've ever had. Silky mouthfeel with a balanced vanilla, oak, bitter, caramel and roasted malt flavor. The bourbon and slight alcohol heat is there but this is all Baby's Ass.

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

This is by far the smoothest best tasting Stout I have ever had. Tastes like a rich chocolaty/coffee desert but not too sweet. This is one that everyone has to try before they die!

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Photo of Cboom12
3.2/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't even want to rate it because clearly my palette is not sophisticated enough for a beer of this "caliber". I actually hated this beer. Neither I nor my brother even finished it. I have to think its an acquired taste I haven't developed yet by the looks of every other review. I mean I'm not a huge stout drinker but it's hardly my first.

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

This is an old review I found from 2010 BCBS.

One of my first big barrel aged stouts and honestly it's a bit intimidating watching this thing pour like motor oil. But it's delicious looking motor oil and delicious smelling. First it's all vanilla and as it moves closer to the nose all bourbon.

Real bourbon oak on the tongue. Vanilla, coffee and dark bitter chocolate.

Great stuff.

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Photo of THSmusicman
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage poured into a tulip.

Look: This is the least interesting part of the beer. Looks black, as a imperial stout should be. There was no head on this one and no lacing on the glass. Meh

Smell: Smells fantastic! Tons of oak, vanilla, buttery caramel, a touch of smoke and coffee, an almost chestnut like smell and a bit of dark fruit.

Taste: Vanilla and oak upfront with a touch of bourbon. Smoke and chocolate make a slight appearance mid-sip and it finishes with caramel and chestnut.

Feel: Fells super thick for a barrel-aged stout. It's chewy and as thick as I would imagine oil being. It really coats the mouth well!

Overall: Anyone who has ever had this beer knows that this beer lives up to and possibly even exceeds the hype surrounding it! This is the beer that started the barrel aging craze and still is a top player in the category! Just wish this wasn't as hard to get and limited as it is....I enjoyed this 2014 (aged for 1+ year) as much, if not more than the fresh 2015 I had.

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

Pours black with a thin, quickly disappearing dark creme/motor oil head. No lacing. Roasted malt notes lay the background for a boozy, bourbon aroma. A little bit of an alcohol tinge in the nose. A sip provides a robust dynamic between a smooth, roasted malt opening, to a bold, boozy, bourbon taste. All the while remaining somewhat sweet. The bourbon burn is held well within check. Mouth feel is exceptional. It feels bold and robust, creamy and smooth, thick and filling. It's a pleasure to drink for mouth feel alone. Overall, it's exceptional. It is well rounded, with plenty of complexities. It's also dangerously smooth for a 13%+ ABV beer.

Review for an aged bottle from 2014. Drank in late January, 2016.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An old favorite.
Perfect low carb, superb dark color.
Taste is absolutely awesome. Lots of dark flavors - roast, surprising amount of black liquorice, almost umami but not a hint of soy sauce. Still, it was fresh, and had too much whiskey burn for my taste.
Mouthfeel was about what I expected - thick, but thinner due to barrel aging than the base beer would've been.
Overall a wonderful, beverage experience.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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