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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 2,590
Hads: 10,617
Avg: 4.49
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 2,525
Gots: 5,749 | 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: 10,617
Photo of alarmclock314
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 version, bottled on 9/16/14, 14.4% ABV. Pours opaque black with a small light brown head. Smells like rich cocoa and bourbon. The taste follows very closely, but starts with cocoa, some vanilla and molasses, then ends with oak and bourbon... amazing. Thick and luscious mouth feel, lower carbonation. Good alcohol warming. Like a bourbon chocolate dessert.

2013 version, bottled on 8/29/13, 14.9% ABV. This bottle was notably sweeter than the 2014, but still had all the amazing bourbon cocoa flavors.

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Photo of akeiii
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Engine Room in Mystic. The only thing not awesome is the head which is great but a tad less than perfect. I highly recommend the only stouts of the same caliber are Dragon's Milk and my all time favorite Ten Fidy.

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Photo of pjf4611
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, so this one does live up to the hype. Got lucky and got to taste this at a smaller beer fest. Bottle listed the ABV at 14.4 and it smelled like it. But it did not taste like a super heavy stout. Still very robust with coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, and bourbon or course. Damn good stout.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick looking jet black color. I couldn't get any head or lacing out of it. (Maybe a sloppy pour?)
Intense coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medicinal too. You can get high from whiffing on this one too much.
Ultra sweet taste that combines roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate. Some balance provided by the hops. The alcohol flavor is there particularly in the after taste. You can taste the barrel wood. It warms you up like a dessert liqueur, bourbon or cognac.
Supremely thick, full bodied and viscous feel. This is certainly a sipper.
This one is not for the faint of heart and certainly not to be drunk when you want something light and crispy to cool off. It is a beer that feels more like a hard liquor. Warning: the high ABV gives you quite a buzz. Do not operate heavy machinery during or after drinking.

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Photo of pat61
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle
L: Brilliant black under a 1” dark tan finely bubbled foam collar.
S: Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla
T: Big dreamy chocolaty, coffee, bourbon flavors.
F: A very smooth creamy palate that almost has a nitro beer texture without the reduction in flavor.
O: One of the better things done to a bourbon barrel in a long time – all of the flavors are big, but well balanced – nothing is harsh or out off place.

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Photo of thgreatrandini
2/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I know everyone else in beerdom loves this brew but...yeesh...it was a conscious task to finish one bottle and not pour it out. Not one for me, at least not yet.

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

Look: Pours a very thick pitch black out of a 12oz'er. You're not going to see the light of day through this one! About a 2 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly with not much lacing left behind.

Smell: Instantly greeted with alcohol and rich Bourbon, although not overpowering for this high of an ABV brew. Full wafts of chocolate and vanilla. There are also hints of caramel and smoky greatness.

Taste: An instant fruity bite quickly followed by a shot of bourbon. The whiskey fades and I was then left with coffee, caramel, molasses, and chocolate swirling flavors with a hint of cherry.

Feel: Mouth-feel is a very full bodied / thick and oily feeling that coats the tongue.

Overall: An amazing beer that I highly recommend. Probably one of the best (if not the best) barrel aged beers I have had (or just beer in general). Very high ABV (13.8%) but not too overpowering. Thick, rich, and full of flavor. Very impressed with this one.

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

Got in the mail here in Miami Beach from my buddy back in Chicago. Thanks Timbo! The whole shipment didnt survive but thankfully this crown jewel was sittin pretty.

Nose - carmel, toffee, coffee, chocolate, a little bourbon. Delicious, like what I want for breakfast in retirement.

First sip - wow...this is what artisan and craft is all about. Delicate mouth feel, elegant. It dances .It is like a bananas foster, sweet delicious and a touch of booze. Goes down like the first milkshake of summer. Fine swiss dark chocolate.

This is a beer to finish off a fine dining meal. I want to drop a scoop of vanilla in it and make a float.

Delicious. Really in a class of its own. I do somewhat desire a little bit more of a carbonation bite, but even my burps are amazing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with an off white tan head. A few spots of lace are left behind. This beer has a sticky feel on the glass, some might say it has legs.

Powerful bourbon aroma with charcoal elements usually found in Russian Imperial Stouts. Bourbon, slightly oxidized malt showing off nutty and chocolate hints. A bit of oak but mainly bourbon. Strong but well rounded with roast and sweetness.

Full bodied, thick feel that really sends the bourbon love to the dome.

Overall, this is a bourbon barrel aged stout that hits you over the head with strong bourbon and barrel flavors. I understand why there is such a frenzy over this beer. This worthy of being a regarded beer and a fine specimen of the barrel aged stout style.

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Photo of Kodama78
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the BA stout that I compare all other stouts too. Super thick, lots of depth to the flavor and a richness that I have yet to really find in another BA stout. Add to the fact that it is not incredibly difficult to find at the right time of year and it definitely is one of my favorites.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got a 12 ounce bottle in a 6 pack mixer from a friend back in 2011. Those were the days. Pours pitch black with a strong bourbon smell. Tastes just like it smells. Best tasting stout I've had so far. My brother hated it, but he likes Mich Ultra.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage, 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Was refrigerated and allowed to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

A: Pitch black. Less than a finger of head. Swirling I can see some alcohol legs.
S: Little bit of dark fruit. Roasty. Bourbon. Cocoa. Some vanilla undertones. Slight booziness.
T: Big coffee, roasty, bourbon and cocoa flavors up front. Finishes with cocoa and whiskey lingering in the aftertaste.
M: Heavy yet incredibly smooth. Goes down very nicely with light carbonation complimenting the flavors perfectly. Coats your mouth and leaves you wanting more.
O: Very intense. Worth savoring each sip. One of the best bourbon beers out there.

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Photo of Moose90
4.17/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 Bottle Tasted in 2015, also had on-tap (2014), and in bottles (2013), updating review with past tasting notes.

A — Pours a deep and dark nearly black hue into the glass, super dark and rich looking, thick and oily, brown tinged edges.

S — Smells a bit hot and chocolaty initially, lots of bourbon character and char, little bit of licorice.

T — Quite sweet and rich, lots of chocolate, oak, cinnamon, licorice, vanilla, molasses, bourbon, quite hot and sweet.

M — Very thick and sticky. Long lasting finish.

O — Very good overall, it is quite sweet though, which is OK, it is still a near world class beer, no doubt about it.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.16/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never loved BCBS...For my palette I have always picked up way too much of the smoked hickory / wet wood aroma & taste. It is certainly unique & complex and all that jazz, just not for me. It reminds of a camp fire after it has been rained on. The bourbon / oak / vanilla is mixed in there somewhere but the charred elements overwhelm it.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2012 bottle that has been sitting in my cellar for about 2 years at this point. The beer itself pours with NO head at all, almost no ringing at all. The beer is inky black, not redness on the edges here. The nose is rather subdued here, unlike most stouts, I have no hint of coffee at all. There is some mild candied fruit, but it is very mild. The taste is a bit malty up front, quickly fades to some very sweet malt, and then fades with a lingering boozy sweetness. This beer has great mouthfeel and is silky smooth. Beer is a bit boozy, but nothing extreme. Its also a bit sweeter than anything that I am used to but its not bad at all. Its an interesting beer, but nothing I would buy again.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.96/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Being from Michigan I've been able to have kbs and bells blacknote. Bcbs is fantastic and just slightly better than previous mentioned. Smell is amazing as is the taste worth the hype.

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

LOOK: Black. Totally opaque in the glass. Viscous, even seems to pour slow. Almost no head at all. Very thin bit of brown bubbles around the rim.

SMELL: Holy bourbon, Batman. Boozy whiskey smell, but you need to come in close for it. (It's not just wafting off...) Style points for that being somehow both assertive and subtle.

TASTE: Tastes like bourbon with the sharp boozy alcohol bite removed. (So like bourbon with the volume turned down?) Rich and complex. Notes here like leather and smoke, a slight touch of chocolate. But bourbon is running the show from start to finish. Everything else is just part of the chorus.

FEEL: In a word: sumptuous. Rich and oily. Thick and chewy. Sticks around long after you finished swallowing.

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Photo of dleigh
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The type of beer I can just stick my nose in the glass and smell for hours. Taste can get a little cloying, though. I've only had it fresh, but I bet it would be 5/5 if aged for a year or two.

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Photo of jellikit
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle.
Appearance: pitch black with a light brown creamy head.
Smell: chocolate, coconut, , light whisky.
Taste: chocolate, coconut, raisin, tobacco, bourbon-booze.
Mouthfeel: low carbonation, thick body, cloyingly sweet.
Overall: big and tasty. Definitely a sipper. Will buy again if I can afford the ridiculously high price I paid for this 12 oz. bottle. Yum.

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Photo of dboon
4.37/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Move over KBS cuz GIBCS is the real deal. This 08 vintage bottle relinquished a snifter of indian ink as black as Joan Jett’s chopped locks. The sweet smell of bourbon and roasted malt rose up into the air to greet me. This beer is thick and almost syrupy with taste of vanilla, sweet malt, bourbon, and coffee..

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Photo of Don_Quixote
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A pitch black color with the slightest brown tint if held up to LED lights, it's the malt.

S: Dark fruit first, mostly malty dates and some prune action for me. The bourbon is a backdrop to this killer whiff, at least I think so.

T: Goes down smooth, like a milk stout but with a bourbon hint in the backdrop. I enjoy boozy (hot like the nerds say) in my BA stouts.

F: Straight silk with a perfect amount of carb. A bit sticky on the feel…weird, could be the thickness of the ingredients?

O: I've had the best of them, including all the years of this bad boy. 2014 may need to sit another year but this year's has done an incredible job.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.89/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Black pour with a blood red tinge on edges in my chalice . Thin brown head. Caramel, toffee and bourbon nose - as it warms, the scent reminds me of biting into a caramel apple at the fair-fresh fruit and candy satisfaction. Initial taste is caramel candy and toffee with a bourbon linger. Semi sweet caramel as liquid warms tempered by oak/whiskey background. Creamy medium plus mouthfeel and alcohol bite on tongue-as it warms, sticky sweet. Overall, outstanding. Big, velvety, boozy. Simply put: heavenly.

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Photo of marieli
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Restaurant. Approximately Cellar to start. Beautiful looking dark beer with minor head. Smell includes chocolate with strong roast that is almost coffee-like. But also, strong bourbon. That smell mellowed a bit over time. Flavor was similar to smell. The bourbon mellowed a bit during the middle but reappeared toward the end. The mouthfeel redefined what a score of 5 is to me. Incredibly smooth, creamy, thick, lush. I do not care for a strong bourbon taste and this has it, even though it's a bit mellow, but I would drink this again just for how it feels! If you like bourbon aged stouts, I strongly suggest you get ahold of this beer.

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Photo of HoneyLamb
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer at the amazing restaurant in Bethlehem called Corked on 3/10/15 for $16 for the glass off the tap. This was one of the best beers I've ever had. Worth every penny.

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Photo of LoganRyanMurphy
4.79/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection in a (tulip) glass. This stout is certainly a beauty to behold; it is as black as coal, with no head (which is okay for the style). The smell is harder to describe, but you can tell it will be worth your while. Upon tasting this masterpiece of a beer, one is immediately overwhelmed by the flavor of bourbon and vanilla. This will be a wonderful experience, of course, if you appreciate bourbon. Such was the case for me. The mouthfeel was indescribable. Silky smooth yet effervescent at the same time. This is absolutely a world class beer!

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