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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
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8,314 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 8,314
Reviews: 2,363
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 1,905
Gots: 3,541 | FT: 374
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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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Tap and Barrel in Smithtown, NY, served in a tulip glass. Unsure as to what the vintage is but probably the most recent one.

Look: I have to give it a five. Black as night body with a one inch, dark brown as could possibly be, creamy head that retains for a few minutes before dwindling down to nothing. No lacing but the glass is stained from the beer. The existence of the head is what surprised me and how good looking it was gives this beer the ultimate look score.

Smell: bourbon, charred oak, roasted barley, alcohol, vanilla and dark brown sugar. Complex as it is in the bottle and just as inviting.

Taste: follows the nose with a big bourbon flavor, vanilla, charred oak, brown sugar and alcohol but its still fairly sweet. A lot going on and all of it is good.

Feel: full bodied, oily, slightly boozy, and just enough carbonation to remind you that this is actually a beer. Definitely a sipper, but that's to be expected from such a large stout.

Overall: this is the most flavorful Budweiser you'll ever have (sorry, had to make that joke). Goose Island claims this is the original spirit aged beer and I don't know if that's true, but this nonetheless is one of the better bourbon barrel aged beers out there. I would definitely give this a try if you can before Budweiser mucks with it. Cheers!

SkunkWorks, May 07, 2011
Photo of Montrose79
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 poured into a snifter.

A- Jet black. Super thick. Almost no head.

S- Bourbon all the way with a little bit of chocolate and roast malt

T- Amazing. Huge bourbon flavor but not boozy. Few years on the beer really smooths out the bourbon and hotness of fresh bcbs.

M- Thick, viscous, coats one's entire mouth.

O- One of my favorite beers ever. If I could drink one beer only for the rest of my life, it would be hard to turn this one down.

Montrose79, May 07, 2011
Photo of slentz
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So after many years drinking craft beer I decided it's time to start reviewing some of these awesome brews!

2010 Vintage. Bottled 9/24/2010. Thanks to smakawhat for this awesome bottle!

A: Pop the cap with a very nice release sounds like good carbonation. Poured into my great divide tulip. Vigorous pour leads to a third finger head that quickly dissipates to very slight bubbles, minimal lacing on the glass. Beer appears to be pretty thin for an imperial stout. After a minute only paper thin remnants of head are left. Black as night, light does not penetrate this fierce stout.

S: Wow! Tons of vanilla, chocolate, licorice, spice, and oh yeah smells of super strong bourbon! Slight burn on the nose from the alcohol. As it warms get notes of molasses.

T: Smooth...again lots of vanilla and bourbon, some chocolate notes with lots of bite on the back end. The bourbon definitely kicks in on the aftertaste. Absolutely tons of bourbon and alcohol on this stout even after about seven months in the bottle.

M: Leaves an oily, slick feeling on teeth that lasts a long time. Not as heavy and thick as other BA stouts I've had.

O: Overall this is a very good stout but not the best I have ever had. It will be interesting to see how this beer will age over the next few years. After about 5 minutes and a few sips this one definitely has a warming effect on the entire body. With an abv of 13% this one is exceptionally smooth even though it does have a nice bourbon bite. I am a bourbon fan so this really doesn't bother me. Overall a very nice offering from Goose Island. I look forward to visiting this one again in a few months or even years.

slentz, May 05, 2011
Photo of jag21
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, 12oz bottle.

A: Dark as night, only with vigorous pour does small layer of brown head emerge from the darkness.
S: When it warms up, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and bourbon mix
T: Roasted malt, then oak and bourbon, some vanilla
M: Coating, creamy
O/D: Great sipping beer, one 12oz and I'm good. Very nice brew.

jag21, May 04, 2011
Photo of buffs9
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours out black and beautiful, creamy, tan head that recedes quickly.

S: Could be the best smelling beer around, bourbon, chocolate malts, vanilla, sweet toffee/caramel, & coffee.

T: Bourbon hits me first, but in a great way, vanilla, roasted caramel & chocolate, coffee, & almost brown sugar, more bourbon

M: thick mouthfeel, creamy, full body, medium carbonation.

O: This is an amazing beer and should be a must try for anyone that likes beer.

buffs9, May 03, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer before A-B purchased Goose Island.

Appearance:
Black, pitch black with light in the room a fond memory. A thin halo of tan bubbles rims my glass, but they are small and provide considerable sticky lacing.

Smell:
Sweet bananas and bourbon sticky sugars. Heavenly, so potently aromatic I had to try some immediately. There are notes of raisin, tobacco, and roasted figs. Incredible pungency and richness. A very dense, inviting beer with an obviously masked ethanol bite from the beer's boasted 13%abv.

Taste:
Incredible. Less words describing the beer is sometimes better. However, I just can't hold back; this beer is a spicy, smooth, chocolaty liquor. There is heavy accenting from the barrel providing a dueling dragon effect between the barrel attributed vanilla and rich stout's chocolaty malts.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth as velvet, full-bodied with bold flavors playing off all 5 senses (yes all 5 of them). I appreciate this beer at both warm and cold temperatures. This is definitely a sipper, but leaves a pleasant sweet/spicy aftertaste...I can't wait long for the next sip. I paired this beer with strawberry fruit leather and popcorn...you don't have to be as fancy as me by any means.

Overall:
I paired this beer with good people, pertinent deadlines now being put off, and some Pandora Radio. Tonight is a good night, and it didn't cost much (approximately $10 a bomber) to get here. This is a cheap beer for all that you're getting in return (13%abv and incredible boldness!!). I am sad that yet another craft brewery sold out to "the man" with money at A-B. However, if this beer is made exactly the same and is cheaper (from more advanced equip, distributing, ect...) I will still be a consumer.

Cheers.

ThePorterSorter, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage

A- Black as night with a film of espresso colored head.

S- Roasted pecans and nuts, milk chocolate, vanilla powder, hardly any booze character that im used to when drinking it fresh.

T- The aging has taken away the characteristic burn which melded well with the brew when fresh, here the sweet bourbon and vanilla stands out and overtakes your senses.

M- Coats the mouth with an overpowering force of sweetness.

O- Excellent version, in my eyes I value both the fresh and aged equally depends what you're looking for from this brew. If you want that upfront bourbon burn then go for the fresh, but if your looking for more of a confectionery desert brew go for the aged version.

foogerd, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during a recent Goose Island Bourbon County Tasting in Charlotte with marine1975, boodingo, CarolinaKevin, HopDiggityDawg, and GehenHerzog at Mike Brawley's house with Budweiser sign blazing! Big thanks to marine1975 for bringing this one to the tasting! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Vieille Provisions Saison Dupont Willie. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and big sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was pretty freaking tasty! I've had a few of these sitting my cellar for awhile now and have been wanting to tap into them. The alcohol on this one was still a prominent on this one for me. It wasn't overwhelming by any means, but I'm sure there are some more subtle characteristics to this one masked by it regardless. On the nose this one is quite big, but the flavor has mellowed some. Really nice backbone going on here. Really glad I got to try this one!

thagr81us, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.97/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

10/15/10 12oz. bottle

A- Pitch black pour into a Maudite Tulip... Dark brown head fades fast and leaves a nice sticky syrup that disappears quickly. Not a trace of light shines thru... WOW!!! It's been a while since I had one of these.

S- Espresso, vanilla, Belgian chocolate, roasted pecans, and a nice alcohol nose. Sweet marshmallow, maple and caramel candy... Absolutely brilliant!!!

T- Up front alcohol... but not in a bad way! Caramel coffee, chocolate, tons of rich and creamy vanilla! Sweet marshmallow, toffee, sugared nuts and figs... Burnt sugar, dried fruit, alcohol, and vanilla aftertaste... Damn... it's been way too long since I've had this dancing on my tongue!!!

M- Syrupy and completely coating!!! I can't think of another beer that totally coats the mouth like BCBS. Unreal, and exceptional as always!

O- If there's something better out there, please let me know... cause I haven't found it yet. This brew optimizes what an oak aged stout should be (or hope to be). Near perfect as any beer I've ever tasted!!!

Thickfreakness, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled Sept 2010, drank April 2011.

A – Nice black, espresso body with brown highlights. Trace head sits low and fades into a thin halo.

S – Oatmeal raisin cookies. Huge caramel note. Smells distinctly of Makers Mark. Hints of hardwood and walnuts.

T – Walnuts, pecans, caramel, vanilla, espresso, maple, brown sugar. Scotch. Silky malt. Chocolate and a surprising merlot flavor on the backend. The flavor profile traces a slow, complex and delicious arc.

M – Fantastically smooth. Booze ramps up throughout the finish into a note just sharp enough to make you pause and ponder the sip, but soft enough to keep you coming back for more. In this young of a bottle the 13% definitely says hello, but it accents the rest of the profile nicely. Lightly dry finish.

O – Soft, slow sipping, and delicious.

vfgccp, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of GehenHerzog
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'09 Vintage poured into a Mother Earth Snifter. Bottle was received as an extra from HapWifeHapLife, who is an awesome trader. (was also enjoyed at a recent tasting with marine1975, thagr81us, boodingo, CarolinaKevin, and HopDiggityDawg).

A- Pours a deep black with a half finger coffee colored head. Decent Lacing throughout this beer.

S- Big bourbon scent right off the bat. Nice vanilla and chocolate round this beer off.

T- Starts out with a big bourbon taste. On the back end you really get the vanilla, chocolate and ever so slight coffee flavor. This beer tastes wonderful.

M- Relatively chewy. Perfect carbonation.

D- 13%? There is no way. The alcohol, to me, was well hidden. Went down smooth and was an easy drinker for such a big beer.

Huge thanks to HapWifeHapLife for this extra, as well as Marine1975 for bringing it to the tasting. This is an exceptional beer than I have been fortunate enough to try.

GehenHerzog, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rattle N Hum, into a snifter. 2008 vintage.

Pours pitch black, almost no head but an infintesimal collar prevails. Nose holds a retrained bourbon. Initially, nothing else is evident, but sitting on this for a bit some oak and vanilla comes through along with a mild, mild chocolate note. Taste drops a massive bourbon bomb on the palate, and hits with some alcohol right away; alcohol burns and tingles the tip of the nose. More chocolate and roast comes through, along with more oak and vanilla sweetness. Very complex integration between these flavours. Body is super full, sticky and very rich, but the flavour is so complex and layered. Outstanding.

liamt07, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of BigBry
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage, 12oz bottle, $5.79. Bottled On date 10/16/08.
From the label: "I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original Brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party, but we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout - so big, the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation, we brought inn some bourbon barrels that aged the stout. One hundred days later Bourbon County Brand Stout was born. It's a liquid as DARK and DENSE as a black hole withthick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, vanilla, caramel and smoke. ONE SIP has MORE FLAVOR than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said it's a GREAT CIGAR BEER. But I have yet to try a cigar that can stand up. Greg Hall, Brewmaster"
Hey, with a lead up like that, it has to be good.
Pours a black color with ruby highlight. Minimal tan head, really just a thin ring. You could smell the bourbon as soon as the cap came off. Some roasted malt, charred burnt notes, a bit oaky, but bourbon whiskey dominates. The taste is not as hot with alcohol as the aroma would suggest. Flavors of roasted malt, some chocolate or cocoa, and the bourbon barrel; vanilla, oaksmoke. A nice beer with a background of bourbon, not overpowering alcohol burn. This is a sipper, to be enjoyed slowly.

BigBry, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Offa
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, drunk on 19 April 2011

Black, minimal carbonation and no real head but lasting, permanent thin foamy brown ring and some wisps.

Aroma is strong fermented brown bread, caramelized-burnt prunes, dark rum.

Taste is fairly complex, rich and strong, but not overly intense and fairly well restrained and balanced. It has coffee and dark toast, esp. in the finish, mostly caramelized sweet coffee & prunes, burnt sugar & a slight medicinal cough-syrup quality, esp. at the finish. It is boozy and alcoholic, with a rummy quality, but it is fairly mellow and very smooth and it is not rough or overly boozy, esp. considering the strength. It has some good complexity, with enough depth of character and with no single element overly intense or overpowering everything else. It is quite drinkable and never gets tiresome or boring, despite the fact that it is pretty strong and definitely a slow-sipping drink. It is excellent overall.

Offa, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.25/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2010 vintage, reviewed on 1-4-11

Little to no head in the glass. What's there is deep brown in color. Bourbon on the nose, with charred wood, vanilla. Sweet/ beet sugar aroma. Dark chocolate, a little boozy, some dark fruit.
Bourbon right up front in the mouth. Sweet, lots of vanilla, charred wood. Medium bodied not heavy, alcohol is not overpowering for the high abv. Dry, bitter, roasted malt in the finish, with dark chocolate, espresso coffee in there also. As the beers warms the vanilla & bourbon are the dominate flavors. Would pair nicely with a cigar. Low carbonation, with velvety mouthfeel, sticky upfront. It warms the belly as it reaches room temperature. I find this not really complex it's pretty straight forward. Bourbon, charred wood, vanilla, some dark fruits, with dark chocolate & espresso coffee not getting much else. The warmer it gets the more there's just vanilla & bourbon, and starts to get heavy in the mouth. Becoming hot & boozy, more bitter in the finish. For me it's just okay, I've had better examples of the style.

CashMoneyVagrant, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer at Chumley’s in Lafayette, IN. I finally got the chance to try this one and now I wonder why I waited so long.

Appearance: It pours a pitch black and in this dark bar there is no chance of seeing through it. There was a nice tan head, but that died rather quickly, due to the bottle being too cold.

Aroma: Big bourbon aromas, alcohol, subtle hints of vanilla, and roasty goodness. I could smell this beer all day. Luckily I needed to let it warm up, so I was able to just sit there and enjoy the aroma as I cradle it with my hands.

Taste: The taste is exactly how it smells. It’s big, it’s boozy, and it’s great! Sweet malty goodness with an undertone of chocolate all complemented by blanket of bourbon warming. The alcohol is not well hidden; however, it is not a bad thing in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a sipper for sure and if it was the only beer I have the entire night I will be happy. It’s not as thick as I was expecting and a little more carbonated then I was expecting, but I think that just wakes up the taste buds.

Overall: This is a great beer, one of my new favorites and I can’t wait to try the other versions. I look forward to see how it develops over the next few years. Highly recommend.

jamescain, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Says 2009 on the label but the Bottled On date on the back says 01/14/10. Pours a black color with brown and ruby hues. No head. Jesus Christ, I could smell bourbon before I even started the pour. Unbelievably boozey smelling along with some roasted malts. Black licorice and a bit of oak, but bourbon dominates. The taste is surprisingly less boozey and very well balanced. Flavors of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate and then the warming alcohol. It really is shocking how boozey this smelled but how it didn't taste like a glass of bourbon. This is one heavy, slow drinking beer. This brew had about a year to age and I am curious how it is fresh and also how it is with a few years on it. Overall, I liked this a great deal and although the 12oz bottle set me back $5.79 I would absolutely look for it again.

PicoPapa, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of Nesued
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Binny's in Chicago last year prior to 2010 Dark Lord Day weekend. Thought it would be appropriate to review it as 2011 Dark Lord Day approaches. Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter after allowing it to warm a bit. 12oz bottle, marked as "2009 Bourbon County Brand Stout". Bottled on date reads "01/14/10 2313"

Appearance - Squid ink black. A tan head formed as this bad boy filled my glass. A one-finger head topped off this offering but then receded to a thin tan ring. Little lacing. Carbonation? Hell if I know, it's like looking into a black hole. However the tan ring stays around for quite awhile as I let this beer warm even more.

Smell - To quote from the Moody Blues Late Lament, "Breathe deep...." but, no "gathering gloom" here, only rich oak and bourbon brown sugar sweetness as the opening chords hit your nose. Some dense roasted malt notes join the refrain. Vanilla and caramel lead you into the chorus of wanting to taste what you smell.

Taste - Writing this section last, only because there is so much going on I wanted to think about how best to describe the dimensions of this beer. It opens with sweet vanilla notes and an "in your face" unmistakable bourbon profile. No doubt as to what this stallion was fed. The middle is filled with flavors of dark chocolate, more oak vanilla notes, and a hint of an alcohol burn. The closing is a warming blend of alcohol and caramel. Thick on the tongue and gives you a lip-smacking finish. Rinse and repeat.

Mouthfeel - Thick and almost "juicy" can best explain the feel of this offering. Chewy and full-bodied with a just right amount of carbonation making it's reappearance in order to be the chariot to carry this load around your mouth.

Overall - Thank heavens this comes in 12oz bottles. You want more, oh you want more, but something like this you savor and let it fill your soul. Phenomenal balance of bourbon aging on this one. A standard by which to measure the use of barrel-aging to augment the flavors, not just "increase-the-heat-by-aging-in-bourbon-barrels" to a beer. This makes me want to try the Goose Island Rare even more now. Well done. Best barrel-aged stout I've had. So far....

Nesued, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet on 4/13/11.

Pours a motor oil black with one finger on mocha brown head that dissipates leaving no lacing. With agitation it leaves small bubble lacing that has no retention and disappears quickly. Love the look of this brew but I wish there was more head retention and lacing.

Smells of bourbon and some coffee. Roasted barley, and vanilla as well. A great smelling brew. Well balanced, smell is aggressive but not overpowering. This smells damn good.

Tastes is of bourbon up front and then sweet malt, and then some chocolate to finish. This beer is a perfect balance and damn is it tasty. Can't wait until next winter on a cold evening. Wow!

Mouthfeel is medium weight even though the taste is so heavy, well done. Almost no bite at all. The resin and after taste is great, sticking to the entire pallet with chocolate, and roasted malt.

Overall this is a grand slam. This beer is what craft is all about, craftsmanship. One hell of a job GI you have won me over. Lets just keep this going after the InBev takeover.

UMNbeerhunter, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very good appearance with no lacing or head to speak of... Great legs too.

S - Awesome with only a slight alcoholic smell at the backend of the scent. Truly awesome. Great to finally try this brew!

T - For a bourbon stout this one drinks amazingly!!! Definite Oak and Vanilla. A sipper forsure! Great brew to split with a good friend!

D - A little too much carbonation, but still quite enjoyable.

M - Very good, very dry, but only to bring you back.

AWESOME TRADE! Thank you Erik!

Cheers!

chugalug06, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of birderbeerer
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black beer with very little head.

Bourbon aroma does not dominate but it's clearly there. There are also chocolate and some black licorice scents.

Tastes rich but not overly so. Deep, dark malt flavors glazed over with the bourbon. The bourbon accents the stout and does not overwhelm the rich, dark chocolate flavors.

birderbeerer, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, oaky and bourbon, with nice hints of coffee and chocolate. In the taste, chocolate, dry coffee, and oaky bourbon. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry oaky bourbon like aftertaste. I feel like I just took a shot of bourbon, big nose and nice bourbon in the end.

OWSLEY069, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark black color with a touch of brown visible around the edges and a thin finger of tan head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace.

S - Aroma is full of bourbon, smoke, and sweet oak. Some coffee and chocolate. A bit of the roasted malt also comes through. Really pungent.

T - Starts off with a lot of smoke and bourbon flavor. Some chocolate flavor alongside. There is some roasted malt and a hint of vanilla. Through the middle some brown sugar sweetness and oak flavors that come out. The finish is warm bourbon and chocolate malt blend, with only a touch of alcohol flavor that lingers really nicely.

M - Full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Creamy and even a bit oily. Flavor really fills the mouth. The finish has a nice warming feeling.

D - Pretty drinkable, especially given the strong flavors and the 13% abv. The bourbon flavor is strong and flavorful, but still well balanced.

ngeunit1, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of gnemesis
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into snifter on 04/05/2011. Bottled on 10/15/2010.
This beer pours an oil-like black... devoid of color. A thin tan head perches its self on top and recedes quickly leaving very little lace. I detect the bourbon almost immediately- followed by vanilla, brown sugar, sweet malts, and chocolate in the nose. The taste follows and adds notes of tobacco and wood. The alcohol gives a pleasurable warmth- perfect on a winter evening. This imperial stout has a full body and low carbonation. Another great offering from Goose Island. I love this beer and will seek out more for aging.

gnemesis, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is the elixir of malt that sits someplace smooth in between RIS, port, and bourbon. pour is about a half a finger of head. thick liquid of unbelievable plato. nose of whiskey smoked wood and vanilla. palate is that with notes of licorice, vanilla bean, coffee... and i'm mean an intensely expanded palate of it, almond, mission fig. the finish is warm and syrupy. like i said an elixir. extremely broad palate range but in turn at the cost of a equal feel. this is a concentration of all the flavors that could come about in such a drink. and i think one bottle can be shared among 4 people.

rtepiak, Apr 11, 2011
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,314 ratings.