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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

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9,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,939
Reviews: 2,608
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,217
Gots: 5,041 | FT: 526
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass. 2012 Vintage bottled on 11/08/12.

Appearance: Pours dark, oily, and completely black with a moderate amount of carbonation. Small tan head that fades away very quick into nothing. Lacing is fairly light on the glass.

Smell: A huge aroma that is thick, roasty, sweet, and boozy. Dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, toffee, and smoke. The barrel aging shines here with good hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Thick molasses with a hint of maple syrup. Undertones of dark fruits including raisins, dark cherries, plum, and fig. Light hints of earthy hops in the background. Alcohol scent is very noticeable as expected. Smells pretty sweet and rich with a quite complex mix.

Taste: As big, thick, and rich as the smell leads on. Roasted dark malts with a taste of chocolate, burnt caramel, coffee, toffee, biscuit, and smoke. The barrel taste is pretty big with notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet burnt molasses with a little maple syrup taste. A little anise spice. Big undertones of dark dried fruits including raisins, plum, dark cherry, and fig. A little hop presence is there but its light compared to the malts. Taste of alcohol is noticeable but actually fairly tame considering the ABV. Tastes pretty sweet but manages to avoid becoming too syrupy. Really great taste.

Mouthfeel: Big thick body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and fairly syrupy. Some alcohol heat is felt but it isn't overbearingly hot.

Overall: A really great imperial stout. Big in every way and the complex flavors blend together great. Goes down fairly smooth considering how huge it is.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

....wow. i dont know how to describe this beer in a way that will give it justice. if i could rate it a 6 outta 5 i would! every thing about this beer is PHENOMINAL! but im just gonna focus on the taste. oh except for the look the slickest thick blackest black i've ever seen in a beer.

Initially shocks the palate with bourbonyness, i mean was this aged in barrels or did they just straight up pour a bottle of bourbon in this pig. some oakiness apparent as well but slight. the boozyness is well masked...initially, i will get to that in a bit. then theres all kinds of beautiful gnarly radical goody grandiose cool groovy flavors that all come out and dance around, this stuff is COMPLEX! i get some caramel, toffee, sweet roasted malts and then awesome coffee flavors all perfectly balanced with bourbon and swirling/dancing on my palate. then the enitre time the most exquiset (spelling?) silky smooth mouthfeel ive expirienced... finally after all of those flavors are dancing / battling for the predominant flavor to rise to the top, it continues in the aftertaste wich lingers for well over a minute. FINALLY after about a minute and a half the booziness comes out...slowly...subtley but DEFINATLY there. starts in the back of the throat then works its way slowly down the esophogus warming but not burning as it descends and actually warms the stomach upon contact leaving me blissfully and comfortably numb.... PERFECT BEER IN EVERY WAY! (for this style) wish i could crack open the last kbs thats in my fridge just to do a side by side, im leaning towards this one being the winner in that EPIC battle.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review!

2012 Vintage poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a brilliant black. Poured without a head but the head would have been a mocha color. This bastard is quite opaque as I cannot see through it when I hold it up to the light.

S: I smell bourbon, some vanilla, bourbon and more bourbon. If the taste is anything like the smell then I'm in for a damn good treat.

T: Upon first sip it's like someone threw a bourbon bomb to explode onto my taste buds. The bourbon intensity is incredible. There's a little burn to it but nothing that takes away from the taste. Strong vanilla notes which contributes to the ultimate sweetness of the chocolate and dark fruits. Outstanding

M: I swished this mother around my mouth like Listerine and I didn't get the feel that this was 15% ABV. Once again, excellent.

Overall: I understand now why I spent 20 bucks on a 4 pack. This is well worth it. This was my first experience tasting Bourbon County and I know that some age will definitely maintain the awesomeness of this brew. The hardest part will be to not drink all of them. Outstanding beer and this definitely sets the standard for all other barrel aged stouts.

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,939 ratings.