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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

7,752 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,752
Reviews: 2,331
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,729
Gots: 3,309 | FT: 362
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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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tikk

New York

3.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this is a fantastic beer. Not as good as KBS, but I did that before I started reviewing.

Poured into my Portsmouth Tulip it was a deep dark black, with little head and some brown lacing as it went down.

Smelled of bourbon, chocolate and raisins and figs.

Tastes like heavy amount of bourbon, chocolate, fruits and a hint of vanilla. There is a hint of booziness, not as upfront as some others, but I definitely could feel the warming as it went down

Definitely a one bomber type of beer, couldn't do more than that. I actually would've preferred to split this one, but I don't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 04:59:31 | More by tikk
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hrking

Indiana

4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a couple times and this is a great bourbon stout.Bourbon presence and chocolate vanilla and some oak as well.Smooth but does pack some alcohol puch. If you are a big stout fan like myself this is a must try for you..the 09 version is more boozy than previous releases and might need to be aged for a couple years to mellow..

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 23:53:38 | More by hrking
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into a tulip at the Sunset Grill. It has a pinky sized dark tan head that resides fairly quickly, probably the barrel aging. Lacing is also fairly non existant, as with most barrel aged beers I have had. Smells of oak, strong whiskey,vanilla in the whiskey and some cocoa, seems like the standard barrel stout. Would like some more strength in the elements besides the whiskey. Tastes of nice cocoa and whiskey blend with some oak and vanilla, a burnt taste at the end adds a nice element. Some brown sugar sweetness is also nice. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and oily. A coat of whiskey cocoa onAa the tongue with some huge heat. Low carbonation helps this kind of beer. Drinkability is good for a whiskey aged beer. Seems like this one is the standard whiskey aged brew. Gonna age my bottle for a while and enjoy this one again on a nice holiday.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 22:20:08 | More by cbutova
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/21/08

A: Not much to see here. pours almost pitch black into a snifter leaving no head and not much else going on. when you tilt the glass up to your fizzog it does leave a brown film on the glass.

S: lots of burbon upfront and warming alchohol. chocolate comes through and dark fruits. strong alchohol finish. burns the nostrils.

T: Burbon of course, but lots of dark fruits figs and such. dark powdery chocolate. coffee bitterness. warming alchohol finish.

M: very thick. very chewy. body suits the taste quite well. carbonation helps to keep it getting to clotting. drink this rather quickly and the carbonation should last throughout your experience.

D: This is a 12 OZ bottle you may want to split with somone. very tasty but quite the sipper. also - I wouldent reccomend this with food, ciggars or anything like that. this is a special occasion beer and one to be enjoyed only in the company of other beer geeks :)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 21:59:27 | More by uno99
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jgasparine

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled a 2009 Bottle.

A- Poured from the bottle with a thin layer of tan foam, which quickly receded to a collar. The body was a completely opaque dark brown. Carbonation was not visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Bueatifully pungent aromas of caramel malt, vanilla and bourbon dominate the nose. Lesser roasty and chocolate notes were also detected. Smells incredibly wonderful.

T- An EXPLOSION of sweet and roasted malts combine with huge bourbon and vanilla notes on the palate. The drink quickly becomes hot in the middle with alcohol. The finish itself was very boozy, and some roasty bitterness lingers on the tongue long after swallowing. The excessive booziness is the only thing preventing this from being a 'perfect 5' the Taste department.

M- BIG thick velvety mouthfeel. Thick with unattenuated sugar and a silky soft carbonation. Exquisite.

D- The heat from the alcohol and the booziness is excessive. I couldn't drink more than a bottle of this... at least when served fresh. With a bit of age on it, I would imagine that the drinkability would improve considerably.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 16:02:15 | More by jgasparine
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CharlatanSin

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a 2008 version. I waited a couple of bottles to review since it's so complex, and I wanted to give it a fair shake.

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: A deep red-tinged brown. It creates a giant, foamy tan head with a tiny bit of a red hue that collapses into a perfect ring. Very beautiful.

S: The nose is primarily an oak whiskey scent. There's a fair deal of molasses, strong coffee, and vanilla. It's deep, complex, and stings the nostrils pleasantly.

T/M: The whiskey is strong and amazing. But it's balanced incredibly well so as not to be overpowering. The balancing factors are dark chocolate, vanilla, and strong coffee -- the sort of stuff you find in a good imperial stout. Drinking this beer is like experiencing a beautiful courtship between these two elements. It's thick, sticky, and burns so good on the way down.

D: This is in the top few beers I've ever had. Despite its fairly formidable price point, I know I'll be buying it again and again. My next quest in life becomes to find a vintage. Absolutely world class, and it nudges Brooklyn Black Chocolate out of its top stout spot on my list.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:06:22 | More by CharlatanSin
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jminsc76

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a 2008 version.

Poured in to a wide-mouthed sifter, pouring a dark brown head atop an impenetrable (Dark Vader-like) body. The head dies quickly, and the viscous nature of the body allows me to see my reflection at the top.

Aromas are INTENSE, with vanilla, graham, cracker, and molasses forming the bouquet. Very sweet, and it lifts the nose like a champ.

A wonderful bite up front, with the flavors washing over the palate like a rainbow. The beer exhibits chocolate, molasses, and vanilla initially, with some strong graham cracker, oak, and coffee/slight espresso on the finish. Wow, this stuff is nooo joke, and it compares to Dark Lord in flavor and consistency.

The mouthfeel is highly viscous, syrupy, with a little carbonation to cleanse the palate; ultimately, this is a sipping D.I. Stout if there ever was one.

Overall, this is very refined, with little heat (if any) and a little bit of bitterness coming out of the thick consistency. Incredibly refined, and lives up to its reputation.

Note: there are rumors abounding that some bottles exhibit a slight tinge of soy sauce, which is NOT a good thing apparently. I can vouch for this, as some of the bottles I have opened do exhibit a slight degree of the Asian condiment.

However, there are some bottles I have had that exhibit no soy sauce, and approach heaven-on-earth in their drinkability. Best thing to do when your B.C.S. exhibits slight degrees of soy sauce: don't let it warm too much and share it with others.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 08:59:45 | More by jminsc76
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a rich ultra-dark brown in color with a beautiful brown head that is just the color of brown sugar.

Smell - The heavy wood notes are surrounded by scents of crème de cocoa, raw sugar, rich malt, and a liquor that is more like whisky then bourbon.

Taste - The flavors here are huge and explosive! The wonderful roasted malt is almost lost in the swarm of other flavors. The cocoa is especially prevalent and the vanilla wood notes from the nose are slightly restrained at the taste. The whisky finds a way to mellow out from the nose yet somehow is more prominent. The sugar is like a crème caramel.

Mouthfeel - This is a big medium-bodied beer that is relatively flat and could have used a bit more liveliness. The natural bitterness of the malt is canceled by the huge variety of uber-flavors such as the alcohol, wood, and sugar.

Drinkability - This is a terrific drink with maybe a bit too much going on.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 02:02:57 | More by RoyalT
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at room temperature from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Is jet black in color, no head, no carbonation, and sticks to the side of the glass as I swirl it, am really enjoying the looks of this viscous stout bomb.

The aroma is heavenly, it wreaks of chocolate, bourban, vanilla, roasted malts, caramel, the aroma is intense. The taste is absolutely amazing, man I love this stuff! The taste is exactly like the aroma - chocolate, some vanilla, carmel roasted malts on top of the tongue while underneath the bourban stays on your tongue the entire time and keeps appearing throughout the entire sip. Picking up a little oakiness also. The bourban effervescence very much dominates, thus the name. The ABV warms the throat after the sip and lingers for a few minutes. The body is heavy, velvety smooth on the tongue, and sticky.

This one is a sipper, very drinkable, enjoyable, and would be ever so good on the deck while enjoying a fine cigar. This is one of my favorite imperial stouts and I'm a sucker for the ones aged in bourban or whiskey barrels.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 23:20:36 | More by jzeilinger
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a much to cold 22 oz '09. The appearance is jet black and inky. The smell is of straight bourbon barrels, with hints of cocoa and vanilla. The taste started off as bourbon, though as it warmed up it started to mellow out and the flavors just sprang forth. I caught chocolate followed, by hints of both vanilla and coffee. The feel is my mouth is creamy followed by a slow elegant burn to finish. I could have had another bottle, except that I would rather age the other one I have. Definitely an exceptional brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 20:43:16 | More by Kelp
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mbudner

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

'08 vintage bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a motor oil black with almost no head whatsoever (some dark mocha colored bubbles.) Nice and viscous.

S- Chocolatey bourbon goodness. Heavy notes of vanilla and wood combined with sweet chocolate malts. Great heat, just enough bourbon without being over-powering.

T- A lot like the smell. Simply perfect balance between the bourbon and the stout flavors. A year on this beer has turned it from a great brew to a fantastic one. The bourbon heat hits my lips and the back of my throat in the finish, but so much complexity and chocolate in the mid-palate.

M- The carbonation is nice and low, which is great because a lot tend to be over-carbonated. I might like a few more bubbles, but no complaints. Nice and chewy, for sho. There is a great heat to this beer after a year that keeps it special without ruining the flavors of the base stout itself. Lots of stout-y chocolate malts competing with the vanilla, oak and spices of the bourbon. The oak leaves a nice dryness as well.

D- This is a joke at 13%; I could drink it all day and all night. It is a thick chewy BA stout, but it goes down nice and easy leaving me wishing I had picked up a few more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 05:25:39 | More by mbudner
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'll start this by disclosing that I typically do not care for bourbon. This has made me hesitant to try this beer. But nevertheless, I have a 3 year vertical in my cellar. Tonight, I decided to give this years batch a try.

A: Dark black. Some ruby undertones when the light can refract through. Strong, off-white, chocolate head that lasts quite a while. Served to me in a 10 oz snifter. Very inviting and quite succulent appearing. The head dies a little too quickly. If it lasted a bit longer, this very well could have been a 5.

S: The aroma is initially that of a top shelf bourbon. Very boozy. This quickly trends to a pleasant roasty aroma followed by some chocolate and vanilla. Slightly smoky as well.

T: All I can say is "wow." Tons of flavors going on. First I get a lovely burnt coconut, followed by some vanilla, chocolate, a hint of coffee and even some caramel. The coconut flavors are what make me swoon. Like a atomic, chocolate, coconut macaroon. The bourbon is present in the end. Not overly strong like some and just right. I didn't feel the alcohol too much as well. This is contrary to other reviews. The flavors were very well balanced. The hops were there to provide very appropriate bitterness. The flavors overall could be described as "epic."

M: Medium to heavy bodied, but definitely on the lighter end for an imperial stout. Smooth. I may want a hint more velvety mouthfeel in a high alcohol stout like this, but really not a terrible fault.

D: This was definitely an epic beer. The flavors were incredible. I really don't care for bourbon, but this beer makes me want a rematch. I was really taken aback with this beer. I'm gonna collect a few more years and try my vertical that i have in my cellar. In the meantime, I may pick up another 4 pack of this years batch. If you haven't tried this, you must. My drinking partner tonight was a novice and even loved it. GO BUY THIS NOW!

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 03:42:52 | More by brewdoc75
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pmoore311

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first review on BA, and being that it is winter here in MI, I thought I would start with my favorite Big Stout.

Poured thick with about 1/2 finger of a chocolate head.

The smell was great, vanilla, bitter chocolate, and bourbon are right up front. I could use a little more though.

The taste is spectacular, with a very roasted malty smoky flavor with lots of vanilla and bourbon present. It tastes almost like it is a Stout mixed with Bourbon. What a great combo. What sets this apart for me is the very nice finish, that is less sweet that some of the other big stouts out there.

For being 13% the drinkability is spectacular, as there is a nice warming from the alcohol, but not too intensely hot.

For me when it come to BA Big Stouts this is what I measure all others against. Next up will be the Abyss.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 18:08:05 | More by pmoore311
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sidetracked

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage.

Pours black with just a little thin brown head which dissipates almost instantly.

Smells of bourbon and slightly of vanilla.

Tastes of roasted malts and a bit sweet like caramel or brown sugar. The barrel aging comes through as both hints of bourbon and a woodsyness. A little bitter chocolate at the end finishes out the taste.

This is one thick beer. Very chewy. With the almost complete lack of head, I would have expect the beer to be flat, but there is still a good carbonation to it.

A great beer to savor and enjoy. I'd like to drink another, but with the high ABV one per night is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 04:33:28 | More by sidetracked
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Zaplt

California

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Thick deep black stout - tones of red and browns in light. Very little head.

Smell - Woah! Very strong Bourbon - cherry, sweet fruity, licorice, caramel, roasty.

Taste - This beer is huge!!! Extremely complex taste with many layers -- intense alcohol at first which seemed to mellow with time (warmth or just me getting used to it?) sweet flavors from the smell come through very strong in the taste - cherry, licorice, with tones of caramel and chocolate (oak).

Mouthfeel - Really syrupy, smooth, and thick. Goes down surprisingly smooth for 13% but is a bit intense. Aftertaste is extremely sweet...

Drinkability - First sip I was not ready but as I sat with it for a while the complexity became more and more apparent and more and more deep. An amazing beer but hard to handle - I think if it was just slightly less alcoholic and they let the flavor come through a little more I would be completely satisfied. Amazing beer though.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 08:16:43 | More by Zaplt
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animal69

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a viscous almost impenatrable brown-black color w/ a very thin brown cap which dissipates almost immediately leaving a nominal lacing in my snifter

S- wow, this smells just like a liquor, massive bourbon nose up front with notes of wood, vanilla, tobbaco and soy sauce spread throughout, a bit of alcohol present esp. as it warmed

T- starts out fairly sweet, taste is also mainly bourbon with licorice and a smokey wood flavor, some fruit that i can't quite describe in there as well, almost sense some coconut(?) in the slightly alcoholic finish where the only bitterness i could detect comes through

M- a rich full body bordering on cloying, yet in a not unpleasant way, moderate to low carbonation, feels slick on the tongue

D- not a bad beer but def. a sipper, my 1st bourbon barrel aged, could prob. use some aging

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:29:30 | More by animal69
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 2009 bomber. Thanks, JamnesCameron!

Pours like chocolate syrup. Dark brown/black color. Impenetrable. Smallish chocolate head retains well. Not much lacing.

Aroma is mostly bourbon. A lot of sweetness, like caramel, vanilla, and chocolate.

Flavor follows. A lot of sweetness with a light, bittering roast. Really, really rich flavor. Definitely a dessert/cigar beer.

Thick, viscous feel. Like drinking syrup. Very low carbonation level. The ABV is noticeable, but not enough to make this an unpleasant drinking experience. Half of the bomber took well over an hour to drink - this is definitely a slow sipper, meant to be savored. Can't wait to get my hands on more bottles to age.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:02:39 | More by Gyle41386
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had on tap in chicago at goose island

A-pours two fingers of a thick dark caramel colored head that has an ok retention with a light lacing on the glass. the beer is jet black in color and doesn't allow light to pass through

S-huge notes of bourbon overpower the nose, hints of chocolate malt are subtly present with a touch of molasses

T-great taste from the bourbon barrel aging, it gives it a beautiful complexity, there is a lot of roasted chocolate malt, some molasses, a hint of hops towards the finish, some sweet citrus

M-so big, full bodied with an extremely smooth mouthfeel and a light warming from the alcohol (still well hidden for such a high abv). Nice amount of carbonation and aging would probably reduce this making it perfect

D-I could drink this all day, awesome flavor, great mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol with a nice warming, chewy and thick...give me more!

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2009 05:34:38 | More by cpetrone84
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2009 12 oz bottle poured into NB globe.

A: black motor oil pour with insanely dark brown head that disappears pretty quickly, heavy lacing

S: bourbon, chocolate, bourbon, chocolate WOW! these two smells dominate but are so rich and complex... the bourbon lends a vanilla sweetness and an oaky character, the chocolate character smells very dark like baking chocolate

T: I get the chocolate first on the tongue in the form of deep dark chocolate/ cocoa. This is followed by an onslaught of bourbon. This is the most integrated bourbon barrel aged stout I have tried. The bourbon is very strong, but the malty backbone keeps it from being too harsh. This is definitely an intense beer, but it is well balanced for its stature

MF: thick, creamy, chewy, velvety, low carb, perfect

D: Too boozy to have more than one but the flavor is exquisite and this sets the curve for BBA stouts IMO. The only other one I enjoyed more was KBS

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 04:11:35 | More by homebrew311
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veachster

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poors thick and black with a not so impressive dark tan head. Head retention is ok.

S - Right away I picked up bourbon. The bourbon overpowered everything else right away but seemed like it settled and the smell of roasted malts and a chocolate coffee came through.

T - The bourbon hits followed by a coffee. Definately can taste the chocolately roasted malts. No signs of lacing in the glass.

M - It sits crispy (carbonation) at first then it becomes a nice smooth creamy feel. The bourbon lingers out and bites a little bit. Chocolate seems to stick around for the after taste.

D - It is a very nice stout and seems like a good choice to share for the holiday with family and friends. I wouldn't slam the bottle by any means nor drink more than one at a time, but I am very much enjoying it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 03:10:00 | More by veachster
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a small, tight brown cap that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells of roasted malts, alcohol, and vanilla. Plenty of brown sugar as well with coffee and chocolate.

Tastes of the roasted malts up front followed by a big bourbon flavor. Notes of coffee, chocolate and molasses. From the bourbon comes vanilla and oak notes. It is plenty sweet with a big boozy flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy. A bit chewy and syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:43:41 | More by ocelot2500
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a cocoa colored head that is gone in a flash. No lacing .

Big aromas in this one. First is molasses and a cherry/bourbon scent. Then a little white pepper in the nose, then maybe some coffee. When it comes down to it, there is nothing bitter or sharp here. Just smooth and inviting.

More of the same. An incredibly smooth beverage. Some dark roasted malt bitterness, but perfectly balanced with the bourbon edge. Sweetness invades with hints of vanilla and some molasses bite. Even at 13% (and this was a young bottle -- 2009), not a bit of chemical alcohol. You'd never know what a kick this one has. Creamy, smooth, and delicious, right to the lingering bittersweet finish.

A mouth coater for sure. And a sipper. You just cannot take big swills, not would you want to. The slow drinking necessity extends the pleasure of this beverage. Only drawback -- this 12 0z. brew (bought in MA) cost me $7.00. Very much a special treat for me, and more than likely I will pine for this when I see it, but won't spend the money again. Everyone who loves stout -- hell, everyone who loves beer should try this once. I can only imaging what a year or two of aging would do to this.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 21:33:23 | More by OtherShoe2
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AndrewD1022

Florida

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2008 bottle that I have been storing for Christmas. The beer was poured into a regular pint glass.

The pour was like pouring out a coffee. There is no opacity when it is in the glass and even when you are at the very end of the drink it's still very dark. After the pour, the head does not stay at all. However, there is always a small ring of brown head around the glass.

Smell is very simple, think bourbon. With subtle hints of coffee and molasses. The smell is very smooth. Compared to my initial tasting of bourbon county stout it is a little smoother after a year.

The taste follows very closely with the smell. Hints of bourbon, sweet molasses, vanilla and caramel. Some smokey taste to it hits later on the back of your pallet.

The mouthfeel is very smooth at the beginning and sort of sneaks up in the end. With the hint of bourbon coming into play later in the taste, it really brings a whole new feel to the beer.

Drinkability is up to the drinker. I could probably have one of these every few days. However, for people not accustomed to this beer. It is a huge undertaking. Usually takes me about an hour to drink a full bottle.

This is one amazing beer. I have had this beer in two consecutive years and both years are very good. Aging is recommended and from the reviews it is a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 03:36:03 | More by AndrewD1022
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Redbear

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a 2006 bottle I found at a neat liquor store in Chicago. I served it in a wide mouth glass.

This beer pours pitch black; you can't see through it at all until the very last drops. There is almost no head, but tiny traces of the coffee coloring stick around for the whole drink.

The nose smells highly of alcohol but not in the gasoline-like sense. The scent of coffee or bitter chocolate accompanies it well.

Tasting this beer is a treat. Full, rich chocolaty flavor in the mouth with a slight sting in the back of the throat; really a full taste that I have trouble picking out all of its subtleties. Surprisingly drinkable for a 13% abv beer.

I'm actually surprised that this 2006 bottle tastes almost identical to the new 2009 ones, but I'm not complaining. A great beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 19:42:58 | More by Redbear
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oceanman

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours near black, off-white head, good lacing.

Blast of bourbon on nose, then like a sundae - hot fudge over vanilla ice cream, a bit of marshmallow

Tastes like French vanilla ice cream, dash of cappucino, balanced taste of bourbon, chocolate fudge. Bourbon/alcohol rise as beer warms.

Light carbonation, slight syrup, sweetness balanced out by alcohol and a faint bitterness, quite smooth given the intensity of flavor. Probably would be even better with age.

Sad to see this bottle go. Shocked to see it was 13%. Excellent all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 03:56:51 | More by oceanman
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,752 ratings.