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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 7,710
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,709
Gots: 3,284 | FT: 354
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
60 IBU

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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown screw top with gorgeous label, clearly marked bottled on date (and "best within 5 years" marked), and nice info about the beer...split into two chalices and split with the old man after a long day of working outside

Appearance: Black motor oil...seriously, this may be the most viscous, thick, dense-pouring beer I have ever seen...I love it! There's not much in the way of head, which is not exactly surprising with the massive abv, but what's there is dark brown and fades quickly to a thin but persistent ring

Smell: Dark burnt sugars, just a hint of soy sauce, some sweet milk chocolate, and a touch of woodsy smoke as well

Taste: Big burnt caramel and boozy esters up front, with just a ghost of marshmallow creme in the background, light, very natural oakiness present as well...the main difference here is that I don't get the big chocolate flavors I did on tap.

Mouthfeel: Unbelievably heavy, rich, and viscous

Drinkability: High for the abv, but don't be stupid with this one, it will make you sorry

Conclusion: This is the best GI stout for sure, though I like it a bit better on tap I think...I'm really looking forward to keeping a couple of these 2008's in the cellar and seeing what they do in a couple of years

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 15:17:51 | More by BedetheVenerable
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EliottJW

California

3.93/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a truly complex beer from start to finish that I found myself craving after I tried out black tuesday at the bruery. if you read my review of black tuesday, you'll note that this is what I was reminded of, though BT was 20x more drinkable, and that one stayed true.

poured a viscous pitch black with practically no head to speak of. the bubbles which WERE produced by a vigorous pour quickly dissipated and stuck to the sides of my glass leaving a thick, espresso brown lacing behind.

smelled buttery right off the bat, then giving way to soy sauce, then giving way to molasses, then giving way to bourbon and finally heavy roasted malts... the malts and bourbon commingled for a while before ending on somewhat of a sweet note. you know before tasting the stuff that it's gonna take you on a real ride.

upon the first sip, the bourbon is QUITE apparent and seems to be mixed in with a bit of butterscotch and table, or granulated sugar. toasty malts are apparent all the way throughout, but the bourbon shines extremely brightly on this one... it's aptly named... and a touch hot for my tastes, but that's just to say that I know I'm not going to be able to handle a whole ton of it. after letting this one sit a long while in between sips, I get a faint hint of dark chocolate.

the mouth was just as expected, full and creamy with a very low carbonation. it's viscosity made itself known all the way through. in my opinion, there was a need for a touch more carbonation, but it wasn't to the point of a huge fault. it drank like a big beer drinks... which translated to "GJ Goose Island".

Lowest score of all for me was the "drinkability". taking this literally makes me want to score it a bit on the lower side. I know for a fact that I couldn't dream of handling two of these back to back. to be honest, the flavor profile of this beer changed dramatically as it warmed up and I think I preferred it cold. this is a great beer that I'm hoping will mellow out considerably with a couple of years on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 01:11:39 | More by EliottJW
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juhl31

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this a couple separate times and i like it for sure

-looks like motor oil. pours like syrup and has a nice espresso head that goes pretty quick

-smells of soy sauce. theres some licorice in there and a little bit of fruit. oh and a ton of bourbon

-pretty damn nuts all the way through. pretty thick, but i really enjoy the taste...its like a good port wine really. it is definitely better when its colder

-feels great on my mouth. like i said, its like a good port, you just want to pair it with some good chocolate

-for me this is pretty drinkable, but you definitely have to be in the mood. but sitting around smoking some stoges out on the deck...good stuff

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 19:20:41 | More by juhl31
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MDekker

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out like lots of these other potent stouts - black as night, and thick. Not much head though, and that was a little disappointing.

S: Coffee, and lots of bourbon aroma. A little overwhelming in the nose, really.

T: I'm being pessimistic here, because this is really good - dark chocolate, vanilla, really ripe dark berries, and lots of bourbon - again, too much in my opinion, but still a fine brew. Lots of booze to go with it, and it was noticeable.

S: Pretty smooth and creamy, nice carbonation.

D: Good, but a bit overwhelming, like I said. The alcohol content gets in the way of really savoring this one. I'm biased, but this ain't no Kentucky Breakfast Stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 01:37:24 | More by MDekker
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biggred1

Indiana

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

Darkest brown with a nice looking coffee colored head that fades quickly into a collar of foam. The smell is pretty oaky and bourbon heavy with some vanilla and roasted malt. Oak hits the palate first, followed by dark mascerated fruit, roasted malt and a charred bitterness. Full bodied and silky with a warm alcoholic finish that lingers long after each sip. This beer is hyped for a reason, it's very good. I would guess that how you feel about bourbon will determine how much you get out of this beer, I love it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 20:36:49 | More by biggred1
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Reneejane

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This is a black beer with a cream head and a lovely sweet aroma. The aroma also has an alcohol note to it. The taste is also of alcohol with a minimal roastiness. This is followed by just a pure chocolate taste. The mouthfeel feels like liquid velvet. This is a wonderful beer! Maybe this isnt' the most drinkable beer as you might be knocked out with too many. It is like a cordial. Super desert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2009 20:52:07 | More by Reneejane
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fiver29

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours pitch black with a thin chocolate looking head. Aroma is amazing. Bourbon, chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, vanilla, and did I mention bourbon? Has a very dense and heavy mouthfeel with some carbonation. Flavor is just what the doctor ordered. Hot bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, dark roasted coffee, and alcohol. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. This is an over the top, bourbon in your face brew. This is what makes it one of my favorites. Its also its biggest weakness. I really like the over the top bourbon, but enjoy a more balanced bourbon flavor even more.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 20:08:59 | More by fiver29
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dpasotti

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle aged for 11 months.

A - deep, dark brown, but not the darkest I've seen. Extremely vigorous pour produces no head whatsoever. A thin ring of bubbles remains on the edge of the glass. Produces a nice "tears of beer" effect where you can see the alcohol evaporating when swirled.

S - Roasty chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and wood (oak?), respectively.

T - Wow. Incredibly rich and complex. Sweet, intense dark chocolate and dark fruits initially. Then the bourbon comes on strong (but smooth). Make way for the burning bourbon aftertaste! There's no hiding the strength of this beer.

M - Oily and soupy, but it works for this brew. Low, but adequate carbonation.

D - Well it was amazing, but my mouth is basically in shock. I don't think I could have more than one in an evening; this is definitely a special occasion beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 02:47:49 | More by dpasotti
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At The Barn Restaurant and Tavern in good ol' Baraboo on 08/16/09. Paired with a huge Black and Blue Burger on a ciabatta roll, nice.

Poured from a kinda cold bottle into a shaker pint. 2008 bottling.

Pours a murky black with no light showing through. Head is pretty much non-existant save for a small ring. This is a barrel aged beer with a 13% ABV so, no biggie there.

Aroma on the front is dextrose and oakey bourbon. Molasses and burnt brown sugar. Middle is earthy and intensly malty with a hint of vanilla. Copper and blood metallic aromas yield to a darkly roasted coffee with a touch of smoke. Finishes sweet with a slight funk, like barn dirt mixed with old manure.

Flavor opens with boozy bourbon and fusel alcohol. Darkly roasted malt gives way to sweet molasses in the middle. Molasses meld with caramel, cream and a hint of syrupy sweet sap.Vanilla on the finish with sweet and heavy booze. Finishes with a dark roasted coffee and chocolate sweetness. Chocloate is dry like eating unsweetened cocoa or bakers chocolate. Depth of flavor is awesome.

Mouth is thick and syrupy, viscous and chewy. Carbonation is non-existant and the beer may have done a little better with a small amount of carbo to cut the sweetness slighly. A nice stick is left on the lips.

Very nice for a sit down. Heavy, thick and un-apologetic about it, this is a HUGE beer. Be prepared to fall in love once and then maybe again in a few weeks.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 22:41:22 | More by wheatyweiss
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid black, with a hint of a dark mocha head. But the head turns out to be just a tease, as it instantly disappears and just leave a few traces of it. So just black now.

Bittersweet chocolate, pipe tobacco are what I pick up on my first sniff. Roasted barley comes into focus upon subsequent passes. Also, a nice bit of bright hopping is evident. This lends a nice earthiness to the bouquet, without standing in the way of the main focus.

My first thought is wow, this is all over the place. But as I really taste the beer, it's just that it's full of flavor. Bourbon is evident, but far from overpowering. Dark chocolates, tobacco, roasted bitterness all come out to play. I'm not picking up any of the hops I noticed in the nose, but I'm also not complaining. This is top notch taste. Not an overpowering alcohol component, however my lips do seem to be a bit hot.

Mouthfeel. Hmmm....well, if scientists ever figure how to make silk edible, they'll name the new discovery something like "Goosus Islandcus" Actually, that's a weird thing to say, but the mouthfeel here makes me very happy. Very smooth silky texture, and a good low level of carbonation let's the flavors sing loud and proud.

Overall drinkability, however would be somewhat low. For me, anyway. Due to somewhat high cost of this beer (which is absolutely a fair price), and the limited availability, mixed with the high alcohol content is going to keep me from drinking this on a regular basis. But I will be looking forward to this beer, year after year, and will always thank heaven when I'm able to sample it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 22:24:19 | More by dancinwillie
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yesyouam

New York

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

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is an opaque black ale ith an orange ring for a head. It doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. It smells sweet, like bourbon and maybe apples. There are notes of soy sauce and bread. It's medium-full bodied with a mineral texture. The finish is sharp. It tastes a bit sweet with lots of bourbon flavor. The balance is alright. There is a fruity note, like apple or peach. The aftertaste is of bourbon. Yeah, it's mostly bourbon here.

[Sampled at the 2009 Flower City Brewers' Fest at Frontier Field, Rochester, NY]

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 20:28:48 | More by yesyouam
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had 8.9.09
This beer pours an opaque black like motor oil with only a chocolate brown film sitting on - film sits on top for the duration of the beer and leaves no lacing what so ever. Nose is of bourbon and booze predominantly with only the slightest hint of chocolate. Taste is HOLY bourbon batman! Major booziness and a strong bitter chocolate presence, roasted malts a slight undertone to this beer. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, thick feel on the tongue and chewy. This isn't a sessionable beer by any means, but it is a wonderful one to sit with and sip with friends.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 15:27:56 | More by Jayli
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davedahl

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/10/08 - nine months in the bottle before i popped it.

Aroma: Licorice, whisper of cinnamon, sherry

Mouthfeel: thick and coating but in a wonderful way like, um, being coated in burbon county stout! Zero carboniation but some sharpness comes through from the high abv

Taste: bourbon, boozy, sweet rich dark malts, licorice, vanilla, and mre sherry. A bit "hot" the flavors are fantastic but could use some more melding - time will serve it well. If you have the patience.

Appearance: zero carbonation produces zero head even w/a hard pour, but the depths of it's blackness are infinite.

Drinability: despite the sky-high abv, slight hotness, and still a bit "green" flavors this is a hugely drinkable and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 17:50:01 | More by davedahl
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carps12

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my duck rabbit snifter. 2007 vintage. Pitch black. Very thin head on the outer edge. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak on the nose. Sweet bourbon upfront followed by a roasted malt finish. Loads of vanilla. There's a bitterness mixed with oak also on the finish that could be better. Not hot at all like when fresh. Bourbon nose definitely subdued because of age which I enjoy more. Mouthfeel is creamy with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Well another 6 months before I try another.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 22:41:21 | More by carps12
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berkey

California

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

From notes last night. 2008 bottling poured into a tulip.

Pours tar black. Possible the darkest beer I've ever seen. Out of curiosity I held the glass directly to the lamp trying to see if light would peek through but this sucker is dense. Forms a small brown head with hints of red but it withers away pretty quickly.

Malty sweetness, chocolate, and alcohol dominate the secondary oak aromas. Gets more and more roasty and smokey as it warms.

First taste brings on much more coffee than the nose followed by the same chocolate malty sweetness. Secondary flavors are the expected oak, vanilla and some sticky caramel syrup but these are relatively faint. At about room temperature I'm starting to get more rich cocoa, tobacco, and something spicy that almost reminds me of steak sauce (I know it sounds strange but it's in my notes so I'm typing it here).

Slight alcohol burn on the mouthfeel which is interesting. Not thin but not as creamy as some other stouts. Not too bad on the drinkability for a beer this big.

Overall I'll say it's nice to have a year round Bourbon aged stout but I've had better. I really wanted to love this one but while I enjoyed and gave high marks I have to admit I was a little let down. Maybe my expectations were too high. I'm sure this will work it's way back into rotation but I'm in no rush.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 19:53:59 | More by berkey
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to go out of state for this one as OH has a 12% ABV cap. Poured a 12oz into a snifter.

A- Black with a really dark red/brown head that fizzes up and dissipates. No real lacing left but a thick ring around the edge survives.

S- Woody, smokey, bourbony, chocolaty, boozy, sweet, cherries, fruity and complexity. Very nice.

T- Again, Bourdony, chocolaty, boozy and sweet. Lots of cherries. Its like chocolate covered black cherries.

M- Thick, warm, chewy and sticky. Pretty nice.

D- The booze is right up front here, but I dont think anyone expected anything less. So the drinkability doesnt take a hit here.
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2009 Vintage Tasted on 7/25/10

A- Pours with no head at all. It takes a lot to coax out some foam. The beer is way black and thick.

S- Heavy on alcohol and bourbon. Lots of alcohol, it becomes similar to rubbing alcohol at times. This smells very very boozy and hot. Oak, vanilla and chocolate try to make a dent in the alcohol with little luck.

T- Very very very nice. Lots and lots and lots of vanilla. Milk chocolate, wood, some dark fruits, lots of alcohol and bourbon.

M- Thick as hell. So hot its numbing.

D- Really really hot. This is still a fantastically delicious sipper though.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 04:40:54 | More by MbpBugeye
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bret27

California

4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Bottle split w/a friend. Very dark thick viscous appearance, w/brown head and lacing. Deep smell of chocolate/ bourbon/ wood/ molasses/ dark or ripe fruit. Little hot from the bourbon but otherwise very thick and balanced. Taste is same as smell. Definitely a sipper d/t high abv, bourbon taste and thickness. I think they all come together perfectly. I've had much hotter stouts w/bourbon or brandy that are much less thick and less abv. One of the best imperial stouts ever. And I know it will get better for years to come making it a good investment even for the higher price.
Only downer is drinkability d/t thickness and heat.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 03:38:43 | More by bret27
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GregSVT

Texas

4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10-8-2008 served 8-6-2009 from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black no head after a pretty vigorus pour and a small dark brown ring appears after it settles.

S: Smells of dark fruit, molasses, oak, and very slight vanilla. Up front and in your face...one of the best barrel aged stouts as far as aroma goes. As it warms you can smell the alcohol and a big whiskey smell.

T: Taste mimics the nose, dark over-ripe fruit, deep chocolate malt, molasses, and sweet vanilla. The aftertaste is almost cloying it's so sweet. As it warms it shows it's RIS backbone and the aftertaste isn't as sweet although the molasses is still there.

M: This is without a doubt the thickest beer I've ever had. This feels like motor oil as it coats the mouth and goes down the throat. Carbonation is very light and barely shows itself when you swish it in the mouth. Even with the low carbonation the stuff has the best feel in the mouth than any other Imperial Stout I've ever had.

D: Given the ABV I could probably drink 1 or 2 12oz bottles before switching to something lighter but this stuff is pretty good.

Overall this is great but I was expecting something slightly different. I guess I was expecting more bourbon and vanilla creamy flavors than what was there. I know bourbon, I drink the good stuff all the time but I really couldn't pick it out of the other aromas. The lack of carbonation also kept me from rating it higher on the appearance. This is my favorite Bourbon Aged Stouts so far...even over KBS.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 01:01:25 | More by GregSVT
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JRhode

California

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

Split a 2008 vintage 12 oz bottle with jessethehutt; poured into Duvel tulip.

When I first drank this beer soon after release I think it would have been a B+/A- beer, losing points for being overly boozy/hot. This beer has rounded out nicely in the months since.

Pours a syrupy viscous black. Little to no head. Maybe I should have roughed it up a little. Maybe one of the thickest beers I have poured.

The first smell that hits me out of the glass is sweetened coconut, followed by bourbon/oak, vanilla, and some mole asses. This is the cold stone creamery of beer smells: a bunch of sweet treats mashed up together.

First taste impression is of sweet bourbon and vanilla. I pick up a little bit of coffee, chocolate, and coconut too. Al little alcohol burn on the finish. A lot going on.

Coats the mouth completely and almost requires chewing. Feels as thick as it looked pouring into the glass. Maybe a little lacking in carbonation?

The six ounces I drank pushed me over the edge. The 13% abv is no joke. I would probably guess 10-11% abv blind though.

One of those beers that is the poster child for aging. Can't wait to see what it tastes like in another year.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 20:34:52 | More by JRhode
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, thanks alleykatking!

A- Dark oily black with smallish wood-colored head. Some lacing, although not much.

S- Whoa bourbon! Smells delicious, good bourbon is dominant, followed by some vanilla, sweet molasses, and oak.

T- Again, big bourbon flavors, buttery roasted malt, woody bite too. What's amazing about this one is how it matures on the palate. There's a clear evolution from the bourbon to the roasted flavors and the lingering wood flavor. Finally finishes with an herbal hop bitterness. Some chocolate comes through as it drinks. Slightly hot, but nothing unbearable. Some vanilla in there too. Exceptional. This is a big beer that's definitely worth seeking out.

M- Thick, viscous, coating. Just how I like my stouts.

D- This one is a sipper for sure. Drinks like a nice bourbon... delicious. I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 19:11:40 | More by LordAdmNelson
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billshmeinke

California

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

12 oz. bottle into Chimay chalice.

A: Black, minimal head (guess I poured too slowly). Tiny ring of foam around edge of glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Oak, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, smoke. Very complex interesting smell.

T: Vanilla and molasses up front. Molasses-y bourbon in the middle, and a smoky coffee/charred oak finish. Kinda creamy as well. Great depth of flavors, but a tad unbalanced (clearly in favor of sweetness). I could see how this could be a good cigar beer as the label indicated.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation going on here, but that's definitely a good thing for this beer.

D: Drinkability is impressive for the abv.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 03:05:44 | More by billshmeinke
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

After much searching and endless self-built hype I finally found this beer at New Beer in NYC.. Pour is as good as it gets for imperial stouts. Solid black, viscous with brown head. Amazing. Aroma is very melty with lots of dark fruity. Black cherry and fig. Very sweet. Flavor is very dark fruit and a chocolaty, rich malt sweetness. It is very, very rich and very, very boozey. The strength of the flavor may take away from it a bit by some. Mouth is also as good as it gets for heavy stouts. Super thick. Viscous like molasses. Also with very crisp carbonation. The beer is so rich that it can be a bit overpowering. Its quite amazing in flavor and mouthfeel, but as far as "drinkability" is concerned, its very boozey and powerful. Certainly a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:17:43 | More by BirdFlu
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got through a trade with a061183. Thanks for the brews!

Bottled on date says 10/16/08. This one is almost 10 months old. I plan to keep a couple more for aging.

A- Pours a thick jet black color with a thin mocha colored head that quickly recedes into a small ring. Some scattered lacing.

S- Huge aroma of bourbon. Some nice scents of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt.

T- Whoa, this is one bourbony booze bomb! Tons of bourbon vanilla flavor blasting away with reckless force. Major oak and roasted caramel malt flavor that comprise a majority of the taste. Alcohol is quite apparent, although this brew does way in at 13.00%. Probably the most flavorful stout that I have had to date.

M- Full bodied with medium/low carbonation. Thick and chewy.

D- This brew tells you what its going to be like from the get go. "Bourbon County Stout" is exactly that, a huge bourbon flavored stout that doesn't hold back. Drinkable considering the 13% ABV but still boozy.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 04:27:16 | More by projectflam86
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this 2008 version shortly after it was released and thought it was WAY too hot. Since then, I have grown slightly more fond of bourbon aged beers, plus this now has a solid 6 months on it so I figure it is time to re-review. I wasn't going to crack this until January 2010 but I don't have the willpower...

Pours black as night with a small quarter inch dark brown head that scatters quickly leaving swirls that dance upon the top of the beer. Smell is bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. Some vanilla, wood, and chocolate too (dipped in bourbon). The taste is a seriously huge mash of bourbon and hops, not near as painful as I remember but still pretty bold even for my further developed palate. Not quite what I would call "harsh" though, which is a positive. Background flavors include chocolate, wood, and burnt caramel. Full bodied and creamy, exactly how an imperial stout should be. This is a big time sipper, not one to be messed with. World class beer with few flaws.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 02:38:29 | More by alcstradamus
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the 2008 version

Pours a pitch black heavy ooze. Head is 1 finger, chocolate and rather weak. Head retention and lacing are mediocre at best

Smell is mostly of dark fruit, raisins and figs. Chocolate malt and alcohol are also detected. Hops are very faint and not really in there. Dont get much oak or bourbon but as the beer warms up the alcohol gets stronger

Holy shit this is so rich. First taste is of sweet chocolate Hersheys syrup. Then tons of smoke, oak, vanilla and alcohol come in. The flavors are so strong, they're almost overpowering. Hops are pretty tame and are mostly in the aftertaste. For 13% alcohol, there is a warming sensation and the alcohol is definitely present. Never really got the taste of soy sauce that alot of people talk about in Stouts but this one had a bit of that flavor

Mouth feel is very full. Thick body but wish there was more of a head. Carbonation is also good, not too much there but enough to liven up the beer

Drink ability is above average for a beer this big. I could possibly drink two of these at a time but its definitely a sipper. The flavors are some of the most powerful stuff i've ever had but the overly sweetness and alcohol make it fall just short of the best stouts in the world. Would love to try another one after another year cellered and see how the time changes it

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 06:49:06 | More by angelmonster
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,710 ratings.