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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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9,738 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,738
Reviews: 2,571
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,154
Gots: 4,808 | FT: 491
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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5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now that i figured out you can pour this into a frozen glass and get the head to stick around
lets up the appearance score to a 5, making this my one 5 beer. Simply the best beer ive ever had, and I dont see how anything could top this. Perfect.

Below is the original draught review. This is the bottle review ... real simple, 5 words.
Bourbon chocolate fudge cake. Superb.

Wow. BCBS. Finally. Enjoyed at The Bishops Collar in the Fairmount area, Philadelphia.

Beautiful stout appearance. One sniff and I know right away this instantly leaps to the top of my list. Port Hop 15 (the recent draught release is perfectly carbonated and incredible); fresh Heady Topper and now this.

Big aroma vanilla, oak, caramel, even a little smoke. Huge flavor, big bourbon, but beautifully integrated with the stout. Smoke and peat, very sweet but never obnoxious. The thickest beer Ive had. Bourbon.

Words cannot describe, this beer is frigging fantastic. Love to try this in bottles.

Did I mention bourbon?

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4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Full Review (2012 Version)

A - A very thin, less than a finger's worth, of medium khaki slightly smooth crisp head quickly fades away leaving very little in terms of lacing... A deep dark opaque sleek black color... A couple of carbonation bubbles can be seen clinging to the sides of the glass...

S - The bourbon barrel character is at the forefront (no surprise)... Next are faint hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and caramel... Did I mention booze - it never really fades and dominates each and every whiff...

T - This one is a booze bomb to start... You can't miss the heat and booze that leads on the palate... Once you get past the initial heat and booziness, there are layers of complexity and terrific balances... Slightly roasted malts... Cocoa... Vanilla... Caramel... Some dark fruit notes...

M -Full bodied... However, this one while still thick, viscous and chewy wasn't quite as thick, viscous and chewy as expected... A little carbonation with a lot of bite... Sleek and smooth... The heavy booze component can be felt in the throat (and even the nostrils) after each and every sip...

D - This one is a definite sipper that is to be enjoyed and savored... An excellent brew all the way around, but I'm not quite sure it leaves up to the lofty and almost unfair expectations... I will gladly enjoy the bottle that I picked up as well, but think I may give it a bit of time in the cellar to take a bit of the edge off and let some of the finer complexities emerge...

Update (2012 Version) - The year in the cellar has served this one very nicely... Smoothed out the rough edges considerably... Quite impressed...

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque very dark brown, basically black with an almost nonexistent light brown head.

Aroma: Vanilla, alcohol, caramel. Not overpowering but lots of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Chocolate up front then quickly turns into a caramel/molasses profile. Real nice and malty with that added bourbon flavor for an interesting palate. No bitterness or hop character (wasn't expecting any). An overall sweet profile with some bitter chocolate on the aftertaste. Can't taste much of the 15% ABV which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and real smooth. Alcohol warmth on the end. Good drinkability for such a big beer.

Final Thoughts: This one didn't really blow my mind but I didn't have those kind of expectations. It's a very good beer, an Imperial Stout on steroids. Would I drink it again? I can't see myself passing this one up.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,738 ratings.