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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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9,943 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,943
Reviews: 2,611
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,220
Gots: 5,047 | FT: 527
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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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4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Date: September 6, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Stout Tasting, Lakeville, MN Appearance: Opaque black, no head. Aroma: Bourbon and chocolate. Flavor: Consistent with aroma, thick bodied, oily and strong alcohol finish. Other: This was really good, but not quite as good as the Rare. 2009 vintage. 12.5.11 - had the 2011 vintage and think this version is smoother than the 2009 bottle with a sweeter more licorice finish. Upping palate to 5, this stuff rocks!

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4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottled 11/07/12.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a 1/2 finger dark tan head that is quick to disappear.

S: Such an amazing smell. Get the strong bourbon right up front. Also great vanilla and oak notes. Get a dark fruitiness in the background.

T: Great things going on here. Loads of maltiness, chocolate and oak. Obviously a supremely strong bourbon backing but its wonderful. Oakiness comes through as vanilla. Very complex, actually quite easy drinking.

M: Smooth as velvet, full body with low carbonation. Booze is hidden well in regards to burn but still very warming.

Overall I have always loved this beer and was very happy to get this years batch. Going to try to hold one for a year then I think it will get 5/5 on taste and mouthfeel.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 11/8/2012. Gonna cellar the rest of the 4-pack, but had to try one fresh.

A: Pours black with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Not much lacing or retention.

S: Bourbon, wood, toffee, fruit, alcohol. Very intense.

T: Very malty, not as much alcohol and bourbon compared to the nose. Chocolate and coffee. Malt stays on your tongue for a while.

M: Thick and chewy. Just enough carbonation. Drinks more like a 10% imperial than a 15%.

O: Tastes fine fresh, but can't wait to see how this tastes a year or two from now.

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4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter from 12oz. bottle

A-Black as night, very 1"inch tan head, not much lacing

S-boozy bourbon, vanilla, smoke, mild coffee, chocolate,

T-Follows the nose, lots of hot bourbon barrel up front, heavy dose of chocolate, sweet, mild smokiness, some vanilla, black licorice

M-thick, thick beer, mild carbonation, little burn at the back of the throat, lingering sweetness

O-I served this beer too cold and have been sipping it for over an hour. The beer improves as it warms. Sweet boozy bourbon barrel chocolatel stout, booze is up front in your face. this beer needs to warm up and mellow out for full enjoyment. good winter sipper

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

Pitch black color, pours thick like used engine oil. Probably the darkest, thickest pour I've had. Despite the high ABV, there is a head, it's thin, but it's there. Maybe a third of a finger thick and a reddish brown color. Little retention, but I was surprised there was a head at all.

Serious malt bomb. Lots of caramel, some smoke, definite bourbon scents come wafting up. It smells sweet if there is such a thing, but mostly it's just alcohol and malt.

The alcohol is very present, but it's not overpowering. I mean, it's strong and all, but for 15% ABV, you're allowed to taste the malts. It's got a caramelly, almost sorghum taste to it. Maybe some chocolate or coffee to give it a smokey flavor, not quite sure.

It's very sweet, on the edge of being too sweet. Smokey. Extremely thick and full bodied. Heat from the alcohol is strong, but not a deal breaker. Zero carbonation and no sign of hops, normally a bad thing, but this is a malt bomb so I expect that.

I'm normally not a fan of bourbon beers, but this is pretty good. It's like the sweetness battles with the alcohol and the effort balances each into a workable beer. Very strong, a sipper where only one is plenty. Glad I was able to find this and happy I bought a 4-pack.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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