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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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10,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,087
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,259
Gots: 5,205 | FT: 554
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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Ratings: 10,087 | Reviews: 2,635
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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely dark brown but allowing some light through showing deep garnet highlights and good clarity. The head doesn't last too long probably from the high ABV but what is there is a dark brown, creamy bubbles with a lasting ring around the glass.

S: Strong aromas of bourbon and roast. The moderately-strong oak smelling more like toasted coconut than anything probably from the cinnamon combining with the roast and sweet malt notes. There isn't much in the way of hops coming through. There is a moderately-strong alcohol aroma that is kind of flowery. A moderately-low chocolate character with a faint molasses aroma as well.

T: The flavor matches the nose with a bourbon, chocolate and a cinnamon oak flavor, fairly strong roast medium hops bitterness. Nothing much for hops flavor coming through the other strong flavors. There is a some moderate malt sweetness which is more than balanced by the hops bitterness and alcohol. The finish is off-dry with an aftertaste of chocolate and hops bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a big smooth alcohol warmth.

O: An outstanding oak aged with a lot of bourbon character. The overall smells and flavor is like that of coconut covered burbon chocolates. This one should develop in the bottle for years, I had a three year old one a couple months back and it was oh so nice.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

Yeah this beer is black alright. Almost one finger of tan head.

Smells chocolate, boozy bourbon.

Tastes very sweet, chocolate and caramel. Bourbon taste and light booze one the finish. also this finishes very sweet.

The mouthfeel is pretty light for such a big beer.

This is probably my favorite yet. It is also the freshest I have had this. A very nice beer and I can understand the hype this gets.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TheCondor
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard so much about this new, and have never had a chance to try it. Finally picked some up the other day. Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - No head or lacing at all. Pours the consistency and color of used motor oil, thick, rich, and creamy even from the pour. Jet black. Cool basic packaging, the hype and name speaks for itself.

Smell - The lowest marks I gave this beer are here. I smelled strong bourbon, dark fruits, a hint of vanilla, and a little malt. Whoa the bourbon is overpowering though.

Taste - Straight up OMFG. Smooth, creamy vanilla and malt notes wash over the tongue, followed by dark chocolate, fruits, and the prime mover, bourbon. The booze on the palate is strong, but easily digestible. This is seriously one of the best tastes I have ever experienced. So simple, yet so deliciously balanced and powerful.

Mouthfeel - Finishes smooth, creamy, and boozy. Coats the throat in alcoholic warmth.

Overall - Seriously, buy this beer and drink it posthaste. One of the best, if not the best, I have ever had. Like a religious experience drinking this. Unbelievable.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle warmed to appropriate temperature and poured into a snifter. Bottled 9/17/12.

A - Small dark brown head is the darkest I've seen. Head collapses to a small ring around the glass. This beer is the definition of opaque black.

S - Boozy bourbon is easily recognized. Vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses. The roasted malt is very complex. Little undertone of ripe red fruit. Wonderfully complex.

T - Very silky creamy feel right away. Starts with an ultra rich caramel flavor. Little bits of sweetness throughout but sporadicly. There is a tobacco flavor mid-palette. Somewhat burnt at times but smooth at another, a little more burnt later on. The richest chocolate finish along with a reminiscent flash of rich french vanilla cappuccino. Aftertaste as you would guess is forever lasting.

M - Full body, light carbonation, semi-sweet.

O - Very tough beer to identify the many many flavors. Am I drunk or just impressed because I'm now repeating myself? This little 12oz beer is to be shared amongst friends. I think this is a great beer, hard to even place in an Imperial stout category because it can stand alone at 15% ABV. Very complex beer that will make your bud light drinker cry.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -51.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.78/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage from a properly cellared bottle

A: black and thick like motor oil

S: bourbon and vanilla!!!

Taste: this beer tasted like heaven, it has a creamy vanilla flavor to it and the bourbon kicks you in the forehead. Absolutely delicious and to me it's drinkable.

Mouthfeel : this beer had a thick body with a creamy mouth feel which is exactly what I'm looking for in a 15% BBA stout.

Overall: I think this lives up to its hype. I bought an entire case to enjoy over the next few years. I really hope to get my hands on the other variants if I can.


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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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