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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,307 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,307
Reviews: 2,363
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 1,904
Gots: 3,537 | FT: 375
Brewed by:
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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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a 12oz 2009 bottle into a snifter.

A: Beautifully pitch black with a one finger mocha head that dissapates slowly.

S: Bourbon! Well, bourbon at first, then vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee. Holy shit! I could write an entire review on the smell alone. But I should probably taste it...

T: Wow! Just wow. There is so much going on in this beer. I get the bourbon up front and the vanilla and coffee follow. You also get the bitter hops, the oak barrels, its incredibly multi-layered.

D: Well for a 13% beer its damn drinkable! Its a year old, so I'm sure its mellowed out a bit. You still get that strong alcohol flavor, but I hesitate to call it "heat". Whatever it is, its more pleasant than deterring.

Overall: World class is the only way to describe this beer. Its just super complex and tasty. Everything in this beer comes together smooth and perfect. This is just a beast of a beer and a true classic. Must try!

P.S. I've heard some BAs say that you actually dream about this beer after having it. I laughed when I read that, but I can honestly say that I have actually dreamed of drinking this beer. Fantastic brew!

JohnnyChicago, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of mudbug
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like a used motor oil into a standard pint glass.
No head to speak of, just a thin cap of sticky foam.
Smells like coffee and whiskey, beignets and jazz with a lot of powdered sugar.
Can i just sit here and inhale? The aroma is outstanding.
New Orleans, dank musty and mysterious, sweet cloying yet dangerously easy, the big easy....
Taste is a straight up bourbon on the rocks. with a chocolate candy on the side, the lady making eyes over the pool table is just a shill, ignore her, we have work to do.
Deeper down the sugar daddy makes his play.. pay up!
This one is smooth, should you fold? No, call till the last draw.
Sticks to the tongue like a bad karma debt. No use holdin out, I'm singing like a bird.
Probably one of the best Stouts on Earth.

mudbug, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a label of "2009" but the back of the label reads that it was bottled on 1/14/10.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears black in color. Around the edges there is barely any light shining through but what does break though displays a bit of brown clarity. A thin film of dark tan head appears and rapidly dissolves with audible fizzing. Very faint spotty lace clings to the glass with swirls that release carbonation but still fail to formulate a head.

The aroma of this brew is a pleasant blend of bourbon and vanilla. There are some woodsy suggestions of the oak aging process throughout the profile. The dark scent of the grain comes across with burnt notes lightly suggesting chocolate and coffee but these are quite subtle compared to the bold presence of bourbon and vanilla.

The taste of this brew is bold with a forceful kick of bourbon heat right upfront. The taste of the alcohol is somewhat solvent with a tangy bite partially influenced by some hops. The dark grain leaves a persistent bitterness like strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate that lingers in the mouth. The barrel aging influence is evident with some dry woodsy flavors that blend with the burnt grain aspect and turn to a more mellow vanilla smoothness that suggests dark caramel or toffee.

This is a full bodied brew that at times seems lighter just because of the sheer evaporative quality that this brew has inside your mouth. It is acceptably light in carbonation and is a mighty fine sipper on a cold night. This brew is a savage beast and I really like it. At 1 year old, it hasn't even touched a fraction of it's aging capacity and tastes strikingly similar to a 3 year old bottle I recently had. I know the label states that this brew can develop in the bottle for up to 5 years but lets be honest, that is a starting point for this brew.

stakem, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of steveh
3.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 Bottling. Pretty sure I tried this in the past, but I can't recall.

A -- Pours inky, oily, opaque black and yields a thin, dark brown head that settles to a rim around my Rodenbach snifter.

S -- Vanilla bourbon character in first whiff, cocoa and black cherries blending in the middle, peppery alcohol back.

T -- Hot alcohol up front that blends into the vanilla/bourbon character from the barrel aging. Some cocoa and dark fruit character in the middle and finishing with peppery alcohol.

M -- Mouthfeel is syrupy with a heavy body and warming alcohol that dries the palate.

D -- Drinkability is definitely good and enticing, but more than one of these in a sitting could be disastrous.

steveh, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of paulys55
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a nice bottle shop in Beacon Hill, Boston,MA. Pours oily black with a really nice head. Smell the bourbon right away and it was nicely present in the taste. This gem really began to shine as it warmed revealing an array of rich flavors and a nice bourbon warmth in the finish. Really enjoyed this brew and will certainly seek out in the future.

paulys55, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/15/10

A. Pours a dark black with a whisp of a dark chocolate foamy head. that recedes to nothing quickly.

S. Awesome. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, and a bit of dark fruit with fig most prominent.

T. Bourbon hits you immediately. The second and third tastes reveal more and more of the dark fruit character along with chocolate and some oak. Vanilla doesn't really make it into the taste - I'm excited to try my bottle of BCBVS soon. Some obvious alcohol heat on the tail.

M. Medium body with a medium to high level of carbonation. I initially find the carbonation to be too high, but as I work my way through the glass, it really helps to prevent palate fatigue.

D. Great for the end to a great day.

BeerAndBourbon, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of BS68280
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just decided to finally get around to reviewing this one. I've probably had it a dozen times so it's time to review it. 09 12oz bottle poured into DFH signature glass. I've had it on tap and from the bottle, but this review is for the bottle version.

A: Black looks a little thinner than some of the big stouts I've had. Little dark khaki head that goes away quickly. Just traces of it around the edge.

S: Lots of bourbon gives it some nice caramel and vanilla notes. I can't pick up much else through it but the big bourbon is one of the things I love most about this beer.

T: This one has gotten even better throughout the year and is drinking great right now. Still a surprising amount of bourbon heat at first, but it gives way to some wonderful flavors. Goes from vanilla to caramel, some hints of dark fruit followed by some rich dark chocolate. The heat is there at the end a little as well.

M: Thick and kind of smooth even though there is lots of carbonation.

D: It doesn't do much to hide the bourbon heat but is still incredibly drinkable to me. I wish I had more of these left.

BS68280, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 Batch. Reviewed on 11-30-2010

A: Poured into a Goose Island goblet. Black body with deep brown plum edges has about a finger of deep brown head with orange highlights. No lacing is evident but it does have legs which is nice.

S: The smell is fantastic! BIG Bourbon notes singe my nose hairs and make my eyes burn! Not a whole lot else is apparent other than some caramel that could very well be from the bourbon as well.

T: Chocolate, Bourbon, stone fruit, burnt sugar, and everything else that is found in great barrel aged stouts.

M: Viscous and thick. My tongue feels sluggish as it tries to move through this.

D: Its a big ass impy stout! What do you think the drinkability is! One bottle and time for bed. You might want to get a nap before trying this guy.

hopsbreath, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of jlandis
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a non existent tan head.

Rich bourbon and oak right up front with hints of vanilla and chocolate.

Rich dark chocolate and bourbon. It must have picked up so much flavor from the 100 days in the bourbon barrel - vanilla and oak and a dark fruits. Solid alcohol burn.

Slick and creamy body with solid carbonation.

This is a staggering and overwhelming beer. All of the flavors mesh together and attack the pallet in turn. I'm glad I had the opportunity to share this with two friends, because there is no way I could have finished the whole bottle myself. I wish they would distribute to PA and I didn't have to drive to NY to pick this one up. I would be interested to see how this one tastes with some age.

jlandis, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of ElGallo
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 bomber I picked up at a nice bottle shop in the Berkshires while attending a wedding (last bottle on the shelf, which is always nice to snag).

Poured into a balloon glass. Not much head, but my pour was weak - will be more vigorous with the second glass. Good lacing though it doesn't linger. Nose is fantastic - chocolate and bourbon gettin' it on. Taste is right in line with the nose, mouthfeel is smooth and easy going down. Very little heat on this year-old bottle, but the ABV will catch you off guard if you're not wise.

Very special to have a great beer from a great city (my dad's hometown). Can't wait to try the coffee, vanilla, and rare (if I'm lucky enough).

ElGallo, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of BigB415
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I notice about this is the chocolate taste and bourbon smell/taste. Great for sipping. Sometimes I think I'm sipping on a port or sherry since the alcohol is so high and noticeable and the chocolate presence. For 13% it's pretty smooth. I would like to see how it ages over the course of 5 years so maybe I'll buy 5 bottles and have one every year and compare notes.

BigB415, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle - 2009

Pour yeilds little head. A swirl reveals evenly spaced legs that drip slowly.
Nose is still hot from the bourbon even after a year. Charred oak and booze are dominant in the aroma. A little agitation reveals, milk chocolate, vanilla, and heavily roasted malt.
Chocolate hits on the front of your palate followed by an alcohol bite and smooth aged bourbon. On the back end I get a quick bitter malt sensation. After-taste leaves an decadent vanilla chocolate flavor.
Mouth feel is creamy and coats the tongue. Not too viscous and little carbonation. I would love for some more bitter coffee/cocoa flavor in this beer. Too much milk chocolate. Maybe that's why the coffee version is so good. This beer seems to need the barrel to take it to that extra level. I don't think this stout could stand well on its own as evidenced by Nightstalker.

BearsOnAcid, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of paulozanello
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

The color is black as petroleum, with no light whatsoever going through. Head is very thin, I can only see a faint brown ring of foam on the sides of my glass. As I swirl it in my glass I also make note of very fine brownish bubbles coming up.

Aroma is very strong with plenty of bourbon/oak, vanilla and some booze. I also detect a bit of dark fruits.

Taste is also extremely strong starting very sweet with dark/roasted malts and mollasses flavors. This is followed by plenty of dark fuit notes (plums, raisings, figs) and the extremely pleasant bourbon and vanilla explosion. Aftertaste is very persistent with the same oak notes and also some coffee.

This beer is extremely heavy and takes a while to drink. Mouthfeel is very liquorous and sticky. I'm amazed by the quantity of malt in this beer. Carbonation is very high as is the alcohol bite towards the end, specially after the beer gets a little warm.

This beer is easily comparable with the best of the style ( Founders CBF, Oak Aged Dark Lord and Oak Aged Stone Imperial Russian Stout come to mind) BUT it is way more easier to find. My only criticisms is that the alcohol levels are too apparent hurting a lot its drinkability and complexity. Maybe it needs to be aged for a few years.

paulozanello, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 23 November 2010. Bottled in 2009, but bottling date was left off of this specific bottle. Weird.

Poured into a Sierra Nevada XXX Snifter. The first time I've tasted this beer was NYE '09/'10 in Chicago and on top. The taste and aroma of this beer stuck with me all this time, and I'm super-pumped to try it again. I think bourbon-aged beers are one of my top 3 favorite styles.

Temperature of the beer is 50ºF out of my wine fridge....used for beer =). Poured aggressively for a 1-finger head, dissipating to nothing....has runny lacing, but I won't bash this one too bad, as low carbonation is desired for high ABV age-worthy beers. Beer pours black, head is beige-brown, and aroma blasts the nose with bourbon, hot alcohol, and chocolate. After swirling, the alcohol gets even hotter on the nose, and a touch of molasses comes out to say hiii.

Taste. If you like chocolate, you'll LOVE this beer. Loaded with chocolate. The bourbon is wonderful, and the alcohol is very hot. Also tasting maple. These are the only ingredients I can find, but I emphasize that the chocolate is what ties the whole room of flavors together. I haven't read other reviews of this beer yet, but I would hope that others have noticed the chocolate is most prominent in this beer. I have a 4-pack of 2009 BCS gathering dust. Be back in 10 years.

ToAzwethinkweizm, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Owlwithknees
3.85/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 batch from a bottle.

This beer is black as night. Only when you bring it up to your lips do you notice the subtle hints of red in the color. I gave it a pretty hard pour into a pint glass and got very little head that went away pretty quickly, which I didn't really mind.

One whiff of this beer and you can tell it was aged in bourbon barrels. When I first poured it, it smelled like straight-up whiskey. After letting it sit for a while it smelled more like coffee and chocolate.

It taste just like it smells... Delicious. I was a bit surprised by the alcohol on the first sip, but just like the smell, after it sits for a little it's easier to taste the coffee and chocolate in the beer.

It has a pretty good mouthfeel, it's about what you would expect from a stout. Not too thin, not too thick. nothing too special

This is a beer that took me a while to drink. Not because it's bad (it's not), but because its pretty strong. You can certainly taste the alcohol in this beer.

Owlwithknees, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
3.78/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber Poured into a Red Oak Goblet 2009 Version

A-- Poured black, maybe with a splash or two of red. Half finger of dark chocolate head that fizzled to spotty film. A bit of retention. Visible alcohol legs to this. Honestly, pretty darned ominous looking beer.

S-- Smoky bourbon, vanilla and chocolate flavors come out. Bourbon drops off with more air on this beer. Booze is there but soft.

T-- Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Bourbon taste is not that bad, or imposing. ABV is pretty decently subdued.

M-- Rich, thick, and a bit creamy. Alcohol burn is very apparent in the mouth as it is still a bit hot. A lot more vanilla in the mouth and it finishes with a big bourbon kick that left my mouth very dry.

D-- Honestly this beer needs long term cellaring. With one year of age on this it is good but still a little hot. It is balanced well with chocolate, vanilla and bourbon but the bourbon is still a bit much. I have a 660 of this and it was a task to finish it. Another year and will revisit it.

mulder1010, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of zumicroom
2.45/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

2010 batch, poured in a duvel tulip

being a lover of imperial stouts and having read about this beer for going on 2 years now, i was excited enough to see it in my local shop to ignore the $22/4pk price and pick some up.

i also knew going in that i was probably going to hate the first bottle and would have to age the other 3 for at least a year before trying again.

that is exactly what happened. fresh, this beer is a big, hot, bourbon-y mess. it is like someone spilled quite a lot of bourbon into my delicious imperial stout. now i don't hate bourbon. i will drink it on occasion. i just don't love it either.

a splash of bourbon would be wonderful; subtle, hinting on the nose and the finish. the amount here overwhelms. i literally had to cover my glass with a coaster while not drinking because it smelled like a bourbon spill in the living room. i drank maybe 1/3 of the bottle over 2 hours and eventually gave up and poured $4 worth of beer down the drain.

anyway: the beer is quite nice to look at, black with dark tan head, but it isn't really any nicer than any of the
other impy stouts i've tasted.

the smell is like a glass of bourbon in front of you and they guy next to you has a glass of really roasty stout. powerfully boozy and frankly unpleasant.

the taste was 7/10 awful and 3/10 delicious. i had some 2010 night stalker the night before and was amazed that an 11.7% beer hid it's alcohol so well. this was the same in some ways but also quite different. the actual alcohol was not very present, it warmed a bit but did not burn like one would expect from a 13% beer. on the other hand, the main flavor of this beer is bourbon and tastes very alcoholic. it sort of has the taste of alcohol without the feel of alcohol. i clearly don't really know how to explain it. once the booze hit passes, a delicious roasty, almost chocolatey undertone shines through before being swallowed up by the still bourbon-y aftertaste.

i can see what this beer wants to be, what it can and will be with some years on it. there is an amazing stout underneath all of that over-the-top bourbon character. is it so wrong to want my beer to taste of beer and my liquor to taste of liquor?

the mouthfeel is exactly what i want from an imperial stout, viscous and coating, oily and velvety. spot on.

as for drinkability, well, this drinks like viscous, velvety bourbon. it doesn't go down easy and you wouldn't expect it to or probably want it to.

so there it is. my slanderous review of a top 25 beer. gotta go big for that first one, right?

this was a weird beer for me. i wanted to love it, i still want to love it, i still may well love it. but we are not right for each other yet, we both need to mature a bit. she needs to calm down and i need to loosen up. we have agreed to try again in a year and see where that takes us.

zumicroom, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of bohemiandonut
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's going to be hard to capture this beer in a few words, but I'll give it my best shot.

2008 edition served at cellar temp.

Pours jet black with little head. A non-issue really, as the overwhelming aromas begin to fill the glass. Translucent at the hithermost netherregions only.

Smell is utterly insane. An almost violent flume of oak literally drenched with chocolaty bourbon. Seriously volatile. This may be the first aroma I've encountered that has its own texture. Almost coarse on the nose. Inviting, in an uncompromising sort of way.

This is one thick beer. Worlds more dense than Parabola, Older Vis, etc. Can it support such density? Dude, of course. A mild and pleasant carbonation calls this beer its home. But I'm having to be careful. As a chronic gulper, I'm used to relative non-restraint with most big sippers. Right now however, I'm essentially reduced to a duality of awe and trepidation that I'm supposed to drink 12 oz of this stuff by myself. Oh shit- am I supposed to talk about taste?

Okay, you know what carob tastes like? Almost like a piece of chocolate if you had to dig it up from underneath a gnarled piece of oak. This hits with a spicy alcoholic edge tempered by the woody, vanillin notes. Finishes lo-o-ong with whatever else you like to pour upon your ice cream. Let us have a moment of silence for that last sip. .. Amen.

As others have said before me, this is a beer that fills the room with absolute olfactive bliss. I wake up thinking of this beer. I smell this beer in dreams. I wish to wed this G--damn beer and anoint our future children with its blood. Seriously, a work of art. Could only get better with age.

bohemiandonut, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of ekardz
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 12oz bottle poured into snifter

A - pours watery black, almost no head, good carbonation, looks intriguing - what have i gotten myself into!?

S - Bourbon! Smells like a glass of whiskey! Smell some chocolate/caramel notes, as well as some coffee. Even picking up some dark fruit/citrus/raisin scents.

T - Whoa!!!! This beer just knocked my socks off! Mocha, chocolatey, creamy, really delicious. Taste the bourbon, but not as strong as the smell, which is a good thing. Taste some dark fruits as the glass warms, brings out a maltier profile.

M - light-medium bodied, slight booze burn on the back end. Very delightful with perfect amount of carbonation.

D - ONE is drinkable! This one has taken me a few hours to suck down - a few great hours that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Two of these would be a waste, but one every few months or once a year would be delightful!

ekardz, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of infi
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage, 64 oz. growler. Shared with BAs johnjae and r0nyn.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Refer back to my bottle review, as the appearance, mouthfeel and drinkability are basically identical. The most notable aspects of this BCS, in comparison with the bottled 2008 vintage, is mainly found on the nose and on the palate.

On the nose, the 13% ABV is COMPLETELY absent, which was very surprising to me, considering it was the first scent to hit me when I originally had it from the bottle. This batch of beer must have been from early 2008, as there wasn't a hint of any alcoholic burn in the nostrils. Next, were the biggest emergent characteristics of milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla and toffee - all immaculately resonating with this sweetness. I've never held my nose inside my glass for this long and at frequent periods. Goose Island really needs to make a scented candle of this recipe; it's ridiculous. If you let it warm for more than 20 minutes, the glass really starts smelling like soy sauce, but that's neither here nor there.

On to the taste. The bourbon is the first greeting, but it's immediately mellow and not harsh or biting. Same ol' amounts of chocolate and malt throughout as well. The biggest change for me from this growler was the liveliness of the finish. One word: butter. And not in a diacetyl-type of way like a dirty tap line, but rather more of a creamy and sweet butteriness. The vanilla notes from the barrels and candied-caramel really shine on the palate as well and considerably more than the bottled version.

Just mind-blowing on how a few months more of some subtle aging can create an even bigger monster of a beer than it already was. Not bad for my first growler!

infi, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Captainren
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer spills out darker than the Exxon Valdez or Deep Horizon (too soon? Doesn't matter, this is beer). For those who think Guinness is a dark beer, this makes it look like 2%. It's both black and brown at the same time.

Per the bottles suggestion, I poured it into a snifter. You don't have to sniff too much before being generously greeted with aromas not normally thought of from beer. It's smells super thick and roasted with hints of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and malt. It even has a slight syrupy aroma from the high alcohol content.

It coats the tongue like olive oil, but far better tasting. This fist sip will have a mild shock from the 13% abv, but another sip or two and your taste buds will be ready. They will taste everything your nose sensed and more. This is where you can pick up the characteristics of being aged in barrels formally used for bourbon...vanilla and oak.

Since the first time I had it, this beer has been one of my favorites so I thought I'd use it to start doing beer notes on Facebook. If you come across it, I highly recommend picking one up. Please keep in mind, this is a very heavy and strong beer. I recommend sipping it at about 54-58 degrees. Also, of the eight or so I've had, the best one was just over a year old. It says on the bottle that it can age up to five years, but I have yet to have the patience.

Captainren, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of cruzncomet
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can I say dessert...

As every one was enjoying a dessert at anchor and hope I decided to finish off my night with this...I believe I made the best choice.

Really enjoyed this beer, it poured with a great head..I loved the oakey bourbon smell..

Tastewise all I expected and more...Chocolaty and hearty. Will have when ever I see it on the menu...

cruzncomet, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of SiepJones
4.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 poured into a snifter

A: Pours a pitch black with a quarter inch of brown chocolate head of bubbles. Head disappears quickly leaving a sliver of brown around the ring of my glass. Nothing to be seen though this beer.

S: Oak, chocolate, carmel, dark fruit, with a touch of roast. Bourbon on the finish.

T: Creamy coco flavor with a smooth bourbon finish. Some hints of dark fruit and a touch of roasted malt.

M: The carbonation gives this otherwise chewy mouthfeel a delicious creaminess.

D: Very warming and delicious beer. Like a glass of Jack Daniels mixed perfectly with a RIS. I will definitely have this beer again, and I will have to search for it. As for tonight, one will be enough for this sitting. A sipper certainly.

SiepJones, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my DFH snifter. Courtesy of and shared with fellow BA infi. Also shared with BA johnjae. Vintage of 2008.

Pours the typical dark, dark blackness of imperial stouts. Completely opaque with a thin tan head that leaves a lot of sticky, spotty lacing. Still as enticing as ever. Smell is full of ohymyGodIdontknow... so many different aromas swirling around. Big dark cocoa transitioning into sweet, silky chocolate, clean, pure vanilla, creamy toffee, pleasingly bitter coffee, with a touch of bourbon warmth at the end. Jeez, is this a completely different beer from the bottled version? Color me impressed.

Big chocolate taste to start, with very prevalent coffee and vanilla nuances. Wow. I don't know how, but this seems vastly different from the bottled version. The booziness is tempered very well at colder temperatures, mingling with the sweetness of the chocolate and vanilla to create a balanced flavor profile that's ridiculously tasty. On the back end, there's a distinct taste of buttermilk(?!) that rides into the aftertaste. With a bit of warmth, the bourbon shows up as expected, but still harmonizes very well with the rest of the flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and delicious, having an almost silky texture. Body isn't the thickest I've had, but is just the right consistency. Somehow, it feels ten times better than the bottled version, which was already pretty good to begin with.

Drinkability is very, very dangerous. Enthralling smell, complex and nuanced taste and a velvety viscosity, I could definitely have a lot of this, which is scary. I already love Bourbon County Brand Stout; having it from a growler has just made it love me more. I didn't know it was possible!

r0nyn, Nov 21, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had 2008, 2009 bottles, and the 2009 on tap. Every single time it blows my mind. The vanilla version is sort of like drinking a unicorn, so the regular version is maybe... horses running through fields of poppies?

Either way, the rich and dark appearance pours nearly pitch black with little head. It stays with even less, sitting there in your glass like pitch. Great legs though. And the smell is unbelievable. Bourbon fills the nose. Also there's chocolate and coffee. The taste is out of this world, and probably the best part about it. Dark chocolate, coffee, figs, malts, and only a hint of bourbon in the taste up front. The rest of the swallow you're left to remember it by smell. The booziness is more and more present as it warms.

Without question it fills the mouth, and this one is as drinkable as you can handle the 13% abv. My first time having it I walked like an Egyptian to 80's music for a couple hours afterwards. Second time pretended to be Russian and wore an aviator hat in the middle of September. Enjoy this... responsibly.

afksports, Nov 19, 2010
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,307 ratings.