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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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9,773 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,773
Reviews: 2,579
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,159
Gots: 4,853 | FT: 499
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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4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

About damn time this landed on Long Island! It's about two weeks later than expected, but as my girlfriend says, better late than never. Finally got my two 4 packs, bottled 9/26/12, Into a snifter...

Used motor oil black, viscous, opaque and ominously evil looking. If Satan was going to have himself a beer, I imagine it would be this one. Little to no head off the pour though...

Serious booze on the nose, bourbon and chocolate dominate...Tad bit of dark fruit, oak and vanilla, but with a bottle claiming a 15% ABV, you shouldn't expect too much outside of a Randy Johnson fastball level heat.

As with the nose, serious booze on this one. I mean, it's not messing around in the slightest. Bourbon and oak up front with some malty sweetness on the back end. Hints of vanilla, brown sugar and caramel. Damn near perfect...

Thick and chewy, just as you would want from a serious imperial stout. Right on the money and a sipper for sure.

Damn it, I hate InBev, but thankfully, it seems their macro influence hasn't touched this masterpiece. I greatly look forward to my remaining bottles! Cheers

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 release

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at cellar temperature into a chalice.

A-Thick, oily and dark as night. Head totally fades to nothing and looks sort of like a glass of soda.

S-Wow. Heady sweet vanilla dominates here, with pungent roasted malt and some alcohol vapor.

T-Nose carries over into the mouth. An explosion of sweet vanilla and oak assaults the palate. Bourbon and dark fruits pick up midrange with a bit of alcohol burn on the tongue, but nothing that approaches heat. Long lasting finish.

M-Full, chewy and viscous. Superb.

O-This was a bit sweeter that I expected, but I like my big stouts sweet. This is one of the best that I have ever had based on overall satisfaction with the beer. I would try this again. For sure.

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4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass
Bottled on 9/20/12

A: It poured a thick used motor oil black/brown with a mocha/ milk chocolate brown trace of a head. Decent carbonation for such a large beer, with nice alcahol legs.

S: First, you get that huge bourbon and vanilla aroma with a hint of dark fruits molassas,malt,and chocolate/coffee. Very nice smell.

T: Taste, first the bourbon but not as harsh as what the nose would lead you to believe.Then you get a dark roasted malt tasting like sweet blackstrap molassas with a nice moca chip ice cream taste on the back of the palate and a nice alcohol warmth in the throat. It will be perfect after leting it celar for a year or so. Complex.

M: Thick, rich stouty goodness with a perfect amount of carbonation to cleanse. Thick is all I can say the alcohol does not feel like 15% at all.

O: This is a damn near perfect beer for the style in my opinion, it lives up to the hype by far! The only notch I would take is the bourbon needs to settle down a little, nottheing a little celering won't cure.

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4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle 14,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
Bottled on: 11/11/11

Thanks to both Brabander and Futura123 for sending me bottles of this.

Appearance: BCBS pours thick and oily and appears pitch black in the glass. Surprisingly a back light reveals a lot of deep red along the edges of the glass - this is no where near as dark as I would expect from a 14,5% imperial stout. A rough pour yields a small, fast dissipating, mocha colured head and a swirl coats the glass in heavy yellow tinted alcohol legs.

Smell: As expected, the initial nose offers a ton of bourbon, along side vanilla, caramel and toasted coconut. As the beer warms, the base imperial stout notes begin to emerge, these include: Dark chocolate, dark fruits (plums, raisins and cherries) and a touch of black liquorice. The barrel character on offer in the nose is fantastic, but I think I might prefer a little more power and complexity from the base beer.

Taste: Mmmm, this is absolutely delicious - the flavour certainly offers a better balance between the bourbon barrels and the base beer than the nose. Notes include: Sweet bourbon, vanilla, dark caramel, butterscotch, a little toasted coconut, dark fruits (plums, raisins, cherries and dates), a little molasses and some black liquorice.
There is a little of the 14,5% note, but it is far from bothersome.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting this one to be almost flat, but it is surprisingly well carbonated - medium level and wonderfully smooth. The body is fantastic - thick, chewy and oily.

Overall: BCBS is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout and one I would certainly buy a lot of if I lived in the States! I would also love to try a few older vintages - particularly the '09, which I hear is drinking fantastically at the moment.

2012 Vintage thanks to gn0sis. Bottle on: 11/07/2012. 15,0% Abv.

Appearance: Identical to the 2011 vintage. 4
Smell: Massive bourbon blast up front (I prefer the bourbon character here to the 2011), with notes of soft vanilla, toasted coconut, oak, caramel and butterscotch. Warming brings out the base beer, with a ton of dark fruits (raisins, liqueur cherries and some plum), molasses, a fair amount of liquorice and a hint of chocolate. 4.5
Taste: As with the 2011, there is a fantastic combination of sweet bourbon and the dark fruity base beer. There is more dark fruit character than in the 2011 and a little more liquorice. Again, the booze is very well hidden. 4.5
Mouthfeel: No! This is way over carbonated - medium-high level and not all that smooth (it does thankfully settle down reasonably quickly though). As with the 2011, the body is perfect. 3.5
Overall: Slightly sweeter than the 2011 and aside from the carbonation a little better. 4.5

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,773 ratings.