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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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10,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,074
Reviews: 2,634
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,254
Gots: 5,188 | FT: 549
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: 10,074 | Reviews: 2,634
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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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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with a teeny tiny brown head even with a relatively aggressive pour. Aroma of heavy bourbon and more vanilla than I have smelled in a barrel aged before. Small bit of roasted grain. Bourbon flavor explodes on the palate up front even more than I expected. Lasting vanilla & cocoa after swallowing that is pretty intense. As it fades there is an additional punch of chocolate and hint of espresso out of nowhere. Very complex. Heavy on the palate, very warming. Just the right level of sweetness. Want more...

Tried a fresh batch of 2013 on tap and have more to say. This year the beer seemed a little on the thinner side. As it warmed and as I had it with my food, and interesting cinnamon-like note came out which was not expected. Overall still excellent but not the same viscous chocolate experience I had with the previous year's version.

OK, now tried a 2013 bottle. Something strange about the on-tap version. The bottle pours viscous, and that viscosity carries over to the mouthfeel. Full, big, velvety, and smooth carbonation. The flavor is right on with chocolate, beautiful vanilla, bourbon, anise, and wow this is yum. This is what I except from this beer. It delivered.

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3/5  rDev -34.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.65/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sat in my garage for about a month before I gathered my balls to drink one.
Very fragrant with a big boozey bourbon nose that felt like it burned my nose hairs away. The whiskey aroma is 90% of the aromatics. Others include dark fruit like raisons chocolate oak barrels and coconuts.
The appearance is deep dark brown really black. Pours thick into my glass like a melted milkshake. A small head sits on top and fades quickly. Mocha brown in color. While the foamy head might be gone, a simple swirl in my yeti sniffer brings it back showing at least that there is a fair amount of rentention in there.
Taste is licorise, chocolate whiskey barrels bourbon and booze. At 15% abv I'd say it's hidden quite well even though I can still taste it's warming affects. There is a dry lingering aftertaste.
I had this beer at about 50F and it didn't really taste all that sweet but as it warmed in my sniffer it definitly sweeten up, alot, to the point of almost overwelming.
Drinks smooth and heavy on the palette with some dry bitterness on the palette.
A good beer with good depth of flavor but I only bought it to cross it off my beer of fame list . The rest will go into the cellar.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

So my first Bourbon county brand stout... bought at $5.5 a piece 12oz bottle.

Poured into a large snifter a 2012 stout bottled on 19th July.

Little head of bright shining golden tan color. Head soon disappears into a thin shining ring. Appearance is pitch black in the glass. While pouring, it is dark brown like engine oil. Thick and sturdy. Slight to decent lacing.

Aroma : Roasted malt aroma that seems well burnt. Slight hint of chocolate, alcohol and caramel. Doesn't really smell (and later taste) like a 15% ABV beer.

Taste :Very well balanced taste. Nicely hidden alcohol. Slight bitterness of hops and some burning like that of a 8% alcohol. Slightly sweet but dry finish.

Mouth feel :Absolutely thick and smooth. Full bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Style rate : 4.5
Personal : 4.75 just for the alcohol and balance. I have spent over 5 bucks so it does deserve that. Value for money not so much. (Yes you won't get this much alcohol so easily.)

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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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