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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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7,692 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,692
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,701
Gots: 3,284 | FT: 356
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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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dougfir

Oregon

4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Completely black and opaque. Sweet, malty nose. No head...almost looked flat when pouring. Sweet, malty, bourbony initial flavor. Almost a scotch flavor. Slight hop finish. Strong alcoholic post-finish. HUGE stout...biggest I've ever had and certainly one of the best examples of this style. Would be good paired with strong food, cigar. Ridiculous.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 01:54:29 | More by dougfir
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montageman

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

A near perfect imperial stout. Rich, complex, and delicious - this beer has very strong notes of vanilla, chocolate, licorice, and oak. Really smooth and warming. However, at 13% this is an easy one to get lost in. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Highest recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 04:13:41 | More by montageman
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 4 pack of this is kind of expensive but worth it.

Pours a motor-oil black. There is no light getting into this even when held to the light. Only a tan semilayer of head formed and no lacing down the glass.

Smell is strong on Burbon. Lots of chocolate coffee. Smells wonderful.

Taste is intense. You first taste the bitter chocolat and coffee hits you along with the carbonation then a wave of sweetness. Then you feel the alcohol burn followed by the bitterness of the hops and toasted malts. A very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is viscous but I wist the carbonation was a little lower.

Drinkability is high only because this is so good. I wouldn't session this beer at all though.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 07:25:52 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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colts9016

Idaho

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kels for this bottle.

Poured into a pint glass at 52 degrees.

Appearance: A jet black color like burnt motor oil. There was a very dark tan head that was one finger thick. There is no clarity to the beer, this sucker is not going to allow any light through.

Nose: A rich roasted malt, charred wood, vanilla, coffee, smoke, caramel, and chocolate. The bourbon is subtle but very present in the beer. In the background of the beer is a burnt sugar character, raisins, and fruity esters.

Taste: A rich roasted malt complex, with smoke, charred wood, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, raisins, and molasses. In the back ground of the beer is fruity esters, cream, and burnt sugar.

Overall: This beer is liquid syrup, you can cut this beer with a steak knife, chewy, creamy and slightly carbonated. The finish is full and slightly bitter. Okay, I was not expecting this type of beer from Goose Island. It is super rich, super thick, and it has a lot going on in the beer. I am surprised that the alcohol is buried deep and is inconspicuous. The first impression is this beer is a definite sipper, therefore making the drink ability a little bit lower. I rather like the fact that it is a bold in your face beer and very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 03:30:08 | More by colts9016
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle - 2007, very fresh.

Pours like used motor oil, thick and opaque black. Almost no head.

Nose is huge: massive bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, hints of coffee. Delicious. Little carbonation.

Flavor is just as big as the nose, and just as delicious: huge dark malt, massive bourbon, chocolate, some coffee. Undeniably smooth drinking. Palate is thick, coats the mouth. Finishes long and smooth. Beer is definitely a slow sipper, but even with the bourbon taste, it's smoother than any bourbon.

Mouthfeel is smooth, little carbonation, very oily and viscous.

As gargantuan as this beer is, it's hard to stop drinking. So delicious you have to pull yourself away from it. Fantastic.

Rerate - bottle, 2007, aged 3-4 months. A little age greatly reign in the vanilla and bourbon notes, and the alcohol to a lesser degree, bringing up the coffee and roast malt notes. I actually prefer the rawer, fresher version

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 14:37:37 | More by JohnQVegas
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008
Pours a pitch black, like pouring motor oil. Minimal head that dissipates immediately after the pour.

Smell is of intense dark fruits and figs. Sweet chocolate and caramel.

Taste is an intense blast of sweet fruitness, complex caramel, and a lingering fusel alcohol. Vanilla,

Mouthfeel is carbonated enough to keep it interesting.

Intense flavours

2009
Pours a Midnight black with sparse light brown lacing lining the sides, struggling to keep from being swallowed up.
4.5

Smell- Bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, caramel. chocolate, woody.
4-4.5

Taste-Bourbon, caramel, and vanilla are all very upfront, boozy finish. Definitely a sipper.
4.0

Mouthfeel- velevety with a slight syrupy element to it. Slick, with a lingering boozy/roasty aftertaste.
4.5

Just how I remember it--big, boozy bourbon with nice vanilla and caramel notes.
4.5

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 07:25:12 | More by darklordlager
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drnknmnky

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip

A- Dark brown , almost vlack, head that didn't last long and left a little collar.

S- BOURBON, strong bourbon, chocolate both sweet and dark a light smokiness to them

TM - chocolate, bourbon, hints of mocha. and more I couldn't finger right away. ripe dark fruit maybe. Currant. Smooth, like silk. not as hot a 13% would make it seem. When they talk about there being more flavor in one sip there not kidding.

D- Good, Loved it but writing about it now. I don't know if it's something I'd want more ofmore than 1 of. Plus @ 13% ABV kind hard to session.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 20:16:30 | More by drnknmnky
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JoshuaCain

California

3.8/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle dated 10/08/08
pours a very, very dark brown, nearly black. not much of a head at all.
aroma is very sweet malt, wood, moist earth and chocolate cake. a very prominent alcohol singe tingles the nose a bit on each whiff.
tastes of charred wood and bakers chocolate, with a bit of licorice, black coffee and a very boozy finish. definitely retains more of the stout flavor profile than taking on alot of bourbon taste, except in the finish and aftertaste.
mouthfeel is pretty full, but still a little thinner than it could be.
flavor is really good, but overall drinkability is just okay, this one is just too strong and boozy to drink more than one. will try one again next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 04:56:53 | More by JoshuaCain
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brokenleadedcask

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first time reviewing so I thought I'd start with a doozy

A- Dark opaque brown with a hint of copper around the top poured with very little head that disappeared after a few minutes.

S- The first smell before the glass got close was dark chocolate. Then the bourbon smacked me in the face when I got closer, with hits of campfire

T- Roasted espresso beans soaked in bourbon for twelve days in a smokey bar. Definitely a 13 percenter.

M- Maybe I'm used to the BBA style but it was smooth as velvet, I was expecting a lingering sticky-ness

D- A sipper or for desert would be fine. I could not drink 2 of these but glad I bought a four pack to have again

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 02:02:31 | More by brokenleadedcask
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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

Poured black color with medium brown rocky head that lasted with good lacing. Aroma was long complex roasted coffee and chocolate and wood. The flavor was rich of bourban, oak, malt and alcohol. Finish was long and had a good bite.

Good stout and well worth the hunt to find.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 17:18:24 | More by tmoneyba
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pdxwhisky

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - black as oil coming out of the bottle. Heavy duty aromas of tobacco, licorice, malts, and bourbon. Nice first sip, but the flavor grows a bit out of sequence as too much might be going on at once. Overall drinkability is a bit hard, as this is a beer that requires a big meal prior in able to cut through the viscousness. A great beer, though, but not for the unexpected drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 03:31:34 | More by pdxwhisky
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soccerman7

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Holy Smoke. Served in a goblet

A - 2 shades to pitch black with a dark tan, thin head.

S - Fantastic nose of bourbon, alcohol, smoke, maple, and malts.

T - Extremely complex, with the sweetness of the malt and bourbon very pleasant against the oak and smoke. A lot of maple notes with the hops cleaning it out. Excellent

M- This was my only knock against this beer. It was a bit high on the alcohol taste which did burn a bit and the sweetness really coated the mouth by the 3rd or fourth sip. Started eating food half way through the goblet and it was difficult to really taste.

D - overall an excellent version of oaked imperial stout. very interesting and certainly worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2009 14:42:24 | More by soccerman7
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black opaque color, looks thick and syrupy as it is being poured. Very little evidence of a head, a beige feint line forms around the glass. The bourbon fragrance is strong, so strong I am giessing which distilleries barrels were used. There are touches of chocolate and dark roasted malt scents. The taste is strong, rich and robust, with chocolate, malty sweetness, with touches coffee and dried fruit. Then the bourbon comes in to compliment it all together, it finishes with a bit of a boozy flavor at the end. The feel is thick, rich and oily, as it slides across the palate. The surprise is I am expecting a little touch of a burn from alchol, but there is none. Everything about this beer is strong, though the look is little weak, but the aroma, taste, and feel are top notch. This is a great night cap beer or excellent with a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 04:13:50 | More by cameraman
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TheDoorman

New York

4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black appearance with a coffee brown head. Aroma alone will knock your socks off. Just completely filled with bourbon and rich roasted malt flavors. Taste follows the nose. Bourbon, bourbon and more bourbon. Roasted malt and chocolate and coffee notes are abundant as well. I nice melding of many very strong characteristics, each of which assert themselves nicely. Full bodied, thick, creamy and luxurious mouthfeel. Beautiful. Alcohol is present, and noticeable, as it should be for a bourbon-barrel stout. It doesn't get better than this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 22:55:00 | More by TheDoorman
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joerodiii

New York

4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle in a Duvel tulip.

This is an amazing beer. The appearance is an opaque black, thick but not syrupy. The aroma is strongly bourbon, but it is nicely balanced with chocolate, roasted barley, sweetness, and alcohol.

In spite of it's richness and strength, this beer's taste makes it the most drinkable RIS I've ever had. The bourbon is definitely up front, but it does not overpower the rest of the beer. There is a fairly strong chocolate taste that increases as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is almost perfect, just thick enough.

If it wasn't so expensive, I could drink this beer all the time.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 23:03:51 | More by joerodiii
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cvs241

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a thick viscous black with a very small little caramel colored head. The head dissipates in a few seconds leaving very little lacing. The smell hints a roasted malt and vanilla, but is overwhelmed by the bourbon. The flavor is similar to the smell with hints chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. The beer is overly sweet and there seems to be little bitterness to balance this. The feel of the beer is thick, and the alcohol isn't hidden whatsoever. The beer is almost hard to drink and certainly wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. Overall an interesting offering that I might come back to, but it isn't going to be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 00:07:56 | More by cvs241
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ScenicWoozy

Nebraska

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours with very little head. Even the laser etching on the bottom of the glass can't bring about anything but the slightest amount. What did show up quickly disappears. On the plus side, it did pour with the stout thickness I would expect.

The smell is mostly caramel, a bit toffee and backed by the obvious smell of alcohol.

At first the taste is much more of the same, but it then mellows out into the roasted flavor of coffee. All the while, there's a grape like fruitiness in the background. There is definitely booze in this beer.

The mouthfeel is much better than I expected. Even though there is a complete lack of head, carbonation is still certainly there. I was a bit worried I'd have troubles swallowing it down. Flat beer makes me pour a beer down the drain quicker than anything else. Instead, I want to swig this around a bit.

I love the complexity of this beer. Take a sip, let it sit, and then swallow. The flavor continues to change for a good minute. How many sips does it take to get to the bottom of my glass? I don't think I could keep track. I keep forgetting after shouting, "Damn that's good!"

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 08:01:12 | More by ScenicWoozy
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dakid618

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours jet black with virtually no head. Smell is chocolatey with strong bourbon scents. Taste is very alcohol heavy but delicious. This beer wows me with every drink. Light hot mouthfeel. This is very drinkable for being 13% ABV. Not sessionable but an outstanding IS. I love this brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:40:48 | More by dakid618
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raoulduke37

California

4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Failed to give this one a hard pour, which would have increased the head (according to an earlier review), but bearing that in mind, I saw very little of the tan head and then for only a brief period. Appearance was jet black, very thick, looks a lot like Stone Russian Imperial Stout.

Smell was very very good. Dark chocolate, definitely bourbon, even the oak barrel s evident, but the alcohol smell is not masked. It smells like a really good port wine.

Decadent is definitely the word. Truffle chocolate, coffee, again port wine, but the alcohol taste is not masked well at all, and at times overpowers the brew. If you are feeling like a stiff drink but don't want whiskey, this is the brew of choice, gentlemen.

Mouthfeel was great - thick, creamy, smooth, everything you'd want from a stout. Tastes like dessert.

Drinkability is way down due to the alcohol. Not a session beer. More of a get drunk and write a killer poem beer, if you're the Faulkner type anyway. Keep this one away from your friend who tends to go overboard.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 23:55:47 | More by raoulduke37
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Ljunkan

Sweden

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 bottle. Pours a pitch black color, looks very oily; the head is small and it dies.

Smell is absolutely fantastic! I can't say I've smelled anything better lately, it has been a while since I had Närke Kaggen and I'm not really sure, but this could even be better than that one. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, fudge, toffee, almonds, oak, vanilla, bourbon and even some light smokiness behind all this too.

Taste is powerful; very sweet, yet balanced, in my opinion. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, fudge, almonds, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Perfection. A slight warming note from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is extremely filling. A fullbodied beer, very creamy and thick, low carbonation. Long, pleasant finish. Overall this have to be the best beer I've had together with Kaggen! Maybe the absolute best one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 14:31:41 | More by Ljunkan
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Ummagum

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2007 vintage in a 12 oz bottle. Poured black with a small brownish head. Left a small collar around the glass. Overwhelmed by the bourbon smell and taste. I did not enjoy this beer. I have enjoyed other beers by this brewer, but this one did not impress me.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 06:37:48 | More by Ummagum
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AChamberlain

Texas

4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black, no head. Strong bourbon aroma, caramel. Rasins and vanilla as well. Some coconut and a good amount of alcohol. Sweet caramel flavor, nutty finish. A bit too thin. Aroma and flavor are great and have me coming back. A bit overated in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 19:20:14 | More by AChamberlain
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johnd513

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours thick and black like motor oil with a small thin brown head that quickly disappears. Huge bourbon smell, with chocolate and coffee. Tastes of huge bourbon, chocolate vanilla and The mouthfeel is extremely thick and syrupy with a full body and relatively low carbonation. Drinkability is high considering the high abv. One of my new favorite Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 02:37:21 | More by johnd513
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BierFan

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 10/21/08. Poured from a 12 ounce brown twist off bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Jet black. A hard pour into a pint glass yielded a perfect 2 inch brown head.

Smell: The smell is a concoction of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and a bit of smokiness. I feel like I could get drunk just by smelling it, the aroma is that powerful.

Taste: More vanilla, oak, and bourbon in the taste. The alcohol warms the throat on the way down. Smokey aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thinner than the smell and taste would lead you to believe.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 19:53:19 | More by BierFan
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage on tap at the Ginger Man in NYC.

Scorched soil and blackened branches, it appears like the ashy aftermath of a forest fire. It's an image appropriately conjured by a beer that spent one-hundred days in charred oak. It is discernibly opaque although its trim is accented with a burnt creme brulee crust. Its gingerbread brown head is gigantic even in an oversize brandy glass. Its lacing is spotty and various sized bubbles mark the surface like craters.

Ahhh the amazing scent of Bourbon County Stout! The confined intimacy of the barrel has married bitter dark cocoa, freshly pulled espresso, warm toasty biscuits, firewood, just lit cigars, dark caramel, and a combination of singed and smoked oak. I'd guess it's a ratio of two parts bourbon and one part heavy roast Imperial Stout. It is a seductive and soothing call to the senses. You will cascade under it. It is simply marvelous.

This sample is very, very fresh and I'm not sure all nuances have had enough time to evolve. Still, this is every bit an orgiastic feast as you'll find in a beer. Notes of creme brulee, vanilla custard, and chocolate truffle satisfy the most urged cravings of the decadent one could have. Along with the cigars and oak chips dipped in chocolate it stands to reason that those hints of dark caramel, roast malts, and bitter espresso will come forth even more with time.

Still young the bourbon is very forward. Bits of tobacco, toasted oak, vanilla bean and exotic eastern spices means this could probably appeal to whiskey fans as much as beer lovers. Not being overlooked, however, the connoisseurs will appreciate the plethora of hops that were used. It's hard to believe so much grassy, hop leaf presence can co-exist with the dark, rich characteristics of the beer and bourbon.

The mouthfeel is especially, incredibly, fabulously thick. It's like licking the inside of a tobacco barrel and then gnawing on the wood; I can still feel the splinters in my gums. The beer itself resounds like a dark, dark, and bitter, bitter unrefined cocoa. It has a burnt coffee bean like astringency. The charred wood is dry with a strong smokey presence. There is a good deal of alcohol warmth (it's young still remember) that heats the soul without burning the tongue.

There must have been claw marks on the inside of those barrels. This stout has absorbed so much of the bourbon character but astoundingly maintained its thick, heavy roast Imperial Stout qualities; it's a marriage not a balancing act. This is a drink designed for contemplation and reflection. It demands respect and drinks with grace and refinement. Given all the choices in the world there are few beers that I would rather savour.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2009 16:52:08 | More by biegaman
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,692 ratings.