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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 7,929
Reviews: 2,339
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,773
Gots: 3,375 | FT: 366
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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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Jettanbass9

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%

vintage 2008.

A - Obsidian, jet black, void of color and impervious to light. A dark tan head tries to stick around but is knocked down by a high degree of alcohol. Sturdy, strong... a stout.

S - Bourbon! wow.... bourbon very much in the forefront. Vanilla, Oak, some sweet rum like aromas emerge. Smoke, raisin and roast mingle inbetween. Beneath the bourbon lies a very complex aromas.

T - Bourbon lies a canvas to fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and resin. A smokey note lingers between the dark fruit and bourbon.

M - full bodied, no astringency and light carbonation. the classic approach to allowing these types of flavors to emerge.

D - Very drinkable brew that remains rich and complex. This beer is definitely meant to be savored.

11-28-2009 04:23:27 | More by Jettanbass9
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JamisonM

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev -2.4%

S: served in a rounded wine glass 12 ounce bottle 2008 vintage

A: it really pours with no head its very dark super dark beer

S: smells rich complex sugars in there hints of vanilla and coffee

T: taste is a great one you could have this beer for dessert! alone I mean with nothing else! since its not aged (besides in the barral) I am guessing its even sweeter then an aged one. and the finish is fantasic sweet coffee chocolate and vanilla, the finish lingers on for atleast 20 or 30 secs with each drink. one to savor and take your time with for certain.

M: think and heavy coats the tongue wonderfully

D: its drinkable its think its one to savor don't gulp this one!

11-28-2009 02:24:52 | More by JamisonM
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hayesez

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev -6.1%

2006 - 12 oz. bottle

Poured very dark and thick into a snifter. Even with a strong pour, there was no head at all. A tiny ring of brown bubbles revealed the only carbonation.

Definitely a strong bourbon smell in this one; always nice when the beer reflects its name! Also hints of wood and a bit of vanilla. The high alcohol reveals itself strongly.

The taste is very much what you would expect from the smell. A strong bourbon tinge is present start to finish. Some vanilla as well. As the drink is finishing, a coffee after-taste is mixed with some bitter chocolate. I really like how this finishes. The booziness is definitely present, and detracts a bit, but still a solid beer! As the beer warms up, the alcohol intensifies a bit, but the mouthfeel gets even better. The silky smooth feel over the tongue is just my style!

This is a great beer. The one detractor is the alcoholic taste in the beer. I figured this would have mellowed out quite a bit after being stored for three years, but it is still very present. The rest of the beer, however, has certainly smoothed over time as all of the flavors overlap each other to make a truly delightful brew. Definitely a beer I will continue to drink.

11-27-2009 22:56:51 | More by hayesez
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craftaholic

New York

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz into a snifter this one is dark as night. The dark tan foam dissipates mighty quick.

Smell: This one is definitely a bourbon stout because that aroma is dominating. The scent is so strong that you could smell it across the room even with a house full of thanksgiving scents. Mixed into that lovely aroma is hints of nice oak and touches of chocolate and creamy vanilla.

Taste: The malt greets you up front and then the oaky bourbon opens right up. There is a dark fruits flavor that reminds me of chocolate covered cordial cherries and figs. This one is somewhat hot and im thinking with some age on it; it'll do quite well. There is a lingering burnt malt flavor and a dark chocolate nuance.

Mouthfeel: Robust and full bodied; it's nice and slick yet smooth it coats the mouth but in a nice dusting instead of a vicious syrup. Leaves the palate numb and coated.

Drinkability: It is quite intense but yet for what its worth its highly drinkable. It is definitely a sipper but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

Overall: Got to love bourbon and thankfully I do because the flavor is there in this tough as nails stout.

11-26-2009 22:16:41 | More by craftaholic
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OttoBomb

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -8.3%

Served on tap in 10 fl.oz. snifter glass, (November 24, 2009).

Eyes: Black as night. A small yet thick, dirty-tinted foam floats on top.

Nose: A potent bourbon aroma strikes first. There is also a nice oak smell, hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Tongue: Happily the taste is very alike the aroma. The bourbon is strong, as are the other pieces; oak, chocolate, and vanilla. The only down side is that the alcohol is a bit too pronounced.

Mouth: Rich, thick and sticks to the palate.

Libation: A fantastic piece of brewing, the bourbon flavor is well married with a smooth stout beer. I can't say this is exactly "drinkable" as the intense bourbon body and 13% ABV combine for a glass one needs to nurse for a while. I took a good 45 minutes for just 10 ounces. I think this will age very well, so I'll be putting a couple bottles away to give away as Christmas gifts next year.

This is certainly a beer that only a quality craft brewer could produce. Good on Goose Island for putting out such fine stuff.

11-26-2009 07:22:53 | More by OttoBomb
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BeerInReview

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +1.5%

To preface, this is a review of a 2007 bottle.

A: This is as black as it can get. It poured thick with very little head.

S: It has a very inviting smell of bourbon, malt, and vanilla.

T: I can taste sweet malts, bourbon, and vanilla right off the bat. I can tell this is a 13% ABV beer. Wow! It's not harsh, but I can tell it's of higher alcohol content. My mouth is left with the taste of roasted malt/coffee.

M: It is what I would expect out of a bourbon barrel aged stout, very little carbonation and thick.

D: This is a very drinkable, full-bodied beer, but enjoy it in moderation. I wrote this review buzzed, and this was the only beer I had!

This is a very well balanced beer. The bourbon is smooth and melds well. I will be seeking out a four pack of this soon.

11-26-2009 01:10:53 | More by BeerInReview
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bahumutx

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 10-21-08

Appearance: Dark. No light comes through. Pours with a very small head.

Smell: Slight alcohol aroma. Roasted malt, bourbon, slight vanilla and chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malt upfront and then progresses into a nice bourbon flavor(vanilla, oak). Ends with a nice malt flavor. Some alcohol flavor but it does not overpower the other flavors of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Very thick with little carbonation. Great for this style of beer.

Drinkability: Due to the ABV and mouthfeel, this is a sipper and only one bottle should be enjoyed.

I like this offering from Goose Island a lot!!! Great bourbon flavor without being to overpowering. Great job!!

11-26-2009 00:17:37 | More by bahumutx
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Hornet2003

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -24%

On-Tap at Goose Island Clybourne.

Interesting beer. The most intensely whiskey flavoured beer I have ever come across. Sour and musky woodsiness. Nice flavour but it is too much. Way too much for more than a taster. Sour and sweet bourbon flavour. The beer flavour is so masked it is flawed.

Interesting experience, but not an enjoyable experience if served in a greater than 5 oz sample.

I understand why this beer is coveted, because it is ridiculously extreme, but holy detritus, this is not enjoyable in quantity unless you're sharing.

11-25-2009 02:43:58 | More by Hornet2003
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minnunderground

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%

Hell yeah welcome to the BCS bowl! First off twist off..come on!

A-Pours with very little head, Very thick Black as night, Tiny bit of tan lacing

S-Bourban, Booze, choc.

T-wow...very complex...first bourban, then some choc, roasty malts, not much coffee maybe a hint of creamy ness but still with a bit of crispness, warms as it goes down

M-fells quite good on the mouth kinda dances around

D-Well the drink ability is in the middle, the taste is intense, the abv is intense, but really all in a good way.

Really would be a CHALLENGE to have a whole bomber in a sitting of this. I am very thankful I bought a 4 pack of 12oz. I will probably be putting the other three in the cellar to let them cool down a bit.

11-23-2009 07:13:48 | More by minnunderground
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MrDanno96

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%

A: Pours dark as night with a thing ring of creamy looking tan head. Very minimal lacing. No light is getting through this thing.

S: I love how bourbon barrel aged things smell! Distinct smells of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. You can also find some subtle hints of coffee, chocolate, and cherries. Alcohol is also pretty apparent.

T: Tasty! Pretty similar to the nose: bourbon and sweet vanilla are most apparent. Very warm alcohol on the finish and aftertastes of coffee and chocolate linger for some time. Some oakiness is also in there. This reminds me of BT, but isn't nearly as complex. Keep in mind, however, that BT probably deserves about a 6 out of 5 for taste. What I'm trying to say is that Goose Island BCS is very good.

M: Smooth and chewy. The bite from the alcohol is a little harsh, but really not too bad.

D: As with most high quality Bourbon barrel aged stouts, this one is a tasty and complex sipper. I will definitely have this again, but I wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting. I'll definitely put a few of these in the cellar as well and see how they taste in a year or two.

11-23-2009 05:36:34 | More by MrDanno96
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +2.6%

Jet black and very viscuous to pour. No real carbonation or head to speak of. Just the way this pours kicks it up a notch in my book. Heavy bourbon aroma with quite a boozy smell to it. Long lingering vanilla/oak smell. Huge roasted and imperial stout like flavor with the most intense bourbon flavors I have ever had in a beer. Over the top but not in a bad way. Even has the slight alcohol burn that you get in spirits-not like an overly alcoholic beer. Lingering burnt and bitter flavors-deep dark chocolate and roasted malt. Great body-thick and full. The alcohol flavor leaves quite the tingling sensation. A great beer all around. Quite in your face but well balanced in the long run. Could not do it all night by any stretch but still damn enjoyable.

11-23-2009 02:36:19 | More by lackenhauser
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at1234

Maryland

5/5  rDev +9.2%

A-opaque, pitch black in color. Sheer beauty when I poured this beer into a chimay glass.
S-an absurd amount of oak is the first thing that you smell after you crack open the bottle, followed up by obvious notes of bourbon, decadent dark chocolate and espresso.

T-holy shit. Wow, this is a tasty beverage.There is A LOT of alcohol present, but it's well balanced with the bourbon, oak, coffee and chocolate notes.

M-thick, rich, sticky...but not over the top. This thing has the perfect feel for an imperial stout.

D-one of the few stouts as robust as the bourbon county that I can easily knock back for hours. This may be too big for some people, but for the true stout connoisseur this will be an enjoyable treat. I just wish I bought more than one bottle, now I'm kicking myself in the dick for it.

11-22-2009 21:42:39 | More by at1234
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mandoskippy

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Grabbed this from a local store. The bottle said 2007 on it.

A: Poured DEEP black with a dark tan head, not much though, maybe half a finger quickly went away.

S: Wow, such a complex smell, you would almost think that no beer could live up to the smell. Chocolate, a tinge of alcohol, oak. Other stuff is in there too, I just don't know if I am experienced enough to distinguish them.

T: Flavor explosion. For a 13% beer you notice the alcohol, but it's not the front and center you'd expect. Lots of vanilla and a hint of coffee. The flavors seem to be changing in my mouth as I write this. Very complex, I could take very short sips and nurse this beer all night long!

M: I would have expected a 13% beer to attack my mouth more, but this is very smooth.

D: The only reason this doesn't get a 5 is I could only drink one of these in a setting. Very amazing beer, but 12 oz of this will be your main course!

A wonderful beer. A buddy and I saw this at the store in a four pack for 20 bucks, but we opted for two singles first to try it. I think I will go back for the 4 pack!

11-22-2009 02:19:53 | More by mandoskippy
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BevMoAndrew

California

4.08/5  rDev -10.9%

Tasted 2009 vintage from 22 oz bomber
Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 50-55 degrees.

Pours a jet black in the glass with a creamy tan froth that dissipates quickly... decent lacing that doesn't really stick to the glass. Pronounced aromas of molasses, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, hints of blueberries (weird, but there), cherry pop tart (also weird, but there), sweet-sweet alcohol, & light smoke. (Can't really detect much of a hop presence, but know it's there to balance out the sweetness of this beer.) The nose is full, sweet, and pretty. The beer has a syrupy texture, alcohol sweetness/burn/tingle, complexity, depth, and a long finish. Overall a very good beer that is extremely thick and syrupy sweet. Due to it's huge alcohol content, the beer is a bit off balanced and not exactly smooth. Although I'm not a huge fan of this beer (esp for $12 a bottle), I can appreciate the effort here and look forward to having this with my Rib eye tonight!

11-21-2009 21:48:40 | More by BevMoAndrew
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dismal

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -3.9%

Had the 2008 and 2009 side by side for this one which I've been excited to do for quite some time. Poured into a snifter it pours jet black and thick like motor oil with a one finger dark tan head. The head quickly fades away and leaves little to no lacing down the glass. The smell is whiskey at first and upfront, it's followed by vanilla, oak, and chocolate. It seemed like the 2008 had more of a whiskey smell to it at first and as they warmed up the 2009 became more whiskey smelling and the 2008 had more chocolate when warming up. Taste was whiskey, vanilla, and chocolate. The 2009 had more of a whiskey taste while the 2008 had more of a chocolate taste making the 2008 way more drinkable and pleasant to drink. Both however had some whiskey in the taste it just wasn't as apparent with the age on the 2008. The mouthfeel differed greatly, the 2009 was kind of thin and the 2008 was very full, thick, and chewy. I thought it was pretty awesome how different these were with only one year between them. The main difference was taste and mouthfeel and with the one year it made it from a good beer to a great beer! I've also had this with about six months age on it and it was pretty good. The drinkability depends on this one. Fresh I'd give it a lower score (but still good) but with some age it become great even with the high ABV I'd love to drink a few of these. Overall fresh it's really good but I'd really recommend aging these for at least a year if not longer as it becomes more delicious. I'm going to age a few more of my 2008s for a while and I have plenty of 2009s to age and drink. Really great beer overall which coming from Goose Island I was expecting it anyways.

11-20-2009 05:55:17 | More by dismal
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spartanfan

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -13.8%

Poured from a 12 oz long neck bottled on 10/2/09

A: An aggressive pour yields a decent tan head that bubbles away quickly leaving only a minimal ring around the exterior, reminds me of the head on a glass of pop. Color is black as night and unyielding to any light that might enter.

S: Smell is of strong bourbon, chocolate, and butterscotch.

T: Taste is strongly of bourbon and chocolate. Vanilla and anise are also there. This is an extremely complex beer with too many flavors to list, but they all seem to balance well with the bourbon.

M: Mouthfeel is quite thick, almost syrupy, it leaves behind a coating with each mouthful.

D: This one is definitely a sipper. It has a powerful warming sensation after the swallow from all of the bourbon in it. It's not a chore to drink, but it's not one that I would want to drink all the time either.

11-20-2009 02:12:57 | More by spartanfan
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Rizow

California

4.58/5  rDev 0%

A - Appearance starts with the bottle, and my introduction to Bourbon County Stout came not by any review or bartender's recommendation, but simply by noticing its label at the Lake Merritt Whole Foods in Oakland. When a beer's label tells me it's "...dark and dense as a black hole..." and that "...one sip has more flavor than your average case of beer", well, that grabs one's attention, innit?

Pours thick like motor oil, like molasses. It crawls out of the bottle into your glass. Dark, dark brown/black body, with a ring of caramel brown around the edge, and wisps of subtle white lattice lacing, too burly a beer to leave much at all of any foamy head. Looking straight down at it, into the goblet, it looks like a solar eclipse.

Smell - There's a strong, sweet nose to it. Roasted coffee, vanilla, and molasses are all mixed in with a burnt bourbon aroma. You can smell the syrup. It's immediately obvious that this is an extremely unusual beer.

Taste - The taste is a beast, bringing big, sweet flavors such as the omnipresent molasses, layered over the powerful alcohol. Somewhere buried deep, deep behind the monstrous front-end, there are fruity background notes, but more like bits of candied fruits embedded in a German Christmas cake. You can find burnt caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and sweet syrup flavors throughout.

Feel - The very definition of a big, chewy stout; welcome to the beer-shake! Man, does this ever cry out for a big scoop of premium vanilla dropped right into the mouth of the glass! It creeps across the inside of your mouth, leaving a film over your tongue. Its feel (not its taste!) is almost like a medicinal syrup, like you're drinking it because your doctor prescribed it. It feels like quicksand in your mouth, threatening to pull you in.

Drinkability - This is no light summer sipping ale. It sits thick and heavy in your mouth, and fights with you going down. You'd only really ever go out of your way to finish a second bottle if you're making a point, like, a REALLY important point, to your unemployed drinking buddies. Packs a punch.

As someone who staggers through the night casting aside lesser beers in an unholy quest for that huge, chewy, sweet, powerful masterpiece, I am humbled in the presence of this superb, cruel, terrifying, glorious beer. It kisses you as it beats you. This is the one bourbon barrel aged stout to rule them all.

11-20-2009 01:56:54 | More by Rizow
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manahansf

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a clear light brown color with ruby red highlights and a thin lacy tan head. The nose is a light aroma of sweet malt with a background aroma of bourbon. Begins with a subtle grapefruit flavor which is followed by robust whiskey/alcohol flavor. Throughout the drink, there is a nice backbone of sweet malt/toffee flavors and a warming alcohol sensation. The mild full body has low carbonation levels and is very drinkable. The finish fades gracefully with a strong bourbon taste which is well balanced between sweet and dry.

11-19-2009 23:05:38 | More by manahansf
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TLove

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev -1.1%

This beer is straight up outstanding. After several bourbon stouts and bourbon RIS imitators (with the exception, perhaps, of Schafly), I haven't had a single, well-balanced bourbon stout. This is a luscious beer.

Pours a deep, viscous black motor oil with a thin, dark brown head that retains poorly and leaves little lacing. There are smells of raisin and bourbon with some almond. There is a strong bourbon, very heavy alcohol and bourbon taste with heavy, dark chocolate and a really full body. Alcohol goes right up the nose and produces some quince and vanilla on the mouth with a slick, but not syrupy, feel. A bit difficult to finish due to the sheer complexity and slightly sour bourbon components to the malt. Nevertheless, I would drink several of these in a sitting if they weren't so damn strong.

11-17-2009 04:15:03 | More by TLove
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marvin213

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -36.7%

This beer looks like motor oil. Were it not for the slightest swirls of head, I'd funnel this into my car engine. The specks of head presence actually last, spinning slowly around as the liquid sits. Still, a foamier top would provide a more impressive production.

The smell is purty raw-dog bourbon. I mean it is sweet, sweet alcohol. Not sweet like sugared candy, but sweet like yeast-infested, alcoholic, sugar-laden slop. It's like a fraternity house on a football Saturday. It's strong, sweet, and unrefined.

The liquid's more quaffable than its sight or smell might attest. As the snifter reaches my lips, I brace as if I'm shooting a shotgun. Initially, the sip is sugary soothing--like a Pixie-stick. Even in this 2008, the alcohol is still hot: as I focus on taste and close my mouth to feel it, ethanol singes my cheeks and escapes thru my nose. It's an obnoxious beer but, by God, if it's a bourbon stout you want, it's a bourbon stout you get. Instead of having bourbon influence, this beer is like an android: 1/2 beer, 1/2 bourbon. It tastes like an average stout with a bourbon shot poured in it. It's a Kentucky car bomb.

The initial feel of every sip is a comforting layer of sweetness. As the sugar breaks down, however, you're left with a brow-furrowing, bourbony blaze. Even if served cold, this beer is HOT. Though extreme on these continuums, it's actually well-balanced. The sequence, though, from milk stout to liquor shot, might be better reversed.

Drinkability is less than average. How many beers actually taste like liquor? It's a novelty brew, and a good one. I'd like to keep one on hand to occasionally show the buddies. I know its aim is not everyday sessions, but it's not a real pleasant-drinkin' brew. It hits harder than 13%; in fact, it ain't far off from the 40% of its liquor counterpart. If you're just lookin' for a punch, perhaps you should consider the liquor approach.

11-17-2009 01:21:27 | More by marvin213
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BigAl723

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -13.1%

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Real black. Thick as motor oil and just as dark. It had a dark mean looking head about an inch thick.

S: One smell tells you a lot with BCS. Dark cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, espresso, campfire, and a pretty decent amount of booze.

T: Very aggressive taste. Boozy from the start but mellows out towards the end. Comparative to the smell to say the least. Wood and campfire, vanilla and cocoa, booze and oak. Very complex taste and definitely not for the faint of heart beer drinkers.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium heavy to heavy feel with fairly low carbonation.

D: The drink takes a little hit with this big bourbon stout. Fair.

Overall, it's a fantastic brew but the high ABV and boozy character makes it tough to drink more than a bottle.

11-17-2009 00:25:15 | More by BigAl723
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -22.9%

Bottle received from calise1122 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Vintage 2008.

Poured into my goblet. Pours a very viscous deep black with no head at all. No lace present. Smells like booze, chocolate, fresh coffee, vanilla, and cream.

The mouth is creamy smooth. No carbonation bite at all. This is a big-time bourbon beer! Huge sweet vanilla notes, some oak, and malted chocolate. The liquor quality hasn't worn off very much after a year in the cellar. Alcohol is very present in the flavor. This is a very good beer, but I could not drink any more than this 12oz. Too boozy for me.

11-16-2009 23:54:12 | More by Onenote81
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brewgirl

California

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%

Appearance: I had been aging this beer for a year and it poured a thick, black with a very thin tan head.

Aroma: This beer smells amazing! At first I got a ton of bourbon then I started to get vanilla, molasses, dark chocolate, currants, and espresso.

Flavor: incredibly complex. The bourbon is very apparent but not too boozy. The malt profile is very rich with hints of coffee and dark chocolate and then there were layers of vanilla, molasses, and darker dried fruits. It was smooth and all of the flavors blended well.

Mouthfeel/Finish: Full bodied with a lingering bourbon, vanilla, finish.

Drinkability: This beer is delicious and very drinkable (despite the high alcohol). Unlike some bourbon stouts, this one is well balanced and the bourbon character is there without overpowering the beer.

11-16-2009 19:00:13 | More by brewgirl
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -14.8%

Poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This is a bottle from the 2008 brewing which means it has just over a year's bottle age.

Appearance: The beer pours out a dark black color with a 1/3" medium brown head that soon recedes to a small ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam over the liquid that soon turns into a few patches of thin foam. Sipping leaves some small rings, bits of speckled lacing and some small sheets that slide back into the glass leaving behind small patches of foam. By the end of the beer there is neither foam nor lacing.

Smell: The complex aroma is detectable as the beer pours. It is rich and dark toffee like with hints of dark roast malt floating around. The parts of the aroma provided by the bourbon barrel lets you know that the beer was there for a while, with some definite presence of bourbon, vanilla and even some of the oak.

Taste: The flavors make it abundantly clear that this beer and a bourbon barrel have spent some time keeping company together. There is vanilla and oak here along with some dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, and dark toffee or butterscotch. Interestingly, the flavors change over time with some smoky bitterness coming into to play mid-way through to let you know there are roasted malts on the scene as well. The sweetness from the malts and the bourbon is nicely controlled so that neither dominates the other.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is full-bodied and very smooth with minimal carbonation. The finish is long. It begins with sweetness and bourbon and then fades a bit until the dark roast of the malts shows up. It then gradually turns dry and fades gently away.

Drinkability: The rich complexity of this beer is almost too much. Plan on taking your time with this one as you won't finish it quickly. Also if you don't like bourbon don't buy this beer. But if you do like bourbon and you like stout, this is an excellent example of a bourbon barrel aged stout, with emphasis on the bourbon barrel. While I'll not be drinking this one every night I'll be more than happy to have this one again as a special occasion beer. That being said, the problem I have with this beer boils down to a simple question: Where's the beer? In deciding what to pair this beer with I'd select food, etc. based on how well it goes with the bourbon, not how well it goes with the stout.

3 June, 2011

I'm now drinking my last bottle from this batch, and still have the same question. I like Bourbon, so I like this beer, but if I wanted to drink a stout this would not be my choice. The Bourbon still over powers this beer and the flavors and aromas are still all about the Bourbon.

11-16-2009 02:49:45 | More by drtth
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -3.3%

2008 version.

A - Night black with a high viscosity on the pour. Not quite motor oil thick, but definately sticking to itself. Can barely see any light through the edges. Small tan head, maybe 1/2 finger at the most, bubbled up from the bottom and quickly receded.

S - Nice mild bourbon. I always worry that the bourbon smell on these is going to be overpowering. Definately present, but it's got a nice balance. Touch of sweet vanilla and toffee.

T - Outstanding, the mild smell of the bourbon is just about what you get in the taste. It's definately there, and it's good, but it doesn't kill the flavor of the stout. Slight fruity sweet taste makes this a fantastic drink.

M - Solid, not quite heavy like you would expect, but definatly full bodied. Carbonation seems almost non-existant.

D - So ridiculously drinkable for a 13%. You could easily just chug a bottle of this, although that would be a waste. Awesome beer.

11-15-2009 03:25:57 | More by AgentZero
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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