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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

9,404 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 9,404
Reviews: 2,491
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,074
Gots: 4,366 | FT: 453
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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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of thebornotaku
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First things first, full disclosure. I've only had three or four gulps of this beer. IT was given to me by a friend at a car club meet kind of off-hand and he told me I could kill it. I had no idea what I was in for...

aaaand what I was in for was easily the best thing I have ever tasted; food, beer or otherwise. After my first drink I had to stop and admire the brilliance that I was holding. No, this wasn't just any other kind of beer that I had ever had... this was the pinnacle. This was the moment at prom when you saw the girl you've been in love with for your entire high school career from across the dance floor, time slowed down, you realized how truly beautiful she was and you decided to _go for it_.

The flavor was sublime. Strong in all the right ways, but still mellow and balanced. The high ABV was noticeable, but it played off well. Aged since 2009, any harshness or bite of the alcohol had been diminished significantly. Flavors of coffee, vanilla, toffee, chocolate and obviously bourbon were present, dancing around the palate. It wasn't too thick or thin in the mouth -- it was nice and creamy but still well carbonated and balanced.

I really hope that some day I'm able to pick up more of this. I've been searching but it's prohibitively expensive online ($200 for 4 22s!) and incredibly rare. Easily though the best beer I have ever had. If you get the opportunity... don't hesitate!

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of angelogarcia3
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY pours this beer in a brandy snifter glass. Bourbon County Stout beer pours thick with a very dark almost black head. The nose has aromas of bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. In the mouth this beer has a syrrupy quality that is well balanced. No mistaking the flavors of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla in this beer. It has subtle flavors of caramel and rum truffle. It goes down smooth with a nice warm toasty feeling in the throat and stomach. This in my opinion is the best beer in America! Period!

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. Three year old (2008), properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours pitch black, no carbonation, a few lazy bubbles rise at the end of the pour, then dissipate; no lacing. Sweet, dark malt and bourbon aroma. Heavy bodied, delicious bourbon, dark malts, chocolate, molasses. A hint of mint at the end? Complex and absolutely integrated. A masterpiece that has aged into a mellower, well blended beauty. I'm so glad I cellared some of these because this beer hasn't been distributed to Washington for over a year. Bummer.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 bottle. I've had this beer countless times but never actually reviewed it, so I felt it was time to finally do it.

Pours jet black with a thin brown/tan head and pretty significant lacing on the glass. Smell is a wonderful mix of bourbon and chocolate - literally like a bourbon-soaked brownie. It's actually pretty incredible that the aroma isn't very boozy considering how big this beer is. Flavor follows the nose and really takes it to the next level. The bourbon and chocolate flavors really come together perfectly. It's sweet, but not overly so, and it's got a nice little bit of roast in the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink given the ABV. Mouthfeel is very thick and mouth-coating, but still has good carbonation. This is the beer that really taught me that I could love stouts a couple of years ago when I thought stouts weren't for me, so it will always hold a special place in my heart. It's really a phenomenal beer and one that can rarely be beat by other, rarer, harder-to-obtain stouts.

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4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Edition - Bottled on 07/03/2006

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color, probably one of the darkest beers I have ever poured. The beer has an extremely thin dark mocha head which quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very little lacing is observed.

S: Some dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and just a hint of bourbon. This smells great and has great complexity to the aroma.

T: Surprisingly, it tastes even better than it smells. The flavor starts out a little sweet with some dark fruit (possibly just fig) and some lovely dark roasted malts. Then you get the caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate flavors. After that, you get just a light hint of what seems to be coconut. Finally, the bourbon flavors come out in the finish - lots of vanilla and oak coupled with some bourbon smoothness.

M: Medium to full bodied with very light amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth, almost velvety.

O: This is a really special beer, one that you want to enjoy but wouldn't want to drink every day - it might just ruin your ability to enjoy lesser beers. It is a great sipping beer and one that I am thoroughly enjoying. Glad that I was able to get an aged version. There is a lot of complexity in the aroma and the taste and it appears that by aging, the harshness of the alcohol has been completely diminished (it is hardly even noticeable).

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottled marked 9/24/10 enjoyed in a snifter.

Appearance: Jet black with a very thin layer of espresso colored head that lines the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts are prominent with potent chocolate, caramel, and bourbon aromas. Alcohol is noticeable too. Intense.

Taste: Begins sweet with lots of roasted malt flavors including the aforementioned caramel. Chocolate flavors provide some more sweetness to the this complex stout. I was picking out different flavors as I went along, and as it warmed, got more of the bourbon flavor. Finishes with a warm alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and thick with little carbonation. Alcohol warms the back of the mouth all the way down into the chest.

Overall: This is one big, complex stout. Great flavors that make it a real treat. Ready to try other varieties and a fresh batch.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,404 ratings.