Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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9,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,470
Reviews: 2,508
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,086
Gots: 4,437 | FT: 457
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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4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. Thanks to MSUBulldog25 for this.
Appearance- Black as oil. Pours like it too. No head what so ever. Thanks to the etching on my NB balloon tulip I can see a dark head trying to come thru.
Smell- The smell is an incredible dark chocolate aroma. Bits of boozyness in the background.
Taste- The taste is more of the same. Dark chocolate and bits of alcohol.
Mouthfeel- Expect the mouthfeel of this to be huge. It covers your mouth with chocolate goodness and doesn't go away anytime soon.
Overall- Overall, this is a good beer. Very sweet. The 13% abv is non-existent. This is an after dinner sipper. And I will love every sip.

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3.5/5  rDev -23.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Hophead717
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 2011 vintage 12 oz bottle poured into a CBS snifter. Enjoyed fresh.

A: Dark as the night, with a barely noticeable head that dissipates instantly. Unimpressive--definitely not seeing the three finger head from the BCBS advertising!

S: Rich dark chocolate with some bitter malt upfront. Then, a rush of bourbon overwhelms the nose. A most lovely bourbon, with notes of the alcohol heat definitely present.

T: Deep, rich chocolate malts upfront. A noticeable bitterness from the hops comes mid-sip. The finish is a delightful bourbon--not overly sweet. The bourbon hangs around even after you swallow. Quite lovely.

M: Medium bodied, with more carbonation than I'd expect from such a large stout.

O: A lovely BA stout. I can see why this baby is so highly sought-after.

2007 bottle, enjoyed in June 2012.

The nose has much deeper and strong dark fruits notes--bourbon soaked raisins and figs.

Chocolate and bourbon still dominate the taste, but none of the hoppiness noted before. Significant dark fruit flavors, but no significant signs of oxidation at all. The beer was nearly flat, however.

Overall, really good, but I suspect the sweet spot is somewhere between fresh and 4.5 years.

Scores are for the fresh bottle only.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of DCon
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack of this from Lukas Liquor for $20.99. Poured one of the 355 mL - 12 FL OZ bottles w/ a Black Label bottle & "2011" @ the top into my 12oz Schlafly Gold Rimmed Tulip Glass. Has BOTTLED ON: 11/11/11 1826 on the back of the bottle.

Aroma- Tons of dark chocolate and light coffee at the beginning of the smell. Then an overpowering rubbing alcohol aroma comes into play... Will say, with a 14.5% brew, this is bound to happen! Won't downgrade here.

Appearance- Pours a .5 finger, dark brown head that dies quickly. Has a pitch brown colored body, opaque, and has definite legs! Hardly leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Tons of dark chocolate, light roasty coffee, and sweet malts hit home with this stout first. Then has a nice, medium hop flavor that leads into the light bitter finish. Sweet and wet finish with light-medium bourbon/boozy flavors.

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, Viscous, and leaves tons of light coffee and roast on the palate. A good amount of booze is left as well.

Overall Impression- An awesome one once again from Goose Island! I definitely enjoyed the B.C.C.S. MUCH more but can't go against this one! Would love to enjoy my other ones but aging them for years to come! Would love to do a vertical of this one.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage (13% ABV) - reviewed 11/12

As black as a beer can get... not much in the way of carbonation, a brief moment of coffee brown head fades within the first minute, tons of thick oily alcohol legs.

Massive fudge aromas, hot chocolate, mellow bourbon warmth, incredibly smooth, faint mocha notes, molasses, soft oak presence, maybe a touch of maple syrup, wow.

Again... wow. Beautiful bourbon profile layered with chocolate, almond, fig, coffee, caramel... massively smooth and drinkable, chocolate cake, tons of fudge flavors, a bit chewy... just so smooth... what a treat. So damn good.

What else can I say?

*Ratings based on this vintage


2011 vintage - reviewed 2/12

I am thrilled to announce the popping of my BCBS cherry:

Many thanks to MordorMongo for this, and so many other phenomenal beers.

a - Pours a dark, ominous sludge. A thin fizzy cap of light chocolate head dissipates to a ring within a minute.

s - Smells dangerous. Surprisingly little booze that I notice, even at a relatively low temperature. Sweet caramel, molasses, toffee, sweet bourbon of course, earthy foundation.

t/m - Here we go. God DAMN. The best part hits you right off the bat - thick, sweet cloying caramel, chocolate, fading into a sweet bourbon burn with a candy-like oil slick finish. The mouthfeel is so perfectly in line with the taste that it's nearly impossible for me to consider the two independent of one another. The feel is perfect in my mind - tons of substance, really appropriate for the taste. I love nothing more than experiencing the way that brewers utilize and grapple with high alcohol content - these guys have absolutely nailed the art of it.

o - I now see why this beer is a definite must. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2009)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

(Aged for 2+ years)

Dark black motor oil pour with a couple fingers worth of dark brown, persistent head. This doesn't leave much in the way of lace, but at this high of an ABV, that really isn't too shocking. Near perfect for the style.

The aroma is rich, complex, evolving, and simply: amazing. There are layers of bitter and sweet chocolates, complementary roast presence, rich, sweet, and earthy vanilla, mild wood presence, dark molasses, and unmistakable bourbon. There is but a hint of alcohol heat in the aroma, but very little considering this beer's alcoholic magnitude. Divine.

The flavor is just as complex and delicious. The vanilla notes from the bourbon are the highlight, with layers of chocolate and roast rounding out any harsh edges, and there even seems to be a bit of a coffee presence as well. Zero alcohol presence. Incredibly drinkable. I swear...this is nearly as good as Rare.

Full bodied, velvety, luscious, smooth mouthfeel. A pleasure to sip.

The two years in the back of the cellar have done wondrous things to this beer. I've had this beer fresh a number of times, and this was by far the best of the bunch. I'm tempted to drink my last bottle of 2008 now...I don't see how this can get better.

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4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had multiple vintages of this beer, but am currently reviewing a 2007 vintage, courtesy of crushedvol. Thanks again!!
*from notes

Appearance: Pretty standard obsidian black, with a short lived khaki colored head. There's no head retention whatsoever, but there are some significant alcohol legs. It's really a beautiful beer to look at.

Smell: Wow, tons of black licorice hit me right away. There's some nice powdered cocoa and light coffee on the nose too, but the black licorice is really shining. I'm still getting some definite bourbon notes on the nose, but it has definitely integrated itself more than in fresher bottles. The take-away was bourbony vanilla, lots of dark fruits, and definite black licorice...really, 5 years hasn't abused this beer too bad at all haha.

Taste: Again, black licorice and dark fruits come through most strongly. The bourbon is there as well, as are the chocolate and coffee flavors. The vanilla I was picking up on the nose definitely makes itself known in the taste, and accompanies the dark fruits really nicely. I'd be lying if i didn't say I wanted more bourbon in the taste, but the integration through the age of this beer has really worked the bourbon in in a more subtle way...amazing beer.

Mouthfeel: Well, here's where we fall apart. One of my favorite qualities about BCBS, is it's viscosity. This beer was very thin...very very thin. I suppose 5 years can do this to a beer, so I ought to be more understanding. Regardless, the mouthfeel is the only thing preventing this beer from absolute greatness.

Overall: It was an honor getting to try this vintage. BCBS has always been a favorite of mine, and while I enjoy fresher bottles, for their ferocity and bourbon focus...the integration of flavors over 5 years has proven to be magnificent. I'd have to say that my vote for favorite BCBS vintage so far, is still the that's neither here nor there.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter. (2011 Vintage)

A) Black as coal. Looked pretty thick. Not much head, about a half finger of a dark tan head, that formed a thin collar around the snifter. Swirling this around creates a nice glazing.

S) Top shelf aroma. Just tons of vanilla, and hint of caramel. Deep roast and sweetness. The perfect touch of that bourbon cask aroma.

T) Fantastic... Full of chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla and certainly bourbon. This is well layered, and is the perfect storm of flavors. The balance is incredible.

M) Full bodied, not much carbonation, which was expected. This is rich and smooth. The finish and aftertaste please the palate with the balance of sweetness and bourbon.

O) This beer created a new style in 1992, and it remains world class in 2011. An excellent sipper, I enjoyed this start to finish. I would highly recommend.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Dope
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, just procured.

A: Pitch black pour with a chocolate brown head. Almost no head to speak of and fades away instantly. Obviously no notable lacing.

S: Tons of bourbon. Toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and a touch of vanilla. Some dark fruit like raisins, plums and cherries. Just a tad bit of roasted malt, mostly drowned out by the bourbon.

T: Ahhh there we go. Up front the luscious bourbon comes through as mentioned in the smell, but now a boatload of roasted malt. As the boozy toffee/molasses/caramel concoction dies down, then come the rest. Wonderfully bitter coffee and chocolate mixed with the dark fruits. Mocha stamps the tongue and lasts well into the aftertaste. I taste a little brown sugar in the aftertaste sometimes too. Surprisingly balanced given the almost pure bourbon smell, and especially the freshness of the bottle. As it warms, the stout becomes stronger and the bourbon becomes just a big bite up front and a complimentary flavor in the middle.

M: Thick, creamy, and in a word - big.

O: This is a seriously good bourbon barrel stout. I don't know how I've gone all these years without trying it. It's huge and bourbony but well balanced at the same time. Very complex, lots of roasted malt flavors as well as dark fruits and then there's the bourbon characteristics. Taste something different every time I sip.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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