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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

8,594 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 8,594
Reviews: 2,381
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,008
Gots: 3,658 | FT: 383
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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Photo of dasenebler
4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009-labeled 12oz. bottle packaged on 1/14/10 (?).

Pours a deep dark hue, though there is definitely some ruby translucence as the thick freakness comes out of the bottle. No head, no lacing. The color is nice; the other attributes, not so much.

Aroma is huge and reeks of bourbon: big oakiness, alcohol and vanilla. To be honest, the usual "stout" aromas are outdone by those produced by the barrel aging and whiskey character.

Flavor is awesome and huge. This is definitely one of the best bourbon-barrel stouts available. The woody and buttery bourbon flavors are by no means shy, and the beer tastes like there is actually a shot or two of top-notch bourbon hiding in there. More sweet than dry. The finish is decidedly stout-like, with huge roasty, chocolately tones mixing with a super-warming alcohol presence. This is an exquisite beer, though I could see it being too hot for some. Mouthfeel matches the flavor in boldness-- slick and syrupy.

You, sir, are a delight!

dasenebler, May 04, 2010
Photo of tmgiddings
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Crown Liquors #6 - 2007 (Aged 2 years). Pours black with next to no carbonation. Lots of mollasses and chocolate on the nose. The taste is complex to say the least- mollasses, chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is nothing but oil. Bottle - 2009. Pours Black with a thin, wispy head. Mollasses and alcohol dominate the aroma. Loads of chocolate and alchohol flavor with hints of toffee, soy sauce, and coffee. Mouthfeel is extremely oily but creamy.

tmgiddings, May 04, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a jet black with a sliver of dark tan head that quickly dissolves into a dirty halo.

Smell - Bourbon, oak, chocolate, and toasty malts. Bourbon is definitely dominates the bouquet.

Taste - The bourbon is very pronounced, and if the beer is too cold, it dominates the taste. As the beer gets a little closer to room temperature the beer becomes more balanced and a lot of other good stuff comes out: chocolate and biscuity malts, charred oak, a welcomed hop bitterness; the beer becomes more balanced.

Mouthfeel - It's heavy on the palate and quite as syrupy. A pleasant amount of carbonation. The finish is quite warm - warms all the way down. This is a "hot" beer to be sure.

Drinkability - I have to say this is an interesting and complicated beer. In my first experience with this beer I was overwhelmed - and put off - by the bourbon, but after successive tastings I've taken a shine to it. I'd imagine a year or two in the cellar would do this beer some good, but it's still an exceptional beer fresh. Easily Goose Island's most exciting brands.

yeahnatenelson, May 03, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Blacker than black. Brownish head that dies off within a minute. Lacing slides away instantly after each sip. Its so thick that it actually leaves a film on the side of the glass and "legs" almost develop.

S: Big Bourbon! Vanilla beans and bittersweet chocolate.

*just had the 2011 version and wow. Changing taste score to a 5. Not nearly as sweet and boozy as I remember the 2009.
T: Tons of bourbon flavor right off the bat. Its like someone poured a few ounces of bourbon and topped it off with a rich stout and mixed it together. Very sweet, a touch too much actually. The woody/oak flavors from the bourbon barrel is very apparent. Dark fruits, vanilla and bittersweet chocolate are also present, but more so in the background since the bourbon flavor is the strong-arm here. Very long vanilla and alcohol finish, you can tell this stout is very very strong. If the sweetness and alcohol burn were dialed back a bit, this would easily be a 5.

M/D: Very full body, thick and chewy. Velvety feel since its so damn thick. There is some fine carbonation present that adds to the smooth mouthfeel. No doubt, a sipper. Drinkability is average at best since you can feel the alcohol burn with each sip. I would like to try this with some more age on it, bottle stats that it was bottled on 11/12/09.

herman77, May 02, 2010
Photo of pasdachuri
3.85/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque darker than Wesley Snipes. Holds a creamy dark brown head with good retention.

Strong black licorice aroma, followed by an alcohol presence and then some more black licorice.

Flavor follows the nose with black licorice and dried fruit up front with a little vanilla, oak, and plenty of malt. The bourbon makes its presence felt throughout.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Creamy and silky smooth - very full bodied.

I don't believe dirnkability is a fair category for this beer. Although it is a VERY well developed stout it strong alcohol presence and high ABV make this a one and done brew.

pasdachuri, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Extremely dark. Very thin, dark caramel head- short lived.

S - It smells mildly boozy. Not very complex. Sort of "flat" on any special notes.

T - Very mellow. Bourbon dominates, but it does taste like a fine stout after all is said and done...

M - Very silky. Everything fits in just nice.

D - Needs to be sipped. Overpowering sweetness and alcohol burn get to me after half a glass. One bottle= 2 people I would say.

Not as much coffee taste as Kentucky Breakfast Stout (I much prefer the KBS).. I am going to lay this down in the cellar for a few years to see if it mellows at all...

Spica66, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up in Indiana while out for Dark Lord Day. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. October 2009 is the date on the bottle. Pours a very dark color, almost solid black...but just a small amount of light comes through. On the other hand, when the glass is filled...it's black as night, with a very small dark tan head that dissapates pretty quickly to pretty much nothing. No lacing to speak of, just a couple fizzy bubbles here and there.

Aroma is big, sweet, boozy-bourbony, warm, with a couple over-ripe fruit notes...mostly raisin.

Wow! This is deliecious. Huge, chewy, thick, viscous, BOOZY-heat, sweet raisins! This has a great flavor. Why doesn't this beer come to Philadelphia-UNFAIR! Mouthfeel is semi-complex...smooth and creamy, with a ton of heat and warmth in the mouth and down the throat from the bourbon aging. Overall...a wonderfully brewed stout!

ShadesOfGray, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of WeedKing4
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a big beer. Pours a dark black with little foam in the glass. You can smell the bourbon and dark roasted chocolate from the glass. The taste is a punch in the face of flavour, with bourbon and roasted chocolate taking the front. Its very smooth and drinkable considering the 13% alc. Drinking an '08 followed by a '09. The older has mellowed just a bit compared to the newer batch. But both are fucking excelelnt. This is just a crazy awesome impertial stout.

WeedKing4, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of AJacob81
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has been dominating my late winter/early spring, so a review is definitely due. Poured into a snifter.

A - As The Stranger would say, 'Darker than a black steer's tucchus on a moonless summer night... no bottom.' However, the same could be said of Dark Lord, Night Stalker, The Abyss, etc., so BC doesn't necessarily stand out in this regard. The thin caramel-colored head is nice while it lasts, which is not long.

S - It smells like the inside of a bourbon barrel, as it should. However, there's also some espresso beans and dark chocolate buried in the bouquet, although this isn't the Coffee Stout (review coming soon!). The effect on my nose is curiously similar to that of a deep red wine.

T - Sweet Baby Jeebus. The bourbon and the wine again are dominant. Not much coffee here, although chocolate and dates show up as this monster warms. Fairly heavy alcohol burn, but somehow that is subsumed into the larger flavor profile, which is very complex. The wood from the barrel is present, but so is vanilla and a mild hazelnut or walnut flavor. Incredible finish, with just a touch of hops and the smoky smoothness of the bourbon leaving us where we started.

M - Liquid silk. Heavy, but very smooth. Like smoking a fine cigar, which btw, is recommended alongside this beast.

D - A sipper for sure, but an insistent one. Everytime I put it down, I was soon salivating for the next swig.

Goose Island is really making a statement with this brand, and even though they'd never admit it, I think the crew in Munster has taken notice. Maybe we don't need to stand in a line all day to get a world-class stout?

AJacob81, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of bum732
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick luscious body, dark tan creamy head, not much retention. Smells of strong bourbon, rich dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, soft coffee notes and brown sugar. Tastes of bourbon like sweetness, rich milk chocolate on the backbone. Some cake batter tastes as well. Slight bitterness leads to more bourbon and milk chocolate sweetness. Touch of roastiness, bourbon sweet finish. Faint oak throughout. Slight alcohol presence. Rich full body.

A very bold beer, very sweet and very bourbony. Was difficult to drink, the bourbon was quite strong and the sweetness did not help much, almost cloying. I would've preferred a little more bitterness to bring some balance to it. That said, this is a very rich, sweet, dessert like beer that is a wonderful sipper.

bum732, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a very short-lived tan head. A thin tan line is still visible around the edges. Also has thin lacing, as to be expected with a beer as strong as this.

S: At first, alcohol is dominant, but as the beer warms a bit the aromas pop. Coffee, chocolate, and roasty malt show beautifully. The oak aging lends hints of coconut, vanilla, and toasty wood.

T: This stout is packed with flavor. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit notes shine through. The oak lends it's distinct flavors with hints of bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and maple. The finish is boozy and warming.

M: Full-bodied and as viscous as motor oil, BCS is chewy and rich.

D: This beer is big, and full of complex flavors, but it's quite easy to drink. Two years old may still be a bit young. It has some serious aging potential.

WYVYRN527, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of ufotofuturo
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of my friends was generous enough to let me split one of these with him, and I couldn't be more impressed. Pours thick and oil-black. Pleasant bourbon odor, with an assertive, boozy presence. Rich, complex, and incredibly delicious, with hints of chocolate, oak, and a dozen other elements I couldn't possibly place. I don't feel like my knowledge of beer is sufficient to review this one. Suffice it to say that it's entirely awesome. Buy it if you get a chance.

ufotofuturo, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sat on this 12 ouncer for a few months. Not quite ready to open my BA Stout Trooper so I figured I'd have a different barrel-aged beer. Pours thick and black, a dark brown pinky-size head. Quickly reduced to a small swirling cap and thick ring around the edge, understandable for the ABV. Leaves minimal lacing. Bourbon is quite apparent in the smell, huge vanilla and dark malt scents, some caramel. Much of the same in the taste, lots of bourbon and vanilla with heavy dark roasted malts. Alcohol is definitely hot on the tongue and throat, it shows every bit of it's 13%, and it is kind of a deterrent. Some age must do wonders for this beer as many reviewers can attest. Mouthfeel is pretty incredible, very thick and silky smooth, reminds me of Kate the Great almost. It would probably get a 5 in that category if it wasn't so hot with booze. A bit more caramel helps lightens things up later on in the taste. Drinkability is low for me, the booze is still way too hot and present in every sip. It's definitely a quality brew and I will be buying a 4-pack to age, I've read it takes at least a year for it to really shine. But for now it's a bit too hot to place in the tier of excellence.

EDIT - Found a couple '08s, cracked one open tonight (5/9/10). Bottle date is 10-21-08 so this is over 18 months old. Head disappears in the blink of an eye. Booze is still just as present in the nose, but the taste has definitely mellowed out. Alcohol is still obviously there but doesn't burn the throat anymore. The mouthfeel and taste are better now, has a new level of thickness and complexity, more of a burnt chocolate taste than I remember being present in the fresh bottle. Pairs good with some neopolitan ice cream. Though the booze is still a bit hot for my liking, this is drinking very well as of 18 months. I have one more '08 and four '09s...looking forward to trying them over the next 4-5 years.

Chico1985, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.35/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - pitch black which was nice but two glasses drew no head at all.

S - whisky, whisky and maybe a little whisky.

T - has more actual stout like flavor than most other bourbon barrel brews that I have tried in the past. There seems to be a little fruity flavor coming through, almost like raisins. Bourbon hit on the top of the mouth.

M - mild coating. Alcohol burn in throat. After a few drinks the front sides of the tongue get a numb tingle.

D - I do not care for hard alcohol so I would not be drinking this.

biglite351, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Abelmacias20
4.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage - Pours a menacing black hue. Little to no head head with very little lacing.
The bourbon aroma is overpowering. Some dark chocolate, malt & smokey aromas as well.
The initial taste is hot...very bold bourbon taste followed by bitter chocolate, hints of vanilla & molasses. Leaves a burning alcohol sensation on your lips...the entire taste linger for a bit. AWSOME!
Medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and creamy. Definitely a sipping beer.
I'm a huge fan of bourbon barrel stouts. This is a prime example of this style. Well done!

Abelmacias20, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Second time I've had a beer like this, and I found this GI to be far better than KBS. At least I have another bottle of that stuff to give it a chance at redemption.

This really is a story of two drinks merged wonderfully into one.

Pours a rather menacing black/super-dark-brown color that immediately looks like trouble, just seeing it swill around in the glass. Barely even got a look at the head though, it was gone so fast.

Smell was quite potent, and my nose is stuffed up from allergies.
The smell of barrel-aged bourbon is immediately overwhelming -- like I'm looking into a glass of finely smelling tar.
That yields gracefully to a subtle chocolate scent, thick and malty.

Taste is quite good -- as I said earlier, it's like 2 drinks in 1.
The bourbon hits first, smooth, refined, silky, boozy.
The stout comes next, sliding in quietly, but asserting flavors of chocolate, vanilla sweetness, and a boatload of malt.

Drinking this was a pleasure. Thick yet silky mouthfeel make this such a winner. Just like whiskey straight, this is a sipping drink, but you'll savor each nip.

AmberMan22, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.2/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out from the bottle a deep, impenetrable black, with only the barest hint of foam. The first time I had this was a few years back at GABF and I remember it being one of the best I'd ever had. Time and distance has not changed my opinion much. Huge bourbon aromas on the nose, extremely boozy, with some cocoa powder, vanilla and tobacco. Huge bourbon again on the palate, along with roasted malt, coffee, vanilla and lots of warming alcohol. A bit hot to be certain, but still a wonderful example of the style.

emmasdad, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of gafferjohn
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very Special Thank You to My friend at the Blue Dog for hooking me up with this beauty.

Bottle has a 10/2009 date.

This is incredible ! smell of bourbon hits strong up front but not harsh. Chocolate and Oak in there too ?

This thing is dark and dank. No light gettin' thru this puppy. Head is thin and dark brown and doesn't last long.

Taste is strong with Bourbon but balanced beautifully like no other brew I've had. I love this beer.

Awesome mouthfeel. I could sip this all day long.

gafferjohn, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of wnh
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2008 vintage, poured 4/16/2010.

Pours chestnut-brown tinted black, not as dark or thick as I remember, but still plenty dark and thick. Topped by a large-ish fizzy dark tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving a completely still-looking beer.

Oh, what a nose. Loaded with charred oak, roasted grain, earthy dark chocolate, boozy vanilla, ash and smoke, tobacco, wood, a bit of candied fruit, and just a fleeting hint of resinous pine-like hops. Dense. Wow.

And even denser on the palate. Bourbon-soaked wood, roasted grain, char, and a definite fire-breathing alcohol burn. It's almost a chore to take a sip, but what a pleasant chore. There's an underlying current of sweet caramel that keeps the big boy flavors from being too oppressive. Still a palate bruiser.

Thick and sticky, and so heavy. Moderately soft, but firm enough. Perfectly balanced between sweet bourbon and roasty imperial stout, never leaning too far in either direction. World class.

wnh, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Kanebanger
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black with a thin dark tan head with a small amount of lacing.

S- Definately a huge amount of bourbon with a hint of chocolate.

T- Wow, now I know why it's called bourbon county stout. Bourbon explodes on the tongue and finishes with a litte taste of chocalate/coffee.

M- Not nearly as heavy as I would have thought, was pleasantly suprised that is wasn't like motor oil based upon the initial aroma.

D-If it wasn't for the high alcohol content (and price) I could drink this all night long! I'm sure some might not like it due to the heavy bourbon flavor, but for me its better than any other bourbon barrel aged stout (probably because I love bourbon).

Kanebanger, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of waldoiverson
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle into Nonic

A: black as midnight on a moonless night, tight carbonation in the 1.5 finger foam that slowly released

S: musty bread yeast, can smell the oak/vanilla, slight char in the end.

T: Candied plums, char, bread, vanilla in that order of release with the taste of burnt marshmallow as the finish (YUM!)

M: Smooth, kinda wish for a bit more carbonation to kill some of the sweetness, but it insures that this is a slow sipper

D: THis is as drinkable as a 13% beer can be, a one beer session that can last for awhile as it warms

waldoiverson, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of chaz410
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle from a buddy that lived in chicago!
Pours thin black with a lacing that sticks and is vanilla colored.
Smell is vanilla with some chocolate malt and a little roasted barley.
taste is a monstrousity of bourbon and chocolate malt. Vanilla swings back and forth through the roasted barley and coffee notes. Not much hop character but I imagine it's ther but just over powered by the malt. Heavy caramel as well.
Thick viscous mouthfeel.
Not easy to drink, let this kid rest a few years!

chaz410, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was picked up in Chicago.

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2009

APPEARANCE: Pours out black, but not quite pitch black. The pour produces a cascading ½ finger mocha colored head that magically appears out of nowhere. Jet black body with minimal carbonation for the style. Head quickly fades to nothing and a ring around the edges of the glass. A slight ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing. Looks good for the style, but the lack of lace keeps from going any further.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon in the nose with vanilla, sweet cream and oak notes. Bourbon and more bourbon, though there is a slight hint of roasted malts in there too, but this is all about the bourbon. Very bold and quite well done.

TASTE: Lots of bourbon again here. Follows the nose exactly. Vanilla, oak, and some sweet milk chocolate, with a mild yet present roasted malt base. A big, bold, and lingering aftertaste with plenty of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate notes, and a good dose of alcohol. A very boozy barrel aged stout for sure, with a good dose of alcohol after the swallow. The barrel is definitely king here, but it seems to work.

PALATE: Here's where the beer falters. Very thin and light for the style. Not creamy or smooth enough, lots of prickly carbonation, and somewhat airy on the palate. Goes down fine, but is abrasive at the swallow with a bit of a burn. Very hot, lots of heat on this one, and finishes slightly sticky. Definitely needs a bigger body and could tone down the heat a bit.

OVERALL: There's no making a mistake about this one. This is a bourbon barrel aged stout, and it won't let you forget it. While the appearance was nothing spectacular and the feel somewhat off-putting, the nose and taste were done really well. Bold flavors that don't seem out of place, with lots of nuances going on throughout the whole drinking experience. There are some other bourbon BA stouts that fit the bill for their subtle complexities, but this is an in-your-face bourbon stout that will grab hold of you and not let go. If the palate were a little thicker and fuller, this would be one for to write home about. For now, it's just one to check out if you get the chance. Recommended.

Jeffo, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage - Bottled October 12th, 2007 - 12oz bottle poured into a snifter on February 10th, 2011...

Pours ridiculously thick, jet black, motor oil. A tiny wisp of dark brown head struggles to emerge and quickly vanishes, even with a vigorous pour - 4.0

Oh my god, delicious bourbon aromas erupt from the glass. The most intense bourbon aroma I have smelled in a stout, from what I can remember at least...Intense, warm, wonderful. Sweet milk chocolate and vanilla mix in with the bourbon, touches of oak as well, but the bourbon overwhelms them all - 5.0

Quite sweet and rich, bourbon hits your palette quickly and intensely, this beer is still very hot! The burn starts after the first sip and intensifies as I drink. Rich, thick chocolate with hints of vanilla towards the finish. A slightly roasted characteristic emerges at the very end and cuts into the sweetness a bit. But bourbon wins out, sweet and hot, but delicious! - 5.0

Full bodied, thick and viscous, completely coating. Low carbonation only accentuates the thickness of this beer. Alcohol heat from beginning to end - 4.5

Age has only intensified this beer, still hard to decide if I like this or the 2008 better 4.0

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2008 Vintage - Bottled October 21st, 2008 - 12oz bottle poured into a mini Goose Island imperial pint glass, served at cellar temp...

Pours thick and black, viscous. When held to the light the extreme edges show a bit of a crimson color. A thin, one finger light brown/tan head emerges and dissipates just as quickly, no real lacing or haze left behind - 4.5

Yummm, intense aromas of bourbon, vanilla, some woodiness, slightly smokey...somewhat sweet malt aroma, bit of dark chocolate and caramel, some molasses too, very complex and enticing - 4.5

Oh yea, this one is delicious! Sweet, chocolate and bourbony vanilla, so smooth and creamy. A nice burn of alcohol on the lips and gums...a bit of bitterness shows up after a few sips, subtle coffee and roasted grains, but overall is a beer with heavy sweet malt characteristics and a beautifully smooth bourbon flavor. Intense beer with a great warmth of alcohol to tell you to slow down and savor this one. The bourbon burn intensifies and accumulates as you drink and lingers well into the finish - 5.0

So smooth, thick and creamy. Completely coating and intensely warm and inviting - 4.5

What a great beer, very complex nose and taste. Something to be enjoyed over an hour or so...this beer is 1.5 years old as I drink it and could still benefit from further aging, but it's great now too, so what the hell! - 4.0

hawks10, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of karlbronson
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice dark black. poured into large snifter. formed a decent 1 finger head that dissapated quickly. nice lacing for a barrel aged beer. 2009 release

S: Fantastic! lots of vanilla, followed by milder oak and bourbon. Not much alcohol in the nose

T: one of the best 100% barrel aged beers I know of. Tremendous balance. the whiskey does not overpower and adds a sweet complexity

M: complex. bourbon, oak, stout. long finish without being too hot

D: this has become a mainstaple in my cellar collection

karlbronson, Apr 11, 2010
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,594 ratings.