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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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7,695 Ratings

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Ratings: 7,695
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,702
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

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Photo of briman


4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours pitch black, & opaque. Thin dark brown head, average retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma is rich dark roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, & a touch of alcohol.

Flavor has a lot of complexity....oak, vanilla, bourbon. Vanilla really comes out in the dry finish with a nice warm alcohol bite. Moderate hop presence couples with a touch of a black malt bitterness into the aftertaste. Flavors linger long after.

Full thick body, moderate carbonation. Smooth & velvety...coats all the way down...and stays awhile. Balance is good. Everything melds together very well. Alcohol warming is evident. Certainly not a session beer at 11%, but certainly more than good enough to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 03:00:44 | More by briman
Photo of jdoherty

New York

4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look, this beer is flat out spectacular and theres no other way to put it.

A: Pours like melted chocolate slowly into the glass. It is opaque and nearly jet black. Tan head which is small but heavy. This will line the glass with for the entire way down. Outstanding

S: If you blindfolded me I'd tell you its light bourbon. It smells great once you get used to the strong smell. Also smoky smells with a little hint of chocolate running up your nose.

T: Awesome. You can taste the residue from the bourbon casks and a little mix of chocolate and vanilla. Tastes a little burnt altogther and draws all the different notes into a great balance

M: A thick coating the mouth in a way I have never tasted before, I literally could taste this beer in my mouth for an hour or so after I drank it.

D: It would be impossible to have more than one of these in one sitting, but who cares. Theres more going on in a bottle than most other cases

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 03:04:01 | More by jdoherty
Photo of beaglemac


4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a motor oil black and makes a tiny tanned head, a swirl of the glass leaves legs of syrupy sweet stout.

Aroma is deep chocolate, caramel, toffee, soy sauce, alcohol and a very subtle woodsy vanilla from the oak.

Taste is very hot, alcohol isn't masked too well, medium bourbon notes, vanilla, rich roasted and burnt caramel flavors mingle with chocolate and coffee.

Very full bodied, velvety texture on the palate, hot warming alcohol that burns as it goes down and ultimately leads to a dry finish. Carbonation level is very low. Leaves a thick coating on the palate.

I want to thank NucularGeorge for this tasty treat... Not a huge stout fan, but this one impressesd me.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 23:08:59 | More by beaglemac
Photo of blackie


4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: Pours a thick, deep mocha colored head that slowly recedes to leave a nice ring around the glass. The beer is blackish in color.

smell: Dense, layered aromas of dark and milk chocolates, roasted barley, and dark fruits. Chocolate fudge ice cream. Just the right amount of boozy bourbon presence with some slight wood.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is smooth and the body extremely full and creamy. Very nice...can't ask for much more here.

taste: Decadent chocolate cream and deep roasts lead a barrage of flavor that defies easy description. Heavy and sugary on the tongue. Woody, smoked bourbon notes. Dark fruits in a molasses syrup. Muddy hop flavor and a much needed bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: easy enough for such a big beer, and absolutely delicious

split with dirtylou in Madison

01.2014 review of a 09.2012 bottle - it's big, it's bad, and smells of the richest fucking imperial stout in existence, but let's top it off with an intensely layered oak and bourbon profile. absurd.

old score: 4.5, 4.5, 5, 5, 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 21:34:01 | More by blackie
Photo of GbVDave


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Neck label says "2006". This review assisted by Dr. Brian (PurdueDoc).

A: Pure black, tiny tan head raised only by the most vigorous of pours. Pours like used motor oil.

S: HUGE bourbon aroma, vanilla, brown sugar, subtle clove or spice, did I mention bourbon?

T: The huge bourbon nose steps aside to let other things come out to play. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and molassas all make their presence felt.

M: Thick like molassas in January. Thick and coating. You'll definately want to finish up your night with this-the tastebuds will be cashed.

D: It's crazy that this beer can be considered so drinkable. If you were to judge this by nose alone you would think that it would taste like pure bourbon. When you finally taste it it's so balanced and nuanced it's scary.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 00:43:01 | More by GbVDave
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4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

This pours as a thick and deeply red and brown colored beer that turns to black once it actually settles in the glass. A small reddish brown head forms and then disappears.

Intense Bourbon barrel aroma. I clearly smell this and it is sitting on a table 3 feet away from my nose. The smell is rich and sweet and very strongly of vanilla and whiskey. Caramel, toffee and chocolate mocha all are very strong in this. Very much a bourbon barrel beer.

Taste is sweet and a little bitter and intense with the flavors of vanilla and caramel in the first sip. Thick and intense, the whiskey and chocolate fight it out here to be the stronger flavor. After a while black licorice makes an appearance in the taste. An incredible ale. I quickly don't care WHAT the individual flavors are in this; I just want LOTS more of this stuff.

Mouthfeel is chocolate Milkshake.

Real hard to be objective about this beer it is just REALLY damn good. If you dislike thick beers and the taste of Bourbon you will absolutely HATE this beer. I myself LOVE this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 06:59:34 | More by Zorro
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a nice little quarter inch head that dissapates after a little time. The color is black with brown edges and eventually is headless.
The smell is great, molasses, sweet roastiness and dark fruit.
The taste does have a little alcohol zing to it, but the roasty flavors come out as well.
The mouthfeel is excellent and smooth, pours out very dense and you can feel that on your tongue.
Overall this was a great beer, but I will let this one age a bit before bringing it out again, expecially since it's 5 dollars a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 12:00:27 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of terrabyte


4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours one of the inkiest, blackest-black I’ve ever seen. Has a very small head.

The aroma is rich with bourbon, chocolate, cherries and booze.

Flavor is even richer in taste with bourbon, chocolate, cherries and booze. Only when laying back in my chair by a campfire have I felt the stress leap off me so completely and instantly as my first sip of this beer. The booze warms your chest and then your belly. Your face flushes. Although I’ve only mentioned a few ingredients, each one is perfect for each other, and are very bold, deep and aged.

Mouthful is silky, boozy, and slightly burns. But it burns oh so good.

Drinkability is definitely a sipper, but an excellent one. Each mouthful is heaven. My only complaint is the cost. Usually this 4-pak will sell for $20. Gray’s has something very similar on tap for less money. I'm not blaming Goose Island, I'm blaming my job for not paying me more so that I can drink this every day.

Many thanks to buckeyenation for just giving this to me. I didn’t realize at the time just how generous of a gesture it was! My apologies when you finished your 3rd, and pined for the 4th.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 16:43:47 | More by terrabyte
Photo of blitz134


4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah, this one is really black. Took a few seconds for the light chocolate head to show up, came on about 1/4" thick. Reduced to a sporadic skim on top with spots of glassy black pools.

Dark roasted malts form the backbone here with a good dose of bitter dark chocolate. Some borders on a touch charred. Some sweet dark fruits come in as well. I dont really pick up on the bourbon in the aroma although some light alcoholic aromas come through. On reinspection if I really look for the bourbon it is there but nowhere near as prominant as I would expect here, hopefully its in the flavor. I'm not disappointed by the aroma, but there are others in the same category that do just as well.

This beer is loaded with flavor. As the bottle refers to malts overflowing the mashtun, this beer has flavor overflowing my glass. I'm afraid I'm gonna need more than 12oz to full capture this, but I'll try on this one sample. Lots of choclate and dark toasted malts to start with, has some toffee flavors in it. Then it turns a little sweet with the dark fruits and quickly the alcohol sets it. Its almost a little too much alcohol but it works okay in this big beer. The bourbon is definately evident in the very finish, those woody and liquor edges show themselves. The only complaint in this fresh bottle is that it might be a touch hot.

Body is huge, creamy and oily coating the tongue and is goes down. Flavor lingers for a while. Low carbonation works perfectly.

This is definately a sipper of a beer. Tons of complex flavors, hot alcohol, and a huge body. One has to sip this to fully enjoy it. It only takes a sip to get so much from this one. I definately want more but tonight this is probably all I can take with how heavy it sits.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 03:10:59 | More by blitz134
Photo of malcontent


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

2006 version

Pours a light-devouring black from which the thick tan head materializes a few seconds after pouring. The thin head sticks around for only a moment before becoming a ring of lacing around the edges.

This is one of those brews that if I couldn't taste and only sniff I'd still come out better than having drunk a mediocre beer. Lots of vanilla with a bunch of toasted oats, rye bread, and traces of chocolate. The alcohol is detectable but only faintly which is an impressive cover-up for the ABV. Mmmm.

A sweet initial taste that is a strawberry-short of Neopolitan. Complex malt with outstanding bourbon characteristics on the finish. Undercurrents of coffee (although less so than many stouts) and smoke. Rich and simply sublime.

Looove the mouthfeel as it completely coats the tongue, which, when packing the flavors this does makes for a luxurious experience. Creamy, thick, and possessing an unexpected level of carbonation.

Drinkability was almost a "5" until I got to the end and realized I was nowhere near as sober as when I'd started. Still, for the incredible way this warms while simultaneously covering the alcohol this is crazy quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 17:13:11 | More by malcontent
Photo of chadspivey


3.95/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to whoknew for the opportunity. tried the 2006 version, so it's not aged.

A: dark as hell, pretty much black. very little carbonaton.

S: dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, smoke. This smell is really weird and almost offensive at first, but grows on ya.

T: There's something really weird going on here. Not bad, just weird as hell. It's a beer you've gotta get used to for sure. It gets way better with the finish, dark chocolates, and caramel, vanilla.

M: very impressive mouthfeel. velvety, smooth, quite nice. alcohol warms the throat.

D: There's no way i'd drink more than two of these. I actually felt the alcohol after a couple of sips, and i'm no lightweight. Besides, this is a double stout and the flavor just doesn't allow for drinkability. But considering the style, it's not so bad.

Overall: Maybe I'm just not ready for a double stout. I thought I was ready for any beer. At least I know I haven't come to a plateau with beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 05:18:22 | More by chadspivey
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


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

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle sealed with a crown cap decorated with a black, gold & white logo. A small tight neck label is cream colored with a black border and a year 2006 above a row of four stars, well the third star is in fact replace with a goose head. The main label is very Spartan; the words “Bourbon County Stout” are set into a wealth of smaller black text on the cream colored background. Strength Listed at 11% ABV on the front label with a ‘Bottled On This Date’ of 070306 with a recommendation that this will keep for over five years.

Appearance: Gelatinous thick black body which seems to embrace and contain the dissolved carbonation to such an extent that it refuses to let it out on the pour; only when it settles does some of conditioning escape to form a short-lived thin dark brown covering, but that too soon disappears leaving only a prune juice appearance. Subsequent top-ups reinstate a thinning head but sadly this brew never benefits from a real head to speak of, that said, the swirled look in my Stone Russian Imperial Stout Glass is still one of a great brew and the accompanying aural “fizz” from each massage of the glass is fantastic. Funny thing is (I just returned to this part of my Review) the final top-up produced a fine looking dark tan head that only lasted for 30 seconds or so.

Nose: Intense aromas; soft bourbon trails a stronger vanilla and higher Coconut with some dark chocolate too. Cocoa beans, burnt toast and roasted coffee linger in the finish. A strong nose that develops complexity as it warms.

Taste: It is hard to part from the tastes on the initial sip, as the nose is pummeled by the strong aromas at the same time the mouth experiences the wonderful flavors. Trapped in a thick black liquid glass volcanic lava flow there is a rich dark malt base swirled with coconut shavings, molasses, vanilla, bonfire toffee, dark chocolate, raisins, dark rum, cigar smoke and bourbon chasers with some peat laden smoked oak casks to add a parched dryness to the finish. Complex and intense with a deeply entrained assortment of rich, thick, strong tastes. Superb!

Mouthfeel: Thick syrup flows onto the palate with an intensely warming backdrop to the swallow. Slick and oily, viscous and sly, rich and rewarding. It s 11% but the strength is on the back drop to the warming heat in the gullet.

Drinkability: It was a slow partner overall, but it never disappointed and at times I found myself slowing down with this one, such was its gorgeous cross-section of flavors that needed closer inspection.

Overall: This was a monstrous offering, an immensely warming brew that comforted. The whole 12 ounce sipped like a fine Brandy and lasted the whole 90 minutes whilst I watched Saturdays EPL footy match between Manchester United and Manchester City all over again. This feels like one of those brews where the closer you are to danger the further you are from harm.

A Bourbon Barrel Aged Thanks to BigHuge for this super treat!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 05:22:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of tjthresh


3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 081605. Poured in to a Duvel glass. Pours used motor oil black, and almost as thick. Very pretty brown head formed, but faded quickly. Bourbon, oak, vanilla are all present as advertised. I get some dark cherry notes. Man this beer is gonna kick my ass. This beer has tons of body for as much alcohol that’s in it. Each drink comes with the burn of a shot of bourbon. I’m guessing that it is still pretty green, so in six month or a year. I’m going to be a very happy man.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 02:34:10 | More by tjthresh
Photo of Redrover


4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown longneck. Great story on the label & clear freshness dating.

Poured into a wide mouth pint, the beer is jet black with a ¾ inch brown head. Sticky lace patterns form on the sides of the glass.

Big aroma of roasted malts, raisins, brown sugar, coco and a bit of smoke. There is a whiff of alcohol as well.

Wow, there is a lot going on with the taste. Charred malts, sugary dark fruits, roasted coffee, and wood smoke. There is a bit of sweetness and a rich coco taste as you work through the beer. Some vanilla & molasses cookie taste late. There is a nice complexity to the beer that revels itself as you drink it. I’m impressed by how well the alcohol is hidden.

The mouth is suitably thick and creamy This is an easy sipping sort of beer. What a great way to wind down after a week of work. I would love to try this on tap or cask.

Well done Goose Island!!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 00:31:16 | More by Redrover
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock


4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bourbon soaked Chocolate Brownie, in a glass, with nuts

this is the 2006 vintage, opened and left to warm up a bit

pours flat and black. treacly alcohol smell.
magical taste. creamy mouthfeel.

chocolate, liquor, roasty, a little nutty, warming.
strong and rich and sweet.

Worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 03:54:11 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
Photo of SacoDeToro


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

Thanks to KAME for sharing a bottle at the 10th Annual SD Strong Ale Fest.

The beer was a dark coal black with a dense brown head.

The aroma of the beer was of roated coffee, intense malt, licorice, chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol.

The flavor of the beer was intesely malty. Chocolate, coffee, chewy malt, and notes of licorice made up the bulk of the flavor. The bourbon notes peaked through with some vanilla and oak accents. The hops hit towards the finish and helped balance out some of the sweetness of the beer.

The carbonation was perfect. The mouthfeel was heavy and almost oily thick. This beer coated your mouth with intense flavors that seamlessly cascaded from one to the other.

This is a magnificent beer with as much complexity as any wine or fine boutique bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 18:58:51 | More by SacoDeToro
Photo of dirtylou


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

12oz bottle, bottled 7/3/06 but just found its way to the Wisco storefronts...been waiting a long time to finally find this one and I will enjoy it while watching the ugly ugly bears-vikings game

appearance: poured into a snifter...body is a bold dark mahogany/black, big creamy chocolate head forced with the pour - very little retention and minimal lacing unfortunately. solid appearance but nothing extraordinary sticks out, still a solid 4

smell: great aromas right off the bat...smooth bourbon aging comes across immediately, big roasty aromas of chocolate, mocha, coffee grounds...vanilla, booze, bittersweet dark chocolate, cream, charred wood

taste: as anticipated this one is delicious...served near room temperature. charred oak and a smooth but potent bourbon kick take control upon first sip. bursting with roasted malt make this a thick syrupy monster. bittersweet dark chocolate is abundant, vanilla and oak compliment nicely, heavy cream

mouthfeel: extremely rich and filling, syrupy and thick, boozy and creamy, moderate bitterness

drinkability: tis a sipper

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 19:36:28 | More by dirtylou
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4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

received recently from MABZ, thanks again for the chance to try this.

Pours with nearly no head into a pint glass. initial appearance and nose remind me greatly of the harveistoun OEO special reserve, unsurprisingly.

nose is of beer-soaked bourbon (it is a distinct nose when you have seen it before), and a hint of cookies as well. Assuming wood was used in this beer (I assume, don;t know) the tannins and vanilla-like notes are quite apparent along with the whiskey.

taste clearly carries whiskey in the front end, pretty much buries the rest at first but it isn't overwhelming. as it passes I am left with this more typical oak-aged stout, not very roasted but very heavy, until the aftertaste, where the whisky comes back into prominence. The 11% is invisible, I didn't even know it was that strong until I wrote these words.

This is a very well-done beer, certainly the best of its class I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 23:07:22 | More by dogfooddog
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4.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally had straight from the cask, at the brewery this summer. Purchased this four pack of 12 oz bottles at Sam's. Poured into a nonic, a tan brown head developed and lingers a centimeter thick on surface of the body. I assume that my pour was at fault for that. The body is a dark coffee black brown color. Smells of intense sweet licorice, and raisons. The taste is very rich and sweet, not milky thick, but definitely substantial. Lots of sweet malts licorice not so much bourbon, like I'd hoped, but some seriousness all the same (its very strong). This is a very interesting beer, its more of a special occasion beer. I would not drink more than one in a session. It is well worth a try and well worth having around for special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 20:23:50 | More by mmcave
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4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out an almost opaque, but with a slight tilt and a strong light a ruby hue can be ascertained. Aroma of chocolate, roast, coffee, and a slight bourbon. Flavors of wood, dark chocolate, coffee, roast, with a slight top shelf bourbon. Mouth feel is creamy, almost like a milkshake, medium/high body, medium carbonation. It had a large head with a almost milk chocolate color, tan really does not do it justice. With being well balance, not too overwhelming in the bourbon character, but leaving a subtle hint of it. Very nice a must have.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2006 03:19:33 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick syrupy black color with a small tan head.

Aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, and roasted malt.

Complex taste consisting of bourbon, vanilla, dark coffee, and a huge roasted malt pressence and some alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy with a good carbonation level. Almost a little syrupy though.

Heavy alcohol pressence brings the drinkability down some. This is a very good beer and worth the high price tag if you are into intense stouts. Similar to Bell's Expedition Stout with the bourbon pressence in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 03:23:26 | More by hckyfn9999
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4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, light absorbing black color topped by a mocha colored head. The nose has a sweetness that comes at you immediately followed by light coffee, and noticeable bourbon whiskey character. The finish has some dark fruit (dates primarily). The taste has some espresso up front, milk chocolate covered cherry, then the bourbon character, the flavor of the whiskey and the heat come across. lingering bitterness on the finish. Smooth and thick mouth feel. I just wish the heat wasn't there. Still, nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 16:38:07 | More by carln26
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4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought a 4 pack of this for 19.99 at Sam's in chicago. yeah, thats a lot, but i figured its a beer i need to try. pours like a stout soda...fizzes and foams but then no head forms. completely black. Small bubbles rising. Looks like bad news for other stout brewers. Smells like, well, bourbon. After opening the bottle i can smell it from across the room. Up close I can smell some bitterness and sweet malts. ok, time to taste it...Hoo! wow. five. five. FIVE. Jeses thats tasty. a lot of Bouron up front is superceded by malts and coffee flavors. there's a bunch of alcohol in there too that makes my tongue numb but its tempered by a milky vanilla, chocolate taste and a hoppy finish. this tastes phenomenal. heavy and thick mouthfeel, maybe a bit oily. i would drink this every day if it were available and i were rich. Ill be laying the other 3 bottles down for a while to see how it it changes as the alcohol settles down a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 20:28:39 | More by aforbes10
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In an era of great American stout, Goose Island's 2006 Bourbon County Stout is the world's greatest. It might be the greatest beer ever made.

Sure, the flavors are all familiar--dark chocolate, espresso, and maduro tobacco--but each is coated here with buttery oak that gives it texture available in no other bottled product on the planet.

I'm very skeptical of this new swath of bourbon-aged everything--including Scotch--hitting the market today. With beer especially, the bourbon tastes usually comes to dominate, which always leaves me wanting a glass of Noah's Mill or Blanton's over the rest of my pint.

That's why this is the greatest stout on the planet. Goose Island has done what no other brewery has figured out how to do, which is to use the oak to bring out more flavors in the beer, instead of overwhelm them. So the silky chocolate taste is really a flourless cake, the tobacco is really a 1926 Padron, and the espresso was just roasted this morning at Vivace to wake me from a long, wanton dream.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 04:56:32 | More by ngandhi
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4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 7-3-06. Pours black as night, faintly carbonated. Aroma of booze, bourbon, faint smoke, and vanilla.

This is the most complex barrel-aged stout I have had to date. And it's not about the number of flavors, but the way they are distinct and separate from each other. Chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, smoke, and roasted/burnt grains. Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy, definitely chewy. Insanely drinkable, though if you drink this quickly, you will miss some subtleties.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 22:28:44 | More by Sephiroth
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,695 ratings.