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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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9,735 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,735
Reviews: 2,570
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,152
Gots: 4,806 | FT: 492
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003

60 IBU
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Photo of JayQue
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very powerful stout. Poured a 2011 bottle into a pint glass. Dark as can be, no light gets through. A very small, very dark tan head that fades quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is intense, probably the strongest aroma I have encountered in a stout. Rich maltiness, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate are all present in an intense aroma.

Taste is similar. The alcohol is strong enough to take your breath away but not that harsh due to the intense, rich flavor. Evidence of the bourbon barrel aging is very present but not to the level where it could be unpleasant. Rich maltiness - both bready and caramel smooth out the flavors with the vanilla and chocolate adding complexity.

Mouthfeel is rich, the alcohol is quite noticeable which would probably die down a bit with aging. Not much carbonation, but you would expect that with such a rich beer.

All in all, very worthy of its place in the top 100 beers of fame.

Photo of spatialk
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of clarkw42
4/5  rDev -13%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Zaphog
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by CE (much thanks), from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
Bottled in 2011
Poured into an Ommegang tall glass

Goose Island's BCBS is an excellent-tasting American double stout. Given its strength and flaws (in my opinion), it is a beer best shared with friends. My opinion is that while this is a good beer, it is, ultimately, overly hyped.

Pours a 0.5cm head of dark tan to light brown, made of smallish bubbles, that almost immediately fades away into oblivion. Ethanol content kills any head retention possibilities. Leaves no lacing. Body is very dark brown to black, impenetrable, unable to see what carbonation profile is like. Fairly standard for the style, I don't think this deserves "good" when it's just "ok."

Aroma is deeply bourbon-influenced, overpowering most of what discernible chocolate notes I can detect. Maybe some vanilla, but I may be stretching for it. Ethanol detectable in the back of the nose. Good, but somewhat disappointing here, doesn't seem particularly balanced with the bourbon barrel usage (deep, but not complex).

Taste is quite different from my experience so far. Succinctly, it is fairly amazing. Very deep, complex flavors, bringing in everything available in an extremely roasted, big beer like this. I get roasted malt, char/ash, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and ethanol. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, heavy on the coffee, somewhat like coffee ice cream.

Body is fairly heavy, perhaps medium-heavy, with fairly modest carbonation. The combination goes well, giving this a fairly heavy mouthfeel that is still well-flowing across the palate. Alcohol is well felt in the back of throat and in nostrils, but you can't hide 14% I suppose.

Photo of Weter
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
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 -23.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Hophead717
4.83/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of sharpski
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DCon
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,735 ratings.