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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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9,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,962
Reviews: 2,613
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,220
Gots: 5,063 | FT: 528
Brewed by:
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 bottle tasted 3/26/2011

A: Pours black as night with no head (4/5). S: Aromas of chocolate, prunes, slight black licorice (5/5). T: Boozy with chocolate, caramel, toffee (5/5). M: sticky, lots of bourbon on the finish (5/5)

'08 bottle tasted 4/19/2011

A: An immediate whiff of chocolate and bourbon when the cap is popped. Pours jet black into a tulip with only the barest ring of dark tan head (4/5). S: The aroma is primarily chocolate and bourbon, but there's a bit of dark fruit in there too and some caramel (4.5/5). T: A sweet, fruity (cherry and maybe a little strawberry) start proceeds to chocolate cake in the mid-palate. Finishes bitter and herbal in the back of the mouth; the bourbon is showing strong here (4.5/5). M: Long finish, lingering but not sticky (4/5).

Honestly, I'd say that at the moment I'm preferring the '10 over the '08, but both are very good. Scores represent an averaging of the two vintages.


Vertical 6/16/2012

06 - Thick and oily pour. Some prune in the aroma. Chocolate milk, prune, molasses. Still quite tasty.

07 - Lighter, somewhat cloudy. More bourbon on the nose. Less carbonated. More caramel and some coconut.

08 - No head. Strong bourbon and coconut on the nose. Tastes like a chocolate bourbon milkshake.

09 - More carbonated and darker. Smells sweeter and more chocolatey. Milder bourbon, caramel. Drier, not as sticky. My favorite of the vertical.

10 - Chocolate, more herbal. Vanilla and toasted marshmallow. Smooth up-front with a hot finish.

11 - Lots of bourbon and cacao. Seems to need some time to calm down.

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4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Mbierz (awesome extra dude, thank you!). Bottled 9/24/10. Served in a Red Brick snifter. 

Pours jet black with a thin (less than 1/2 finger) layer of micha head. Very little lacing. 

Smells of bourbon, wood, brown sugar, cocoa and trace booze. Great blend with the bourbon prominent without being overbearing. One of the best smelling bourbon aged stouts I've ever sniffed!

Oh, wow- this is what a bourbon aged stout should taste like! As in the nose, the bourbon is out front without covering the other flavors of caramel, molasses, wood, smoke, cocoa, dark fruit, licorice and plenty of booze. Truly excellent. The alcohol is quite noticeable but not as much as I expected at 13% and fits the style nicely. 

Feel is pretty darn thick with minimal carbonation. Oily & slick, it coats the tongue. Long sweet aftertaste. 

Quite deserving of it's notoriety, this is perhaps the best bourbon aged stout I've had the priveledge of drinking. I'm sure the 21 months of age helped greatly. Hands down the best extra I've even received in a trade and well worth seeking out. I'm stoked to have a 2011 as well to age a little longer. 

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12oz (bottled 9/24/2010) into a snifter. Pours inky black w/ no head whatsoever. Some carbonation visible, but absolutely zero head, let alone lacing.

Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, smoky char, black licorice. Smells delicious, rich, complex.

Taste is dark, roasty, bitter. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, booze, black licorice, oak. Bourbon is strong w/ this one. Rich & tasty, warming.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, sticky, ooey-gooey, coating. A dessert beer.

Overall this is one rich, delicious, decadent beer. Booze is not well hidden at all, but I don't mind that. Bourbon flavor is strong and intense, almost to a fault - in fact the dominance of the bourbon is the reason I can't give it a perfect 5 for taste. And lack of any head detracts from a higher score for appearance. Otherwise, an undeniably delicious beer. Glad I had a chance to try it, will keep my other bottle in the cellar for a couple more years. Or try to at least.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,962 ratings.