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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

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9,369 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,369
Reviews: 2,480
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,069
Gots: 4,323 | FT: 453
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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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of siege06nd
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into a snifter...

A: Impenetrably dark, dark, dark brown, nearly black. Pours with little head, just a wisp of creamy bubbles rim the top of the brew and swirl within. Minimal lacing.

S: Ok, that's more like it. Roasted chocolate, loads of sweet, dark fruit (cherry, plum), a hint of coffee, sweet vanilla from the barrel aging, decadent caramel. Wow.

T: This is dessert. Thick, viscous, and cloying. Like the thickest chocolate milk you ever had laced with bourbon. Super sweet chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Very assertive bourbon flavor, but not offensive. Shockingly smooth. The bourbon is all over it, but it doesn't overwhelm. Lots of ripe dark fruit flavors. Spectacular.

M: Fantastic. The bourbon flavor is incredibly balanced, perhaps the best I've ever experienced. The flavors are all so well integrated, like movement in a symphony...chocolate, to vanilla, to caramel, to ripe dark fruit, to bourbon, back to chocolate. Every sip of this one is an experience. Epic.

O: Goose Island BCBS is worth every ounce of the hype. At 14.5%, this one is a bruiser, but it is surprisingly smooth right now. That being said, I think age can only help this beer. If you can, grab two. One for now, one for later. Unbelievably delicious, and beats out KBS by just a hair, in my opinion.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, bottled 11-11-11

Everyone knows this beer so ill get straight to the goods of this review.

This is my first taste of the bcbs line, and as much praise as it got I was actually expecting to be let down. Just the opposite! This beer had deep bourbon flavors yet was so smooth and drinkable I almost couldn't believe it. Totally lived up to its reputation!

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4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle dated 11-11-11.Consumed on 12-9-11.
55 degrees into snifter.

A-Pours out a super dense,inky,midnight black
body that remained motionless beneath one inch of fluffy but quickly dissipating dark mocha foam.Lots of boozey legs and spotty lacing.

S-Real nice nose here.Cherry cordials,dark chocolate,bourbon,vanilla,toasted coconut,molasses and burnt brownies.

T-Black currant,strong coffee,bourbon,bittersweet chocolate,blackstrap molasses and a sweetened espresso finish.Delicious!

M-Thick,rich and complex.Full bodied with extremely well integrated flavors.Sweet,roasty and smooth.ABV is not felt.As the beer warmed,more of the bourbon and chocolate notes came through.

O-I can't really say much about this beer that hasn't already been said.Highly acclaimed and worthy of it.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle 2008 vintage bottled on 10/28/08

A- pours out black as oil a few seconds later bubbles erupt and a beautiful black cherry head appears,not much lacing on glass

S- bourbon first with oak and vanilla bean, milky chocolate and coffee

T- is awesome with a superb blend of bourbon and chocolate and coffee nothing is overpowered except superb taste

M- again superb velvet smooth bourbon with molasses,vanilla and above tastes all melded together with a sticky stout on the palate

O- superb stout was lucky to find a 2008 for sale and enjoyed this one immensly

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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

I had this one in a glass stein. 2011 vintage.

Appearance- On a hard pour this stout yielded only a finger of milk chocolate colored head that dies quickly to a ring. The body is incredibly heavy and viscous as it comes out of the bottle. The body is an unfathomable black.

Smell- Bourbon is the crux of the aromas. However, after a couple of sniffs, there are some sweeter notes of molasses, dark cherries, and even oaky-vanilla. It is so very, very appetizing!

Taste- Amazingly, bourbon is not the first thing on the palate. That honor belongs to the fruity element, apples and cherries.

Right behind that, the considerable bourbon heat shows up in a big way and lasts through the rest of the drink. Molasses also do their part to sweeten things up, and make this drink delectably sticky.

Under the bourbon finish, vanilla and oak comes through. While the fruity characteristics once again remind you that they started this party off. I am pleasantly surprised this offering is not a straight bourbon bomb, and offers so much with each drink.

Mouth feel- It really does not get any bigger than this. It is incredibly slick, no need for carbonation nonsense here, and it coats to an incredible degree. My lips are literally sticky from this beer.

Oh, and the finish from the last sip is still on the palate well into the next drink.

Overall- This is a truly fantastic stout. The smell is big and complex; the taste is even deeper and amazing; and the mouth feel is perfect.

The big take away from this beer is that bourbon is there, but it does not rely on the bourbon character to make this beer the monster that it is. Happy drinking!

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle marked "bottled on 11/11/11" poured into a snifter. I have had this beer many times before, but never got around to reviewing it. Seems the Abv has gone up on this years batch too...sitting at 14.5%

a- pours black and syrupy looking. edges of the beer are a deep chocolate brown. almost no head to speak of.

s-nose is huge on the bourbon and oak, but has great complexity. hints of dark chocolate, maybe just a bit of coffee and rich sweet maltiness. slight candied fruit as well

t- man, i had forgotten how much i love this beer. huge complex flavors. seems to start with bittersweet chocolate, a little coffee, vanilla and oak then the bourbon comes to play, bringing with it some candied fruit sweetness and then back to the chocolate richness. wow thats a good beer

m- i prefer a thicker stout, and this one is one of the best. chocolate bourbony motor oil. thick and syrupy. almost no carbonation. rich and creamy on the palate. booze is definately present, especially as it warms, but i dont mind it at all

overall, i now remember why this is consistantly one of my favorite beers. just a monster beer from start to finish. I wish it still had the high availability that it used to, but i guess thats what happens when you make such a great brew.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,369 ratings.