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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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9,952 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,952
Reviews: 2,612
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,221
Gots: 5,054 | FT: 527
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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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of eclipse54
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*First time combining multiple vintages of a brew for review, so hopefully this isn't too far off center format-wise.

(Current review from 03/10/2012)

A 12 ounce bottle of the 2011 batch, generously sent by FluffyMcTingle; thanks again man! Bottled 11/2011, and consumed tonight via DFH signature glass.

A - 4.0 - Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a thin veil of dark chocolate colored head. The head fades almost immediately to a ring around the edge of the glass and bubbly legs scattered across the surface.

S - 4.5 - The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, oak, toasted marshmallow, and brown sugar.

T - 4.5 - It tastes of caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, dark chocolate/cacao, bourbon, and burnt sugar. There is an alcohol presence near the end.

M - 4.0 - Mouthfeel is thick, and this once coats every inch of the palate. Syrupy texture, resinous finish, and warming alcohol sensation throughout.

O - 4.5 - Overall, a delicious stout that brings out the best of the barrel treatment.

Final Weighted Score: 4.43


(Review from 11/20/2011)

A 12 ounce bottle of the 2009 vintage sent to me by inlimbo77; thank you very much for this one! Bottled on 11/12/2009, so this is very nearly two years old at this point. Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass...

A - 3.5 - It pours a richly black body with dark caramel hues near the surface; this transitions into a similarly colored head. Head development was minimal, not surprising given the high alcohol content (and a strange bottle-opening occurance). Regardless, a ring of coffee-colored bubbles and similar patches dot the surface of the liquid. Lacing is nonexistent.

S - 4.5 - The aroma is of toffee, bourbon, oak, hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, and alcohol. Really a phenomenal nose here, and very inviting to those who seek the bourbon-aged effect.

T - 4.5 - The taste is similar with toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, almond, and alcohol all blending together beautifully. It is quite reminiscent of a stout blended with an English barleywine, which is fine by me!

M - 4.0 - The mouthfeel is very good as the carbonation lifts the rich texture off the tongue and accentuates some of the finer flavors. The finish is great, but the alcohol really comes through in the end with a bit of a burning sensation. No doubt that this is 13% here.

O - 4.5 - Overall, a well crafted, delicious offering that I will certainly need to acquire more of.

Final Weighted Score: 4.40

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark oily black with a minimal amount of dark mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma has lots of bourbon, some black licorice, with some chocolate and roasted malts mixed in. The taste is a better mix of the aroma notes than was to be expected. Even though the bourbon shines through on this heavy ABV beer, the chocolate/coconut/roasted malt notes really balance it out. The mouthfeel is thick bodied with decent carbonation, and a nice silky smooth quality.

Top notch stout from Goose Island, you have to be in the right mood for it though, because it will hit you hard if you're not ready.

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4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a beautiful dark brown black color with minimal head.
Very soft beer with a tingling present.
Beer is blissfully sweet, really enjoy.
Furthermore, I sense the presence of creamy chocolate, licorice and mint mahogany wood.
Taste remains long in the mouth and has a very long finish.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -34.8%

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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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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. Thanks to bilco for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Deep, deep brown/black. It's almost there. Head is almost non-existent. Dark tan for what it is. Very still. Almost no carbonation.

Smell: Deep roasty sweetness. Booze and more booze. Toffee, caramel, and sweetness. Did I mention it smells sweet. Still, there's a great depth to be found. Oak lingers and rounds out some of the rougher alcohol edges. Age does wonders for this thing. The flavors roll around each other.

Taste: Burnt malts and then some. Roasted malts play an equal part and help bring some sweetness to the burnt edges. Sweetness from the nose comes through as well. Big caramel sweetness leans toward toffee and even brown sugar at times. A ton of sweetness. Alcohol heat on the back. Some faint hints of char, but it's all burnt sweetness.

Overall: Dessert beer in the purest sense. It's intense and well-worth finding and drinking. As an aperitif or a nightcap or even as a stand-alone beer, it's amazing. Crazy flavor profile that can't be found anywhere else. Almost too much at times, but never crosses that line.

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4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Stout by Goose Inland

Bottled on 10-9-2009 #1936 13% abv

My sister saved this one to share with me I must say it was the best Bourbon barrel aged stout I ever had and I wont more.

Very dark brown or light black color, very little head, Strong notes of caramel, bourbon, and molasses, chocolate, Taste bourbon Carmel sweet malts very smooth diffidently alcohol taste.

Thank You Goose Inland

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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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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 model, poured black/thick like used motor oil. 1/4" head that quickly faded.
Aroma of dark fruit, rich black licorice, dark roasted malt and bourbon.
Intense(wow) rich flavor with a thick sticky mouthfeel.Heavy dark roasted malts, maybe a little smoke along with the bourbon. Actually quite sweet, but not to the point of being cloying.
This stout has a lot going for it, and I really enjoyed it, but I think I will let my remaining bottles sit for a while.

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,952 ratings.