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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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9,738 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,738
Reviews: 2,571
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 2,154
Gots: 4,808 | FT: 491
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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4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Greg at Pinch Penny for hooking us up with a 2007 BCBS that we could try along with a 2011. We did a side-by-side of the two last night and what follows is kind of a dual review.

Both poured fairly consistent. Low carbonation. A bit oily. Thick and syrupy but not overly clingy. No head. Skimmings and swirls of cocoa. Blacker than midnight. Bourbon County has never been all that inspiring to look at other than its hue. Forget science. Forget black holes. This beast absorbs any light that dares come near.

In both vintages, taste mirrors the bouquet. While the 2011 is still a bit alcohol hot, it still has wonderful flavors and aromas that are immediately reminiscent of a dollop of butter and brown sugar with the smooth and velvety mouthfeel to match. 2011 BCBS is Heath bar toffee, chocolate and caramel meets bourbon and vanilla. The 2007 vintage has much more complexity that centers around the oak barrels themselves. Oak, bourbon and hints of licorice take center stage. While both beers, naturally, have similar flavors the differences are pretty substantial.

Overall, this is our house favorite barrel-aged stout. A big, complex and sweet stout that mellows over time can definitely stand up to cellar-aging and would probably still taste great after another 5 years. World class.

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into Delirium snifter. Reviewed blindly from Blind BIF #6. (Revealed to be 2007 vintage)

Appearance: Dark inky black slithers out of the bottle and into my glass with nary a bit of head. The few bubbles up there on the edges are a dark mocha in appearance. Almost no lacing at all.

Smell: Holy bourbon Batman! Oak and vanilla and spices - bourbon bomb all the way. Toffee in there too.

Taste: I know what you are. :) Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout all the way - the flavor is unmistakably Bourbon County Stout. Rich, molasses, toffee, roasted malt, wood, and bourbon make up the delicious base beer. There is some definite age on this one - slight oxidization flavor and a bit smoother and more integrated than the only BCBS I've ever had ('09). Well blended.

Mouthfeel: Amazingly, still quite hot, even though I can tell this has some years on it. I guess if you want to dance with this devil, then you're going to taste the heat no matter what you do. Low carbed and full bodied.

Drinkability: Good for what she is, but boy is this a sipper.

Overall: What hasn't been said about this beer? It's sublime. This is the most age I've had on a bottle of this, and it's easily the best bottle of it I've ever had. Awesome.

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4.95/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from Blind BIF # 6
Shared again with Chaseabeer. 12 oz bottle poured into two snifters. By the shape of the bottle & previous two I assume (once again) I know what this beer is. BCBS

A Rich, dark, black with beautiful chocolate brown head. Big legs on this beer. Head retention is perfect and fades to a nice coating on top of the beer, like a little blanket. 5

S This is definitely Bourbon County. You cannot confuse BCBS with any other beer. The smells of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, maple syrup, alcohol and the smell of a 1000 virgins lying in wait. 5

T - Ok, we have an older vintage. This has mellowed out quite a bit and is not as hot as fresh BCBS, all smells are transferred onto the palate (trying to remember how else it was described). Chase is guessing this is an '07, but i believe it to be the '08. 5

M - This is extremely think and rich. I am missing the heat that i enjoy from this beer but it is still holding together extremely well. 4.5

O This beer, as always (still guessing BCBS) is so damn delicious! Every time the glass touches my lips it is love being sloshed into mouth. 5

The reveal: Nailed it! '08 BCBS. Thanks Alewatcher! I have a couple of these hanging around and was starting to wonder how they were aging. This was delicious!

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4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from John's Marketplace, Portland, OR
'08 vintage, consumed at Beermongers in Dec. '11

Strolling into John's with my wife on our Portland beercation, I gravitated in an almost zen-like fashion directly to a shelf that had 4 bottles of this beer front and center for all the world to see, and I quickly snatched up two of them...then promptly returned to get the other two.

Being sure to share a bit with our bartender at Beermongers, we poured this one into a snifter. Color looked black, but was in fact the darkest of browns, with ruby tints, and a bubbly ringlet for a head. Big time bourbon in the aroma, along with scents of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Huge complexity in the taste, with obvious notes of bourbon-drenched oak up front, accompanied by some alcohol warmth. Mid-palate brought in notes of chocolate-covered cherries, dark malts, vegetal vanilla bean. A huge coffee profile in the finish. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, full-bodied and robustly chewy. Highly drinkable, and highly recommended...if you can find it.

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4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to re-reviewing this beer. My original review from 3-8-10 of the 2009 Vintage was with a very unsophisticated palate. That review has been deleted and replaced by this one.

2010 Vintage. 12 oz bottle poured in to oversized CBS snifter.
Bottled on 10/15/10 1426.

A - Dark black with almost no head. A very small amount of light brown head formed and immediately disappeared. The bubbles were also very large (odd sized) bubbles.

S - Huge barrel aging qualities up front with aromas of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some cocoa notes in the background along with a faint roasted malt aroma.

T - A great balance of flavours from the barrel - bourbon, vanilla and oak - are evident up front. The background has a light roasted malt profile with faint hints of cocoa. The barrel aging qualities definitely dominate this one. Considering the 13% ABV, this is smooth. The alcohol is warming though and it lingers in the finish.

M - Full bodied. Thick and viscous. A beautiful sludgy body. Light carbonation.

O - An excellent barrel aged RIS. As I suspected, this is miles better than my initial review suggested. Glad to have re-reviewed.

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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