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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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9,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,931
Reviews: 2,606
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,217
Gots: 5,039 | FT: 524
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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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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 12/8/11
*From notes

-- Vintage 2011 --

A: One of the darkest liquids I've come across. Pitch black from top to bottom. A hard pour yields a minimal and loose .25 finger head that dissipates rather quickly. No real collar or lacing to speak of.

S: Buckets and buckets of delicious and well balanced bourbon. Toasted vanilla and coconut are dominant, and lays down the gauntlet for what's yet to come.

T: Utterly spectacular. With just the first sip, I'm easily able to determine that this is one of the best beers I've ever had. The balance of concentrated dark fruits, rich chocolate brownie batter, medium toast, vanilla bean and coconut shavings is pitch perfect. Though it's slightly hot, it in no ways prevents this from being epically delicious.

M: Whenever someone says viscous, this is what I'm gonna think of. Motor oil comes to mind. Really, it feels like my tongue is drilling an oil well in the south Texas heat. Just incredible.

O: I'm really dissapointed in myself for waiting this long to finally get into Goose Island's BCBS. Words aren't enough to describe my love for this wicked sensation. This is addiction in a bottle - I could literally sip this anytime, anywhere, all day. BCBS has set the Imperial Stout benchmark, and easily ranks in my top two or three favorite beers of all time.

*UPDATE: On 12/16/11, siege06nd, IrishColonial and myself got together to open my five year BCBS vertical ('07-'11). Here is the final collective outcome of the tasting, from top to bottom:

2008: Our hands down favorite. This is a special vintage.
2011: Not far behind. In time, this may be considered the best of the BCBS vintages.
2009: Solid. Delicious in it's own right, yet not quite up to the level of the '08 or '11.
2007: This is showing it's age. Barrel characterics are fading.
2010: In a weird place. On it's own it may be top shelf. But within the BCBS vertical, it was far behind the rest of the proverbial pack.

**UPDATE #2: On 3/24/12, a small group of friends and I got together to venture even deeper into the BCBS portfolio:

2005: Much roastier then any other vintage. It seems that GI had not yet gotten a firm grip on where they wanted to take this beer. All in all though, it's still drinking incredibly well.
2006: Now this is what I'm talking about! All of the things I love about BCBS are present. GI really hits their stride with this vintage, and you can see that this sets the tone for the vintages to come.

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4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 vintage (14.4%). Wow, this vintage is fantastic right out of the box!

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3.52/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout was from the 2010 batch. This stout has a very strong raisin flavour. Too much dark fruit for my liking.

A: Black colour and a 15 mm brown head that fades to nothing over the course of a minute or so, leaving no lacing. 3.5

S: Roasty burnt raisins with some hints of autolysed yeast and some woody alcohol from the barrel. 4

T: Malty with roasty and fruit flavours, especially raisins. The finish tastes strongly of whisky barrel and a little smoke. Too much dark fruit flavour for my liking. It tastes like world wide stout with some extra barrel flavours. Still pretty drinkable. 3.5

M: Flat. 2.5

O: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Opaque. Head is semi-puffy, dark chocolate, 1 in, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Big rich dark roast malt, caramel/molasses sweetness, alcohol.

T: Huge dark roast malt followed by chocolate, molasses, and mild bourbon. Sweet but not overpowering. Sweetness is countered by a doughy flavor, much like a brownie. Aftertaste is dark roast malt, chocolate, and some bourbon. Alcohol is lightly noticable, despite 14.5% ABV.

M: Full body. High viscosity. Malt and bourbon create a feel that is thick, rich, and completely covers the palate and sticks. Semi-wet finish.

O: Wow. Re-donk-u-lous. I have had Rare, Coffee, and Vanilla, and this is exactly where all of them came from. Sometimes when variants of a beer are made, you wonder what was done to the original to come up with such a vastly different variation. Not here. This beer is world-class, all on its own. I feel like if I put some fresh vanilla I would get BCBVS, same for the other variants. This is a great beer, extremely well balanced fresh, and will get better with age. Even though it is pricey, I will buy all I can get.

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4/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from the gathering.

A Poured a nice black topped off with a tan head.

S Lots of bourbon with some vanilla and oak.

T Pretty smiler to the nose with strong vanilla and oak bourbon with some chocolate and a nice bit of alcohol.

M Nice and full, quite smooth.

Overall an excellent beer I'm very happy I got the privilege to try.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Stout pours flat black into the glass with a tiny light tan head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind no lace on the glass.

The aroma is rich with strong notes of oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is syrupy and chewy with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich and loaded with oak, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and roasted malt. At the end bitter piney hops make an attempt to balance out all the sweet malt. The alcohol is hot at the end. Once gone the oak, vanilla and dark fruit lingers on the palate.

Wow! What a full flavored, tasty beer. Definitely a sipper. A great beer to cellar to let the alcohol mellow out a little.

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4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage bottle.

A: pours a dark, opaque liquid. Almost no head which quickly disappears into nothingness.

S: Mind-blowing nose. Woody scent, chocolate aromas along with dark fruits, soaked red fruits. Port, Bourbon. Strong, rich and deep. Wonderful.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate but also distinct vanilla from the barrel aging. A beginning of maderization also. A perfect balance between alcohol, maltiness and wood aromas.

M: Sticky, syrupy, oily, not that easy to drink but perfect for the style.

O: Definitely one of my favorite beers. The barrel aging at its paroxysm !

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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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3/5  rDev -34.8%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle
A year later...
Same appearance and score.
The smell has mellowed. The alcohol is less intense.
The alcohol in the taste has lessened as well. I like it more, but I can't score it any higher.

It smoothed out in the year. I'll see what it does in another two years next time.

2009 Bottle

A - Poured into a snifter. Looks like tar in color. A tan head barely covers the surface and quickly dissipates to holding on the edges of the glass.

S - From a foot away I can smell it. Strong alcohol and oak. Up closer it is molasses, caramel, vanilla and port.

T - Alcohol, roasted and burnt malt, vanilla, charred wood at the back of the mouth, a light grabbing bitterness at the end. Very rich flavor.

M - Looks like tar and has the same viscosity. It could stop a bullet. Hardly any carbonation.

D - Very well done. I tend to not enjoy the barrel aged beers as much as others. Usually it is because of an overpowering alcohol taste, however, this one balances out the alcohol very well. It is still very rich and a slow drinker; but it is quite complex and drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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