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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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9,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,964
Reviews: 2,613
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,220
Gots: 5,070 | 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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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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Back before I really understood how to rate beers, I threw around the perfect score a little too much, however, this vintage of BCS deserves it...

2011 vintage, 12 oz bottle into a Perennial Artisan Ales tulip.

A: Pours a thick oily black just like every year. A deep mocha cinnamon heads slowly forms.

S: Heaven. Im a bourbon lover and this beer fits me perfectly. Aroma this year is less boozy and less abrasive than the '09 or '07 Ive had recently. Vanilla, almonds, toffee, caramelized sugars, bourbon, mocha, dark espresso hint.

T: Huge thick mouth-coating texture. This years 14.5% is very well hidden. Luscious is the best way to describe it. Right up there with the best BCS vintage yet, the '08.

M: Huge

I have always loved this beer and this year was no exception. Is definitely drinking better fresh than any of the previous years and excited to see how it ages out. Ive probably had more BA stouts than any other category of beer, and other than Rare, I dont think anything beats this years BCS...

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4.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage served at cellar temperature into my Founders snifter.

A: Deep brown. 1 finger, mocha colored head. Good lacing.

S: Wonderful mix of bourbon and chocolate malt.

T: Amazing! Perfect balance of chocolate, bourbon and figs.

M: Heavier-bodied. Mildly carbonated.

O: This is the one that started it all. I had my first BCBS just over 2 years ago and have not looked back. Still one of my top beers.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 12oz bottle poured into my frosted trolls tulip.

A- Black and thick. It's everything a barrel aged stout should look like. A nice, fast brown head dissipates into a thin ring of lace around the edge of my glass.

S- Bourbon-chocolate covered goodness. So much in the way way of amazing. Good bourbon presence with dark chocolate, malts and roast. Some dark fruit and molasses.

T- Nice beautiful bourbon balance, they truly are the pioneers of this art. For a fresh bourbon aged stout it as some heat but its so smooth. The chocolate and dark malt flavor helps calm it a little. I cant wait to try one aged!!!! I've tried many years with this being my first review and I must say 2011 is the best. Maybe one last bang before Budweiser takes over.

M- Perfect. It is that of melted bourbon flavored chocolate. Little carbonation with no oxidation to speak of. It smooth, thick and creamy. All bourbon aged stouts should try to mimic this consistency.

O- As if I haven't said enough.... This is one of the best Barrel Aged Stouts ever. I will seek and consume every chance I get. I feel like this one in two years will be arguably one of the best of it's kind.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into tulip. 2011 release. bottled on 11/11/11.

A: pitch black body that looks like an oil slick. head is a dark creamy tan, but quickly recedes to a rim. as the beer is consumed there are some beautiful legs on the sides of my glass.

S: dark chocolate and a molasses-like malty sweetness combines with fine sipping bourbon. a little bit of heat, and even more sweetness at the tail-end.

T: this flavor is beyond rich and complex. let me see how many i can name: vanilla. tobacco. mild smoke. molasses. a faint nutmeg? dark chocolate and milk chocolate. a little bit of heat, but it may also just be the bourbon coming through. it concludes with a linger of subtle and deliciously smooth french roast long into the finish.

M: this is the kind of mouthfeel i look for and love with big bodied stouts, super creamy and smooth as butter. full bodied for sho.

D: wow, this is one of the most serious sipping stouts ive ever had. i really couldnt imagine having 2 of these back to back. little too much for my palate. but as far as 1 is concerned, i am loving this. big time flavor meets bourbon. beautiful match. glad i got another to put away for a while!

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,964 ratings.