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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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9,962 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,962
Reviews: 2,613
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,219
Gots: 5,065 | FT: 528
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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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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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4/5  rDev -13%

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4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Bourbon County Brand Stout pours a deep, impenetrable black brown. I can tell after starting the pour that carbonation is low, but even changing to a very aggressive pour did little to coax a head out of this brew. What little foam there is has a mocha color and fades quickly. It lacing is moderate.

The nose is full of vanilla, bourbon and oak. In fact, I get more bourbon notes than beer notes coming out of the gate, though chocolate and roasty coffee like aromas do come out as my nose get’s used to the boozy bouquet. There is also a nice dark fruit like character that is appreciable and is something I often smell in big stouts like this.

The flavor is much like the aroma in that the bourbon hits you full on at the start of the sip and then slowly yields to a rich, chocolaty and roasty stout. This beer has a wonderful oaky vanilla character that melds so well with the richness from the malts. The beer does not hide its heat well, but that is part of the appeal.

The mouthfeel is medium to full with a very small amount of carbonation. I was expecting this to be fuller, but it is not disappointing at all. The finish is full of vanilla and bitter cocoa notes as well as some coffee.

It’s hard to believe that it took me this long to try this brew, even though I have tasted both the Coffee version and the Rare. It is by far the most bourbon laced of any barrel aged stout I have tried, but it seems well engineered to hold up to the barrel aging. This is a decadent sipper of a beer and I am looking forward to trying the other bottle with some age on it.

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4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and viscous near jet black beer with a very small deep brown head with a faint reddish tinge. Dissipates rapidly and leaves no lace.

Nose is chocolatey, molasses, fumy alcohol, dark fruits like raisins and prunes, hints of coffee and vanilla. Subtle oakiness; prominent bourbon.

Big time complex flavor with immediate booziness but still not overly hot or unpleasant. All the notes of the aroma are present in the taste: chocolate, raisin, prune, rich maltiness, coffee, vanilla, lots of bourbon. More woodiness underneath.

Sticky, tremendously syrupy, viscous and chewy mouthfeel. Low carbonation and very full bodied. The flavor lingers quite a bit as the booze warms you.

Massive bourbon bomb of a stout, super delicious and one that should be a rare treat.

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4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. 12oz bottle to tulip glass.

A: Pours viscous black, a spectrum of copper to light brown on the rim, with a cap of dark khaki head which fizzles out cola-style to a sliver and then disappears, leaving a still surface.

S: Vanilla and the signature cake batter, vanilla ice cream, layered over whiskey and chocolate, with a little sweetness which complements the aromas beautifully. A big aroma that smells phenomenal.

T: Bourbon and vanilla, a little booze, rich chocolate fudge (both in flavor and heft), vanilla ice cream, and finishing with some residual sugar. The alcohol taste knocks this a few points, although I think the flavors mask this more as it warms (and it's hard to complain given this is at 14%).

M: Full body with medium carbonation, the liveliness of which gives this a great mouthfeel. Slightly sticky.

O: Fantastic. I consider this the reference BA stout. Big, slightly boozy, and rich BA stout with fantastic flavors. Definitely a sipper which is best enjoyed in smallish quantities, because it can be challenging to drink beyond a half bottle.

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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

A: Pours a thick motor oil black with a mocha head that drops to a foamy ring around the surface leaving very small traces of lacing. Quite Viscous!

S: Roasted grainy malts, vanilla, charred oak, bourbon, chocolate, slight hints of tobacco, leather, alcohol, and dark fruit.

T: Decadent chocolate, charred oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted dark malts, plums, and hot alcohol. Complex, rich, and hot.

M: Thick and viscious, but still quite smooth. Tons of warmth from the alcohol.

O: Love this beer! Glad I have so much of it. Such a great cellar candidate

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4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes from stout tasting. 2011 vintage.

A- black with nearly no head or lacing.

S- sweet roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits.

T- alcohol is present, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee.

M- full body, again notice the abv but not too hot.

O- one of the great beers out there. Very surprised how drinkable it was for the abv and freshness. This is going to age amazingly!

2009 vintage served in a 16 oz. Snifter.

A- same as 11'

S- chocolate, bourbon and vanilla still very noticeable.

T- chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon intertwine beautifully!

M- smooth and abv is just barely noticeable.

O- have not had 08' but this is drinking very well right now.

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3.85/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a Bruery Tulip. 2009 Vintage.

Pours dark and viscouse with next to no head. What small head there is disappears leaving nothing but the think black abyss.

Nose is hot. Soy sauce and booze with oak, chocolate, and sweet roasted malts making an appearance as well. Not bad, but a bit overbearing.

Taste has is more together than the nose, thankfully. Still pretty boozy, but the sweetness and wood come out in full force to round out the taste nicely.

Mouth is thick and viscous. Drinks like a big stout.

Overall, a big boozy stout that doesn't apologize for anything. Really good, but maybe not as good as the price is demands.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with hardly any head from an aggressive pour. A light bit of brown head appears after some swirling.

Aroma consists of lots of smooth sweet bourbon notes with a lot of vanilla and oak as well. Slight chocolate as well.

Flavor starts out with some semisweet chocolate with a bit of vanilla. Oak and a heavy bourbon coat the back of the mouth on the finish.

Incredibly thick and viscous, but not overly cloying. Sublime mouthfeel with low carbonation levels.

I normally prefer this one with a bit of age on it, but it's still magnificent fresh. I've had very few beers that were this thick without being overly sweet. The bourbon is definitely present, but more smooth than stinging alcohol heat.

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

Thanks to Jeff and Erik for sharing this one during the BA tasting in Utrecht. Had this one side-to-side with the Rare, Vanilla and the Coffee Stout.
Look: the beer pours a dark black color with a very small brown head.
Smell: Chocolate, malts, coffee and some bourbon.
Taste: Sweet chocolate, coffee, bourbon with a nice bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, medium bodied.
Overall: Nice beer, just not as good as the rare and the coffee.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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