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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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8,198 Ratings
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Ratings: 8,198
Reviews: 2,354
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,866
Gots: 3,484 | FT: 384
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
60 IBU

(Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003)
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Photo of bort11
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a very special 200th review.

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 070306. Poured into a broad mouth goblet as recommended. Dark tan head only climbs to about a quarter inch and quickly recedes to a ring. But that ring has legs, and it's not going anywhere. Color is a smooth brown/black. Reminds me of crushed velvet.

Smell is an eye opener. Really. When I stick my nose into the glass it's like I can taste it in my eyes. It is a wonderful mix of charred oak, vanilla, chocolate malts, brown sugar, and of course, bourbon.

Taste is a bit more muted than what I would expect, but that's OK. It makes me want to savor it more to get the full effect. Taste follows smell, but finishes with a warm whisky spiciness.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. It slides across the tongue, creating a warm coating.

It is kind of scary how drinkable this is.

bort11, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Re-reviewing this one as last time I had it I had no experience with the style.

Pours an opaque black with very, very little head that is coffee colored while it lasts.

Smell is amazing! Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of alcohol. Very bold and pleasing.

Taste is also fantastic. More bittersweet chocolate, a bit of oak but not really that much bourbon flavor. Sweet yet bitter and very tasty.

Thick and full bodied. The first one goes down very slowly. The second has more noticable flavor and is a bit smoother. Overall a wonderfully brewed beer that I would be happy to have on any occasion.

bluegrassbrew, May 15, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one from JCoe in a direct trade at FFF on my way home to MN.

Looks terribly black with only a hint of raisin creeping around the edges. The head is but a thin collar of dirty tan.

Smells amazing with a ton of gooey barley, vanilla, marshmallows, honey, red grapes, bourbon and a touch of astringent alcohol hiding deep within.

The flavor begins with a huge load of sweetness that releases a lot of the same sweet notes from the smell, but strongly focused on a corn syrup sweetness. It finishes by fading into a dry, toasty coffee and an oaky alcohol.

Feels huge and creamy with a thickening micro carbonation that makes this one a real mouthful. Amazingly, this one finishes dry but my mouth feels a little dirty and sticky.

This one is a champion of big beers. There’s a lot going on here; perhaps too much…

DarkerTheBetter, May 13, 2007
Photo of BillyB
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hero27 for the trade.

Pours an opaque, black, color with a thin, whispy, tan head. Nice retention with above average lacing on the glass.

Aromas of alcohol (bourbon), caramel, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, toffee and some smokiness.

Tastes of coffee, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, oakey, burnt wood and caramel.

Mouthfeel is crisp and moderately carbonated with a nice full, chewy, creamy, body. Nice alcohol warmth.

BillyB, May 11, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thin brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an incredibly warm black malt and bourban whiskey scent that is quite potent. It boasts of burnt caramel and toffee. The taste is great. It has a very smooth imperial stout flavor with a nice bourban flavor in the finish. It's rich and powerful with loads of flavor. It reminds me of an oaked porter I once made. The wood taste really comes through. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very impressive beer with lots of character. It's loaded with malts and topped off with a solid bourban taste that really compliments the malt bill. This is a good drinker.

WesWes, May 08, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dark, oil of a black, slick as death incarnate, devoid of any head or life to speak of. Only after a brief pause does a dark tan foam apparition spring from the void, only to skulk about for a short bout. Lacing slogs about after each tilt and swirl, bubbles and streaks creep slowly back to the abyss.

The aroma is a dark heady waft of pure bourbon alcoholic booze, sitting one back in his seat, urging a slowing down to things. Roasted, charred black malts roll in the swirling mass of darkness, coffee espresso, and an oozing molasses dripping with sweetly brown sugar.

The taste is quite frankly intoxicating, urging to be enjoyed even slower and more carefully, for this is a dangerous brew. The alcohol stings if not handled with respect, but rewards a reverent tasting. Only after a long, solemn genuflection, is one rewarded with the true character of this beast. A smoking hulk of char and barley cling to oak soaked bourbon that rides high, a dark master, mean and harsh yet wise. Espresso and bitter chocolate hang like minstrels about his side, indeed, this powerful monster has so many minions and subtleties hanging on its tassels its hard to tell them apart from the seething, swarming hoard. Its dark, complex, and delightful.

The mouth is both sweetly and stinging at times, the alcohol not shy at all, the body thick and syrupy. Its a body that states its not fucking around, so pay attention. I can see Lord Sauron sipping on this bad boy, in between tortures, maimings, and general badassedness.

objectivemonkey, May 07, 2007
Photo of bobhits
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was at the local liquor store looking around for a decent beer when I noticed this gem. I recalled seeing this beer here on the 100 best and I knew I had to buy a 4 pack, price be damned.

After the first taste I was hooked. So to celebrate the end of finals what could be better than a beer?

A. The bottle says that it's black as a black hole. They weren't kidding. The beer makes a slight tanish head that quickly goes away leaving a little bit of lacing floating in the beer. If you swirl it around the glass it leaves a dark sticky residue.

S. The smell is wonderful. You get the oak, the malts, maybe a hint of charcoal, and that classic stout smell. The only real problem being the smell isn't all that strong.

T. I wish I could even attempt to do this beer justice. I'll start out by saying that stouts really aren't my beer of choice. This however is without a doubt one of the best tasting things I've ever put in my mouth. The beer is a bit too cold right now, but the chocolate and the sweetness of the malts are over powering. There is also a good bit of alchol taste coming through.

M. The carination and alcohol work together to give this beer a really good feel when you drink it. The effect reminds you that this is a sipping beer. It is also a lot thicker than most beers, it's almost a bit syrupy in nature, but not so much that anyone should be turned off by it. As it warms I'm starting to pick up on maybe a bit of vanilla? Regardless the flavors simply blow you away. They joke on that this beer by some is called a good cigar beer, but no cigar could ever hold up to it. Well, they really weren't lying.

D. This beer was made for sipping. Using that as the standard, it is simply perfect. The taste demands you come back for me and the mouth feel reminds you to sip. My first two times having this beer I split one with a friend and one with my dad. The 6 oz serving was plenty to enjoy it, but I have little doubt that I could drink a few of these over the course of a night.

As far as I'm concerned this is as close to perfection as a stout can get. I can't recomend this beer enough.

bobhits, May 03, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was able to get three of these in recent trades... thanks everyone!

Pours a thick deep black color, a small tan head rose up when the pour ended.

Aromas are of deep dark bitter chocolate, a very slight coffee note, a bit of baked fruits and bread, there is also some bourbon and alcohol as well. This is an intense, complex, and interesting smelling beer.

The first thing I notice on the first sip, is the bourbon. It's not overpowering, but it makes it's presence known. Beer then settles into some dark sweet bread flavors, a touch of bitter chocolate, and a crisp biting finish. Nice!

Mouthfeel is excellent, very full bodied, and the warming of the alcohol is great and not overpowering.

Drinkability? Yep. This is a healthy and sturdy beer, but it's a great late night sipper.

I am glad I have a couple more of these that I can sit on for a while. Excellent stout, well done Goose Island!

flexabull, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of RedChrome
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost pure black liquid. Deep tan head of half an inch faded in a minute to a slick on top. Carbonation has no chance of being visible in the dark body.

Extremely strong aroma of alcohol wafting out of the glass. Past this, the vanilla dominates with hints of plums, red grapes, figs, and black cherries in a fruity blend. Light caramel and toffee notes also blend. Bourbon seemed downplayed.

Bourbon is much stronger on the tongue then in the nose. A extreme malt bomb bringing a roasted grains strength foremost. Alcohol is a bit strong. Cherry and vanilla become stronger forces as this warms.

This is a thick body that clings to all the mouth surfaces. Carbonation has only a minor effect. Alcohol offers a warming effect.

Fantastic beer. This is a great beer to enjoy after a larger meal or with a roasted lamb. This one would only be more drinkable if the alcohol was lower. Worth getting your hands for any fair price.

RedChrome, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to nathan15 for trading me this delicious brew.

Served at cellar temperature in a pint glass, from a 12 oz. bottle. Poured a spent motor oil black in which no light could pass through. About a half inch of dark mocha brown head formed, and faded into a tan ring of lace in the glass. Smell: aromas of smooth dark chocolate, oak, coffee, and bourbon filled my nose. Some alcohol also present. Taste: Lots of bitter roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, notes of smokey oak, vanilla extract and strong whiskey flavors. Very little carbonation. Strong presence of alcohol that isn't overwhelming. Smooth throughout with a warm finish. Thick and rich in the mouth. Did I mention smooth? Very well balanced and very well crafted. Very drinkable and very enjoyable.

jaxon53, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.33/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Not my cup of tea (stupid bourbon ruining a great beer) but I must admit that this would be a wonderful beer if I liked bourbon even if I disagree with the style.

Appearance: Pours the darkest shade of brown possibly with no head and then suddenly loads of dark brown froth explodes. A healthy lace swirls like a hurricane and an 1/8 inch ring coats the glass.

Aroma: Bourbon, molasses, coconut, rum, caramel, and white sugar.

Taste: Mostly bourbon with touches of vanilla and cocoa. Maybe some coffee but mostly just bourbon and molasses.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, thick, chewy, and boozey.

Drinkability: Very low for me. Frankly, I find it drain pour worthy.

$5 a piece...ridiculous. There are better bourbon barrel stouts for 1/4 to 1/5 that cost coming out of shacks in the northern woods.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured thick, black as night oil like liquid which had a huge tan head that really very slowly faded leaving behind lots of gooey sticky brown lace. Very frothy and pillow like head, lots of waves in it.

S - Smell was strong, main hints were of caramel, with some chocolate mixed in and a strong alcohol presence. Lots of sweet vanilla and almost a mocha smell as well, very sweet overall.

M & T - First impression was wow, and very very strong. It was smooth, with not alot of carbonation. Huge bourbon whiskey type taste hit me right away as did the alcohol, this was not something to be messed with for sure. Very creamy thick feel and very strong alcohol presentation. Hints at french vanilla and a touch of chocolate rounded out the back side and added a bit of sweetness.

D - Overall this is probably the strongest tasting, in the sense of the upfront alcohol taste, I have had in a stout. I felt it was almost overdone a tad and could have been played back a bit. A definate sipper and probably could use to sit down in the cellar for a while. I would be intrested in trying some older years.

mikesgroove, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz 2006 bottle received from Orbialr0x. The first smell let me know that this beer was going to be very good. The smell was chocolate and heavy. The color was black with a brown head. The taste was like Godiva dark chocolates with hints of bourbon coming through as it warmed. This was so amazing. Definitely the best bourbon barrel stout I've ever had if not the best stout in general. Alcohol was very well hidden.

Update 01/21/08 2006 bottle

Heavy bourbon smell, almost like sniffing a straight shot. Bourbon is also present in the flavor but there is also a nuttiness that kinda reminds me of peanut butter. There alcohol is well hidden, not a hint of the 11% in the taste and just a whiff in the nose.

update 10/3/13 2012 bottle

This stuff is just great, might be the best bourbon barrel stout if not a close second to Parabola

ArrogantB, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of westweasel
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured out fairly thick, into a pint glass. The appearance was jet black and opaque, with only a sliver of a tan head.

The strongest scent present is bourbon, but I also got vanilla, chocolate, and a roasty scent. Very interesting!

The taste was bourbon, roasted grains, caramel, raisins, and a little vanilla.

The mouthfeel was somewhere between medium and full, with a strong bourbony aftertaste.

The drinkability is very good for a barrel-aged beer that has this much alcohol. An exceptional beer.

westweasel, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.86/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a small, creamy brown head. No lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel and vanilla.

T - It tasted of butter, chocolate and roasted malt. It also had a smoky/alcohol flavor.

M - Mouthfeel was very creamy and soft. Also, quite warm because of the alcohol content.

D - Outstanding beer. The range of flavors was awesome.

zeff80, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for the trade. The beer poured a very opaque black with a decent brown head that slowly diminished and left spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma was one of the strongest I've ever encountered. I poured the beer from the bottle into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout snifter and set it on the kitchen counter. I could smell the beer from there while still standing upright. The aroma was dominated by roasted barley but quickly followed by roasted coffee, bitter coffee and plenty of oak. The beer tasted strongly of rich espresso with a decent bitter cocoa flavor and a noticeable presence of Bourbon. The alcohol was somewhat well hidden and the beer set a slightly heavy-medium on the palate. This is def finitely a sipper, but a very enjoyable one nonetheless.

atsprings, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle of 2006 release. Leaves less than one finger of a beautiful espresso foam colored head that quickly dissipates into a foam ring at the edge, and leaves no lacing. Body is a rich black. Beautiful to behold.

Smell - so much to smell !! In no particular order there is : chocolate, toffee, loads of vanilla, cherries, oak, raisins, dates, dark fruits, strong and medicinal alcohol, dark roasted malts, dark maltbread with nearly burned crusts, some small amount of smokiness, small hint of bourbon. The aroma is rich and mouthwatering !!

Taste - every bit as rich and flavorful as promised in the aroma !! Again, there are so many flavors, and in no particular, there is : cherries, vanilla, oak, medicinal and spicy alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, toffee, dark roasted malts, dark crusted dark maltbread, dark fruits,some smokiness, caramel, tea, and tobacco. Alcohol is strong but not harsh, and is actually pleasant and a very important part of the taste. The oak, cherries, and vanilla are the main flavors, washing over the others that make themselves evident at various times. The caramel, tea, and tobacco come on on the finish. So very rich and rewarding, delicious !!

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, chewy, fluffy ( like eating puffed grain cereal ) , creamy, and sometimes, syrup-like stickiness about the mouth and lips after swallowing.

Drinkability - This is most excellent ale !! It is very rich and rewarding to both smell and taste, and beautiful as well. The high abv is obviously limiting to sessionability, and so is the ale's richness. This is one to sip and savor, quite possibly with dessert and/or after.

ultralarry2006, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of klewis
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thaks to markgugs for this one.

bottled on: 7/14/06

A: pours dark brown with a small bubbly head. Very little retention or lacing.

S: Sweet smelling with aromas of molasses, caramel, chocolate, and just a tad of alcohol.

T: Quite sweet up front with a complex roasted taste. The flavor continues to deveop and evolve and eventually finishes with a flavor of mocha and cocoa and some newly discovered hop bitterness. Where's that 11% ABV hiding?

M: Thick and heavy with light carbonation. Chewy and viscous.

D: I still can't seem to find that 11% ABV anywhere. I think they're making that up. Way to go Greg for not overdoing the bourbon aging. One of the best stouts I've had in a while.

klewis, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. poured to a snifter. 2006 version, bottled on 07/14/06.

A: Oily, viscous darkness, trailing amber resin down the sides of the glass. Black-hole void but with just a thin tan creamy film. Scant traces of lace...ridiculously thick and dense.

S: Stinging charred malt, heavy bitter chocolate, espresso coffee. Tannic oak barrel and vanilla come bursting from the glass. Good now, I'm betting greatness will come with some more age.

T: Wonderful full flavor of toasty bourbon oak barrel comes on strong in this terrific stout. Vanilla accents the heavy bittersweet chocolate and rich roasted coffee. Warm and cognac-like smokiness melded with molasses sweetness. Love it - if it's this good after only 8 months, I look forward to what it'll be like in a couple years. The most delicious 'bourbon' taste in a beer I've found yet.

M: Velvety smooth, grabbing onto every taste bud. Alcohol heat layers on top of an exceedingly full mouthfeel. Just a little carbonation hidden inside that rich heavenly body. A coating, lingering bittersweetness just goes on and on...and on...

D: Outstanding...so close to being perfect. Flat out great tasting and one to treasure. My wife says: "it tastes rad!" and "it's awesome to the max!"...with praise like that, what more can I say?

Thanks to BA's sman262 & zrrbrrt for sending bottles in trade.

msubulldog25, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of mentor
4.03/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle provided by crosling. Thanks for the opportunity! Pours a fizzy dark brown head over a pitch liquid. Pour was very thick liquid. Minimal ring of fine bubbles around the inside of the glass. Smells bourbon, fig, alcohol and ashy.

Tastes alcohol burn with a nice supporting toffee and chocolate. Alcohol sting is strong and clean of fusels. The beer could be too hot, except for a rising wet sweet anise and fig finish. Chocolate and some roast. Not overly sweet, like many double stouts, but a good balance between sweet, roast, and the alcohol.

Thick mouthfeel helps sweeten the beer. Carbonation is mild. Taste is well balanced, but the aroma was severely lacking.

mentor, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin dark mocha head on a BLACK body.
S- Big chocolate malts, some roasted malts in there too, bourbon comes through but really manages to blend in nicley with the other aromas, oak, earthy hops also.
T- Very interesting first sip. It went from strong bourbon and oak flavors and then you could feel everything just change notes and went to really rich chocolate (almost like double chocolate milk or something) and then that faded in strength and went to a blend between that and a light oak. Second sip did the same thing but a few flavors got more announced. A bitterness comes through and builds up on the front/mid of your tongue. The bourbon always seems to come off strong right at the bat but then gives way to huge chocolate and light roasted flavors. Just as your swallowing the alcohol really heats up the back of your throat pretty roughly then fades to a hot but more calm warming. Vanilla flavors really come through nice also.
M- Really big full body with low to medium carbonation (not as smooth as I would like it for a such a big stout). Leaves a light tingle on the tongue.
D- This is a very good beer. You can not drink this fast at all and is a big sipper. I think how strong they got the chocolate flavors is just great. Now excuse me while I go sit outside and sip this on one of the last colder nights. Also I wish I could give this a 4.75 but I can't. I don't feel it is a 5 though so just a note. Actually on everything I wish I could give it a 4.75.

BlindPig, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of TheBungyo
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Czoch for the trade! Muchos gracias.

The body comes straight from the sewers like Das EFX because it's as dark as the New York city sewers. No head sadly and almost no lacing.

How does it smell. It's good I guess. Just kidding, it smells fantastic, the vanilla notes are humongous. There's plenty of black licorice, chocolate chips that smell as if they're in cookies fresh from the oven. I have to say that it's a more dominant bourbon stout in terms of the bourbon flavor, but never is it too much. The only other beer to get it right was The Abyss which is less bourbon dominant.

It doesn't slack in the taste dept either. The chocolate is beefy and brawny, it batters the tongue, takes it down and makes it submit. Vanilla plays in the background with lurking molasses and cocoa.

The carbonation is just barely there, but enough to give the body a viscous oily feel that I quite like. Wow is this good. If you love stouts this is definitely one to somehow get ahold of.

TheBungyo, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.18/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Buckeyenation, thanks!
Cool label, gives history of this brew.
Pours a dark brown, turns black when pooled in a glass. No head, a bit of brown foam on the edge.
Smells of vanilla oak, some chocolate and a bit of alcohol.
Taste smacks of a vanilla/chocolate swirl, oak binds them together. I think there is some caramel and raisin in it as well. Alcohol starts to burn, but quickly fades. A bit syrupy, so the drinkability was lowered. A really good Double Stout seeing as I don't like bourbon.

Mebuzzard, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - an opaque black pour, a thin head of dark mocha, very finely bubbled. Some bubbles hang around to provide some light lacing, thick collar, and partial covering.

Aroma - heavy aromas of chocolate, well-roasted malt, and coffee liqueur. Superb.

Taste - sweet and heavy malts provide the backdrop. Oak, syrupy chocolate, smooth but prevalent alcohol in front; balancing hops, coffee, and more boozy warmth on the swallow. The finish is very belly warming, vanilla rounding things out.

Mouthfeel - thick, heavy, velvety smooth and pretty well-carbonated. Completes the flavor perfectly.

Drinkability - I tried one of these fresh and while I thought it tasty, it didn't set off bells the way this one did. An outstanding beer, I immediately went out and grabbed another 4-pack.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of Aprilluvsbeer
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second tasting of this awesome beer. I do want to say that my reviews are more for myself than for others, so it will be written in a way that make sense to me.

Poured into a tulip, a small beige head forms and slowly dissipated. I drank this one at cellar temp, which really brings out the smells and flavors!..Boozy, boozy, boozy! Followed by chocolate, vanilla, and some roastiness. This beer is not for the faint hearted, IMO. The taste of alcohol smacks you in the face and gives you that warming sensation as it goes down..good for those cold, winter nights! This is followed by a nice roasty, chocolate flavor and a slight hint of vanilla at the end.

I gotta say that this is one of my favorite beers to date..being a BA for just shy of a year, I have seen major changes in my palate. If I had this beer a year ago, I would have said "yuk"..I am so glad I waited to try this one. Anyone feeling generous? You can always send me some o' dis and I will never be disappointed!


Cheers!
April

Aprilluvsbeer, Feb 28, 2007
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 8,198 ratings.