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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,716 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,716
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,714
Gots: 3,291 | FT: 354
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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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-25-2013 11:18:26 | More by ReeseMax3
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Joshpu

California

4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured black with almost no head.

S: Big bourbon barrel characteristics/ oak/ vanilla. Caramel, dark fruit, a really smooth toffee smell.

T: So rich with very dark flavors. Coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit. Lots of butterscotch. Slight tobacco on the end.

M: Full bodied. Creamy, probably the best mouth feel I have had on a stout for such a big beer. The alcohol and alcohol burn is there but it adds to the savory flavors. Pretty amazing how smooth it goes down, just crazy how fast I can drink this almost 15% beer.

Overall the best stout I have had to this point. Definitely lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 09:05:59 | More by Joshpu
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skubas86

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-25-2013 05:41:10 | More by skubas86
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ashleysholcomb

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-25-2013 04:30:03 | More by ashleysholcomb
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jhartley

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a long stem wine glass. Bottled on 11/01/13.

A- Poured into the glass with an aggressive pour, jet black body and a thin amount of head that dissipated quickly, not surprising due to the high abv and barrel aging.

S- Bourbon, sweet plum/prune, almost like a strong barleywine, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Not a huge fan of barleywines so this is not all that pleasing or inviting to me.

T/M- Initial flavors of dark fruit and strong bourbon, vanilla and barrel characteristics. A tobacco/leather flavor comes out as an aftertaste which is very pleasing as it lingers for a while. Little to no carbonation, but a heavy alcohol presence, which should be expected at 14.9%, is very prevalent. Almost too much bourbon, almost.

O- Big, bold, and ferocious in it's aroma and taste; not for the faint of heart. Be prepared to sip at this one for a while as there is a lot going on from the beginning to the end. A highly regarded top 100 on BA and there is no doubt why.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:03:09 | More by jhartley
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rjholcomb

California

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-25-2013 02:53:43 | More by rjholcomb
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GABrew

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-25-2013 02:23:03 | More by GABrew
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Kgrubb1224

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-25-2013 01:57:52 | More by Kgrubb1224
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jonothehut

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-24-2013 23:56:36 | More by jonothehut
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jaemeno3

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-24-2013 22:57:48 | More by jaemeno3
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Aldape81080

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-24-2013 21:42:38 | More by Aldape81080
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Taycro

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -12.7%

12-24-2013 20:41:21 | More by Taycro
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PostVinyl

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-24-2013 19:39:57 | More by PostVinyl
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pintofparadise

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-24-2013 19:26:50 | More by pintofparadise
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

12-24-2013 18:46:02 | More by DerekQXQX
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decided to enjoy a BCBS this fine Christmas Eve day. Bottled in August 2013 and a whopping 14+% abv!

A - Pours a fine, rich black color with a rich brown head that dissipates quickly to a narrow ring. It leaves some lacing.

S - Bourbon notes and some faint roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla come through - for as high octane as this is, the smell is a bit underwhelming which isn't necessarily a bad thing since some beers of this sort you can smell from across the room.

T - Wow, the bourbon just comes through and perfectly accents the stout flavors. I'm picking up some toffee, chocolate and vanilla which compliment the richness of the bourbon. It is a bit on the sweet side, which is really nice.

M - Really full bodied and smooth from start to finish. The taste lingers on the tongue and is really creamy.

O - This is one of the best bourbon barrel stouts I have ever had. This is well worth the price for a bottle. Understand that you will need to like both bourbon and dark stouts to enjoy this beer as the flavor is strong and full-bodied. If you're like me and love those types then enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:04:50 | More by WMEugene
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xensure

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-24-2013 17:48:15 | More by xensure
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Kal

United Kingdom (England)

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-24-2013 17:34:21 | More by Kal
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EdFed

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-24-2013 05:10:43 | More by EdFed
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bigaltemple

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-24-2013 05:04:14 | More by bigaltemple
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

12-24-2013 04:15:27 | More by csmartin6
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Monkeypuker

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-24-2013 04:12:02 | More by Monkeypuker
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is an aged 12-oz. bottle of 2012 BCBS, ten-months-old. it's much smoother, sweeter, with much less astringency than it had last year. There's still almost no head to speak of, poured into a snifter. It looks like soy sauce with some floating bubbles. I might have said it smelled like soy sauce, or at least chilled soy sauce. Then I realized the aroma was tart plum, fruitcake, and moist spice cake. Wow. The aroma is beyond imagining.
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Update 8/28/13
I'm beside myself (even if my less craft-beer-minded guests are non-plussed) with how amazing an aged BCBS is. The most astonishing surprise here is a distinct peppermint stick aroma.

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Update 12/23/13

Can you say "Port Wine"? My wife just asked me what I would think if tasting this without knowing anything of its provenance or vintage. I tried to imagine it, and I think, F-ing port wine that somehow has the mildest carbonation.

This is a bottle of 2012, so 18 months old. I'm a bit drunk, now, having had an Ale Asylum Mercy and an 8% ale I won't mention (it was terrible; ok, it was Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale).

I can only say thank God I've got four more 4-packs in the cellar. This is the shiznet, by all standards.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:25:51 | More by martyl1000
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Hillbilly

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-23-2013 23:36:10 | More by Hillbilly
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Sokool

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-23-2013 06:39:17 | More by Sokool
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,716 ratings.