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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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8,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,091
Reviews: 2,350
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 3,448 | FT: 379
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 Act25
4.19/5  rDev -8.5%

After spending time with BCBS, letting it arrive at room temperature, when it became very different, more of a dessert wine, I had to say, it's well-crafted, but not my idea of beer. It's more of a thick dessert wine, of which I am not a fan.

At the NYC store where I bought a single, I asked "$8?" And counter man said, "yeah, but it's 3 beers worth, it's all you'll need."

It certainly packs 3 beers worth of concentrated flavors as well as ABV, but the syrupy nature is … too much for me. It's like drinking the syrup that makes the beverage.

Appearance: Pours an opaque, thick espresso brown color with a so-so mocha latte head that fades fast, but sticks w lots of lace.

Smell: Bourbon in front and center, and it masks a bit the other delightful background notes, which are evocative of a European church: oak, dark chocolate, charred wood, incense, caramel, vanilla, late winter earth, and a hint of dried flowers.

(I cannot get as much out of the nose as others seem to do, due to too much bourbon alcohol.)

Taste: The bourbon powers from the start, then blends with duality of charred wood, varnished pews, incense, and the dark chocolate and vanilla syrups straight from the taps. I don't get as much fruit as others do. Interesting, meditation beer, but drinks -frankly like an over done dessert zinfandel. And although balanced, is a bit too sweet. I feel like it would be GREAT blended in a milkshake.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and syrupy, with low carbonation. Must let it warm, but becomes more and more of an after-dinner dessert wine… flat, syrupy, thick. … And I am NOT a fan of dessert wines.

Had a hard time finishing so drank it along side my Dales Pale Ale for a while, and enjoyed it more with the contrast, and then, finally made a black and tan of them which was delicious and more balanced and interesting to me.

Act25, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of jmsedgwick
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
1.6/5  rDev -65.1%


Ink black body and hardly any head at all. Smell is more bourbon barrel than anything. Lot of vanilla, chocolate, and a weird buttery aroma. The butter is so strong. Kind of soured/rancid. Pros for flavor: roasty malts, chocolate, caramel. Cons: overwhelming barrel, vanilla, butter, soy sauce, sweetness, booze. Mouthfeel is slick and kind of flat. Booze numbs the tongue. I really don't like this at all. It's grossing me out. A fine example of a messy, bourbon barrel-forwarded stout.

goochpunch, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of BrandonSeal
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BrandonSeal, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Kahless
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%

On tap at Henry's in Lawrence, KS. Served in a Boulevard Smokestack Series glass (which is weird because I know they have Goose Island branded snifters at Henry's and I don't know why they wouldn't use that. Not that there's anything wrong with the Smokestack glass, I just figured they'd use a matching brand glass.)

Appearance was pitch black with a rock head that quickly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.

Smell was mostly the barrel. There was also a hint of chocolate under the bourbon flavor. Tastes followed the smell, but the chocolate flavor was more prominent and there was also noticeable roastiness and the earthiness you typically get from an old ale. The initial taste was dominated by the bourbon, followed by most of the "stout" flavors in the back half of the palate, and returning to bourbon in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel was full, though not quite as sticky as I expected.

I generally am not as big a fan of spirit-barrel-aged beers as some on this site, as I don't like whiskey or other spirits, but I couldn't pass up a chance to try such a hyped beer, and overall I think they did a good job with this one creating a barrel-aged beer where the barrel predominates without obliterating all the other flavors, like some other barrel-aged beers are.

Kahless, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.9/5  rDev +7%

2013 Vintage
A: Void of color, black. with a creamy dark tan head that leaves beautiful lacing around the glass when it disappears.

S: Oh my. vanilla, roast, coffee, chocolate, spicy rye, dense oak, bourbon burn, brown sugar and raisins. Unbelievably complex with every sniff bringing a different treat to my nostrils.

T: Everything i expected! Strong on vanilla with huge roast component. Lots of barrel and bourbon. a sweet caramelized raisin with mocha and roast. bittersweet chocolate morsels. Brown sugar and a little bit of bitter molasses. a bit of anise. Toffee, dark fruit and tobacco with a long finish of alcoholic bourbon and coffee. WOW

M: Thick and creamy. Carbonation doesn't exist, its sludge and i like it that way. Finish is long, slightly bitter and dry.

O: This is a beer that totally lives up to the hype for me. Unbelievable complexity with a mingling of flavors that keeps bringing me back for more. Each sip is an adventure. Pick up, cellar and drink, drink, drink!

schwemjw, Jan 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

I get it beer snobs, you don't even like giving beers like this one a perfect 5/5, but let's stop playing around here and let's get real. What more could you ask for? Quit your horsing around, this beer is a 5/5, 10/10, 100/100 whatever you wanna call it, THIS is the best beer in the world

2012 vs 2013 vertical tasting: 2012 highlighted chocolate and a more overall sweetness. Very pleasant. 2013 tasted different, but still very similar. The difference was less chocolate, but more red wine. It actually tasted more like a cab sauv than the previous year. What's up with that? I honestly couldn't pick which tasted better. It's like having to choose between Sexy bitch #1 and Hot bitch #2.

bball208, Jan 22, 2014
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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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