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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 2,577
Hads: 10,549
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 5.16%
Wants: 2,487
Gots: 5,684 | FT: 609
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003

60 IBU
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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At The Barn Restaurant and Tavern in good ol' Baraboo on 08/16/09. Paired with a huge Black and Blue Burger on a ciabatta roll, nice.

Poured from a kinda cold bottle into a shaker pint. 2008 bottling.

Pours a murky black with no light showing through. Head is pretty much non-existant save for a small ring. This is a barrel aged beer with a 13% ABV so, no biggie there.

Aroma on the front is dextrose and oakey bourbon. Molasses and burnt brown sugar. Middle is earthy and intensly malty with a hint of vanilla. Copper and blood metallic aromas yield to a darkly roasted coffee with a touch of smoke. Finishes sweet with a slight funk, like barn dirt mixed with old manure.

Flavor opens with boozy bourbon and fusel alcohol. Darkly roasted malt gives way to sweet molasses in the middle. Molasses meld with caramel, cream and a hint of syrupy sweet sap.Vanilla on the finish with sweet and heavy booze. Finishes with a dark roasted coffee and chocolate sweetness. Chocloate is dry like eating unsweetened cocoa or bakers chocolate. Depth of flavor is awesome.

Mouth is thick and syrupy, viscous and chewy. Carbonation is non-existant and the beer may have done a little better with a small amount of carbo to cut the sweetness slighly. A nice stick is left on the lips.

Very nice for a sit down. Heavy, thick and un-apologetic about it, this is a HUGE beer. Be prepared to fall in love once and then maybe again in a few weeks. (1,434 characters)

Photo of dancinwillie
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid black, with a hint of a dark mocha head. But the head turns out to be just a tease, as it instantly disappears and just leave a few traces of it. So just black now.

Bittersweet chocolate, pipe tobacco are what I pick up on my first sniff. Roasted barley comes into focus upon subsequent passes. Also, a nice bit of bright hopping is evident. This lends a nice earthiness to the bouquet, without standing in the way of the main focus.

My first thought is wow, this is all over the place. But as I really taste the beer, it's just that it's full of flavor. Bourbon is evident, but far from overpowering. Dark chocolates, tobacco, roasted bitterness all come out to play. I'm not picking up any of the hops I noticed in the nose, but I'm also not complaining. This is top notch taste. Not an overpowering alcohol component, however my lips do seem to be a bit hot.

Mouthfeel. Hmmm....well, if scientists ever figure how to make silk edible, they'll name the new discovery something like "Goosus Islandcus" Actually, that's a weird thing to say, but the mouthfeel here makes me very happy. Very smooth silky texture, and a good low level of carbonation let's the flavors sing loud and proud.

Overall drinkability, however would be somewhat low. For me, anyway. Due to somewhat high cost of this beer (which is absolutely a fair price), and the limited availability, mixed with the high alcohol content is going to keep me from drinking this on a regular basis. But I will be looking forward to this beer, year after year, and will always thank heaven when I'm able to sample it. Cheers! (1,603 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is an opaque black ale ith an orange ring for a head. It doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. It smells sweet, like bourbon and maybe apples. There are notes of soy sauce and bread. It's medium-full bodied with a mineral texture. The finish is sharp. It tastes a bit sweet with lots of bourbon flavor. The balance is alright. There is a fruity note, like apple or peach. The aftertaste is of bourbon. Yeah, it's mostly bourbon here.

[Sampled at the 2009 Flower City Brewers' Fest at Frontier Field, Rochester, NY] (550 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had 8.9.09
This beer pours an opaque black like motor oil with only a chocolate brown film sitting on - film sits on top for the duration of the beer and leaves no lacing what so ever. Nose is of bourbon and booze predominantly with only the slightest hint of chocolate. Taste is HOLY bourbon batman! Major booziness and a strong bitter chocolate presence, roasted malts a slight undertone to this beer. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, thick feel on the tongue and chewy. This isn't a sessionable beer by any means, but it is a wonderful one to sit with and sip with friends. (583 characters)

Photo of davedahl
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/10/08 - nine months in the bottle before i popped it.

Aroma: Licorice, whisper of cinnamon, sherry

Mouthfeel: thick and coating but in a wonderful way like, um, being coated in burbon county stout! Zero carboniation but some sharpness comes through from the high abv

Taste: bourbon, boozy, sweet rich dark malts, licorice, vanilla, and mre sherry. A bit "hot" the flavors are fantastic but could use some more melding - time will serve it well. If you have the patience.

Appearance: zero carbonation produces zero head even w/a hard pour, but the depths of it's blackness are infinite.

Drinability: despite the sky-high abv, slight hotness, and still a bit "green" flavors this is a hugely drinkable and tasty beer. (731 characters)

Photo of carps12
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my duck rabbit snifter. 2007 vintage. Pitch black. Very thin head on the outer edge. Bourbon, vanilla, and oak on the nose. Sweet bourbon upfront followed by a roasted malt finish. Loads of vanilla. There's a bitterness mixed with oak also on the finish that could be better. Not hot at all like when fresh. Bourbon nose definitely subdued because of age which I enjoy more. Mouthfeel is creamy with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Well another 6 months before I try another. (498 characters)

Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes last night. 2008 bottling poured into a tulip.

Pours tar black. Possible the darkest beer I've ever seen. Out of curiosity I held the glass directly to the lamp trying to see if light would peek through but this sucker is dense. Forms a small brown head with hints of red but it withers away pretty quickly.

Malty sweetness, chocolate, and alcohol dominate the secondary oak aromas. Gets more and more roasty and smokey as it warms.

First taste brings on much more coffee than the nose followed by the same chocolate malty sweetness. Secondary flavors are the expected oak, vanilla and some sticky caramel syrup but these are relatively faint. At about room temperature I'm starting to get more rich cocoa, tobacco, and something spicy that almost reminds me of steak sauce (I know it sounds strange but it's in my notes so I'm typing it here).

Slight alcohol burn on the mouthfeel which is interesting. Not thin but not as creamy as some other stouts. Not too bad on the drinkability for a beer this big.

Overall I'll say it's nice to have a year round Bourbon aged stout but I've had better. I really wanted to love this one but while I enjoyed and gave high marks I have to admit I was a little let down. Maybe my expectations were too high. I'm sure this will work it's way back into rotation but I'm in no rush. (1,333 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had to go out of state for this one as OH has a 12% ABV cap. Poured a 12oz into a snifter.

A- Black with a really dark red/brown head that fizzes up and dissipates. No real lacing left but a thick ring around the edge survives.

S- Woody, smokey, bourbony, chocolaty, boozy, sweet, cherries, fruity and complexity. Very nice.

T- Again, Bourdony, chocolaty, boozy and sweet. Lots of cherries. Its like chocolate covered black cherries.

M- Thick, warm, chewy and sticky. Pretty nice.

D- The booze is right up front here, but I dont think anyone expected anything less. So the drinkability doesnt take a hit here.
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2009 Vintage Tasted on 7/25/10

A- Pours with no head at all. It takes a lot to coax out some foam. The beer is way black and thick.

S- Heavy on alcohol and bourbon. Lots of alcohol, it becomes similar to rubbing alcohol at times. This smells very very boozy and hot. Oak, vanilla and chocolate try to make a dent in the alcohol with little luck.

T- Very very very nice. Lots and lots and lots of vanilla. Milk chocolate, wood, some dark fruits, lots of alcohol and bourbon.

M- Thick as hell. So hot its numbing.

D- Really really hot. This is still a fantastically delicious sipper though. (1,214 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Bottle split w/a friend. Very dark thick viscous appearance, w/brown head and lacing. Deep smell of chocolate/ bourbon/ wood/ molasses/ dark or ripe fruit. Little hot from the bourbon but otherwise very thick and balanced. Taste is same as smell. Definitely a sipper d/t high abv, bourbon taste and thickness. I think they all come together perfectly. I've had much hotter stouts w/bourbon or brandy that are much less thick and less abv. One of the best imperial stouts ever. And I know it will get better for years to come making it a good investment even for the higher price.
Only downer is drinkability d/t thickness and heat. (631 characters)

Photo of GregSVT
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10-8-2008 served 8-6-2009 from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black no head after a pretty vigorus pour and a small dark brown ring appears after it settles.

S: Smells of dark fruit, molasses, oak, and very slight vanilla. Up front and in your face...one of the best barrel aged stouts as far as aroma goes. As it warms you can smell the alcohol and a big whiskey smell.

T: Taste mimics the nose, dark over-ripe fruit, deep chocolate malt, molasses, and sweet vanilla. The aftertaste is almost cloying it's so sweet. As it warms it shows it's RIS backbone and the aftertaste isn't as sweet although the molasses is still there.

M: This is without a doubt the thickest beer I've ever had. This feels like motor oil as it coats the mouth and goes down the throat. Carbonation is very light and barely shows itself when you swish it in the mouth. Even with the low carbonation the stuff has the best feel in the mouth than any other Imperial Stout I've ever had.

D: Given the ABV I could probably drink 1 or 2 12oz bottles before switching to something lighter but this stuff is pretty good.

Overall this is great but I was expecting something slightly different. I guess I was expecting more bourbon and vanilla creamy flavors than what was there. I know bourbon, I drink the good stuff all the time but I really couldn't pick it out of the other aromas. The lack of carbonation also kept me from rating it higher on the appearance. This is my favorite Bourbon Aged Stouts so far...even over KBS. (1,522 characters)

Photo of JRhode
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a 2008 vintage 12 oz bottle with jessethehutt; poured into Duvel tulip.

When I first drank this beer soon after release I think it would have been a B+/A- beer, losing points for being overly boozy/hot. This beer has rounded out nicely in the months since.

Pours a syrupy viscous black. Little to no head. Maybe I should have roughed it up a little. Maybe one of the thickest beers I have poured.

The first smell that hits me out of the glass is sweetened coconut, followed by bourbon/oak, vanilla, and some mole asses. This is the cold stone creamery of beer smells: a bunch of sweet treats mashed up together.

First taste impression is of sweet bourbon and vanilla. I pick up a little bit of coffee, chocolate, and coconut too. Al little alcohol burn on the finish. A lot going on.

Coats the mouth completely and almost requires chewing. Feels as thick as it looked pouring into the glass. Maybe a little lacking in carbonation?

The six ounces I drank pushed me over the edge. The 13% abv is no joke. I would probably guess 10-11% abv blind though.

One of those beers that is the poster child for aging. Can't wait to see what it tastes like in another year. (1,173 characters)

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage, thanks alleykatking!

A- Dark oily black with smallish wood-colored head. Some lacing, although not much.

S- Whoa bourbon! Smells delicious, good bourbon is dominant, followed by some vanilla, sweet molasses, and oak.

T- Again, big bourbon flavors, buttery roasted malt, woody bite too. What's amazing about this one is how it matures on the palate. There's a clear evolution from the bourbon to the roasted flavors and the lingering wood flavor. Finally finishes with an herbal hop bitterness. Some chocolate comes through as it drinks. Slightly hot, but nothing unbearable. Some vanilla in there too. Exceptional. This is a big beer that's definitely worth seeking out.

M- Thick, viscous, coating. Just how I like my stouts.

D- This one is a sipper for sure. Drinks like a nice bourbon... delicious. I could drink this all night. (850 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into Chimay chalice.

A: Black, minimal head (guess I poured too slowly). Tiny ring of foam around edge of glass. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Oak, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, smoke. Very complex interesting smell.

T: Vanilla and molasses up front. Molasses-y bourbon in the middle, and a smoky coffee/charred oak finish. Kinda creamy as well. Great depth of flavors, but a tad unbalanced (clearly in favor of sweetness). I could see how this could be a good cigar beer as the label indicated.

M: Not a whole lot of carbonation going on here, but that's definitely a good thing for this beer.

D: Drinkability is impressive for the abv. (654 characters)

Photo of BirdFlu
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

After much searching and endless self-built hype I finally found this beer at New Beer in NYC.. Pour is as good as it gets for imperial stouts. Solid black, viscous with brown head. Amazing. Aroma is very melty with lots of dark fruity. Black cherry and fig. Very sweet. Flavor is very dark fruit and a chocolaty, rich malt sweetness. It is very, very rich and very, very boozey. The strength of the flavor may take away from it a bit by some. Mouth is also as good as it gets for heavy stouts. Super thick. Viscous like molasses. Also with very crisp carbonation. The beer is so rich that it can be a bit overpowering. Its quite amazing in flavor and mouthfeel, but as far as "drinkability" is concerned, its very boozey and powerful. Certainly a sipper. (755 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got through a trade with a061183. Thanks for the brews!

Bottled on date says 10/16/08. This one is almost 10 months old. I plan to keep a couple more for aging.

A- Pours a thick jet black color with a thin mocha colored head that quickly recedes into a small ring. Some scattered lacing.

S- Huge aroma of bourbon. Some nice scents of vanilla, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt.

T- Whoa, this is one bourbony booze bomb! Tons of bourbon vanilla flavor blasting away with reckless force. Major oak and roasted caramel malt flavor that comprise a majority of the taste. Alcohol is quite apparent, although this brew does way in at 13.00%. Probably the most flavorful stout that I have had to date.

M- Full bodied with medium/low carbonation. Thick and chewy.

D- This brew tells you what its going to be like from the get go. "Bourbon County Stout" is exactly that, a huge bourbon flavored stout that doesn't hold back. Drinkable considering the 13% ABV but still boozy. (977 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this 2008 version shortly after it was released and thought it was WAY too hot. Since then, I have grown slightly more fond of bourbon aged beers, plus this now has a solid 6 months on it so I figure it is time to re-review. I wasn't going to crack this until January 2010 but I don't have the willpower...

Pours black as night with a small quarter inch dark brown head that scatters quickly leaving swirls that dance upon the top of the beer. Smell is bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. Some vanilla, wood, and chocolate too (dipped in bourbon). The taste is a seriously huge mash of bourbon and hops, not near as painful as I remember but still pretty bold even for my further developed palate. Not quite what I would call "harsh" though, which is a positive. Background flavors include chocolate, wood, and burnt caramel. Full bodied and creamy, exactly how an imperial stout should be. This is a big time sipper, not one to be messed with. World class beer with few flaws. (986 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is the 2008 version

Pours a pitch black heavy ooze. Head is 1 finger, chocolate and rather weak. Head retention and lacing are mediocre at best

Smell is mostly of dark fruit, raisins and figs. Chocolate malt and alcohol are also detected. Hops are very faint and not really in there. Dont get much oak or bourbon but as the beer warms up the alcohol gets stronger

Holy shit this is so rich. First taste is of sweet chocolate Hersheys syrup. Then tons of smoke, oak, vanilla and alcohol come in. The flavors are so strong, they're almost overpowering. Hops are pretty tame and are mostly in the aftertaste. For 13% alcohol, there is a warming sensation and the alcohol is definitely present. Never really got the taste of soy sauce that alot of people talk about in Stouts but this one had a bit of that flavor

Mouth feel is very full. Thick body but wish there was more of a head. Carbonation is also good, not too much there but enough to liven up the beer

Drink ability is above average for a beer this big. I could possibly drink two of these at a time but its definitely a sipper. The flavors are some of the most powerful stuff i've ever had but the overly sweetness and alcohol make it fall just short of the best stouts in the world. Would love to try another one after another year cellered and see how the time changes it (1,341 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from The Bottle, York... 2008 version..

Poured blacker than black even when held up to the light... Dirty mocha brown head poured quite loose and fizzy and faded very quickly to just a ring around the edge... very little lacing..

Aroma - Very strong sweet oaky bourbon to the fore straight away, very woody and earthy, lots of fresh vanilla, roasted malts, hints of tar, cigar smokiness, rich stewed dark fruits (blackcurrents and prunes), molasses and burnt brown sugar, alcohol is pretty noticeable, butterscotch, fresh black pepper

Taste - Tons of roasted and charred malts mixed with strong molasses / black treacle sweetness followed closely by warming bourbon, lots of vanilla, liquorice, defnite cigar / tobacco smokiness, rich dark sweet fruits (prunes, figs, raisins, blackcurrents), very earthy, espresso, soy notes, alcohol definitely comes through, dark chocolate...

Feel - Rich, thick and syrupy... very full bodied.. suprisingly drinkable for a 13% brew although you definitely notice the alcohol after one bottle..

Overall - An exquisite stout and one of the most full flavoured beers i've ever had... highly recommended. I have two more of these and i can't wait to see how they age... (1,226 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 12oz bottle consumed 7/27/09

Appearance: Deep brown, bordering black, with a red brown 2 finger foam head that rapidly dissipates and leaves some swirls of lace.

Smell: Loads of bourbon, charred oak, and hints of vanilla.

Taste: Bourbon and oak throughout. Nice chocolate and vanilla notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Truly phenomenal creamy medium body with the slightest touch of syrup likeness.

Drinkability: Despite the 13.00% abv, this delicious brew begs to be consumed. (491 characters)

Photo of sepharious
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer never fails to wow me. Bourbon caramel notes on the nose give way to a rich alcoholic malty coffee taste that dances on the tongue. It finishes with an almost-burnt chocolate flavor that rounds out the package nicely. You must drink this beer. (253 characters)

Photo of realmpel
4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2008 bottle, served in a tulip. The guy before me wrote a kick-ass review; I'd just say "ditto" but I'm determined to write my first review tonight.

Appearance: It's a thick, deep black. It pours like a thick syrup, yielding about a 1/4 inch of deep amber head which quickly disappeared. There is nary a bubble in sight, just an extremely thin rim of foam around the outside of the glass which leaves a very thin lacing when I sip it.

Smell: A perfect score. Butterscotch and caramel hits my nose first, with of course the bourbon aroma always lurking. It's a delicious aroma which begged me to take a sip.

Taste: Initially, the heat of the bourbon was too strong for me. As the beer warmed, the bourbon taste mellowed and blended better into the chocolate malty flavors. I think this beer is best served at around room temperature. There is a slight bitter chocolate flavor that lingers for half a minute or so. Nothing dominates; I think this beer is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Warm and syrupy, nicely coating the mouth.

Drinkability: I would have another if I had super-tolerance. It's a great beer. Stick with it if the bourbon overpowers you and let it warm up. (1,186 characters)

Photo of ricke
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A: This one is as black as they come and is really viscous. I've had this before and I know it's hard to get head development going. So I tried a rather aggressive pour into my snifter, but all I got was a minimal layer of dark beige foam that dissipates immediately into a minimal ring of lacings.

S: The smell is amazing. Massive bourbon aromas sit side by side with a wonderful smooth stout base. Vanilla, almonds, oak, licorice and a hint of soy sauce. Some hints of brown sugar and molasses. The roasted malts really need to struggle to keep up with the bourbon, but I think they manage quite well. The bourbon gets a little boozy and I pick up plenty of alcohol fumes.

T: The taste follows suit and surly doesn't disappoint, even though expectations get cranked up by the appearance and smell. The bourbon flavors are really powerful, rich and full, but nonetheless the beer manages to stay balanced. Lots of vanilla and oak with notes of almonds. Hints of sweet licorice. Perhaps a suggestion of soy sauce. The roasted malty character is noticeable but it gets a little hard to detect with all the bourbon notes going on. Nevertheless, the malts manage to create a good balancing point for the powerful bourbon flavors. All in all, the beer has a pleasant balance between sweetness and a salty note. The usual flavors of dark fruits and chocolate are really hard to pick up in this one, but I do think here is a delightful note of truffles. The finish is loaded with boozy and hot alcohol that fits nicely with the sweetness from the bourbon and malts, but it gets a little too much here and there. Wood, notes of salt licorice, a light herbal bitterness and long-lasting bourbon notes round everything up.

M: Very very viscous and smooth - this one is thick like cream. Medium, well suited carbonation. Although both smell and taste is great in this one, the mouthfeel is really the highlight here, it's just that great. It just delivers a sophisticated expression to an otherwise bold and cocky beer.

D: This is a good imperial stout, to say the least. Very powerful with a massive bourbon character. It's quite impressive that it still manages to come of as balanced. However, it's not perfect. Although this is obviously a sipper, the alcohol gets to demanding and overpowering every now and then. And due to the onslaught of the bourbon flavors, the beer looses some complexity.

NOTE: This bottle was about 11 months old. I've sampled a bottle from the same batch when it was reasonably fresh, and although I think it holds up really well with plenty of bourbon still hanging around, I think the bourbon notes have faded just a little bit. (2,674 characters)

Photo of joebrewer
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: nearly black, pours thick. Slight delay on forming a light tan head.

S: Bourbon, wood, vanilla, maybe a little fruit.

M: Hard to pull out mouthfeel when there is so much flavor. Doesn't seem too thick even though it's a BIG beer. Good balance.

T: Smoke and wood at first, then roasted malt and vanilla. Some sweet fruit finishes it out an counters it all. Excellent Imperial Stout. I might prefer this over KBS. I do prefer this over Peche Mortel and Older Viscosity. (473 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part 2 of 3 in my count down to my 200th review.

Poured from a 2008 bottle (bottled on 10/21/2008 so 9 months to the day since it was bottled). I had this back in February and loved it, and wanted to see how it had changed in the last 9 months.

Poured half into my Darkness Tulip and half into a standard pint glass for my friend who is a self-proclaimed bourbon fiend. I figured he would enjoy this one, so I offered to share some.

Pours a viscous black motor oil like liquid. Black as night. Thick and slimey almost. A good swirl shows one of it's best qualities, the ability to temporarily stain the glass a murky and evil brown. I tried hard to get a nice head, but I failed, barely making a one finger head in my tulip. My buddy, on the other hand, produced a much more impressive one in the pint glass. Decent retention but not much lacing. This is some thick stuff.

The bourbon has definitely dropped off in the last 9 months, but it is definitely still there. I'm kinda shocked at how much this has changed in such a short time. Big bourbon scent with subtle vanilla and oak hints. I get a significant portion of burnt malts and sugars.

Taste is a lot like I remembered, big bourbon punch. Thick and creamy. I get a lot more vanilla and oak than I did in the 2008 bottle I had in February. The bourbon has dropped off a bit, but there is shadows of it's former self. I get bitter chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. My friend commented on how this would make a great dessert beer. I would agree with that.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. It slides around your mouth, coating it much like it coats the glass. I've never had motor oil, but I would imagine this is the same consistency as that.

While the 13% is barely noticeable, the drinkability definitely takes a hit in this one. It's not that it's hard to drink, it's just the consistency of the liquid coupled with the big flavor. Besides, if you chug this you deserve a slap in the face.

I would recommend this to someone who loves big beers and bourbon. I have only gotten into bourbon in the last half year or so, and I definitely didn't enjoy this as much in February as I did this time around (2,162 characters)

Photo of TAREUA
1.52/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I got this from a wine/beer shop where the owner said he'd heard good things about this one but hadn't tried it yet. Well, he won't hear anything good from me. I don't remember the last time I didn't finish a beer. Just dreadful bleck. A friend with me shared my opinion.

This beer either represents the Emporers New Clothes of craft beer or there was something wrong with this bottle. It looked a fine dark brown/black. The smell was of molasses, burned things,raw alcohol and more burned molasses. A hint of overheated radiator was one of the better scents. The taste was big and layered, but the waves of burned sugar, gloppy sorghum, alcohol, just kept coming like a string of plague rats jumping into my mouth. I'm not sure of the mouthfeel, as I was too busy thinking of ways to apologize to my tongue.

If you took a Guinness and let it bounce around in your car trunk for a summer spent in the desert, added various burned molasses concoctions and some bourbon you had washed your feet in, you might approximate the flavor. This is the Edsel of beers in my opinion, and I am a huge fan of big stouts. (1,110 characters)

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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