Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.68/5 rDev +2.2%
The head, body and lacing on this stout is damn near perfect.
Smell was typical for a heavier, creamier, higher abv stout, not too overpowering, and slight aromas of vanilla, maybe some coffee and even chocolate.
The first sip is truly amazing. Like knock your socks off good. But then the alcohol hits your brain and you are reminded to slow it down and enjoy.
Go easy with any of these Goose Island Bourbon Counties, not only are they expensive but they will intoxicate you quick, and you will miss out on all that savory stout flavoring.
Drank in a snifter.
I did notice that these tend to taste better at a slight chill, barely above room temperature. I might even pick up a few more 4 packs and wax coat them for aging. These seem like the perfect candidate for aging.
01-09-2014 01:29:32 | More by pinyin
District of Columbia
4.6/5 rDev +0.4%
Was happy to see this offered at a local store. Had some high expectations given its spot on the top 250 beer list, but was also cautious because of the high-alcohol content. I was hoping it didn't power the ratings and wouldn't overpower the beer.
The pour was on point, with a little less head than some stouts, but given the ABV, not unexpected. The nose has obvious bourbon, but the dark roasted malt smell is also there. There's also notes of brown sugar and oak.
The taste starts with a twinge of alcohol heat, but the backbone is roasted malt with some semi-sweet chocolate and honey mixed in (in my re-review, I actually get a decent taste of coconut!?). The taste is pretty smooth throughout, well balanced. There's a little tartness that appears in the background, reminding me oddly of a tart apple.
I did thoroughly enjoy the beer. The bourbon/alcohol tastes were present, but not overpowering (I noticed these less in the re-review). The roasted malt nature of a stout is not lost, and the balance of these things is well done.
I know it's only been a month, but on my second try of this beer, I enjoyed it even more. It's sweetness (chocolate/honey mentioned above) appealed to me, and the overall beer seemed smoother. One month is not aging, but the difference in my impression of the difference in tastes is as if the beer had done just that.
01-09-2014 00:56:37 | More by cjgiant
4.44/5 rDev -3.1%
12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Bottle is just over a year old at the time of consumption and was properly cellared up until that point.
A: They say true black is the absence of light. That is the color of this beer. The short brown head settles soon after the pour. Lacing is minimal.
S: Big bourbon nose. Caramel and barrel char. Fudge, moist chocolate cake, and chewy chocolate candy. Whiffs of smoke and coffee roast. Hints of black currant, plum, and other fudge-dipped dark fruits. Perhaps a bit of polished black leather. Wafts of stiff alcohol.
T: Big wave of chewy dark caramel. Brown sugar and turtle candies. Layer upon layer of fudge and darker chocolate tastes. Chocolate truffles, fudge, devil's food cake. Warm, creamy vanilla. Plenty of stiff and manly bourbon character. Wood and barrel char. Black currant, plum, and hints of black raspberry, all drenched in rich dark chocolate sauce. Deep, layered chocolate finish lasts an eternity.
M: Thick and rich. Slick and smooth, it glides over the tongue with a semi-slippery feel. Little in the way of carbonation. Alcohol warms the pit of the chest.
O: What a treat! This is a man's drink if ever there was one. A strong but well-mannered and gentlemanly brew. It's a muscular beer for sure, but it has that innate sort of 'flow' and smoothness that makes it very easy to drink. A year's time has taken the edge off of the alcohol, but the bourbon character is still very expressive.
01-08-2014 02:37:55 | More by ryan1788a5
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,980 ratings.