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Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class
2,831 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,831
Ratings:
11,645
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
9.78%
 
 
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Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
60 IBU

Added by drewbage on 06-26-2003

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Reviews: 2,831 | Ratings: 11,645
Photo of mdcrouser
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown, settles out deep black. 1/8" inch head on the pour, but bubbles down to nothing after only a minute or two.

Bourbon is immediately apparent, and it could be the only thing you smell if you allowed yourself. But giving it more time, I'm also picking up bits of dark chocolate, and some woodiness.

Huge depth of malts here - much like a world-class dark chocolate, it melts in your mouth. Woody vanilla from the bourbon brings the whole thing together, providing a bit of sweetness while also mellowing out the bourbon - very little heat here.

The carbonation lingers a bit, keeping the aforementioned flavors dancing on the tongue. It sits heavily on the edges of the tongue, providing a slick runway for this goose to land.

While I wouldn't recommend it in large quantities, it is pretty tasty as a sipper, and a warmer. So enjoyable.

Enjoying the third of four on May 22, 2012 - Zero head and the bourbon on the nose has mellowed some, leaving behind some booziness and still strong woodiness.

Still lots of bourbon in the mouth, but it seems to have picked up more of a char and bitterness to it. Like the crust on barbecue, or decadence of a super dark chocolate, even some dark juicy fruits.

I think this one could age for an eternity and continue to evolve.

The fourth of this four from 2009 saw daylight on May 19, 2015 - a cool spring day and a rough/long few months at work make tonight the night. The Royals win (Ventura: 7 IP, 4H, 0R) and it feels like fall, so it's time.

The thoughts above are still accurate, but also heightened by development of a distinct layer of caramel - creamy, sweet, soothing, pretty remarkable. It's only getting better - I wish I had four more to enjoy.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Thanks to Lunch for throwing this in as an extra in our trade!

a - Pours a very dark black, not letting in any light. Little carbonation and a little bit of a brown colored head that lasts for about a minute.

s - Wow, smells amazing. Lots of bourbon here, also a wood smell. A hint of chocolate as well.

t - Tastes just like it smells; delicious. A great bourbon taste, with caramel and a little bit of chocolate as well. Also taste the oak a bit.

m - Smooth and creamy, thick body, small amount of carbonation.

d - I really enjoyed this beer. It's one of the better bourbon stouts I've had and if you are a fan of whiskey like me, this is a definite must-try. Because of the 13% ABV I wouldn't drink too many at once but it sure tastes great.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the ideal Imperial Stout hence having 1,000+ reviews.

Had on tap in September 2009 at reBar in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Yes, these notes are way too old.

A: Dark as the Knight of Bourbon County with an off-brown head with sticky lacing on the glass the beer dwindles down.

S: Much less of an aroma than out of the bottle. Hints of vanilla, bourbon, and maple.

T: A pleasant blend of chocolate, toffee, and malts upfront followed by vanilla, maple, and the oakiness, with a roasty coffee aftertaste.

M: The carbonation from the CO2 lines is just what this beer needs from when you drink it out of the bottle.

D: Again, this is a feature that differs from drinking it out of the bottle. Not too sweet, not too hot.

Overall, one of my favorite Imperial Stouts that gets you buzzin' after just one glass!

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Black. Black. Pitch black. Opaque pitch black. A quarter inch caramel head from an extremely vigorous pour. Dissipates nearly completely, but leaves sticky lacing. Did I mention black - pitch black - completely opaque pitch black?

I got a noseful of rich malty bourbon flavors. Plenty of sweet malt smells - with banana esters, plums, a dash of pear, a hint of blueberry and raspberry. The bourbon flavors contain the typical caramel flavors present in the classic spirit, along with the florals and rich charred oak present. Plenty of toast, but well masked behind the caramels. No hops. I don't feel like there should be either.

Delicious. Layers upon layers of flavor. It starts with hot alcohol quickly dissolving into the caramel and florals of bourbon. Fruits are next with a strong lean towards the more jammy fruits with that beautiful hint of blueberry leading into the dark toast flavors. The progression is very smooth and quick. But, it seems to last forever. Beautiful.

Dense, nearly viscous mouthfeel. Very full bodied, and aside from the heat at the beginning of the drink, the alcohol is well incorporated into this brew.

Strong, yet delicate, rich flavors and well balanced, there's not much not to like about this beer. Not much I can say other than I like it. A great deal. And, it's worth the pretty penny.

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Photo of Casey10
4.31/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this beer kick's and is unreal so here is the review.

A - Gave a exceptional because for a stout that does not allow any light with some nice bubbles on top it deserves it pour it any see why.

S- Strong rasian wow boozy notes so strong !

T - blows you away no style points here unbelievable stong taste this is a Burbon Beer.

M - see above more of the same this is a very strong beer try it you will see what I mean.

D - So stong but yet nice. Some will say week more will say wow!! a must try and then your own opinin will agree.

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Photo of samie85
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on date 10/28/08 making this almost a year and a half old.

A- Pours a pitch black with a virtually non-existent dark brown head into a snifter.

S- The first thing I smell is bourbon and it transitions to quicklu to with oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate notes with some sweet alcohol. Pretty complex.

T- I get rich bourbon and oak with some vanilla and dark chocolate notes, with some molasses and alcohol. I liked the intensity of the bourbon when I tried this year's batch (2008) fresh.

M- Coats the palate and is very thick and chewy. There's virtually no carbonation present but you can feel the faintest hint on the tongue near the end.

D-While it is a sipper, it goes down way too easy for the pretty high ABV. This is the beer that got me into BA (I registered while drinking my first one) and it's a fitting beer to review for no. 100. Even after almost a year and a half this is still a bourbon-y delight but much of the alcohol "heat" has diminished.

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Photo of techfed87
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black-brown color. Has barely any head, and the one it does pour dissipates very quickly. Smells of deep cinnamon and oatmeal. There is a bourbon like scent going on, but that initial scent will split up into different flavors.

Initially, the flavor is very much that of whiskey. But once the initial "shock and awe" is done with this beer, it completely turns head and becomes something quite wonderful in complexity. It feels like a very grainy beer, at the same time it has the viscosity of paint thinner. This is quite the good beer, on par with such beers as Kentucky Breakfast Stout. I daresay, this may be better than previously said beer. This mellows when you drink it and although initially very shocking, turns into a real sweetie afterwards.
And if the price tag were not $22 for a four-pack, I would be much happier with it. An almost perfect beer.

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Photo of stevenseg
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let's start by saying that me and bourbon barrel aged beers...we's like dis son (fingers crossed). I think that adding bourbon to beer is one of the greatest innovations since...well...sliced bread! That being said...Kentucky Breakfast Stout from Founder's is the bourbon beer standard to which I may unfairly hold all subsequent bourbon brews. Let's see what Goose Island (a brewery I am not necessarily much of a fan of) can do.

First of all, this beer pours pretty much pitch black. At leats we can call it pitch black for a beer standards. The head was rather lame. I sure hope it's as thick as I want it to be...something along the lines of motor oil after 10,000 hard miles. Besides the lame head, the blacker the better, I always say.

This thing is supposed to have 13% ABV. It smells more like 80 proof. I absolutely love the distinct bourbon notes in the nose. Add a touch of charred sweetness from the dark roasted malts and we've got an exceptional "smell" rating.

Mmmm...taste. I had to wait a couple minutes to let the glass mellow. It needs to warm a bit before it touches these lips.
After a few minutes: OH YEAH! I have to say Goose Island knocked it out of the park. My hopes for a HUGE body was right on. The fire of the bourbon was mellowed, leaving that tingly nose feeling. The high alcohol content perfectly compliments the bourbon character. Imagine a dark dark chocolate milk shake with bourbon. Absolutely beautiful.

It is so creamy and sweet from the roasted malts...and I don't know what it is, but the Bourbon County Stout struck my mouthfeel chord just right. I have never given such a high mouthfeel rating...it's hard to get me to give up a 5.0.

This is not a session beer...nor is it a beer you can have more than a few of at a time. The alcohol seems higher because of the natural fire of the bourbon flavor. I love that. The flavor of the alcohol, but not so much of a bite...I mean who really needs more than 13% ABV in a great beer? I'm telling you...give this a try...and try it on the colder side...say around 45 degrees or so. The flavor gets out and the cooler temperatures really complement the awesome body.

If we're looking at ratings only, Bourbon County is my top-rated beer now. I am almost on the floor crying over this discovery. Goose Island, I didn't expect much, but you stepped up and blew me away with this one. If you like bourbon beers...find it before the secret gets leaked!

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Photo of Docer
3.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 bomber... enjoyed.

- Great dark stout, light mocha head... down to a mild bubbly lacing... bubbly like a champagne. Dark, thick...

- Vanilla, bourbon... grain, oats, sweet.. bitter chocolate.... goodies. Not much more I can say. Smells like it should.

- A great standard for a bourbon barrel aged brew. The stout portion was complex, grainy, oaty... sweet... and the bourbon was heavy... quite present. Thought this brew hits the standard right on the button. Any worse... a mediocre brew... any better... a sure winner and better.

- Little strong and heavy... sweet and thick... puckering and bitter....

- I found this one hard to drink. Certainly a sipper, and one to let warm up a bit. I have 2 more aging as I think a few years on them will certainly help in this department.

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Photo of bamadog
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I took this to a recent tasting. Bottled in 2009, I finally got around to trying this one and I'm VERY glad I've got another 4 pack aging for a couple of years and a few from 2008 as well, because it is going to be absolutely amazing with some age.

Appearance: Pour is dark black and completely opaque; starts with a one finger deep dark tan head that fades quickly to nothing; slight burgundy highlights at the surface; no lacing whatsoever, just an oily residue slides around the surface; looks a little viscous on the pour.

Smell: TONS of bourbon -- smell is hot and very boozy, but still smooth; slight roastiness in there as well as some sweet syrupy chocolate; the nose is super potent and there are some great hitns of toffee and caramel/butterscotch as it continues to warm.

Taste: Absolutely fantastic... period -- albeit very hot. Tons of woody bourbon and a strong presence of alcohol; nice sweet maltiness and lots of the tofee and caramel/butterscotch flavors; mild roastiness and a semi-sweet chocolately flavor in the back; definitely in need of some age to mellow out the heat, but it's fantastic even as is.

Mouthfeel: Very hot from all that bourbony goodness; tremendous alcoholic vapor floats through the mouth and causes it to dry; body is just a little thin, but I find that barrel aging does this at times.

Drinkability: At 13%, clearly I couldn't drink a ton of it, but I would gladly try to... I'm glad I finally gave this one a shot, even though I've been aging a few bottles for a while now, but it's going to be hard to wait on it now.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007

Pours black. Viscous. No head.

Aroma is of alcohol, bourbon, dark malts and licorice.

There is no mistaking the bourbon in this one. Nothing wrong with that. Also some dark malts, dark chocolate. Did I mention the bourbon?!

Mouthfeel is heavy, mildly cleansing.

Overall, quite an interesting taste but ABV limits drinkability. A definite sipper. Worth trying [unless you hate bourbon].

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate and bourbon in brew form. A remarkable barrel-aged stout made to enjoy as a sipper.

Presentation: 12 oz screw cap bottle. Simple black label design with white and gold font trying to have a sober and exclusive look. Front text barely notes the type of brew inside. Shows bottling date, (10/02/09 1639) and dedicated glassware. Notes Alc. by Vol. (13.0%) Served into a snifter.

A - Black body, small dark brown-ruby edges with a small brown frothy head. Average to small retention with very brief touches of lacing.

S - Boozy bourbon notes, chocolate, and a boozy malt whiff. Very rich on the nose.

T - Tremendous chocolate coated bourbon flavors, rich roasted notes capped by a hefty and well integrated alcoholic note.

M - Full body, creamy and thick, lingering texture with little but adequate carbonation.

D - Nice slow sipper, with a growing and assertive flavor worth every sip.

Notes: Quite the remarkable bourbon barrel stout (Jim Beam barrels?), maybe it does not deserve the hype, and hunting frenzy I saw in some quarters last time it arrived to DC, but it is a great brew nevertheless, nice to share and/or cellar for a while.

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Photo of chetp
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, thick black with a very thin brown head that dissipated quickly. Aroma thick of bourbon with a hint of chocolate, toffee, toasted malts, a hint of coffee, and bitter-sweet. Tastes heavy of bourbon with some hints of caramel, coffee, chocolate, and a bitter-sweet alcohol finish. Very tasty!

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Photo of TommyW
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Motor oil black with a very thin, tan head.

S- Bourbon dominates the nose with some notes of burnt bread crusts and wood, alcohol and a vanilla and caramel sweetness.

T- A strong bourbon taste on top of an obvious malt backbone. Burnt malt, charred wood and alcohol create a semi-dry finish that is still a little sweet from the malts.

M- Syrupy thick feel with a low carbonation.

D- A fantastic sipping beer; perfect for a cold winter's day.

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Photo of portia99
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2008 release) poured into a Bruery goblet. This has about a year of age on it.

A - Pours a thick and oily, deep and dark black - almost with a blue tint to it. No head at all...only a very thin tan ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Thick and heavy smelling...creamy, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, milk chocolate. Really a lot going on here. Very good smelling barrel aged stout.

T - Very rich and multilayered. Lots of molasses up front. A fine, coffee-like bitterness fades into the flavor and stays way into the aftertaste. A creamy vanilla flavor fills in the middle section. Bourbon is there the whole time and really rounds out the flavors here. A bit of milk chocolate mixes in with the rest of the flavors. Wow! - Very impressed.

M - Full and thick. Syrupy, oily - seems to coat the entire mouth. Some alcohol heat felt in every breath. Carbonation is low contributing to the smoothness and syrupy feel.

D - What a difference a year makes...tried this when it was fresh last year and found it almost undrinkable from the bourbon heat. After a year of aging, the bourbon heat has mellowed considerably. This is a much more well rounded beer. This is really impressive...has to be one of the best impys out there. Don't think I could have more than one, but this is pretty smooth. Really enjoying this one. Now I know for sure - age my BCS at least a year.

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Photo of Probie
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a tulip. It is jet black with about a finger of tan head which died quickly.

Aroma: As the name implies there is quite a bit of bourbon aroma up front. There is also some bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes once you get past the malt.

Taste: The whiskey comes through a bit strong but does not overpower slight hints of coffee, caramel, vanilla, and some pear-like fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Thick creamy body with a very strong alcohol presence.

Drinkability: This was a very enjoyable drink, though dangerously smooth for its whopping 13% ABV.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've drank this damn thing time and time again having never done a review on it so here it goes. Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- This beer pours out a engine oil black with some light red hints to it when held up to the light. Half finger mocha colored head rises and falls it seems just as fast. No lacing at all with this beer.

S- Bourbon big upfront in aroma. Nice settled roasted malts come through next with a burnt chocolate smell. Some sweet sugary smell is in there as well but I can not really pin down the aroma.

T- Nice big bourbon upfront once again on the palate when you take your first sip. There is some coffee notes that were not in the nose here. Burnt chocolate and roasted malts make a big play here. Light notes of vanilla with this one too. Overall pretty good tasting.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for what it is. Big boozy tastes left on the palate and in the aftertaste. Coats entire palate with sort of a thick bourbon-y blanket.

D- This is a sipper at best. I always have a hard time finishing this beer although I am very fond of it. One about every couple of months seems to be the route I take with this monster of a beer.

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Photo of Donerik
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I did a new years day 2 year vertical.

The '08 aged Sublimely, it was nearly perfect in all areas. It was mellow and rich. The bourbon flavor had faded into the finish leaving it with a sweet oaky vanilla taste in the forefront, that blended seamlessly into the bourbon at the finish. The Nose on the '08 was subdued as well with about half as much of the strength of bourbon as the fresh 09.

The 09 was hot, rough, and raw. The flavor was how I remember the 08 being at this time last year. bourbon! rich malts, and heat. This one took awhile to finish.

I was glad I did the vertical. I went out the next day and bout a 4 pack of the 08, and shuffled the 09's to the back of my stocks.

my score is a composite of both vintages, The 08 has gotten better, and pulled up the 09's score.

If you can afford it, I would buy some 09's and age them a year and open them about this time next year, as for me I am planning to buy more next payday so I can do 3 and 4 year verticals down the line.

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Photo of Lunch
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD (12/31/09). Served in a 12oz. snifter at a slighty colder than desired temperature, but allowed to warm to cellar temp.

A: Pours a deep, rich, motor oil black with an ever so slight ruby hue caped off with a just a slight foamy skin of a tan head that quickly dissipates to just a few bubbles.

S: Strong yet delicious bourbon scent along with molasses, roasted malt, coffee, and toffee/caramel. This on-tap version seems to have some slight chocolate and the bourbon is slightly mellowed, but still quite strong.

T: Intense bourbon flavor with very apparent alcohol heat, but in a pleasing way as long as you are a bourbon fan (or at least a bourbon stout fan). Very complex flavors including molasses, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, bitter dark chocolate, sweet cocoa, vanilla, and milk chocolate all surrounded in a blanket of wood. As with the scent the chocolate flavor is slightly more pronounced.

M: Full-bodied and oily with a syrupy mouthfeel with low carbonation. On-tap it seems to be a bit more creamy.

D: Certainly not the most drinkable Imperial Stout, but the flavors and complexity kept me wanting more and more. This version seemed a bit smoothed out and creamier lending to greater drinkabilty.

Overall this has to be one of the richest and most complex beers that I have ever had. I must say that this on-tap version added a bit to the mouthfeel as well as to smoothing out the bourbon and increasing the complexity with a greater degree of chocolate. If you can try this on-tap, do yourself a favor and try it. Looking forward to case of the 2009 with a little age on it. My highest recommendation.

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Photo of YOOJ
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2009 bottle

Black as night with hardly any head.

Smell is strong and dominant alcohol, with a little whiskey and strong caramel sweetness.

Taste is BIG malts and strong alcohol. Really covers the palate like a big Imp stout should. Complex beer with a milder bitter hop balance than I would prefer for the style.

More drinkable than one might expect, but the sweetness and dominance of the alcohol are bit much. Maybe with aging this beer will round out. Goes down with a wonderful warming, all around great beer for a cold winter day.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

09 Vintage as an extra, thanks to a very, very generous trader by the name of Rbridges001! Had on tap at RnH a few weeks ago, but wanted to give this one a proper review.

A - Black as night and very viscous. Pours a small dark mocha head that recedes neither slowly nor quickly - average head retention. No lacing to speak of.

S - BOURBON! Lots of alcohol on this one, just how I like them! Really though, there must be 1/4 of a shot in these 12 ozs! Burnt molasses, chocolate, and dark sugar hide beneath, coming out more as it warms.

T - Bourbon, burnt coffee, roasted chocolate malts and a hint of vanilla burst forth out of this one. The dark chocolate flavor is almost too similar to the real thing, but manages to never become off-putting.

M - Very creamy, like a dark bourbon cream that slides back way to easily

D - There is a reason I hardly remember that night at RnH, because this is way too drinkable for 13%! Well done GI

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Photo of cvfish
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured black as a struck match, no light shining through, that produced a dark brown head which had no retention and left very little lacing along the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer are crazy, lots of toasted, burnt malts, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla beans, sweet and smooth espresso, brown sugar, and, and, oh damn, the BOURBON! This is the most bourbony (is this a word?) smelling beer

T - The taste of this beer was like the nose, but more intense. Loads of burnt, campfire malts, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla beans, smooth espresso, brown sugar, a little bit of molasses, and of course, the queen of the ball, glorious bourbon.

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a heavy body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - Another one to add to a fantastic year of dark beers, this one will be added to my list of needed beers, congrats to Goose Island, just cannot stand some of this money goes to AB-InBev

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Photo of jrallen34
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bad boy was born on 10/08/08 and i've put some down in the cellar and will re-review at a later date.

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a dark brown, almost black with a finger high dark tan head, little carbonation, and decent lacing.

The dominant aroma right off the bat is the bourbon, you can just smell the alcohol oozing out. There are also notes of vanilla and smoke.

The taste is very very smooth and wonderful, not at all what I was expecting from this stout. Not the typical coffee or chocolate. It tastes almost sweet, there is vanilla, alcohol, bourbon all very present.

This is a wonderful beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

Pours pure black with an oily consistency. The bubbly tan head dissipates quickly. More legs than lace cling to the glass. The aroma is a potent mix of plums, bourbon cask, roasted barley, and dark roast coffee beans. The taste is as complex as the smell with a huge wall of roasted barley/coffee flavors mixing with a pleasant bourbon spiciness and loads of vanilla and charred oak flavors. Caramel, rum cake and hot chocolate add more Imperial Stout yummyness to the mix. The mouthfeel is very thick and lightly carbonated. The finish is on the sweet side, with a subtle hop bitterness and a warming alcohol heat.

This is a very good, very bold Double Stout. Lots of everything going on, could use a bit more hop bitterness though.

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

2006 vintage poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is black and has no head. There are a few tiny brown bubbles that form on the edge of the glass. There is minimal lacing on the glass. Looks like a flat stout. When you swirl the beer you get legs where the alcohol separates from the beer. Wow...

Aroma is like liquor, I suppose. Really strong. There is some sweetness. Can really smell the alcohol.

Beer is thick and has a great strong liquor presence to it. There is a strong roast character that comes up after the initial sweetness and alcohol of the bourbon. There is decent connectivity between the two flavors. The roast is not an aftertaste but a really late back flavor, there is no aftertaste. Second taste, the carbonation plays on the tongue a little, if there were more it may be better. Overall drinkability is good and so is mouthfeel. I want to try the 2009 for comparison.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 2,831 ratings.