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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

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6,957 Ratings
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Ratings: 6957
Reviews: 2282
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 9.63%


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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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of these at Gomer's while I was in Kansas City at the end of June. Split one with my dad tonight. Pours a deep brown/black color. No head or lacing, but swirling the beer leaves a slight black lace along the side of the glass. Smell is primarily bourbon, some dried fruit and alcohol. Tastes.... simply put... magical. Dried fruit, bourbon, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. ABV is very well-hidden. The ABV makes this brew tough to drink more than one.

Overall, I am very impressed with this brew and can't wait to see how it ages.

To quote Beerfest: "I wish it were Winter and we could make it into ice blocks and skate on it! Then melt it in the spring time and drink it!"

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 01:08:24 | More by jdubjacket
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beachbum1975

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I waited in line for the 3:30 PM release of this at the Dayton Ale Fest yesterday. Holy shit, am I glad I waited. The pourer had a case of this from the July, 2006 batch. This was definitely the highlight of the day for me.

A: Poured pitch black with a thick, dark tan head that receded fairly slowly to a ring. There was some feeble attempts of bubbles running up the side of my glass.

S: Rich pounding of vanilla, coconut, molasses and heavily roasted coffee. Delicious...

T: Heavy flavors of bourbon whiskey mixed with deep, rich wood, vanilla and dark chocolate. The whiskey mingled PERFECTLY with this core flavors of this beer - it was definitely present, but not overwhelming. This reminded me of Oak Aged Imperial Dark Lord from DLD 2008, well it's little brother, at least. Masterfully blended and aged to perfection. I could drink this all night.

M: Full-bodied and velvety on the tongue and roof of my mouth, with a looong finish - Sublime. I highly recommend this one. This beer has joined the ranks of being in my 5 all-time favorite Imperial stouts. Absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 16:48:18 | More by beachbum1975
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

originally had this review in the regular BCS page. oops.

A- big and black. hardly anything as far as a head goes, but with 13% abv what do you expect?

S- big chocolate is the first thing i smell. some dark fruits in there also. figs comes to mind as the most noticeable. lastly, i can smell the booze a bit. its a 2007 bottle, the bourbon isnt as strong as i would have thought.

T- the bourbon flavor is there, as is the chocolate. very strong warming from the alcohol.

M- one of the smoothest beers i have ever tried. its flows so easily down my throat. well carbonated to boot.

D- alcohol isnt as well hidden as i would have liked, but its 13% thats the biggest drawback to drinkability. almost too strong for its own good. the bottle i had was from 2007, ill try this one again in a couple of months when the 2008s come out.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 03:43:37 | More by jwinship83
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle was labeled with the year 2007 on the label. Bottle said either bottled in 12/2007 or 10/2007 a little tough to read.

This was a treat to have and I certainly took my time enjoying the bottle. Almost 1 hour and 45 minutes. Really nice experience.

Pours almost jet black and looks like a motor oil. There was very little head that formed even when I tried to coax one with an aggressive pour. Also no lacing to speak of. I assume this is due to the high alcohol content.

Aroma was very inviting and really did remind me of my favorite bourbons. Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. Some coffee or chocolate tones, but it really struck me as vanilla. You could also certainly sense the higher alcohol %. Smelled wonderful.

Flavor totally followed the lead of the aroma. Vanilla rich dark flavor and definitely bourbon like. It's no mystery why I love this beer. In the winter I love having a nice glass of bourbon and always relish the vanilla & Wood aged tones. This has all the same qualities.
Just awesome.
Rich deep oak flavor to match the vanilla. Again, you can get some coffee or chocolate tones or even dark fruit.

Huge Creamy mouth feel that says sip and savor me. I was with someone who is not used to drinking beers like this and I had to remind him several times not to drink it like an "ordinary" beer.

Drinkability? What is drinkability? Can you drink this quickly? NO Can you have 3 of these beers? NO. Do you mind spending over an hour and a half sipping this beer? NO, I didn't.

One and done to finish the evening.

This is an instant classic for me.

I already have my sources lined up for the 2008 release. I can't wait. I will have more on my next trip to Chicago.
(Enjoyed this one at Hopleaf)

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 22:14:36 | More by Reagan1984
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daythree16

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to phil7568 for his generosity!

12 oz. bottle that says "Bourbon County Brand Stout" on the front label. It also has the year 2007 printed on the neck label. Bottled on 10/12/07.

Pours very thick and jet black in color with very little head into a snifter.

Aroma is very rich. Smells like chocolate covered cherries, with some bourbon adding a warm alcohol presence to the nose. There are a ton of flavors to sort out. Dark chocolate bitterness up front with some vanilla and caramel sweetness in the middle. The finish has a slight alcohol warmth but nowhere near as much of a bourbon presence as the aroma. There is also a pleasant touch of buttery diacetyl. The aftertaste seems like I've just had a bite of chocolate molten cake. Wow.

Smooth as silk. Great as an after dinner treat. Drikability is the only downfall, as it's VERY rich (not to mention the 13% ABV). I definitely wouldn't have more than one. That said, this is one awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 19:48:11 | More by daythree16
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JasonA

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received via recent trade. Bottle reads '10/12/07 101'. I think thats a 10, tough to make out.

Pours an oil slick black, no light present. Carbonation, but no head, no real lacing. Lets hope this beer recovers.

Jim Beam. LOL, but serious wood, bourbon smell instantly. Very sweet rum (bourbon) soaked raisins/dates. Smells a delciously warming 13%, Im excited. The bourbon skell simply over powers the dark (not very roasted) malt, though ot in a bad way.

BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!

WOW!!

Bourbon, coffee, chocolate, rum sacked raisins, malt, and more malt. Wow, such a deep, full and staying flavor. My mouth is sweating at drinking this, its awesome. Even some drying stout biscuit at the end.

Flavor sits and sits and sits. Reminds me of drinking a single malt scotch. Take a sip, enjoy the bite, and run with the flavor for a couple minutes. I wanted to give a 5, but carbonation level could be improved.

I wisht these came in 22oz. I have 3 more downstairs, but Im going to sit on those a while, I think time will do this brew good. That said, the price is pretty high for 12oz. Though I think I would take this over a dfh www stout.

god i want more

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 00:12:09 | More by JasonA
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a pitch black, brown around the edges, with a minimal amount of head.

The aroma will blow your mind. Oak, bourbon, dark fruits, roasted grains, alcohol, cane sugar... one of the best aromas, period. you must get a whiff of this.

taste is much like the nose. the sweetness is intense, the alcohol is intense, as is the oak and all of the rich flavors.. smoked wood, chocolate, dark fruits... finish is much the same, some roasted grain and the oak is so rich.

Thick, velvety, smooth, rich. The finish is warming and slightly dry. mmm.

I could have this frequently, especially with cigars and as a hangout beer. I wish it was more available. Sooo delicious. if you haven't had this, try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 04:30:21 | More by khiasmus
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semihobo

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served fresh on tap in a snifter ($10) at the Clybourn brewpub.

Near black color with a ring of mocha head with fine texture. Good lacing with each sip.

Smells of bourbon, almost as if it was a blend of bourbon and something to cut it. A bit of oak. Milky sweet malts. Coconuts.

Tastes of creamy bourbon with almond paste. Sweet but not cloying. Minty hops. Tarry. Alcohol is pretty well masked for the ABV (note: bulletin board says 11% alcohol by volume, the website says 11%, the menu said 13.5% alcohol by volume, but I didn't ask which was the correct ABV).

Light carbonation, tickly. Sticky finish, medium body. Pretty easy going for the style.

Would drink this again, falters as it warms but definitely very approachable, so bourbon-y and delicious... and I don't even like bourbon that much. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 23:13:52 | More by semihobo
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JamesS

Indiana

2.1/5  rDev -54%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a very deep black color, although with very little head and almost no lacing. I was very disappointed with this beer, as I expected a stout with some bourbon lacing, not a pint of bourbon with some stout lacing. The scent and taste are nearly all bourbon flavors, so strong that no stout attributes come through. This also causes the whole thing to be very rough. It's not at all balanced. Not a good beer, which is a shame after the other wonderful 'big' beers I've had of Goose Island's.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:42:58 | More by JamesS
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*UPDATE 03/20/09*

Well, this beer is still pretty damn amazing. I'm gonna kick the appearance score up half a point - for a 13.0% abv brew, the lacing, retention, and stick really aren't THAT bad. Everything else is still flawless or near-flawless: smooth, woody bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup, toffee, molasses, chocolate, all in the nose and mouth in differing amounts, but all pungent and authentic, and wrapped up in a smooth, creamy, soft package. It's a huge beer, but it's an amazing one. Cellar this. Do it.

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2006 bottle from Elric73 in a trade - thanks! Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Flops out of the bottle like dark, black motor oil. Very slowly a fizzy, chocolate-colored head rises to the surface of this beer and then fades within seconds, leaving a dense, deep, dark, black, immobile mass of fluid.

Aroma: Surprisingly mild, even as it warmed. The most prominent aromas are concentrated, dried, sticky dark fruits and a hearty, woody oak note. There's definitely some woody vanilla and a good helping of bourbon, but it's really not nearly as strong here as it is in the ...

Taste: So many adjectives for this one. Roasted chocolate - light and sweet - melds with the oaky vanilla. Sweet, milky, creamy malt notes meld with the oaky woody notes to lend a hint of maple syrup and molasses. Smooth bourbon is very prominent but not harsh, and it melds very well with the other flavors, in my opinion. Plenty of spicy, grassy, earthy notes, figs and raisins, plenty of warm, sweet, smooth alcohol. Almost a 5.0 in my book ... aw what the hell. It was really tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, with little carbonation. Very full-bodied and even, with fine-to-medium sized bubbles. Creamy.

Drinkability: Crazy alcohol, but it's very well-balanced, blended, and mixed in my opinion. I really liked this one, especially as it warmed. If you like bourbon (and I do), this is a beer to try. Otherwise, you might find it a little over the top, especially in the taste department.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 22:40:16 | More by CrellMoset
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lifebeer

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this is a 2007 bottle from New Beer Distributors:

a. pours pitch black with little to no head.
s. coffee, figs, a sweet melon-like aroma
t. sweet, sweet dark chocolate, milk chocolate finishes with a warm whiskey liqueur, all on a very subtle background of dark roasted malts
m. medium, could have more body if the carbonation wasn't so low
d. definitely a sipper, recommended as a dessert

this is extremely sweet and low in the carbonation. im a little worried about the freshness of this particular bottle (its been sitting in a non-conditioned warehouse, probably for a year. one will be enough, thank you! oh, wait. i bought two...

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 02:05:27 | More by lifebeer
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 1/4 finger brown head faded to a wisp, jet black body.

S- Tons of maltly sweetness with dried fruits. Bourbon is dectectable but not overpowering.

T- Light hints of vanilla and chocolate on the take. Big maltly middle with some hops in the backgroung barely bring order to what would otherwise be chaos. Nice warming alchol note in the finish.

M- Damn, it's thick son!

D- One's plenty, but for its strength, good.

Very reminiscent of an overgrown dopplebock. The bourboun plays very well with everything else and doesn't stand out too much. This is one hell of a malt bomb.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 22:54:22 | More by Pauly2X
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Biggness

New York

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark with a ver slight brown head, I was hoping for a littl emore head for such a highly acclaimed beer. The initial smell was of whiskey... very strong alcohol and barrel aging smells.. a little too over powering but after a few sips this smell went away and you could smell the barrel aging and beautiful malts. The taste of this beer is wonderful, the barrel aging is perfect with the flavor you can get the taste of it but it does not overshadow the great stout that this all started with, suprisingly enough @ 13% you can not taste the alcohol at all, very well hidden with the beautiful malt flavors and the barrel aging. The mouthfeel is very thick for this beer one of the thickest beers I have ever tasted, feels wonderful in my mouth. I would love to say I could drink this all night but @ 13% this is something I can only have one or two of BUT it is very drinkable, I would be afraid of these catching up to me too fast @ 13% though. Overall an excellent beer and a must try, even @ 22$ a 4 pack

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 20:45:37 | More by Biggness
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danielocean03

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottled marked "2007" into a pint glass, appearance is opaque, jet black, slightly brown at the edges. Thin head of foam, quickly dissipates to a thick ring of sticky caramel-colored lacing that clings to the glass. Aroma is absolutely incredible, huge sweet bourbon punch right off the bat, heavy and malty, grainy undertones. Taste is also incredible, sweet and warm alcohol sugars up front. Malt backbone is enormous, anise and licorice flavors round out this brew. Finish is slightly bitter and leaves a drying effect. Mouthfeel is thick, moderate carbonation, slight roughing on the tongue, washes down smooth and coats the mouth and throat. Drinkability is outstanding, this beer hides its huge abv % and goes down easy, very enjoyable complexity. Overall an exceptional brew, would highly recommend purchasing, will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 04:08:20 | More by danielocean03
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Trep for the share...

12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Pours a jet black body with a decent patch of dark brown head that retains well, considering the high ABV. The aroma is as intoxicating as the alcohol lurking within this monster of a brew: chocolate chip cookies, whiskey, wooden oak, and a hint of vanilla.

The flavor is nothing short of brilliant. Bitter dark chocolates pair with massive amounts of Bourbon whiskey. The alchol heat is intense, but not at all unpleasant, delivering some spicy wooden twangs along with vanilla and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, luxurous to the palate with a lasting, boozy bite. All I can say about this beer is "Wow". I need to have this again, and soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 21:22:16 | More by wagenvolks
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revkibosh

Washington

4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage

Appearance: Pours very black with short brown head. Oily appearance after the head dissipates.

Smell: Strong notes of bourbon (as expected), coffee, and general toastyness.

Taste: Again, bourbon and coffee with hints of chocolate. A bit hot on the alcohol for my taste, but still very good.

Mouthfeel: slick and oily, lingering flavors, excellent

Drinkability: pretty good, but the alcohol could be a little more subdued. Too big to drink more than a 12oz bottle.

Overall: Excellent beer. Everything you would and should expect for a beer that looks like used motor oil and smells like you drunk uncle...

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 04:52:38 | More by revkibosh
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dave12285

California

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a bottle from a trade. Poured into a wide mouth belgian beer glass.

A: Very dark with a small, dark brown head. Similar to a thin oil.

S: Roasted malt, lots of chocolate, booze, coffee

T: Amazing! A lot sweeter than i would have thought but then again, it is 13%. Roasted malts and chocolate just like the nose.

M: Very silky and mouth coating. Lingering flavor all throughout the mouth.

D: Drinkable enough to get through a 12oz bottle but it would be tough to have much more back-to-back.

Overall, a great beer that we don't get out here. Very happy i got to try this one. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 17:39:20 | More by dave12285
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Beerking721

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing example of a category style. Bourbon County will leave it's mark as an exceptional beer.

A = The liquid is the color of a darkly charred barrel, the foam and lace appear with a dark complexion similar to well used and aged rope.

S = There are so many things going on here! Let's start with the enticing scent of rich and musky bourbon (served straight from the cask) melded with overtones of coffee, chocolate, hazel nut, and light citrus.

T = A fair amount of carbonation tickles tha palate as the thick rush of oily bourbon, coffee, and nutty chocolate explode on the palate. Decently high ABV warms the mouth and throat and the bourbon finish lingers a long time.

M = Solid and warming with bold flavors and aromatics on the finish.

D = A delicious quaff that will have you reaching for a second glass. All "destination" here and meant to be savored slowly as the beer comes closer to room temperature.

Two mugs up from the BeerKing!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 16:11:09 | More by Beerking721
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ommegoose

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/11/07.

Pours out very thick and black, with reddish hues. Generates no head, even with a hard pour. Leaves a ring of fine bubbles around the edge, that stick to the sides of the glass when swirled.

Massive bourbon smell when the bottle opens. Big vanilla and oaky aromas. Chocolate cake soaked in bourbon or dark rum. Molasses. The amount of bourbon character is outstanding.

Wow. Explosive. Basically everything in the nose is on the palate. Like a boozy chocolate cake. Then there's spicy oakiness, and sweet molasses or caramel flavors. Some examination finds dark burnt malt, which is supported by a buried hop profile to add bitterness. Some dark roasted coffee notes show up over time. Juicy plum is a nice treat, as well. Finishes oaky, with some smoke. Some alcohol tingling on the palate and on the way down. Will probably be alleviated with some more aging. This was at around 8 months. Of course, after half a bottle, you won't get more than a pleasant warming out of it.

Very full mouthfeel. Fills the palate with flavor. Carbonation is soft and barely noticeable. Suits the beer quite well. If only more bourbons coated the tongue like this.

Drinkability suffers from the high abv, and the overpowering flavors. It would be a waste to drink more than one in a session. Sharing a bottle is not a bad idea. It's not an everyday beer either. Minor quibbles with an excellent package. Still a wonderful beer experience, and a must-have for beer advocates. I'll definitely revisit the next vintage.

This is my highest scoring beer to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 04:11:43 | More by ommegoose
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Jmamay22

New York

4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer sounds powerful. The label's simple straightforward story readies the reader for its impending impact.

The eyes: This double stout pours out an extreme darkness devoid of all light. A vigorous pour fails to produce any lasting effect of a head. What quickly disappears is colored a dark tan. I don't know if I've ever viewed a beer so close to black. Perhaps Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon shares the title. Aside from the blackness there is little else to discuss without any head and subsequent lacing.

The nose: Upon cracking this bottle open I'm blasted with vanilla and booze. The effect of the bourbon cannot be understated and truly calls to attention immediately. The beer screams "Get the F out of my way!" Beneath the vanilla and bourbon there's a nice charred nearly smoke like quality that creates a unique dimension that adds depth and character.

The tongue: First to note is the near syrupy and thick quality of this big stout. It coats and covers as the flavor lingers long on the palete. Low on carbonation and rightly so. The booze provides a glowing and warm character after swallowing, but it grows enjoyable rather than a sharp stab of burning alcohol. The vanilla continues to play a large role, but it is less dominant than in the nose. The sticky mouthfeel quality enhances the perception of sweetness. The charred wood of the nose is not evident while tasting. There is some chocolate and more specifically cocoa flavors especially towards the end. Plum skins (it feels strange to type this) come through and fit in nicely with the flavor profile.

The mind: I am filled with delusions provided by this single beer. It is truly astonishing, but refrains from being overwhelming or cloying. It is big in all the right places rather than sloppy and out of place. Surely a single bottle will due, but it doesn't go down with any degree of difficulty. A truly exciting experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 00:23:15 | More by Jmamay22
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours an absolutely obsidian black, like the darkest, velvet celestial wormhole. Two fingers of whipped cocoa brown head sink soon to vestigial sprinkles. Oh...and lacing?...lacing?...we don't need no stinking lacing!

In the aroma, malt is dark roasted and charred with deep caramel, dark chocolate, and black molasses. Dates, raisins, vanilla, and smoky oak join a hint of bourbon and a hot shot of alcohol.

Upon sipping, with heavy emphasis on the act of sipping, it's heartily sweet with caramel, dark cherry, molasses, figs, dates, and singed sugar. It then crisps a beat with baker's chocolate, raw cocoa, and espresso. Vanilla, oak, and smoke ground a glaring flash of vaporous alcohol. Residual malt sugar and spirited bourbon join burnt biscuit bottoms in gracing a finish of mild crispness and evaporative alcohol coolness. My god, it's full of flavor!

Full bodied, it flows fully and slowly, like straight 30W, and the light crisp glow seals the deal.

If there's a flavor profile that's fuller, deeper, and more complex, and better blended and crafted, I've yet to find it. Everything a monster stout should be, this one seems to be. Granted, the ABV is outsized, aggressive, and white hot, but if you can bear the buzz the flavor is a rich reward. Light dies here and flavor explodes, and the happiness it brings is a joy to experience and behold.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 19:13:33 | More by Foxman
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gunnerman

Florida

4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a recent tasting, poured into a tasting pint glass. Pours a black with a little ruby ring and a bit of head not much though. Smell is busting out with a nice roasted malt character with strong coffee, dark chocolate and a bit of sweet alcohol grain. Taste is out of this world it starts off slowly with a hint of sweet malted raison with hints of coffee and dark choclate, the finish is german chocolate cake which is amazing to me. This has to be one of the best stouts that I have ever tasted truly unique and the amazing flavors really add alot to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 11:46:13 | More by gunnerman
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2007 vintage, poured into my snifter. I have fond memories of the first time i had this beer - Feb of 2007 at the pub in Wrigleyville, during my newbie days. Onto the beer

A: Pitch black with a thin, dark brown head that recedes fairly quickly to a ring. There's some carbonation running up the side of my glass

S: Intoxicating in it's thickness and intensity of aromas. Bourbon (you don't say!) chocolate, coffee, plums, raisins. My nemesis oxidation seems to have run through my collection of twist-off bottles and this one's no different. However, in the case of this beer, it's pleasant as it adds to the intensity. In ways, this beer right now reminds me of oak aged Dark Lord. Intense! As this one warms up, I'm getting some vanilla and maybe, some oak?

T: Massive bourbon booziness to start things off with a fantastic combination of chocolate, molasses, cocoa, raisins and coffee on the finish. There's a pleasing alcohol heat too. Excellent stuff, way better than the Founders KBS.

M: Heavy, creamy and yet silky smooth on the tongue. Fantastic stuff

D: At 13%, I'm not going to drink more than one tonight but I wish I could

**Edit 16 July 2012**
I'm revisiting this beer after over a year. It's been longer since I've revisited the 2007 vintage (bottled 11 Oct 2007) that I reviewed above.

The nose is incredibly smooth and mellow. Rich, fudge, dark chocolate, mellow bourbon (never thought I'd say that about BCS), moderate alcohol (ditto), a little oak. Very well integrated. Not much oxidation per se, though age is apparent, specifically in its mellowness. Decadent. The palate is similar, with a lot more vanilla up front along with booze and bourbon. Cocoa, dark chocolate, mildly bitter with a moderate tannin character that's washed over by the sweetness. It does, however, linger on in the finish, along with a little booze. Vanilla chocolate fudge. Yum. While full in body, the alcohol does lighten the palate some. Excellent stuff, though I think the 07 is on a gentle downhill trajectory now.

4.5/4.5/4.5

**28 Dec 2013**
My last bottle of the 08 vintage. The booze has really mellowed out on the nose, and amazingly enough, oxidation hasn't taken over, allowing the blend of smoke, chocolate, bourbon and tootsie roll Come out. Dark fruit - dates and raisins- represent oxidation here. The palate is boozy, chocolate , sweet and yummy. Vanilla, dark caramel, dark chocolate, dried dates and a firming oak tannin character are all present. Excellent, 4.5 across the board.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 02:44:31 | More by DefenCorps
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan for $5.25...
When I say pitch-black, I mean that this beer poured a jet-black, engine-oil, ebony hue with a copper, tan, frothy head that left hardly any lacing on the edge of the glass...
Strong aroma of deep, dark, rich, burnt chocolate on the nose with powerful hints of alcohol...
The flavor on this beer was literally above and beyond in terms of depth, character, richness, and flavor... Strong hints of dark chocolate, oak-vanilla, bourbon, brandy, and rum dominate the mouth... Much more rich and fuller than your average Imperial Stout with layers upon layers of velvety depth... Definitely a sipper to be enjoyed over a long period of time...
Very creamy, rich, thick, and strong...
Recommended if you like the style...

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 21:46:09 | More by dsa7783
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From 12-oz bottle bottled on 10/12/07 to my Grimbergen chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours motor oil black thickness with a little bit of head that disappears pretty quickly.

Smell: Smells of bourbon whisky, chocolate, a hint of coffee and I think cherries. There is a lot going on here.

Taste: Real nice and sweet at the beginning, with chocolate tones, caramel and sweet malts. Spicy alcohol and bitterness ends the tasting just right.

Mouthfeel: Buttery-smooth and coats your throat on the way down.

Drinkability: The high alcohol content keeps this from being a beer I could drink many of in one sitting, but would make for an excellent after dinner drink. I wasn't able to confirm the 13% as listed by Wetpaperbag, but the alcohol is definitely up there. Would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 02:39:08 | More by nsmartell
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 6,957 ratings.