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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,600 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 7,600
Reviews: 2,326
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,688
Gots: 3,245 | FT: 355
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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Dbrulet

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-17-2013 05:59:23 | More by Dbrulet
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mtraver

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 release, 14.9%. 12 oz bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: It pours deep, dark black, with a very small and short-lived caramel-colored head. Intriguing and, again, ridiculously dark.

Aroma: Nose has notes of toffee/caramelized sugar, sweet bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a little smoke. It's a very complex nose that keeps evolving, not unlike a good whiskey. And as a guy who loves his whiskey that's oh so appealing :)

Taste: The taste is a wonderful balance of the stout's chocolate/coffee malt and the whiskey, and quite sweet. The finish is dominated by bourbon and is a little boozy, but this beer has more than enough substance to stand up to the alcohol and is, incredibly, totally at home at 14.9%. There's also a lingering dryness on the finish that sort of feels like the oak coming through. Absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel: It has a very full, creamy, chewy mouthfeel. It's sticky and syrupy in the best way. The carbonation is subtle, which works well with this beer's huge body -- it's enough to offset what could be an over-the-top creaminess, but any more would be too much.

Overall: This beer is just massive. Immense. Huge. Off-the-charts big. And it's off-the-charts amazing, too. The bourbon barrel doesn't dominate, although it does provide a solid bourbon flavor that works with the stout's malt in a way that enhances each. There's so much there to explore, so definitely take your time with this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 05:25:08 | More by mtraver
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Beer_Nurse_C

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-17-2013 04:33:26 | More by Beer_Nurse_C
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Oscar_The_Rauch

North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tis the season! I snagged a 4-pack of 2013 Bourbon County on Black Friday, which was the only thing I purchased on that terrible day of the year. I've been building a vertical, but I always like to try one within the first month of the release to see what the current vintage is like.

A: Jet black "motor oil" as expected! Very thin head that has a coffee tan color and doesn't hang around for long. But, this beer has been aging in bourbon barrels for some time now.

N: Ohhhh man! FULL of bready roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, brown spice... I guess you could say "bourbon influences" too.

T: The beer delivers on the palate exactly what you were hoping for from the nose... PURE OPULENCE. It is rich and full-bodied with all the flavors listed above coating your tongue and sticking to the roof of your mouth. Smoooth mouthfeel. The finish is long and enjoyable with a bit of that heat present in the back, but not disjointed at all.

O: A pretty balanced beer for how high-gravity it is this year (14.9%). This will definitely age with the best of them. Now, the question is... how patient are you??

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 03:57:32 | More by Oscar_The_Rauch
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-17-2013 03:56:05 | More by amstokesdb9
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brotherloco

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-16-2013 23:35:16 | More by brotherloco
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Shaimless

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2013 21:55:07 | More by Shaimless
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TheDoak

Florida

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-16-2013 21:44:10 | More by TheDoak
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -12.7%

12-16-2013 21:36:00 | More by BigTrubble
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

12-16-2013 20:43:21 | More by LXIXME
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ShreddedThumb

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-16-2013 20:24:56 | More by ShreddedThumb
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ncelauro

New York

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2013 19:30:26 | More by ncelauro
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pkao

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2013 19:07:13 | More by pkao
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Souleman

California

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-16-2013 17:58:46 | More by Souleman
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loganburgh

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2013 16:26:00 | More by loganburgh
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MichaelAllenVT

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2013 15:16:59 | More by MichaelAllenVT
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dotes_on_dipas

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2013 14:52:46 | More by dotes_on_dipas
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RWACKO

New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

12-16-2013 12:40:04 | More by RWACKO
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2013 12:02:25 | More by rjp217
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falc0n2600

California

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

12-16-2013 07:39:27 | More by falc0n2600
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BigDaveLB

California

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-16-2013 06:53:54 | More by BigDaveLB
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aquazr1

California

4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a large snifter from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours jet black with a coffee colored head that dissipates quickly. Little to no residual lacing.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, raisin, molasses, and did I mention bourbon?

T - Chocolate, fig and dark cherries are prominent. Really complex, the more I sip on it the more that comes out.

M - Heavy with little carbonation.

O - A perfect nite cap, something to sip on to end the day. You need to let it warm properly as it will then release more notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:59:17 | More by aquazr1
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hbchrisg

California

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-16-2013 03:45:21 | More by hbchrisg
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JGlitz87

Texas

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-16-2013 02:43:43 | More by JGlitz87
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Deerslayer210

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my, kick me in the pants. This is listed as a bourbon stout. We'll!!! It pours as black as oil, with a Carmel head. Breath in deeeppp. Ahhh!!!! Finally a real smell of bourbon overtakes you, unlike many labeled as the same. Sip and you taste the smooth chocolate stout with a powerful bourbon flavor. After the second sip you know you are drinking something special. You know this is a strong one, but you need so much more. If you love stout and bourbon this is mid blowing. This is a must have.!!! Oh my It's empty, I need more.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:36:59 | More by Deerslayer210
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,600 ratings.