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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
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2,771 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,771
Hads: 11,359
Avg: 4.5
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 2,639
Gots: 6,745 | FT: 685
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-26-2003

60 IBU
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Reviews: 2,771 | Hads: 11,359
Photo of 05Harley
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/02/09 #1526
450-475 calories/12oz bottle

Purchased through West Lakeview Liqours, Chicago

Price - $22.49/4-pack

A twist off cap so need for the bottle opener.

Appearance: Pitch black with a brown head which quickly disappears to a thin ring. Quite viscous while swirling the glass, even lubricant like.

Smell: Huge sweet bourbon nose with chocolate and a hint of smoke in the backround. Half of the pleasure of enjoying this beer is sniffing the aroma. WOW

Taste: Chewy, thick and rich. Not much deviation from the nose. Strong bourbon taste with warming alcohol ringing out 13%. Chocolate reveals itself along with burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Sensational with a full bodied feel.

Drinkability: Finishes dry with little carbonation. A definate sipper.

A rich and flavorful beer experience. I really like this as a sipper. Another reason to appreciate this beer is that it's year round! "Goose Island keep it coming".

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Photo of danielharper
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My 400th beer review here. Can I get to 500 before 2011?

A: Pours thick black body with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells strongly astringent, lots of alcohol with a sweet malty character underneath. Significant roasted malts with just a touch of dry hops. Hints of chocolate and subtle but strong notes of coffee.

T: Flavor is rich and complex, lots of dark roastiness and a significant presence of chocolate-covered cherries. Some alcohol astringency that burns on the way down the gullet. Finishes sweet with coffee and chocolate, leaves an astringent aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, leaving a significant oiliness on the tongue.

D: Overall drinkability is amazing considering the high ABV. At eleven dollars a bottle I wouldn't buy this often, but I'd buy it -- this is one of the few beers I could see actually being worth that kind of cost.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this is alcohol. Poured at 55 degrees into a wine glass. The smell of alcohol is apparent and distinct. The flavor is very complex --- tobacco, prunes, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate --- and alcohol. There is no hiding the 13% ABV. Don't get me wrong --- this is good stuff and the alcohol is not unpleasant --- it's welcoming and warm.

At the temperature I drank this wonderful brew, the mouthfeel is smooth and easily drinkable from that standpoint. This is a dessert beer and I'm not sure I'd want it any other way. It's very sweet and high in alcohol. It is what it is.

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Photo of Aenema
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12/13 2009 Bottle Reviewed
(Had draft about a week later; the bourbon flavor was stronger and the alcohol more pronounced).

Appearance - Pours pitch black, one-finger deep tan head. No lacing.
Smell - Lots of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol.
Taste - Layers of bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, caramel, brown sugar, smoke. Very complex with a myriad of flavors in every drop.
Mouthfeel - Thick, full-bodied. Fine bubbles, quick rate.
Drinkability - Very rich and filling. A slow sipper, but quite enjoyable. I believe this is the richest beer I've had; tremendously delicious, but one at a time is plenty.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with a light brown head

S: A malty smell with bourbon tones and a noticable chocolate smell. Seems to have a bit of a raison or dark fruit smell as well.

T: Starts with the dark fruity bourbon taste expected from the smell. Then turns slighty oaky and finally ends with a roasted chocolately taste.

M: It's heavy and full bodied. There's a light carbonation and lots of Alcohol heat.

D: This beer is the definition of a sipper.

Overall, it's the perfect beer to sip in small quantities. Amazing flavors come from what seemed like it might just be a common good beer and turned out to be much more.

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Photo of srroos
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Bottled 10/21/08, 13% ABV) into a small scotch tulip glass. Pours with a small brown head over a dark, opaque black body. Aroma is light but chocolaty. Taste is big on dark chocolate and coffee with a bitter, smoky finish. I imagine a cup of coffee with a bar of chocolate melted into it plus a shot of bourbon. There are certainly flavors of brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. Drinkability is impressive for 13% ABV.

An amazing beer all around. I think I'd need hours to taste every flavor in this super complex beer. I can't wait to compare the 2007, 2008, and 2009 vintages!

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Photo of SamN
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 22 oz bomber purchased from Wilbur's. Poured into a oversized wine glass for maximum beer goodness.

A- A black hole in my glass! BLacker than black, darker than dark, nuller than null...this beer sucks all light and spits it into another dimension where all beers are clear and tasteless. Limited head; you can coax one out with an aggressive pour, but it don't stick around for too long.

S- I can't even distinguish specific smells; a sweet roasted alcohol scent with rich notes of chocolate and coffee. Such an intense, brutal smell, this just kicks the shit out of my olfactory system. Just a tad too much alcohol, I can actually taste it in the back of my throat. Even the tiniest swirl lets the beastly smell out of the cage. Slight rose smell at the very end. Just fantastic.

T- Oh.

My.

God.

This is THE most complex beer I have ever had the honor of sipping. A thousand tastes, ranging from caramel and brown sugar to fine Cuban cigars and boiled Johnny Walker Black Label (I wonder what kind of bourbon this was aged with...). This beer manages to successfully unite the entire range of beer flavors. They weren't lying when they said "this beer has more flavor than your average case of beer"! Hops and overpowering malt combine seamlessly in here, and by that I mean you can't even taste a single hop molecule, which is what I like. Big whiskey notes at the end and a lingering bittersweetness that is just so mouthwatering. I don't need a reason to take yet another drink, but if I needed one, that would be it. The aftertaste alone is the best I have experienced.

But it isn't perfect; the taste seem just a tad undeveloped. While all the flavors are there, they lack the richness I was looking forward to. Aging I know would improve that, so I am promising another review of a correctly aged bottle.

M- Thick like wool, smooth like the finest Chinese silk. Tiny carbonation, thick and smooth body that is an absolute joy.

D- Overpowering flavor and strength are no match for the expert craft and dedication to the craft; remarkable drinkability for such an Leviathan of a beer; this world class brew dregs itself up from the blackest depths to destroy all weaker beers in it's path.

One of my favorite beers ever created.

Nearly flawless.

All hail Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout; the end all be all of American Imperial Stouts.

Thank you, GI! Thank you thank you thank you!

PS. My boxer loved it, too. I've never seen her lap up beer this fast. She's got great taste. Must've gotten it from her daddy.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 12 oz bottle two ways. Poured into stemless wine glasses. Bottled 10/08/2008. Reviewed 11/27/2009.

Ar: Sweet whiskey, oak, boun, roast, coffee, alcohol, rich caramel and toast, earthy, full malt profile with whiskey up front, sweet plum-like fruit, sweet heavy cherries, *spice, *vanilla, *tobacco hints.

Ap: The thinnest hints of tan head, black, viscous.

T: Sweet fruit and caramel, bourbon, chocolate, roast, beautiful and delicious, fantastic malt complexity, brown sugar, very sweet but not cloying or obtrusive, a great dessert beer, caramelized nuts, plum and other sweet heavy fruit, toasty, bourbon and oak are well balanced, sweet cherries (somewhat reminiscent of the Alaskan baltic porter), alcohol is apparent but not unpleasant, minimal burnt character.

M: Syrupy thick, low carbonation, appropriate alcohol warmth

O: best stout i've had, everything works well together, nice balance, whiskey is more mild in the taste than the aroma, clean alc for 13%, great fruit, *rich layered flavor

*=ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of natelocc787
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. Thank you Beerchitect.

Black body with dark brown highlights and a dark caramel head with a few craters built into the cap. The cascading effect when the glass is tilted is lovely, the bubbles take forever to rise back to the surface as they fight gravitational force.

Exceptionally aromatic, this is the heaviest, darkest, fudgiest nose I've smelt. Big time dark malts, thick and gooey fudge, bourbon casks, maple and espresso.

The taste is a thing of beauty. Tastes like an unoxidized Triple Bock that is carbonated and has luxurious mouthfeel. Even more complex though. Dark maple and brown sugars, espresso and fudge malts, gooey dark chocolate, earthy, woody notes add complexity and a pronounced bourbon character in the finish. This beer was made to be aged in Bourbon barrels.

The mouthfeel is heavenly, thick and bodacious. Big and chewy, as heavy as it gets, full bodied and silky, creamy and smooth.

This beer is a sipper, but you will raise the glass frequently. As exquisite and complex of a beer as I've experienced. This beer now enjoys a spot in my Top 5. I can only imagine what some age would do.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 300th review.

Vintage bottle from 2008

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

The color is a complete black with a slight brownish head that disappears quickly.

The smell is of alcohol from the moment the cap comes off. Some maple flavor and a bit of dark chocolate in the nose.

The taste is pretty strong with some nice maple flavor. Some chocolate and toffee flavor mixed in there as well. It really takes a moment to really enjoy all of the flavors in this beer.

The feel of this beer is pretty darn heavy but it does have a bit of a smoothness that was enjoyable. It does leave a warm feeling on the way down and has a bit of a kick. Fantastic.

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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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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 2,771 ratings.