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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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8,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 8,091
Reviews: 2,350
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,839
Gots: 3,447 | FT: 378
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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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Sluggo81, Jan 17, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +1.3%

2013 bottle served at 55 F into a Teku glass. This is my first review on BA. There's probably nothing I can say about BCBS that hasn't been said, but here goes.

BCBS pours jet black and with little head; the viscosity is apparent from the pour. It smells like a BA stout should; sweetness, dark fruit, vanilla, etc. Taste is fantastic. There is some heat, but considering the ABV (this bottle is of the 14.9% variety) the heat cannot be considered a flaw. Tons of bourbon-imparted deliciousness on top of a well-crafted base beer. There is an almost umami characteristic that I really like here. The finish leaves a little bourbon heat and some lingering sweetness. The mouthfeel is thick, oily, and coating.

Many barrel-aged beers tend to lack integration in my opinion, in that the base beer seems at odds with the barrel character. Bourbon County is one of the finest beers of its kind because it doesn't suffer from this problem. I have had many bourbon barrel-aged stouts, and this is the absolute best when price and availability are factored into the equation. A true masterpiece.

mrkdwrds, Jan 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

snansel, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

RandyPuckett, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

zero_signal, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Adan, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

wr3ck00n, Jan 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

jlivings757, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

SirBentham, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

SenorEsteban, Jan 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -23.6%

earlholman, Jan 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Bartos, Jan 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

NIN1988, Jan 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Neilnpk, Jan 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

rdeitch21, Jan 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Beerrenda, Jan 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

DCdevyl78, Jan 15, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +3.9%

2012 and 2013 were poured in a side by side taste test.

A - Black as night with a dense dark mocha head that takes it' time going down. This coated my glass turning it brown.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, dark caramel, loads of sweet barley, cherries, decadent chocolate, strong coffee, very rich aroma. More vanilla and cherry in the 2013. The 2012 had more of a leathery/melded caramel malt aroma.

T - Big bourbon flavor, thick caramel with a hint of char, huge vanilla and amaretto flavor, aggressive whiskey soaked wood, a complex mix of cocoa, coffee, sweet dark fruit, alcohol was more evident in the 2013. The finish flashes all previous flavors with a nice whiskey roundness.

M - The silkiest, smoothest beer I've had to date. Carbonation is medium to low with incredible creaminess. Heavy and viscous body coating the palate with a velvety feel.

Wow! This is one of the best barrel aged stouts, if not the best I've ever had. It's pure bliss. I liked the 2013 better than the 2012 but both were incredible. Highly recommended.

StaveHooks, Jan 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

HeyYoMar, Jan 15, 2014
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4.91/5  rDev +7.2%

Having now tried this beer 4 different times, I can say it's the second most amazing brew I've ever had (only surpassed by Brandy Barrel Aged Hunahpu).

Finally figured I need to do a review. If you love barrel aged stouts, this is the standard by what others should be judged, in my opinion.
Appearance is jet black with little head as poured into my tulip glass.
Smell is perfect. A mix of sweet bourbon and roasted coffee..just amazing.
Taste matches the smell: roasted coffee, cocoa, bourbon..lots of warmth going down with each sip.
Yes, this beer gets lots of hype. For some things in life, the hype matches the reality and this is one of those times.
Take your time with this bottle for over an hour and enjoy the changes as your beer gains warmth. You won't be disappointed.

Addition to review 3/28/14: I had a 2012 bottle last night and thought it was a "notch" lower in taste than 2013. Still great, but a bit different.

Donco, Jan 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Adkins1203, Jan 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

JVB, Jan 15, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

rich42, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Pedrovc, Jan 15, 2014
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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