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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

7,702 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 7,702
Reviews: 2,330
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,703
Gots: 3,284 | 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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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown, opaque everywhere but the edges. Small coffee-colored head, quickly fades to periphery of my glass. Bottle art is stark and bold.

S: Holy... shit. Overpowering. Don't stick your nose in the glass, honestly, just waft it over to your noseholes. Intense! oak, chocolate, syrup, vanilla, molasses. Not sure how balanced it is, but the raw power of it is so over the top that I can't help but love it.

T: After that insane aroma, this is actually pretty palatable for an accustomed tongue. Same flavors: oak, nibs of baker's chocolate, some vanilla, smoke, hints of coconut. Overall bitter, but there is some sweetness to counter it. Very intense, crazy high ABV hidden well but does provide some heat on the finish. If you've had your shares of stouts you will probably be in love. Don't get me wrong, this will put half of lager drinkers in their graves.

M: A little syrupy and chewy, but still fluid with perfect carbonation to avoid flatness while maintaining smoothness. Surprisingly not very mouth-drying. Pretty solid.

O: God damn, this is a BREW! Lives up to the reputation, an intense beer, it will destroy unprepared palates. Whether you end up loving or hating it, this is a must-try. World class.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 06:02:04 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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MitchD14

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

12-17-2013 06:01:53 | More by MitchD14
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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

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,702 ratings.