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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

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9,966 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,966
Reviews: 2,614
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 2,223
Gots: 5,077 | FT: 529
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

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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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque black with no head whatsoever.

S: Roasted malt, molasses.

T: Like drinking liquid marmite - it has an intense yeasty taste with some dark chocolate, burnt sugar - the alcohol presence is fairly noticeable - enjoyable, but a little one-dimensional.

M: Heavy and smooth with almost no carbonation.

I could barely detect the vanilla and bourbon flavours other reviewers have noted - they seemed completely drowned out by the overwhelming taste of malty yeast. I have another bottle which I'll definitely be aging in the hope that in a few years time I might come back to this one and have a better experience .

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4.4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Reviewed from notes, enjoyed on 12/16/2008

Pours opaque black, slight coffee stained head. Little retention and little lacing.

Big bourbon aroma, slight vanilla. Clean smell, able to identify aromas separately. Smells don't get all muddled together.

Heavy bourbon flavors, hot alcohol. Sweet chocolate and vanilla, caramel and a slight smokiness.

Very full bodied and creamy. Low carbonation.

Easy to drink considering the size. Alcohol is rather apparent but does not become overwhelming. Extremely enjoyable.

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4.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Last time I drank this i was crushing it out of the bomber in NYE. I'm gonna appreciate it this time. 09 vintage.

A- comes out of the bottle very dark with with some small transparent areas. Sits black in the snifter with a smaller mocha brown head that. Head quickly goes away and i can already smell it from the table.

S- BIG sweet booze smell. Hints of vanilla and wood along with malt make this smell very nice. Cant wait for it to warm up.

T- Nice big malt profile up front that is followed by tons of complexity. Dark chocolate is noticeable upfront along with spice and dark fruits. Good amount of hops in there as well. Every sip is great and has so many flavors.

M- VERY heavy. Big beer. More stouts should be this thick. Big mouthfeel with light carbonation. better than i remember.

O- Really good. tastes great. I'm gonna pick up another to let sit for a while.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Edition - Pours deep down black , not as thick as motor oil but getting close. Not much carbonation but there is one beautiful 1/16 inch caramel colored head. Heavy lacing. First sniff: Smells like bourbon straight out of the bottle with deep roasted malts aroma overtones. First tastes is thick with a lovely bourbon kick followed by heavy malts, coffee, and chocolate - slight hint of vanilla trying to poke through. This is an awesome treat definitely "World Class".

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage

A- Hard pour. Engine oil with no head.

S- Powerful, boozy bourbon right off the bat. Vanilla, maple, peanut butter.

T- Noticeable bourbon with chocolat, faint smoke, vanilla, a lasting toasty oak/ sweet buttery choclate fade. Pleasant heat in the finish.

M- Robust and viscous with little carbonation.

D- Not all that drinkable but a good cool evening sipper.

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4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ultra dark thick black color body with a very thin chocolate colored head,little to no carbonation,lots of sticky sheeting and lace. Aroma of Vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, oak, tobacco,and brown sugar.Flavor is HUGE dark toasted malt ,chocolate, coffee, licorice, raisin, smoke, vanilla, and molasis, a full body with a thick creamy mouthfeel,slightly boozy ,burbony but in a very good way,long milk chocolate,and alcohol finish. This is the bomb !

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping to have a small catch this afternoon at Union Sq's Whole Foods and i came across a single of this bourbon county sitting right beside a 120min ipa (which i also purchased). I thought to myself "I've heard of this on BA" but honestly didn't really have a clue about what this was.

Which is always the best purchase, if you ask me, when you just go straight, blindly at something without really knowing what to expect.

Once out of the paper bag i saw the "Goose Island" lid and thought to myself "Oh, right" (obviously bluffing, i've never tried anything from GI). popped it and poured it straight, sort of hoping to stirr it up a bit and see some carbonation.

This is like pouring tar, I tel you, or melted black chocolate if it sounds any tastier. Viscous to the bone, and the "head" i was aiming for never came. just a very discrete lace.

But i did manage to bring out a dozen smells. where to start? malty like a straight shot of whisky's malty. maybe trekking towards a liqueurish sense, perhaps a chocolatey bailey's, white russian is it? anyway let's not overexplore this. it's very sweet and full of alcohol. I know, it sounds bad, but somehow it's properly mixed to the point where smelling it's just not enough. It practically asks you to taste it.

And once you're in, you get a straight alcohol attack, on the nostrils and on the back of the tongue. By simpler standards i'd say that's disgusting, but my friends no, the trick is to get past this and taste the dark chocolate, coffeish burnt caramel feel on the very smooth oily layered feel on the tongue. Very discrete bitter finish which i thought was very harmonious because they don't tried to get carried away- it's already thick and booze-ish why would they top it off with excess IBUs?

In my opinion, kudos to these fellas, splendid "rogue diamond" sort of beer. Too many things put together in the right order, sort of like NYC.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10-8-2008 served 8-6-2009 from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black no head after a pretty vigorus pour and a small dark brown ring appears after it settles.

S: Smells of dark fruit, molasses, oak, and very slight vanilla. Up front and in your face...one of the best barrel aged stouts as far as aroma goes. As it warms you can smell the alcohol and a big whiskey smell.

T: Taste mimics the nose, dark over-ripe fruit, deep chocolate malt, molasses, and sweet vanilla. The aftertaste is almost cloying it's so sweet. As it warms it shows it's RIS backbone and the aftertaste isn't as sweet although the molasses is still there.

M: This is without a doubt the thickest beer I've ever had. This feels like motor oil as it coats the mouth and goes down the throat. Carbonation is very light and barely shows itself when you swish it in the mouth. Even with the low carbonation the stuff has the best feel in the mouth than any other Imperial Stout I've ever had.

D: Given the ABV I could probably drink 1 or 2 12oz bottles before switching to something lighter but this stuff is pretty good.

Overall this is great but I was expecting something slightly different. I guess I was expecting more bourbon and vanilla creamy flavors than what was there. I know bourbon, I drink the good stuff all the time but I really couldn't pick it out of the other aromas. The lack of carbonation also kept me from rating it higher on the appearance. This is my favorite Bourbon Aged Stouts so far...even over KBS.

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 9,966 ratings.