Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 2,559
Hads: 10,477
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 5.16%
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Gots: 5,587 | FT: 594
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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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Photo of BARFLYB
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a real nice review of this tap version written out, but the comp times out on me and I lost it. This is the cliff notes version. On Tap at City Tap House.

The look on this stout is black, it is really really black. a small amount of foam while the beer was coming to me, but it left by my first sip, leaving nothing but blackness. Smell is big and always the same, every time I have this beer. Rich dark roasted malt, rich bourbon with wood and some char, smoke. The dried fruit comes out with a lot of warming. The smell of Chicago is what I always say. Wow. this beer is big, and bigger from what I can see from the last time I have had it. Bourbon is the winner, vanilla from the oak, molasses out the ass, dried fruit with warming. Traces of smoke. All in all a big ass stout. The alcohol comes out kind of a bit and is felt. Drinking this ponied up at the bar is not the place for this if in big pours, but 4oz's yes. At the house a bottle I would dig on for two three hours or so. The body is big and full and rich and hot. Take your time with this and enjoy. (1,072 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black in color with a thin dark brown 1/2" head that broke apart quickly.

Smell: loads of roasted tones, dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, and bourbon come through to the nose.

Taste: deep roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, soft coffee tones, and a very mild bourbon flavor. Alcohol is noticeable and warming. Bitterness is nicely balancing but not too impacting on other flavors.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish with some dryness late. Aftertaste is long lasting. There is a bit of a velvety feel on the tongue too.

Overall: this one was very smooth and dangerously easy to drink. Great balanced flavor and as it warms the flavors really come through. Great beer. (729 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 2007 Edition, consumed Feb. 4, 2008, 13% alc.

A: Pours a motor oil black, with a small thin tan head, which surprisingly stays around for a long time, though it looks kind of flat on the first pour.

S: Smells like a shot of whiskey, without all the heavy alcohol, you get the richness of the wood odour and the vanilla.

T: Heavy bourbon on the first sip, probably the most bourbon dominated strong stout I have ever had, much more than Firestone 11 or Angel's Share. Vanilla bean, caramel, molasses there as well. Some coffee and roasted malt flavours too, but they are light compared with the whiskey which dominates the flavour.

M: Endlessly smooth and rich, not cloying at all in its sweetness, one of the most full-bodied beers ever.

D: A fantastic brewing and aging accomplishment, very tasty stuff, but it's definitely a sipper, a beer you should take your time with to fully enjoy.

Edit - Having an '08 on 2/13/10, the flavour is just nuts. Huge whiskey/vanilla, dark roasted malts with an elegant alcoholic, but not boozy mouthfeel. Editing taste from a 4.5 to a 5. What is it with me and early February and BCS? (1,141 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the thickest, richest and tastiest stouts I've ever tried. If you like em "dark and sludgy" this one will do it for you. Pours black, with minor dark tan head. Little lacing. Nose of brandy, chocolate and burnt malts. Bold char broiled flavors abound, whiskey soaked raisins, dark chocolate, a double black expresso tossed in, some vanilla, oak and more chocolate late,sheesh, can you say complexity?!? Very thick, super bad dark flavors. Meta winter sipper. Not for the faint of heart or those not into super bold dark beers. Goose Island continues to impress. The arrival of their beers in the NYC area this fall and winter has been the highlight of the local beer scene, IMHO (693 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I've had so much of but never sat down to do a review of. It's one of the coldest nights of the year so far here and I just had a craving for some bourbon flavors this evening so I thought it was time to finally do one.

2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth glass. It poured pitch black in color with a very modest tan head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass where it left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is full of bourbon barrel flavors. Oak and vanilla really add a smoothness to the beer overall. The bourbon alcohol flavors provide some nice depth and complexity. The stout comes through and adds some sweetness as well as a bit of some roasty flavors. Everything comes together so well in it. Fantastic aroma overall, and not really anything more that I can ask for in the style.

The taste starts out by showing more of the woody, oak and vanilla flavors to it. the sweetness and bitterness of the base beer come through as well. As you get midway through the bourbon really starts to come through and adds some alcohol heat. The finish has a perfect balance of all the flavors coming together. Sweeter vanilla and oak mix with bourbon alcohol, along with some roasty and bitter stout flavors. Perfect example of how barrel aging can enhance flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Pretty much perfect again for the style, the low carbonation really fits the bourbon flavors nicely. The thick and almost silky mouthfeel is pretty much all I can ask for in a big stout as well.

Drinkability is very good overall. I love how all the flavors mix and everything compliments each other nicely. This is the perfect example of a barrel aged beer in my opinion and one I hold all others to as a benchmark. One of the best beers I've had period. Perfect drink for this cold evening. (1,878 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.12/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Ginger Man in NYC. First experience with this beer, never had it in a bottle.

A: Still, pitch black liquid, looks very thick and slippery with trace amounts of a deep brown head.
S: Incredible, overwhelming aroma that immediately greets everyone at the table. Huge bourbon notes obviously with lots of heat. If I try and get past the bourbon there is some oak notes, vanilla and ok maybe all of that is just wishful thinking, this just reeks of booze. Not necessarily a bad thing, I love just smelling this, but a little too one dimensional to be considered "perfect".
T: No surprise, massive bourbon and boozy flavors immediately, barely resembling a "beer". Taking your time with sipping it, the alcohol starts to burn a little more, but more the chocolately, malty backbone comes through. This is a heavy, full bodied beer, with very little carbonation and coats the entire mouth. The finish is amazing and lingers forever with dark chocolate and bourbon flavors and a surprising hop pinch. Overall, a very impressive beer, but I'm a little disappointed in the end. KBS is one of my favorite beers, and while just as big as this seems more balanced and complex, but also more drinkable. For me this beer falls closer to an after dinner speciality than a beer I would frequently return to. (1,315 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Buckeyenation, thanks!
Cool label, gives history of this brew.
Pours a dark brown, turns black when pooled in a glass. No head, a bit of brown foam on the edge.
Smells of vanilla oak, some chocolate and a bit of alcohol.
Taste smacks of a vanilla/chocolate swirl, oak binds them together. I think there is some caramel and raisin in it as well. Alcohol starts to burn, but quickly fades. A bit syrupy, so the drinkability was lowered. A really good Double Stout seeing as I don't like bourbon. (518 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2012 poured on tap into a tulip at P ST NW Whole Foods DC. What a nice surprise! From notes. Had these vintages out of the bottle, but never on tap so excited!

Just a gleaming midnight black body, with just a touch of thin brown collar. Collar really doesn't stick around much, one odd carbonated bubble tiny and small occasionally pops its head up through the glass.

Nose is a big whiff of oak and thick molasses, with a giant whiskey note. Controlled but large. Some thick molasses and licorice without a huge sweetness, and a nice hint of alcohol. Piping coffee. It's all there.

Palate rushes with a great unbelievable silky feel. Vinous thick molasses make a big oak whiskey angle, with dense malt roast, and coating. Finish has that classic licorice angle, with the nice heat it provides and almost liqueur feel, creme de cassis, anisette, Italian dark bitters. Piping coffee warmth, but never burns going down, quite amazing.

Overall the brew on tap just sings and is a lot of fun. (999 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with an off white tan head. A few spots of lace are left behind. This beer has a sticky feel on the glass, some might say it has legs.

Powerful bourbon aroma with charcoal elements usually found in Russian Imperial Stouts. Bourbon, slightly oxidized malt showing off nutty and chocolate hints. A bit of oak but mainly bourbon. Strong but well rounded with roast and sweetness.

Full bodied, thick feel that really sends the bourbon love to the dome.

Overall, this is a bourbon barrel aged stout that hits you over the head with strong bourbon and barrel flavors. I understand why there is such a frenzy over this beer. This worthy of being a regarded beer and a fine specimen of the barrel aged stout style. (743 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hooray! This beer has made itself out to Southern California! Freshly bought with a bottled on date of 10/21/08. On to the beer:

Major bourbon aroma escapes from this bottle as I open it, but lemme pour it into a snifter. There's no head to this super dark, rich bodied beer. Aroma...very complex here. Bourbon, vanilla, nuts, maple, pine, molasses, raw sugarcane. Unless you're a newbie to alcoholic drinks, how can you not like the aroma? I hesitate to taste.


Before I go on, let me warn you it's very boozy. With that in mind, this is downright fun to taste. Big bourbon barrel flavor upfront. It comes oak. Vanilla, raw sugarcane, chocolate covered cherries. The alcohol is charred and very warming down my throat. Needless to say, this beer is thick in the mouth with just a small fiz of carbonation. was good, but some loose ends were green, otherwise the taste would get a perfect 5.0. I'll lay down the rest of my bottles in my 4-pack and compare in the future, but for now, this is a beer worthy of the hype.

(Revisited 3/4/09) - Snap, crackle, and POP! Can beer get more exciting than this? Not as much heat here, but damn, that barrel aging effect really shines. Perfect "5" for the taste. (1,242 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2007, 13% abv.

Easily the smoothest, tastiest ~13% beer I've ever had. Yes, it's a bit thick, but no more so than weaker double or imperial stouts. The aroma is rich with the bourbon which once on the palate, doesn't dominate, but compliments the strong, dark chocolate ad espresso flavors. Throw in a dash of oak and vanilla and you've got a hell of a beer. More please. (380 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to MarcatGSB for sending me a few of these!

Appearance - Pitch black with some transparency at the edges. No head, a slight wisp of lace, otherwise lifeless. Not a pretty looking beer, but it is 13%.

Smell - Bourbon like no other. A lot of booze, tooThe bourbon makes the rest of the beer smell fruity, almost like a quad would smell. It's intriguing, but it really does mask the aroma of the base beer.

Taste - Bourbon up front, with a strong chocolate malt midrange flavor. Really exceptional taste. Not really complex, I suppose, but the stout flavor is there and the bourbon complements it really well. It finishes chocolatey and boozy as hell.

Mouthfeel - Tastes every bit of 13% and possibly more. Tingly in the mouth, so much so that it's tough to tell the carbonation levels. Definitely a sipper, but clearly I'm not looking for a session of this beer. It's definitely hot and I'm wondering how my 07 is tasting about now.

Overall - This is one of those beers where the taste is so good that it outweighs the flaws of the rest of the beer. It's boozy and it looks the lower side of mediocre, but it tastes amazing. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was happy to get a 4 pack of this on a recent trip to Chicago to drink with my wife and ssiter-in-law. This was our end of the evening beer, but it still nearly took our heads off! Huge, big beer-maybe the most intense beer of any kind that I have ever had. It makes the KBS taste like an iced coffee. Pours big, utterly black, and incredibly viscous with little head. Wow. The aromas are incredible! Starts with a big hit of Bourbon folowed immediately by licorice pastilles, then fades a bit to developfurther aromas of coconu, oak, vanilla, a finer Bourbon purity, dark fruit, and a ton of chocolate. After it breathes for a while it becomes even more licoricy. Taste is equally as incredible. Very powerful, but also amazingly integrated. Licorice up front, then vanilla, chocolate,and a long Bourbon finish. Huge and delicious. Mouthfeel is huge and very smooth and creamy. Very much a sipper,but so, so impressive. It's worth the money. (944 characters)

Photo of Kelp
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a much to cold 22 oz '09. The appearance is jet black and inky. The smell is of straight bourbon barrels, with hints of cocoa and vanilla. The taste started off as bourbon, though as it warmed up it started to mellow out and the flavors just sprang forth. I caught chocolate followed, by hints of both vanilla and coffee. The feel is my mouth is creamy followed by a slow elegant burn to finish. I could have had another bottle, except that I would rather age the other one I have. Definitely an exceptional brew. (525 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for sending me an 05 vintage of this as an extra!

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest of lighter colored edges when held to a light source. Completely still with no head at all. This looks like a goblet of oil.

Aroma is dominated by a ton of oaky bourbon with hints of vanilla. Also, I'm picking up a lot of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee bean, burnt toast and bourbon, bourbon, bourbon!

Heavy full chewy viscous mouthfeel with such a smooth creamy body that I can't believe this beer is 11%. The alcohol heat is excellently masked. Lots of wooden earthy oak notes and bourbon flavor with hints of subtle vanilla. Also a good bit of roasted chocolate malt, burnt toast, coffee, oatmeal and Bourbon! So creamy, smooth and well balanced. This beer is incredibly mellow afte the three years of aging. Nice alcohol warmth in the finish with some subtle hops. This beer is absolutely fantastic. I want to get a few more bottles so I can try it fresh and age a few for a decade or so. ISO more bottle! (1,052 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 & TAR for this...
Appears black with a bubbly 2 finger tan head that quickly fades into a small collar. No lacing is left behind that there is little head retention.
Smell is of subdued candied bourbon & American oak & rich caramel vanilla, bitter chocolate, raisins melted into a rich, sugary syrup, and perhaps a rich cherimoya sorbet in there as well. Obviously complex!
Taste is of the same aromas...left in the barrel just the right amount of time.
Mouthfeel is chewy, caramely sweet, smooth, slightly fizzy on the swallow with an alcohol burn. The ABV is evident before it even reaches the mouth. It almost burns the eyes as the glass approaches the nose and mouth.
Drinkability is very candy like and addictive with intense flavors. ABV is there but it is very delicious. One bottle is enough to do the job for the night. Savor every last drop of this! (882 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from brdc, thanks for the opportunity.
2007 bottling enjoyed late 2008

A vigorous pour could barely produce any head in this solid black brew. I can smell the bourbon from the bottle soon after I pop the cap. The aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak, hard to tell if there's a beer under there. The taste is very complex! First you get hit with the bourbon and oak then some roast, then some alcohol, then a bit of hop bitterness finish with a smooth bourbon roast. Its really tasty, but I like bourbon too. Thick body, oily turning to creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Great Bourbon that someone spilled some beer into :) (639 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deliciously devilish black with a really thick and dangerous dark brown filmy head of fine sticky bubbles. Looks extremely heavy and opaque in the glass. Lacing sticks like mud globs to the side of the glass, just emphasising how thick and heavy it is. Some fine cascading bead is evident around the edges when it's swirled. It's as though the head can't keep up with where the body is. Looks thick and just plain gorgeous. An absolutely phenomenal looking beer.

A quite amazing nose, very sweet but dark. Toasted coconut is dominant, with deeper notes of oak barrel, turned earth and vegemite. Such a blissful aroma, so full of dark sweetness, powerful yet beautiful. I'll say it again: phenomenal.

Incredible slick mouthfeel just nudges your palate to accept the delicious and subtle sweetness - more coconut, chocolate, bourbon vanilla and roasted nuts. It's all so dark, but gloriously leavened and sweet, leaving a rich, indulgent, and utterly ecstatic impression on your palate, verging on orgasmic. Mouthfeel is just about as good as you can get from a bottle, so slick and smooth and round. There's not a hint of the alcohol - this is just amazingly smooth, rich, velvety and subtle. Absolutely in-fucking-credible.

Holy shit, I've just drunk the best beer in the world. This is smooth, indulgent, and absolutely amazing. I have never had a beer so rich, so smooth and so consistently delicious. For one brief moment, I have tasted perfection. (1,462 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled due to beerhandy and Blue Max BIF.

This pours as a thick and deeply red and brown colored beer that turns to black once it actually settles in the glass. A small reddish brown head forms and then disappears.

Intense Bourbon barrel aroma. I clearly smell this and it is sitting on a table 3 feet away from my nose. The smell is rich and sweet and very strongly of vanilla and whiskey. Caramel, toffee and chocolate mocha all are very strong in this. Very much a bourbon barrel beer.

Taste is sweet and a little bitter and intense with the flavors of vanilla and caramel in the first sip. Thick and intense, the whiskey and chocolate fight it out here to be the stronger flavor. After a while black licorice makes an appearance in the taste. An incredible ale. I quickly don't care WHAT the individual flavors are in this; I just want LOTS more of this stuff.

Mouthfeel is chocolate Milkshake.

Real hard to be objective about this beer it is just REALLY damn good. If you dislike thick beers and the taste of Bourbon you will absolutely HATE this beer. I myself LOVE this stuff. (1,089 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage cellared at 55 degrees since its release. Consumed on 12/30/2009 in a snifter. The beer appears black with traces of dark brown near the edges of the glass when held to light. The fizzy one finger head is the result of a hard pour. It's dark brown in color and recedes in under a minute, leaving very little lacing. A swirl of the glass yields a light alcohol film on the sides, as well as small legs. Definitely a high ABV beer.

The nose is decadent, with rich dark chocolate cake, brown sugar, molasses, wood, alcohol, and a legion of bourbon. The beer isn't at all balanced, but it's fantastic in its disequilibrium.

The flavor is rich and sweet chocolate, lots of bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, and oak. The alcohol flavor is evident beneath the rich dessert layers, and it also makes its presence known through warming. The finish is dark chocolate and brown sugar with alcohol warming and lots of bourbon that lingers.

The beer has upper low carbonation, and a thick, creamy, silky, velvety, smooth, and sticky mouthfeel. I wish I'd cellared more of these. (1,079 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a dirty white head. Nose was heavy bourbon as was the taste. I did not notice much other than bourbon on this brew. It was good but expected a more robust flavor. The ABV was very well masked. Burbon dominance. A good brew but I actually wanted more vanilla, oak, cocoa and everything else. Maybe I missed somethng. It takes more than bourbon to make a grwat beer these days. (399 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a goblet, the beer is jet black, with hints of chestnut highlights around the edges when held up to light. Sparse, filmy surface coat of tan colored head. Looked oily and thick when poured. Aromas of vanilla, oak, booze, cocoa nibs, and mocha coffee. Very rich, very robust, and very inviting. Flavors are very roasted and bitter on the forward tongue, but with a subsequent vanilla and cream character that provides an amazing balance. Chocolate notes, bittersweet, present mid-tongue, with more of the woody and booze characteristics coming, as well. Building warmth as you drink, as a 14.9% ABV is wont to do. The body is velvety smooth, and supports all the rich and robust character perfectly. Rich, bitter roasted aftertaste, with coffee, vanilla, and booze all lending themselves to a linger. The finish is smooth, but boy does it finish slow, which is exactly how you want this beer to leave your palate. This is a heavy beast, and a sipper to be sought after. Great beer. (1,020 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2012 version, on tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. That being said, just looking at this beer, it has the look of a beer that has seen considerable barrel aging. The nose, of course, is incredible, as I get considerable bourbon (natch), dark chocolate, light coffee and malt balls. The flavor profile is every bit as good, and replicates the nose very closely. The bourbon and dark chocolate seem to dominate, but I have no problem at all with that. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the beer is a bit hot on the finish, but I think that's to be expected in a beer like this.

Completely over the top, with way too much bourbon character I suppose.... in other words, exactly what I'm looking for in an RIS. I would order this beer any time I see it on tap at a beer bar. (833 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage on tap at the Ginger Man in NYC.

Scorched soil and blackened branches, it appears like the ashy aftermath of a forest fire. It's an image appropriately conjured by a beer that spent one-hundred days in charred oak. It is discernibly opaque although its trim is accented with a burnt creme brulee crust. Its gingerbread brown head is gigantic even in an oversize brandy glass. Its lacing is spotty and various sized bubbles mark the surface like craters.

Ahhh the amazing scent of Bourbon County Stout! The confined intimacy of the barrel has married bitter dark cocoa, freshly pulled espresso, warm toasty biscuits, firewood, just lit cigars, dark caramel, and a combination of singed and smoked oak. I'd guess it's a ratio of two parts bourbon and one part heavy roast Imperial Stout. It is a seductive and soothing call to the senses. You will cascade under it. It is simply marvelous.

This sample is very, very fresh and I'm not sure all nuances have had enough time to evolve. Still, this is every bit an orgiastic feast as you'll find in a beer. Notes of creme brulee, vanilla custard, and chocolate truffle satisfy the most urged cravings of the decadent one could have. Along with the cigars and oak chips dipped in chocolate it stands to reason that those hints of dark caramel, roast malts, and bitter espresso will come forth even more with time.

Still young the bourbon is very forward. Bits of tobacco, toasted oak, vanilla bean and exotic eastern spices means this could probably appeal to whiskey fans as much as beer lovers. Not being overlooked, however, the connoisseurs will appreciate the plethora of hops that were used. It's hard to believe so much grassy, hop leaf presence can co-exist with the dark, rich characteristics of the beer and bourbon.

The mouthfeel is especially, incredibly, fabulously thick. It's like licking the inside of a tobacco barrel and then gnawing on the wood; I can still feel the splinters in my gums. The beer itself resounds like a dark, dark, and bitter, bitter unrefined cocoa. It has a burnt coffee bean like astringency. The charred wood is dry with a strong smokey presence. There is a good deal of alcohol warmth (it's young still remember) that heats the soul without burning the tongue.

There must have been claw marks on the inside of those barrels. This stout has absorbed so much of the bourbon character but astoundingly maintained its thick, heavy roast Imperial Stout qualities; it's a marriage not a balancing act. This is a drink designed for contemplation and reflection. It demands respect and drinks with grace and refinement. Given all the choices in the world there are few beers that I would rather savour. (2,704 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a large brandy snifter

A-Jet black color with a cinnamon brown head that quickly fades from a thin film to a line around the glass edge.

S- Roast malts with coffee and just a bit of prune and a faint bit of leather give this beer a bold nose.

T- A big burnt maltyness with some chocolate notes and a big finish of hops and alcoholic warmth. After a few sips I start to pick up a hint of vanilla and a bit of oakiness. The favor is big and bold but has some nice complexity.

M- This has a big body and is sweet and think on the lips and tongue. no carbonation is felt in the mouthfeel and its not really very hot in the mouthfeel.

D- This is a big chewy heavy stout with the alcohol, hops and roastiness to handle the conditioning in bourbon barrels. I nice beer but not one I could sit down and drink a 4 pack. I find myself drink water in between sips, this is beers version of port. (915 characters)

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
99 out of 100 based on 2,559 ratings.