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Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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7,762 Ratings
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Ratings: 7,762
Reviews: 2,331
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,732
Gots: 3,313 | FT: 364
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
60 IBU

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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PhxHorn for this one!

Pours black with a thin swirl that lasts. Not much "lacing", but "legs" stick.

The smell is of chocolate, some licorice and vanilla/bourbon.

The taste is of chocolate, licorice, with a vanilla sweetness from the bourbon. A pleasant bourbon character is there - strong enough to enjoy while not overpowering the delicious imp. stout character. It finishes with a woody dryness.

The feel is silky smooth. Full-bodied without being thick or too syrupy.

I would love to give "drinkability" a higher score, but the alcohol does show (though reasonably incorporated for the abv) on this potent sipper. This is a 2008 vintage - enjoyed very much. Would love to see how this baby turns out after aging (too bad it's not distributed around here). If you have the good fortune of having this in your area, grab some!

Great imp. stout with a nice bourbon character!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 21:39:15 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a pitch black color, with hardly any head created by the gentle pouring of this beer into a tulip glass. The aroma is rich with notes of Bourbon, vanilla, a strong oak character, and woody tannins. The aroma is very appealing with a liquor-like alcohol note to it as well. The taste is quite thick, definitely a dessert, rich malt character that is dominated by the oak contributions; Bourbon, vanillin, and a slight tannic oakiness, and a definite buttery oak note. There are notes of coffee and roast malt here, but the rich buttery oak character dominates the palate. This beer is so rich and full, really a meal in a glass, it took me a while to chew my way through this beer, which was perfect for my last beer of the night.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 18:03:27 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-21-2011 17:43:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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zestar

California

5/5  rDev +9.2%

03-09-2013 08:57:08 | More by zestar
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-28-2013 02:14:35 | More by XmnwildX12
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm unimpressed with this beer's look: Even with a violent pour, there is nearly no head. And what's there, dies to a single layer of minute bubbles on the edge. Nearly black in color, no light shines through (even on the edges).

Strong alcohol smells of sherry and port. Sweet and rich to the nose, almost as if there's an apertif added to this beer.

It tastes like a port-induced dark beer. It doesn't have the typical stout flavors of coffee and chocolate. Lots of sweet plum (like Japanese plum wine) and no bitterness. The swallow and aftertaste shows off the high alcohol content--very warming to the tongue and stomach. Rich like cream in the body, almost oily. Very low carbonation.

This is an after-dinner sipping beer. I believe it is closer to taste and feel to an overpowered barley wine. It's like no other stout I've ever had. All this said, it's very tasty but not for the faint of heart. Worth seeking out for the unusual flavors present.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 22:46:25 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 20:05:33 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

5/5  rDev +9.2%

10-01-2012 00:06:59 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2012 17:36:03 | More by Gavage
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-17-2013 22:56:16 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

4.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz 2012 vintage brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are through the roof.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a tan floater of nice cream and thickness. Retention is bad, but hey, it's 15%. Body colour is a solid jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Roast, bourbon, oak, dark malts, caramel, and cream. An above average strength aroma.

T: Heavy bourbon and oak, caramel, vanilla, dark malts, coffee/java, and hints of vanilla. Impeccably balanced. Really well executed. Subtle and very complex. The alcohol doesn't come through at all. Really an incredible brew. Built near perfectly. Rich and delightful.

Mf: Perfect thickness and coarseness. Smooth and wet, aiding the flavours. Great palate presence.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the ABV. I'd definitely have this again. Would be good with some age on it. I'd buy this by the case. Lives up to the hype.

A

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2013 vintage on 03.14.14:

The coffee notes I remember are absent, and this vintage comes across much less complex than I remember. I love the bourbon.

B+

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2013 vintage on 04.18.14:

A: Pours a predictable head of average retention. Body colour is a perfect opaque jet black.

Sm: Lovely bourbon notes with just enough char. Burnt dark malts. Chocolate. Sweetness. Nice oak and vanilla presence. A pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength. Quite appealing.

T/Mf: The barrel is very well integrated into the base beer. The bourbon notes are powerful and evocative, and it has just enough of a faint fusel burn. Dark malts and chocolate malts lend it a dark sticky sweet base. Molasses.

Complex and intricate. Very well balanced. An incredibly deep and tasty beer. High flavour duration and intensity.

Perfect carbonation. Smooth, silky, creamy, and wet. Unrefreshing.

Dr: She's a sipper, alright. Definitely worth buying. A treat of a bourbon barrel aged beer. This one has earned its reputation. I'll continue to revisit this beer in future years; it's worth it.

High B+

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2013 vintage.

HEAD: Gorgeous rich tan colour with a shiny complexion. Half a finger in width initially, but it recedes completely within 30 seconds. I’ve seen better retention.

BODY: Opaque solid dark black in colour.

Appears aptly carbonated. Overall, it isn’t unique or special by today's standards.

AROMA: Bourbon through and through. Subtle hints of vanilla and oak abound. Not the toasty oak I love. Not very wood-y, which I personally like.

The bourbon notes are definitely dominant, but they don’t overwhelm the base beer. There’s ample malty sweetness – probably from dark malts and chocolate malts – but what I’m really missing is a roasted barley presence, which would really bring this together nicely. Don’t look for hops or yeast here – it’s all about the malts. As it warms, it comes into focus more: molasses, caramel, and kisses of faint burnt sugars and barrel char. Additionally, I’m finding coconut – which is a difficult note to pull off (even Avery Brewing can’t seem to manage it).

This aroma suggests a sticky sweet brew with a definitive bourbon barrel presence. The highlight for me is definitely the coconut presence, which is what I think sets this beer apart.

It’s a pleasant, inviting, rich aroma of moderate strength, and never seems boozy or overbearing. If I had it blind I’d probably guess it was 11% ABV.

Mf: Sticky and slightly syrupy. Full-bodied. Thick. Not too filling. Smooth. Wet. Even with the subtle char and burnt notes, the texture never feels harsh. Near perfect carbonation. Plenty of heft and weight on the palate. Soft. Palate presence is good.

Unrefreshing.

More of a roasted barley presence would lend it needed dryness/coarseness.

T: Simpler and more shallow than the 2009 and 2012 vintages

Roasted barley is sorely absent.

The coconut is a highlight, blending well with the dark/chocolate malt core. Molasses and faint char set off the barrel.

Not a very wood-y brew, which I like. It does have a bourbon-soaked oak presence, but I prefer a more toasted oak character. The bourbon is lovely, evoking genuine vanilla but no whisky spice. ABV isn't noticeable.

It’s a well-balanced beer but isn’t as masterfully and carefully constructed as I remember. Build is cohesive, but not gestalt; I could change/add individual notes and it wouldn’t disrupt the flavour profile. Not as deep as it could be.

Remarkable subtlety and complexity. Coconut lends it nuance. I’ve had far more intricate imperial stouts, but this is hard not to like.

O: The best Goose Island beer I’ve had. This is the definitive bourbon barrel aged stout, but I can’t help but think that other breweries have taken what Goose Island pioneered and used it in more effective ways.

B+

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 02:20:10 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11/19/08- Purcahsed at Total Wine in Lincoln, CA.
$18.99 4-pack price tag.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, 2008 annual release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- About the thickest pour I have seen from a beer. Pitch black in color. About a 1/2 inch head on first pour...quickly evaporates soon after. Leaves behind some spotty watery lace markings.

Smell- Huge nose of bittersweet chocolate, mild fresh coffee, lots of bourbon, a bit of woody barrel notes and even some dark fruits...all paired nicely with super roasted malt which almost has a light salty nose to it.

Taste- Again, lots of stuff going on. It's mostly nice sweet highly roasted chocolate malt with a shot of bourbon on the side. Almost...key word is "almost" too much bourbon. Really pushes the limit, but just barely doesn't cross the line. Light coffee notes and some dates and figs mingling about. Hops are here, and mildly bitter. Intense.

Mouthfeel- Very thick, very viscous. Not quite the motor oil everone talks about...but still probably the thickest beer I have tried. Considerably creamy and smmoth with a lower end carbonation. Aftertaste of candied bourbon-chocolate and a very light bitter hops bite. Definite full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Still haven't found my perfect 5 beer. I've seen about a handful of really strong stouts that have looked a bit better. But this is about as close as it gets. I'm glad I have a few 4-packs...I may even try to grab another couple....definitely worth $5 a bottle. A must try if seen...or be regretful the rest of your life.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 15:42:56 | More by GClarkage
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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-17-2011 23:54:51 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 07:11:45 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-01-2013 08:23:39 | More by MarkyMOD
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 01:38:56 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 19:44:08 | More by yourefragile
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 23:40:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 06:05:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 22:18:28 | More by tempest
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was surprised to see this on tap at a local dive-bar in downtown Baltimore... only $6 and they gave you at least a 12 oz. pour at least (this is compared to a pint of Yuengling going for $5)... quite a steal. Maybe not the best beer to start the night... this one is a doozy and one of the stronger beers I've tried. Yes I know it's 14.5% ABV, but DFH's offerings of this alcohol seem to go down a lot smoother. Anyways... a thick beer reeking of bourbon taste, with a strong alcohol bite. Packs a punch and had some good taste, but just too boozy for my own opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2012 22:37:51 | More by oriolesfan4
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 00:13:07 | More by Billolick
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with mmcave.

A: The ale pours a nice thick blackness. As I examine it closer, it looks more dark brown. On pour, there is little carbonation and the stout settles to a mere off-white ring around the edge of the glass.

S: The aroma is a well-balanced combination of roasted chocolate and sweet bourbon. When well-mixed, the bourbon aroma is absolutely intoxicating (see my review of bottled Curieux).

T: This stout accepts the responsibility that comes with the name bourbon! The first sensations to register on the tongue are sickly sweet bourbon notes, some vanilla, brown sugar and butter flavors all shine. The stout is fully enveloped by the bourbon character, allowing those flavors to run the gamut from start to finish. I struggle to find any roasted, chocolatey malt body, but the fantastic bourbon character steals the limelight.

M: The bourbon character is well done here, imparting some nice flavors that I think could overpower something less powerful than a double stout.

D: The 11% abv is a whopper, but the buttery sweet bourbon flavors are wonderful. This is an excellent night cap.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 03:16:55 | More by akorsak
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap on three separate occasions this year, the last of which being this one at the brewhouse restaurant.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head leaving very tiny trails of lace down the top part of the glass.

S - Smells of melted milk chocolate, dark roast, fresh vanilla beans, sweet molasses and plenty of warm bourbon booze. This is simply intoxicating.

T - Starts off with a big dose of milk chocolate sweetness slowly giving way to hints of warm vanilla, dark fruit, molasses and dark roast. The bourbon heat is ever present, never really fading away. Finish is sweet with a bit of warm booze, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with lots of residual sweetness and mild booze burn. The alcohol only grows as it sits in the glass.

O - Definitely one of the better stouts out there and well deserving of the attention it garners. Worth seeking out if you have the chance. I will get my fill while I can and I hope to see this more often in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2013 06:38:37 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a label of "2009" but the back of the label reads that it was bottled on 1/14/10.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears black in color. Around the edges there is barely any light shining through but what does break though displays a bit of brown clarity. A thin film of dark tan head appears and rapidly dissolves with audible fizzing. Very faint spotty lace clings to the glass with swirls that release carbonation but still fail to formulate a head.

The aroma of this brew is a pleasant blend of bourbon and vanilla. There are some woodsy suggestions of the oak aging process throughout the profile. The dark scent of the grain comes across with burnt notes lightly suggesting chocolate and coffee but these are quite subtle compared to the bold presence of bourbon and vanilla.

The taste of this brew is bold with a forceful kick of bourbon heat right upfront. The taste of the alcohol is somewhat solvent with a tangy bite partially influenced by some hops. The dark grain leaves a persistent bitterness like strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate that lingers in the mouth. The barrel aging influence is evident with some dry woodsy flavors that blend with the burnt grain aspect and turn to a more mellow vanilla smoothness that suggests dark caramel or toffee.

This is a full bodied brew that at times seems lighter just because of the sheer evaporative quality that this brew has inside your mouth. It is acceptably light in carbonation and is a mighty fine sipper on a cold night. This brew is a savage beast and I really like it. At 1 year old, it hasn't even touched a fraction of it's aging capacity and tastes strikingly similar to a 3 year old bottle I recently had. I know the label states that this brew can develop in the bottle for up to 5 years but lets be honest, that is a starting point for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 02:33:04 | More by stakem
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 7,762 ratings.