1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ghost Pepper Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

Not Rated.
Ghost Pepper Bourbon County Brand Stout
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

41 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 41
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 24
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Stout aged in 10-16 year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with an infusion of ghost and ancho chile peppers.

(Beer added by: AgentZero on 10-16-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of beast464
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

beast464, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Arbitrator
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Arbitrator, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Azrael
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Azrael, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -11.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of augustg
4.25/5  rDev -6%

augustg, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of jdhasse
4/5  rDev -11.5%

jdhasse, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of pghawkins
5/5  rDev +10.6%

pghawkins, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of mychalg9
3.5/5  rDev -22.6%

mychalg9, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of birdsellam
3.75/5  rDev -17%

birdsellam, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of eyebereej
5/5  rDev +10.6%

eyebereej, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of antoines15
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

antoines15, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of MrFootstones
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

MrFootstones, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of bauermj
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

bauermj, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

KevSal, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +10.6%

imperialking, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample from 750 mL growler at 50/50 Eclipse release party.

Looks like any other BCS variant; oil like dark chocolate brown with a retentive tan head. Balanced aroma of typical BCS with bourbon, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, brown sugar with the bonus of potent, yet smooth chili spice and heat. The peppers play a more prominent role in the flavor than the nose and turn this into something more unique than a minor tweak on BCS. After a sip or two, the hallmark BCS flavors (bourbon, molasses, chocolate, vanilla, etc) give way to a strong pepper spice on the palate and heat in the finish. Full bodied, viscous, low carbonation, etc. Surprisingly, really enjoyed this and found it to be nothing like the novelty I expected it to be.

yourefragile, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of kenm2118
5/5  rDev +10.6%

kenm2118, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of ChrisPro
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

ChrisPro, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Siggy125
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this from a growler at the 50/50 Eclipse release gig. I didnt get the name of the young guy sharing it. Whoever you were, thanks dude!

Very dark blackish brown with red tinges in the glass. Very light carbonation, maybe from the time spent in the growler.

The typical bourbon bite found in most Bourbon County brews was a bit subdued and blended with the tastes of burnt baking chocolates and roasted peppers. Being that ghost peppers are so damn hot, I cringed a little as I swallowed but the flaming sting that I expected was actually quite pleasant. Dont get me wrong, there was plenty of eye watering peppery goodness but balanced very nice with the roasted anchos.

Not usually a big fan of peppered porters or stouts, but I quite enjoyed this one. Wish it was bottled so I could pursue some of it.

Siggy125, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jodan
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

jodan, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried from a Growler at the Eclipse Party, Dec. 8th, 2011.

I thought this beer was fantastic! I was lucky enough to try this at the Eclipse Party recently. It has a very dark chocolate nose, that also comes with a bit of smokiness. When tasting this I was blown away. The peppers take a lot of the cloying sweetness Bourbon County usually has, and then imparts a really nice smokiness. The beer also had a nice dark chocolate and roasted components. The Ghost Pepper also adds a nice spicy component as well. For the mouthfeel, it was thick with some medium-low carbonation. Overall, from what I remember, this beer was almost like having a rich, dark mexican hot chocolate. This Bourbon County was definitely fantastic, this is something I would love to emulate. I also must add that when the beer hits the back of the throat you do get a nice spicy burn sensation.

PaulStoneAnchor, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
5/5  rDev +10.6%

CaptainNomihodai, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of leschkie
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

leschkie, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ipa247
4/5  rDev -11.5%

ipa247, Dec 10, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ghost Pepper Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
97 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.