Bourbon County Brand Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #11
ABV:
14.7%
Score:
100
Ranked #25
Avg:
4.66 | pDev: 9.01%
Reviews:
3,237
Ratings:
13,257
From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2,879
Gots
  8,017
SCORE
100
World-Class
Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout
Notes: The Original Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout. Our primary focus every year is to make this beer the best that it’s ever been, with the best ingredients, which includes the finest of bourbon whiskey barrels. This year’s Bourbon County Stout is aged in a mix of bourbon barrels from a variety of whiskey distilleries. Barrel-aged for a year to develop the complexity that only time can provide, Bourbon County Stout boasts a unique blend of flavors such as fudge, vanilla and caramel — topped off with a rich, complex mouthfeel.

IBU: 60
HOPS: MILLENNIUM
MALTS: 2 ROW, BLACK MALT, CARAMEL, CHOCOLATE, MUNICH 10, ROASTED BARLEY
Reviews: 3,237 | Ratings: 13,257 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of AccipiterofBeer
AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2019 version. Poured into a red wine glass.

L: 3.75. Thinner than I expected with little head and evident carbonation. Opaque though.
S: 4.25 Barrel quite evident. Woody. Oak. Vanilla. Chocolate. Coffee, though faded.
T: 5. Worthy of a 5. Coffee. Bourbon. Chocolate. Smokiness. All over complex and decadent.
F: 4. Medium mouthfeel. Very strong. Slight alcohol burn. Take it slow and appreciate it.
O: 4.5. I thought it was impossible for this to not be overhyped, but it lives up to it. Not fives all around, but certainly a well crafted ale. Cheers.

Jul 20, 2021
Photo of MastodonFarm
MastodonFarm from Pennsylvania

4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one the finest generally available non-adjunct stouts around (I had it on draft at Whole Foods). Rich, thick, dark, and chocolatey. The alcohol is there but not overpowering.

Jun 23, 2021
Photo of ZenAgnostic
ZenAgnostic from Texas

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2020 vintage marked on label. Drink by 22JUN25 printed on bottom of back label, so I've got 4 years to finish it. Bottle picked up at liquor store for $10.99. Poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Absolutely pitch black body; not even a single ray of light passes through, even with a phone's flashlight held touching the glass on the backside. Fine lacing with a fine and even stick. Bottle says to enjoy in a snifter -- close enough. 5

Smell - Strong alcohol at first, but still alluring because of the dark roasted character. Almost a little winey. Perhaps little too sharp at first, but mellows and rounds out to perfection after a couple minutes in the glass. 5

Taste - Amazing balance. Was expecting something as sharp as the nose suggests it would be, but it's actually much more smooth. Sure, there's a lot of alcohol up front, along with dark smoky malt and even some lighter, sweeter fruit and vinousness. That bourbon comes in smooth. This is almost like a barelywine without the harshness. 5

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Warm and gets even warmer in the back of the throat and chest as well. 5

Overall - Delicious. Deserves its best in class score for its style. Not exactly as delicious as a KBS or CBS but has no faults to speak of, and a lot of strengths going for it. 5

Jun 07, 2021
Photo of faraday326
faraday326 from California

4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crazy dark opaque black with a thick, well, purple head. The nose is incredibly intense with bourbon and dark fruits. This beer is not messing around. The taste is a complete punch to the face. Waves of intense chocolate, followed by bourbon, followed by coffee. Woody notes and hints of vanilla throughout. Whoa.

Jun 06, 2021
Photo of akaizer
akaizer from Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 2019 bottle. Pour left a very quickly receding brown foam head that reveals a dark brown to black body. Scent is very, very bourbon heavy along with notes of burnt sugars, vanilla, and molassess. Taste is much more on the sweet (caramel, butterscotch) than alcohol side, although the high ABV really bleeds into the aftertaste. Such a fascinating array of flavors that must be consumed slowly (both due to the ABV, sweeter flavors, and alcohol aftertaste).

May 17, 2021
Photo of jeffoert
jeffoert from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A good friend brought this to MN from his home in WS, and it is his favorite. It could be mine if I could find it. The score indicated on this site is well deserved, such a complex and flavorful beer. BUT, like some of the other high-alcohol beers one has to be careful. One cannot stop drinking but in so doing can find himself passed out.

Apr 07, 2021
Photo of IPAs_for_days_13
IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours vantablack in color with a somewhat thin espresso head with decent retention; bitchin legs on the side of the glass. This beer has a lot of complexity... Smells rich of roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, fair amount of hops, sweet, boozy. Taste very much follows the nose, has almost a spice like warming aspect to it, the booze is all there. Full-bodied, low carbonation, super warming, syrupy, thick, oily, chewy... Really quite phenomenal. A stout worthy of a celebration.

Apr 04, 2021
Photo of Eddieeight
Eddieeight from Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well there’s a lot of hype surrounding this beer. Big brew that “sold out” to anheuser Busch but people still flock to get it. The original bourbon barrel aged stout that so many others have copied. I finally found it in a local shop I’ve never been in before and they had six on the shelf. $15. I am drinking the regular flagship 2020 vintage so the bottle isn’t very old. Poured out into a snifter as suggested a deep dark brown with very little head retention. Smell is absolutely delectable. One of the best smelling beers I’ve experienced. It’s very richly bourbon, sugary, maple syrup and molasses. Just wonderful. Really makes me want to drink it. So I do. And it’s fanfuckingtastic. Rich fudge, maple, chocolate, vanilla, smoked out leather. And a huge chord of warming bourbon that fills the mouth a good half minute after swallowing. And mouthfeel is thick and juicy, moderate carbonation. Overall I’m impressed, and I love big stouts like this so I’ve had a fair number to compare it to. This brew is like an old rich guys high backed leather chair sitting in front of the fire wearing an ascot and smoking a fine cigar kind of delicious. I’ll definitely be returning to this again for special occasions.

Apr 03, 2021
Photo of KingCalMan
KingCalMan from California

4.46/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 Vintage.
L- Black, kind of tan head
S- Hint of smoke to it, caramel and dark chocolate
T- This one hits a little boozier than other iterations I've had. Has the chocolate, real classic caramel and vanilla barrel characteristics.
F- Mouthfeel on thicc but not quite oily as others say, carries the heavy flavors along perfectly.
Oldest BCBS I've had so far, not my favorite but it holds up to the others.

Mar 29, 2021
Photo of Mendonka
Mendonka from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's truly a great stout. I remember when it used to be affordable. Despite the price per bottle of this brew it's still definitely one that you should try if you haven't. Sweet and viscous with a little bit of an anise flavor in the finish, it's a brew I wish I could get more of.

Mar 19, 2021
Photo of LRinker1
LRinker1 from Michigan

4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Have had several year's "vintages" of this outstanding brew. While it packs quite a punch, it is delicious to drink. Usually make a point of grabbing several bottles when in the Windy City.

Mar 19, 2021
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
AlCaponeJunior from Texas

4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As one of the top beers, this one has some high expectations to live up to. Which it pretty much does all the way.

Very sweet, very aromatic, front heavy on the bourbon and barrel. Dark fruity notes along with chocolate and vanilla.

Rich and thick like diesel oil, lingering bourbon taste.

Definitely worthy of its high status.

Mar 07, 2021
Photo of johnnyblz20
johnnyblz20 from Florida

4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a solid 4.5. Great barrel even now that it is mass produced. Also a great beer to use in a French press with other things like cinnamon toast crunch. Easily one of the best shelfies to pick up. It is a thick beer that has a great barrel smell to it and a nice thick mouth feel. The look isn't anything out of the ordinary other than slightly more brown foam to it that I noticed more.

Feb 27, 2021
Photo of espinu15
espinu15 from Virginia

4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Damn good beer, and I'll try to keep the review short.

It's sludgy going down for sure, its a heavy stout and that's just something that comes with these kind of beers. Not my favorite consistency, but everything else makes up for it.

Tastes delicious, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate all come together for an incredible flavor profile. The 14.6% ABV is hid really well. Heck, this beer is so delicious, I could drink 3-4 of these and then be absolutely floored after it all sets in.

Worth it 100% Picked up 3 from Total Wine, but regret not getting more!

Feb 10, 2021
Photo of Seanjconn
Seanjconn from Connecticut

4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one is unique and a special experience. I took my time and with each sip got lost in a medley of vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, charred wood, and bourbon. My only regret was that I was tasting this one solo, and not sharing the experience with a friend. Will have to save a few bottles and share post covid....or maybe not ;-)

Feb 03, 2021
Photo of Jeff-Iowa1
Jeff-Iowa1 from Iowa

4.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted this in a flight for black Friday 2020 with a three year virtical.
had the 18, 19 and 20 releases on tap. plus Carmella Liked the 18 best it was coming into its own very well. Big bourbon on the 19 and 20 as expected but the 18 had overall mellowed wonderfully.

Feb 01, 2021
Photo of simonrgilbert57
simonrgilbert57 from California

4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great look. Head goes away somewhat quickly but otherwise a nice dark look. Smell is unbelievable - vanilla bourbon is clear and strong with the stout smell to round it out. Taste is also excellently complex, with smoky vanilla bourbon and a more traditional stout at the front. Feels fantastic with low carbonation and a long cholacte-adjacent aftertaste. Superior Brewmanship.

Jan 24, 2021
Photo of beerguy04
beerguy04 from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a jet black with very little head. Mostly just tan bubbles. Smell and taste is a wonderful blend of molasses, vanilla, and some spice you get from the bourbon barrels. Mouthfeel is medium and one of the easiest stouts I’ve ever had to drink. Overall, many barrel aged beers are too boozy this one is perfect in blend.

Jan 19, 2021
Photo of BourbonForBeer
BourbonForBeer from Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's pretty perfect. The barrel delivers, creates multiple tones of creaminess, boozy, balanced, some years are better than others, but all around a must try!

Jan 19, 2021
Photo of J_mo
J_mo from California

4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2020. Excellent BCBS year. The balance on this years OG is excellent. You get bourbon, oak, chocolate. The chocolate really comes on strong after the finish well after drinking.

Jan 15, 2021
Photo of LupulusLucas
LupulusLucas from Iowa

4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

L: black cannon fodder. Carmelly head.
S: slight roast, carmel and chocolate.
T: Heavy bourbon on front and back end. Taste is pretty ubiquitous from year to year- 2020 brings a little more old school roast.
F: Thick and tongue coating. Creamy and a meal in itself.
O: Top notch as usual. I love the base beer from year to year. Its consistently great, specially at the price point. Great barrel character, perfectly hot without being fusel. Chocolate and bourbon driven.

Jan 13, 2021
Photo of Chuck84
Chuck84 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2020 version. I took this out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for thirty minutes before pouring.

L: Black, looks like coffee. Head disappears almost instantly.
S: Oak, vanilla, caramel
T: Dark chocolate at initial sip. Coffee, notes of bourbon, with a lingering sweetness.
F: Rich, decadent, coats the tongue, leaves a stickiness on the lips. Slight carbonation.
O: This stuff is incredible. I highly recommend it. The smell complements the taste extremely well. As I have found with most stouts, needs to be enjoyed at 50 degrees or warmer. The taste continues to improve as it warms. I imagine this would go excellent with a cigar.

Jan 13, 2021
Photo of MostlyMetalz
MostlyMetalz from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An OG and one of the best go-to bourbon-barrel aged stouts out there. I have had 2016 - 2020 and all have been solid. My wife likes these as well!!!

Jan 11, 2021
Photo of Pivopijak
Pivopijak from Washington

4.58/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

draught
2019 edition
Light brown, medium bubbled head. Very dark and opaque brown appearance. Caramel and toffee syrup and some toasted bourbon barreled characteristics in the aroma. Not syrupy, bold toffee, caramel flavors with smooth heavy roasted grain with slightest hint of blackstrap molasses, dark chocolate and trace of licorice, during taste. Rich but not heavy mouthfeel and a smooth dark roast finish.

Jan 10, 2021
Photo of davesinger88
davesinger88 from Maine

4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first-ever tasting of the legendary beer. 2020 version poured into a shallow tulip.

A - Pitch black motor oil. Barely perceptible faint, tan head disappears in a minute.
S - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, smoke, char, tobacco.
T - Follows smell in heaps: unbelievable how much bourbon flavor there is but is not 'boozy' or hot, but it's the thing that lingers behind after sweet milk chocolate, vanilla bean and some rum sweetness; leather.
F - oily, slick, chewy and substantial, but not cloying.
O - It's the OG. It's liquid bourbon chocolate. I'm glad I finally got to try it. It is not 'balanced' like a lot of followers in the sense they pull together a lot of disparate tastes/smells. This has a focus. A singular sensation. So well done.

Jan 09, 2021
Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 13257 ratings