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Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.6/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
60 IBU

Added by DrewBeechum on 06-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30
Reviews:
2,966
Ratings:
12,278
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
2,761
Gots:
7,490
Trade:
722
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2.45/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one has held up as my favorite stout out on the market. I have had plenty of others, but this one just has something special about it. Chewy Fudgy and Bourbon-y(?)

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4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply my favorite beer.

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4.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.72/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From notes taken 05/10/17:

I really wish I could get my hands on some of the special once-brewed variants of this beer. One of these days, I'm sure.

Bottled October 6th 2016, so it’s a good seven months old. My intention was always to wait for at least six although if I had been able to pick up a few more than four of these I would have liked to have reviewed it fresh as well. Three more to go, in this batch at least. I’m thinking next reviews will be two years from bottling, then 3-5, then perhaps more than 5 years although it says best aged up to 5.

Dark brown to black, seems opaque and where thin enough to be semi-clear there is a definite fine haze. Rich orange-brown head, one finger and fine and foamy, but very quickly gone. Smells like a raisin-spice cake, made with rum or brandy or bourbon, and a hint of licorice. And that’s just in the bottle still. In glass, more licorice, almost banana-nut cake, some dark chocolate, faintest roastiness, and I can begin to detect ever-increasing overt oaky bourbon notes, burns my nose after a while. No vanilla yet apart from what oak has imparted. But now, on the pallet, I’d say it’s one of the main flavors, more than is distinct bourbon, more than anything else that comes standard in a stout. Vanilla and faint dark chocolate and a hint of dried or dark fruit tartness up front and throughout, followed quickly with the addition of pure booze, stronger chocolate, light licorice, and the faintest deteriorated hops, which is good here for the balance, though might be responsible for detracting from more distinct bourbon notes. Finish is molasses to the maximum, sweet and dark and rich. Overall, booziness is closer to brandy, fortified wine, or spiced rum. Full-bodied, oily, viscous, creamy, smooth. Carbonation is fine and gentle but does spritz up a little as ale is sloshed over the teeth and tongue. Extremely hot but mostly in nasa passage and on tongue, the texture must be such that the lips, throat, and cheeks remain unburnt. Overall, a treat, but almost too much of one. Very sweet, very alcoholic. I’ve had less than a third of it, and combined with the other two beers I’ve hd so far today, I must set it aside for later. Just barely the best Stout of any kind I have ever had, and there were a few non-barrel-aged ones, albeit still imperials, that almost beat it out. Based on what else is still out there, I’d wager there are better ones still, whether strictly imperial or any number of barrel-aged variations.

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4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 bottle, poured in snifter. Aging since purchase last year - bourbon taste feels stronger, and definitely was a pleasure to enjoy.

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4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 12,278 ratings
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