Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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): 14.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
60 IBU

Added by DrewBeechum on 06-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30
Reviews:
3,020
Ratings:
12,536
pDev:
9.13%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
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2,774
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7,675
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Photo of estruntz
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sunnovgoat
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dextr24
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rudiecantfail
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

(2017) 16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Received it as a christmas present and have been a good little boy waiting 2 months.

L---Black, absolutely black. Nice light brown head which faded to a film fairly quickly. Little lacing. Retention and lacing as expected for ABV.

S---Mostly chocolate. But milk chocolate, not the more common dark chocolate aroma in dark beers. Get some dark fruit smells. Boubon is there, but not predominant or in any way overpowering.

T---Wow, this is an all timer. A lot of milk chocolate. There aren't a lot of beers that have a truly lingering finish. This one does. Up to a minute later, there are still flavors showing up. The bourbon is there, as in the nose, but again is not predominant or overpowering. Raisins are there. NOWHERE near as boozy as I was expecting. GI really found a way to hide a 14.1% ABV. Impressive.

F---Minimal carbonation leaves a bit of a flat feel. Again, nowhere near the boozy feel I was expecting. This actually feels wet, not astringent.

O---Yeah, this one lives up to its billing. This is a truly extraordinary beer. This is what craft brewers should aspire to be. Expensive as balls (for the Aunt-in-law who gave it to me), but worth it.

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Photo of hightide
4.81/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YungAnejo
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

16oz bottle normal pour into a snifter, no head retention as expected for the percentage, solid black body is totally unpenetrable by flashlight, no lacing

Aroma is true bourbon oak, milk chocolate and vanilla roll over dark red fruit, think of cranberries and cherries, maybe even plums, more heavy roasted caramel coffee notes come to light as it warms

Taste is a clean strong oak at first, little bourbon bitterness, followed by sweet vanilla/milk chocolate malt ball, getting some slightly spicy wine grape finish, slightly metallic/copper and acidic

Mouthfeel is thick and oily but extremely smooth and pleasant, very little to no carbonation, this is definitely a sipper, alchohol is very well hidden at 14.7% with just the slightest touch of warmth

Overall in my opinion it’s one of those beers you just have to try at least once, this is my first year trying it and I have to say I’m highly impressed, will definitely seek out coming years (makes me more excited for the ‘17 bcbs barleywine I have cellaring)

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shy_Traveler45
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Amazing complex flavor

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cub7
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of Ahrens123
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mpwiemann
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of csmrx7
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beachbums13
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sanitarium16
4.69/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chuck2700
4.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great barrel aged stout. Truly takes on the bourbon while not losing the taste of the stout. Well balanced.

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

Photo of JdubsNY
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2017 version is fantastic. Black color, slight tan head, great taste and smooth finish. One of the best barrel-aged stouts to add to the beer cellar now.

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Photo of David_Porter
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reef
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage
10/6/15 bottling
14.3 ABV

Kept in dark pantry at room temperature. I usually try one fresh, then put away for two years to mellow a little.
Appearance is black, mahogany highlights, no head, miniscule carbonation and lacing. No off scents or questionable carbonation or appearance.
Big bourbon scent, figs, gingerbread, almonds.
Tastes of raisins, prunes, butterscotch, dried fruit, bourbon. Alcohol is present but delayed reaction.
Full bodied, chewy, initial sweetness transitioning to balanced unami character. Flavors bloom as the glass warms.
Perfect winter sipper. I can always find five or six bottles without Black Friday hysteria, and consume them slowly in a few years. My 2015 bottles have all been good.

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Photo of yowens44
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 12,536 ratings