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Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
4.6/5
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12,280 Ratings
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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:
2,968
Ratings:
12,280
pDev:
9.35%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
2,760
Gots:
7,494
Trade:
722
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 12,280 |  Reviews: 2,968
Photo of Shaneb818
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

Photo of diggy33
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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Photo of HermitDan
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

2015 bottle

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Photo of NoahEllison
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have bottles from several different releases and am always happy when i get to open end enjoy this beer. Great taste with lots of booze thats not to over the top. Great thick feel, and a wonderful color. I highly recommend buying a few every year to age.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was thankful to find a bottle of this on the East Coast that I could bring back to enjoy with my wife in Los Angeles. It has the year 2015 written in handwriting.
From the bottle it pours almost flat. It sits there calmly like a well aged Belgian quad, with almost no head or rising bubbles. It is black but the light shines through the thin corner edges to reveal a red-brown tint.
Aroma is interesting and complex consisting of heavy bourbon barrel character, figs and dates, warm fruit, molasses, vanilla, some warm spice like cinnamon or nutmeg, not much coffee or chocolate. Again, a little reminiscent of a Belgian quad but without that characteristic Belgian yeast character.
Taste initially pretty much follows the nose, packaged in an oily and slick and resinous body. As it warms and breathes, milk chocolate notably and surprisingly makes itself prominent. I can’t say the finish is sweet or bitter. Just balanced. Alcohol is noticeable but not unwelcome.
A drinking experience to which I hope to be able to return one day.

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

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage.
Pours pitch black with little tan head. Thick motor oil with heavy lacings.
Aroma has huge bourbon, vanilla, dried dark fruits,
Taste is lots of bourbon, bitter chocolate, molasses, dried dark fruits, thick, smooth.

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Photo of matthewp
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of American_Hawk
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Crom45
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of beersmith90
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevebroseke
4.62/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Best Barrel Aged Stout Ive had, surprised its not rated higher.

Unfortunately I don't see my self buying this anymore, the InBev thing was a weak punk ass move. Fuck that, I'm out.

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Photo of xyz_entropy
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage. From the bottle, it pours a solid black with virtually no head. Bourbon scent predominates. The mouth gets a solid hit of alcohol to go along with the burnt wood flavor and lovely malt. An Aperitif!

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Photo of SourTweek
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 12,280 ratings
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