Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

12,215 Ratings
Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

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

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

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 12,215 |  Reviews: 2,957
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to try this one - cheers as always to daryk77 for sharing this one.

2012 edition, poured into a wine glass. First brew of a tasting evening, review from notes.

Pitch black, with some hefty viscosity. Mocha head that recedes into a very thin ring. Typical for the style and brews this potent.

Nose is terrific, with the vanilla taking real centre stage here. Also a bit of oak, sugar, coffee, chocolate. Fanfreakingtasting.

Tasty, tasty stuff. The vanilla gets strong billing again, but the sugar, caramel, chocolate and coffee also get their turn alongside a mild oakiness. And oh yes, there is bourbon. Can't forget that.

Surprisingly mild for a 15%er, as this is something I can drink with real ease. Thick, syrupy, but not overly hot.

Definitely worth the attention it gets. Comparing this brew to others of the style/hype/etc, I rate this one pretty high because it is quite balanced, not overly hot, and the bourbon/oak component is far more subtle than in others. It feels like an 11 or 12% brew, not something in the 15 and up range. Damned good stuff, sir.

 1,087 characters

Photo of blindpiggie
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of clay23
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Jordy777
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Lob
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of NYR_Rob
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tappangordo
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2009 - 12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter

I did this review as a side-by-side tasting with an ’11 KBS

A – Black with a modest amount of brown bubbles that dissipated into a nice ring around the outside of the glass.

S – Mostly vanilla and oak and bourbon with some chocolate in there.

T – Oh this is good! Time has been good to this one. It has almost transcended from beer to food. There is virtually no heat from the bourbon…not nearly as much as I expected from the nose. Bittersweet chocolate is very present, as is cream. Getting a good amount of black pepper. There’s actually a really nice cake or breakfast cereal quality that I can’t quite put my palette on.

M – Luxurious. Good amount of carb. Drinkability is way more than you should expect from a strong barrel aged stout.

O – This is an amazing beer right now. Get as much as you can because it may not be around forever.

 926 characters

Photo of bamadog
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I took this to a recent tasting. Bottled in 2009, I finally got around to trying this one and I'm VERY glad I've got another 4 pack aging for a couple of years and a few from 2008 as well, because it is going to be absolutely amazing with some age.

Appearance: Pour is dark black and completely opaque; starts with a one finger deep dark tan head that fades quickly to nothing; slight burgundy highlights at the surface; no lacing whatsoever, just an oily residue slides around the surface; looks a little viscous on the pour.

Smell: TONS of bourbon -- smell is hot and very boozy, but still smooth; slight roastiness in there as well as some sweet syrupy chocolate; the nose is super potent and there are some great hitns of toffee and caramel/butterscotch as it continues to warm.

Taste: Absolutely fantastic... period -- albeit very hot. Tons of woody bourbon and a strong presence of alcohol; nice sweet maltiness and lots of the tofee and caramel/butterscotch flavors; mild roastiness and a semi-sweet chocolately flavor in the back; definitely in need of some age to mellow out the heat, but it's fantastic even as is.

Mouthfeel: Very hot from all that bourbony goodness; tremendous alcoholic vapor floats through the mouth and causes it to dry; body is just a little thin, but I find that barrel aging does this at times.

Drinkability: At 13%, clearly I couldn't drink a ton of it, but I would gladly try to... I'm glad I finally gave this one a shot, even though I've been aging a few bottles for a while now, but it's going to be hard to wait on it now.

 1,570 characters

Photo of Ralphs66
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow....this is one stellar friggin beer. 2011 vintage. Poured out black as night with a head that was tinged an interesting reddish color. It fizzled out very quickly and left no lacing at all. This is liquid cherry cordial on the nose, with just a tad of vanilla. The booze is definitely hanging out behind everything else, but so so so muted. A bit woody as well. Taste follows nose, with a quick blast of the cherry cordial. Again, the abv is there but is hidden beautifully. Surprising amount of snap on the carbonation, but it doesn't impact the mouthfeel at all. Syrupy but not in a bad way. This is a sipper, and it will slam you, but it is truly fine. Glad I have another bottle poised and ready for Christmas Eve. Thank God AB Inbev isn't fucking up Goose Island....yet.

 779 characters

Photo of atpca
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of rowew
3.15/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, abv and bottled date are clearly marked. There is also the suggestion that this is a great cigar beer, which is appropriate considering I am pairing it with a cigar. I have no idea why Goose Island distributes this to Colorado and nothing else .. anybody know?

Appearance: As I would expect, it is super black, and very thick. Smallish head is also dark in color, fades to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Dominate aroma is definitely vanilla. Just a hint of some burnt sugar as well.

Taste: Fairly sweet, with tons of the same vanilla and burn sugar flavors. There is also a bit of coffee and chocolate, but I feel like they are over powered by the sweetness. Carbonation is very low.

Overall impression: I can't say I'm overly impressed - this has some definite burn, lots of oak and vanilla .. but the sweetness just overpowers everything else for me. I've had this both with and without the cigar .. its a bit more drinkable with the cigar, but the four pack I have will certainly be plenty for me.

 1,028 characters

Photo of inspektor
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of SuperHop18
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of wcudwight
3.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 12/03
Received in a trade a long time ago. Sorry but I can't remember from whom.
Pitch black, thin lasting tan head. More carbonation than I expected.
Whoa this one punches you right in the nose. Bourbon(duh), burnt wood, chocolate.
Tons of bourbon in the flavor. If you don't like beers with a lot of alcohol flavor in them then this isn't for you. Chocolate. Heavy roasted flavors.
Thick, syrupy, viscous in the mouth.
It's a sipper and a damn fine beer.

 467 characters

Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of mattboyer182
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This review is actually for the '07 version, drank in early 2011.

A - Pitch black color with no head.

S - Good chocolatey bourbon smell.

T - Very smooth, sweet taste. Slight flavors of both chocolate and vanilla. Alcohol has definitely mellowed over the years.

M - Smooth and creamy with a full body

O - Very good beer. Recommend aging for a while.

 353 characters

Photo of sunofneurot
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MLDucky
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kkmiller76
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craytonic
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Bottling

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black with a little amber on the edges, a swirl reveals an incredibly thick beer.

Smell: Wow. You smell the bourbon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, leather, tobacco, and vanilla when you open the bottle! Even before it is poured. Incredible. Strong, but not overpowering. 5.0

Taste: Amazing. First the bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, leather, and molasses. Perhaps the tinniest bit of coconut. Only complaint is the alcohol is a tad hot (13%).

Mouthfeel: Very full moutheel, just enough carbonation, just a little creamy. An incredibly rich beer.

Drinkability: Delicious. I will be buying in quantity every release.

 673 characters

Photo of WunderLlama
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into stout glass

One finger brown foam finger quickly dissolves over jet black liquid

Aroma of bourbon , vanilla , toffee

Taste of bourbon , vanilla, toffee

Velvety smooth, slight sudsing

Great beer

 219 characters

Photo of JandJMD
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of aoampm
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.5 out of 5 based on 12,215 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.