Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

12,158 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 drewbage on 06-26-2003

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Photo of pjkelley82
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at a Goose Island tasting at a local beer distributor.

Poured from tap into a plastic tasting cup. Year 2012

I purchased 4 12oz bottles a month prior so I can age them. Wanted to try It without opening up one of my bottles.

I'm not gonna go into specifics about appearance, mouthfeel and taste as most of the full reviews hit it dead on.

Basically, I had a feeling what the best Bourbon barrel beer should taste like and BCS was that one.... it had everything rolled into one without being overpowering in any aspect. It was a perfect balance between taste smoothness and alcohol... you really can't tell it's 15% alcohol... tastes like 7%-8%... no nasty aftertaste just perfection.

This is a beer you do not bring as a everyday beer to drink with your friends. This is a beer you hoard and save it for a special occasion. It's a sipper. It's also a beer that is world class and rightfully so... way better than KBS. I know.. there 2 different kinds of beers but just saying.. the best beer I've EVER had..

Edit: I forgot to mention at the tasting they had cheese there as well. They paired the stout with a blue cheese that mended just perfectly.

Edit2: review for 2013 and 2012 drank on black friday 2013...

This years batch seemed to have a better bourbon smell with it way up front.. I remember last years not being AS strong.. mouthfeel seems better this year and smell is way better than I remember fresh 2012... overall I liked 2012 better because it was slightly sweeter but this years taste phenomenal as usual....

2012...drank a year old version.... smell was extremely fruity and instantly I got angry because I only have 2 2012 left and im saving them for a vertical... the smell was so perfect, instantly a 5.. Dark fruits galore and the bourbon has taken a back seat... still alcohol presence but nothing offputting... creamy heavy mouthfeel but non cloying... I give the 2012 vintage with a year on it a better score than the fresh... imo just better with a year on it... well see about year

Edit 3- enjoyed 2013 version on 8/28/14. . Simply divine. A spectacular beer. Creamy, huge bourbon and chocolate. Mostly wrote this to urge everyone who smokes cigars or likes a cigar every now and again to drink this beer with a good cigar. It just simply makes both the beer and cigar better. I am surprised I waited this long to try this pairing. One of the best beers ever made.

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Photo of BuckTuckian
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JandJMD
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Josbor11
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.82/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The 2008 model I've had sitting in my fridge since, well, 2008!
First thing one is likely to notice after the motor oil pour is the rather potent aroma that will radiate from your drinking vessel.
Bourbon is right, bourbon it is. A tall glass of bourbon spiked coffee is what I have here, heavy on the sugar. Perhaps a touch of cream.
A bit too sweet for me to really want to buy again. The bourbon and the sweet are not hitting me quite right. Still, I can see why people think so highly of this beer. It is pretty heavy duty and intense.

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Photo of danwho
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

9/26/12 bottle:

Appearance: You guessed it, black as the ace of spades with a little head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, dates and figs.

Taste: Definitely follows the nose. The beginning is a rich combo of chocolate and caramel that rolls into barrel goodness with some Bourbon underneath it all, but it's subtle. Where it's not subtle is in the boozy ending, that is ALL Bourbon and booze. However, make no mistake, for a 15% beer, this drinks a bit smaller than that, although it's still a bit hot at this young stage.That said, I've had KBS that was noticeably boozier in the end, despite being 4%ish abv less in strength.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, velvety and viscous as all hell. Perfect.

Overall: Although just a tad brash in its current form, it's still one hell of a beer. The flavor profile is unreal and hides the strong abv% very well. Can you imagine what a year in the cellar will do to this beer? You mean, besides making me cry about the fact that I didn't buy more? Amazing.

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Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tappangordo
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of sammyg832
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of julielynndubee
3/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of Johnct
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Eddiehop
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz single from LiquorMax in Loveland, CO for $5.

A: Inky dark black, pitch black, a few dark dark brown bubbles popped up. Not a whole lot though. Very dark and ominous looking. Excellent. Even oily looking. This is great.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, and lots and lots of booze. Wow this is huge on the alcohol. Has a ton of bourbon qualities, much more so than an imperial stout. I'm impressed.

T: Huge flavors, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, brown sugar, really strong roasted flavors, dark fruits, plums even. This is really an impressive beer. Huge bourbon flavors, sweet throughout. I can't really detect any hops in this, but it doesn't really suffer. This is a huge beer all around. Alcohol isn't in the way and terrible, just a nice complement. This is a fantastic beer.

M: Perfect, absolutely spot on, thick, huge and sticky, with a hint of alcohol heat, very dry as well. Excellent in the mouthfeel.

D: Sneaky, this beer is huge, and could easily be consumed quickly, and multiple, the alcohol heat does catch up fairly quick. I really wish I would have bought more. This is an exceptional beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Ken_P
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CityofBals
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of soulgrowl
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition, cellared for one year.

Appearance: Extremely thick black, like black-hole black. Weak head, surprisingly fizzy, cocoa-brown and oily with poor retention.

Smell: Less sharp this year, for sure; more nutty, with a thick marzipan almond aroma, and loads of toasted coconut, too. Mild whiskey spice, some soy sauce and barrels of molasses with rum-soaked prunes. So very complex, and so nice.

Taste: Sweeter now, with plenty of syrupy Kahlua sugared coffee flavor, plus prunes, tobacco, whiskey. Very sinful, evil even, with cherry cordials, chocolate, and soy sauce. Smooth, yet intensely complex.

Mouthfeel: Ridiculously smooth. Crushed velvety with a dry-yet-sticky finish.

Drinkability: Mmm, very intense, yest so smooth and complex. Excellent. It's lost a bit of flavor since last year, but the aroma has improved. Interesting. I look forward to sampling the other two I have stashed in the basement in the next two years.

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Photo of sonofliberty2
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TrilliumFan
4.04/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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