Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout
12,251 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

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of rojapa
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Dave2234
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tappangordo
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Griphon
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chefbigjon
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Photo of razorsdescent
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of sprucetip
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

bottle into snifter.

Pours dark black, very thin head lasts for just a few seconds. No lacing.

Strong bourbon up front. A bit of malty sweetness. Not much else, but has long legs.

Sweet malty, bourbon, booze. Really sweet and boozy. Delicious but not subtle in any way.

Very creamy, intense alcohol warming. Even some uncomfortable buring in the back of my throat. I'd have rated it higher if not for that. Feels luxurious aside from the burn.

As delicioius as this is, sharing a 12oz was plenty for one sitting (including other beers). This is the definition of sip, savor and share. Again, absoutely delicious, but extremely bold and boozy.

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Photo of gpblackgt
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of zrab11
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of n2pux
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kkmiller76
4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smcel371
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Shaw
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle provided by Goose Island, thanks!

Pours pitch black with minimal carbonation and a tiny ring of head.

The main aroma is bourbon, with hints of molasses, coffee and chocolate.

Big complex flavor of booze with sweet creaminess that reminds me of chocolate. Wow.

Silky milkshake-like body is just about perfect.

I can see why this beer is so heralded: it's excellent.

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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Ralphs66
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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

Photo of Gehrig
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having seen this lingering around the excellent local Piccadilly for some time, I finally caved and picked up one of these in a mixed sixer. Foolish me, since I'll have to head back and grab some more of this positively incredible, unique, sturdy imperial stout.

A smattering of dark mocha-cherry head tops this blacker than black body. I had thought that Gonzo Imperial Porter and Yeti may be the blackest beers I'd had in some time. Bourbon County might top those, which is really saying something. The smell is so amazing it's difficult to describe the depth and complexity. There's no mistaking the bourbon, and the idea to soak this gem of a stout in bourbon barrels was nothing short of genius. Bourbon permeates this beauty from start to finish, yet there so much more--chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee--it's truly amazing.

Same goes with the flavor. Clearly, bourbon is preeminent, which might weigh too heavily for people sheepish about bourbon, and thankfully I am not one of those people. However, the deep complexity of this presents enough for any beer lover to ponder. Chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, caramel all noticeable and extremely delicious. The malts in this are phenomenal.

Equally so, the texture is ridiculously rich. Though not heavily carbonated, the flavors interact ingeniously with each other in a beer that doesn't flatten. Though the ABV is very high (11%), this is an easy sipper and one you'd like to follow with another. Every delectable sip is a dip into one of the best beers around, bar none.

A masterpiece.

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Photo of clay23
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Lemke10
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is perhaps the best beer I have ever had! I was able to snag a 4pk of the 2011 brew from work in Winter 2011 when we only got 1 case of it. Pours a bitch black color with the slightest head. Scent is fantastic as it is rich with bourbon and roasted malts tones. The flavor is amazing! It's rich, creamy, smooth, and chalk full of delicious bourbon flavors. An absolute treat if you can ever get your hands on some!

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Photo of snansel
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cambabeer
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brureview
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

update: 2012 cellared for one year.
Stronger, more complex chocolate aroma. Nutty aroma becomes apparent with warming.
The nutty aroma morphs into an oak aroma- from the barrels.

The taste is very complex chocolate- it's more layered than the fresh bottle.
There is a nutty taste, which is also more pronounced when fresh.

The Bourbon alcohol finish kicks in with warming. There is a liqueur consistency which is slightly stronger than the fresh tasting.

A great beer-fresh or cellared.

*** Fresh review

It's time. Got another bottle in the cellar.

2012: Poured a deep, opaque chocolate brown with virtually no head.

Very strong Bourbon, alcohol, and a nutty flavor wafted from the head.
It's intense already!

The mouth feel was relatively smooth, like the other elements of the beer.
It may be a high ABV Imperial stout with pronounced aroma and flavor- but it's smooth- no harshness to this baby.

The aroma carries to the taste- slightly different. Incredibly intense Bourbon and alcohol- smooth but intense- some fruit and nuts.

This beer tastes like a liqueur- highly alcoholic & smooth. Rounded intensity.

Amazing Imperial Stout.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 12,251 ratings
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