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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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 BuckeyeNation
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Charred oak barrel black with a wee glimmer of burnt umber at the bottom edge of the glass. Light simply has no chance. The small, dark caramel colored cap isn't as creamy as expected, nor as sticky. I'm sure the 11.0% ABV has a lot to do with it, but I like a bit more eye candy. This is one serious looking stout, though.

The aroma is outstanding. This is exactly what a stout aged in bourbon barrels ought to smell like. An insane amount of heavily roasted barley greets my nose with every sniff. In addition, there's plenty of dark caramel, dark brown sugar, vanilla and glorious bourbon whiskey. With a bit more power and a bit more aggressiveness, it'd be perfect.

The flavor *is* perfect. Absofreakinlutely perfect! It doesn't hurt that I love bourbon because those 100 days in the barrel were 100 days well and efficiently spent. If bourbon whiskey isn't your thing, then I'd suggest drinking another beer. This one positively oozes that glorious spirit. Unlike some beer of this sub-style, the proportion of stout to whiskey is juuust right.

The flavor profile consists of bittersweet chocolate, brown sugar, dark butterscotch, crushed vanilla beans, charred oak, a splash of ouzo and a tendril or two of smoke. The whiskey adds a certain wee heavy character, although there's no peatiness since bourbon is the whiskey of choice rather than Scotch. It's amazing how each sip is better than the last. Where will it end?

I'm a bit surprised at the sweetness, but probably shouldn't be given the gargantuan amount of malt. The mouthfeel is full (without being ponderous), heavily silky, polished gemstone-like and nicely chewy on the back end. Carbonation must be present, though you'd never know it. Perfect score. Again.

I expected one whole helluva lot from Bourbon County Stout. All the more amazing, then, that it blew right past those expectations as if they were sitting still. This remarkable beer is easily the best that I've ever had from Goose Island. It's a true American original and is the perfect marriage of double stout and bourbon. The next time I see BCS, I plan to clear out the store.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter. 2007 release.

Pours black as an oil slick with a 1/2 finger of burnt mocha colored head. This eventually fizzles out into a still, dead looking black surface that reminds of the lifeless eyes of a Great White shark. Lacing is relegated to a spotty smattering at first and then eventually a fantastic looking oily brown residue that coats the side of the glass. The aroma is OMG! huge bourbon notes straight up my nose and other places.. Aaaaargh! I've never had a beer burn my eyeballs before! In all seriousness, the bourbon notes do absolutely dominate the nose but somehow I can still pick up some of the Stout notes, including chocolate, smoke, roast, and char.

The taste is just as boozy with bourbon notes as the aroma and it's no wonder that I put it in a snifter. Overpowering notes of oak and vanilla mingle with the molassass, roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, smoke, and soy sauce character of the Stout. There's a ton in there but it's all just a bit unbalanced towards the bourbon side right now. The mouthfeel is right up there with the deepest for me (Dark Lord & Expedition)and is just absolutely thick and chewy as can be. That 13% is present but gives off more warmth than it does heat and combines with the bourbon notes to finish things with a bit of a hot punch.

Wow! This is just a beast of a beer in every capacity. Huge bourbon? Huge Stout flavors? Huge alcohol? Check! Check! and Check! My only gripe with this beer is that right now, the bourbon overrides some of those wonderful Stout characteristics a little too much. I'm most definitley looking forward to aging a bottle of this for a year and revistiing it again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 500 ml bottle which cost fifteen bucks. Simply no foam at all. I poured into a couple different glasses. Mouthfeel is syrup. Aroma of, I swear, Manischewitz blackberry wine topped off with vodka.

Molasses is the predominate taste with a serious overdose of licorice. I don't taste the alleged Bourbon much. I keep thinking of Sugar Daddy suckers. The caramel taste just lingers. Seems like kind of a sugary alcoholic mess to me, and it doesn't get any better as it warms. I always look for Bourbon barrel flavored brews since my wife always likes to try them, and I think most of them are both tastier and more drinkable than this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

There's no doubt that Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout was aged in bourbon barrels. It's intense! The nose reeks of bourbon, wood, sweetened coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. WOW!

The appearance is beautiful as well, although the head retention could be better, But alcohol (11%!) will do that, and it does leave a very nice, initial ring of lace!

In the mouth it's full and creamy, particularly once it's initially bristling carbonation warms to become airy... and the burn of alcohol at the swallow is nice as well.

The flavor is too full to absorb in one or two sips, and only reveals itself fully about 1/4 way into the glass. There's almost too much to mention, and its flavors don't seem to appear in any order. So here's the list: whiskey (not necessarily bourbon, but there's definitely some! And I think also notes of something more salty, like an Islay Scotch), delicate fruit (apple, light red berries), coconut, hot alcohol, chocolate (as in German chocolate cake or raw, melted milk chocolate), molasses, coffee, spice (from the alcohol), dark fruit/the skins of dark fruit, dark red wine, pineapple/mango, dark caramel, smoke, wood, char. Stunning! But it is a sipper... there's way too much alcohol to take this in, apart from savoring it very slowly. It's so good, in fact, that the smell alone sholud keep you busy for quite some time. Overall, this is one full-throttle beer that's exceptionally satisfying, rich and drenched in alcohol! And although you CAN'T really drink more than one, it scores big because you will want to go and grab another bottle for another night!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours an opaque black body with a large, lush dark tan head.

Smell: Intense aroma of chocolate-covered coffee beans and bourbon, with all the companion hints of vanilla, wood, and dark brown sugar. Light whiff of smoke.

Taste: Dark maltiness with chocolate, sweetened coffee, and dark caramel. Plenty of complimentary sweetness to go around. A bourbon flavor so exquisite, it's hard not to get excited about it. At this level, you get astoundingly distinct, robust flavors of vanilla beans, brown sugar, and charred oak. Anymore bourbon would turn this beer into an abomination of beerkind. The beer gets very chocolatey near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium carbonation. Creamy, delectable mouthfeel. Warming alcohol presence.

Drinkability: Very good! The first sip was a joy, as was the last.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured thick, black as night oil like liquid which had a huge tan head that really very slowly faded leaving behind lots of gooey sticky brown lace. Very frothy and pillow like head, lots of waves in it.

S - Smell was strong, main hints were of caramel, with some chocolate mixed in and a strong alcohol presence. Lots of sweet vanilla and almost a mocha smell as well, very sweet overall.

M & T - First impression was wow, and very very strong. It was smooth, with not alot of carbonation. Huge bourbon whiskey type taste hit me right away as did the alcohol, this was not something to be messed with for sure. Very creamy thick feel and very strong alcohol presentation. Hints at french vanilla and a touch of chocolate rounded out the back side and added a bit of sweetness.

D - Overall this is probably the strongest tasting, in the sense of the upfront alcohol taste, I have had in a stout. I felt it was almost overdone a tad and could have been played back a bit. A definate sipper and probably could use to sit down in the cellar for a while. I would be intrested in trying some older years.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 release poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of alcohol.

T: The taste starts out with a very thick roasted malt character and a strong flavor of chocolate. Then the taste of bourbon barrel aging asserts itself along with a mild alcohol sting. There are background flavors of coffee and dark fruit. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Very smooth and a little crisp but extremely viscous, as heavy body as I've ever experienced in a beer, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, very strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good big stout worth drinking for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of superspak
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2011 vintage bottled 11/11/2011. Pours viscous pitch black color with a small tan head that fades away to a ring of lace quickly. A fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big bourbon, caramel, dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, molasses, vanilla, oak, and a touch of herbal, and booze. Damn nice and complex aromas, and hardly boozy at all. Taste of huge dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, roasted malt, butterscotch, and a touch of herbal earthiness. Hardly any bitterness noticed on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, bourbon, and molasses on the finish for a bit. Fantastic balance of flavors; with absolutely no cloying sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a huge creamy and lush mouthfeel as expected. Definitely a sipping beer, but is surprisingly smooth for 14.5%; with only a warming alcohol presence on the finish. Overall this is a phenomenal barrel aged imperial stout. As it warmed up it got much more smooth and complex.

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

2008 Edition

Pours a night sky black, just like the box says: a dark hole. I tried to get some head to come up on this beer, but not a lot. It is extremely thick.

Wow the smell is amazing; it literally made my mouth water. It smells similar to a chocolate covered banana, but packs a big bourbon flavor. Also, a sweet caramel, with a hint of vanilla.

First sip was a big wow. This one is definitely thick. Taste is a deep bourbon with roasted malts. The fruit also comes out and near the end there is a vanilla flavor.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. After it lingers around a while, the 13% comes out and is very overwhelming. Full bodied beer.

Overall, this was a monster. Amazing beer and well worth the $21 for the 4 pk. This beer took a while to finish. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from John's Marketplace, Portland, OR
'08 vintage, consumed at Beermongers in Dec. '11

Strolling into John's with my wife on our Portland beercation, I gravitated in an almost zen-like fashion directly to a shelf that had 4 bottles of this beer front and center for all the world to see, and I quickly snatched up two of them...then promptly returned to get the other two.

Being sure to share a bit with our bartender at Beermongers, we poured this one into a snifter. Color looked black, but was in fact the darkest of browns, with ruby tints, and a bubbly ringlet for a head. Big time bourbon in the aroma, along with scents of roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Huge complexity in the taste, with obvious notes of bourbon-drenched oak up front, accompanied by some alcohol warmth. Mid-palate brought in notes of chocolate-covered cherries, dark malts, vegetal vanilla bean. A huge coffee profile in the finish. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel, full-bodied and robustly chewy. Highly drinkable, and highly recommended...if you can find it.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A 2008 bottle poured into a snifter. The pour is dark as night with some thin mocha colored foam.

S: The smell is full of bourbon, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and a slight bit of alcohol.

T: This is one smooth beverage. Great bourbon, chocolate, oak, and molasses flavors. There are still some alcohol presence, but it's nowhere near as hot as when fresh.

M: The carbonation is very light, but it works well with a 13% Impy Stout. The body is full, smooth, and creamy.

D: Even though the alcohol has died down quite a bit in a year+, it's still a big, big beer. I need to go out and buy more of this, because I see this only getting better.

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

This was an '07 acquired in a trade w/ bgramer -thanks man! -shared at the stout tasting '10. poured chilled into a 1/2 pint.

The stout looks like black coffee with translucent clarity and has a mild brown ring of beads after the pour. The lace is spotty. The smell of this aged stout is a thing of beauty with the wood and malt producing some beautiful blended aroma of coffee and slight sherry/custard notes with a mild element of alcohol and subtle oak w/ mild bourbon. the feel is strong, lots of wood and alcohol with a subtle sweet element and strong wood presence, mild resinous texture with semi-dry finish.

The flavor has lively blend of vanilla, bourbon from the barrel aging and it pops! The taste lives up to the name as the cocoa and bourbon taste is sweet woody and gently toasted with vanilla from the oak playing off the intense dark malt flavors with a slight coffee in a mild degree, but the bourbon is pretty high in the flavor as expected even after three years in the cellar. I consider this a world class beer, wonderful use of barrels and still with all the alcohol in the flavor it has a high drinkability quotient for me - a crazy good bourbon barrel stout -I would love to have it in one of its other incarnations.

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Photo of russpowell
4.91/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This 2006 bottle is courtesy of BARLEYWINEO

Pours (into a snifter) pitch black with one finger of mocha colored head that rapidly drops away. Some lacing & zero head retention

S: Bourbon, raisins vanilla & dark chocolate

T: Rich chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, raisins & a little booze up front. Dryness, molasses & charred oak show themselves as this warms up. Finishes oaky, with loads of chocolate, a whisper of booze, vanilla, raisins & molasses

MF: Rich, sticky, oily, chewy & slick with almost no carbonation

Drinks great for the abv, but more than 2 & I think I'd need a nap. One of the better double stouts out there IMO

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

Whoa, now, this is on tap here? Right on, CK, right on. Greg, you sure know how to make us DC-area BAs happy. This bad boy pours a dead black topped by a short-lived finger of foam that straddles the delicate line between dark tan and straight brown. The nose comprises some strong bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, anise, rich chocolate, and roasted malts. The taste is dominated by the bourbon and oak, not unlike the totalitarian government in "We" (look it up, Philistines!). The rest of the tongue finds itself inundated with chocolate syrup, molasses, maple syrup, and roasted malts. If it weren't for the o'erwhelming bourbon nonsense, this would be fantastic; instead, it's merely better than many. The body is rather hefty, with a light carbonation and a chewy feel. Overall, a nice offering, but way too heavy on the bourbon. Without this lack of balance, it would be great. Almost...

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Photo of orangesol
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap on three separate occasions this year, the last of which being this one at the brewhouse restaurant.

A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head leaving very tiny trails of lace down the top part of the glass.

S - Smells of melted milk chocolate, dark roast, fresh vanilla beans, sweet molasses and plenty of warm bourbon booze. This is simply intoxicating.

T - Starts off with a big dose of milk chocolate sweetness slowly giving way to hints of warm vanilla, dark fruit, molasses and dark roast. The bourbon heat is ever present, never really fading away. Finish is sweet with a bit of warm booze, lingering on the palate long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with lots of residual sweetness and mild booze burn. The alcohol only grows as it sits in the glass.

O - Definitely one of the better stouts out there and well deserving of the attention it garners. Worth seeking out if you have the chance. I will get my fill while I can and I hope to see this more often in the future.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Edition - Bottled on 07/03/2006

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color, probably one of the darkest beers I have ever poured. The beer has an extremely thin dark mocha head which quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very little lacing is observed.

S: Some dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, and just a hint of bourbon. This smells great and has great complexity to the aroma.

T: Surprisingly, it tastes even better than it smells. The flavor starts out a little sweet with some dark fruit (possibly just fig) and some lovely dark roasted malts. Then you get the caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate flavors. After that, you get just a light hint of what seems to be coconut. Finally, the bourbon flavors come out in the finish - lots of vanilla and oak coupled with some bourbon smoothness.

M: Medium to full bodied with very light amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth, almost velvety.

O: This is a really special beer, one that you want to enjoy but wouldn't want to drink every day - it might just ruin your ability to enjoy lesser beers. It is a great sipping beer and one that I am thoroughly enjoying. Glad that I was able to get an aged version. There is a lot of complexity in the aroma and the taste and it appears that by aging, the harshness of the alcohol has been completely diminished (it is hardly even noticeable).

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm unimpressed with this beer's look: Even with a violent pour, there is nearly no head. And what's there, dies to a single layer of minute bubbles on the edge. Nearly black in color, no light shines through (even on the edges).

Strong alcohol smells of sherry and port. Sweet and rich to the nose, almost as if there's an apertif added to this beer.

It tastes like a port-induced dark beer. It doesn't have the typical stout flavors of coffee and chocolate. Lots of sweet plum (like Japanese plum wine) and no bitterness. The swallow and aftertaste shows off the high alcohol content--very warming to the tongue and stomach. Rich like cream in the body, almost oily. Very low carbonation.

This is an after-dinner sipping beer. I believe it is closer to taste and feel to an overpowered barley wine. It's like no other stout I've ever had. All this said, it's very tasty but not for the faint of heart. Worth seeking out for the unusual flavors present.

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Photo of billab914
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I've had so much of but never sat down to do a review of. It's one of the coldest nights of the year so far here and I just had a craving for some bourbon flavors this evening so I thought it was time to finally do one.

2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth glass. It poured pitch black in color with a very modest tan head to it. The head retreated to the edges of the glass where it left a little lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is full of bourbon barrel flavors. Oak and vanilla really add a smoothness to the beer overall. The bourbon alcohol flavors provide some nice depth and complexity. The stout comes through and adds some sweetness as well as a bit of some roasty flavors. Everything comes together so well in it. Fantastic aroma overall, and not really anything more that I can ask for in the style.

The taste starts out by showing more of the woody, oak and vanilla flavors to it. the sweetness and bitterness of the base beer come through as well. As you get midway through the bourbon really starts to come through and adds some alcohol heat. The finish has a perfect balance of all the flavors coming together. Sweeter vanilla and oak mix with bourbon alcohol, along with some roasty and bitter stout flavors. Perfect example of how barrel aging can enhance flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Pretty much perfect again for the style, the low carbonation really fits the bourbon flavors nicely. The thick and almost silky mouthfeel is pretty much all I can ask for in a big stout as well.

Drinkability is very good overall. I love how all the flavors mix and everything compliments each other nicely. This is the perfect example of a barrel aged beer in my opinion and one I hold all others to as a benchmark. One of the best beers I've had period. Perfect drink for this cold evening.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Review from notes. Review is from 2009 vintage.

A: Pours a deep black color with a very small mocha colored head, little retention and lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon, some vanilla, a little bit chocolate, and a very faint maple aroma actually. The chocolate and vanilla mix slightly to give off a little bit of a mocha aroma.

T: Extremely smooth, again with a good bit of bourbon, vanilla, a little bit of chocolate, and caramel.

M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Nice and thick/chewy. The alcohol is there, but doesn't do anything to make the beer hard to drink. Just warms a little.

O: Fantastic beer, for the abv it is surprisingly easy to drink. Great flavor profile.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Thanks to Lunch for throwing this in as an extra in our trade!

a - Pours a very dark black, not letting in any light. Little carbonation and a little bit of a brown colored head that lasts for about a minute.

s - Wow, smells amazing. Lots of bourbon here, also a wood smell. A hint of chocolate as well.

t - Tastes just like it smells; delicious. A great bourbon taste, with caramel and a little bit of chocolate as well. Also taste the oak a bit.

m - Smooth and creamy, thick body, small amount of carbonation.

d - I really enjoyed this beer. It's one of the better bourbon stouts I've had and if you are a fan of whiskey like me, this is a definite must-try. Because of the 13% ABV I wouldn't drink too many at once but it sure tastes great.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears opaque black burnt malt color forms an oozing tan chocolate head leaves fine specks of lacing after the oil like pour. Aroma is primarily charred oak vanilla with dark chocolate whiskey barrel aging is here on multiple levels vinous fruit alcohol almost takes out some un needed nose hairs. Flavor is big almost too big half the bottle is an ample serving size for me the vanilla charred oak tone is great in moderation dark chocolate and espresso coffee with leafy tobacco like edge to it all with fusel alcohol finish it doesn't hide the fact that it's 11% alcohol by volume very well. Mouthfeel has a Chewy texture low carbontion as it warms it's a bit cloying on the palate. Drinkabiliy is limited for me, it challenges the senses but sessionability is key sometimes if looking for an extreme barrel aged creation you have found a full flavored one.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pop the cap and a whiff of mystery just hits my nose, and the bottle is a foot from my face. Pours pitch black with just a very small amount of tan head on the top. Nose hints of vanilla. A nice little tease for the senses really. Flavor is thick and complex. Vanilla, thick malts, and a load of body just come together. Thick liquid feel and a low carbonation still feel nice. Drinkable? This is more an interesting sipper. Something to ponder, and probably something that could use a few more years to mellow and chill.

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

I decided to re-review this beer upon having it on draft and in the bottle this weekend, after not having it for the better part of a year.

A: Deep black with a half inch of beige head that hangs out for several minutes, leaving some good lacing on the tulip glass. A much different and improved presentation from the bottled version.

S: Alcohol, roasted malt, bourbon. The aroma is huge and detectable from several feet away.

T: This is a big, rich beer, with a potent dose of bourbon, alcohol, and roasted malt. Wonderfully delicious chocolates also make up a large portion of the flavor. I find it to be very enjoyable and well done. The 13% abv is definitely evident in the nose and the taste, but the beer is so well crafted, the flavor doesn't come across as hot, just robust and powerful.

M: The carbonation level is spot on, which is another notable improvement over the bottled serving. The feel is sticky, sweet, viscous, and chewy with a rich roasted malt and alcohol finish that lingers for a good while between sips.

D: The sweetness and high octane nature of Bourbon County Stout make this a great choice for sipping on a cold winter night, which is exactly what I did. While this is a nice brew I enjoy on occasion, I am satisfied with a small serving.

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Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a label of "2009" but the back of the label reads that it was bottled on 1/14/10.

Poured into a snifter this brew appears black in color. Around the edges there is barely any light shining through but what does break though displays a bit of brown clarity. A thin film of dark tan head appears and rapidly dissolves with audible fizzing. Very faint spotty lace clings to the glass with swirls that release carbonation but still fail to formulate a head.

The aroma of this brew is a pleasant blend of bourbon and vanilla. There are some woodsy suggestions of the oak aging process throughout the profile. The dark scent of the grain comes across with burnt notes lightly suggesting chocolate and coffee but these are quite subtle compared to the bold presence of bourbon and vanilla.

The taste of this brew is bold with a forceful kick of bourbon heat right upfront. The taste of the alcohol is somewhat solvent with a tangy bite partially influenced by some hops. The dark grain leaves a persistent bitterness like strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate that lingers in the mouth. The barrel aging influence is evident with some dry woodsy flavors that blend with the burnt grain aspect and turn to a more mellow vanilla smoothness that suggests dark caramel or toffee.

This is a full bodied brew that at times seems lighter just because of the sheer evaporative quality that this brew has inside your mouth. It is acceptably light in carbonation and is a mighty fine sipper on a cold night. This brew is a savage beast and I really like it. At 1 year old, it hasn't even touched a fraction of it's aging capacity and tastes strikingly similar to a 3 year old bottle I recently had. I know the label states that this brew can develop in the bottle for up to 5 years but lets be honest, that is a starting point for this brew.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Thanks to MarcatGSB for sending me a few of these!

Appearance - Pitch black with some transparency at the edges. No head, a slight wisp of lace, otherwise lifeless. Not a pretty looking beer, but it is 13%.

Smell - Bourbon like no other. A lot of booze, tooThe bourbon makes the rest of the beer smell fruity, almost like a quad would smell. It's intriguing, but it really does mask the aroma of the base beer.

Taste - Bourbon up front, with a strong chocolate malt midrange flavor. Really exceptional taste. Not really complex, I suppose, but the stout flavor is there and the bourbon complements it really well. It finishes chocolatey and boozy as hell.

Mouthfeel - Tastes every bit of 13% and possibly more. Tingly in the mouth, so much so that it's tough to tell the carbonation levels. Definitely a sipper, but clearly I'm not looking for a session of this beer. It's definitely hot and I'm wondering how my 07 is tasting about now.

Overall - This is one of those beers where the taste is so good that it outweighs the flaws of the rest of the beer. It's boozy and it looks the lower side of mediocre, but it tastes amazing.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 2,855 ratings.
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