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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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of apasternak
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sczarn2
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: poured from bottle, settles very clean with no head, minimal residual bubbles on periphery of surface. Very dark in color, opaque.

S: smell of bourbon is quite evident, with hints of molasses and chocolate.

T: complex blend of chocolate, molasses and a tiny burn(In a good way!)

M: a whoosh spreading outward from tip of tongue with a hearty feel.

O: a delightful sipping beer paired excellent with a pecan pie!

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Photo of drew74
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of WTKeene
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

A 2013 bottle poured into a Trillium tasting tulip.

Appearance: Jet black motor oil. Hints of coffee brown around the edges. No head, but a tiny eggshell crown.

Smell: Boozy, nutty. Hints of coffee and hazelnuts, lots of sweet dark chocolate.

Taste: Dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Thick and dark, roasty. When I opened this the day of release I remembered a decent amount of orange. Don't get any of that right now. Sweet but with a few hints of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky. Lower carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: There isn't a whole lot to say about this beer that hasn't already been said. It's a fantastic barrel aged stout.

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

Pours like 40 Weight, black as night, incredibly syrupy, and dense, lots of semi-sweet chocolate, BOURBON, rum, pecan praline, dried figs, dates, raisins, currant, and a touch of prune, extremely sweet, but never cloying, and dried out a bit by a welcome touch of coffee bitterness in the endless finish. Overall, very new all-time favorite Impy!

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Photo of oatsodas
4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, with a thin, light tan head.

S: Bourbon, a little toasty, malty. And bourbon.

T: More bourbon, some toffee, chocolate, oak. Some booziness. Lots of layers, a lot going on, but comes together very well.

M: Lightly carbonated. Smooth, full-bodied.

O: An excellent barrell aged stout. Lots of flavors that all come together well with a nice bourbon, oaky flavor. Don't sleep on this one - if you see it, buy it.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of scotorum
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Black with just a hint of ruby at the bottom when seen through light, thin tan head disappeared quickly to just a few hints of lacing.

s: Bourbon

t: Bourbon and dark malt up front. Puckers the back of the mouth, and alcohol burn on the way down, no surprise given the highest ABV I have ever had in beer (15%). Slightly fruity finish.

m: Medium to heavy, smooth except for the aforementioned tendency for the sides of the back of the mouth to pucker, and the raging alcohol burn on the way down.

o; Packs a wallop of bourbon, dark malt and alcohol. More substance and less dominant bourbon flavor to it than the only other bourbon flavored beer I have had, Alltech's Kentucky Bourbon Barrel. Pretty overpowering. I can see why it is so highly rated. Still, if I want bourbon flavored beer, I think I'll go with something less lethal, not to say a helluva lot cheaper.

UPDATE 11/29/14: 2014 regular BCBS was delayed but a local store put out some 2012 on Black Friday to satisfy demand. Let's see how it fared.

a: Poured an oily opaque black with a thin head of unusually large bubbles which disappeared fairly quickly. Poured into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

s: Strong bourbon.

t: Bourbon and intense dark chocolatey malt. Alcohol burns the throat. Later the bourbon flavor dominates more completely.

m: Medium to full, oily, quite a bit of carbonation tingle.

o: Unique and outstanding! Definitely a slow sipper, a real boozy powerhouse that will never be accused of being watery. Bought some 2014 today and will do a comparison with this and 2013 very soon!

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 8/29/13. Consumed on 11/28.

A - Pours thick, almost black in color. Half finger of deep cinnamon colored head which quickly dissipates. Strong initial carbonation, but quickly fades.

S - Intensely fragrant. Bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and dark chocolate.

T - Very flavorful. Bourbon, dark chocolate, espresso, and brown sugar. Bourbon well balanced with other flavors. No doubt this is a big beer, but not a glass of bourbon... it's a stout with bourbon tones. Very warming and slightly peppery from higher alcohol content. However, despite ~15% ABV, it's not an alcohol bomb. You know it's there, and it's definitely a slow drinking beer, but it is not overwhelming by any means.

M - Silky with very nice carbonation. Thick, but not overly sticky.

O - No surprises here... it's as good as advertised. Love it.

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Photo of Jones153
4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of PF15
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of IrishKevin
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JuniperJesus
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.83/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Cmon, a top 250 stout...Appearance is perfect.
S- Dark fruits, chocolate, and booziness in that order.
T- Phenomenal. It's so well rounded. After the vanilla, chocolate, and caramel pass, there is a distinct booziness bite, but it is great. I wish I had 5 gallons.
M- For a powerful stout, the body is nice and light bodied.
O-Can't say I've had a better bourbon barrel aged stout. Parabola is the only one is beat it on shear taste.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Warlocks-Passage
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MrBoh
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 bottle poured into oversized snifter. Almost jet black, appears to have the consistency of oil but darker. Minimal head, but lacing nonetheless.

Scent of figs, vanilla then wood and of course, bourbon. A little dry sting to the nostrils.

Taste of oak, vanilla, bourbon, dried dark fruit, cocoa nibs. Finish is very oaky and bourbony but balanced with sweetness. Alcohol is present, but goes smoothly over the palate.

A tad bitter, but a nice balancing sweet finish. Viscous and a bit chewy.

Overall, very balanced, and as smooth as a beer this strong can be. This is really the only beet I've had that deserves the word bourbon in the name. Not just a hint of bourbon, they did it right. The only thing that could really make this better would be cold steeped coffee, and they have a beer for that.

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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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