Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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): 14.10%

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 jeff1973
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Maudite tulip. Bottled 8/20/13, 2013 vintage (14.2%). Bought at Bevmo Costa Mesa CA for $23.99 a 4pk.

A - Black as motor oil. Light mocha head leaves decent lacing.

S - Lots of bourbon, vanilla, coconut. As well as, dark fruits (dried cherries, blueberries, figs, dates). A little tobacco.

T - Great mix of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, dried cherry, dried blueberry, and vanilla. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming (especially for a 14% brew). A lighter version (less boozy) of Black Tuesday. Very nice.

M - Thick and rich as expected. Perfect. Carbonation is medium low. Very complimentary.

O - Everything you want in a BB Imp Stout. Great mix of chocolate, bourbon, and booze notes. Age will probably make this even better. Smoothing out some of the harsh alcohol notes.

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

A deep viscous brownish black as i poured with some hints of deep wine red around the rim. Huge legs deep khaki brown head dissipates almost instantly.

S bourbon soaked sweetness. Pungent. Could prob get buzzed just smelling this thing

T more of that bourbon sweetness. Its not as hot as I thought it would be based on other reviews but the alcohol is present and you absolutely feel it going down. Clearly a sipper its perfectly sweet.

M chewy. excellent. just a touch of carbonation. Its a bit sticky which I'm not a fan of thus the slight deduction.

O I'm of the mindset that most beers are best fresh but I could see how this would age really well. A really well crafted beer.

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4/5  rDev -13%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of PaulyB83
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 08/29/13 14.9% ABV

A- Pours a think used motor oil black with a small dark brown sugar colored head that has to fight through the beer to form. The head dissipated to nothing very quickly but would come back on swirling and leaving quickly again. This beer clings to the glass amazingly.

S- Vanilla, bourbon, and dark dried fruits, nice buttery toffee all in perfect balance and all at big levels. I'm almost afraid to drink it because I don't want it to go away. Some ABV but not 14.9%'s worth.

T- This is one of the smoothest high ABV I've had. Much of the aroma but turned up and with a wonderfully Imperial stout finish. There is more ABV in the nose than in the taste. Oak, vanilla, dark roast, dark dried fruits. Alright after about an hour of warming up the ABV is coming through more and warming the throat. Still a pretty smooth high ABV beer.

M- Nice thick consistency, coats the mouth nicely. Not a lot of carb, but that is to be expected.

O- First time having this and went out on Black Friday to make sure I got some. Wish their was a little bit more head retention that I found in Black Note, kinda takes away from appearance for me. But that really is the only knock on it for me. Great balanced bourbon flavor and the stout coming through in the finish is pretty great as well. This is a lot of beer and probably one of the most concentrated in flavor beers I've had, it actually took me a while to drink the whole bottle. Splitting a bottle with a friend is actually a good idea, at least for me.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Chiefy770
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 fl ounce bottle into a Goose Island chalice.

Appearance: Rich dark brown, heck, nearly black body. Very thin bubbly light-brown head formed and did not linger.

Nose: Bourbon galore! Whiskey hits the nostrils hard. Sweet caramel and chocolate follow. Almost smells like someone decided to add a respectable amount of whiskey to a batch of brownies.

Taste: Pretty remarkable taste. Much like the nose, the bourbon is the first thing I tasted. The hops travel very well with the bitter taste of alcohol. The bourbon taste wears out and very tasty notes of chocolate and caramel break through. Toasted, almost burnt malts create somewhat of a smokey backdrop. The high carbonation makes this feel tangy and leaves a bitter finish.

Overall: I am still fairly new to the craft brew scene, in fact, this was my first Bourbon County Stout ever! It was great to meet fellow enthusiasts outside the liquor store as we stood in line. I'll be honest, this beer has an incredibly bold flavor. I was almost too overwhelmed after the first few sips. The taste is incredible, you just have to enjoy whiskey.

There is a ton of hype around these releases and I feel as though it was worth the rather high price and effort I put into locking down a pack of these. I hope I can restrain myself from digging into the four-pack I stuck in my basement to age...

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

2014 poured from fridge temp in June of 2017. Jet black - no carbonation. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, coffee, molasses. Taste is so freaking smooth. Sweet bourbon, coffee, vanilla, maple syrup, marshmallow. So smooth. Mouthfeel is one of the best. Thick and creamy. Overall an amazing beer.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 12,638 ratings