Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

12,157 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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4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into (2) Teku Glasses

Completely black with a very thin but very dark brown head.

Smelled of rich chocolate and alcohol with a great oaky bourbon character.

Taste followed smell with an incredibly long finish. Lots more chocolate and coffee with a the bourbon flavor extending past a full minute after the sip.

Mouthfeel was likely the best part of the beer with it's palate coating ability that lingers for a long time.


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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottle with a simple dark chocolate brown label. Smack dab in the middle is the name of the beer in big bold white letters with gold inlay. Above the name is a vintage year and below the name is a barrel and the ABV%. The black back label contains all the mandatory US info, proper serving glassware, and a bottled date and possible bottle number. This bottle was from 9/20/12 and 2101.

When poured into a Peg's Cantina Snifter, this barrel aged beer was a black beauty. Saying that this beer poured a pitch dark would be an under statement. It looks like I found this beer in an Alaskan oil field. Highlights? No way! This beer was so black and thick that our mighty sun would have trouble penetrating this beer with a powerful ray of light. I wasn't expecting much of a head of foam on this powerful beer and that's exactly what I got. I received a minimal beige head of foam. When I say minimal, I mean a few beige bubbles popped up and quickly faded away. I did see a tiny beige string of rings along the edge. This black ass appearance is a force to be reckoned with.

There's a lot going on in this aroma. I'm going to try to find a starting point. OK...let's start off with the beer's thick roasted malts aroma. Following the malts was a lot of dark chocolate, charred oak, roasted coffee beans, caramel, bourbon, roasted nuts, and dark fruits. These dark fruits consisted of rum raisins, plum, and black cherry. Following all of this was alcohol and a subtle whiff of vanilla. Everything except for the vanilla was in large amounts. This aroma loved the go big or go home theory.

You'd think a 15% ABV barrel aged stout would be overly boozy, but it really wasn't. Oh there was plenty of hot booze in the taste, but there was also plenty of flavor in this beer as well. Kicking off this barrel aged stout was the roasted coffee beans. Quickly following the coffee beans was the boozy roasted flavor punch that consisted of roasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon, caramel, black cherry, charred oak, and roasted nuts. After this flavor punch, in comes a dry bitter taste and a pinch of vanilla. A full flavored beer!

This was a full bodied beer (that's no surprise) with low carbonation and a full flavored aftertaste. This aftertaste was boozy, but like the taste, there was plenty of flavor to counter all the booze. The aftertaste had more roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, and black cherry. This beer didn't want to mess around. It showed its high proof percentage. This beer is a sipper. Take your time. It's not going anywhere.

Wow!! This is one really good bourbon barrel aged stout. I can see why it's a top beer on BA. This beer was packing in the flavor as well as the alcohol. I forgot who I traded to get this beer. OOPS! I would like to see what age will do to this beer....if it will last that long. I doubt father time will calm down the alcohol.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of BBP
4.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 vintage.

Pours pitch black with minimal head.

The aroma is a blast of bourbon. A bit of stout roastiness seeps through.

The flavor is perhaps the most blended hybrid of stout and bourbon. The more I drink, the more the base beer comes through. I imagine this would be superb fresh. At this age it's remarkably smooth, but I feel like it showcases the bourbon more than the base beer.

The beer is thick despite its age. The finish is very dry and sticky.

Overall this was a very smooth and remarkably balanced beer. I'd love to try the variants or to try this fresh. Right now it has become seamless, and while balanced, I would love a bit more character.

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4.5/5  rDev 0%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of Mikecap
4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured a deep, deep brown, nearly black into a 12 oz Allagash tulip. Short tannish head that stuck around for most of the glass. Lacing along the sides of the glass was present throughout.

Smell: Strong! Bourbon, chocolate, and caramel malts competing at the forefront here. Very sweet smell that is absolutely lovely.

Taste: Very heavy and some chocolate and caramel sweetness at play here. Very smooth but the alcohol is certainly present and this is certainly a sipper. Gets better as it warms up as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied without too much carbonation and relatively smooth for the amount of alcohol at play. Very creamy and sweet but again the alcohol is clearly present but not extremely overpowering.

Overall: This is my second time giving this a go and I am glad I did. My first experience left me thinking this beer was overhyped, but having it again was great. By far one of the best stouts I have had, but not quite on the level of Parabola. I would love to have this again, especially with some age on it.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.5 out of 5 based on 12,157 ratings.
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