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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%

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

Bottled in September, 2012. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Looks like used motor oil: jet black and very thick. Little to no head.

Smell: Wow. There is so much going on. Bourbon, vanilla, molasses, oak, and just a touch of hop bitterness. Can't wait to try a sip.

Taste: It follows the smell, but expands in every way. There is tons of bourbon, charred wood, molasses, bitter chocolate, and some boozy alcohol, though the ABV is fairly hidden. As I keep sipping, I taste plums and dates, in addition to more alcohol, char, vanilla, and bourbon. Despite the complexity, it is super balanced, with each flavor complementing each other.

Mouthfeel: Super thick and oily, with little carbonation. The finish is extra long, culminating in charred oak, hop bitterness,and yes, even more bourbon. It's good.

Overall: I know Goose Island isn't technically "craft" anymore, but if this isn't craft beer at its finest, I don't know what is. This is an amazing, huge beer with incredibly complexity and balance. Buy it. It's good.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a 16 oz pint glass. Got it from a local restaurant, so I didn't get a chance to inspect the bottle for a bottling or freshness date.

Appearance - A rich opaque black color that looks like cola. Chocolate colored foam appears about a half-finger thick before quickly dissipating, also similar to cola. I think the lack of head is pretty common for barrel-aged beers.

Smell - Notes of oak, bourbon and semi-sweet chocolate. Roasted malt and some play of dark, dried fruits, like raisins and dates.

Taste - Very heavy booze flavor, so I'm going to take a guess that this is a pretty recently-bottled batch. More whiskey and bittersweet chocolate. Burnt caramel and malt with a lingering, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Silky and smooth, with low carbonation and a medium body. Somehow manages to be rich without being chewy.

Overall a highly complex beer that lingers with you. Definitely a sipping beer, because at 15% abv, it will knock you back a notch or ten. I'd be curious to taste it with some more age and see how it mellows out.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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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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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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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 12,401 ratings
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