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Brewed by:
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 Josievan
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bourbon County Stout pours a sexy jet black. This beer, along with Founders Breakfast Stout, are the most opaque beers I've ever encountered. Describing beers as having the consistency of motor oil is probably overused, but here it is absolutely warranted. The head is a dark brown, always a good sign. However, this dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aroma is quite boozy, with the bourbon-aging coming through well. Caramel and vanilla are also present.

Taste: Wow, this has to be one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted! There's just so much going on. A glorious array of flavors cascade across the palate. Each sip seems to bring forth new and different delights. There's soft vanilla, woodiness, and booze from the bourbon. Then there's caramel and toffee notes from the malt. Dark fruit even seems to be in the mix.

Through all of this, the beer manages to be surprisingly sweet. There is also some cereal flavor, which is rare for a stout. The alcohol is certainly present, but is not obtrusive. Going by the taste, I would have guessed this to be in the 8-9% range, not as high as 13%.

Mouthfeel: BCS's body is as thick as molasses, quite viscous. It's also much smoother than one might have guessed for 13%.

Drinkability: This is a slow sipper by necessity, to be sure. But it is so delicious that I wish this weren't the case.

Notes: I believe this is the highest alcohol content beer that I've yet tried. It is a feat that the alcohol here is not as harsh as many beers with much lower ABVs. The alcohol provides a nice warming effect in the belly more than it is exhibited in the taste or mouthfeel.

I haven't had too many Goose Island beers that I've been truly impressed with, but Bourbon County Stout by itself solidifies the brewery as one of the great American breweries. I look forward to future opportunities to consume this rare treat. Bourbon County Stout is a true delicacy.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours black, one of the darkest black ive prolly ever seen. a small layer of brown mocha colored head that is completely gone within a couple minutes. a little lacing, more of a brown film on the glass. id like to go a little low on the appearence rating because of the lack of head, but the super dark color brings me to a 3.5.

the first thing your hit with in the aroma is the big alcohol, somewhat solvent like. some bourbon like whiskey aromas seem to blend in with the alcohol. the booze really makes it hard to pick out much in the aroma. theres some deeply roasted malts, a little dark chocolate, whiskey, anise, and a touch of vanilla and burnt marshmallows.

such a wonderful taste, truly top notch. boozy and strong - yes, but in a totally good way, the alcohol seems to meld so nicely with the rest of the flavors. soo much going on, so much i dont even have words for. i just blurt them out in no paticular order- heavily roasted malts, dark dark chocolate, woody smokiness, cocoa, bourbon whiskey, hints of vanilla, anise, raisons, figs, dried dark fruits, burnt marshmallow. finishs o so chocolaty and bitter. i feel as though most of my RIS taste reviews are very similar, but this one really just does it for me. again, theres a lot i dont have words for, complexity to say the least.

lovin the mouthfeel, big, strong, chewy, smooth, velvity. very light light carbonation with a big huge body. just seems to linger, all sorts of different flavors appear and dissappear in the time after you sip.

i really hate to even judge a thing like drinkability for this beer. its all so great, but just like any big RIS, you cant take too much of it, sits in the stomach real heavy. but put that and the ABV aside, i would drink as much of this as my stomach would let me. putting the huge cost of this beer aside of course. the price of this beer was definatly holding me back for awhile, but im glad i finally came around, because this is definatly at the top of my list. go get it! dont be scared!!

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Photo of RiverCityBrews
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark oily black w/ no transparency. Pours slightly syrupy with a sticky resin like cling. This bottle, even with a 3in top straight down pour produces a 1/10th finger head that was a dark brown/amber.

Smell - Full and warm. Sweet but rich with a dense natural vanilla and dark caramel notes.

Taste - The smoke from the insides of the charred white oak barrels really comes through in this beer. The taste is permeating and long lasting. Round but direct, it gives slight hints of raisin of fig with undertones of rich dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Almost sticky. It lets you know it's there with an overpowering presence. Coats and warms the mouth.

Drinkablility- If you've got the money for it and it's cold enough enough outside. You could go for 3 or 4.

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Photo of gatorhophead
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 6oz into a 13oz snifter

1/4" head fades quickly to a nice thin lacing, appearance is dark as night just like a stout should be. Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla and a hint of chocolate and some more bourbon. Taste follows the smell, but I have to say this the most balanced beer I've had at this ABV. Starts out with a good balance of chocolate, oak, vanilla and bourbon and fades nicely into a bourbon finish with a touch of coffee and an alcohol warmth. For the "ABV" this beer is very drinkable and I have to say it measures up with the best of the bourbon aged stouts.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty big brew. At 13 abv it hides a good deal of it. Pours a beautiful black oil with a dark brown head. There is just a punch in the face of coffee and chocolate. Upfront dark chocolate the smoothes to the back of the palate then turns into a dark bitter chocolate with a long bitter finish. The texture is velvet. Good brew.

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage, Duvel Snifter

A: Black. Not a huge head even with an aggressive pour, what did develop was mocha in color, less than a finger. I know this description is becoming hackneyed, but it looks like an oil slick in the glass. Blah!

S: This smells like a shot of whiskey, really. Upon further inspection, theres some chocolate in there, anise, some coffee. Many of the usual suspects regarding stout aromas are represented well, but bourbon, booze, and charred something, dominates the nose, without a doubt.

T: Much more complex, and pleasing than the smell. Bourbon nails you first, hits pretty hard. The bourbon mellows quickly and reveals chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, dark fruits - all the good stuff. I have to mention how sweet this is, definitely a sugar bomb. Finish is dry and bitter, almost completely abrasive to the tongue and throat - further reinforcing the notion that this is a SIPPER. Alot of nuttiness in the after taste.

M: Thick!! Oily, syrupy....

D: For what it is, I guess BCS is pretty drinkable. Although, given the ABV and flavor profile Im having a tough time finishing a 12oz myself (your mileage may vary). Id rather split this between 2 or 3 people.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The pour is pitch black with a very nice brown head that quickly hides into the black abyss. A bit of agitation makes this foam come back, very nice.

Lots and lots of booze in the smell. It seems to cover up some of the other flavors that are trying to come through. There is some roasted peanuts, bourbon, and chocolate in there somewhere. I'm also picking up some smoky undertones.

Wow, this is very rich and delicious. The sweet bourbon taste seems to be up front in the taste with a lot of chocolate bitterness and smoky, toasted marshmallow balancing the back end.

This is a big boy that is extremely thick and sticky. I almost need a chaser of water to cleanse my mouth after each sip, it really sticks around.

Is this drinkable, oh yes. I want to keep drinking it to explore its complexity. 1 will be enough for the evening as any more would weigh me down.

This definitely did not dissapoint, it is a very tasty brew!

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think it is time to review this. One of my first "great" beers I had a chance to try. This one is a 2008, and one of the first beers I put in my cellar. Poured into my tulip.

A - Almost pure black - small amount of head faded quickly. Bubbles are closer to white than brown. Great legs, but minimal lacing.

S - This smells like heaven. Well, I'm not sure heaven smells like booze. If heaven does have a boozy smell, it would probably be a mellow, warming, sweet bourbon roasted malty stout smell like this.

T & M - Style defining. This was my first barrel aged beer, and it still might be the best balanced. At just over a year old, these flavors are coming together perfectly. Just the right level of bourbon combined with a rich creamy body of dark malt. If I were to nitpick, I would say it is slightly acidic.

D - The 13% isn't hidden, but highlighted. The warm burn is the perfect finish to an intense beer. The 4 pack that remains in my cellar is in no immediate danger for the time being.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(this is a tasting of a 2008 vintage bought in Junction City, Kansas)

Quite possibly the best beer I've had in my life. A singular experience in beer tasting, where stout, fine bourbon and a meritage wine meet.

Glorious beautiful dark brown beer with giant fluffy dark tan head that lasts forever.

Intense strong aroma. The flavor is very complex. I get some fruity wine like notes, lots of dark chocolate, some creamyness, some coffee. There is also lots of alcohol. I swear there must be some of the "angel's share" from the bourbon barrel that has made into this brew, as there is some toasty wood. Fresh vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel is from another planet. Smooth but rich texture. Velvety on the tongue.

The only possible negative I can think of on this beer is drinkability. This is 13% alcohol (as a strong as a big california red wine) so two 12 oz bottles is enough to get you snockered. This beer is one for slow sipping.

But boy it is so, so good. This beer good enough to make skeptics believe in the divine. It really is that good. Beer this good is a gift of the gods. On the other hand, my theology might be fueled by the high alcohol.

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass from a 12oz bottle. Looking foreword to sipping this one. 2009 vintage.

A - A generous pour shows a pitch black oily and creamy liquid with some brown hints. There is a .5 inch head that is tan and dense but recedes pretty quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Strong Bourbon smell is immediately and almost over-whelimgly present. Wow! Prunes and raisins, some anise and some woody hints. Very complex beer. Vanilla spice and some chocolate. Very Boozy and very delicious.

T & M - Creamy and oily with some strong, very strong bourbon flavors. tons of maple syrup, vanilla, chocolate and nice spices as well. Oaky flavors match well with the aromas. My taste buds are on overdrive! Complex and delicious beer. As the beer goes down a warming almost burning aftertaste engulfs my throat and tongue. Definitely 13 ABV. Creamy and complex full bodied beer. Great stuff.

D - Well. Definitely a sippin beer and a one bottle and done for me. But very delicious and would have again.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Poured into a wide mouth stem glass from a 12 oz brown twist-off.

Generated a deep brown head with minimal retention, even with a pretty aggressive pour. Darker than a black hole, this brew draws the light out of the room. Around the edges a very minimal amount of light breaks through to reveal a deep red. Very scary stuff.

Roasty, BIG bourbon, some pruny notes, smoky-charred oak, lots of booze, faint vanilla on the nose. Incredible complexity.

Taste is immense, even compared to other impy stouts. First wave is prune, then smoke, sweet caramel malts, some roastyness, and a big lingering oak on the finish. Some vanilla sits on the palette after the swallow, along with some bourbon as well. Dark chocolate-chunk cookies. So much bourbon, but not overpowering. Alcohol is there, but not as much as would be expected for 13% ABV,hidden quite well. All the flavors come in waves, and even though they are intense, they create a great balance. A bit of dark bitter chocolate hiding in the background. It leaves a candied rum-raisin sweetness on the lips, which makes for a pleasant finish to the intense dark flavors of this brew.

Mouthfeel is dense, like eating a can of motor oil. Big chewy maltyness, oilyness, almost like syrup. It coats the mouth and throat on the way down. Full bodied.

Notes: This beer is borderline mind boggling. It's like a bourbon-chocolate milk shake; so thick, so many intense flavor profiles. This is definitely once an evening. Actually, more like once a month so your mind can readjust to normal beers again. This is a beer that you can only pull out on someone who really digs big beers, otherwise you are just going to scare the crap out of somebody. This is more akin to drinking a dark chocolate/vanilla liqueur than a beer, fo' sho'.

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Photo of beertunes
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew really hits the target on how to do bourbon barrel beer. The beer poured solid black and thick. There was no head, but perhaps a touch of legs on the side of the glass.

The aroma was a nice, balanced blend of beer and bourbon. The bourbon was noticeable but not overpowering, and the roast and malt scents provided a solid base. The flavor was dialed in even better than the aroma. The bourbon came solid across the tongue and seemed at first like it would dominate. The roasty, toasty, malty base beer proved to be an even match for the bourbons strength. This was the best tasting bourbon beer I've yet had.

The only thing I can say about the body and drinkability is, Very Fucking Good.

Goose Island really got this beer right. A job well done.

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Photo of palmdalethriller
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful jet black into the glass with a nice tan head on tap.

The first whiff brings a shot of vanilla and bourbon into the nose, followed by more bourbon and more vanilla. Roasted chocolate is there as well, but mostly in the background.

The bourbon isn't as up front in the taste, but the sweet maltiness is right there, and it's delicious. Rich and sweet, it is an unabashed malt bomb. The texture is velvety and smooth, and it coats your tongue as it goes down. There is a slight alcohol burn as it goes down as well.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 12 oz bottle.
A: pours a thick black with a nice and dense brown head.
S: bourbon/whisky, chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, espresso, dark dried stone fruits. very big aroma.
T: big, thick sweet chocolatey malts along with everything noted above. complex. very long semisweet finish. boozy.
M: full-bodied, big, thick and very viscous.
D: dessert like, a sipper, would be great match for cigars.

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Photo of Hokies
4.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to discovolante65 for this gift. 12oz bottle bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Pours a jet black colour with a decent rich tan head and a light lace left on the glass.

Whew, the aroma is filled with bourbon and followed up with some chocolate, coffee and vanilla.

The bourbon has really mellowed out the roasted malts and even though the bourbon is quite strong it allows for the chocolate and coffee to come through. Very rich and creamy almost like melted chocolate ice cream. As it warms the bourbon slowly dissipates and the flavor begins to unveil some raisin, vanilla and caramel.

Rich, creamy and tasty and even though at times the bourbon is a little strong this is one great beer thanks Andrew.

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Photo of DFHAle
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a minimal head that leaves little to no lacing.

S - Very strong aroma of bourbon and chocolate.

T - Begins with a carbonated sensation on the front of your tongue, then the bourbon (Alcohol) begins to take over with a mixture of chocolate and coffee flavor.

M - Not too thin or thick but medium bodied which given the amount of flavor and ABV is surprising.

D - It's definitely a sipper but again given the amount of flavor and alcohol it was very drinkable. I found myself placing my glass down after a mouthful but picking up as soon as I swallowed.

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

What a fucking amazing brew. Thanks DrDoitchbig!

The appearance built a good head for an aged beer. The lace was lacking, but the cascading effects of the bubbles when tilted from side-to-side is amazing. This is a big, dark brew. Just how I like them!

The smell is bourbon smores; bourbon, chocolate, marshmallow, graham cracker. Need I say more?

I believe in the smell, taste and mouthfeel, this beer has been brewed perfectly. There is no flaw!

The taste is bourbon, raisin, graham cracker marshmallow, chocolate, dates, some plum and plenty of alcohol. Perfect! Better than The Abyss, Short's cup of Joe, Stone IRS, Ten Fidy, Czar, Rasputin XII, and comparable to Peche Mortel. Fucking amazing, once again.

The feel is thick but goes down smoothly. The aging in bourbon barrels has done this beer wonders.

This beer is 13.00%! What do you expect? The drinkability is almost perfect considering what this is.

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Photo of HeartPAC
3.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Bottle
Appearance: Darker than a winter day in Alaska, frothy tan head which rapidly fades into a smoky ring.
Smell: One word...Bourbon, ok two words...spiced raisin.
Taste: Sweet and oaky at the front door that slowly fades into a spicy twinge at the back door. Definitely some chocolate hiding in there too.
Mouthfeel: Appropriate carbonation. Spicy overtones really light up the taste-buds, the mouth really feels alive even minutes after you swig.
Drinkability: The overwhelming aroma and flavor are great for taste but really slow the process, unless you have some time and a cigar on your schedule.
Overview: Fantastic beer, but you need to pick your spots with this one. Lucky enough to reside in the Chicagoland area and able to endulge on Goose Island products at will!! Would definitely come back to this one though!

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Photo of Pabs311
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gibb on this one

A- Pours deep black in color with a thin chocolaty head that dissapears quickly leaving minimal lacing.

S- The bourbon can deffinatly be picked up here. some vanilla and toffee mixed with the bourbon bozziness are mighty strong. theres also some milk chocolate and a slight hint of coffee from the malts here. very nice aroma.

T- The taste is a mirror of the aroma. vanilla, toffee and bourbon make up the forefront of this beers taste and then theres a nice hint of maltiness that shows itself as chocolate and coffee.

M/D- full bodied, low carbonation, great mouthfeel and very smooth. i wish they'd bring goose island to CT cause this beer is something i wish i could get my hand on. great beer.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours thick and velvety into the glass with little to no head to speak of; slight tan edging around the glass that quickly settles into a mirror-like cap of no carbonation. Color is completely black.

Smell: Big, thick, luscious, deep, enticing and intoxicating. Strong notes of sweet burnt malt, warm alcohol, vanilla, oak, leather, coco and roasted raisins. These all blend together into a delicious aroma bouquet that asks to be drank.

Taste: The taste very closely matches the nose, which is nice: slightly bitter notes up front, followed quickly by sweet roasted malt and vanilla, alcohol, raisins, prunes, and blends together with oak and finished with strong bitterness. Aftertaste is bready and satisfying. The flavor is all around huge, couldn't get much bigger without being too intense. But this is just right all around, super fun to drink.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with good however light carbonation. Alcohol is warming and activates the taste buds but doesn't overpower.

Drinkability: For the strength and intensity of the flavors this beer is exceptionally drinkable.

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Photo of Kendo
4.27/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter. Small chocolatey brown head over a black body. Head disappears just about immediately.

S: From a distance, it's all bourbon. Gets stronger as I get my nose into it. Smell stays throughout, even as it warms.

T: Wow. Lots going on. Bourbony booze is the most obvious thing, both in the nose and the initial impression on the palate. Finishes with heat felt at the back of the mouth and down the gulley. There's also dark dried fruit -- raisins and raisiny port -- and molasses. After each sip, I get just a touch of chocolate -- milk chocolate, not dark chocolate -- on the front of the tongue.

M: Full-bodied. Slightly -- and surprisingly -- creamy. Better in feel as it warms (or maybe just because I've become acustomed to the boozy taste and hot feel).

D: OK. A sipper. Took one hour, 30 mins to finish.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Grill, Boston, MA on 3/1/10.

A - Appeared as an oily abyss of utter blackness with a sliver of burnt tan head that diminished further into a thin ring around the edge of the glass, leaving very little lace behind.

S - On the surface, BCS slams your olfactory with equal parts bourbon and vanilla, resulting in a tempting sweet and boozy aroma. Underneath it all lies a crispy malt character and a hint of milk chocolate. Easily one of the most pleasant and aromatic bourbon beers on the market.

T - Delicious concoction of lush vanilla and warm bourbon with hints of puffed rice-like malt, chocolate notes and toasted grains. Finishes with an earthy hop presence and bitter chocolate notes.

M - Oily and viscous with a warm, boozy character and bristly carbonation resulting in lots of friction on the tongue. Finishes with plenty of bitterness and some alcohol heat on the palate.

D - While the "B" aspect of BCS does indeed provide quite a healthy dose of alcohol warmth, it still drinks like a champ for a huge 13% Imperial Stout. This is a beautiful beer, no doubt about it.

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

First of all, this beer is a mainstay in my rotation...an almost perfect default nightcap when only one beer is needed. It has been an angelic presence in the freezing winter. A companion through many hours of fireside contemplation. On the right night it becomes almost effortless in drinkability even remarkably balanced.
Into the glass pours a none-more-black oil that slowly generates an espresso crema-esque layer of carbonation on the surface. The smell is akin to walking down a hall of kitchens. Impressions of chocolate brownies, bourbon balls, coffee cake, and burnt brown sugar atop a just torched creme brulee fill the mind. The spectrum of scents is so incredible that it could be a vapor course at Moto. The taste demands an hour's repose. Dark, bitter chocolate precedes the vanilla, caramel, smoke and charred notes of fine bourbon. Dried cherries and raisins form in a holy alliance with classic stout traits of coffee and cream. It is thick enough to be a foodstuff. The finish makes me wonder how they bottled silk? This particular day I paired with a 2007 Kentucky Black Gold cigar aged in Woodford barrels for two years. The earthy, mellow notes meld flawlessly with the rich, smoky character of the brew. Yes, this certainly is the greatest cigar beer in the world. And this is why I always have a few cases around. Cheers to Greg Hall and Goose Island, 2009 is the best Bourbon County Stout of all.

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Photo of jtrem14
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors a rich dark brown, with almost no head. That little amount of head quickly subsides into the body, making it look a bit flat. No lacing on the glass at all.

At first you are hit with the very distinct bourbon aroma, and then that quickly moves to a dark roasted malty smell and then finishes with the sweetness of brownsugar/molasses and raisins.

The taste is much of the same as the aroma. The woodiness of the bourbon barrels really comes through and injects its tongue numbing wonderful taste to the front end. Then the sweet flavors begin to take over as the raisins and molasses are really pronounced. You also get a subtle bit of nuttyness and toffee flavors.

It comes in to your mouth a bit strong, as I mentioned the tongue numbing. However, that is only briefly and very welcome (to me) as it is followed by a rich and smooth texture that I would expect in a stout.

While this is a very boozy beer, it is very easy to drink for me. I love bourbon and stouts. The two pair very nicely for me and I could definitely sit back and drink this on any given night.

great brew

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Photo of jeremyn
3.72/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bomber poured into a brandy snifter. About 50 degrees.

Smell: sweet alcohol, molasses, wood, raisin, dark cherry

Taste: sweet alcohol, molasses, chocolate, anise, moderate bitterness -- but only on the back end

Mouthfeel: thinner than I expected but creamy. Low carbonation but nice fine bubbles.

Drinkability: a bit low due to the alcohol and sweetness. I'm sharing one and I still think we might have trouble finishing it. Cooling it down didn't really help.

It's hard for me to rate this. I don't go head-over-heels for these sweet, huge ABV stouts. I like it, but it's hard for me to enjoy much more than 5-10 sips. If I could buy a 12 oz bottle to share, or if I tasted a few sips of it at a friend's house, I'd probably rate this higher... . But when I spend $13 on a bomber, I feel like I need to finish it. After the 5-10 sip sweet spot, I don't enjoy it quite as much as I did at first.

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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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