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Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

2,852 Reviews
Bourbon County Brand StoutBourbon County Brand Stout

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

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Photo of davidperez
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first liberating gasp of the beer (that moment where the cap barely releases a modicum of pressure), revealed a massive coconut with some roasted malts perfume, reassuring me that my hype was not to be let down.

Served in a snifter, it pours a black ink, thick, seemingly oily.
The pour induced the formation of a small dark brown foam, not enough to cover the whole surface area, and evidently not enough to form a head. Such foam had low retention.
This beer leaves no lacing. Instead, after a swirl this beer coats the glass with a transparent, oily layer, exactly like tears of wine.
After some more time of gentle swirling, you can actually see that the beer paints the glass with a tender and subtle brown hue, akin to the effect of a red wine of an intensely pigmented varietal on its glass.
Bourbon County Brand Stout is beautiful to the eye.

This bouquet is superlative.
Massive coconut, assertive alcohol reminiscent of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, cherry and raisins, charred wood, slight hint of tobacco, slight hint of coffee.
These particular set of elements present in the bouquet set the tone for a clearly sophisticated beer.

Magnificent flavor.
It overruns your palate with a complex sweetness and a hot spirit-like component.
Notes of caramel, coconut, vanilla, molasses, subtle chocolate and coffee, slight hint of raisins and cherry.
Moments before reaching the finish, you sense the vestigial bitterness coming from the roasted malts, and the tobacco/smokiness becomes present too, giving this beer a subtle twist right before fading.
The aftertaste is bourbon-like, and it has a strong vanilla component, which lingers pleasantly. Despite the assertiveness, almost aggressiveness of all the flavors in this beer, the aftertaste doesn't last that long.
The mouthfeel is also delicious. Oily, silky but mostly chewy, this liquid caresses your palate while delivering all of its notes. Warm.
No carbonation present, which, needless to say, it fits perfectly in the equation.

After emptying the snifter, you corroborate what could be seen when the glass was full with some gentle swirling: this beer treats the glass as a canvas, and paints its walls with a light, translucent, brown hue.

Great depth and complexity.

Bourbon County Brand Stout, epitome of a world class beer.

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Photo of Uscjojo
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Black with a small tan head. looks like black motor oil. The smell is chocolate, burnt sugar, dark fruits, coffee, bourbon, and roast malts. The taste is amazing! chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, coffee and bourbon. The bourbon is definitely present. Feel is thick, clings to mouth and heat from bourbon. This is my favorite stout! I have three of the 2015's aging in my cellar.... Yay!!

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Photo of Bleer
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Shocking I know.... I do love this beer and will always go out of my way to find it. However, I do find it a little on the harsh side when compared to the bourbon county coffee or say a KBS. Jet black, boozy nose, little to no head, again a little more harsh than I prefer on the alcohol taste, and very warm/warming. I would love to try again after it ages a year or two!

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Photo of Spinaltapped
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: So dark. Probably a 9.5/10 in darkness with a tight medium khaki head. A bit shiny like obsidian. Almost no visible carbonation, but a a bit of lacing.

Smell: Roast malt, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, coffee, tobacco, a bit of bourbon soaked ripe cherry and raspberry. It's all great, but a bit muddled by the pervasiveness of the borbon as tends to be the case with fresher vintages of BCBS.

Taste: Tons of dark fruit in the front palate, prickly non-bitter roast coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Lacking the strong chocolate that I've had in past vintages. I'm really surprised about the vanilla, bourbon soaked cherry flavors. TONS.

Feel: Thick mouthfeel. 8.5/9 out of 10. Viscous. Slick and tongue coating.

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Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed Oct 1st, 2015 - 13.7% ABV

Look - if 10 is motor oil, I have this at a 9. TINY bit of light around the edges.
Smell - lots of sweet/dark fruits… good amount of chocolate and bourbon coming in as well.
Taste - taste is on point with the smell. Definitely strong sweet/dark fruits at first followed by milky chocolate and bourbon with a hint of toasted coconut/vanilla. I personally can't find a ton of vanilla on the backend like some people say, but I can tell its there.
Feel - very slick mouthfeel but not too thick.
Overall - Awesome beer. Very sweet with a slight alcohol burn, balanced quite nicely. I'd say its worth the hype.

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Photo of diddy4l
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours like motor oil,smells like high ABV. ,tastes like carmel,and bourbon,little bit of a burn, but a soothing burn,that keeps you going back to it over and over again

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Photo of tmm313
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 11/08/13
Drank 04/01/16

A - Pitch black in the glass. 1/2 finger head with aggressive pour, which disappeared immediately. No lacing, just legs. 5

S - Bourbon, barrel, chocolate covered cherries, raisins, and notes of vanilla. 4.5

T - Each sip is a little different, but basically: super sweet intro of caramelized sugar and a sweeter bourbon character. Mid way the alcohol kicks in with notes of dark chocolate, cherries, dark fruits, wood, and hints of vanilla. Every other sip or so I get a whisper of coconut, right before the roasted coffee settles in as the aftertaste. Maybe just a touch of earthy hop. Became much more balanced as it warmed. Flavors mingled and mixed together perfectly. Hard to put down. 5

M - Thick. Viscous. Sticky. Heaven. 5

O - Fantastic. My best advice is sip it while it's cold so you can enjoy it when it warms. It's a masterpiece. I waited 2 years to drink this and it did. not. disappoint. Cheers! 4.75

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Photo of iliketurtlesthx
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is for the 2015 bottle release. Had immediate after release and just cracked open another bottle.

I've tried all sorts of barrel aged stouts, porters, etc, but I keep coming back to this being one of my favorites. I love boozy, high ABV beers and this pleases me like no other. Pours super dark with a caramel head. The taste is rich with chocolate, vanilla, and some barrel.

Some of my favorite barrel aged beers are best in moderation (KBS, No Rules), but I could drink this any day of the week and never grow tired of it.

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Photo of Dusten2015
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had recently acquired this from a friend, and this was super hyped for me, i was worried, but mostly excited for it.

L: Black, small head that faded moderately quick

S: Bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and slight booze.

T: The hype was real. This beer was one of my favorites ever. It was such a sticky, sweet but tiny bit bitter beer.

F: oily, super smooth. velvet on the tongue

O: I will definetly try to have this beer more. This was fantastic. Can't wait to try the others.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thick and black color with a thick foamy brown head. Lovely aroma of bourbon, oak, molasses, figs, cocoa, and ashy charred barley malt. Sip by sip the layers of chocolate, dark cherries, char, and sweet fermented goodness unfolds with flavors similar to aroma with the bourbon notes nicely in balance and cradling all the rich malty goodness. Luscious full body this beer is almost a meal in itself and almost perfect.
I shared it with a buddy before a concert last night and all we had to drink it out of were red solo cups. It did not detract from this beer at all and it was by far the best beer I have ever had out of a solo cup!!

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Photo of bin31z
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and oily with no almost no head. Tons of toffee, caramely bitter chocolate on the nose. My bottle was fresh and had alot of banana bread/sticky sweet on the nose, might get better with age. Very sweet and a little bitter on the palate, almost cloyingly sweet, again, may get better with age. Oily and coats mouth. A very interesting drink but the banana notes and cloying sweetness is a little much for me but still a must try.

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Photo of BEEPOP
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a great beer to drink.

That being said I shared this with others that have said it was "too thick" and "tastes like hard alcohol". So this may not be for everybody.

The look of it is just great with a black body with a brown head. The smell is very inviting with coffee and chocolate but can be off putting if you don't like bourbon. The taste and feel is SUPER smooth but I prefer some of the harder to get beers over this.

Overall this is a bucket list beer but quickly other breweries are catching up or surpassing it.

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Photo of Mistamakkus
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A world class imperial stout standard. This beer leaves you with all the usual notes you'd expect from a huge beer style like this: Chocolate, coffee vanilla, some spice. But what really comes out of these beer is the balance. It's everything you want in a thick, viscous stout, but with balance that makes it very drinkable and very palatable with tons of desserts.

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Photo of Mike1958
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an incredible beer. Reminds me of a lovely semi sweet chocolate dipped in bourbon. The taste is unbelievable with notes of chocolate caramel and roasted goodness. My only regret is that this isn't available all year long.

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Photo of MatthewHopHead
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Black tar with a minimal cappuccino colored head.

Smell - Dark chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet liquor/oaky smell.

Taste - very rich dark Chocolate covered dark fruit. Heavy liquor finish.

Feel - full bodied and sticky. Really coats the mouth/lips.

Overall - world class stout. Needs some time to mellow.

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Photo of Spikester
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Chocolate cherries (dark chocolate) sweet dark chocolate some alcohol but not overwhelming.
Smell is chocolate cherries.
Taste is dark chocolate cherries. A little bit of molasses but mostly chocolate cherries.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is fine.
Overall a rich beer with a decent amount of carbonaition.
Nice smooth finish and lightly bitter.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.7/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Besides a foamy head, (which one would not expect, especially at ABV 13.8) there is nothing lacking in this stout. Rich and complex all around, there's a reason beeradvocate has this rated so high. Definitely a beer to sip on. Don't pass this one up.

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Photo of solefly23
4.81/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is my new favorite. The smell and taste have strong notes of molasses and dates. The high ABV is actually matched with the light carbonation. Great beer

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Photo of Dols401
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with almost no head. Very boubony aroma, with a roasted malt sweetness. An almost chocolate milk texture but in a good way. Slight carbonation. You can really taste the alcohol and the bourbon after the initial rich roasted flavor and creaminess and syrupiness. Very good beer. Not the best stout I have ever had but in the top 2.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 version had on 3/5/16. RATING : 4.6

First time I ever had BCBS, rated at 4.6 had at 1.5 years old
I was impressed, but even at a year old was still a bit to sweet, and not as full tasting as I was anticipating. Could have had my standards too high though.

2015 version had on 4/13/16 RATING 4.85
Now THIS is what I was expecting/wanted out of the legendary BCBS. This was amazing. And at only 5 months old. Dark fruit, roast, cocoa, some coffee. Wow.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Probably one of the best beers I've had this year. It simply delivered. The vanilla and caramel blend with the bourbon to create an amazing experience. I enjoy drinking it cold and letting it warm up for a different experience - less booze and more sweetness.

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark as sin, pours like motor oil sludge, leaves a decent head when you give it turbidity, not much head, transient lacing
S: molasses, brown sugar, malt on malt, cocoa, bourbon whiskey, oak, caramel, black licorice maybe, honey
T: chocolate, bourbon, malt, !, hides the alcohol very well, some oak, some smoke at the end, perfectly-toasted bread, figs, Caramelized sugar that's on the verge of burning the stove down, honey, bourbon with sugar is aftertaste, taste of bourbon is inversely proportional to temperature which is fun
M: fairly chewy with a slightly oily residue, leaves the lips sticky afterwards
O: lives up to the hype, this is really delicious, feel great afterwards too

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a perfect black like used motor oil with no light passing through. Hardly had a head to it. Can smell bourbon and dark fruit. Can taste roasted barley and fruit. One of the best tasting stouts.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Got bottles of 2015 release. This is a strong, full bodied stout. Poured dark black with little head. The aroma is strong - vanilla & bourbon. The taste is intensely vanilla and bourbon, with the alcohol dominating the after-taste. The body is very full, and pleasant. This is the most pleasant tasting Imperial Stout I have had.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date of 10/20/15

Appearance - Pours black with a brown, quarter finger width head that dissipates quickly to reveal a mostly barren surface.

Smell - An array of strong chocolate character with healthy bourbon backing it up. Vanilla and dark fruit. Caramel. Oak.

Taste - Follows the nose. A mix of dark and milk chocolate and cocoa, beset by a prominent but not overbearing bourbon character. Notes of vanilla and oak. Molasses. Faint coffee roast hits mid-taste. Coconut hits near the finish, catching the wave of chocolate and boozy bourbon warmth that rides well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Thick, near syrupy texture, but it goes down stupid smooth for a 14.3% BA stout this early into its development.

Overall - A classic and perhaps the Standard bearer for the style. Much respect. Excellent balance between the stout aspect and the heat from the bourbon barrel aging, resulting in a brew that's ready to drink right off the assembly line. I can't believe I put off buying it for this long!

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 2,852 ratings.
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