Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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 VaTechHopHead
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - You know when you change the oil in your car? Yeah, it's as dark as used motor oil, no chance of seeing any light through this one. Dark tan/light brown head that kinda lasted but not much lace. Judging from the bottom of the bottle there is some sediment in there.

S - Tons of dark roasted malt characteristic and chocolate undertones. Waaaay in the back you get an undeniable bourbon scent. Slight coffee aroma is detected as well as a pleasant residual sugar smell blanketing all of it.

T - Whoa, this one will make your eyes water! Have you ever seen the movie Braveheart...well this beer is like the infamous battle scene, but instead of William Wallace and King Edward I you have fierce fired wood and intense bourbon flavors on one side of the battle ground, and on the other you have dry roasted coffee, semi-bitter chocolate, and malt sweetness. And if you've ever seen the movie you know what happens next. That's my analogy...I give it a 5.

M/D - About as big/thick/bold of a body you can get in a beer. Surprisingly smooth to start with very little carbonation, and a semi-dry finish. 13% alcohol? Bring it...this one burns almost like a shot of bourbon in the aftertaste and the flavor sticks on the palate for a while. That said, drinkbility is variable depending on how much you like to get punched in the face by ethyl alcohol flavors. That doesn't mean it detracts from the beer...just don't plan on swinging any claymore swords around after you finish this bottle.

I'm suddenly inspired to paint my face blue and and speak with a Gaelic accent...

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Photo of zdk9
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Michigan Trip Beer #1-
An amazing find on my short trip to Michigan. This is a beer I've been wanting since I started drinking good beer- and now I finally have it! (too bad the only glassware available is this hotel room highball).

A- Totally black- if there are any highlights they are a dark dark purply brown. Not any head which is only mildly weird given the glassware and the beer at hand.

S- In this department I really wish I could drink it in a snifter as directed. At first I wasn't noticing as much aroma as taste but as it goes down the glass and warms up I get more and more strength and complexity in the nose. There's definitely bourbon, oaky, vanilla, booze. Hints of unrefined vodka and corn whiskey (moonshine). Then bursts of chocolate- creamy and milky. Not a ton of roast on the smell but perfectly complex for my smelling.

T- Rich brown sugar. Creamy booze, almost like Baileys. Chocolate. Strong bourbon but not quite as vanilla and more tempered than the smell. Supremely delicious.

M- Silky smooth, delicious, sweet, lingering, awesome.

O- This beer was well worth the wait. An exceptional bourbony beer and one I hope to be able to have again.

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Photo of david18
3.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I probably need to try this again as a late night sipper rather than my first beer when I arrived at the bar in the late afternoon. It's a very strong stout, which, in my opinion doesn't do a great job of balancing the alcohol. Color was great, good carbonation that was surprisingly light for how dark the color was. Aroma is also very good. Again, the only problem is the strong alcohol taste that needs more hops and malt to balance it.

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

2008. 12oz bottle.

Aroma- chocolate, figs, wet tobacco, bourbon - woody and spicy. vanilla. strong thick aroma. cinnamon. alcohol. very strong oak and bourbon character. caramel. smokey. smooth.

App- very viscous and black. low foam.

Taste- very intense. sweet, thick chocolate. bitter, roasty, and very smooth. very clean alcohol. fruity- sweet cherry, some tartness. very mellow earthy hops. reminds me of ten fidy if it was oaked and much better. raison candy character. coffee.

Mouthfeel- low carb - perfect. thick but dry enough.

Overall- a perfect sipper. complex and intriguing. 12 oz in plenty (took 2 hours to drink). much better as it warms up.

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

A - Poured a black color with a thin brown head that fades quickly to a ring

S - Is a nose full of bourbon with nice oak and vanilla scents on the roasted malt

T - A wonderful blend of flavors the bourbon and oak flavors are strong but work very well with the stout as they don't overpower

M - This beer has a creamy smooth full body with light carbonation to it

D - This is just about as drinkable as you can get for a 13% abv beer yeah you can taste the alcohol but this beer is very smooth making it easy to drink this is a must try before you die beer

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

(2010, less than a month fresh) Pours a jet black without much of a head. The smell is of molasses, chocolates, and loads of sweet, sweet bourbon - this is what a bourbon barrel stout should smell like. The taste is loads of chocolate fudge, vanilla, and molasses, and tons of delicious bourbon. The bourbon is in your face fresh. FANTASTIC. Unlike any other beer I have tried before. Oily slick mouthfeel that matches the appearance with a medium body. Drinkability is easily a 4.5 as this combines a fantastic base stout with the best bourbon flavor I have had in a beer to date. I love drinking this, but about 8 - 10oz is perfect.

2007 (2 years old)

A - Pours a dark, deep black with a chocolaty head

S - smells of rich, fudgy chocolate. There is a touch of molasses, and the bourbon is faintly noticeable - it has faded quite significantly, but is still present.

T - The taste follows the nose. There is a ton of fudgy chocolate at first. This fades into a little bit of molasses and a bit of bourbon burn on the finish. There is also a bit of charcoal/burnt malt noticeable on the back-end. Overall, this is super rich and packed with flavor - outstanding. The bourbon has faded quite a bit, but the chocolates have become very pronounced - it is almost a new beer.

M - The body has thinned a little bit over the years, but it is still very smooth and goes down nicely.

D - This has held up fantastically over the last 2 years. I could drink BCS every night if I was able to. I didn't expect this thing to hold up this nicely. Fantastic.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours motor oil black with not too much of a dark brown head.
the aromas wafting off this beer are killer. rich bourbon laden oakey vanilla hits you first. rich roasted chocolate and dark malts with touches of coffee slide in beneath that. you find dark honey, molasses and a bit of cigar tobacco.
the taste is absolutely decadent. it's like a liquid malt ball... there's some serious chocolatey flavors rolling around. the bourbon barrel is obviously very evident with lots of vanilla/oak and ever so slight char. all the bourbon flavors with none of the hard alcohol bite. a little deeper in you get dark caramelized sugar and molasses rounding things out. at times the vanilla takes almost a coconut turn. it's got just enough bitterness for balance. the aftertaste is like a smokey malt ball. just a ton of stuff going on in your mouth. this is nothing less than the definition of bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.
the mouthfeel is viscous and full bodied. it's got very mellow carbonation that only adds to it's silky smooth texture.
the drinkability is pretty great as far as beers this big go. the 13% abv isn't present at all other than a slight warming on the tongue and at the back fo the throat. an absolutely phenomenal beer. if you don't like it you're probably a jerk.

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Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Oil black with thick brown head

S: bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate dominate.

T: very complex, leading with the roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted malts, finishing with a bit of bourbon heat.

M: very full, thick beer with approporiate carbonation.

D: drinkability is a relative term here, I could drink it forever, taking my time sipping it. very filling beer though.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up two bottles of this on a recent trip to Massachusetts. I've heard great things about this, although I never could get it in NH. Anyway, as I opened the first bottle, my expectations were sky high.

Appearance-Black as night, absolutely no light coming through this brew. One finger mocha head with almost no retention.

Aroma-As soon as I opened the bottle, there is an instant burst of bourbon aroma. Its a little boozy, but the strength and depth of flavors more than make up for that. Dark chocolate and molasses also hit hard. Burnt sugar with some dark fruit sweetness also appear in a lesser degree. Just amazingly layered and complex.

Taste-Bourbon and astrigent burnt sugar are the first things I detect on my tounge. Next there was a subtle, smooth transition to chocolate and molasses. Strong dark fruits also make an appearance. Finish is smokey with strong bitter chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel-Incredibly smooth and velvety. Almost no carbonation. Full bodied and then some. Leaves a nice smooth feeling in the mouth after each sip.

Drinkability-Well the ABV is through the roof and the flavor isn't exactly subtle, but this is a beer I could just sip on all night, without fail. For that reason I think this has great drinkability. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall, just an incredible beer in all reasons. I had this bottle without aging, I saved another for in a couple years. The flavors manage to be strong, forceful, and great on their own, but meld together to be better than the sum of their parts. Almost flawless. Layered and complex. A true masterpiece. Higher than highly recommended.

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Photo of Andreji
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping to have a small catch this afternoon at Union Sq's Whole Foods and i came across a single of this bourbon county sitting right beside a 120min ipa (which i also purchased). I thought to myself "I've heard of this on BA" but honestly didn't really have a clue about what this was.

Which is always the best purchase, if you ask me, when you just go straight, blindly at something without really knowing what to expect.

Once out of the paper bag i saw the "Goose Island" lid and thought to myself "Oh, right" (obviously bluffing, i've never tried anything from GI). popped it and poured it straight, sort of hoping to stirr it up a bit and see some carbonation.

This is like pouring tar, I tel you, or melted black chocolate if it sounds any tastier. Viscous to the bone, and the "head" i was aiming for never came. just a very discrete lace.

But i did manage to bring out a dozen smells. where to start? malty like a straight shot of whisky's malty. maybe trekking towards a liqueurish sense, perhaps a chocolatey bailey's, white russian is it? anyway let's not overexplore this. it's very sweet and full of alcohol. I know, it sounds bad, but somehow it's properly mixed to the point where smelling it's just not enough. It practically asks you to taste it.

And once you're in, you get a straight alcohol attack, on the nostrils and on the back of the tongue. By simpler standards i'd say that's disgusting, but my friends no, the trick is to get past this and taste the dark chocolate, coffeish burnt caramel feel on the very smooth oily layered feel on the tongue. Very discrete bitter finish which i thought was very harmonious because they don't tried to get carried away- it's already thick and booze-ish why would they top it off with excess IBUs?

In my opinion, kudos to these fellas, splendid "rogue diamond" sort of beer. Too many things put together in the right order, sort of like NYC.

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Photo of DanOLeary
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Rich aroma of bourbon and burnt oak with hints of dark chocolate and vanilla coming through as well. There is a spicy alcohol aroma that nearly burns the nose if you take a good breath in of this beer, which you want to do because the aroma is excellent. A slight roasted character lies in the back but you have to look for it amongst the bourbon and wood.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with initially an almond brown head, though the head dissipates very quickly and is all but gone within a minute of pouring. The beer does maintain a very thin ring around the glass. Light lacing will stick to the glass with a swirl.

Flavor: The tongue is hit up front with an oaken bourbon character which is quickly followed by a rich dark chocolate sweetness. Some dark fruit is present as the flavors progress toward the middle, prune and molasses are clear but there is the hint of vanilla as well. Toward the middle further enters a roasted quality, and the bourbon comes back again in full force before an alcohol bite finishes the beer off with a hot spice. The finish closes with some sweetness on the tongue and alcohol spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium carbonation. The malt character fills the mouth with a stickiness but this is offset by the dryness and warming character of the 13% alcohol content. Finish is dry at the back of the throat, but the malty body maintains a sticky sweetness on the tongue and lips.

Overall: Of Bourbon Barrel aged beers this certainly sits as one of my favorites. The bourbon character is well pronounced without being overwhelming. Aroma and flavor character runs the gamut from warm alcohol and bourbon spice to malt and chocolate richness. The combination of bourbon character and a rich imperial stout make this an excellent example of bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage consumed on a cold January night 2010

Pitch black with a thin brown head.

The smell is of burnt sugar, bread pudding, vanill, plums dates, figs, caramel sauce, anise?? and coffee liquor, nothing short of perfection really.

The flavor is just as exquisite. all of the above mentioned flavors are picked out on the tongue, as well as a huge whiskey bite, even after a year!

The co2 is pretty high which is nice for a brew of this size. perfectly full bodied and creamy feel.

I am tempted to take just a half a notch off of this one if only for it's excessive abv. but resisted due to it's exceptional flavor/feel and smell. Possibly one of the best Imp. Stouts brewed(that i've tried anyway), at least after a year of rest. Interested to try fresh as well as 2 years.

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Photo of beer1018
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, 2009 batch 12oz bottle. Apears black in the glass with a small carmel colored head like a stout should. Smell is dominated by chocolate and bourbon. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy like a guiness without all the carbonation. The taste is chocolate,bourbon and coffee. I have to take an issue with the alchol burn though, it is the one thing that takes the drinkability down. The KBS i had earlier didnt have nearly as much of a burn and hid the alchol much bettter. So far this is the second best stout i have had, maybe in 6 months i will have another to see if is a llitle smoother.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of the 2009 vintage from Total Beverage on a trip to Colorado. My first experience with the beer and was very curious to try it.

Appearance- The usual motor oil black with about a quarter finger of fizzy, dark brown head on top. Head dies back immediately, leaving just the black body of the beer. Little to no lace but pretty spot on for the style.

Smell- Oh boy, a lot going on here. Rich dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla really strike me. The wood is very evident and there is also a bit of a tobacco-ish quality that almost reminds me of walking into a cigar store. If the taste comes close to being as complex as this, there is a great beer in store.

Taste- Wow, this one really delivers for me. Huge mixture of rich dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, some burnt coffee, roasted malt, and most surprisingly of all, a dark fruitiness. I was not expecting any fruitiness but I couldn't shake it regardless. Delicious and one of my friends compared it to drinking a bar of dark chocolate dissolved in bourbon. Excellent.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is heavy and slick with just enough carbonation to liven it slightly in the mouth. What amazed me most was that I had heard this beer is very hot fresh. From my own experience, I disagree and think it did an excellent job of hiding the ABV. Because of that and the delicious complexity of the flavor, this had quite a high drinkability for the style.

Overall, an absolutely delicious beer. This is what I look for when I think barrel-aged imperial stout. A complex and interesting sipper. Will certainly have again.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 10/02/09 #1526
450-475 calories/12oz bottle

Purchased through West Lakeview Liqours, Chicago

Price - $22.49/4-pack

A twist off cap so need for the bottle opener.

Appearance: Pitch black with a brown head which quickly disappears to a thin ring. Quite viscous while swirling the glass, even lubricant like.

Smell: Huge sweet bourbon nose with chocolate and a hint of smoke in the backround. Half of the pleasure of enjoying this beer is sniffing the aroma. WOW

Taste: Chewy, thick and rich. Not much deviation from the nose. Strong bourbon taste with warming alcohol ringing out 13%. Chocolate reveals itself along with burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Sensational with a full bodied feel.

Drinkability: Finishes dry with little carbonation. A definate sipper.

A rich and flavorful beer experience. I really like this as a sipper. Another reason to appreciate this beer is that it's year round! "Goose Island keep it coming".

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

My 400th beer review here. Can I get to 500 before 2011?

A: Pours thick black body with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells strongly astringent, lots of alcohol with a sweet malty character underneath. Significant roasted malts with just a touch of dry hops. Hints of chocolate and subtle but strong notes of coffee.

T: Flavor is rich and complex, lots of dark roastiness and a significant presence of chocolate-covered cherries. Some alcohol astringency that burns on the way down the gullet. Finishes sweet with coffee and chocolate, leaves an astringent aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, leaving a significant oiliness on the tongue.

D: Overall drinkability is amazing considering the high ABV. At eleven dollars a bottle I wouldn't buy this often, but I'd buy it -- this is one of the few beers I could see actually being worth that kind of cost.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this is alcohol. Poured at 55 degrees into a wine glass. The smell of alcohol is apparent and distinct. The flavor is very complex --- tobacco, prunes, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate --- and alcohol. There is no hiding the 13% ABV. Don't get me wrong --- this is good stuff and the alcohol is not unpleasant --- it's welcoming and warm.

At the temperature I drank this wonderful brew, the mouthfeel is smooth and easily drinkable from that standpoint. This is a dessert beer and I'm not sure I'd want it any other way. It's very sweet and high in alcohol. It is what it is.

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Photo of Aenema
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12/13 2009 Bottle Reviewed
(Had draft about a week later; the bourbon flavor was stronger and the alcohol more pronounced).

Appearance - Pours pitch black, one-finger deep tan head. No lacing.
Smell - Lots of bourbon, vanilla, alcohol.
Taste - Layers of bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, caramel, brown sugar, smoke. Very complex with a myriad of flavors in every drop.
Mouthfeel - Thick, full-bodied. Fine bubbles, quick rate.
Drinkability - Very rich and filling. A slow sipper, but quite enjoyable. I believe this is the richest beer I've had; tremendously delicious, but one at a time is plenty.

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Photo of tuckevalastin
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with a light brown head

S: A malty smell with bourbon tones and a noticable chocolate smell. Seems to have a bit of a raison or dark fruit smell as well.

T: Starts with the dark fruity bourbon taste expected from the smell. Then turns slighty oaky and finally ends with a roasted chocolately taste.

M: It's heavy and full bodied. There's a light carbonation and lots of Alcohol heat.

D: This beer is the definition of a sipper.

Overall, it's the perfect beer to sip in small quantities. Amazing flavors come from what seemed like it might just be a common good beer and turned out to be much more.

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Photo of srroos
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (Bottled 10/21/08, 13% ABV) into a small scotch tulip glass. Pours with a small brown head over a dark, opaque black body. Aroma is light but chocolaty. Taste is big on dark chocolate and coffee with a bitter, smoky finish. I imagine a cup of coffee with a bar of chocolate melted into it plus a shot of bourbon. There are certainly flavors of brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits. Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. Drinkability is impressive for 13% ABV.

An amazing beer all around. I think I'd need hours to taste every flavor in this super complex beer. I can't wait to compare the 2007, 2008, and 2009 vintages!

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Photo of SamN
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 22 oz bomber purchased from Wilbur's. Poured into a oversized wine glass for maximum beer goodness.

A- A black hole in my glass! BLacker than black, darker than dark, nuller than null...this beer sucks all light and spits it into another dimension where all beers are clear and tasteless. Limited head; you can coax one out with an aggressive pour, but it don't stick around for too long.

S- I can't even distinguish specific smells; a sweet roasted alcohol scent with rich notes of chocolate and coffee. Such an intense, brutal smell, this just kicks the shit out of my olfactory system. Just a tad too much alcohol, I can actually taste it in the back of my throat. Even the tiniest swirl lets the beastly smell out of the cage. Slight rose smell at the very end. Just fantastic.

T- Oh.

My.

God.

This is THE most complex beer I have ever had the honor of sipping. A thousand tastes, ranging from caramel and brown sugar to fine Cuban cigars and boiled Johnny Walker Black Label (I wonder what kind of bourbon this was aged with...). This beer manages to successfully unite the entire range of beer flavors. They weren't lying when they said "this beer has more flavor than your average case of beer"! Hops and overpowering malt combine seamlessly in here, and by that I mean you can't even taste a single hop molecule, which is what I like. Big whiskey notes at the end and a lingering bittersweetness that is just so mouthwatering. I don't need a reason to take yet another drink, but if I needed one, that would be it. The aftertaste alone is the best I have experienced.

But it isn't perfect; the taste seem just a tad undeveloped. While all the flavors are there, they lack the richness I was looking forward to. Aging I know would improve that, so I am promising another review of a correctly aged bottle.

M- Thick like wool, smooth like the finest Chinese silk. Tiny carbonation, thick and smooth body that is an absolute joy.

D- Overpowering flavor and strength are no match for the expert craft and dedication to the craft; remarkable drinkability for such an Leviathan of a beer; this world class brew dregs itself up from the blackest depths to destroy all weaker beers in it's path.

One of my favorite beers ever created.

Nearly flawless.

All hail Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout; the end all be all of American Imperial Stouts.

Thank you, GI! Thank you thank you thank you!

PS. My boxer loved it, too. I've never seen her lap up beer this fast. She's got great taste. Must've gotten it from her daddy.

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

Split a 12 oz bottle two ways. Poured into stemless wine glasses. Bottled 10/08/2008. Reviewed 11/27/2009.

Ar: Sweet whiskey, oak, boun, roast, coffee, alcohol, rich caramel and toast, earthy, full malt profile with whiskey up front, sweet plum-like fruit, sweet heavy cherries, *spice, *vanilla, *tobacco hints.

Ap: The thinnest hints of tan head, black, viscous.

T: Sweet fruit and caramel, bourbon, chocolate, roast, beautiful and delicious, fantastic malt complexity, brown sugar, very sweet but not cloying or obtrusive, a great dessert beer, caramelized nuts, plum and other sweet heavy fruit, toasty, bourbon and oak are well balanced, sweet cherries (somewhat reminiscent of the Alaskan baltic porter), alcohol is apparent but not unpleasant, minimal burnt character.

M: Syrupy thick, low carbonation, appropriate alcohol warmth

O: best stout i've had, everything works well together, nice balance, whiskey is more mild in the taste than the aroma, clean alc for 13%, great fruit, *rich layered flavor

*=ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of natelocc787
4.87/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. Thank you Beerchitect.

Black body with dark brown highlights and a dark caramel head with a few craters built into the cap. The cascading effect when the glass is tilted is lovely, the bubbles take forever to rise back to the surface as they fight gravitational force.

Exceptionally aromatic, this is the heaviest, darkest, fudgiest nose I've smelt. Big time dark malts, thick and gooey fudge, bourbon casks, maple and espresso.

The taste is a thing of beauty. Tastes like an unoxidized Triple Bock that is carbonated and has luxurious mouthfeel. Even more complex though. Dark maple and brown sugars, espresso and fudge malts, gooey dark chocolate, earthy, woody notes add complexity and a pronounced bourbon character in the finish. This beer was made to be aged in Bourbon barrels.

The mouthfeel is heavenly, thick and bodacious. Big and chewy, as heavy as it gets, full bodied and silky, creamy and smooth.

This beer is a sipper, but you will raise the glass frequently. As exquisite and complex of a beer as I've experienced. This beer now enjoys a spot in my Top 5. I can only imagine what some age would do.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 300th review.

Vintage bottle from 2008

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a complete black with a slight brownish head that disappears quickly.

The smell is of alcohol from the moment the cap comes off. Some maple flavor and a bit of dark chocolate in the nose.

The taste is pretty strong with some nice maple flavor. Some chocolate and toffee flavor mixed in there as well. It really takes a moment to really enjoy all of the flavors in this beer.

The feel of this beer is pretty darn heavy but it does have a bit of a smoothness that was enjoyable. It does leave a warm feeling on the way down and has a bit of a kick. Fantastic.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown, settles out deep black. 1/8" inch head on the pour, but bubbles down to nothing after only a minute or two.

Bourbon is immediately apparent, and it could be the only thing you smell if you allowed yourself. But giving it more time, I'm also picking up bits of dark chocolate, and some woodiness.

Huge depth of malts here - much like a world-class dark chocolate, it melts in your mouth. Woody vanilla from the bourbon brings the whole thing together, providing a bit of sweetness while also mellowing out the bourbon - very little heat here.

The carbonation lingers a bit, keeping the aforementioned flavors dancing on the tongue. It sits heavily on the edges of the tongue, providing a slick runway for this goose to land.

While I wouldn't recommend it in large quantities, it is pretty tasty as a sipper, and a warmer. So enjoyable.

Enjoying the third of four on May 22, 2012 - Zero head and the bourbon on the nose has mellowed some, leaving behind some booziness and still strong woodiness.

Still lots of bourbon in the mouth, but it seems to have picked up more of a char and bitterness to it. Like the crust on barbecue, or decadence of a super dark chocolate, even some dark juicy fruits.

I think this one could age for an eternity and continue to evolve.

The fourth of this four from 2009 saw daylight on May 19, 2015 - a cool spring day and a rough/long few months at work make tonight the night. The Royals win (Ventura: 7 IP, 4H, 0R) and it feels like fall, so it's time.

The thoughts above are still accurate, but also heightened by development of a distinct layer of caramel - creamy, sweet, soothing, pretty remarkable. It's only getting better - I wish I had four more to enjoy.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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