Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

12,178 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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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

12 Oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours black hole black with almost no head, the little head there was was brown. Alcohol legs are very visible.

S- Bourbon, vanilla. A good bit of alcohol. Caramel and toffee. Some roasted wood qualities. An intense bourbon forward beer.

T- A very intense and in your face beer.. Comes over first with a huge bourbon flavor, and follows through with a massive malty beer. It's like taking a shot and immediately chasing it with a stout. A ton of vanilla, the wood flavor is strong in this beer, very roasty and almost char tasting. There is a lot of caramel, toffee, molasses, roasted malts. Alcohol, but at 15% it could be a lot worse. Did I mention bourbon? because it taste's a lot like bourbon.

M- Cool at first but it really warms the stomach on the way down. A big thick and syrupy brew. surprisingly good carbonation. Intense in taste and feel.

O- This is a masterpiece. I can only imagine what the other variants are like and what a little bit of age will do to this leviathan of a beer.

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Photo of VaporDome
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of instinct2
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of azdback
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass. Color is pitch black with no highlights at all. Head is a small one finger cappuccino colored beauty. Lace is non-apparent and won't be at the end.

Smell is of deep, dark, roasted malts. Milk chocolate and vanilla bean with some burnt sugar toffee. Booze...and a bit of iced coffee.

Taste is bourbon soaked sweet red cherries and the sweet coffee infused flavors of my friend's creme brulee. Booze...and did I say cherries? Or booze? Or molasses?

Mouth is sweet and luscious, almost syrupy. Alcohol burning to the belly. Carbonation a bit light.

Overall, my score doesn't necessarily reflect this bottle, but a conglomeration of all the previous bottles I've had. This vintage is a bit sweet and light on the bourbon taste. Of all the vintages I've had, this is by far the sweetest. Thanks to merc7186 for this extra.

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Photo of lonewolfcry
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Segelstrom
3.65/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

shame on me for even rating this beer. I am a beer freak but ABV above 9 is just too sweet for my taste.

This beer was so hyped that I just had to have it but I should known better than to go for these high ABVs.

you would think I would learn my lesson but no.

this is a really good beer for those who like the sweetness. other who have rated it have commented about the high bourbon flavor but I just didn't taste it

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Photo of CDCNAM
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Theogre83
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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

A: Had a very deep molasses looking color

S: Had a wonderful burnt wood sort of smell. I suspect from the aging in the barrels. The combination of that with the bourbon was just awesome.

T: As it warmed, you could definitely taste the bourbon through the roasted malts. But it wasn't an overwhelmingly boozy sort of taste. Had a smooth stout finish like creamy dark chocolate with a bourbon filling.

M: It lingered nicely on the palate with its full body and malt finish. A perfect beer to sit back and relax with.

O: Definitely an interesting beer. Made me wish I was outside in the cold sitting next to a bonfire. It will definitely keep you warm on cold nights and tasted so much better as it warmed. Make sure not to drink this cold because you don't want to lose that aroma or bourbon taste.

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Photo of PVMT
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Thanks to TheBlackMallard for a great trade!

This black bitch pours super super viscous. Looks like used motor oil glug gluging and forming an eddy in the glass. Sickly putrid black. impenetrable when held up to blistering sun. I love it! The nose reeks of bourbon and wood with some alcohol in it as well. Taste is balls out malty with strong bourbon and oak. Roasted toasted oak and vanilla. Some blackness that is unexplainable rises out of this muk. Some sort of caramello or Rolo type of aftertaste while the alcoholic heat travels down the esophagus. Hop bitterness takes a back seat here, this one is all about the black sick disturbed malts. Mouthfeel is super thick and chewy which I love in an impy stout. Drinkability is good, but lacking a bit at the moment as this 2007 vintage is still a bit hot. I think these marks will go up in a year or so. Overall this is a very impressive brew. This is not your neo-hippie's wimpy oatmeal shit, this brew is fierce! An excellent concoction from Goose Island Beer Co. And an excellent trade with TheBlackMallard, thanks again Craig!

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Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of dailyminefield
4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WTKeene
4.5/5  rDev 0%

A 2013 bottle poured into a Trillium tasting tulip.

Appearance: Jet black motor oil. Hints of coffee brown around the edges. No head, but a tiny eggshell crown.

Smell: Boozy, nutty. Hints of coffee and hazelnuts, lots of sweet dark chocolate.

Taste: Dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Thick and dark, roasty. When I opened this the day of release I remembered a decent amount of orange. Don't get any of that right now. Sweet but with a few hints of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky. Lower carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: There isn't a whole lot to say about this beer that hasn't already been said. It's a fantastic barrel aged stout.

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Photo of ortie
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of PGVG
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.94/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 22oz into tulip. From notes.

A- Dark dark dark brown beer, almost black, with a thin cookie-batter color head. Tiny, tight formations of bubbles.

S- Booze! Bourbon County Stout? Yeah, I can see that. The rich roasty malts come through after the initial bourbon blast fades.

T- Just like the nose, take a big, mean, sweet and heavy stout and top it off with some bourbon. This is a huge beer. Rich dark malts, a bit roasty, dark fruit sweetness, and some brown sugar/molasses/vanilla notes from the bourbon.

M- Thick, heavy, boozy, hard-hitting.

D- For waht it is, fairly high. I get drunk off this stuff because I drink it too fast- it tastes so good. One of the few beers I find improves with age, too. Had an 07 that was great and that had smoothed out a bit.

Still, I love this beer in any vintage. Worth seeking otut.

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

2014 12oz bottle

A- Totally black with a thin dark brown head. Fades quickly leaving spotty lacing. Looks like used motor oil.

S- Sweet chocolate, bourbon, coffee, dark malts, vanilla. Slightly boozy.

T- Big bourbon taste. Much more than the nose. Followed by the chocolate, vanilla, coffee and alcohol.

M- Full, thick, and chewy. Very smooth and creamy. Light carbonation. The alcohol burn is there but not unpleasant.

O- Lives up to the hype. I like KBS a tad more but this beer rocks.

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Photo of Tom-Peters
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of stevec32
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Gregf51
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Bottle poured into stout glass

One finger brown foam finger quickly dissolves over jet black liquid

Aroma of bourbon , vanilla , toffee

Taste of bourbon , vanilla, toffee

Velvety smooth, slight sudsing

Great beer

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Photo of smanson56
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.5 out of 5 based on 12,178 ratings.
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