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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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Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev -13%

Photo of erjaq
4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jtk21351
4.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fitzy84
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a glass at the Hangar in Westfield. The beer is jet black with no head or lacing on the sides. Aromas are very powerful and complex: bourbon alcohol, vanilla, coffee, dark fruit, and several earthy-grain tones. Taste follows the nose and it quite a punch. Definitely potent alcohol taste mixed with a vanilla richness. The body to this drink really helped with its taste; very silky and creamy. Overall, this is a fantastic stout with powerful flavors, both in smell and taste.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having seen this lingering around the excellent local Piccadilly for some time, I finally caved and picked up one of these in a mixed sixer. Foolish me, since I'll have to head back and grab some more of this positively incredible, unique, sturdy imperial stout.

A smattering of dark mocha-cherry head tops this blacker than black body. I had thought that Gonzo Imperial Porter and Yeti may be the blackest beers I'd had in some time. Bourbon County might top those, which is really saying something. The smell is so amazing it's difficult to describe the depth and complexity. There's no mistaking the bourbon, and the idea to soak this gem of a stout in bourbon barrels was nothing short of genius. Bourbon permeates this beauty from start to finish, yet there so much more--chocolate, vanilla bean, toffee--it's truly amazing.

Same goes with the flavor. Clearly, bourbon is preeminent, which might weigh too heavily for people sheepish about bourbon, and thankfully I am not one of those people. However, the deep complexity of this presents enough for any beer lover to ponder. Chocolate, butterscotch, vanilla, caramel all noticeable and extremely delicious. The malts in this are phenomenal.

Equally so, the texture is ridiculously rich. Though not heavily carbonated, the flavors interact ingeniously with each other in a beer that doesn't flatten. Though the ABV is very high (11%), this is an easy sipper and one you'd like to follow with another. Every delectable sip is a dip into one of the best beers around, bar none.

A masterpiece.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is perhaps the best beer I have ever had! I was able to snag a 4pk of the 2011 brew from work in Winter 2011 when we only got 1 case of it. Pours a bitch black color with the slightest head. Scent is fantastic as it is rich with bourbon and roasted malts tones. The flavor is amazing! It's rich, creamy, smooth, and chalk full of delicious bourbon flavors. An absolute treat if you can ever get your hands on some!

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally got to try this one - cheers as always to daryk77 for sharing this one.

2012 edition, poured into a wine glass. First brew of a tasting evening, review from notes.

Pitch black, with some hefty viscosity. Mocha head that recedes into a very thin ring. Typical for the style and brews this potent.

Nose is terrific, with the vanilla taking real centre stage here. Also a bit of oak, sugar, coffee, chocolate. Fanfreakingtasting.

Tasty, tasty stuff. The vanilla gets strong billing again, but the sugar, caramel, chocolate and coffee also get their turn alongside a mild oakiness. And oh yes, there is bourbon. Can't forget that.

Surprisingly mild for a 15%er, as this is something I can drink with real ease. Thick, syrupy, but not overly hot.

Definitely worth the attention it gets. Comparing this brew to others of the style/hype/etc, I rate this one pretty high because it is quite balanced, not overly hot, and the bourbon/oak component is far more subtle than in others. It feels like an 11 or 12% brew, not something in the 15 and up range. Damned good stuff, sir.

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Photo of csurowiec
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of blindpiggie
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jordy777
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.77/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2009 - 12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter

I did this review as a side-by-side tasting with an ’11 KBS

A – Black with a modest amount of brown bubbles that dissipated into a nice ring around the outside of the glass.

S – Mostly vanilla and oak and bourbon with some chocolate in there.

T – Oh this is good! Time has been good to this one. It has almost transcended from beer to food. There is virtually no heat from the bourbon…not nearly as much as I expected from the nose. Bittersweet chocolate is very present, as is cream. Getting a good amount of black pepper. There’s actually a really nice cake or breakfast cereal quality that I can’t quite put my palette on.

M – Luxurious. Good amount of carb. Drinkability is way more than you should expect from a strong barrel aged stout.

O – This is an amazing beer right now. Get as much as you can because it may not be around forever.

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4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I took this to a recent tasting. Bottled in 2009, I finally got around to trying this one and I'm VERY glad I've got another 4 pack aging for a couple of years and a few from 2008 as well, because it is going to be absolutely amazing with some age.

Appearance: Pour is dark black and completely opaque; starts with a one finger deep dark tan head that fades quickly to nothing; slight burgundy highlights at the surface; no lacing whatsoever, just an oily residue slides around the surface; looks a little viscous on the pour.

Smell: TONS of bourbon -- smell is hot and very boozy, but still smooth; slight roastiness in there as well as some sweet syrupy chocolate; the nose is super potent and there are some great hitns of toffee and caramel/butterscotch as it continues to warm.

Taste: Absolutely fantastic... period -- albeit very hot. Tons of woody bourbon and a strong presence of alcohol; nice sweet maltiness and lots of the tofee and caramel/butterscotch flavors; mild roastiness and a semi-sweet chocolately flavor in the back; definitely in need of some age to mellow out the heat, but it's fantastic even as is.

Mouthfeel: Very hot from all that bourbony goodness; tremendous alcoholic vapor floats through the mouth and causes it to dry; body is just a little thin, but I find that barrel aging does this at times.

Drinkability: At 13%, clearly I couldn't drink a ton of it, but I would gladly try to... I'm glad I finally gave this one a shot, even though I've been aging a few bottles for a while now, but it's going to be hard to wait on it now.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of rowew
3.15/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, abv and bottled date are clearly marked. There is also the suggestion that this is a great cigar beer, which is appropriate considering I am pairing it with a cigar. I have no idea why Goose Island distributes this to Colorado and nothing else .. anybody know?

Appearance: As I would expect, it is super black, and very thick. Smallish head is also dark in color, fades to a bit of lacing.

Smell: Dominate aroma is definitely vanilla. Just a hint of some burnt sugar as well.

Taste: Fairly sweet, with tons of the same vanilla and burn sugar flavors. There is also a bit of coffee and chocolate, but I feel like they are over powered by the sweetness. Carbonation is very low.

Overall impression: I can't say I'm overly impressed - this has some definite burn, lots of oak and vanilla .. but the sweetness just overpowers everything else for me. I've had this both with and without the cigar .. its a bit more drinkable with the cigar, but the four pack I have will certainly be plenty for me.

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4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HermitDan
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smb71481
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mush
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 12,386 ratings
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