Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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 smakawhat
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2012 poured on tap into a tulip at P ST NW Whole Foods DC. What a nice surprise! From notes. Had these vintages out of the bottle, but never on tap so excited!

Just a gleaming midnight black body, with just a touch of thin brown collar. Collar really doesn't stick around much, one odd carbonated bubble tiny and small occasionally pops its head up through the glass.

Nose is a big whiff of oak and thick molasses, with a giant whiskey note. Controlled but large. Some thick molasses and licorice without a huge sweetness, and a nice hint of alcohol. Piping coffee. It's all there.

Palate rushes with a great unbelievable silky feel. Vinous thick molasses make a big oak whiskey angle, with dense malt roast, and coating. Finish has that classic licorice angle, with the nice heat it provides and almost liqueur feel, creme de cassis, anisette, Italian dark bitters. Piping coffee warmth, but never burns going down, quite amazing.

Overall the brew on tap just sings and is a lot of fun.

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to PhxHorn for this one!

Pours black with a thin swirl that lasts. Not much "lacing", but "legs" stick.

The smell is of chocolate, some licorice and vanilla/bourbon.

The taste is of chocolate, licorice, with a vanilla sweetness from the bourbon. A pleasant bourbon character is there - strong enough to enjoy while not overpowering the delicious imp. stout character. It finishes with a woody dryness.

The feel is silky smooth. Full-bodied without being thick or too syrupy.

I would love to give "drinkability" a higher score, but the alcohol does show (though reasonably incorporated for the abv) on this potent sipper. This is a 2008 vintage - enjoyed very much. Would love to see how this baby turns out after aging (too bad it's not distributed around here). If you have the good fortune of having this in your area, grab some!

Great imp. stout with a nice bourbon character!

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Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the thickest, richest and tastiest stouts I've ever tried. If you like em "dark and sludgy" this one will do it for you. Pours black, with minor dark tan head. Little lacing. Nose of brandy, chocolate and burnt malts. Bold char broiled flavors abound, whiskey soaked raisins, dark chocolate, a double black expresso tossed in, some vanilla, oak and more chocolate late,sheesh, can you say complexity?!? Very thick, super bad dark flavors. Meta winter sipper. Not for the faint of heart or those not into super bold dark beers. Goose Island continues to impress. The arrival of their beers in the NYC area this fall and winter has been the highlight of the local beer scene, IMHO

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks: solid black, thick, unyielding, with a solid slab of cocoa-tan foam resting well above.

Smell: whiskey, charcoal, leather and molasses, rich and twisted with further flickers of carob and anise,...heady and delirious. Entices one to taste...

On the tongue: thick and full, all the way, slick, tasty, but...damn, this is a doozy! Wow, one taste, and it sticks and lingers...oooh, la, la, la...and, every taste lasts a long time, it stands so thick on the palate and in the memory, that one needn't return so soon. but, who can resist? I taste again, and it's thicker and richer than before...amazing! A bona-fide runner up to Dark Lord, for thickest and chewiest IS....and so slick with the whiskey effect, which I'm especially susceptible to.

I need a case of this, not one 12 ounce bottle. There's too much flavor here to sit in so small a vessell.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just drank a bottle from 2003 - it seems that first batch didn't even have real labels! They instead used a Honker's Ale label put on inside out, and then printed Bourbon County Stout in cash register style font. Drank out of a Goose Island snifter at Sheffield's Pub in Chicago.

A: Pitch black, solid dark brown head with decent retention but little lacing. Swishing the glass results in a molasses-like oozing down the sides of the glass.

S: Bourbon and oakiness were predominant. Some vanilla and caramel hints. Delicious!

T: Was exceptionally smooth while chilled, but the bourbon really came out as the glass warmed up. Sweeter than newly bottled BCS, with more malt presence.

M: Thick, creamy, and a little bit sticky.

D: At 13%+, you can only have maybe two of these in an evening. It looks like the 2008 is only 11% which might make it a little more consumable - but this aged bottle was one and done; although I can't imagine many beers that would be a worthy follow-up.

Bottom line: Grab some bottles, drink a few, cellar the rest!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a goblet, the beer is jet black, with hints of chestnut highlights around the edges when held up to light. Sparse, filmy surface coat of tan colored head. Looked oily and thick when poured. Aromas of vanilla, oak, booze, cocoa nibs, and mocha coffee. Very rich, very robust, and very inviting. Flavors are very roasted and bitter on the forward tongue, but with a subsequent vanilla and cream character that provides an amazing balance. Chocolate notes, bittersweet, present mid-tongue, with more of the woody and booze characteristics coming, as well. Building warmth as you drink, as a 14.9% ABV is wont to do. The body is velvety smooth, and supports all the rich and robust character perfectly. Rich, bitter roasted aftertaste, with coffee, vanilla, and booze all lending themselves to a linger. The finish is smooth, but boy does it finish slow, which is exactly how you want this beer to leave your palate. This is a heavy beast, and a sipper to be sought after. Great beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.94/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11/19/08- Purcahsed at Total Wine in Lincoln, CA.
$18.99 4-pack price tag.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, 2008 annual release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- About the thickest pour I have seen from a beer. Pitch black in color. About a 1/2 inch head on first pour...quickly evaporates soon after. Leaves behind some spotty watery lace markings.

Smell- Huge nose of bittersweet chocolate, mild fresh coffee, lots of bourbon, a bit of woody barrel notes and even some dark fruits...all paired nicely with super roasted malt which almost has a light salty nose to it.

Taste- Again, lots of stuff going on. It's mostly nice sweet highly roasted chocolate malt with a shot of bourbon on the side. Almost...key word is "almost" too much bourbon. Really pushes the limit, but just barely doesn't cross the line. Light coffee notes and some dates and figs mingling about. Hops are here, and mildly bitter. Intense.

Mouthfeel- Very thick, very viscous. Not quite the motor oil everone talks about...but still probably the thickest beer I have tried. Considerably creamy and smmoth with a lower end carbonation. Aftertaste of candied bourbon-chocolate and a very light bitter hops bite. Definite full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Still haven't found my perfect 5 beer. I've seen about a handful of really strong stouts that have looked a bit better. But this is about as close as it gets. I'm glad I have a few 4-packs...I may even try to grab another couple....definitely worth $5 a bottle. A must try if seen...or be regretful the rest of your life.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from 10/28/12.

A- Pours black as night with a thin brown head that dissipates swiftly.

S- Powerful notes of bourbon and dark fruits hit the nose first. Some smoke, roasted malt and booze come through.

T- Not much surprise in the taste at first, as it follows the nose, except how well this is done. Prune, and sweet roasted malts dominate. The bourbon is more subdued than the nose would suggest, and the 15% is unnoticeable. Some vinous flavor comes near the end, and it finishes with some smokiness. As it warmed brown sugar and molasses came through in the beginning and middle, while mocha becomes evident in the finish.

M- Thick, viscous, and smooth.

O- Outstanding BBA Stout, and I can't wait to try it with some age on it!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is black and has no head. There are a few tiny brown bubbles that form on the edge of the glass. There is minimal lacing on the glass. Looks like a flat stout. When you swirl the beer you get legs where the alcohol separates from the beer. Wow...

Aroma is like liquor, I suppose. Really strong. There is some sweetness. Can really smell the alcohol.

Beer is thick and has a great strong liquor presence to it. There is a strong roast character that comes up after the initial sweetness and alcohol of the bourbon. There is decent connectivity between the two flavors. The roast is not an aftertaste but a really late back flavor, there is no aftertaste. Second taste, the carbonation plays on the tongue a little, if there were more it may be better. Overall drinkability is good and so is mouthfeel. I want to try the 2009 for comparison.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired in the N00B BIF Round #5 from Derek, thanks a ton for sending this one my way to try! 2009 vintage split with my girlfriend and family, poured into multiple tulip glasses.

A: Deep dark brown, okay borderline black, body with a deep crimson ring around the top edge. Virtually no head and only a thin ring around the glass after everything settles out. No lacing is present, either. For being a higher ABV this is somewhat forgivable however I've seen stouts as big as this put on more of a show.

S: Huge, rich and thick bourbon notes make a profound appearance in the aroma, as you'd expect. Saturated liquor wood, super sweet milk chocolate, coffee and runny maple syrup also play a part in the nose. Honestly, this is just way too sweet of a nose, very rich and needs some serious mellowing in my opinion -- even at almost the two year mark.

T: Warming bourbon along with some thick viscous sweet milk chocolate flavors are first on the palate. Midway, is nothing but super sweet and syrupy flavors that seem chaotic and messy. The sweetness intensifies as this beer warms and becomes increasingly unbalanced and constructed. The finish brings a saving grace of a grounded toasted caramel malt backbone but it's simply not enough throughout the beer to compete with the sugars.

M: Low carbonation gives this a thick and chewy mouth feel, really ideal for a stout this big. It's slightly bubbly and tingly on the tongue and leaves you with a bit of a burn in the throat on the way down.

For me, this beer was almost the opposite of what I was expecting. I think before this beer hits the bourbon barrels it needs a bit more of a polished and refined base beer to withstand the test of time. Hopefully these bottles will mellow out their sweetness over time, and luckily I have one left to test this theory. For me as this sits now, it's overly sweet and just a bit messy.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 with 13.8% abv tasted in a 8 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on January 3, 2016. 2015 with 14.3% abv tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 1 pt .9 oz bottle dated 09NOV15. 2014, 2013 and 2012 vintages also tasted. Look is oily black with a thin tan head and spotty lacing. Smell is dark cocoa, caramel, vanilla with charred oak and smokey dark roasted malt aromas. Taste is dark chocolate, dark dried fruits, vanilla bean with bourbon barrel notes and a hint of roasted coffee beans. Feel is full in body with thick and boozy finish.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 1/2011 notes. Three year old (2008), properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours pitch black, no carbonation, a few lazy bubbles rise at the end of the pour, then dissipate; no lacing. Sweet, dark malt and bourbon aroma. Heavy bodied, delicious bourbon, dark malts, chocolate, molasses. A hint of mint at the end? Complex and absolutely integrated. A masterpiece that has aged into a mellower, well blended beauty. I'm so glad I cellared some of these because this beer hasn't been distributed to Washington for over a year. Bummer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured black as night that looked liked oil coming out of the bottle with a half finger of head that left good sticky lacing on the glass.

S: coconut and bourbon dominate the nose with roasted malts and chocolate notes. There is also booze, oak, and dark fruit scents as well.

T: there is so much going on here that consist of bourbon like the nose coconuts, raisins, booze, chocolate, and roasted malt accents. It also has toffee and candy sugar but has so many ingredients to list; very complex.

M: full body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a sweet, roasty, rich and booze finish.

D: this beer was something else and is on another level, both versions of this brew are great. It drank well and is exceptional all across the board. This is definitely everyone has to try at least once.

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

Appearance: black in color with a thin dark brown 1/2" head that broke apart quickly.

Smell: loads of roasted tones, dark chocolate, some coffee, vanilla, and bourbon come through to the nose.

Taste: deep roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, soft coffee tones, and a very mild bourbon flavor. Alcohol is noticeable and warming. Bitterness is nicely balancing but not too impacting on other flavors.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish with some dryness late. Aftertaste is long lasting. There is a bit of a velvety feel on the tongue too.

Overall: this one was very smooth and dangerously easy to drink. Great balanced flavor and as it warms the flavors really come through. Great beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Rattle N Hum, into a snifter. 2008 vintage.

Pours pitch black, almost no head but an infintesimal collar prevails. Nose holds a retrained bourbon. Initially, nothing else is evident, but sitting on this for a bit some oak and vanilla comes through along with a mild, mild chocolate note. Taste drops a massive bourbon bomb on the palate, and hits with some alcohol right away; alcohol burns and tingles the tip of the nose. More chocolate and roast comes through, along with more oak and vanilla sweetness. Very complex integration between these flavours. Body is super full, sticky and very rich, but the flavour is so complex and layered. Outstanding.

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

Vintage 2007, 13% abv.

Easily the smoothest, tastiest ~13% beer I've ever had. Yes, it's a bit thick, but no more so than weaker double or imperial stouts. The aroma is rich with the bourbon which once on the palate, doesn't dominate, but compliments the strong, dark chocolate ad espresso flavors. Throw in a dash of oak and vanilla and you've got a hell of a beer. More please.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with Buckeyenation, thanks!
Cool label, gives history of this brew.
Pours a dark brown, turns black when pooled in a glass. No head, a bit of brown foam on the edge.
Smells of vanilla oak, some chocolate and a bit of alcohol.
Taste smacks of a vanilla/chocolate swirl, oak binds them together. I think there is some caramel and raisin in it as well. Alcohol starts to burn, but quickly fades. A bit syrupy, so the drinkability was lowered. A really good Double Stout seeing as I don't like bourbon.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this both on tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Webster, and out of the bottle. This review concerns the 12 oz bottle I poured into my Rooster Fish tulip.
Pours the deepest black. Like staring into the abyss. Opaque. Sticks to the glass desperately. Who knew motor oil poured so well? Nice small head on tap.

The smell is incredible. Sweet bourbon up front, lots of chocolate. Just intense.

This is the most bourbon-heavy stout I've ever tasted. I don't even like bourbon, but I love this. It is integrated so well. Very, very sweet- the bourbon flavors of vanilla, oak, coconut, and biting alcohol, play together so well with the roasty chocolate flavors screaming out of this beer. The alcohol is present, and invited. If you don't feel warm after drinking this one, you're probably going to die because you don't have any circulation. Still drinks lighter than the 14% would suggest, I would've guessed 10-11%.

The mouthfeel is one of the big stars of this one. Coats your mouth like chocolate syrup. The beer is SO sticky, coats your mouth and the glass. An actual meal in a glass. Amazing.

A very hyped release, but for a good reason. Worth the struggle it takes to land this one every year.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to re-reviewing this beer. My original review from 3-8-10 of the 2009 Vintage was with a very unsophisticated palate. That review has been deleted and replaced by this one.

2010 Vintage. 12 oz bottle poured in to oversized CBS snifter.
Bottled on 10/15/10 1426.

A - Dark black with almost no head. A very small amount of light brown head formed and immediately disappeared. The bubbles were also very large (odd sized) bubbles.

S - Huge barrel aging qualities up front with aromas of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Some cocoa notes in the background along with a faint roasted malt aroma.

T - A great balance of flavours from the barrel - bourbon, vanilla and oak - are evident up front. The background has a light roasted malt profile with faint hints of cocoa. The barrel aging qualities definitely dominate this one. Considering the 13% ABV, this is smooth. The alcohol is warming though and it lingers in the finish.

M - Full bodied. Thick and viscous. A beautiful sludgy body. Light carbonation.

O - An excellent barrel aged RIS. As I suspected, this is miles better than my initial review suggested. Glad to have re-reviewed.

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

Revisit: 1 Jan 17
2016 Vintage
16.9 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 11 Oct 16 1553

Been A Long Time Coming! Probably around 8 years ago!

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice dark brown/black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice small, fizzy, creamy tan head, which also leaves a very nice medium size oil slick, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, very nice touch of vanilla, some licorice, very nice bourbon note, slight oakyness, dark fruit. The taste is fuckn' awesome, malty, slight roastyness, very nice chocolate/toffee notes, awesome touch of bourbon, oaky, some licorice, very nice vanilla sweetness, cherries, figs, plums, grapes, raisins. Full Body, ABV hidden very well with this one, pretty complex brew for sure, very nice smoothness/silky. Overall, what can I say, this one definitely hit's the spot today. Definitely the best brew for me this year, lol. Glad to at least get to try this brew out, even though I paid big time for this bottle (what people said). Highly Recommended!

Thanks to beerwolf77 for this brew.

2009 Vintage
Bottled On: 11/12/09

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, oil slicks and minimal sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is sweet/roasted/malts, slight alcohol, nice bourbon/oak note, toffee/chocolate/coffee. The taste is absolutely delicious, slightly sweet, roasted malts, vanilla, nice oaky taste, tons of toffee/chocolate/coffee, a slight dry finish. Alcohol gives a great warming feeling. Full/Medium body, a very nice smooth/silky brew, ABV hidden very well, for a brew this high in ABV. Very drinkable, an awesome Imperial Stout from GI, highly recommended. Thanks Todd for the new version.

Thanks to msubulldog25 for this brew.

2006 Vintage

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, oil slicks and minimal sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is sweet/roasted/malts, slight alcohol, nice bourbon/oak note, toffee/chocolate/coffee. The taste is absolutely delicious, slightly sweet, roasted malts, vanilla, nice oaky taste, tons of toffee/chocolate/coffee, a slight dry finish. Alcohol gives a great warming feeling. Medium body, a very nice smooth/silky brew, ABV hidden very well. Very drinkable, an awesome ADS from GI, highly recommended.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thin brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an incredibly warm black malt and bourban whiskey scent that is quite potent. It boasts of burnt caramel and toffee. The taste is great. It has a very smooth imperial stout flavor with a nice bourban flavor in the finish. It's rich and powerful with loads of flavor. It reminds me of an oaked porter I once made. The wood taste really comes through. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very impressive beer with lots of character. It's loaded with malts and topped off with a solid bourban taste that really compliments the malt bill. This is a good drinker.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hooray! This beer has made itself out to Southern California! Freshly bought with a bottled on date of 10/21/08. On to the beer:

Major bourbon aroma escapes from this bottle as I open it, but lemme pour it into a snifter. There's no head to this super dark, rich bodied beer. Aroma...very complex here. Bourbon, vanilla, nuts, maple, pine, molasses, raw sugarcane. Unless you're a newbie to alcoholic drinks, how can you not like the aroma? I hesitate to taste.

That...was...delicious!

Before I go on, let me warn you it's very boozy. With that in mind, this is downright fun to taste. Big bourbon barrel flavor upfront. It comes oak. Vanilla, raw sugarcane, chocolate covered cherries. The alcohol is charred and very warming down my throat. Needless to say, this beer is thick in the mouth with just a small fiz of carbonation.

Well...it was good, but some loose ends were green, otherwise the taste would get a perfect 5.0. I'll lay down the rest of my bottles in my 4-pack and compare in the future, but for now, this is a beer worthy of the hype.

(Revisited 3/4/09) - Snap, crackle, and POP! Can beer get more exciting than this? Not as much heat here, but damn, that barrel aging effect really shines. Perfect "5" for the taste.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.

Pours dark brown to black with no head. The aroma is bourbon, molasses, roasted malt and a little bit of soy sauce. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, oak, bourbon and some light soy sauce. Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation and a hot alcohol presence. Very good beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with an off white tan head. A few spots of lace are left behind. This beer has a sticky feel on the glass, some might say it has legs.

Powerful bourbon aroma with charcoal elements usually found in Russian Imperial Stouts. Bourbon, slightly oxidized malt showing off nutty and chocolate hints. A bit of oak but mainly bourbon. Strong but well rounded with roast and sweetness.

Full bodied, thick feel that really sends the bourbon love to the dome.

Overall, this is a bourbon barrel aged stout that hits you over the head with strong bourbon and barrel flavors. I understand why there is such a frenzy over this beer. This worthy of being a regarded beer and a fine specimen of the barrel aged stout style.

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Photo of dar482
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(2015 vintage)
The beer comes in a familiar pitch black color with a dark brown head.

The aroma bursts of dried dark fruit, plums, figs, cherry. Bourbon, dark chocolate, charred oak, coffee roast, vanilla, sweet caramel.

The flavor follows with bourbon throughout with an upfront dark fruit flavor, sweet figs and dates, candied cherries. Sweet caramel and brown sugar, along with dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, charred oak and coconut on the finish.

The mouthfeel is luscious and silk, without being overly chewy and the beer glides off the palate quite gently.

(2013)
The beer pours out pitch black and even leaves a film of dark brown when the glass is swirled. A bubbly brown head slowly turns into a subtle mocha dark brown head.

The aroma is a huge robust roasted, a big sweet vanilla, bourbon with a huge theme of chocolate and roasted coffee. There are layers of oak, toasted coconut, rich dark caramel. The aroma is the definition of what a bourbon barrel aged stout should aspire towards.

In the front, the beer punches through of bourbon and sweetness along with rich sticky caramel and dark chocolate and almost a rich chocolate syrup. There’s a touch of dark fruit in the middle as the beer moves onto a huge brown sugar and vanilla sweetness. On the back, there’s a burnt wood flavor and roasted coffee along with toasted coconut. The beer dries out slightly along with medium lingering alcohol and lots of oak tannins and tobacco.

The mouthfeel is luscious and full.

This is easily one of the best bourbon barrel aged stouts out there, despite all the other brews that have hype and rarity.

Having this blind 2012 and 2013, I preferred the 2012. Very close beers though. The beer calms down a bit with the bite of BCBS alcohol and heat. The smooth chocolate notes come out more. I'd imagine this beer after 2 years would be even more phenomenal.

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Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.5 out of 5 based on 12,113 ratings.
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