Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)
Goose Island Beer Co.

Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)
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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
14.5%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.64 | pDev: 6.47%
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
860
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 23, 2022
Added:
Jul 30, 2015
Wants:
  325
Gots:
  631
SCORE
100
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Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)
Notes: Back in 1979 the folks at Heaven Hill Distilleries filled a handful of new freshly charred American white oak barrels with some of their finest whiskey. It is rare for Bourbon to age in barrels for more than twenty-three years. But these barrels patiently sat for over thirty years. The extra years developed a distinct and complex character that makes them truly one-of-a kind. We filled those barrels with Bourbon County Brand Stout, and then stored them away in our Chicago Barrel House to age for two more years. With these rare barrels from our friends at Heaven Hill we believe this is one of the finest beers we have ever produced. This is Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout for 2015
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2015 Bottle, drank Nov 2022.

Pours jet black. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, oakiness and hints licorice. Taste is smooth and a tad bit muted. Combination of nose - chocolate, bourbon, oak and licorice with some smokey tobacco. Feel is aligned with traditional BCBS. Would have loved to try this in 2017/2018. Incredible stout.
Nov 23, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.74 by cp45 from New Jersey

Jul 22, 2022
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Rated by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.39/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
#SPInvitational2022. Falling off but happy to finally tick this.
Apr 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Jan 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by chillin from Indiana

Apr 17, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by JDPchi13 from Illinois

Jan 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.94 by Bloowie from Netherlands

Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Snakesolds from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours dark and viscous. Even at 5+ yrs old this beer is spectacular. Good blend of oak, bourbon, and cocoa. Vanilla and tobacco round out the aroma and taste. A wonderful expression of barrel and beer
Jan 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.8 by OfficerKramitz from Pennsylvania

Dec 31, 2020
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Reviewed by Rristow from Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Thick and chewy. Still some alcohol burn to it even 5 years later. Lots of caramel and molasses, cocoa with the bourbon finish . Aroma with some tobacco and smoked meats. Very nice but I liked rare 10 better.
Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.63 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Nov 22, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/21/15, had 10/24/20.

Pours near black, mostly opaque, with no head or lacing. Aromas of bourbon, oak, char, leather, chocolate, smoke, light vanilla, light tobacco and licorice. Has a spicy, maybe peppercorn like aroma. The flavor also begins with strong bourbon, oak, chocolate, leather, vanilla, malt, some char, light tobacco and licorice, light marshmallow. Has a pretty strong spicy, peppercorn like flavor. Smooth, a very good full body, appropriately carbonated.

Lots of wood and leather, interesting barrels, and a different kind of spiciness that I’m not explaining well. This is very good, but I have a feeling I should have had this earlier. It’s lacking something at this point.
Nov 19, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by TylerJ from Iowa

Nov 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.55 by 911CROFT from England

Oct 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.58 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Aug 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.71 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.78 by deereless from Colorado

Aug 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.57 by hopley from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.54 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Jul 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.68 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Jul 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.61 by CSO from Illinois

May 23, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

May 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.6 by dexterk1 from Illinois

May 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Tiburon from Wisconsin

4.63/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
No foam on pouring into 9 oz glass. Heavy vanilla and some marshmallow, not real boosy. Mildly bitter chocolate. Muted bourbon county base flavor. Very smooth , mildly heavy after taste. Wish it was from a barrel...
Mar 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by Kmkapalka from Delaware

Mar 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.67 by MeLoynes from Missouri

Mar 06, 2020
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Reviewed by gudbrande from Minnesota

4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
The look is as expected, appropriate carbonation. Barrel shines on the aroma, marshmallow as it warms. Chocolate and marshmallow on the flavor, truly a treat. Best enjoyed by splitting with a good buddy. Glad I didn't let this go too long.
Feb 11, 2020
 
Rated: 4.66 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois

Jan 08, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by SpinSamzo from New York

Jan 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.75 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.7 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Dec 28, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerCartographer from Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Absolutely legendary! This beer has a very smooth, very sweet flavor, with a bit of a kick from the booziness of the barrels. Smelling this beer is heavenly, and very much informs you of what flavor profile you'll be met with. The mouthfeel is very thick, as if chewing through it. I would drink this again in a heartbeat!
Dec 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Oct 19, 2019
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
9000th review! 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/21/2015. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a thin foamy tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a minimal ring of lace pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark bread/crust, licorice, dark fruit, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 14.8%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/charred/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly soft feel for the huge ABV, not overly charred/tannic. Perfectly balanced between super rich malts and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Mild earthy hops and restrained fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected. Not hype worthy, but definitely aged amazingly.
Aug 30, 2019
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Reviewed by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Purchased a long, long time ago, in a shop far, far away. Aged in wine fridge for over three years. Friend's 48th birthday, so why not pop it open and drink?

L: As you might imagine, any head was knocked down super-fast, no lacing. Beer is black and motor-oily in consistency.

S: Solid whiff of the oak barrel. Unsweetened cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, marshmallow, well-blended and rounded.

T: Oaky but not boozy, you get a memory of the bourbon. Marshmallow and vanilla, cocoa, roasted and burned malts, caramel. Soft flavors, very little booze if any on finish.

F: Full-bodied, no carbonation. Soft, rounded, incorporated flavors and notes. Smooth as a Yacht Rock greatest hits album.

O: Was it worth $60? Probably not, but it aged beautifully, drank lovely, and everyone in the group is singing its praises. So you have to give Goose Island a well-done here.
Aug 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.74 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Aug 16, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Bottled 9/21/15; drank 11/27/15 @ Fatpour.

Black appearance.

Minimal tan head; no lace.

Marshmallow, brandy & rich milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Rich dark chocolate, marshmallow, oak & brandy flavors up front; caramel smoothness on the finish.

A delicious dessert treat; age may be kind to this beer but it's nearly perfect now.
Aug 11, 2019
Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1055 ratings