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

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Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 thirty-five 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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-30-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
990
pDev:
6.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
332
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Photo of Skellbop
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kegger37
4.79/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AngEo
4.35/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours jet black with no head to speak of. Over time a tan ring of bubbles forms on the glass
S - The barrel is real. Bourbon is by far the dominant aroma here. Followed closely by hints of toffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and booze. Oh so much booze.
T - The bourbon hits even harder here. Booze and toasted oak come at the tongue in force followed by roasty chocolate notes and the slightest hint of something reminiscent of vanilla. Finishes extremely dry and hot.
F - thinner than Ideal but oh so smoothe
O - I love my stouts absolutely chock full of bourbon but I lik it to take a backseat to the beer itself. This is a fantastic beer that I would happily drink again, but I think it needs a stronger sense of balance.

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Photo of Chilmer
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Virby44
4.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has an ABV of 14.50%. The story is in 1979 Heaven Hills Distilleries filled some freshly charred oak barrels with whiskey and aged them for 35 years. Then the empty barrels were filled with Bourbon County Brand Stout and aged for two years, then bottled.
The beer is black with no head, even with an aggressive pour.
Aroma of booze and chocolate, some vanilla.
A more complex taste. Bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. A hint of dark fruit.
Big beer. I could drink this forever.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.86/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Snowcrash000
4.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black coloration with almost no head whatsoever. Very strong bourbon nose with some chocolate and perhaps oak coming through as well. The bourbon is quite overpowering, although not necessarily in a bad way. Taste follows the nose, with a very strong, nuanced and overpowering bourbon note. Some chocolate, oak and just a hint of vanilla coming through as well. Quite a bit of hot boozyness coming through in the aftertaste. Body is thick and oily, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonisation. This is poorly balanced in my opinion, with the bourbon being way to overpowering. I honestly prefer the normal BCBS with its sublime balance of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon to this, where the hot, boozy bourbon just overpowers everything else. This almost tastes more like chocoloate flavoured bourbon than bourbon flavoured beer, actually.

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Photo of curtis6290
4.68/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured quickly into a snifter to produce as much foam and disturbance as possible. Enjoyed over 60 minutes of watching Sean White win the Gold Medal.

Look: Little to no foam (tan in color) even with the intense pour. Minimal sediment residue at the bottom. No lacing. Jet black in color, syrupy brown/caramel crowning.
Smell: Maraschino cherry, bourbon, chewable daily vitamins, wet grass, candied oranges, port wine.
Taste: Light enjoyable acidity, intense citrus and stone fruit throughout the beginning, middle and end. Hops are present in the slightest way possible, but can definitely notice them. Slight presence of bourbon on the aftertaste along with oak and peanuts. Maple syrup and fresh sugar cane come through as it opens up, along with smoke, ash, whiskey really come through.
Feel: Extremely smooth and enjoyable, light acidic but nutty tang on the tail end that really make you want to keep drinking this. Opens up nicely, but appears to get thicker as it warms. Resinous, piney, syrupy.
Overall: I am extremely pleased with this brew, definitely worth the wait and the price. Happy to enjoy the wooden box and the honor of being able to try Goose Island's finest. This beer is exceptionally enjoyable, and I wish I had bought a few more.

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Photo of carmike813
4.76/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.7/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MjBrewhouse
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cj8311
4.48/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hayley_86
4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, ladies and gents, this is the real deal here. Smell is about as intoxicating as a Victoria secret sleepover - potent barrel aged booze, yet still delicate. Once I want in for the kill, it was like a Keanu Reeves tidal wave of thick, luxurious liquid chocolate and barrel aged whisky. Even on a bad day this beverage would make Raul’s compass go true north.

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Photo of monty79_1997
4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WesMantooth
4.72/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nichols33
4.25/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmg480
4.91/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of madbrewer9
4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer.
Refined bourbon flavor. Vanilla, dark fruit and chocolate.
Boozy nose and flavor.
Lots of malt sweetness.

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Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.64 out of 5 with 990 ratings