Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
4.35 | pDev: 7.36%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bourbon County Brand Northwoods StoutBourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout
Notes: Stout aged in bourbon barrels with blueberry juice and almond extract added.
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon County Northwoods
10oz pour into a tulip
On tap at Craftsmen in Charleston,SC
Consumed and review written on Dec 10th, 2017 (late to the posting party here)

A: Jet Black, no head or lacing. 4

S: Huge blueberry, good amount of almond, then the normal BC base beer aromas of huge roast and bourbony oak. Killer nose. 4.5

T: Blueberry is huge, almond is almost non-existent up front but becomes prominent on the finish. Roasty and charred oak on the finish. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied but not thick, ABV very well masked with good drinkability. 4.5

O: Very nice beer, not my favorite BC variant but quite nice. 4.25

Mar 23, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Grizleeg for this long time want of mine. Face-to-face at last on New Years Day - 2020

Standard 16.9oz BCBS bottle - dated 10AUG17 - poured into a snifter at 55F.

Leaves the bottle with a thick "gluglugluglug" like motor oil, sitting blacker than black in the snifter, and forming a deep mocha head that fizzes out as quick as it came. Lifeless in the glass, like a deep, black abyss. Completely impenetrable to the light, with just a sliver of deep chestnut brown along the edge. Just a perfect bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout appearance.

Nose: This bottle is over 2 years old, so I suspect some of the aromas have settles down quite a bit. Let's dive in. Right off the bat, there's that classic Bourbon County greatness, fudgy malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, charred oak, brown sugar, caramel, etc... However, the most prominent secondary note, surprisingly, is the almond. I was expecting (maybe hoping) that this would be a blueberry bomb, and figured I'd be lucky to get a hint of almond, but this smells entirely like bourbon fudge covered marzipan. I get dig out a hint of blueberry, but had I not known it was supposed to be there, I may have easily missed it. The almond is really quite potent, and adds this whole layer to the base beer, with tons of vanilla, coconut, pastry, and loads of marzipan.

Palate: Northwoods greets the palate with an immediate sweetness that should be expected from BCBS. Tons of sweet toasty dark malts, but the sweetness overpowers any ashen bitterness that might be present. Those who like really dry charry stouts who are sensitive to sweetness likely won't enjoy this, but let's face it...if you're buying Bourbon County, you likely know what you're in for, and love it just as much as I do. The bourbon influence is quite strong here, and I'd say there's actually more sweet oaky bourbon than there is chocolate. Much like the aroma, I'm afraid the blueberry component has nearly disappeared. I do get a very prominent dark fruit tang in here - even more than the usual BC dark fruit character. I'm going to assume that this is what's left of the blueberry, as there's no real distinct blueberry flavour. The almond isn't nearly as strong as it is it the nose, but unlike the blueberry, it's definitely still there. To recap, it starts sweet, malty, and roasty but not charry, tons of bourbon barrel, fudge, vanilla, tangy dark fruit, marzipan, and then we approach the finish, where the sweetness gently backs down, and the almond comes into focus, translating as marzipan filling, a big nuttiness, huge vanilla, and then super malty - not roasty malt, but rich sweet barley malt with a touch of cocoa powder. These components push out everything else, and then slowly fade in a remarkably clean finish for a big stout, with nearly no ashen bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Body: It's Bourbon County - it's known for its thick, chewy, viscous, slick feel. Barrel-aged stouts tend to thin out over time as they sit in the bottle, almost 2 1/2 years, this is no exception. However, this is still Bourbon County, and it's sill thick, chewy, viscous, and slick. Don't expect much out of effervescence. It isn't still, but it's not a bubbly beer.

Overall: I am a sucker for Bourbon County. The base beer, in my subjective opinion, is one of the finest BBA stouts there is, especially considering how accessible it is. Does this make me biased? I'd like to think not, but who knows. Is this the best BC variant I've had? No. So far, Vanilla has that title. Is it still every bit Bourbon County? Absolutely. To be fair, a proper review would be the ones from 2017. I'm sure much of the additions to this have faded, and it's impossible for me to know. This review is for the purpose of anyone who may be looking to obtain one right now, likely via trading. It's still great, extremely mellowed out, with zero heat or harshness. I hate the descriptor "smooth", but I'm sorry, this has really smoothed out from fresh BC. Don't expect much blueberry influence. If you're interested because of that, you'll be disappointed. However, going in knowing that there isn't going to be any, I imagine most will still enjoy this mellowed, unique take on Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Jan 02, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My 2nd Bourbon County 7oz sampling at DiveBar this evening.

It pours a very dark brown and nearly black color. Despite its opaque appearance, there is visible carbonation. A moderate khaki cream head surprisingly displays good retention.

The blueberry aroma, with supporting notes of almond, is the true centerpiece of this variant. Notes of nutty and biscuity malts, caramel, custard, a light dark fruit tartness, bittersweet chocolate, and espresso. Furthermore, bourbon aromas of vanilla and wood, not boozy at all as they are masked by the brightness of the berries.

Opens with a soft and ultra smooth mouthfeel, full bodied and gently carbonated, with a gently warming and spicy alcohol finish. Again, the blueberries are the star of the show, as they help restrain the boozy spice and add a balancing tartness to the malt sweetness. Nevertheless, the rich and decadent stout flavors are still evident, as they display notes of espresso, chocolate, dark caramel, brown sugar and doughy sticky malts. Notes of bourbon, Kahlúa, rum, vanilla and oak blend particularly well with the almond adjuncts.

Perhaps the most interesting of the Bourbon County variants I’ve tried. The blueberry adds a unique touch and through its refreshing qualities makes it, for me, the most drinkable.

Dec 30, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at 2017 and again 2019 Prop day. Pours black with beige head. Thick and chewy. Aroma is cocoa, bourbon and fruity notes. Definitely get the blueberry on the flavor with the sweet molasses and caramel. Cocoa and a hint of coffee. Very well done berry stout.

Nov 19, 2019
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.37/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from rutger a while back. Cheers!

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter
Bottled 10 August 2017
Stout with blueberry juice and almond extract added

APPEARANCE: Transparent dark brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, semi-creamy light tan head with good retention. Clear bistre brown body with some carbonation evident. Head recedes to a half wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp remains leaving falling dots of lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Bold nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla cream, milk chocolate aromas, hints of nuts, as well as a definite sugary blueberry character.

TASTE: Bourbon and alcohol, oak and wood flavors, sweet vanilla cream, milk chocolate and fruity blueberries up front, moving into plenty of alcohol and heat at the swallow. A bold finish of barrel, wood, vanilla and sweet milk chocolate, hints of nuts, with a clear sweet blueberry character lingers on the palate. Plenty of spicy alcohol as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down with a decent scratch and burn and finishes rather sticky on the palate. Lots of heat lingers.

OVERALL: I will be the first to admit that I find the Bourbon County series too harsh and boozy for what it is. I am not sure why this is the case, but a 12% Bourbon County just seems harsher than a 12% Anything Else. That said, if you look past the harsh reality of the situation, this one is rather interesting. The nuts are just present enough and the blueberry juice is a fun addition. I’m still not convinced that adding fruit juice to an imperial stout is a good idea, but this one is interesting enough warrant trying other juices, even if just for the hell of it. Thanks again, rutger!

Nov 02, 2019
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marieli from Texas

4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Have had multiple times from draft and bottle over the past two years. I lean toward sweeter stouts and this is my favorite Bourbon Country variant (and flavored stouts period) by far. Almond is dominant aroma and taste, but the blueberry comes through nicely.

Aug 30, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage drinking pretty special right now, so blessed to have some new friends share this with me, its a really remarkable beer. i have long through some nut element would be cool in the bourbon county stout, and here the almond is an excellent fit, still holding up well, and prominent in this beer a couple of years later. the blueberry aspect is cool with it too, an almost baked muffin thing going on, especially with the vanilla notes from all the bourbon on this and the residual sugar that comes with it, an excellent synergy of flavors, and dosed pretty robustly, but not so much so that its not still bourbon county stout underneath it. i think the blueberry and the almond are equally pungent in the taste as they are in the smell, both obvious, but there is cool synergy here too, the almond up front, the blueberry in the middle, and their love child in the finish. for some reason, despite the name and all, i always seem to forget just how bourbon forward these beers are, like there is actual whiskey blended in, its really intense here, especially at temperature, but its also super silky, woody, mature, and complex, and i dont mind it at all. some brown sugar, some deep cocoa, earthy roast, a coffee note that adores the almond, some faint tannic tang from the blueberries, lots and lots of oak, subtle port wine fruitiness and richness, and finally the alcohol, which i dont notice much until i exhale after each sip. the body is like syrup, the flavors are one of a kind, and this is another instant classic for me in terms of the bourbon county variants. really stoked on this, and the drinking and sharing experience with this one was unrivaled! if i had another bottle, which i sadly dont, i would be in no rush to drink it, these ingredients dont seem to be falling off at all!

Aug 09, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate notes with some strong almond paste notes and light blueberry notes. Taste is a great mix of sweet chocolate notes with some blueberry notes with some strong almond paste notes and light bourbon notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no real apparent alcohol notes. Enjoyable but almond paste notes overshadows the other flavours.

Jun 02, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in January 2019. The pour was dark black with a bigger tan head the\an expected. The smell was bourbon, vanilla, blueberry and chocolate. The taste is blueberry and dark chocolate, the bourbon is there but not overpowering, and some almond. The mouthfeel is smooth and not as thick as I would have hope but by no means thin. Overall I thought this was an excellent beer.

Jan 30, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a Bourbon County bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2017 edition... and looks like this one was possibly discontinued.

L: Nearly black pour with barely-there brown head. Falls fast... very modest rim of lacing.

S: Rich and decadent... sweet cocoa and blueberry mixed with bourbon and vanilla.

T/F: Sweet and rich... deep complex flavor with blueberry blending in nicely to the roasted sugars and dark chocolate. The bourbon is present but also not overpowering and the flavors work surprisingly well together. Warming... medium to thick bodied. Light carbonation... sticky on the tongue with lingering blueberry at the finish.

O: An elite beer... just fantastic, and one I'm lucky to have gotten to try as we don't get many of the specials here in central Pennsylvania.

Jan 11, 2019
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ctbeergeek from California

4.12/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cola like and looks dark in the glass. Aroma is mainly sweet marzipan. Flavor follows aroma with quite a bit of almond and a sweet berry background. Light barrel notes show up in the middle of the palate and the alcohol is well hidden. A bit thin on the mouth feel. Overall this has aged well and is a nice, smooth beer.

Dec 25, 2018
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FBarber from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin layer of tan foam. Ring of foam remains along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of bourbon, oak, musty wood, blueberries, chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste has notes of oak, bourbon, wet oak, blueberries, chocolate, with some bitter char notes on the back end. Not overly sweet although the blueberries dance between preserves and more of the fresh ripe fruit. Some almond cookie notes are noted on the back end as the beer warms.

Had this one fresh and it was not as impressive ... however this is fantastic a year in. The sweetness has died down a bit and the blueberries have meshed much better in the base beer. A lovely offering from GI.

Dec 14, 2018
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Deep, dark black color. nice brown head which faded quickly to a cap and left good. lacing.

S---Sweet. Chocolate & strong blueberry. It's unusual, but damn good. There's also a prominent bourbon barrel smell.

T---Chocolate & blueberry are dominant, but it's got clear bourbon barrel notes as well. Vanilla. Not noticing the advertised almonds. They didn't show up in the nose, either. Burnt malts show up. A bit of booziness, which is to be expected, per ABV. Has the full-on BCBS taste, but with additions.

F---Very thick feel. Almost syrup like. Creamy & low carbonation.

O---An excellent Bourbon County offering. I've never had blueberries with beer, but this works really well. I just wish I had more.

Dec 09, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle, 2017 vintage, poured into a 2012 Goose Island Bourbon County snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, very thick and viscous as it fills the glass, where a khaki head rises, about a finger tall that has good retention and yields a spot or two of lacing. The aroma is interesting, a mix of chocolate, marzipan, berry preserve, light vanilla, soft oak barrel, mild bourbon, light spice and raw booze. The flavors are good, strong dark chocolate, jammy berry preserve, sweet marzipan, smooth and earthy oak barrel, light bourbon, toffee, caramel and a bit of vanilla lingers with an assertive grain profile as it warms. The mouthfeel is excellent, super rich and full bodied, heavy and chewy while being creamy and luscious with an easy finish that has a light warmth.

Verdict: An interesting BCBS variant from Goose Island. The berry flavor is very familiar from the prior fruited variants but the addition of almonds and the marzipan quality is interesting. The bourbon character is more muted than in other adjunct variants which makes this successful.

Dec 01, 2018
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to snifter. Side by Side Comparison of 2017 Bourbon County Stout(1), Coffee Stout(2), Northwoods(3), Barleywine(4).

LOOK: dark black, small light brown head fades quickly but with good retention.
AROMA: light blueberry at first seems to float over top roasted barley. Then boom!, Almond kicks in and takes over. Not overly strong, but a nice honey sweet nutty aroma. I'm thinking Baklava.
TASTE: pastry dough, cookie dough, blueberry pancakes, touch of whiskey, maybe Irish whiskey.
FEEL: sturdy, full body. Not as thick as the BCBS, but on par with Coffee version.

Very interesting.

Nov 29, 2018
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 27.99. Bottled 8/10/17. Served in a Goose Island long stemmed goblet. Enjoyed 11/25/18.

Pours black with a short cap of loose tan foam. The head is gone quickly, leaving a thin band but no retention.

Smells of blueberry bourbon, marzipan and burnt dark chocolate brownie. I keep bringing the glass back up to enjoy it.

Taste follows the nose. Blueberry bourbon, dark chocolate covered marzipan, cooked caramel, wet wood and some pronounced but not distracting alcohol. Delicious.

Full, slick body with gentle carbonation. The aftertaste continues that blueberry bourbon theme with some almond extract and overcooked brownie.

By and large I refrain from purchasing Goose Island these days but even this many years after being purchased BCBS remains a guilty pleasure. This Northwoods iteration is all about that blueberry and bourbon combination that works quite well. Despite the price tag I’m happy to have tried it.

Nov 26, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank short of a year of release in a Pipeworks Tales From the Oak snifter.

Appearance: standard. Nice darkness. Not much head, a little lacing, doesn't come off as creamy or oily on appearance.

Smell: After pouring, I literally smelled this beer repeatedly for over a minute, and on the two occasions where I was about to drink it, I stopped to smell it more. Blueberries on the forefront, but barrel is just as strong. Oaky, boozy, warm sweet vanilla notes are very present. Nutiness is in the undertones. Best quality of this beer, and if the other characteristics of the beer were equal to it, this would be a classic.

Taste: strong blueberry, not as big a barrel presence as hoped. Still has a lot of oak and vanilla and roastiness, but wonder if this would have been a stronger taste fresher.

Feel: A bit syrupy, but still hits a lot of needs for a barrel aged. Boozy, bold, flavorful. Slightly oily.

Overall, a great beer. However, didn't make that legendary status.

Nov 05, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

7500th review! Got in a trade with RaulMondesi. 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/10/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge lightly tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin, marzipan, amaretto, almonds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, marshmallow, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, currant, cherry, date, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Amazing complexity and balance of blueberries, almond extract, dark/roast/bready malt, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge lightly tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin, marzipan, amaretto, almonds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, marshmallow, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, currant, cherry, date, smoke, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of blueberries, fruit skin, marzipan, amaretto, almonds, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, marshmallow, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light molasses/licorice/dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberries, almond extract, dark/roast/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid roast/char and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that was perfect. Slight slickness, stickiness, chalky roast, fruit tang/acids, and bourbon/oak tannins. Mildly increasing warmth, with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is a world class barrel aged fruited/flavored imperial stout! All around insane complexity, robustness, and balance of blueberries, almond extract, dark/roast/bready malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; insanely smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Everything about this is perfectly balanced between nicely jammy berries, almonds, rich base beer malt complexity, and bourbon barrel integration. Not overly roasty/charred on malts, or boozy/tannic on barrels. An extremely mind bowling offering. Equally impressive or better than the base beer, easily.

Oct 27, 2018
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Roguer from Georgia

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good head production and retention for they style.

Nose features bourbon, oak, and brown sugar prominently.

On the palate, this ios unbelievably smooth. Blueberries are very restrained. Mild sweetness overall.

Superior drinkability.

This is as solid as any Bourbon County series, and features all the drinkability and depth you should expect. Not at all a let down.

Sep 30, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

2.47/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle, acquired through trade since I never saw one last year. Artificial blueberry and a weird almond plastic aroma. Flavor was so strange, boozy bourbon county overpowered by almond flavored plastic. The first Bourbon County I have poured out

Sep 24, 2018
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TH28 from Florida

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. 8/10/17 bottle date. Appearance: Deep black, opaque, with a minimal dark khaki head. Head dissipates with no lacing.
Aroma: Rich roasted chocolate, black cherry, a touch of berry.
Taste: Starts with a really rich malt sweetness, moderate roast, dark chocolate, black cherry, light berry notes, a touch of nuttiness, and a moderately high bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, almost syrupy, and a low carbonation
Finish: Nutty dark chocolate roast lingers. A slight berry tartness is there, but very light intensity.
Overall: A super rich, intense RIS with a pleasant black cherry contrast to build complexity. Blueberry and nuttiness are very minimal. Thick, syrupy body has just enough carbonation to prevent the sweetness from being cloying. Oak undertones throughout. Very nice

Sep 15, 2018
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Just-the-sip from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like drinking a blue tootsie pop. Wow. Mouth feel is medium. Blueberry, almond vanilla and cocoa nibs with a hint... just a hint of umami at the end. My wife wants more but told her it’s a varient. Make it again!!!! Dessert beer. No alcohol burn for 12.7%

Sep 15, 2018
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Jaypeajus from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

100th review!! Fastly dissipated head..smells like amaretto, not much of the blueberry on nose, blueberry is present in taste, and almond seems to disappear. It’s not overly fruity, but like the charred topping of a blueberry pie with almond crust. Feel is a bit lower than my experience with Reg BCBS, not as warming.

Aug 25, 2018
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours sludgy black with a thin head. Aroma- very easy almond and vanilla. Tiny hint of blueberries and cherries. Bourbon. Taste- upon touching the tongue you are hit with intense sweetness. Big almond (like eating one of my wife’s sugar cookies with almond extract in the icing) and blueberries. Also ends in a tootsie roll fudge. Some definite alcohol hits. Not balanced, heavily on the sweetness side. Mouthfeel is thick and warming. Tingly from alcohol. Overall- this is what it is. Super sweet. But, despite what I said about balance,I found it to be a little deeper than just the sweetness.

Aug 25, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle, dated 10Aug17. Poured into Lexan tulip I brought with me on vacation.
Pours a chocolatey brown, with a lighter tan but finely bubbled head. Decent amount of lacing.
The nose is chocolate , graham cracker, molasses. Bourbon and oak. Just a bit of blueberry also.
Tastes like Milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet blueberry, and an overall smooth. nuttiness. Subtle tart blueberry in the finish too. I’ve not had this fresh but wished I could. The blueberry and marzipan are very subtle.
As always, a rich and smooth mouthfeel with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Just how I like my stouts to be.
Overall, glad to have ticked this variant. Wish the blueberry was more prominent but my fault for not trading for sooner.

Aug 16, 2018
Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 397 ratings