Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stout aged in bourbon barrels with blueberry juice and almond extract added.

Added by superspak on 06-11-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
361
pDev:
7.41%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
87
Trade:
15
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Ratings: 361 |  Reviews: 86
Photo of rudiecantfail
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of videofrog
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevanb
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

**
11/29/2018
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.
**

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Photo of dafla67
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of DrIPA21
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of aszatk01
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krl2112
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mschrei
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of RPM3334
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucnifter
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wiz99
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of runeatdrink
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Dovers
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArrogantB
2.47/5  rDev -42.8%
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

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Photo of TH28
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of Just-the-sip
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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%

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 361 ratings