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:
79
Ratings:
344
pDev:
7.41%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
82
Trade:
14
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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viperman1316
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richter525
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mjpolzin
2.8/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jaypeajus
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of strohme2
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IKR
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown with a modest-sized dark beige head which slowly subsided. Considerable lacing on this one.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, brown sugar, fruity notes and almond notes all feature prominently. A nice nose on this one.

Taste: Following the nose I get Blueberry, Bourbon, brown sugar, mild sweetish almond notes, and tannic oak notes. Fairly mild alcohol presence for the listed ABV . The bal-aging and blueberry and marzipan additions complement each other.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied. The carbonation is moderate and spot on for the beer.

Overall: A unique and tasty Bourbon County variant.

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Photo of mjc3151
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tony210
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark, nice mocha head that slowly recedes. Great aroma: mostly almond paste, some blueberry mixes in. Very sweet; base beer is very evident, almond paste flavor mixed in nicely, blueberry tartness appears on the finish. Standard BCBS creamy mouthfeel. Overall I am glad I tried it, even happier I only bought one. Definitely worth trying if you come across, too sweet for me to enjoy a second time.

7/25/18
16.9 oz bottle, 2017 vintage
4 rating

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Photo of Furlinator
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate, pipe tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, blueberry and faint almond on the nose. The taste follows with the blueberry juice providing a subtle tartness. This bottle is nearly one year old and I feel that the almond presence may have fallen off.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.46/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Very dark, nearly opaque. Some ruby highlights. A modest tan head and sparse, messy lacing.
smell: Almond blueberry sugar cookies with bourbon sauce.
taste: Flavors really coalesce into a wonderful stout with interesting almond and blueberry notes.

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Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 344 ratings