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 Double / 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#772
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
292
pDev:
7.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
91
Trade:
17
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Ratings: 292 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Eman17
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rspauldi
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TooGood
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbone1384
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the snifter it was black in color with no head, just a few bubbles making their way to the surface.
The first thing that struck me about the aroma was how sweet it was. Fruity sweetness, but also some almond. Chocolate next, then bourbon and vanilla.
The taste followed the nose. Blueberries, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla. Almonds were there, but in the background.
A warming mouthfeel.
A nice beer just shy of the too sweet side.

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Photo of joemochas
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours black with decent tan head, no lacing.

Aroma- Lots of blueberries, almonds, dark chocolate, very sweet aroma dessert like.

Taste - Taste is similar to the aroma, almond cookie like taste, blueberries maybe just a touch too sweet. Vanilla really digging the taste of this. The bourbon and oak work well with this.

Feel - Very slick oily feel nice heat from the bourbon.

Overall - Really like everything about this beer just a touch too sweet. Great flavors and feel.

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Photo of JerryHelper
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

I a most blueberry pancake form, the premiere imperial stout makers and agers at Goose Island introduces their famed Bourbon County Brand Stout once more, but this blueberry and almond variation kicks the curiosity factor up a hefty notch.

Northwoods Imperial Stout pours with the same opaque, oily, tar stained appearance as many of the Bourbon County Brand options, swirling with inky brandy legging while leaving a tawny gloss on the snifter. Lavish aromas of dark coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and soothing spice rolls onto the nose along with a spicy twinge of oaked whisky. Devilishly sweet on the front of the tongue, the beer's sweet and sultry taste leads with blackstrap molasses, wonderfully scorched sugars and a heavy dose of sweet cream.

The stout unabashedly saturates the middle palate with its whisky soaked maltiness, giving a highly dessert richness right off the bat. Creamy espresso, bittersweet chocolate, black walnut and scorched cream joins the molasses and deeply caramelized taste with a toasty, roasty and highly savory sensation. Dark fruits carry a bold blueberry overtone, but the taste of maraschino cherries, grilled plum, currant and blackberry join the fray ahead of the tar-like taste of date, prune and grape in strong madeira late palate.

Decadently full on the palate, the cloyingly sweet stout is rendered a slow and sipping affair, preferred to be sipped like fine cognac or sherry. Vanilla and coconut align on the finish to suggest marzipan with a distinct and rolling simmer of straight Kentucky bourbon. Chocolate and charred oak outlasts the espresso and grilled fruit flavor in an extended, everlasting aftertaste.

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

Photo of Franziskaner
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's a quarter inch of creamy brown on top. The aroma is of sweet bourbon and blueberries. The dominant flavor is of sweet bourbon, but at the back of the palate I'm also tasting the blueberry. The nuttiness of the almond is present throughout the palate and melds very well with the bourbon. The mouth is chewy, thick, and sticky.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was the next to last beer of March Madness 2018. Went over to a flophouse of un and under employed people after partying for a few days down at the sports book. Poured a sticky black liquid with a small 1/6" brown head on the top. Aroma of bourbon and blueberries, and I swore I could actually pick out the almond in this one, it brought back memories of that one almond beer at that Sierra Nevada anniversary party (30th).

Taste, definitely one of the sweeter variations in the Bourbon county lineup. The barely toasted almond is a nice counterbalance. Definitely does a good job at keeping a high abv from seeming hot. Remains sticky sweet throughout.
If you liked the bramble and backyard rye, I think this will suit you just fine. The price ($17) on these makes it tough to want to go out and buy more though at $1 per ounce. Just don't see the additions as worthy enough to justify the additional mark up (similar to Grey Monday).

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

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 8/10/17, had 11/25/17.

Pours dark and opaque, with not much of a head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of almonds, blueberries, malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, toffee, raisins. The taste pretty much follows the nose- almonds, blueberries, bourbon, malt, chocolate, prunes, raisins, caramel, light figs, a little oak. Really smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

It’s exactly what we were told it would be. Great aromas and flavors. The almonds star, the blueberry juice blends well with them and the base beer. I thought it was pretty awesome.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 version on tap in March 2018.

Opaque brown-black body with a thin tan head that reduces to a very durable ring.

Intriguing aroma is both interesting and fruity, with blueberries way more obvious than the almond.
Perhaps a tad too sweet, but that seems in keeping with the almond addition. The aroma is a bit medicinal but, thankfully, not the flavor. Very smooth with well hidden alcohol, particularly in comparison to the regular version.

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Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreenMind
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. Received in a trade.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great a nice dark black hue with a thin mocha head with nice lacing and solid legs.

S - Aromas of huge almond extract notes, excellent almond cookie notes, nice blueberry juice and fruits. The roast is nice but the alcohol is a bit assertive.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with huge roasts, rather vegetative, the almonds are great, blueberry is nice but syrupyand cloy. The chocolate is heavy and chalky, the dark malts are a bit over roasted.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, sticky syrupy and heavy. The alcohol is nicely hidden.

O - Overall this was a rather solid stout. The almonds are excellent but the blueberry is a bit cloy. The base beer is really sticky as well.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to rudzud

Forced pour brings a larger fluffy mocha colored creamy head that fades semi slowly after about 1/2 finger, pitch black beer, decent legs

Nose is interesting, loads of almond, fresh almond and almond extract, a bit of blueberry background, sweet candy malt and cocoa notes, mild nougat candy, roasted malt and burnt coffee with some booze as well going a bit too much, otherwise really nice.

Taste brings loads of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts and coffee but a weird vegetal burnt thing, syrupy charred malt, blueberry syrup, some almond extract again, big almond milk, sticky sweet molasses candy, warming alcohol, mild vanilla maybe, finishes sticky sweet, candy coffee syrup, almond lingering.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, decent carb, light warming booze but sticky syrupy.

Overall eh, maybe the worst bourbon county variant I've ever had, almond is nice, blueberry is OK at times, but the rest of the beer is pretty bad.

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Photo of cp45
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of joshdaut
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 292 ratings