Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange 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): 15.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Mexican Mocha and fresh Spanish orange peel

Added by gatornation on 08-09-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
149
pDev:
7.64%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
39
Trade:
8
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viaduck
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My throat was feeling pretty scratchy so I thought it would be a good idea to consume something with a high ABV & kill off those nasty germs. Ya, that’s it & not because I couldn’t wait try a Midnight Orange. A hard pour produced a very coarse head that didn’t last very long. It’s body was as dark as Midnight. Chocolate, alcohol & oranges make up its aroma. Not as sweet a the standard Bourbon County Stout, slightly salty with some orange pith bitterness, silky smooth & it’s feels even stronger than 15.2, too much burn for me. There not very much orange in the flavor profile, a good amount of chocolate, caramel, bourbon, oak, char & other barrel flavors. Not as sweet as the flavors would imply. At 1/2 the price, Bourbon County Stout is, I think, better but Midnight Orange is still excellent & worth a try.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a good brown head that dissipates at a moderate pace. The beer itself is a dark chocolate black and a thick looking and viscous texture; one that looks like melted chocolate.

The smell is good. It has a good sweet orange smell with a bit of chocolate underneath it to make it strongly resemble a chocolate orange.

The taste is very good. It has nice mix of the chocolate and orange notes. The orange notes are fairly sweet and mix well with the chocolate. The only downside is that the mocha seems to be missing from the taste and overpowered by the BC and orange notes.

The feel is good. It has a very smooth and almost silky feel to it with a tingly carbonation to it.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and one worth having to gotten a hold of. The expectation that I had for this beer to be similar to an actual orange chocolate were met and is definitely a winner.

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Photo of larryi86
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a goblet

A- Black with a small mocha head

S- Tons of milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, hints of coffee, some oranges

T- Chocolate, oranges, bourbon, some oak, touch of dark fruits.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- I was hoping this would taste like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and this delivers. Another tasty Bourbon County variant.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a thick, dark brown with no head and no carbonation.
Awesome typical Bourbon County smell with a punch of orange chocolate.
Wonderful usual Bourbon County stout taset with a great, big Orange chocolate blast that extends the smoothness of the body. Great bourbon bite in the end.

Incredibly smooth like all BC, in which the orange chocolate improves even more.
Incredibly tasty. clearly better than vanilla.

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Photo of edisacoolcat
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 Poured from bottle in Dec 2018

A: light booze with fig, prune, vanilla, oak, and a little spicy citrus in the background

A: dark brown to black with almost now head. No visible carbonation in the beer.

F: chocolate covered orange candy. Very nice and unexpected. Vanilla, dark fruits with cherry, and loads of chocolate and orange.

M: full body with very low carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet with lingering chocolate, orange, and a hint of coffee

O: surprising and unexpected flavors. The nose could show a bit more of the chocolate and orange wixh follow through the rest of the beer. Not at all like the original BCBS with reserved boozy flavors. Enjoyable.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 9/19/18; drank 12/8/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small khaki head; almost no lace.

Terry's Chocolate Orange candy & caramel notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Terry's Chocolate Orange candy & burnt caramel flavors.

This is basically like adding some caramel to a Terry's Chocolate Orange candy. It's very distinctive, but ultimately not great. Worth trying...once.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Before I begin this review, I'd like to point out that I'm getting pretty pissed off at the craft beer "purists" that flock to any mention of BCBS as being a betrayal of the craft beer ethos. I have spent my life fighting Budweiser and their brainless Bud Lite ads and don't need any lectures on the dirtball tactics they've engaged in in the past to put a pillow over the face of craft beer. That said, I like BCBS. I'm not that fond of everything Goose Island has done, but I like Sofie and Matilda and if that makes me a bad person, too damn bad.

This poured into DFH tulip with a very dark brown body over a small, quickly dissapating dark tan head. The smell, as it warmed, wasn't as orange forward as I was expecting; rather it was well integrated into a rich chocolaty boozy flavor that was very encouraging. The taste delivered on the promise of the smell and then some. The feel of it was just fine for a slow sipper.

For whatever reason, BCBS works on me to heighten the experience whenever I'm listening to music. It did it last year with the standard BCBS and now with this variant. I know that's a subjective evaluation but it is what it is. I enjoyed this a lot.

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Photo of DangerDawg
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wolvmar
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Market Square. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pour: dark black, slight head, not much clouds, ring or lacing.

Nose: dark chocolate, orange rind, brandied dark fruit.

Taste: definitely the base BC Stout. Add in a very subtle orange rind flavor and you’ve got Midnight Orange. A nice variant but won’t change your world.

Mouthfeel: moderate to low carbonation. Plenty rich, some oiliness. Finishes pretty clean.

Overall: if you like BCBS, and who wouldn’t, you will probably like this. The orange is subtle and works well with the base stout. Absolutely worth trying.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Probably the only year I'll make the effort to get to the store in a timely manner. I hope this is worth the cost and time.
Certainly can pick up the orange and chocolate right away. Reminds me of the chocolate oranges that were given as gifts in the 70's. Sweet, but not too much. The base stout is there, but certainly is background, with only hints of bourbon.
The dark head is small and fizzes away pretty quickly. Dark pour with hints of brown and garnet. Lots of bubble action and rather a loud beer for a stout.
Feel is a lot thicker and richer than I expected based upon the pour. Nice smooth feel and approaches velvety.
Flavor is more complex than aroma as the malt (more chocolate than roast) and the bourbon are much more apparent and there is better blending.
This is interesting, pleasing and well done. However, I think it's a little too rich. The base is already rich and then adding the orange and chocolate only intensifies it. It will be a bit of a challenge (not in taste but richness) to finish this off.
That being said, what a pleasure to have a bottle.

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Photo of scratch69
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a black dense color with a small tan head. Smell had orange/marmalade citrus with rind notes. Taste was sweet creamy marmalade it mixed well with the wood char and bourbon, some vanilla mixed in. Mouth feel was sweet with the orange but right in step with the base stout. I like this variant alot.

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Photo of BYOFB
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of happyreefer
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of swierczt
4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of SawDog505
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1,900 beer and I wanted something that stands out and it does. Poured into a 16 oz Magnify Snulip glass bottled on September 18, 2018. Pours a very dark near pitch black with a finger plus brown head that leaves some thin lines of lace as it quickly settles. 4

Smell is orange cream sickle, chocolate, coffee grounds, and strong bourbon much better than it sounds. 4.5

Taste follows orange tootsie roll stands out, coffee, vanilla, and a nice healthy dose of bourbon lingers but not a complaint. 4.25

Mouthfeel is a tad bigger than medium, moderate amount of life, definetly on the dryside, and at 15.2% it goes down pretty darn easy, but the booze is around and not letting go. 4

Overall this is what I had hoped it would be, a very imprsseve dessert beer loaded with a warming bourbon. 4

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

7700th review! 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/19/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a minimal ring of lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, orange juice/peel/zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, nuts, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, coconut, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, chocolate, orange zest, and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, orange juice/peel/zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, nuts, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, coconut, licorice, molasses, raisin, prune, cherry, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness. Mild herbal, zesty, roast, char bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, orange juice/peel/zest, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, vanilla, bourbon, nuts, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, coffee, coconut, molasses, light licorice/dark fruit, leather, tobacco, herbal, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chocolate, orange zest, and bourbon barrel flavors; with an amazing roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy, silky, velvety mouthfeel that is fantastic. Light slickness, sticky hops, chalky char/roast, and oak tannins. Mildly increasing warmth of 15.2%, with no barrel booze lingering after the finish. All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, chocolate, orange zest, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Perfectly balanced rich malts, citrus vibrancy, cocoa nibs, and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Not overly boozy, tannic, drying on barrels. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as usual. Very similar to the Griffin Claw version, but a bit thicker/silkier/velvety on overall body/mouthfeel.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap:
A swath of light tan head forms a light collar, with a whisp of an island that doesn’t last a few sips. Temporary coagulations of bubbles within a thick, oily film slither back to the body after a swirl.

Nose is surprisingly light, but has the chocolate, raisin, ever so light bourbon, and sweetened roasted malts of the base. The orange takes a light effort to notice, oddly.

Not so in the taste. My first sip had the orange in back, but it moved forward quickly. Chocolate orange is a common description and accurate, dark chocolate up front, a smoother version in back with the orange prevalent throughout. The light burn of alcohol cuts through a medium heavy feel, but also mimics more carbonation than there is to give a pseudo-Orange Crush soda impression (one which I’d rather not have).

There’s some good things about this beer, but the orange is a little too in-my-face. I’d seen other reviews where the reviewer liked what they didn’t think they would. I found this about what I expected before seeing generally positive reviews: a decent variant, but not better than the original.

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

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

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

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Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 149 ratings