Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.32 | pDev: 7.41%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange StoutBourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout
Notes: Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with orange peels and cocoa nibs added.
Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 378 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by edisacoolcat:
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edisacoolcat from Virginia

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.

Dec 09, 2018
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TheGent from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque black color. I’ve poured aggressively to create a head, but I’m left with just a thin ring of beige foam around the edge of my glass. There is no visible carbonation. And no lacing as I drink the beer.

Smell: Soft bourbon and oak, milk chocolate, vanilla, banana, chocolate orange candy, Grand Marnier. At first I thought the oak was heavy and the orange subtle, but then the beer started to warm up and these aromas converged. Raisinettes.

Taste: Wow. The orange aroma at fridge temp was subtle compared to the flavor at fridge temp. The orange is more noticeable to me in the flavor. Upfront it’s a bright, orange rind flavor. There’s a bitterness to the orange that evokes biting into an orange rind, but this could also be the roastyness/bitterness from the stout itself perceived as pithy bitterness. This beer falls into the realm of orange flavored chocolate candy without ever being cloyingly sweet. Chocolate orange ball, chocolate orange truffle (as someone in WBAYDN recently noted), and mostly for me, those mini foil covered Grand Mariner Chocolate Liquer bottles. There’s a warming in my throat. It’s pleasant though, and I find the beer remarkably drinkable for 15.2% ABV. The orange carries through to the finish, but the chocolate really shines through on the back after the initial wave of orange. Powdery cocoa on the finish. There are flashes of dark fruit as well. Mainly, raisinette. The finish is bitter and semi-sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very nice mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation and smooth. Not thin, but not the thickest stout I’ve had. Also getting the sticky, residual sweetness feeling on my lips.

Overall: I enjoyed drinking this beer. It’s unique enough from anything else I’ve had. If you do not like the flavor of chocolate orange candy you should stay away from this beer. It’s not cloyingly sweet, and it doesn’t drink like 15.2%. Overall, unique and well done for what it’s trying to achieve.

Nov 23, 2018
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It produced a fairly thin head compared to most Bourbon County pours, but the viscosity seems about the first.

At first I got a whiff of orange and it was off putting, but after the initial aroma I cannot pick it up anymore. The flavor has a candied taste, but nothing I would be able to single out. The chocolate really shines and is kind of like a chocolate covered hard candy. It is a bit like what a chocolate Contrieau might taste like.

The alcohol is completely buried. I had no idea it was 15% until after I drank it.

I honestly had no intention of even trying this. It sounded bad and after not being able to finish that Northwoods (between 4 people) but a friend gave me a bottle and it is pretty impressive.

Dec 17, 2018
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

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

Orange tootsie pop

Nov 24, 2018
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Kmkapalka from Delaware

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

Nov 23, 2018
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MTKATL from Georgia

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

Nov 26, 2018
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happyreefer from Connecticut

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

Dec 08, 2018
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CharlesK from Pennsylvania

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

Nov 27, 2018
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

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

Diluted the standard stout IMO with booze soaked orange rind. I enjoyed this more than the heavy-handed Northwoods, but that is about as far as it goes. Second from last.

May 10, 2019
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Richter525 from Michigan

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

Nov 25, 2018
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BurtStL6 from Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another solid bourbon county, could’ve used more orange actually. Very enjoyable

Dec 02, 2018
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archero from Texas

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

May 29, 2019
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y2kawakami from Hawaii

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

Jan 11, 2019
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floyd_pugman from California

3.5/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a GI Bourbon County glass. Pours a typical dark espresso with basically no head. Nose is almost pure candied orange peel, with a modicum of chocolate peeking through but no discernible barrel. Palate largely follows: Starts off with a hint of chocolate, but then orange peel quickly bulldozes over everything else. I love chocolate-covered orange peel and had very high hopes for this, but the orange is just too overwhelming. A major disappointment since a properly balanced version of this could have been epic.

Nov 28, 2018
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours quite dark. Minimal head but what is there is off white, and dissipates into a ring on the side of the glass. Minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose is Well, BCBS. Deep barrel notes. Caramel, toffee, chocolate. Mixed into these flavors is a nice hint of orange.
Taste - The standard BCBS flavors hit me up front. Caramel, toffee, chocolate. On the backside is the orange. It really goes well with the rest of the flavor profile. It wouldn't seem to fit, but it does really well.
The body is rich and deep. It's a 15.2% beer, and there's no alcohol burn. No harsh feeling. Just a slight warming feeling. The orange does linger in my throat.
It wouldn't seem that BCBS and orange would go together, but it does, and it does so well. I do recommend this beer if you can get your hands on it.

Nov 26, 2018
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Labeorphile from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sep 15, 2019
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22Blue from Kansas

4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 07, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout, 15.2% ABV. Pours black with a slight brown head. Nose is all orange zest and chocolate. Taste is incredible; sweet orange, chocolate, then bourbon. Outstanding mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Improves even further with warming.

Of this year's variants, I've had Wheatwine, Bramble Rye, and now Midnight Orange. This is the best of the three, followed by Wheatwine, then Bramble Rye. Vanilla is next up.

Nov 25, 2018
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 24, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with no head. Aroma is a very pronounced orange citrus. And a touch of bourbon. Taste is also a pronounce orange citrus with a touch of bourbon and an alcohol aftertaste with should disappear with some aging.

Nov 16, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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

Pours like motor oil. Drank this 2018 vintage in 2020. Extra aging smoothed out that titanic 15.2% abv. Smooth bourbon and chocolate flavor with a subtle underbelly of orange. A sipper to be sure. Have one and then say "good night!"

Aug 17, 2020
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YvesB from Belgium

3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 17, 2019
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OompaMentor from Georgia

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

11/23/2018; NYC - Thanksgiving (Top Hops Bottle Shop)
5 oz pour; subtle hint of orange rind to nose. Medium MF that rests easy on palate. Let it drop and it blossoms nicely!
Better as it warms.

Jan 04, 2019
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stortore from Illinois

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

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/18/18, had 2/16/19.

Pours dark brown and opaque, thick looking, with a half inch foamy head and light foamy lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, light bourbon, light orange, prunes, molasses, some char. The flavor shows more bourbon than the aroma, then roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, some orange, molasses, light alcohol. Smooth, a little creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

This is very good overall, but really don’t pick up much orange for that being the headliner. Have a few more, we’ll see how they do.

Mar 11, 2020
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz. capped bottle into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is chocolate, orange, fudge, mint and cream. Fudgey... like one of those break-up chocolate oranges. Boozy at the end. Molasses, oak and a touch of sweet soy sauce. Really complex and heavy. Beer opens chocolate, fudge and molasses. A touch of grainy candy orange in the middle with sprinkles of booze, tobacco and more fudge and molasses. Oaky and moderately hot at the end and finish. Sticky and syrupy aftertaste. Body is heavy with low carbonation. Slick and viscous on the palate and goes down rich and thick with a long, lingering finish. The gold standard for how an imperial stout's body should feel.

The orange addition is a touch odd but pretty unique for this style. It doesn't quite work for me but it's not bad. The feel on the other hand, is excellent. Worth trying.

Jul 27, 2019
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 378 ratings