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Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange StoutBourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with orange peels and cocoa nibs added.

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Ratings: 287 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by scratch69:
Photo of scratch69
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of TheGent
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Cwarwick812
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Wolvmar
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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 JakerLou
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of OompaMentor
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of arensburgh
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, you barely get any light through. The smell is lighter and more floral with the cocoa coming out stronger as it sits. The initial smell reminds me of dried Valencia orange zest. Definitely the lightest part of this beer before the mocha comes through, and it's still not that light.

Super sweet and thick, but since it reminds me of this one batch of spicy brownies I went a bit hog wild with orange zest (just not spicy), I'm more inclined to like it. The orange is fairly big at first, but settles into the mocha pretty seamlessly, and aside from the sugar, it doesn't linger too heavy.

Fun fact I found looking into Valencia oranges/Spanish oranges: there's a Valencia variant called the Midknight Valencia orange (from South Africa). No real relevance afaik, just a neat coincidence.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sam671217
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADG2995
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schinebd
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SomethingClever
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16.9 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Slight khaki mocha colored head with a nice creamy look to it. Body is pure black, no light getting through.

S: Nice sharp acidic orange on the nose more like the rind than the fruit.then it moves on to some dark chocolate.

T: the chocolate is so huge in this, lots of leather, tobacco, some oak, and lightly throughout there is a light tinge of orange. Finishes chocolately, with some great bourbon undertones. And just the lightest taste of orange.

M: Nice thick body not as thin as regular comes across. Very full and creamy.

O: This beer is fantastic. I don’t even like orange candy or chocolate and orange together, but this just blends so well.
This has a perfect mouthfeel to it, it is big thick and chewy.

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Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark ebony brew; decent head production with mediocre retention, even for the style.

Aroma is classic BCBS: chocolate, bourbon, booze, cherry, coffee, roasted barley, a touch of char. A bit of orange-liqueur like note to the nose.

On the palate, the orange peel is immediately noticeable, and lasts through all phases of the sip. Really well balanced though, with chocolate and coffee tones throughout, black cherry, brown sugar, and a huge malt base that lasts. Bourbon is fairly restrained, but definitely noticeable, and very pleasant.

Thick, chewy brew, on par with the best mouthfeels of the BCBS series. Drinks incredibly under the actual 15.2% ABV. A fantastic stout.

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Photo of fthegiants
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz draft pour into a snifter shows an almost purple-black body, briefly floating a 1/8in cocoa colored head of medium bubbles, with spotted lacing running back home.

Aroma is exactly the chocolate covered orange slices from my childhood and this is spot-on in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is unchanged from the base BCS; smooth, creamy, and full coating the tongue and leaving a dark chocolate aftertaste.

Overall a really nice variant, that just doesn't appeal to me.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 287 ratings