Bourbon County Brand Special #4 Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Special #4 StoutBourbon County Brand Special #4 Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Oatmeal Stout
4.41 | pDev: 5.67%
Jun 10, 2023
Aug 23, 2020
Bourbon County Special #4 Stout is an oatmeal stout variant of our original Bourbon County Stout recipe, also aged in bourbon barrels, that uses crystal oats to add a nutty character and a smooth mouthfeel. After barrel aging, we added Intelligentsia Coffee, both their cold coffee and single origin coffee beans from Ethiopia, called “Metad Buku,” to bring out a pleasant fruity coffee character. Lastly bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup from Bissell Maple Farm in Ohio is added which provides complexity to the nutty oats and coffee to round out the flavors, ultimately reminiscent of your breakfast ‘special’ at the local diner.
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Rated: 4.32 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Jun 10, 2023
Rated: 3.06 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

May 07, 2023
Rated: 4.49 by InfernoBoss from California

May 03, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by einman from Minnesota

Feb 19, 2023
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
02/05/23 bottle @ home
Feb 05, 2023
Rated: 4.51 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Dec 12, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Dec 10, 2022
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Rated by LXIXME from New Mexico

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Older bottle incorrectly stored (?) but still pretty dang good, I'd love to try a correctly aged bottle of this beer.
Nov 20, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Nov 12, 2022
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into snifter. Stamped drink by 11SEP22…just in time.
A: Pours a dark brown hue with 1/4 inch dark mocha head that quickly settles to a thin skim.
S: Dark roast coffee with cream, smooth dark chocolate, maple syrup, soft oats, subtle bourbon, and a nutty note.
T: Dark roast coffee, maple syrup, smooth dark chocolate, smooth sweet bourbon, nuttiness, oatmeal, and cream.
M: Medium body. Extremely smooth and silky feel. Layers of dark sweetness with mild roasty bitterness. Soft oat feel. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Extremely well balanced and a too easy to drink sipper at 13.3%. A superb variation!
Aug 30, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of coffee, bourbon barrels, dark chocolate, roasted malts and hints of maple
T: Taste is coffee up front with some hints of maple, nice bourbon barrel notes with oak, caramel, and vanilla along with some dark chocolate and roasted malts interwoven with some maple sweetness. On the swallow there's more coffee, maple, dark chocolate, oak, caramel, and vanilla.
M: This beer sits at the heavier side of medium on the palate. Carbonation is on the slightly effervescent side but it's fine while the beer has a drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this is an excellent beer. Really good flavors and complexity along with some very nice balance. It's a little coffee forward which is fine, but there's still plenty of other stuff going on to keep things interesting. I'd like for this one to come back.
Jul 18, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Look - Black and thick with a great tan head and even better tan thick rimming and sticky lacing
Smell -chocolate coffee maple roasted malts slight barrel
Taste -nice barrel slight roasted malts pretty good amount of coffee slight maple oatmeal
Feel -medium full body with a slight carb
Overall - if it was a little thicker and more barrel it would be just incredible, great balance
Jun 15, 2022
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Reviewed by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Decedent! Like drinking an oatmeal-chocolate chip cookie that's been dunked in coffee that had a splash of Bourbon added! 13.3% extremely well-hidden!
Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
500 ML bottle, born on 9/11/2020, poured into a tulip glass at 55 degrees F:
L - dark and static with a hazelnut head that quickly dissipated
S - molasses, bourbon, roasted malt
T - follows the nose, great blend of flavors
F - thick mouthfeel with minimal
O - excellent beer, my favorite variant of 2020
Apr 13, 2022
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Rated by Tiburon from Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very smooth w no harsh bourbon county edge, smooth and fruity.
Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Consumed 3/27/22

This is one of the variants (like most honestly) that is best fresh. But, this is still hitting it out of the ballpark for me. The mouthfeel is thick and full. It's less syrupy than a regular non oatmeal stout. There's still a sweetness that a BCS normally has, but the maple adds a nice nuance. The coffee has dropped off a bit more than I expected from fresh, but it's still there on the backend the most. I should try this against a CBS to see which is my favorite. I feel like this has more maple for sure. If you like coffee and maple, I think this is a world class version of these BA stouts.
Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Black in color and impenetrable to light. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering two thirds of the top. The aroma is of oatmeal, maple syrup, coffee, and bourbon. I’m tasting a wallop of maple syrup, coffee, bourbon, and oatmeal. The mouth is thick, chewy, and sticky.
Feb 19, 2022
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 323 ratings