Bourbon County Brand Kentucky Fog Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Kentucky Fog StoutBourbon County Brand Kentucky Fog Stout
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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
14.1%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 10.55%
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
136
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 17, 2022
Added:
Oct 14, 2020
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  15
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Bourbon County Brand Kentucky Fog StoutBourbon County Brand Kentucky Fog Stout
Notes: We’re excited to debut our first-ever tea-inspired variant. Brewer Paul Cade brought this idea to life, inspired by his girlfriend, Martha, who prefers tea over coffee. Our Bourbon County Kentucky Fog Stout is a take on the London Fog tea drink. With that flavor profile in mind, we added Earl Grey Tea and Black Tea from Kilogram Tea, as well as clover honey from The Honey House, to make a Bourbon County Stout variant with a complexity like none before. Trust us, you’ll just have to try it.
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick rich viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + dark chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy dark tan head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than 40% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted + dark + chocolate + caramel malts with moderate amounts of caramel + chocolate sweetness. Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of rich chocolate + bourbon + toasted oak + vanilla. Moderate aromas of Earl Grey + black tea with a more subtle hint of bergamot and moderate aromas of honey.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted + dark + chocolate + caramel malts with moderate amounts of caramel + chocolate + honey sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of rich chocolate + bourbon + toasted oak + vanilla. Next are just a touch heavier than moderate flavors of Earl Grey + black teas with a light to moderate flavor of bergamot and honey. Finally there are light flavors of earthy hops and a light amount of roasty bitterness which fades away leaving lingering bourbon flavor.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with a moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Drinks quite easily considering the strength/high ABV with a nice full mouthfeel that leads to this one being a slow sipper for me. After 2 years, the aromas of the tea have dismissed significantly but the flavors have held up a little more. Very interesting variant and one that I’m glad I grabbed a bottle (though I should have reviewed it when I first had it fresh).
Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by EdFed from Illinois

Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jul 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by BLPasch from Michigan

Jun 15, 2022
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2020 Bottle clocking in at 14.1% ABV, this pours as black as ink with a foamy 1-2 finger thick brown colored head that faded very slowly, making cracking sounds as it dissipated and left minimal spotty lacing; looks like most BCBS brews. It smells of roasted malts, chicory, bourbon, oak, tea leaf, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate and black licorice. Certainly not as boozy smelling as most BCBS variants, and the tea leaves and black licorice get stronger as it warms up. I'm not a big tea person so those aromas were not as stimulating as other adjuncts I've had over the years.

The taste is where the tea comes through; I'm not sure what Earl Grey Tea tastes like but I've had black tea in the past, and my general take is that those leafy tea flavors come off as spicier than a regular tea leaf, with some peppery notes and mint mixed in which took down the bourbon/booze sting and vanilla flavors. More tea flavor than booze or oak or chocolate, and the taste also has chicory, smoked malts, burnt coffee grinds, dark chocolate and black licorice. The alcohol is very well hidden, but this deviated so far from the base BCBS that it almost didn't resemble a standard version of it. It was a nice experiment but not one I'd purchase again.
Apr 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Deep copper with a 1/4" tan head, which slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: oil of Bergamot comes through. Also, molasses, toffee, caramel.

Taste is molasses, a distinct nuttiness, toffee, caramel, oil of Bergamot, a bit of tannins with the usual astringency.

Full body, light carbonation. Semisweet, oily finish.

Another outstanding Bourbon County Stout. Earl Gray is my go-to tea so, I loved this one.
Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance - The beer poured a jet black color with brown bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The nose brought to mind regular Bourbon County with a hint of something different.

Taste - The initial taste was very Earl Grey forward. The floral notes were apparent. The tea notes did not wilt next to the chocolate and bourbon. The tea stay strong until the finish.

Mouthfeel - The beer was a viscous.

Overall - I can appreciate it, even if its not my thing.
Feb 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Jan 29, 2022
 
Rated: 3.64 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.81 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Jan 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by broadway848 from New York

Jan 08, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Who can brew a winning tea-based stout that a big hit for a seasoned beer-taster who generally dislikes tea? Bourbon County! Incredible malt profile on this one--from two-row to chocolate to caramel, these flavors are in support of a significant tea presence. Dark fruit flavors of figs and raisins creep into the mix. Silky, dark brown pour and a syrupy mouthfeel add to the experience. Sensational and novel effort!
Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
16.9oz bottle purchased off the shelf last year. Says "Drink By 12Aug22". 14.1% ABV. I'm guessing that this was bottled on 8/12/2020, so this would be 16 1/2 months old. I gave it some time to come up closer to room temperature before I opened it.

Look: Pours out a very dark brown, close to black. There are some light brown highlights on the edge of the glass. There was a very small, dark colored head that receded quickly and just left a ring of thin head around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Has the classic Bourbon County Stout aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla, with secondary aromas of soft citrus and honey. I pick up some black tea aromas and tannins, but of course I am looking for them as I know the adjuncts in this variant. Some fruity notes also (blueberry, fig?). There is some heat evident in the nose. The black tea aromas become stronger as I get into it more.

Taste: This is delicious. It has a lot of complexity and depth to it, and the flavors are rounded and well-integrated. It's very smooth, and there is very little alcohol detected on the palate except for a warming sensation in the chest. Up front, classic Bourbon Conty notes of dark chocolate and wood-charred bourbon barrel. The finish is earthy, slightly tannic, notes of orange rind and pithiness, and has a gentle bitterness. There is a nice sweetness here too from the honey. The mouthfeel has a decadent creaminess. The black tea leaves a very nice, warm lingering taste on the palate and it is very pleasant and easy to drink. It's crazy that this beer is 14.1% ABV.

Feel: Very soft, creamy mouthfeel. It's amazing that such a high alcohol beer can be so smooth and velvety. The mouthfeel has a nice body. I would not call it thick, but it's certainly not thin either.

Overall: My second BCS review. This is a very unique and creative variant. Not having tried this when it was fresh, I cannot say if this has improved with age or not. For me, the "bright bergamot aroma from earl gray tea" is not prominent so I would not be surprised if it has become softened over time. Overall, it's a very interesting beer that I highly recommend everyone should try if given the opportunity.
Jan 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by drstalker from Illinois

Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
I am sharing a bottle of the 2020 vintage of this beer at my good friend and old neighbor's house in Yorkville, Illinois. It poured an opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had tea and bourbon notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to sip. There was strong tea base with tobacco and vanilla with sweet honey highlights. The mouthfeel was fuller in body and had subtle carbonation. Overall it is an interesting beer.
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Global Brew - St. Charles, IL
L: jet black body with a thick brown head
S: boozy, bourbon, oak, roasted barley, dark chocolate
T: chock full of flavor: boozy bourbon, lots of oak, vanilla, roast & char, slight fruitiness, tea lingers around in the background but it could be more bold - maybe it faded over the past year?
F: full body, sticky & syrupy, ample carbonation, high alcohol ensures it’s a warming sipper
O: excellent, just as expected from every other BCBS variant I’ve had over the years. I was kind of hoping for more tea and honey notes, but either way it was delicious
Dec 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Nov 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by MJSFS from Florida

Nov 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours black with leakage to mahogany brown on the edges and sports a dense, creamy tan head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful beer. The nose has booze, which I expected, and tart fruity notes, which I did NOT expect. After a bit of research (the googler is your friend), I believe that’s the Bergamot aroma referenced on the bottle, courtesy of the Earl Gray tea.

There’s also decadent dark chocolate on the nose, and a bit of sweetness I’m assuming is the honey. Lots going on here. The taste likewise has the tart fruity flavor, and there’s more than ample dark chocolate flavors and a smidge of honey and a nice boozy flavor that actually provides some balance, because this gets pretty close to Cloyingville.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, perfect for this big stout. I approached this beer with some trepidation because I’m not a big hot tea fan, and as mentioned earlier, this is close to cloying, but it ends up working really well.
Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Hayesbro from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very much what you would expect. Near black with a half finger of dark brown head. Roasty chocolate aroma with some bourbon. Complex taste, some of the Earl Grey citrus notes up top, toasty malts with chocolate, and the honey shines on the back with a touch of bitterness and a bit of bourbon. Silky, thick mouthfeel. Excellent. Better than the reputation but could have some more tea flavor.
Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2020 bottling, into a goblet.

A: Opaque very dark brown color with a half-finger espresso colored head that lingered for a minute before dissipating.

S: Big chocolate aroma up front followed by molasses and earl grey tea.

T: Syrupy molasses flavor coats the tongue and overwhelms pretty much everything else, including the tea. Warming alcohol finish on the palate.

F: Medium-full bodied with some carbonation.
Nov 27, 2021
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Best By Date 12Aug22. Poured at 59°. Fast fizzy dark tan head leaves islands of micro dots and solid ring, spots of lace; black body with grey/ruby edges; thick legs and bands of lace on swirl. Strong Earl Grey tea nose; bourbon in retro nasal. Taste is predominantly Earl Grey tea with sugar and a shot of bourbon; chocolate base; getting notes of sweet honey as beer warms; the finish is sweet. Smooth silky feel; full minus body; light carbonation; some face flushing warmth from 14.1% abv. Overall, a stout that hits the mark that I think the Brewer envisioned and drinks as advertised; I drink hot tea every morning, and this stout is enjoyable; an interesting variant, and I’m glad I drank it, but I wouldn’t want to drink another; high scores for producing as advertised.
Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bourbon Country Brand Kentucky Fog Stout from Goose Island. Purchased 21/10/21 from Save on Beer, Wexford, PA for $24.37 (Including tax)/16.9 oz bottle ($ 1.442/oz). On room temperature shelf at store. Stored at home at 40 degrees. Reviewed 22/10/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on label “Drink by 12 AUG 22”, on neck “Brewed in Illinois 2020”. Served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Brown (SRM 20), hazy.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, slight ruby penetration at extreme edges.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.7 cm, aggressive center pour), saddle brown, high density, fizzy, quickly gone leaving a one mm crown and no cap.
Lacing – None, as expected.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak molasses, no malt, no hops, no yeast, no bourbon. Quickly fades to nothing.
Flavor – 3.5 – Flavor follows nose - no yeast, no malt, sweet and no hops. No ethanol (14.1 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Gastric burning which subsides to a mere glow. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Distinctly neither bourbon nor oak. No tea.
Palate – 3.5 – Full, syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 I would have to say that the honey predominates – somewhat sweet and syrupy with no distinct flavors or aromas after the initial molasses opening. No tea or bourbon, ever. Still, there is nothing other than the price point that makes this a bad brew – just mediocre.
Oct 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Apellonious from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
1 pint .9 fl oz bottle , drink by Aug 12 22, poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black, no light escapes, and the thin lace disappears immediately. Aroma is similar to the regular, sweet barrel, chocolate, and a touch of heat. The taste is right in line, maybe some herbal elements. Not sure what the tea aspect brings to this (though it may have been more apparent at the git). There is a twang at the finish. Remarkably smooth feel, medium heavy feel. Kentucky Fog indeed. If you like the reg, this one will not dissapoint.
Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Sep 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

Aug 23, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle. Poured out an opaque, inky black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of tea, honey, roasted malt, toffee, bourbon and some oak. The tea gave it a sorta minty taste with sweet honey, chocolate, toffee and oak flavors.
Aug 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by Khaack from New York

Aug 10, 2021
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2020 vintage
Pours a med creamy semi thick almost 1 finger brownish head with moderate to good retention, a bit of soapy lacing, fair soapy lacing, long thick legs basically staining the glass

Nose dark chocolate, cocoa, a bit of roast, some vanilla and bourbon barrel, but a big herbal tea somehow coming through all of that, black tea and Earl Grey as well, plenty of spice, sweet malt a touch syrupy like, some honey, vanilla ice cream, caramel, lots of herbal floral tea

Taste comes on rich as expected, some roasted malts dark heavy roasted malt characters, with a bit of char, lots of cocoa and dark chocolate, into the big vanilla, vanilla spice, barrel, a touch of bourbon and oak, fair herbal tea again, as well black tea and Earl Grey again but not as much as the nose, vanilla ice cream, light bitterness, a bit of fudge even, mild sticky sweet finish, a bit more warming alcohol on the finish,

Mouth is full bod, thick lush, light warming alcohol, med frothy carb

Overall not bad, tea came through nicely, but as the others from this series, not nearly enough barrel
Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle Date: 8/12/21
Palate Contaminants: other beer

No surprise – dark brown color. Fair amount of fine head, but not much lacing.

Although it has the common molasses scent, the main one I get out of it is actually fresh herbs. I'll call it cilantro and peppermint. Cola is in there. Though unique, it could do with a little more strength.

The taste has this herbal spiciness I haven't picked out anywhere else, and my words fail as far as giving more of a description. Heavy sweetness, although it doesn't integrate with the alcohol particularly well. It's sorta earthy. Tea does come on late. It's actually a bit like Jolt cola, maybe with a few drops of lemon juice.

Medium-fine carbonation. There's a good amount of heat. The main aftertaste is smoky syrup.

Bought the ticket, took the ride, glad there's still creativity.
Jul 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jul 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by JM5671 from Ohio

Jul 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.96 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jun 12, 2021
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 8/13/20, had 12/20/20.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with a short head and light, foamy lacing. Aromas of honey, bourbon, roasted malt, bergamot, some oak and tobacco, light char, some molasses, a little chocolate, light black tea. The bourbon and the bergamot are at the front of the flavor, then roasted malt, chocolate, honey as it warms, molasses, some black tea, some oak and tobacco. Smooth, a very good full body, well carbonated.

Excellent recipe. The earl grey is very expressive in both the flavor and aroma, and the honey shows well, too. Very enjoyable, glad I have a few more.
May 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
2020 bottle graciously sent from a fellow BA and split the wife into snifters.

A: Pours out that signature oily dense black with a moderately sized and dense mocha-colored head.

S: Definitely unique, and intriguing. That herbal, tea-like character grabs you with a good dose of lemon and honey sweetness as well. That rich, chocolatey roast and bourbon char character is apparent as well.

T: That citrusy grey-and-black tea character really pop on the palate. It blends fairly well into that rich, roasted malt profile and bourbon barrel character that BCBS is know for. The tea and honey sweetness seem to make the chocolate notes within the stout come to the forefront at times.

MF: Lower heat levels at this age, this is dense and almost chewy at times. Totally full bodied.

O: Unique and intriguing. I wouldn’t say the flavors mesh perfectly, but I wouldn’t call it a miss either. Overall it’s really not one of my favorite variants from any year, but it is not bad.
May 17, 2021
 
Rated: 2.34 by loch8534 from Illinois

May 15, 2021
Bourbon County Brand Kentucky Fog Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 230 ratings