Bourbon County Brand Birthday Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Birthday StoutBourbon County Brand Birthday Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.53 | pDev: 4.19%
Aug 27, 2023
Oct 14, 2020
Old Forester’s Birthday Bourbon is released each year on the birthday of founder George Garvin Brown. The bourbon is chosen from 11-year-old barrels and all of the bourbon is picked from one specific production day. In 2019 the bourbon was described as “rich oak spice and blackcurrant coupled with light maple, caramel cake, and white floral notes.”

Those are the barrels that housed Bourbon County Stout for a year and produce a variant with berry, maple, chocolate, and vanilla.
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Rated: 4.39 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Aug 27, 2023
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Best by 8/4/25, had 8/14/21.

Pours near black and opaque, with a brief flash of a head and sparse foamy cling. Aromas of bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, char, leather, some caramel, light brown sugar, light licorice when warmed. Flavors of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, chocolate, some leather, some caramel and brown sugar, char, faint licorice when warmed. Has a spicy taste along with a light sweetness. Smooth, a solid full body, appropriately carbonated.

Excellent. Terrific barrels that express a lot of oak as well as bourbon, lots of distinct aromas and flavors. Really enjoyable. Best fully warmed.
May 19, 2023
Rated: 4.61 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Apr 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Damian from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
2020 vintage
Drink by: 04AUG25
Served in a snifter

Review #2250

The beer poured a medium bodied, raw umber hue that looked much darker and more viscous in the glass. A thin cap of saddle brown froth topped the oily looking liquid and quickly transformed into a fine yet resilient collar. After each sip, some spotty lacing trickled down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was pleasant initially but not particularly notable. Caramel and toffee notes dominated. Moderately sweet. There was a hint of oxidation as well, but this quickly dissipated. As the beer sat, big boozy bourbon notes really came forth. There was a spicy rye-like quality too. Loads of dark fruit notes as well. Some vanilla was also noticeable. Layer, the vanilla and the overall sweetness really intensified.

The flavor profile alluded to what the nose would become after a few minutes of opening up. Sweet toffee and caramel notes came through big time on the front end. Good dose of brown sugar-like sweetness too. Punchy boozy bourbon notes appeared as the beer moved along the palate. Loads of vanilla and dark fruit notes in the center. Some spicy alcohol appeared here as well. Maple cream was noticeable too. The bourbon and the vanilla really intensified on the back end and the finish. More spicy alcohol and lingering sweetness after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was the most disappointing aspect of the beer. It was medium bodied for the style. Definitely thinner than I anticipated. The liquid contained a fine, somewhat aggressive effervescence that turned light and fluffy on the palate. After a few sips, the liquid left a slightly sticky film on my lips.

All in all, Bourbon County Brand Birthday Stout is a terrific beer and one of the best I have tried in the BCBS series in recent memory. Despite the two-plus years of age on this bottle, the bourbon/boozy notes were front and center, but in the best way possible. I am always skeptical as to how much of a difference particular bourbon barrels play in the outcome of bourbon barrel-aged beers, but they definitely seemed to work well in this one.
Mar 03, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Black in color and impenetrable to light. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is of sweet bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. I’m tasting caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. The mouth is sticky and chewy.
Feb 26, 2023
Rated: 4.94 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 20, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Gkruszewski from New York

Dec 02, 2022
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

A touch hot, despite 27 months of age.

Strong dry oak, hot bourbon, touch of cocoa.

Very good, of course, but just sub par for this series.

Nov 25, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 4.51 by Chuckg93 from Oregon

Jun 09, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 19, 2022
Rated: 4.91 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 08, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by Jlee0810 from Indiana

Apr 11, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by Mikexw from New York

Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Jan 22, 2022
Rated: 4.32 by kramacam from Kentucky

Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours usual BCBS jet black.
Aroma is incredible. A complex, wonderful combination of bourbon, oak, maple, sugar.

Taste equals aroma dominated by the oak, bourbon, maple & sugar. Awesome sweetness.

Traditional BCBS mouthfeel.
Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Dec 16, 2021
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 78 ratings