Bourbon County Brand Birthday Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
14.6%
Score:
98
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 4.19%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
53
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jun 11, 2022
Added:
Oct 14, 2020
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  23
SCORE
98
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Bourbon County Brand Birthday StoutBourbon County Brand Birthday Stout
Notes: 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: 4.53 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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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours pitch black, shiny and completely opaque. Thin mocha colored head forms on the beer, lingers for a moment, and then quickly dissipates leaving just a thin ring of foam along the outside of the top of the beer.

Aroma is absolutely delicious with notes of dark fruits, cassis, raisin and oak, wet wood, bourbon, maple sugar and brown sugar. Its pungent, complex and alluring.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dark fruits - prune, raisin and cassis - with notes of wet wood, oak, bourbon and a slight peppery spiciness on the back end. There is a moderate level of sweetness to the beer with notes of maple sugar and brown sugar. There is a decent amount of dark fruit on the beer that also contributes to the overall impression of sweetness.

Feel is thick (but not overly thick), smooth, velvety. Moderate carbonation. Semi-dry finish. Slight heat on the back end.

Overall an outstanding barrel aged stout. Regardless of the bourbon barrels it was aged in and that aspect, this is just an excellent barrel aged stout.
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2020 vintage with a 'drink by' date of 8/4/2025; consumed on 11/15/2021

Pours a clean, inky black body, forming a sliver of tentative khaki-colored foam before quickly dissipating to a slight, frothy collar isolated against a void-like surface and nonexistent lacing on the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens to nutty oak toying with a firm malt base into cocoa fudge with subtle layers of caramel pound cake advancing over the middle; burnt toffee barrel accents contrast dark fruit on the back end, highlighting brief blackberry/black currant esters as charred maple continues perpetuating a persistent bittersweetness into the dark chocolate bookend once more detailed on the close.

Taste offers burnt chocolate cake crust laced with bourbon to peak on a wispy, oatmeal raisin cookie note, in turn continuing to highlight a dark fruit undertone over the mid-palate; slight date and fig into the back end is cut with a distant maple sweetness while a surging oak barrel imparts a touch of smoked toffee to the finish.

Mouthfeel features a body on the higher end of medium, with minimal carbonation and an oily density; the unabashed boozy punch proceeds adjacent to the slick, steady texture, building to a subtle warmth through the mid-palate; the back end is briefly sticky, though accents of mild char see drying on the finish.

A committed barrel profile is burly and intense, layered with an amalgam of deftly textured baker's sweet/bittersweetness; the pronounced dark fruit flair takes this stout to the next level as a top-tier sipper, an access point to the subtly fluctuating variations in the interaction between stout and hand-selected barrel.
Nov 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Sep 10, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left some sudsy sheets of lace. It smelled of bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, dark chocolate and toffee. Strong bourbon taste with wood and oak notes. Sweet chocolate, toffee subtle vanilla and molasses taste.
Aug 13, 2021
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Reviewed by dave_ackbar from Hawaii

4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Looks like a dark dark roast thick coffee.
Smell is definitely a strong bourbon aroma.
Taste is a nice warm sip with the burn following
Feel is thick like a watered down molasses
Overall it’s very good, although I prefer the regular bourbon county because of the price point.
Aug 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.91 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Jun 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jun 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Jun 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by akk14 from Illinois

May 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.69 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Apr 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very nice bcbs variant, looks and feels like the original. Black viscous body with boozy smoothness that defines the series. Smell has plenty of dark fruit to go along with the chocolate, molasses, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Taste has more caramel and a touch of earth and cola than the orignal, dark fruit is wonderful, really stands out in the series, pairs wonderfully with the expressive bourbon barrel. Second best of the 2020 behind anniversary. The wife loved it
Apr 06, 2021
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Essentially the same as all bourbon counties, opaque black, some browning on the edges. small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. 4.25

S: Aroma is dark fruits with currants and blackberry, fusel alcohol, roasted malt. Barrel characters are present but honestly not particularly prominent, which is a bit surprising, mostly char a bit of peat, I’d be lying if I said the barrel notes were any more desirable than regular BCBS. 4.25

T: Tastes sweeter than most bourbon counties, more dark fruits like dates. And unlike the nose the bourbon characters are stronger. Charred oak and some bourbony smoke. The barrel characters are not terribly complex though, like I compare this to the somewhat predecessor BCB Reserves and feel like both the 17 and 18 had much more well-defined unique barrel notes. Base beer characters of roasted malt are strong. Fair amount of astringent bitterness, I do feel like nearly ubiquitously that BCBS and variants are better with some age, I assume the same is true for this one although I probably won’t seek out another bottle so may never find out. 4.5

M/D: Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied but nicely drinkable, as above an astringency gives it a bit of a harsh character, alcohol noticeable but not negatively so. 4.25

O: Overall, this is an excellent beer don’t get me wrong, but IMO it’s just not that different than regular BCBS, certainly not to the point the justifies it’s difficulty in obtaining. I would drink this any day of the week, but considering the hoops I had to jump through to get it and the fact that I could literally walk into the local bottle shop and buy a case of regular BCBS today, I think I’ll just go for the latter moving forward. 4.5
Mar 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.91 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.6 by xdtfx from Illinois

Mar 11, 2021
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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: standard BCBS. very dark, some cola highlights. Modest mocha head.
Smell: BCBS amped up. Rich as all hell. Deep bourbon, oak, dark fruits, just popping.
Taste: same as the nose. Fantastic.
Mar 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.79 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Viscous black, but at an angle less dark than your typical BCBS, as if streaked by mahogany grains under a short flat tan blanket that dissipates to a thin chain.

There's definitely that baker's chocolate, but in conjunction with aged dates, conjuring up an exhale that is rich, mature and delectable of formidable char softened by Riesen and caramel drizzled brownie. Second visit becomes a little more peppery and spicy, making this take a little more assertive and chewy than Anniversary, while still amazingly complex.

The slick but round medium body has a lightly sharp, cutting carbonation that comes to a surprising powder dryness in the swallow. Each sip is always more mature and aggressive at the start, verging every time into a softly sweet and warming middle and end featuring a hint of brown sugar. The exhale further develops campfire softened coconut marshmallow as it warms.
Mar 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours a dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like spicy bourbon, dried strawberry, cedar, oak, char, tobacco, marshmallow, and fudge.

This is a super dope take on Bourbon County - I really appreciate the emphasis this year on no adjunct single barrel variants. It seems to me (as a bourbon non-aficionado) that Birthday is a fairly fruit forward bourbon - I get dried/bittersweet strawberry or blueberry here, which leads to a long tobacco and rye-spice like finish. There's the typical bourbon county char, marshallow, and vanilla, and lots of fudgy goodness. I also get a hint of maple.

This is medium bodied, silky, and with not too much booze to it. I think this will likely age quite well.

I really dig the idea behind this, and obviously I quite dig the execution.
Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A huge thank you to Kenny for hooking me up with this coveted bottle.

Shared with Matthew, Derek, and Jay around a pre-spring fire.

Perhaps a bit more than the usual viscosity in the appearance.

The aroma clearly surpassed that of the standard BCBS.

Thick and lovely. Subtlety and grace which easily outclasses any BCBS variant I have had in the past several years.

This bottle carries a steep price tag and is not easy to acquire, but it definitely delivers.
Mar 06, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnG190 from New York

4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours jet black with a dense tan head that quickly settles into a hearty ring around the glass. Great barrel smells - oak, char, smoke, bourbon. On the palate, it's more like a dessert than a beer - chocolate, toffee, burnt sugar, vanilla, with lots of bourbon boozy backbone. Faint coconut on the finish. Even at 14.6% there is no alcohol burn. Very full bodied, its thick and unctuous with light carbonation. Overall, this is an outstanding BBA stout.
Feb 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.6 by lewith from South Carolina

Feb 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 02, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Jan 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by Hopelessly0 from California

Jan 18, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.26/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle courtesy of Snap_Rat.
Jan 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.52 by SkiBum22 from New York

Jan 18, 2021
Bourbon County Brand Birthday Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 70 ratings