Bourbon County Brand Anniversary Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
15.2%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.65 | pDev: 4.09%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
54
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jul 29, 2022
Added:
Nov 17, 2020
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  20
SCORE
100
World-Class
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Notes: Anniversary Bourbon County Stout is aged 2 years in Weller 12 Year barrels and is a special variant this year to celebrate Goose Island’s 10-year tradition of releasing Bourbon County Stout on Black Friday. The Weller brand is one of the most universally loved collections in all of bourbon, with Weller 12 Year being one of the hardest to get and most sought after. Our Original Bourbon County Stout is aged in 4-5 year old barrels for one year, so the added age of these Weller barrels, paired with an extra year of the beer in the barrel, adds stronger barrel flavors and notes of dried dark fruit.
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Rated: 4.6 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured nearly black with a thin brown head that struggled but failed to fully cover the beer. Not really unusual for a high ABV BA stout.
Aroma was bourbon and malty goodness, dark fruit and coffee and cocoa just frolic and play across my nose.
The taste followed, but I don’t think I have the ability to properly describe the flavors. I can state that they worked exceedingly well and I really need to try Weller Bourbon now.
The feel was excellent, perfect for sipping. Viscous and smooth are the words but they hardly describe the actual feel.
This was flat out amazing and I am so glad that I got to try it. Thanks Frank!
Jul 05, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Drinking this sbs with a splash of Weller 12. Scary how similar they are.

Bottle. Little tan head that fades. Black color.

Fudge, chocolate, brownies. Caramel, vanilla, and so much barrel. Bourbon and oak in it’s best form. This is some of the best BCBS since the big bottles came out. Warming, smooth, and boozey in the right way. Some dried apples, molasses, dark dried fruits, but more subdue. This is fantastic. Full bodied but not a thick boi pastry stout.
May 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.88 by Jlee0810 from Indiana

Apr 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.71 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Mar 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4.22/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of very strong toasted oak, bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt. Tastes very clearly of Weller bourbon. Strong toasted oak flavor. Back end is classic Bourbon County. Sweet fudge, heavy toasted malt, hints of soy sauce, but never quite gets there. Heavy and boozy, but very good.
Jan 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by VolatileAgent7744 from Kentucky

Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by kramacam from Kentucky

Dec 26, 2021
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours perfectly inky black with a bit of leakage to dark mahogany on the edges and a foamy dark tan head that sizzles a bit. Absolutely beautiful in the glass, IMHO.

The nose is loud and proud and boozy up front, which isn’t surprising given the 15.2% ABV, but it’s not a booze sledgehammer - there’s some nuance, with space for black cherry and plum stone fruit aromas to shine, and some dark chocolate and toffee notes in the background.

The stone fruit flavors are forward, which I appreciate because I love black cherries and plums, and they work well with the subtle dark chocolate and toffee, with an oaky boozy flavor at the very back of the palate. Wow, is this delicious.

The mouthfeel is substantial, with significant gravity, and a full creaminess that works so well with this beer. A masterful rendition of a BA imperial stout, I could drink this until it came out my ears. World class stuff, IMHO.
Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by mdg2358 from Massachusetts

Nov 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Nov 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.93 by Chilmer from Iowa

Oct 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.78 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Oct 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by beermanben from Wisconsin

Oct 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.6 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Sep 26, 2021
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Rated by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
You can taste the Weller barrel for sure and its very nice, but the body was lacking without a doubt.
Sep 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.83 by MoreIPAs from Pennsylvania

Aug 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Aug 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from the bottle into a branded tulip/snifter glass. Vintage 2020.

Inky like out of the bottle, with a dark walnut brown colored hitting the glass. Deep mocha bubbles, but no head created and settling to a simple collar of about a pencil width.

Classic Bourbon County aromas, but with a slight twist. Big hit of molasses and dark chocolate, but with a little bit less complexity. There's an added sense of lighter body pushed by a very noticeable flavor of spirit and booze. Comes off a bit like cherry brandy in a way. Sticky caramel, dark cherry fruit and some real nice oak and heat.

Palate makes for a good exploration and fun. The classic palate is all here, rich dark chocolate, molasses sticky quality and fruit like light sourness. A bit more oak, but less rounded in the mouthfeel, and more of a lighter hint that comes off strangely more like brandy. There's a real nice fruit character to this, kirsch like with black forest cake classic tastes. More of a spicy cinnamon finish too.

A bit different that your regular BC and certainly worth exploring.
Jul 30, 2021
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours opaque blank. Small sliver of dark tan head dissipates quickly; no lacing but some slight alcohol legs. Aroma is wonderful complex bourbon notes; nutty, charred oak, fairly prominent caramel notes, lots of booze. Barrel characters definitely dominant on the nose, only really base beer characters I get are roasted malt. Taste is lovely, bourbon bomb. Boozy, char, earthy. Some dark fruits characters which I wasn’t anticipating. Caramel, bitterness on the back end. Fair amount of fusel alcohol, perhaps a touch too much honestly. Dark chocolate lingers on the finish. Mouthfeel seems thinner than most BCBS, which I can’t really explain, not sure if/why extra time in the barrel would do that. ABV is certainly noticeable but isn’t problematic, and it is a huge ABV clocking in over 15%. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall, this is excellent although I am a bit disappointed as expectations were through the roof and it didn’t quite live up to some of the my favorite BCBS variants including some of the other special barrel non-adjunct variants like both Rares, Reserve 2017. Regardless, it was great and I would drink it everyday if I could but not sure it’s THAT much better than regular BCBS to justify the difficulty in obtaining.

4.25/4.5/4.5/4.25/4.5
Jul 25, 2021
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 8/25/20, had 4/17/21.

Pours near black and opaque, thick looking, with no head and a few specks of cling. Aromas of bourbon, oak, malt, tobacco, brown sugar, caramel, some chocolate, light molasses and vanilla, light leather and char. Smells terrific. Flavors of bourbon, tobacco, oak, caramel, malt, some chocolate and vanilla, light leather and molasses, light brown sugar. Tastes incredible. Smooth, an excellent full body, appropriately carbonated.

Probably my favorite variant to date and it’s as good as any of the Prop’s, too, in overall quality. This is kind of variant they should put more of a focus on. Can’t wait to have Birthday!
Jun 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.71 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.42 by Benish from Utah

May 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Apr 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.79 by JerryHelper from Arizona

Apr 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.78 by Korymiller from Arizona

Apr 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Mar 26, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by akk14 from Illinois

Mar 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Skellbop from New York

Mar 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Mar 07, 2021
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours just shy of matte black — there’s just a little brownish hue — with two fingers of dark khaki head. Fairly modest retention, but not bad for the ABV. It leaves a thick, lasting crown and very modest, spotty lacing.

Big chocolate and some almond-tinted bourbon in the nose. Hints of vanilla, baker’s cocoa and cherry lurk behind.

Cherry stands out more in the taste, paired with a little plum and more of that almond impression. Strong chocolate remains as well — walking the line between sweet and bitter. Just a hint of burnt toast is in there, too. Very light bitterness and fairly-strong booze in the finish. Sort of dry for this series.

It has a super thick mouthfeel — the fullest of any BCBS I remember. Smooth, creamy. Light fizz is also present.

Maybe my expectations for this were too high, but, other than the mouthfeel, it didn’t “wow” me as much as some of the other 2020 offerings. A few of this variant’s characteristics also reminded me of things I associate with infected bottles from yesteryear (cherry, almond, fizziness). Not saying AT ALL that I think there’s an infection issue; just that the flavor profile stirred up bad memories.
Feb 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.6 by xdtfx from Illinois

Feb 09, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

Feb 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.53 by MJSFS from Florida

Feb 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.71 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 02, 2021
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Rated by augustg from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Hands down the best bourbon county to date.
Jan 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.82 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

Jan 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.87 by Brian29 from Ohio

Jan 27, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
So far the best of the 2020 variants easily! Classic BCBS pour. Smells of rich plum and molasses washed in rich and warm bourbon with rustic oak, raisin, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, with hints of black cherry skins, vanillins, grain, tobacco and leather. Amazing. Taste is just as excellent, sweeter with molasses really shining bright in the spotlight for the first third of the sip with the chocolate and dark fruit, before the complex dark barrel flavors, creme brulee, caramel, tobacco, dark bitter fudge, brown sugar, and light char round out. Bourbon is a clearly omnipresent without getting boozy, impeccable balance! Feel is silky smooth with great barrel character and warmth. One of the best BCBS variants of all time!
Jan 18, 2021
Bourbon County Brand Anniversary Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 75 ratings