Suffolk County Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Suffolk County StoutSuffolk County Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Stout - English
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,989
4.32 | pDev: 6.02%
Feb 19, 2022
Apr 09, 2021
Suffolk County StoutSuffolk County Stout
Notes: A collaboration with Adnams Southwold.

Imperial stout brewed with English hops and English malts then aged in Adnams Southwold single malt whisky barrels from Suffolk County, England.
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3.57 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Feb 19, 2022
3.79 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 27, 2022
4.56 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Jan 15, 2022
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 05, 2022
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4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by illtexzona from Illinois

Draft at Lavergne's Tavern (Berwyn, IL) 12/30/2021

A - black with not much head
S - Chocolate, smoke, woodsy, pipe tobacco
T - dry whiskey, chocolate, barrel, bitter finish
M - Full body, but not oily. Better carb than head.
O - I enjoyed this more than the BCBS beers this year. It doesn't have the sweetness, and that's a good thing.

Dec 31, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head; splotchy lacing

Smell: Chocolate and char with tobacco, molasses, smoke and whiskey elements

Taste: Chocolate, tobacco and molasses forward with the smoke, whiskey and oak developing; the hops also add some bitterness to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied (though not thick and creamy); moderate carbonation

Overall: I presume this beer has been exposed to Scotch rather than Bourbon barrels though I am not sure; it definitely tastes different than a Bourbon barrel aged stout and, to my palate, doesn't work as well

Nov 04, 2021
4.23 by cd34 from Illinois on Oct 07, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Typical bcbs pour with midnight black body and a brown head that settles into a collar. Love this barrel variant essentially, getting a barrel forward, earthy and smoky bourbon county in the nose, the vanilla and chocolate bond really well with the barrel. I'm stunned by the taste, big barrel with earthy and smoky booze in an artful way, but it is the big toffee and dark fruit notes that emerge about halfway through the sip after the barrel lead that sells it for me, melding perfectly in with semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla/vanillins, black strap molasses, and toasted coconut. Granted I did sleep on this bottle for 6 months knowing how whisky barrels can be hot, but now it is drinking beautifully. Feel is lush, dark, smooth, with edges of smoke and oak and a kiss of cutting booze, artful. Liked this a lot more than I thought I was going to!

Sep 16, 2021
4.3 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Sep 12, 2021
4.5 by akk14 from Illinois on Jul 27, 2021
4 by xdtfx from Illinois on Jul 08, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stortore from Illinois

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Best by 2/4/23, had 4/16/21.

Pours near black and opaque, with no real head and some foamy cling. Aromas of whiskey, oak, malt, vanilla, some chocolate, some leather and char, light tobacco and licorice, light molasses, toffee as it warms. The flavors are a little more focused- whiskey, malt, chocolate, oak, some vanilla and leather, light licorice and caramel. Smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

The malt whiskey barrels are excellent and not overbearing, and have a bit of a different flavor profile. Complex and terrific aromas and flavors. Really enjoyable.

Jun 18, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours pitch black, shiny, thick, and completely opaque. Thin, weak tan head forms on the beer momentarily before dissipating leaving no residual head. Aroma has notes of fudge brownies, fruit cake, musty wet wood, whisky, cream, with a light boozy note on the nose.

The taste has notes of dark fruit, fruit cake, fudge, musty wet wood, whisky, vanilla, cinnamon, and oak. Its a tad bit hot, boozy - this really warms you up as you drink it. But its not an unpleasant heat - I am quite enjoying it within this profile. The interesting thing about this is the whisky - I can't quite describe it, but its got a roughness or harshness to it that comes through in the beer - giving that booziness a bit of an edge. I suspect that while I like this beer, the whisky wouldn't my favorite.

Feel is medium bodied, somewhat thin, even compared to regular bourbon county stout. Spritzy carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

Overall this is not as good as old school BCBS, but its a delicious barrel aged stout that I thoroughly enjoyed. Well worth drinking.

Jun 13, 2021
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4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

500mL bottle
drink by 04FEB23
L: thin brown head quickly fades atop a black bodied stout
S: roasted barley, baker’s chocolate, oaky whiskey, earthy hops
T: rich & boozy; whiskey, oak, vanilla, bitter chocolate, raisin, prune, cherry, coffee, caramel, peat, smoke & char - unreal complexity
F: full bodied, smooth, ample carbonation, a boozy sipper
O: I find so many stouts to be way too sweet these days; this beer was satisfyingly superb with impeccable complexity and balance

May 28, 2021
4.52 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on May 08, 2021
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4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by kevanb from Illinois

500ml bottle, best before Feb 04, 2023, poured into a 2012 Bourbon County snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, great opacity, oily with a fizzy tan head, about half a finger with moderate retention and no lacing. The aroma is great, tons of oak, nice char, toasted grain, peat smoke, bittersweet dark chocolate, rich and inviting, dark stone fruits, light vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut and mild toffee. The flavors are excellent, more fruity and acidic at the start that transitions nicely into vanilla, toasted coconut, charred oak, whiskey spirit, light smoke, hearty grain and a massive base on rich bakers chocolate. The mouthfeel is good, coating, lively medium body, much thinner than BCBS, but still with some good substance and a warm and dry finish.

Verdict: A really nice stout from Goose Island. The whiskey barrel is so well expressed, tons of char, smoke, earthy and chewy oak, and a downright excellent chocolate profile with lovely underlying layers of rich fruits and sweeter vanilla and earthy coconut. It doesn't have the heft and massive body of BCBS but still delivers.

May 07, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

An off-season BA release from Goose Island is always exciting. They hooked up with a distiller over the pond and aged their stout in single malt barrels. The barrel is straight forward but not overpowering like some single malt adaptations. It is boozy, woody, and a different approach than their flagship BCBS. I feel like this could be semiannual or even a year round release.

IG: @firesidewithphil

May 01, 2021
4.08 by weavere15 from Illinois on Apr 20, 2021
4.49 by tbryan5 from Louisiana on Apr 19, 2021
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4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by ssascotth from Illinois

Wow, this was really good! Super creamy. Black in the snifter. Very smooth, but strong. My favorite BCBS was a pour at a restaurant, but this is close.

Apr 17, 2021
4.27 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Apr 12, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

No bottling date but released 2 days ago as Fulton

Consumed 4/10/21

You have to compare this to Bourbon County of course and first off it’s a bit thinner maybe but not thin. I don’t get as much off the nose as I do a BCS. Drinking it I’m loving it! It’s hoppy for a stout. I get good barrel fowardness which is my preference. Maybe a bit is smoke and chocolate. Sweet but less than a BCS and definitely not a pastry stout. I gotta find more of these. I hope they release this again. Even as $17 a bottle it’s worth seeking out.

Apr 11, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Released 4/2/21; drank 4/8/21 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

An even pour yielded a small, noisy tan head; almost no lace.

Cream, fresh earth, banana, mild red berry, oak & whiskey notes in the nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Oak, cream & mild chocolate flavors up front; notes of banana, red berry & mild whiskey notes on the finish.

Complex, balanced and easy to enjoy; a minor masterpiece. I loved this!

Apr 10, 2021
Suffolk County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 25 ratings