Suffolk County Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Suffolk County StoutSuffolk County Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
English Stout
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,623
4.33 | pDev: 5.77%
Apr 09, 2023
Apr 09, 2021
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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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown, nearly black body, opaque in the glass; thin, quickly dissipating head, light khaki colored. Fantastic aroma; light sense of dark malt and cocoa; excellent whiskey barrel overtone; tobacco juice. The taste amplifies the smell characteristics; milk chocolate and cocoa; bold overarching bourbon flavor; raisins and dates; Red Man chewing tobacco. Heavy body; mildly chewy texture; big, boozy warmth and heat; residual sugars gently coat the palate.

This big beer exudes nice elements of straightforward English-style imperial stout married with a healthy aging in whisky barrels, making for a well-crafted barrel aged stout. It is rich in flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. A nice sipping beer during the early evening. The use of all English malts and hops give this beer distinction.

Pouring temperature: 45 °F; bottling info: 04FEB23
Source: @cryptichead
Apr 09, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois

May 28, 2022
Rated: 3.57 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by mGnuso11

Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by illtexzona from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.23 by cd34 from Illinois

Oct 07, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.3 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Sep 12, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by akk14 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2021
Rated: 4 by xdtfx from Illinois

Jul 08, 2021
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.52 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

May 08, 2021
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