Bourbon County Brand Reserve 150 Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Reserve 150 StoutBourbon County Brand Reserve 150 Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #210
Ranked #670
4.43 | pDev: 6.09%
Nov 27, 2022
Aug 10, 2021
Bourbon County Brand Reserve 150 StoutBourbon County Brand Reserve 150 Stout
Notes: Our Bourbon County Reserve 150 Stout is aged for one year in Old Forester’s 150th Anniversary Bourbon Barrels. To celebrate the anniversary, Old Forester’s hand-picked 150 barrels from resting places within the Old Forester barrelhouse, to create three unique batches honoring founder George Garvin Brown and his process of batching from three original distilleries. These hand-picked, limited-edition barrels—combined with our Imperial Stout—create a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration bourbon and beer fans alike will appreciate and cherish. Expect barrel-forward flavor with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and coconut, followed with molasses, almond, berry, and oak.
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Rated: 4.79 by JohnG190 from New York

Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 09, 2022
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
500ml bottle, best before July 25, 2026, poured into a 2012 Bourbon County snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous, much like you'd expect from BCBS, with a tan head, little height, moderate retention and a few spots of lacing. The aroma is great, booming barrel character, tons of charred oak, strap molasses, licorice, rich burnt dark chocolate, stone fruits, vanilla, and some toffee spirit. The flavors are great, chocolate, caramel, toffee, loads of charred oak, bourbon spirit, vanilla, stone fruits, licorice, molasses and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is good, coating, creamy with a full heavy body, luscious texture, warming and dry finish.

Verdict: A fantastic rendition of BCBS. I've really come to enjoy these more specific barrel treatments and this one definitely hits the marks. The Old Forrester barrels are really dynamic and really amplify the bitter qualities of this beer, which helps it from feeling overly sweet and boozy. The char, licorice, and molasses are wonderful.
Sep 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured at fridge temp. Pours black with a thin layer of tan head. Tons of barrel on the nose. Bourbon, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and vanilla. The taste nicely follows the nose. Again, the barrel is much more present on this than the regular bourbon county releases. It's a bit hot, in a warming way. Black licorice, chocolate, bourbon, molasses, spice, a bit of coffee, and vanilla. Really good! Definitely a sipper! Mouthfeel is medium bodied - not syrupy thick like a lot of stouts. Aftertaste is mostly sweet bourbon.
Sep 02, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Aug 21, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Mikexw from New York

Aug 14, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by Hopelessly0 from California

Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by xdtfx from Illinois

Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by BAsbill from California

Jul 11, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Beerbom from California

Jul 09, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 03, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by fthegiants from California

Jun 22, 2022
Rated: 4.42 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet chocolate notes with some woody notes of bourbon and vanilla is quite nice. Taste is a great mix of charred oak with some bourbon, vanilla and some sweet chocolate notes with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with a nice thick body and good carbonation with some warming alcohol notes. Another solid BCBS variant.
Jun 13, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like dark chocolate, pecan, barrel spice, oak, leathery bourbon, and dark fruit.

The Reserve series continues to be some of my favorite barrel aged stouts in the game. This wasn’t quite as good as the Blanton’s Reserve from the same year, but it’s still very nice. There’s lots of dark chocolate, char, nuttiness, caramel, bourbon, and oak, with secondary flavors of vanilla, coconut, licorice, and coffee.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, and not all that boozy for how strong it actually is.

This is excellent. I really appreciate how much the Bourbon County line has really rebounded in the last 2-3 years or so.
Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Jun 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours the typical dark BCBS color, minimal head. Massive chocolate aroma, a little boozy. Flavor is dark roasted chocolate, milk chocolate, light coconut, brown sugar, vanilla. Nice barrel flavor adds to a light nutty flavor. Carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Medium bodied. Overall a very flavorful variant, but not worth 3x a regular bottle, but glad I tried it.

500 ML bottle
4.25 rating,
Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 4.6 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A really fantastic take on Bourbon County. The flavor profile is very similar to OG BCBS, but the bourbon influence is definitely a standout, and adds a sweet-and-sour mash flavor that is unique.

Perhaps most impressive about this beer is the smoothness. Yes, it's big; yes, it's hot. However, it maintains accessibility and drinkability down to the last drop. I expected some palate fatigue well earlier than the bottom of the glass, but I was pleasantly surprised to find no such challenge.

Is this one worth the money? I have to say, not really; it's a nice experience, but it doesn't stand out enough to warrant the incredible added cost.
May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A: Pours opaque black, 1 fingers width of dark tan colored head dissipates fairly quickly down to an outer ring that hangs around. 4.5

S: Aroma is sweet, rich, roasty, and dark fruity. Quite complex with rich bourbon characters that are earthy, oaky, nutty and char. Some toasted marshmallow, a spice a can’t quite place. It’s very good but not as strong and powerful as I would have anticipated. 4.5

T: Taste is surprisingly fruit forward, quite a bit of berry up front, followed by rich high % cocoa dark chocolate and a roastiness that both linger forever. There’s a booziness that’s in no way hot but definitely present. Barrel notes come out later with charred oak, and a nutty earthiness. It’s a bit herbaceous. Some caramel as it warms, fine medium roast black coffee. This beer literally has it all in the flavor profile, infinitely complex and delicious. 5

M/D: Mouthfeel is full bodied, actually comes off a bit thicker and chewier than most BCBS. Drinkability is good all things considered. 4.5

O: Overall a phenomenal beer. Not the best BCBS variant I’ve ever had (I’ve had all bottled variants except 2021 Blantons and 2019 Double Barrel), but in the top 5-7. Easily the best of the 2022 variants with only Blantons Reserve pending. 4.75
May 27, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by drstalker from Illinois

May 25, 2022
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
L - Deep black, motor oil, with a minimal tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind no real lacing to speak of.
S - Tons of oak, dark fruit, dates, molasses, caramel, vanilla, with peaty bourbon. This is a really solid smelling beer.
T - Follows the nose: A ton of oak surrounds this stout and is intermixed with strong notes of molasses, peaty bourbon, wood, dark fruits, raisin, dates, caramel, dark chocolate.
F - Medium bodied with light carbonation. For as strong of a flavor profile, I think this beer needs a somewhat fuller body.
O - This is probably one of the strongest hitting stouts in terms of bourbon and oak in the 2021 releases from Goose Island. It's fantastic, but I think I prefer some of the others in the 2021 releases
May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A Bourbon County Brand Stout season would not be complete without a few special releases. Here we have one of them, in the Reserve 150. The base beer was aged in small batch barrels that produced the 150th anniversary bourbon from Old Forester. The base holds strong and is elevated in this rendition. There is almost a lactose creaminess which sets it about from the standard bottle. The dates and plums, already present, are intensified to add that extra punch. Very sophisticated stout.
Apr 09, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Chilmer from Iowa

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pitch black with a swirling tan head and spotted lacing. Brown sugar and chocolate forward nose, with plenty of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark fruit supporting. Taste is similar, but gets into the guts of the barrel a bit more, a little sweeter for sure with the brown sugar and chocolate emphasis. Feel is the disappointment, as the barrel character is not as full or rich as usual, if anything this one is a touch thinner than usual bcbs, still smooth and pleasing to sip, but want more here to be a legendary variant, but as is it is a plenty tasty BA stout
Apr 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Serving: 1 pint 0.9 Fl. oz. bottle poured into a GI 2015 BCBS snifter. Bottled on 7/25/21, making this just over 8 months old at this point.

A: Standard BCBS look here. Coming in dark, but not pitch black. Small amount of residual off-tan head.

S: Chocolate, boubon, vanilla, fig.

T: Follows the nose with big notes of milk chocolate, vanilla, espresso, cake batter. Very rich and flavorful. Sweet, but not too sweet.

M: Similar to regular in mouthfeel, being just a touch thinner than you want. The Double Barrel was much thicker. ABV tucked away pretty good though, very pleasant sipper, not too hot.

O: Was not able to grab a Blanton's this year, but excited to at least have this one. Personally, I tend to gravitate towards the more minor variants, as they have interesting flavor combos, usually some fruit involved. These special Reserve ones are unique in the barrels they use and the extra time and care. What I like is that you can tell they're different and curated. The flavors are more united and accented compared to regular. This one is less smoky and oak forward, a little less sweet. I don't think it's different enough, though, to justify the rarity and the hype. The mouthfeel isn't exceptional. While the flavors pop, and they're nice, I could probably be tricked into thinking this is Regular on a blind taste. But I gotta give it to them. I don't care what barrel you're using, they know how to make a damn good beer.

Recommendation: Much like Double Barrel (which I might actually prefer to this one), I don't think the price or rarity is justified. But as far as pure BCBS variants go, this is still a fantastic drinking experience.
Apr 05, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by SkiBum22 from New York

Mar 16, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey

Feb 26, 2022
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours near black, dark brown with a short lived mocha head. Decent lacing. Aroma is full of flavors, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, wood and a bit of smoke among them. Flavor is an exquisite blend of the nose. Feel is on the heavier side of medium bodied, oily and sticky. Overall a fabulous stout.
Feb 18, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Feb 05, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
2021 vintage (best before 7/25/2026); consumed on 2/2/22

Pours an inky, oil-black body capped with just under a finger of fluffy, pale khaki foam, fizzling out quickly to a dense, glossy black void corralled by a moderate, frothy collar and minimal-no lacing holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens to cocoa and barrel, exploring prickly, rye-forward bourbon as touches of burnt sugar, almond, and heavily toasted grains wash over the middle of the bouquet; underscores of dark berries advancing into the back end while hints of vanilla and toffee accompany dark chocolate through the closing impressions.

Taste brings toasted bakers chocolate and a hearty barrel char upfront, disseminating boozy bourbon spiked with edges of rye spice into more refined milk chocolate; dark berry esters linger into the back end as smoky caramel finds burnt malts on a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel shows a body on the lighter side of full either expectedly minimal carbonation; dense and silky in texture, a rounded creaminess meets a building, burly barrel char through the mid-palate and into the back end, where a slick warmth meets a level finish easing into the swallow.

A defined barrel character offers notable tribute to its namesake bourbon, imparting a boozy rye spice and subtle balance to a refined base; this one would undoubtedly benefit from some aging, though as is remains a consciously spirit-forward stout with burgeoning layers of detail evolving.
Feb 03, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by chippo33 from Vermont

Feb 02, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Marginally better than this year's regular... definitely not worth $40/bottle. Still carries the theme of the year: thin, especially relative to glory years of Bourbon County stouts.
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by alexsergio from New York

Jan 16, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
strong boubon taste over shadows the malt not the best of their 2021 collection
Jan 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Kostantiniyya from Texas

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Purchased on Black Friday, November 26, 2021 at one of the Big Red Liquors in Greenwood, Indiana after waiting in line for only 30 minutes for the store to open. Served from its 16.9 fl oz. Bottle on 1/9/2022 into a Rhinegeist snifter.

Look: Black- brown pour with minimal carbonation and head. Subtle ring around the edge. While not part of the beer’s appearance itself, the packaging is more extravagant than the typical Goose Island offering, coming in a handsome white tube. Arguably adds to the memory of having this beer, definitely adds to the cost.

Smell: Booze, chocolate, chicory and caramel hit the nose most apparently. A very complex beer that is worth inhaling before each sip.

Taste: Multi-layered. Really good, complex flavors from the scents noted above, but also contain hints of vanilla, coconut, and mocha. There’s also a nice hint of char on the back-end. A really enjoyable beer to consume, especially when taking one’s time.

Feel: Luscious to behold. Well-balanced and enjoyable on the finish.

Overall: Pretty darn good. A very tasty, somewhat uncommon release that hit all the notes for me.
Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 09, 2022
Bourbon County Brand Reserve 150 Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 75 ratings