Bourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel StoutBourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.52 | pDev: 6.42%
Nov 26, 2023
Aug 10, 2021
Our Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout was aged for one year in Elijah Craig’s Small Batch Bourbon Barrels, then another year in Elijah Craig Toasted Bourbon Barrels. These toasted barrels are built to the same specifications as normal bourbon barrels but are more heavily toasted and very lightly charred. Not only does this stout embody distinctive elements from Elijah Craig’s award-winning Small Batch Bourbon Barrels—like warm spice & vanilla—it also deepened in intensity during its second year of aging. The result? A Bourbon County Stout unlike any before. In addition to the familiar chocolate, caramel, and vanilla come flavors of toasted marshmallow and a very pronounced fruit and oak finish. Bourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout has a rich complexity and flavor only attainable through true craftsmanship, partnership, expert blending, and, of course, patience. This is only the second time we have packaged a “Double Barrel” Bourbon County Stout —and trust us, you’ll want to get your hands on this special limited-edition gem. ⁠⁠
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Reviewed by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2021 version of this brew. Thanks for the beer brother.

Pours a moonless night, black with zero light showing through. Pure abyss. Small dark-colored mocha head on the initial pour.

Distinct bourban aroma with roasted malts.

Wow, a delicious stout. The way a stout should be. Thick, full bodied, deep roasted malts with chocolate, caramel, vanilla and bourban. So rich and smooth. The ABV is lurking in the background but never overpowers the taste.

Rich and velvety smooth. A delicous, bourban, chocolatey aftertaste.

A world class stout. So smooth and easy drinking. What an Imperial Stout should taste it...Cheers!
Nov 26, 2023
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Rated by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to snifter, share with DC.

Cola, pepper. Oak, rye, . Toasted malt.

Good, but a tad disappointed.

Nov 24, 2023
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
10/16/23 bottle @home
Oct 17, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Oct 08, 2023
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Reviewed by RichD from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Took the trip out to Chicago and decided to take this bottle back home to Rhode Island. Poured an impenetrable black which aromas of bourbon. Upon tasting this I get the quintessential bourbon county flavor with a barrel character that is amped up to a thousand. Excellent toasted/smoky flavor that complements the base beer. Truly and excellent experience.
Sep 30, 2023
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Reviewed by Damian from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
Drink by: 20JUL26
2021 vintage
Served in a tulip

Review #2275

The beer poured a medium bodied dark brown/black hue. Thinner than I anticipated. A small, frothy, mocha colored crown topped the liquid, but it quickly dissolved. There was no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was impressive. Super boozy and complex. Malty and robust. Bourbon barrel notes came through big time and intensified as the beer warmed. Nice amount of toasted oak and char. Sweet caramel malts and brown sugar notes were apparent as well. Good dose of licorice. Vanilla was also detectable.

The flavor profile was surprisingly rough around the edges. Rich and malty up front. Roasted malts were most apparent. A bit ashy. Touch of caramel malt sweetness as well. Spicy rye or bourbon notes came through big time as the beer moved along the palate. Charred raisins and plums were quite apparent in the center. Loads of licorice too. Hint of vanilla. More boozy bourbon, oak and char on the back end and in the finish.

The mouthfeel was pretty unexciting initially but improved with time. Medium bodied for the style. Thinner than anticipated given the high ABV. The liquid contained a super fine, mellow effervescence that made the beer come across as somewhat flat initially. With time, the carbonation seemed to increase and the beer felt slicker, smoother and creamier on the palate than it did initially. After a few sips, the sugars in this deposited a sticky film on my lips.

Bourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout definitely lived up to its namesake. That said, even after two-plus years of aging, it was still quite roasty and boozy. All in all, this is an interesting beer, but given its steep ($50) price point, I would not purchase it again.
Sep 23, 2023
Rated: 5 by JAWS from New York

Sep 06, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Hopheadhiker from New York

Aug 07, 2023
Rated: 4.09 by Filabee from Michigan

Jul 12, 2023
Rated: 5 by Ziosa from Missouri

Jul 08, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia

Jul 01, 2023
Rated: 4.59 by sweemzander from Illinois

Jun 15, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by ToddBeans from Kentucky

Jun 13, 2023
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 7/20/21, had 3/12/22.

Pours an opaque dark brown, with a quarter inch quickly dissipating head and some spotty cling. Aromas of bourbon, oak, char, malt, chocolate, some vanilla, a little leather. Has a spicy, peppery aroma. Flavors of bourbon, oak, malt, vanilla, chocolate, raisins, char, a little licorice on the finish and in the aftertaste. Has a spicy taste, somewhat black pepper like. Smooth, a very good full body, appropriately carbonated.

Really enjoyable. Lots of barrel and oak, many distinct and expressive aromas and flavors. Not quite as full bodied for a BCS effort, but it’s not a negative.
Jun 05, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by notchucknorris from California

May 06, 2023
Rated: 4 by eddie5721 from Illinois

May 03, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by lavinyl

Apr 05, 2023
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This beer pours a perfect onyx black with zero leakage on the edges and sports a dark tan head that is a bit creamy and sticks around for a surprising amount of time given the 16% ABV. A gorgeous representation of an imperial stout.

The nose is boozy up front, again no surprise with the high ABV, but there’s also huge milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, and stone fruit (as ripe dark cherries ) notes that literally have me drooling. There’s a LOT packed into this big beer.

The taste has a nice boozy note up front that is not distracting at all, and flows into the milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, and dark cherry flavors, with a nice warming alcohol note at the back of the palate. This is perfectly balanced and world class at the highest level, IMHO.

The mouthfeel is full, substantial, and coats the palate. This is everything a BA imperial stout should be, again IMHO.
Apr 03, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Apr 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Opened my bottle of this with a friend of mine who had the Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel bourbon so we could try them side by side. The beer pours much like any BCBS, rich dark black color with a thin brown head on top. The smell has a pretty healthy barrel presence to it, some roast and chocolate in there too. Taste is solid, nice chocolate mixed with bourbon and wood notes. The feel was personally my favorite part of the beer, it was smooth, hardly any boozy heat, the fact that it was 16% and drank so easily is very impressive. Overall it's a great beer, as it should be. Enjoyed having it!
Mar 23, 2023
Bourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 166 ratings