Bourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton’s Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton’s StoutBourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton’s Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #32
Ranked #140
4.62 | pDev: 3.68%
Wednesday at 11:39 PM
Aug 10, 2021
Bourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton’s StoutBourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton’s Stout
Notes: We partnered with our friends at Blanton’s and aged our Imperial Stout for 18 months in barrels from one of the world’s most sought-after bourbons—Blanton's Original Single Barrel Bourbon. Taken from the center-cut or middle sections of the famous Warehouse H, Blanton’s Original Single Barrel was once only available for ambassadors, dignitaries, and friends of the Blanton family, but now is available for everyone to enjoy. Just as we set the standard for barrel-aged stouts, Blanton’s set the standard for single barrel bourbons. Through our partnership, we created a truly unique reserve filled with rich dark chocolate and oak notes, finished with warm aromatics of baking spices such as clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon.⁠⁠
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Ratings by BEERchitect:
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4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Continuing to add to its mystique of the Bourbon County Brand Stout series, Goose Island continues its tradition and complexity in taste, texture and aroma with an eighteen months lumber in select Blanton's bourbon barrels to bring out a once-in-a-lifetime uniqueness in depth and flavor.

Bourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton's Stout kicks off with the familiar onyx color with the viscosity of motor oil, and with the stillness of matured madeira. Captivated in its lavish and roasty perfume, the nose is stricken with espresso, whisky spice, dark chocolate, rummy spice and the oaken nuance of char and boldly fortified bourbons. Its flavors bring a decadent maltiness of dark and roasted malt sugars redolent of blackstrap molasses, chocolate covered espresso bean, candied hazelnuts and toasted gingersnaps to the tastebuds early and often on the tongue.

As those decadent malt flavors reach full saturation of the tastebuds, its sweetness is achingly savory, weaving in the Blanton's soaked oak flavors that begin to share their secrets from caramel, vanilla, whisky spice, coconut and stone fruit. As robust flavors of sherry, madeira, port wine and brandy begin to bring a robust and saucy sense of oxidation to a leathery acidity twinge before the sweet roast turns the corner with a strong fudgy suggestion and spicy rum cake. Woodsy, bourbon drenched and a spicy heat leads to a piquant but sweet finish that exits the palate like walnut brownie, tiramisu and rum, in much the same vein as previous Reserve variation.

Recklessly full, rich and unrelenting for the sweet tooth, the beer's strong dessert-like character lingers indefinitely into the next sip as the bourbon spice, vinous, peppercorn, powdery leather and fruity tobacco nuances continue to develop sip after sip, as the palate acclimates to the stout's power and the warming beer reveals more secrets with every return to the snifter.

Dec 03, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Scotchboy from Idaho

Very good, char and bourbon lead the way with an underlying dose of dark fruits. Sticky, velvety, smooth, boozy.

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4.69/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Typical bcbs black body with a thick tan collar. Full disclosure blanton's might be my favorite bourbon, but I really felt this bcbs captured what it does so well: pure bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, rustic oak, char, fudge, soft vanillins, a whisper of cinnamon, and faint earth make up both the smell and taste. Taste has a striking balance of barrel and stout, where nose leans more barrel with caramel and wood standing out in particular. Both amazing, favorite variant of 2021 so far. The only achilles heal is the feel, which while warm, smooth, rich and full, it is a bit light for the series and style. The wife loved it

Jan 28, 2022
4.75 by petewheeler from Maryland on Jan 17, 2022
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4.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Pours traditional jet black. Incredible aroma of chocolate, vanilla, roastiness, sweetness & bourbon. Taste is equally exceptional-- strong bourbon & chocolate with complimentary vanilla, oaky & cinnamon flavors. Incredibly balanced flavors. A tad bit fuller than usual BCBS mouthfeel. Up there with best BCBS variants.

Jan 07, 2022
4.75 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Jan 04, 2022
4.71 by cd34 from Illinois on Jan 04, 2022
Bourbon County Brand Reserve Blanton’s Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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