Bourbon County Brand Stout Reserve (2023) - Eagle Rare 2-Year
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Stout Reserve (2023) - Eagle Rare 2-YearBourbon County Brand Stout Reserve (2023) - Eagle Rare 2-Year
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #80
Ranked #341
4.53 | pDev: 5.52%
Sunday at 11:19 PM
Aug 08, 2023
Stout aged for two years in Ten-Year Eagle Rare

With a heritage rooted in authenticity and a commitment to craftsmanship,  Eagle Rare captures the essence of American history with its Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey. Just as bourbon is a uniquely American product, Bourbon County Brand Stout is distinctly Chicago. From the carefully selected American oak barrels sourced from Eagle Rare in Kentucky to the distinct combination of our unique climate and original imperial stout recipe crafted here; Bourbon County Eagle Rare Reserve Stout epitomizes a proud American legacy. ⁠

Aged for two years in extraordinary Eagle Rare 10-year-old barrels, each sip is a culmination of our passion, intricately woven together with the nuanced flavors imparted by these remarkable barrels. Eagle Rare Reserve is an incredibly complex and boldly rich stout that celebrates the essence of American brewing at its finest.
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Triple C Brewing Snifter

The beer is completely black with no visible highlights, and a dense dark tan head that recedes quickly leaving behind virtually no lacing, and just a hint of a crown.

The aroma is dominated by the barrel character, with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, tobacco, caramel, and to a lesser degree roasted malts. The bourbon barrel is definitely the star of the show

The flavor is rich and malty, with lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and barrel character. To a lesser degree dark fruits, and vanilla. There is a nice booziness that compliments the richness of the base beer. Full bodied and viscous, with a mild carbonation.

This beer is a terrific, rich, complex BBA Stout. Definitely a great beer, unfortunately at the price point not one I could stock up on..
Sunday at 11:19 PM
Rated: 4.49 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Sunday at 12:03 AM
Rated: 4.48 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Feb 12, 2024
Rated: 4.56 by DaveCash from New York

Feb 12, 2024
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours opaque midnight black with a small very dark mocha colored head that dissipates quickly. 4.25

S: It starts with nutty, oaky, rich bourbon aromas. There are prominent dark fruit notes and some leather. Not nearly the roast forward nature of most BCBSs and in general the base beer characters take a back seat to the barrel. 4.25

T: Taste is rich and complex. Roasty and herbaceous up front, huge dark
chocolate on the back end and lingering in the finish. Theres a big nutty character, peanuts specifically which I almost never get in BCBS or its variants. There is somewhat of a vibrant fruit character that is difficult to place but adds some welcomed balance. Unlike the nose there are tons of roasty characters. Of course, the barrel is prominent contributing to many of those above noted characters. Lastly, there’s a bit of fusel booziness but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. 4.5

M/D: Full bodied with lower but acceptable carbonation, ABV is well masked, drinkability is just ok. 4.25

O: Overall this is a tasty beer but doesn’t live up to the pedigree of the BCBS Reserve series. I have one more which I will let rest until it’s around 2 years old (the typical peak BCBS drinking age, IMO) and then revisit. But as is, it’s no higher than middle tier BCBS variant and probably the least impressive Reserve to date. In terms of this years variants, this really feel short compared to this years cask finish variant.
Feb 11, 2024
Rated: 4.6 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 07, 2024
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 500mL bottle into a SP BBT23 snifter. pours thick and dark brown but settles in the glass a shiny black with dark brown see-through edges and less than a finger of dark brown foam head. heavy barrel char, bourbon, earthy tobacco and chocolate on the nose. amazingly complex and aromatic. as it warms it’s a lot of bourbon. taste follows. more chocolate-forward with char and earthy tobacco and even a little bit of dark fruit. thick, full mouthfeel. a really exceptional BCBS variant. they did this one right. truly get the extended barrel-aging and while i think this will age well it was drinking plenty fine tonight.
Feb 07, 2024
Rated: 4.31 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 03, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Feb 03, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by pkalix from California

Jan 29, 2024
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Best by 9/3/28, had 12/30/23.

Pours a mostly opaque dark brown, with a brief head and sparse speckled cling. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, malt, some chocolate and fig, light tobacco and leather, light char. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, malt, oak, some tobacco, some chocolate and fig, light caramel, some leather when fully warmed. Smooth, a very good fuller body, appropriately carbonated.

This is best very fully warmed. The barrels are prominent and expressive- especially with the amount of vanilla they give up. The body is a little lighter than expected, but it’s solid. Very enjoyable.
Jan 25, 2024
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
500ML bottle with a silvered blue label that comes in a big old cardboard silver cylinder. The whole thing oozes class. And upper echelon price. It doesn’t disappoint.

Black. A virtually headless brew. The nose is a boozy bourbon bomb with malty depths that require a Vexilar to plum and gentle currents of vanilla.

Bourbon County Brand Stout Reserve 2023 – Eagle Rare Two Year is a punchy beast. The thick base seems even thicker over these barrels, like a good push-up bra. The Eagle Rare is ripping – you can take one sip & tell this is quality bourbon poured over a quality stout. Lucky me. Very sweet, mild chocolate, leather, with a finish of quiet char & caramel. Trademark BCS mouthfeel (big) & booziness (big). Taking this bad boi down over a couple hours of watching canoe videos. Geekiness, may I count the ways.

The amazing barrels make this stout & mark it apart from the routine BCS stock. In an era when the legions of BA stouts can be counted on to taste fairly uniform, this one proves once again that Goose Island still has the chops to make a top-tier stout. Fantastic.
Jan 24, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by Dope from Massachusetts

Jan 23, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Jan 15, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Jan 15, 2024
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours an effervescent mahogany with a pinky of mocha colored head. Not a lot of head retention or lacing

S: Dark fruits, pipe tobacco& boozy barrel, leafy hops at room temperature

T: Follows the nose, along with dark chocolate, woody hops, & a touch of barrel burn up front. Dark chocolate, vanilla, a touch of coconut, plus mellow Bourbon as this beer warms up, a little caramel as well, oaky dryness as well. Finishes with a little caramel, barrel warmth, & a touch of caramel mocha

MF: Chewy body, restrained carbonation, warming, body thins a touch as this beer warms up

Super drinkability for the style, loving the flavor balance on this. Great beer, but not ponying up for this again this price
Jan 14, 2024
Rated: 4.54 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Jan 14, 2024
Rated: 4.5 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Jan 09, 2024
Rated: 5 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jan 08, 2024
Rated: 4.65 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Dec 31, 2023
Bourbon County Brand Stout Reserve (2023) - Eagle Rare 2-Year from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 56 ratings