Bourbon County Brand Bananas Foster Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Bananas Foster StoutBourbon County Brand Bananas Foster Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,006
Ranked #2,947
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Feb 18, 2024
Aug 08, 2023
Stout aged in bourbon barrels with bananas, almonds, cassia bark, and natural flavors.

Welcoming back another member of the family this year, Bourbon County Bananas Foster Stout makes its debut on the national stage. This recipe was first released in 2017 as Bourbon County Brand Proprietor’s Stout only to Chicago drinkers. Beloved by many, this release is especially near and dear to our innovation brewer Quinn Fuechsl’s heart.⁠

At the time when we first released this beer, the brewery hadn’t experimented with bananas much. However, Quinn had a good feeling that the fruit, along with almond and cassia bark, would be perfect ingredients in a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout — indeed, he was right. Sure to bring a bit of flair to your palate, this decadent pour is well-balanced with deep caramelization, aromas of fresh baked banana bread and warm notes of cinnamon and almond.
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Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Serving: 1 pt. 0.9 fl. oz. bottle poured into a GI BCBS snifter. Bottled on 8/27/23, making this just shy of 6 months old.

A: Classic BCBS pour here, nothing new. Maybe slightly less carbonation than usual.

S: First obvious note is fresh banana bread. But after that you still get a ton of extra cinnamon, some vanilla, even some dried fruit or cherry.

T: Unlike the aroma which pops pretty nicely, the flavors here are quite muted. In a blind I might even mistake this for the base. There's slight notes of banana, cinnamon, chocolate. Really no almonds to speak of. None of the dark fruit.

M: Maybe slightly fuller than some of the bottles I've had so far this year, but still thinner compared to years past.

O: So 2017 was the first year I missed out on BCBS since I really got into to around 2012 or so. That was the infamous year where the tickets were capped around 8 or 9 pm and a ton of people missed out. It was also the first year of the Reserves, I believe. But the Prop was Bananas Foster. Never had it, but it never sounded too interesting to me. But to finally have it now, I can see why it worked. The jist is chocolate banana bread (which I've had and is very good) and that does work in a BA stout. Unfortunately here, it's super muted. The aroma is decent, but the flavors just don't pop like a variant should. It doesn't need to be fake and cloying and totally in the other direction, but I can barely notice this isn't just Regular. I think the potential for a great redux of that Prop is here, but it was just slightly mis-executed.

Recommendation: Not a bad variant by any means, it's just one of the more subtle and forgettable ones in quite some time. I'd much rather take a variant with flavors I don't much care for but that are actually present and done well. Worth a try if you never had the 2017 version, but not worth the money if you did.
Feb 18, 2024
Rated: 4.43 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Feb 14, 2024
Rated: 3.44 by Miles_Nilges from New York

Feb 13, 2024
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look - Black and thick with a nice tan head rimming and lacing
Smell - chocoalte banana slight cinnamon and barrel
Taste - Banana first followed by cinnamon chocolate barrel and nut in the rear
Feell - full body medium light carb slightly creamy
Overall - not bad for a banana beer
Feb 13, 2024
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bourbon County Brand Bananas Foster Stout pours black with a small but long-lasting tan head. The aroma has notes of cinnamon, bread, and hints of banana. The flavor is much the same: lots of cinnamon, break notes, and banana flavors. Good feel. It is tasty, with lots of banana bread flavors and still a good stout foundation.
Feb 13, 2024
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Reviewed by Oktoberfest from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This is good beer, duh. Maybe not as good as the regulation, non banana, non foster variety. Good though.

But is it good enough to warrant 24 bones for a 16.9 ounce bottle? Some back of the bar napkin math tells me that's ~ $182.00 a gallon. Or said another way, 56X the current US price for a gallon of 87 octane.

I don't know much about the petroleum industry, but I'm aware oil is a finite resource that's extracted from underground and goes through a refining process before it's transported to my local Stop 'N Rob where I pump roughly $30 worth every couple of weeks and that gets me ~ 500 miles of highway speed.

I'm also aware that no one held a gun to my head at the beer emporium and Bourbon County Stout of any stripe is light years beyond a PBR or Miller Light.

I suppose this isn't so much a review of the beer as it is my own priorities. Wow, did it get deep in here or what? I'm fortunate that I can afford the occasional brew indulgence. Twenty-four bucks THAT'S bananas.
Feb 05, 2024
Rated: 4.35 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Feb 03, 2024
Rated: 3.73 by ADG2995 from Missouri

Feb 01, 2024
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Reviewed by Olesjm from Kansas

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep black with no head. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. Flavor has dark fruit, chocolate, cinnamon, almonds, and a little banana hidden in the back. Not a ton or bourbon barrel flavor. Well balance. Full bodied with a slight warming from the alcohol.
Jan 30, 2024
Rated: 4.27 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Jan 29, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jan 26, 2024
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Jet black, opaque, barely any head and what is there dissipates quickly. 4

S: Aroma is dark fruits, lots of chocolate, some roastiness. Not prominent on the adjuncts. Nice aroma but not particularly strong and not terribly different from base BCBS. 4

T: Taste is fantastic, sweet and roasty notes balance wonderfully. Lots of chocolate. Unlikely the nose the adjuncts are prominent in the taste, yet remain well balanced. Lots of cinnamon, then almond and banana on the back end. Barrel notes are present although not particularly strong, some nice oaky bourbon notes. 4.5

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation appropriate, ABV is exceptionably well masked , drinkability is very good. 4.5

O: Very nice beer. I remember the Prop version of this being more prominent on the banana, which is fairly subtle here. May be a mismemory. Either way, I enjoyed this one quite a bit, probably would fall in the middle or slightly below mid point in terms of all time BCBS variant rankings, but that’s makes it an excellent beer. 4.25
Jan 25, 2024
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Rated by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Looks par for the course, smells like bananas, tastes like what i vaguely remember Bananas Foster tasted like on a visit to a Nawlins restaurant.
Jan 24, 2024
Rated: 4.08 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 23, 2024
Rated: 4.66 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 22, 2024
Rated: 3.94 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Jan 21, 2024
Rated: 4.21 by BeerLover99 from Illinois

Jan 20, 2024
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle into a snifter. Best by 9/11/28, had 12/15/23.

Pours a dark cola color, mostly opaque, with a brief head and light foamy lacing. Aromas of banana, roasted malt, chocolate, oak, some bourbon, almond as it warms, light cassia bark, light char. Flavors of banana, bourbon, cassia bark, roasted malt, chocolate, oak, some almond as it warms. Smooth, a very good fuller body, well carbonated.

The add- ins are all there-the banana when colder, the almond when warmer. Maybe a little too much cinnamon presence, but very nice overall.
Jan 19, 2024
Rated: 4.24 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Jan 14, 2024
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