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Bourbon County Brand Stout by Goose Island
American Double / Imperial Stout
13.00 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 10/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 11 20 5 10 2005
Deep and dark fudgy brown nearly and completely black once fully poured with a late-to-appear thin, dark cocoa cap of whipped cream fluff. The foam creeps away leaving a thin collar and the lacing sticks in small amounts of strings close to the collar.

Aroma is quite nice, an ever changing array of strength with dark caramel and darker still, chocolate; masked by a firm girth of bourbony sweetness that really comes across as smooth and well checked, mainly due to the chocolate tones keeping it quieter then it ought to be. A nice medley on the nose. Simple notes of vanilla and cookie dough remain ever present as well. As it warms the bourbon makes a bigger effort to overcome the chocolate.

Taste is thick and oily with a smooth dark chocolatey front, then, as if it had a choice, gets overtaken by a very sweet bourbon heat and tinge thats pretty intense. Whhooffda! This sucker is nicely heated. Still in check though, much like the aroma, the chocolate tones tend to supersede over the top of the flavors but staying underneath the alcoholic heat. An interesting effect. Super awesome finish, subtle, warming, late return of chocolate after the heat settles off leaving leftovers of crispened charred vanilla bean, caramel stickies, and sweet, sweet bourbon. Oh my, what an encapsulated ride of fun this stuff is, wow! That sweet bourbony heat builds strongly and just cinders for what seems an eternity while all the other stuff play underneath.

Feel is powerfully heated with a bourbony sweetness and back-throated burn that is absolutely awesome to behold. Thickishly full body with an oily front and somewhat creamy length throughout the rest of its stay that mediates under the overall heat. If it were a notch less heated it would be phenomenal as far as its feel and drinkability. It could be quite a drinkable treat if it weren't so ABV hitting. Although, there's nothing wrong with slowing down and enjoying it, appreciating it, ...loving it, cuz that's what it's all about with this one. I didin't think Goose Island had it in them, but man does this stuff rock! Nicey nice!

Price: $14.00 Served In: Goblet

Review by everetends on 06/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 5 8 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to a great trade with spointon. This is one of those that has sat on my wants list for a while. Served this one up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a pretty viscous and inky black color. That black is completely opaque, giving light zero chance at getting through this body. The head is a nice dark coffee brown that was a little over a quarter of an inch. the had has some pretty good retention as a thick and high ring. The lace is spotty, but present. Just a fine looking brew.

S: Well, it is appropriate they put bourbon in the name. Getting a really nice peat and spicy bourbon aroma that is just . . . lovely. Getting a decent amount of roasted dark malts. The sweetness melds nicely with bourbon. Thee i a bit of dark fruit going on in here along with . . . is that licorice? I taste a bit of licorice. Chocolate jumps out just a bit in the finish. Its a nice dark and slightly bitter chocolate going on here.

T: Really nice bourbon flavor that is absolutely there but it doesn't completely overtake this brew at all. Often times, bourbon brews can be a one trick pony, but this guy has some dynamics to it. Really nice chocolate coming through with the nice and roasted malty goodness in here. The malts have a slightly bitter and sweet thing going on here that really works. Actually getting some hops in here as well, bring a touch more bitterness in here and touch of dryness. Getting some nice wood (hehehe) and a slight touch of vanilla in here. The dark fruits are light but come out just a bit. The booziness is there but yet again it doesn't overpower. Very fuggin good.

M: Full bodied brew that has a nice, heavy and slick feel coming out here. This brew is chewy and has some nice weight to it. Alcohol heat is pretty darned good with a nice warming in the throat and belly. Has a nice warming quality to it. Carbonation is there but still allows this beer to be heavy and thick. Aftertaste is just some malts and bourbon lingering about.

D: Pretty good brew. Its got a lot going on here but it doesn't sit too heavy. It would be easy to put down a couple of these in a night and this one has gone quickly. The flavors and aromas are damned nice and this is a fine ass brew. If you can get it, I envy you. If you can't, seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-24-2009 05:09:20

Served In: Snifter

Review by Oxymoron on 01/18/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 10 17 5 9 0
A nice pour that was very viscous and think. Great midnight black color with brown hints around the edge when held to the light. A good head from the pour but did quickly dissipate and not much lacing to speak of either.

The nose is rich and big. Malt aroma and definite solvent alcohol notes are most prominent along with the bourbon aroma. Some touches of stout with roast and coffee. The cask also shows its influence with some vanilla and even woody aromas. There are some base notes that are feint and I could see how if this beer were to age would bring out a nice balance. Notes such as tropical fruits and some caramel and a light banana aroma as well.

The taste is rich with a lot of sweetness and complexity. Noticeable roasty notes and cask flavors. Woody and vanilla mostly but some bourbon and alcoholic heat as well. This is a beer that needs some aging to smooth out some of the harsher flavors. There are hints of chocolate and some astringency or bitterness but more from the grain then hops. Not much hops to really speak of but acceptable

The body is full with no surprise. There is a sticky feel and finishes with a sweetness. There are a lot of things going on here that the complexity is just a little much but with age I could see this shaping into a fantastic beer. A beer that takes a while for sure. I would love to taste this after a year though.

Served In: Bottle

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 10 19 5 9 0
12oz Bottle
$19.99 4-Pack
Sam's Marcey

2007 Bottling

The '07 Bourbon County Stout pours black as a moonless night. Not a shred of light can fight its way through the blackness. An aggressive pour yields only a small crown of tan foam which is to be expected with the massive abv. The head settles to a ring and leaves patches of lace after each sip.

As you take your first whiff you're hit with a big dose of vanilla from the barrel aging. Traces of bourbon come next followed by a mellow oakiness. The barrel aging runs throughout but is greeted and embraced by a big roastiness, caramel maltiness, and a smattering of dark fruit. There's even a ghost-like smokiness floating around in there.

There is a great stout in here but the barrel aging makes it world class. All the qualities from the aroma are right here in the flavor with the bourbon, vanilla, and a touch of woodiness working throughout. If this beer was aged any longer the bourbon would overpower everything else, if it was aged any less the bourbon wouldn't have been able to stand up to such a big robust stout. This is a slice of heaven in a glass.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich but exquisitely smooth. The carbonation is on the sluggish side which lets this silky body glide through slowly and coats every taste bud. The alcohol warms the throat on the swallow.

I can't give a stout this big abv wise a perfect score for drinkability but this is as close as it could get. This is a slow sipper without a doubt but one to sip and savor all night long.

One of my favorites from Goose Island and one of my favorite stouts period. The barrel aging sets this beer apart from the other great stouts. Bourbon County Stout is absolutely delicious.

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 19 4 9 2006
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-23-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for the recent trade. A 2006 vintage.

Now, I know the site will place this as my 100th review but it’s actually my 99th since I mistakenly added a beer twice and is counting that one as two reviews. Nonetheless this is still a worthy beer to appear as my 100th review (my real 100th review will be an Angel’s Share).

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip glass at around cellar temp.

The color is black with hints of red when the light hits the beer. Not the darkest stout I’ve seen but still a very nice color. In the glass it looks a few shades darker than how it poured, with some light brown around the edge of the glass, reminiscent of a cola soda. Almost zero head and the tinniest bubbles of carbonation are present.

The aroma is of oak, burned wood, vanilla, grains, smoke, a bit of caramel, cherries and strawberries, chocolate, corn husks maybe (probably thinking back to the grains), and a bit of molasses.

The taste is surprisingly sweet upfront with lots of chocolate and a warm finish. The second sip revealed some soy sauce, smoke, cherries, big malt profile (chocolate and roasted), vanilla, and wood/oak notes. Also making a presence is some anise, malted milk, and a few others which I know I’m missing but can’t quite put my finger on. It also tastes a bit similar to a smoked porter.

The mouth-feel is very smooth with just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy. There is a warm alcohol finish which lingers for a while in the back of the mouth. You can feel the alcohol warm you up as it goes down the esophagus and hit your stomach. I would dock off at least half a point for the presence of the alcohol but I think that is the intent of this beer and it is meant to be a beer to warm you up on a cold day/night so in that mindset I think it does it with success. Sticky lips after you pull back from each sip.

This one looks, smells, tastes, and feels like a big beer. This beer is definitely a sipper.

Overall this is a very good beer and one I am glad to have a couple more to age longer and see how it changes in another year.

Served In: Bottle

Review by thickfreakness on 01/13/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2008
Black with a huge coffee colored head that fades to a layer of foam.

Coconut macaroons, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, soy, booze, and more coconut.

Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, soy, vanilla, slight boozy finish. Fudgy and mostly coconut again.

Thick and viscous. THE SHIT.

I love this beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by cjsell on 11/06/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 12 18 4 8 2007
A: Poured a dark brown with one finger of thin caramelly head.

S: The smell hit me like a ton of bricks when I was pouring this bad boy. Tons of coffee, malts, chocolate, caramel and bourbon.

T: Initial taste of chocolate and coffee, followed by some caramel almost fruitiness. Finishes with a splash of bourbon and some more fruitiness.

M: Thick mouthfeel with very little carbonation and a pretty big bite of alcohol. Considering it's 13% not too bad though.

This is well worth the hype. I only wish I would have let this sit for a couple more years. I can't even imagine how good it will be then.

Served In: Snifter

Review by odeed on 09/12/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 19 5 9 2005
thanks to jcapriotti for this bonus brew.(talk about a bonus brew!)ok here we go.the b.c.s. pours a super black body with a nice small chocolate looking nose was gifted with aromas of molasses,brownies,chocolate chips,and roasted about an inviting aroma!the first sip slid down my throat.the palate and texture is super thick on this one,just the way i like it.i then took a second sip to see what i could really gather as far as flavor.brownies,molasses,and alcohol were all in the mix,including a tiny bit of raosted malt.this is very tastey although i think the alcohol and sweetness are a little overpowering.still though,this is one serious/delicious impy stout.2006 BOTTLE RERATE:smells like heaven.vanilla,oak,molasses,almonds,chocolate,roasted malts...the aroma goes on forever.flavor meets the expectations of the aroma.vanilla,oak,butter,caramel.chocolate,coffee,roasted o’ man this thing keeps movin’.plus it sticks to my tounge and reminds me of how awsome it is 30 seconds after a sip.i really think this year is head and shoulders above last years.

Served In: Snifter

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 20 5 9 0
Vintage 2006.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown color that is completely opaque. What little bit of head you get on the pour is dark expresso brown. Now there are only bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Could smell this one as I was pouring it. Big and rich. Huge dark roasted malts bring out expresso and dark chocolate. Some cocoa and baker's chocolate. Bourbon aging is here, but not overpowering. It provides some light booziness and vanilla tones.

T - malty goodness. Big black and chocolate malts are working their magic here. Roasted expresso beans. Tons of chocolate flavors with dark chocolate, cocoa, baker's chocolate and a bit of chocolate cake. A slight booziness comes in and is immediately followed by the flavors that the barrel aging brought into play. Vanilla bean and light bourbon. Bourbon stays on the tongue long after the swallow.

M - Big, rich, and chewy. Light carbonation that is smooth.

D - Loved this brew. Might even like it more than the GI Imperial IPA. Bourbon is a highlight, rather than providing too much heat and taking away from the rest of the beer. After the first sip, I just want another.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Organized Chaos on 12/06/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 9 20 5 9 0
2007 Vintage

Wow, motor oil black fills my glass with a small layer of tiny brown bubbles that dont really form a head.

Aroma on this one is overpowered by bourbon, smells good.

Taste is amazing, this is the second time I have had this beer and it was very very good aged a year, but I have to say fresh is awesome. The strong alcohol smell is really balanced with the oak, chocolate and slight dark fruity taste. Amazing beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, extremly easy drinking for a 13% beer.

Overall, love this beer and would highly recommend it.

Price: $4.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 18 3 8 0
Pours like freaking tar in to a pint glass. Pitch, thick black with little to no foam head. The smell is ritch/sharp, whatever you want to discribe this thick brew. Hints of roasted malts, caramel, alcohol. The taste is much of the same with the alcohol slightly showing itself up front and revealing itself full force at the end. Warms the belly. This is a sipper for sure, probably on par with the Bells 7000.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by beagle on 11/25/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 19 4 8 0
Pours a motor oil black and makes a tiny tanned head, a swirl of the glass leaves legs of syrupy sweet stout.

Aroma is deep chocolate, caramel, toffee, soy sauce, alcohol and a very subtle woodsy vanilla from the oak.

Taste is very hot, alcohol isn't masked too well, medium bourbon notes, vanilla, rich roasted and burnt caramel flavors mingle with chocolate and coffee.

Very full bodied, velvety texture on the palate, hot warming alcohol that burns as it goes down and ultimately leads to a dry finish. Carbonation level is very low. Leaves a thick coating on the palate.

I want to thank NucularGeorge for this tasty treat... Not a huge stout fan, but this one impressesd me.

Served In: Pint Glass

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