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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
13%

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