Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Rated 4.320 by BeerPals

Brewed by Goose Island Beer Company

Chicago, IL, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Brewer's Notes: Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. Recipe Information: Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Alcohol by Volume: 14.5% International Bitterness Units: 60 Color: Midnight Hops: Willamette Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Debittered Black Serving Suggestions: Preferred Glass: Snifter Food Pairings: Flourless Chocolate Cake Cheese Pairings: Capriole Bourbon Chocolate Torte Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

ID: 10204 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 20 years ago

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Most noted beer attributes

ethyl acetate 50%
kettle-hop 50%
meaty 50%
cooked onion 50%
cooked tomato 50%
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Overall Rank5
Overall Percentile100
Style Rank2 of 2434
Style Percentile99.9
Lowest Score2.4
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.372
Weighted Score4.320
Standard Deviation0.486

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MDSMITH 222 reviews
rated 5.0 13 years ago

Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

What a great brew this is. If you'r into big, heavy, rich stout than this one is right up your alley. As others have stated, it pours pitch black with virtually zero head. This might have bothered me if it wasn't for the incredible taste of this one. To be honest, there's too much going on taste wise to explain. Just give it a shot, you won't be sorry

  • FLASHPRO 1175 reviews
    rated 4.8 2 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    You can’t ask for a better looking big beer. Super dark hard with plenty of bubbling and a steady meniscus. Aroma of sweet caramel, vanilla, oak and dark fruits, combined with a pleasant smokiness. The thick beer is very smooth on the palate and no where near as boozy as most 14 plus percent beers, yet I can feel the affects before my glass’s liquid level dropped below mid point. Complex flavors. Easy to drink. Not much more I can ask for.

  • HANTRAN 551 reviews
    rated 4.4 3 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Nose: Brown sugar, raisin, black cherry, sage or oregano in the background. Pitch black body, small short-lived deep tan head with no lace. Lovely on the mouth...creamy, slippery, full, slight tingle, low carbonation. Bit of a sugar bomb or it would get 10 on flavor. Drinking the 2020 will revisit this same vintage in a few years, maybe the sweet will mellow. So ... molasses, warming alcohol, dark cherry, walnut, clean earth, fairly clean finish.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    This beer is about 10 years old. First I will say that I'm not a fan of barrel aged beers. I drink beer because I like beer. If I wanted to drink wine, rye, rum oir eat oak chips, I would do just that and not mix it with beer. As far as barrel aged beers go, this one isn't that bad as the roasted malt flavours dominate the bourbon flavours. The molasses and vanilla provide some balance keeping the beer from being too sweet

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 5.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    12 oz bottle (2008 edition, and batch 1000!) from Full Throttle (Seattle), acquired 2010. Mixed feelings about this one: pleased that I was able to drink it and sad that I no longer have it in the collection. Solution: get more!. Maybe the best $6 I ever spent. Headless pour of inky black. Bourbon obvious in the aroma, along with malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Syrupy mouthfeel. Flavour was a mirror image of the aroma. Sweet finish but who cares. Perfect beer. Foolish me. Why did I buy only 1?

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.9 8 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Comes out of the tap rich coffee brown with a dark tan head. Rich aroma fills the nostrils with coffee, roast malt, bourbon-soaked wood, and subtle chocolate and caramel notes. This aroma screams "Drink me!" Bold flavor has rich coffee, toasty malt, sharp bourbon, oak, and chocolate notes that roar across the palate while caramel and molasses whispers tiptoe in the background. Thick, heavy, viscous texture has a fair if not strong fizz. I have been hunting this for some time, and it has been - ahem - a wild goose chase. Until now. This is a goose worth chasing!

  • CHOPZ 7305 reviews
    rated 4.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Purchased at Albertson in Vegas. Bottled on 20OCT15, batch 1918, 2015 edition. Poured an almost pitch black colour with a darker brown head that fizz away rather quickly, but not bad for such a high alcohol content. No lacing is left. Aromas of bourbon with the cherry notes, dark fruits (prunes, raisins), molasses, nuts and hints of smoke. Taste of the rich dark fruits with the roasted malts and light hops. Lots going on everywhere, but everything is so well-blended that this is a beautiful Imperial stout.

  • VIPINVELP 2001 reviews
    rated 4.3 8 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Black, small light brownfoam ring. Stark boubon aroma, overwhelming. Great taste, bourbon all over, warmed by alcohol. Think I have to drink this very slowly. (Chicago 201510)

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Bottle.2009 Aging this beer didn't improve the appearance. But that's the only negative. The many flavours seem to blend together better with age. Flavours of bourbon, oak, vanilla, milk and dark chocolate, sweet coffee and smoke. Syrupy smooth, full and sticky mouthfeel. Every sip is a pleasure.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 5.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    This is perfection in a bottle ! The ABV is so high it warms your chest as it goes down. This beer taste just like it smells which is out of this world. This is only the second beer I have rated all 10's. I will be doing my best to find some more of this it's just fantastic.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Deep blackness in color with a big sudsy textured, brown head rising above. There's good hang time. A moderate ringlet is left. The profile is oak and bourbon. The tasting is more intense bourbon. An alcohol bite on a thick, tarlike palate

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