Goose Island Beer Company Bourbon County Brand Stout: Rare 2015

Bourbon County Brand Stout: Rare 2015

 

Goose Island Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois, United States 🇺🇸

Stout - Imperial Special Out of Production
Score
8.25
ABV: 14.8% IBU: 60 Ticks: 27
Back in 1979 the folks at Heaven Hill Distilleries filled a handful of new freshly charred American white oak barrels with some of their finest whiskey. It is rare for Bourbon to age in barrels for more than twenty-three years. But these barrels patiently sat for over thirty years. The extra years developed a distinct and complex character that makes them truly one-of-a kind. We filled those barrels with Bourbon County Brand Stout, and then stored them away in our Chicago Barrel House to age for two more years. With these rare barrels from our friends at Heaven Hill we believe this is one of the finest beers we have ever produced. This is Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout for 2015.
 

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9.1
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 9 | Flavor - 9.5 | Texture - 9 | Overall - 9.5

Bottled 21SEP15. Thick, shiny black, some brown foam. Soft bourbon smell, rich chocolate. Thick mouthfeel, some carbonation, boozy heavy bourbon. Taste is bourbon, rich, deep chocolate, something light vanilla as well. Balanced but superheavy beast.

Tried from Bottle on 03 Apr 2021 at 22:00



9
Appearance - 10 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 9

Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aromas of fudge, oak, burned wood, tobacco, ash, chocolate. Taste is fudgey, vanilla, oaky, burned wood, boozy, chocolate, subtle smoke.

Tried from Bottle on 06 Nov 2019 at 16:54


8.5
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 9 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

9000th review! 500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/21/2015. Pours dense opaque dark brown/black color with a thin foamy tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a minimal ring of lace pretty quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, oak char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, roasted nuts, biscuit, dark bread/crust, licorice, dark fruit, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a fantastic roast/hop bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mild increasing warmth of 14.8%, with minimal lingering barrel booze after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/charred/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly soft feel for the huge ABV, not overly charred/tannic. Perfectly balanced between super rich malts and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Mild earthy hops and restrained fruity yeast. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected. Not hype worthy, but definitely aged amazingly.

Tried from Bottle on 31 Aug 2019 at 20:54


8.3
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle shared thanks to Maakun’s 9K milestone! Awesomeness! Black with no head. Big sweet deep roasted chocolate malts, deep grain, roast, nutty, earthy, woody, oaky, bourbon, vanilla, deep burnt charcoal, quite boozy, bit of rubber tire when you sip it fast. Big sweet and bitter. Full body and low carbonation. High alcohol feel. Slow sipper, tasty and dangerous. --- Beer merged from original tick of Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout (2015) on 15 Nov 2018 at 17:52 - Score: 8

Tried from Bottle on 08 Nov 2018 at 22:59


8.3
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 9

Bottle shared with sjogro, let’s grow those bellies! Black with barely any head. Thick dark chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, raw cocoa, thick bourbon with even a touch of rye. I’d say the bourbon here is very present, but not as sweet normal bourbon, but thick dry oaky cinnamon thick heavy stuff. Light chilies, soft coffee, earthy leaves and maple, alcohol. Over medium sweet and bodied. Full bodied. The barrel is very present, and this is certainly more rough than regular Bourbon County. I quite like it though.

Tried from Bottle on 08 Nov 2018 at 22:57


7.4
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 7 | Flavor - 7 | Texture - 8 | Overall - 7.5

Bottle - Chocolate, bourbon and molasses. Jet brown with a small beige head. Lots of wood and some booze with a long finish. Super over the top.

Tried from Bottle on 22 Jul 2018 at 06:56


8.4
Appearance - 8 | Aroma - 8 | Flavor - 8 | Texture - 10 | Overall - 8.5

Backlog. Viscous black with no head. Strong bourbon presence with chocolate, a light roast, molasses, oak, vanilla, raisins and muscovado. Full bodied. Great sipper!

Tried on 30 Jan 2018 at 19:56


9

Happy New Year !!!

Tried on 01 Jan 2018 at 00:55


9

fajna beczka, fajna paleta, fajne cialo, ewidentnie za duzo alko, z takimi jakby pikantnymi posmakami. Podoba sie mocno, ale... wole podstaw

Tried on 18 Nov 2017 at 16:33