tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
unlike any other beer I have had before. Pours very thick and dark. It has a very unique taste. First the taste of your typical imperial stout and then you get hit with a taste of vanilla and smoke followed by a very good aftertaste.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours thick as hell like sludged dirty motor oil. Flavor is bourbon, wood, nuts, dark espresso beans, chocolate, alcohol. Just about everything i like in a Imp, but the finish was damn unbearable. I might catch some flak for this rating but it was to engulfed in horrible alcohol flavored bitterness. I love stouts (honestly), but i could barely finish the glass, and that my friends is not good beer. With such a high rating i think its just my personal opinion of it, and not the beer itself.
auerbrau (3164) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 22, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006. 12 oz. Holy crap. What an aroma! The smells bowl me over as they race out of the glass. A nonstop cascade of fresh almond paste in a buttery croissant, a slab of hazlenut chocolate spread, blended with fig paste, reduced bourbon and brown sugar over aged mint leaves and a black tea. Dense, sweet and cold creamed. Amazing. This is how all Imp Stouts should smell. A love the deep dark fruits and nut characters, shys away from coffee, char and roast and ebbs towards the real caramelized malt notes. Beautiful. Pours pitch black, with a ruby sienna fringe and a light slick of tan head. Flavors are as bold and complex of the tongue. All the characters quickly invade every corner of my mouth. Thereís reduced kumquat juice, mexican vanilla beans stripped and steeped in fresh cream, melding with english toffee, belgian truffles, and a mouthful of espresso beans. So bright and full of character. Thereís a great percolation and prickly carbonation that keeps the beer alive on my tongue. In the middle the barrel and itís alcohols shine in brilliant glory with a ruby fire of passion. Oaky nibs chime in with a faint quaf of parching air and then ebb out towards a charred sensation, with bristling charcoals, seared honey-crusted lamb bones, and toasted nuts. Finally, the deal is sealed with a torch of lemon candy, that reminds me that hops are in this potent brew. Mouthfeel is dense, with coarse grainy sugars and a whole lot of sweetness interplaying with the barrel alcohols. Heat is noticeable in a brandy sense, with coursing vinous behavior, but itís not upsetting. A little light on the cold cream density texture that I desire, but the individual characters are accessible and well-defined making it well done. Refined. To me, a benchmark barrel-aged Imperial Stout.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Goose! Look out! Pours a motor oil black, no head. Thick as hell. Smells like chocolate and some dessert I cant think of. Some sort of caramel and cinnamon treat. Wait, I got it! Actually SoLan got it! The Samoa girl scout cookie. The one with cookie, choclate, coconut, and caramel. You know the one. The taste is very much monster caramel. I get some of that coconut chocolate too. Really rich. Just delicious. Definitely get that bourbon in there too which probably gives it its richness. Tasty. Loved it.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009
2/19/2007: Iíve been sick, so it has been 9 days since Iíve had a beer. Iím finally feeling better now, so itís time to end the beer drought! Since it has been so long, I decided that I couldnít just settle for any beer. It had to be something big and bold. Good thing I already had a bottle of Goose Island Bourbon County Stout in the fridge... BCS pours out a viscous, near black color. It looks black as night in the glass with a deep mahogany color peaking out around the edges when held up to the light. This beer is obviously thick. After the pour, a small head eventually forms as the tiny carbonation bubbles slowly slither upward to the surface. In addition, the beer leaves a brown, oily sheen on the inside surfaces of the glass (first time Iíve seen this before!). Charred wood, smoked meat, vanilla, and lots of bourbon are present in the complex and inviting aroma. The flavor is rich, deep, and complex. It begins with roasted malt and bourbon with a smoked, meaty quality. The alcohol is warming and a very nice semi-sweet chocolate flavor with some coffee notes emerge in the finish. Subsequent drinks reveal more and more chocolate flavor up front and throughout (slightly sweeter too), accompanied by some bourbon, charred wood, and roasted malt flavors. The finish is slightly more dry with some caramel and cocoa flavors at the very end. The bourbon flavor is well incorporated, balanced, and complements everything else in this beer very well. The alcohol is apparent, but also well balanced, nicely integrated, and fits in nicely with the overall character of this beer. BCS is full bodied and thick as cream, yet smooth and silky at the same time. It has a wonderful oily characteristic that coats the entire mouth and tongue so that the wonderful flavors linger on and one for quite some time. Overall this is an amazing stout and an absolute pleasure to drink. I love bourbon and this beer showcases the bourbon decorously without overshadowing the other aromas and flavors of the beer too much. A true delicacy...
12 fl. oz. bottle ( 11% ABV) from Rob. Thank you! I needed this... Score: 9/4/9/5/19 = 4.6
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11/21/2009: Bourbon County Stout... Aroma: Popped the cap and bourbon immediately wafts from the bottle! The aroma makes my mouth water: TONS of caramelized malt; barrel char; licorice, toffee, maybe even a little high quality soy sauce... Appearance: Viscous and opaque black pour; no head, crown, or other foam on the surface; very little carbonation left. Flavor: Complex blend of bourbon, caramelized malts; toffee, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla bean; nice alcohol burn through the nostrils; some alcohol-soaked woodiness in the finish; semi-sweet overall with bitterness like that of dark chocolate. Palate: Thick and full-bodied; smooth and mellow; creamy texture. Overall: This beer has aged beautifully; the usual initial hotness is gone and the complexities have melded into a homogeneous delicacy! However, this beer is probably at itís peak 6 months to 1.5 years from its release date. Regardless, itís still damn good right now!
12 fl. oz. bottle ( 11% ABV; Bottled on this date: 070306 ). Score: 9/4/8/4/18 = 4.3
robinvboyer (3067) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
thanks to hogtownharry for this one!
aroma is rich chocolate, molasses, and vanilla. flavour is again, very rich, lots of chocolate, ad vanilla, quite sweet, but in a really nice way. aftertaste is kinda smokey with some coffee and chocolate. nice bitterness in the end, not too much, but just enough. mouthfeel is thick, and oily. just a superb stout.
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to my cousin keith for this bottle. Pours thick black with a light brown head. The aroma is massive,Rich with molassas, dark cherry & bourbon. Deep flavors of coffee and chocolate are cut with a strong bourbon flavor with a nice full body. To me a perfect stout .HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Courtesy of Blankboy. Pours a late foaming brown head atop an opaque body. Nose of intense smoked malt, soya sauce, bourbon, molasses and burnt brown sugar. Flavours of double malted bitter chocolate. Very flavourful, very yummy. Bitter, woody, vanilla extract. Great stuff.
jason (1677) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2007 2006 bottle thanks to llafoe. Poured a deep black with a very thin head that mellowed out to a nice ring around the snifter. Aroma is of oak, vanilla, malt, burnt malt, molasses. I let this warm up for about 10-15 minutes before tasting it, just smelling. What this beer did on first taste was remarkable considering how most beers first taste leave an impression that is usually one-sided. This brought about 5 different emotions in my tatse buds. First was the cold imperial"coffee" stout taste followed by the bite on this in the early drinking stages, followed by the vanilla, oak flavor being a little strong at first, followed by the smokiness lingering, and lastly the great palate that this beer has. As it "calms" down it becomes a great sipping beer leaving it a great companion to something else you may enjoy- for me that was reading. Great imperial stout. Now that I had it I need more please!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with JCapriotti - Pours a dark brown color with a one finger thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, esters, brown sugar, and oak. Flavor is chocolate, oak, and light vanilla. Medium to full body. Has a slight lingering alcohol aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable. Very good beer. Thanks Jason.