David_Deas (15) - - JAN 16, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
After Goose Island pioneered the bourbon barrel aged stout every brewery in the country decided they needed to offer a rendition, similar to the way every brewery now has to offer an IPA in their product lineup. However, none of these offerings duplicate what Goose Island has done. The smoothness and depth of flavor are simply unmatched, which is why all bourbon barrel aged stouts are inevitably compared to the BCBS measuring stick.
Zapferstellen (5) - - JAN 14, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
As far as stouts go I found this bourbon barrel to be heavy and full of ranging flavor from first sip to final taste. I recommend slow drinking so you can savor the changes as it reaches room temperature. Further recommendations include surrounding yourself with family members, holiday spirit, a full belly, and some stop animation Christmas classics.
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jsmanigold (127) - Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice smooth bourbon flavor which is up front. Nice sweet boozy aroma that accompanies the bourbon smell.
wrlangin (96) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 edition. Bottle bought online from Blackwell's. Pours jet black with small tan head. Great aroma of bourbon. Bourbon taste is upfront and well integrated with stout. Balance is excellent.
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Syndicate (180) - Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2015 edition. Pours out oily black with a sandy head that disappears quickly and leaves A light ring around the glass. I get some okay lacing as I swirl the glass to stir up some more head. Aromas of dark chocolate, leather, with boozy barrel notes. Silky mouthfeel, with tons of thick chocolate, bourbon, oak, tons of residual sweetness. Really great non adjunct stout.
MyPorterHouse (12) - Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2016
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 release - Smooth, low carbonation, bitter chocolate and coffee, syrupy, vanilla, slight bourbon burn in finish, very dark, oak/bourbon aroma. Pairs well with bbq pork and heavy meats, pairs poorly with pork and lighter meats
avantdagare (186) - MalmŲ, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage. 1 finger brown head, black body. Nose: Bourbon and coconut . Aroma: Caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, dark chocolate, coconut, fudge, licorice and the slightest hint of soy-sauce. Smooth, velvet mouthfeel. Long ending with some bitterness and some sweetness. A masterpiece!
fishingcat (11) - Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2012 (Abv 15%).
Pours tar black, totally smooth. Zero head even with an uncontrolled pour. Aroma is treacle dominant, with bourbon woodiness overlaid. Flavour is initially woody and coffee heavy, but opens into vanilla and chocolate with lightly leathery tones. Molasses flavour present throughout. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, almost melted chocolate like in coating the tongue. Most akin to a fortified wine in regard to ABV & richness.
This is a superb beer, only made better by aging. It is however a little unbalanced towards overwhelming molasses sickliness at the expense of its other flavours.
blueshockey24 (318) - Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 Bottle. Pours Black with think head. Aroma is Chocolate and Bourbon. Taste is sweet chocolate bourbon with a bourbon alcohol, vanilla finish. Delicious and excited to let a bottle age another year or two.
Douberd (4312) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Goose Island Bourbon County Stout) Bottle 355 ml at home,thanks to hackobock! Vintage 2012, served into a snifter. ABV 15%
Pitch black colour on the body, minimal dark brown head on top, with average retention.
Aroma of alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, light molasses, dark roasted malts.
Intense taste of vanilla, roasted malts and bourbon, hints of dark chocolate on between sips, light alcohol, more bourbon on the finish.
Full body with good carbonation.
Very good, surely stands up to its fame.