Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (2006)

In Imperial Stout, Reviews on September 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I got this as the main beer in a package from a BeerAdvocate member.  This is a highly sought after seasonal release from the Chicago brewery, Goose Island.  It is an Imperial Stout which is a great beer to age as the high alcohol content helps it gain complexities with age.  Here’s my review of the 2006 vintage.

Pours a thick, oily deep brown, with no head, just a tiny halo of dark bubbles.

The nose of this beer is strong, sweet licorice with fig, dark cherry and earthy tones, with some oak in the background.

It is thick and sweet on the palate.  More licorice and fig with some molasses along with vanilla and tobacco on the back that rolls into a mellow and warming bourbon finish.

The mouthfeel on this beer is really what sets it apart.  You can almost chew it.  It is slick and oily with a nice stickiness to it.  It is everything an Imperial Stout should be and the barrel aging just adds to the complexity and the warming alcohol taste.

One 12 oz. bottle would probably be best poured into two snifters and shared with a friend.  Most purists would get upset about this, but if I had to choose a cigar beer, this one would be the top choice, as long as you try it without the smoke first.  With food, indulge with some dark chocolate for dessert, or just let it stand on it’s own after a meal.

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 13%


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