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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Stout /12.9% ABV / Illinois, United States

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Product details

Illinois, United States
Suggested Glassware
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product description

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.

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Community reviews

4.916 Reviews
  • Greg
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    Great beer.At 14.7% alcohol, 3 or 4 of these great looking and tasting beers will have you doing cartwheels, INTO A WALL! Great beer.I only had one.Will buy more!

  • Greggory
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  • Nik

    Fantastic beer, best whiskey barrel brew I've tried!. A BIT pricey by comparison to some similar stouts, they make one that is barrel brew where they partnered with Knob Creek, and it's in some places almost twice as much as this one, but well worth the cost if you can afford the indulgence. Goose Island is legit brewer all the way around, the IPA is quite good, but this stout is other level goodness.

  • Julie S.
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    We found a new favorite, this beer is delicious!

  • Kyron
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    As long as they have this in stock, I'll forever buy this. Best beer I've EVER tasted

  • Armando
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    This traditional stout has been confirming its quality year after year. The 2019 comes with the same rich body of previous years.

  • Christopher
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  • Tim
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    Awesome, the basic is still the best.

  • William
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    A very fine and especially strong stout.

  • Austin
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    Highly recommend if you like bourbon barrel beers. High alcohol content, rich flavor, and delicious finish. Buy 2.


Stout is a rich, dark type of ale that comes in a wide range of variations worldwide. These include dry stout, oatmeal stout, imperial stout and milk stout. Stout is made with top-fermenting yeast in warmer temperatures than, say, a lager, and the result is a beer with a totally different flavor and mouthfeel. The word stout is first recorded being used for beer in a 1677 manuscript in Europe — the word referred to its alcoholic strength. Stouts tend to use unmalted roasted barley, which imparts the famous coffee flavor that so many stouts offer.
Stout carries a number of flavors: You’ll often find hoppy, bitter flavors, as well as highly roasted coffee tones. Its dark color hints at other notes like chocolate and espresso. American stouts tend to highlight hops more than European or English ones, with strong malt flavors fairly universal across American stouts. Stouts are almost always made with unmalted roasted barley. This is what contributes to its distinct color and coffee flavors.
Stouts usually sit in the 4% to 5% alcohol by volume (ABV) range. That’s pretty much right on the mark as far as ABV goes for your average beer. Within the sumptuous pleasures of stouts lie a multitude of flavors. You’re almost certain to notice notes of coffee, toffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Those same roasted malts are what create the distinct dark color of stouts. Alcohol plays a key role in the flavor profile of stouts, though it is less prominent than in higher-ABV beers like American strong ales.
Stouts are traditionally not gluten-free. Most countries define a gluten-free beverage as one containing less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten — stouts, alas, contain 360 ppm or more. But do not despair because innovations have provided us with many gluten-free options to enjoy. There are some gluten-free stouts available, however, combining dark, delicious coffee flavors with bases of millet, corn and other gluten-free ingredients.
Stout is a dark ale that’s made using top-fermenting yeast. Variations of this ale include famed dark beers like oatmeal stout, imperial stout, milk stout and dry stout. Still, all include that characteristic dark goodness, full of coffee and chocolate and other delicious flavors. Ales like stout are differentiated from lagers in the way they’re made. Stouts are brewed using top- fermenting yeast at warm temperatures, typically between 60°F and 70°F. Lagers, on the other hand, use bottom-fermenting yeast that do their work at cold temps between 35°F and 50°F.
Your average stout will carry about 192 calories and 20 grams of total carbs. Let’s come right out and say it, folks — that ain’t light. An average 12 oz. glass of beer has 150 calories and 13 grams of carbs. However, what’s amazing is how much flavor and richness a stout can pack in with just that additional calorie/carb count. Stouts are dark, full and rich beers that often carry flavors like coffee, chocolate and bitter hoppiness. They include variations like dry stout, oatmeal stout and imperial stout.

Drizly's take

A premium beer with fine ingredients, the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout has a deep, midnight black color. The brewing company ages this beer using a blend of bourbon barrels from several whiskey distilleries. Barrel aging for a year gives the Goose Island imperial stout a deep and complex flavor. It's a tasty drink with rich flavors such as fudge, chocolate, vanilla and caramel.

Pair this Bourbon County beer with a steak dinner for a gourmet course. The bold flavors of this brew pair well with spicy dishes and rustic fare such as barbecue and beef stews. This Goose Island beer tastes best in a snifter glass, which allows its lovely aromas and complex flavors to warm up. Bring home a bottle of this American imperial stout by clicking these links to search for Drizly in your city and look for liquor stores on Drizly near you.

-This Bourbon County imperial stout uses bourbon barrel aging for deep flavor
-Features rich flavor notes of vanilla, fudge and caramel
-Uses bourbon barrels from whiskey distilleries for the aging process
-Pairs well with red meat and spicy cuisine

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