Goose Island Bourbon County

Goose Island Bourbon County

After a decent day at work followed by the normal Thursday night MBA classes, I’m sitting down to watch the Bruins and review a beer. The beer of choice is Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. I’ve been on a serious kick for beers that are aged in bourbon/whiskey barrels. Most recently I had the Founders Backwoods Bastard, which was one of the best I’ve ever had.

This past weekend we hung out with our friends Sean and Kerry. That visit included a trip to their local liquor store where a 4-pack of this Goose Island Bourbon County caught my eye. I convinced Sean he HAD to buy it. Even at $22 for the four, he didn’t think twice. Both he and Kerry really like the beer. I’m hoping I’ll like it as much!

Goose Island Bourbon County

Enough yak yak though. It’s beer time…

The 13% ABV is obvious in the aroma of the brew – totally boozy. Smells oaky also.

I’ve let the beer warm up for about 10-15 minutes before even taking a sip. Well worth the wait. Oak and vanilla are the dominant flavors. You absolutely can’t miss the alcohol flavor (or the burn as it goes down!). I’m a little shocked that this beer is so harsh…I mean, sure, it’s 13%, but I’ve had beers with similar ABV that taste way less strong. I expect that Goose Island intended the beer to be this way.

While this is a great beer, it’s not my favorite of the style. The aforementioned Backwoods Bastard is definitely more tasty. I’d rate this one very high – on par with Harviestoun Ola Dubh 18 or 30.

A must try beer for anyone who digs bourbon (and/or big boozy beers).


Goose Island Bourbon County

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.