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Goose Island
Bourbon County

The first of its kind. Goose Island pioneered the process of aging beers in freshly emptied Bourbon barrels when Brewmaster Greg Hall famously received a gift of barrels from the former Jim Beam Master Distiller, Booker Noe. The resulting inaugural beer in the Bourbon County Brand Stout series was dark, mysterious, and unforgettable. Bourbon County Stout is released one day a year, on Black Friday.


2021 Bourbon County Stout is here



2021 Bourbon County lineup

It’s that time of year again and I’m excited to share the 2021 Bourbon County Stout lineup with you all! Back in 1992 we helped change the beer industry with the introduction of Bourbon County Stout. Since then, year after year the team continues to outdo themselves to bring forward amazing beers and new, innovative flavors and this year is no exception. We are still changing the way beer is appreciated and perceived as we continue to lean into the different flavor profiles that specific barrels bring to BCS. In addition to "barrel" variants we are still finding new, exciting and delicious adjunct variants that work great with BCS including this year’s Classic Cola and Prop. This truly is a full brewery team effort every year to concept, brew, package, market, sell and get these beers out the door to retail and into our fan’s hands.

Goose Island Bourbon County Mix

Goose Island Bourbon County Mix

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A Total Wine & More Bourbon County Stout exclusive 6-pack featuring 3-Goose Island Original Bourbon County Stout, 1-Cherry Wood, 1-Classic Cola and 1-Fourteen. Get details about each bottle below!

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

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Our rich Imperial Stout is blended from a mix of bourbon barrels from distilleries such as Heaven Hill, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace, each aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels for 8-14 months. Expect flavors of chocolate and vanilla, oak, whiskey, and molasses, followed by caramel, berry fruit, and almond.

ABV: 14.0% & 14.4%
Color: Midnight
IBU: 60
Hops: Millennium
Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Black Malt
Additions: Cocoa, Vanilla, Toffee, Caramel, Rich Chocolate, Almond

Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Wood Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Wood Stout

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This year, we took wood complexities to another level by doing something we've never done before: we took fully-matured Bourbon County Stout and finished it with toasted fruitwood—specifically, honeycomb-shaped cherry wood chips. The versatility of the cherry wood and honeycomb shape allowed for maximum flavor extraction, revealing complex characteristics like red fruit, ripe cherry, and light toffee, which are not found in the original oak barrel itself. The result is an amazing elevation and a notable difference from our Original Bourbon County Stout.

ABV: 14.3%
Color: Midnight
IBU: 60
Hops: Millennium
Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caram

Goose Island Bourbon County Classic Cola Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Classic Cola Stout

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Pushing the boundaries of barrel-aged stouts is in our DNA, and with that we brought to life our first-ever cola-inspired variant. Brewers Paul Cade and Jason Krasowski bonded over their love for a classic cola while creating the Classic Cola Stout. Combining the refreshing nature of classic cola and picking up the flavor profile from a whisky cola, we added lime and orange juice and zest, plus coriander, cassia bark, nutmeg, brown sugar, and vanilla to bring out the complex characters of the classic drink. This is the ultimate twist on a whiskey cola and a must-try for Bourbon County Stout, cola or whiskey/cola lovers.

ABV: 14.1%
Color: Midnight
IBU: 60
Hops: Millennium
Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Black Malt
Additions: Brown Sugar, Citrus, Coriander, Spices, and Natural Vanilla Flavor

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout

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For the first time ever, we're digging into the Proprietor's (Chicago-only release) vault and bringing back a fan favorite with Bourbon County Fourteen Stout. But this time, it's with a twist. We're paying homage to the popular Proprietor's 2014 recipe, but upping the rye ante by adding rye to the mash bill. Layering cassia bark, cocoa nibs, panela sugar, and coconut water, this stout has an intricate, sweet and spicy flavor profile that will have fans going back sip after sip.

ABV: 13.2%
Color: Midnight
IBU: 60
Hops: Millenium
Malt: 2-Rye, 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Black Malt
Additions: Cassia Bark, Cacao Nibs, Panela, and Coconut Water

*Visit your local Total Wine & More for more selections. May vary by store/location.

Frequently-asked questions

What is Goose Island Bourbon County Stout?

Goose Island Bourbon County (also known as Bourbon County Brand Stout) is a rich, deep and intense stout that is aged in bourbon barrels.

How long is Bourbon County Stout aged?

Bourbon County Stout is aged a minimum of 8 months, and up to a maximum of 16 months. Some very special releases will age a little longer, sometimes up to two years.

Where is Goose Island brewery from?

Goose Island’s brewery is located in Chicago, IL. It was established in 1988.

How do you store Goose Island Bourbon Stout?

There are many issues to be aware of when storing (or aging) beer, but the worst thing that can happen to BCS, or any beer, is that it gets light struck. Store your BCS in a dark place that has a very neutral temperature (on the colder side the better). Basements and/or closets work best!

What temperature should Bourbon County Stout be served at?

Everyone has their favorite temperature, but we recommend pouring BCS chilled (refrigerator temperature) and sip it. As it warms up, more notes can be picked up on the nose and flavor really opens up.

How many calories are in Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout?

There are around 500 calories in a full 500ml bottle of Bourbon County Brand Stout, but that should be many servings.

Does barrel-aged beer go bad?

Goose Island put a 5-year age statement that they stand by as a brewery. Although they feel the brand ages beautifully in the bottle like a fine wine. There have been barrel aged beer that is well over 10 years old that tastes fantastic. Barrel aged beer will change over time and it is up to the drinker to decide whether the time is right!

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