Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Returns to Washington In November

September 14th, 2012 · 7 Comments · Beer Releases

Thank you, Jebus.

Thanks to +Russ for the image.

Bourbon County Stout (BCS) is one of the best barrel-aged stouts money can buy. Goose Island Brewery, located in Chicago, has been making this beer for a long time, and in 2008 we were lucky enough to start getting it out here in Seattle. But, a couple of years ago the brewery stopped sending it out this way, leaving some of us to wonder if we’d ever see it on shelves again. According to this article from a few days ago in the Chicago Tribune, the answer is “yes”. The beer was released in Chicago this week and will hit the Seattle market the week of November 27. So, you’ll have to wait a while still, but I guarantee you this one is worth the wait.

BCS is often noted as the first beer in the US ever aged in whiskey barrels, a trend that is obviously now very popular. It weighs in at 14.5% ABV and is rich, complex and intense. It’s not exactly a session beer. What it is, is one of the best examples of a big, barrel-aged imperial stout you’ll find anywhere. Many high ABV barrel-aged stouts are just overly sweet, messy bombs of a beer. All the flavors in BCS blend together well, and the sweetness is kept to a manageable level.



7 Comments so far ↓

  • josh

    Any ideas of where someone can get this when it’s out?

  • Kaiser

    Josh – I’d imagine all beer-focused bottleshops/retailers will get at least a bit. No idea how much there will be to go around, but I’m guessing not a ton.

  • Dean Ruffner

    I take issue with this idea that the BCS “aren’t exactly sessionable”

  • Alex

    I take issue with the fact that Goose Island is owned by A-B InBev. All that company does it buy breweries and then cuts quality to increase profitability

  • Umair

    As a Chicagoan in Seattle for business, I can tell you that this years BCS did not cut any quality. The BCS is good, the 2012 BCS coffee stout and cherry rye are incredible… If you like the tart/sweet flavor of cherries you have to try the BCS Cherry Rye. I think the coffee stout this year is better than last year.

    That said, the head brew master of the BCS series quit goose island… So next year might be a different story.

  • Leanne

    The folks at Beer Junction said that Washington was not getting any Goose Island this year. Has anyone heard anything to the contrary?

  • Kaiser

    Yep, the PNW is getting the shaft on BCS.

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