Bourbon County Brand
Sir Isaac’s Stout

I’m not a huge fan of BCBS beers in general. I enjoy, on average, less than one per year I guess, and that includes all of the regular releases and the variants. This year, for once reason or another, I’ve had probably 2 or 3, and in quite a short space of time. All of that is to say that my comments about this beer should be seen in that context.

Picked this up entirely without purpose, just saw it gaining dust, in a store that I visit about once a year, and it was $19.99 (I think). I took this as a ‘markdown’ of sorts, since I’ve seen it around at much higher prices and have alway passed previously.

On the face of it, this is a beer that I should really enjoy. I’m a big fan of figs, but as Goose Island acknowledge, the taste profile of that fruit can be subtle. I don’t think I’ve drunk that many beers where figs have been specifically added, but I do often report their taste influence alongside dark fruits like raisins and plums in Belgian Darks and Quads. However, there really isn’t a strong element of fig here. I get mostly very sweet, coconut-like tastes and to be honest, not much else. All the usual BCBS aspects of the barrels and the alcohol are also there, but to describe this as a fruit/fig influenced beer just doesn’t work for me. Of course there’s a lot of molasses and brown sugar here as well, and in the end I don’t really feel as if this brings anything significantly different to the party that many other BCBS variants do.

The pour is the usual one, with the jet black body and forced mocha head that doesn’t linger much. Mouthfeel is as expected too, and the same that is experienced in so many BCBS beers; lightly slick and in line with a 13.9% beer.

I don’t know, I just don’t get many of these BCBS beers (with a few exceptions) these days. That might say more about me than it does the beers themselves, and maybe I should get back to averaging one per year.

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01/26/2024
Format:
bottle
ABV: 13.9 %
Appearance: 4.0
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total:
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Year: 2022

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