Bardstown Bourbon Company Goose Island Stout Finished Bourbon Review

Bardstown Bourbon Company Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Finished Bourbon is a blend of Kentucky Bourbons, with the majority finished in barrels that previously held Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout. So how do those flavors combine? Read our full review to find out!
Bardstown Bourbon Company
Collaborative Series
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Finished in Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Barrels
100 proof
MSRP: $159.99
Review

Please enjoy our Bardstown Bourbon Company Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Finished Bourbon Review!

From the Bardstown Bourbon Company: “This bespoke blend of 6 and 7 year Kentucky bourbon has been aged an additional 12 months in Bourbon County Stout barrels, then married with a beautiful 9 year Kentucky bourbon, creating an expression bursting with chocolate malt and dried cherry.”

A Bourbon For The Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Fan

I have been a fan of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stouts for forever, so when I heard that Bardstown Bourbon Company was going to release a Kentucky Bourbon finished for a year in Goose Island Bourbon County Stout barrels, I couldn’t wait! Last year, there was a similar collaboration, but the bourbon was only released in Illinois, so I never got a chance to taste it. But, this year I do!

Bardstown Bourbon Company Goose Island Stout Finished Bourbon Front Label - Review
Component Bourbons

Bardstown Bourbon Company is always very transparent in all they do, and this Bourbon County Stout cask finished bourbon is no different. The following bourbons were used in the blend:

  • 56% 7 Year Kentucky Bourbon: 53% Corn, 26% Rye and 21% Malted Barley (Stout Finished)
  • 26% 6 Year Kentucky Bourbon: 53% Corn, 26% Rye and 21% Malted Barley (Stout Finished)
  • 18% 9 Year Kentucky Bourbon: 78% Corn, 13% Rye and 9% Malted Barley (Unfinished)
Bardstown Bourbon Company Goose Island Stout Finish Information Card
Tasting Notes – Bardstown Bourbon Company Goose Island Stout Finished Bourbon Review

Let’s taste it:

🛏 Rested for 15 minutes in a Glencairn

👉🏻Nose: Full and rich; fairly sweet; dried cherries, graininess, from both lighter & darker toasted/roasted malted barley; rich brown sugar and sweet caramel; moderate alcohol
👉🏻Taste: Dark toasted and roasted malted barley notes continue, with milk chocolate, cherries, light caramel and some tannins from the grains; but there’s also a simple syrupy sweetness
👉🏻Finish: White pepper spice builds moderately in the finish; the sweetness, cherries and toasted/roasted malted barley diminish but remain; later on, some barrel char joins in; there are also lingering tannins and dryness lasting into the long finish; moderate warmth, rather than a burn.

Media Kit - Bourbon Bottle, glass and Bourbon County Stout
Media Kit – Bourbon Sample Bottle, Glass and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Bottle
Dark Toasted Malted Barley Is Present But Not Overpowering

The malted barley in the nose is present, but not overpowering, as it can sometimes be in stout barrel finished whiskeys. The nose is also quite sweet, something that I commonly notice in high gravity beer barrel finished whiskeys. There are also dried cherries in the nose, with a richness as well. In the background is dark brown sugar and sweet light caramel. The taste brings similar flavors with a bit of milk chocolate added to the mix. In addition, the sweet light caramel and simple syrup sweetness are balanced by some tannins from the grains. In the long finish, similar flavors continue and linger, and a moderate white pepper spice grows. Later on, there’s a touch of barrel char, with lingering tannins and dryness.

BBC Goose Island Stout Finish Collaboration - Bottle and Glass Photo: Bardstown Bourbon Company
Photo credit: Bardstown Bourbon Company
Conclusion – Bardstown Bourbon Company Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Finished Bourbon Review

The folks at Bardstown Bourbon Company have done an outstanding job with this Goose Island Bourbon County Stout collaboration. I am really enjoying it. Those who have not previously tasted stout barrel finished bourbons might be a bit surprised by the sweetness and dark toasted – roasted barley notes. However, once over the surprise, those flavors will likely become enjoyable, and other rich flavors will become more noticeable. I might recommend trying before buying, though, as those looking for more traditional bourbon flavors could be disappointed. Having said all that, I am a fan, and have already bought my own bottle, and will likely be buying another. If this flavor profile piques your interest, then definitely give the Bardstown Bourbon Company Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Finished Bourbon a try! Cheers!

We hope you have enjoyed our Bardstown Bourbon Company Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Finished Bourbon Review! Would you like to read about another stout finished bourbon? Then check out our Belle Meade Black Belle Bourbon Review! Or read about another recent release from Bardstown Bourbon Co in our Bardstown Bourbon Company Discovery Series 10 Review!

Thank you to Brandon at Bardstown Bourbon Company for graciously providing this sample for my review!

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