Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 6,056
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 3,809
Gots: 2,487 | FT: 204
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-22-2010

2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana Coffee Beans
2013 Release - Intelligentsia ‘Los Inmortales’
2012 Release - Intelligentsia La Tortuga Beans
2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans
2010 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans
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Ratings: 6,056 | Reviews: 1,086
Photo of Mburk
4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had a 2014 at a bottle shop in San Francisco. Paid a pretty good price for a great beer. Pours very dark with a little bit of carbonation. Smell was amazing with strong notes of coffee. Tasted even better with a chocolate, coffee, and caramel mix. I could taste this beer long after the bottle was empty. Highly recommended.

Photo of siliconalchemy
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BCBS never disappoints, and BCBCS is no exception. Though I prefer some vintages more than others, the motor-oil pour, gorgeous foam head, powerfully complex aroma, and incredible mouthfeel are all perfection - and the taste is beyond reproach.

Photo of mabermud
4.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle.

Look: Deep dark brown body. The light and simple mocha head quickly retreats to a thin halo. Legs and lacing are minimal, but they are slippery, and melt with style.
Smell: The smell is surprisingly like Prairie Bomb. I smell bourbon and chocolate, maybe some background coffee. Sweet cream...Some astringency.
Taste: Rich and full of flavor. Sweet roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, a touch of lactose sweetness, and bourbon barrel. Nice, sweet and creamy finish.
Feel: Silky and creamy mouth feel. Lower level of carbonation. Soft feeling.

Overall - To me, this is very similar to Prairie Bomb. With the first whiff, I was not impressed. After sitting around contemplating each sip, and letting it warm, I have come to the conclusion that this is a world-class stout, but not the best American Double/Imperial Stout there is, as some have said. I like Parabola, Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead the Fifth, and maybe Barrel Aged Dark Apparition better. This beer is on the same level with those, and some other top tier imperial stouts.

Photo of SMH_NWI
4.82/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I thought nothing would pass CBS and this does, or at least is the closest. Wow. I am in heaven

Photo of jman42
4.59/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome, but damn does it have done alcoholic overtones. Thick to the point of syrupy

Photo of alarmclock314
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 release, bottled on 11/15/13. Enjoyed 1-1/2 years later. Pours black with a medium-sized brown head, very little lacing. Smells of bourbon, coffee, and rich cocoa. Taste follows exactly, but in waves of flavor. First the bourbon, then the coffee, then the cocoa, with an amazing bittersweet finish. Great complexity. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick without being syrupy. Medium carbonation for the style. Similar to the regular BCBS, but I enjoyed this more. It was so delicious that I finished the bottle in 20 mins.

Photo of lonnie79
4.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Words can't describe my love for this coffee stout!

Photo of TheElectricOne
4.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Julian's in Providence:

Appearance: An inky, jet black with a quickly dissipating mocha colored head. Sticky, obsidian body with little tiny bubbles around the rim.

Aroma: Tons of coffee and a tiny bit of vanilla bourbony notes. Really potent! Goddamn, this brew smells like a million bucks.

Taste: Like it smells....possibly the most coffee-forward beer I've ever had, though Tree House's Triple Shot and Good Morning had a more powerful flavor overall (really nitpicking here, this is an elite, top-tier coffee stout). A fantastic treat with lots of coffee, some chocolate, and some vanilla. Incredibly balanced and an incredibly delicious beer.

Feel: More carbonated than I expected when watching the pour and looking at the head on the beer, but really sticky. Lots of lingering flavor and a heavy, thick, syrupy body.

Overall: One of the best coffee stouts in existence, easily. Incredibly flavorful, with a potent aroma and a great body.

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 - My friend poured a miller lite into a pot of coffee and it was pretty terrible, actually we all got pretty sick and went through two plungers. The next day we tried this and it was much better. I'm not much of a marksman but I'm a straight shooter when it comes to telling the truth. This beer is like the we are the champions of winning songs.

Photo of BrentLepping
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Flawless beer in all five categories. Nothing else to say.

Photo of toronadotornado
4.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

83 Proof - San Francisco, CA - draft (Goose Island Migration Week)

Photo of Monktastic7
4.21/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Possibly the best straight up coffee stout in the country that is consistently made every year and done well no matter what the bottle count is. So much fresh coffee married with bourbon in a high ABV but extremely drinkable stout that continually keeps me wishing I could find more and more all year long.

Photo of witschen
4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted along other top end imp stouts. This was impressive. Prob third behind Black Tuesday and 2014 dark lord. Beat out vanilla rye for me.

Photo of Boccu
4.95/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark with light head into snifter. Full of flavor. Slight burn that fades to coffee flavor. Very well made.

Photo of jlsims04
4.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorites. One of the best coffee stouts I have had.

Photo of tjk135
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

just an all time great beer right here. Roasted malts, coffee and bourbon barrel in perfect harmony.

Photo of KBrady
4.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle of 2014, about 1 month old when I cracked it open on Christmas morning into my Stone IRS goblet. Poured a thick, creamy black with a short but gorgeous tan head. Smelled mostly of bourbon with minimal coffee notes. It tasted every bit of the 13% ABV, as many BA brews do, and I was hoping for a bit more coffee flavor than I got. Still, it was excellent and I hope I can get more in the future

Photo of tapperm
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Superb brew. Best of the variants I've had.

Photo of jcflorian
4.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The best of the Bourbon Counties. And that is really saying something,

Absolutely fantastic beer. Should be #1 overall in my opinion

Photo of blues_fever
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Bourbon County was quite elusive until a couple weeks ago when I was able to have it on tap. Delicious, wish I could have bought some bottles.

Photo of MissSmisje
4.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: opaque black. S: roasted coffee and bourbon, with a little chocolate, vanilla, and tobacco. T: extremely well balanced, rich roasted coffee, bourbon, cacao,
A hint of vanilla and oak. Warm finish With hints of fruity coffee. F: heavy mouthfeel but not syrupy. Delicious.

Photo of Eidel18
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 is drinking beautifully right now

Photo of BuccoFan
4.57/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a stout you have to have at some point. Completely lives up to hype.

Photo of MorpheusIPA
5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the best stout I have ever had. The first sip was so amazing- with so many flavors coming forth. The coffee isn't overpowering. Chocolate and roasted goodness shine through. A beautiful beer in a distinguished bottle.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing 2014 vintage in early 2015. Tasted alongside 2010-2013 for a full vertical.

Appearance: pours a deep walnut color. small tan head with weak retention and no lacing. small brown viscosity as it swirls around the glass. dark and completely opaque.

Smell: coffee, slightly towards the stale end of the spectrum. chocolate, dark fruits and bourbon.

Taste: opens up with coffee, has a hint of fresh coffee to it before become stale and old. bourbon and a bit of booze come in. the back end is weak but has notes of dark fruits and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: heavy and viscous. some alcohol warmth. some coffee bitterness.

Overall: the freshest one is easily the best of the bunch as I expected. that said I'm not to impressed with it. the coffee already tastes slightly stale and only gets worse with ages. the coffee takes away the complexity of dark fruits and sweet malts that stand out in the standard version.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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