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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

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BA SCORE
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Ratings: 3914
Reviews: 883
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 7.71%


Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2013 Release - Intelligentsia ‘Los Inmortales’
2012 Release - Intelligentsia La Tortuga Beans
2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans
2010 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-22-2010)
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jsunj

California

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The 2013 edition of BCBCS. What else I can say that thousands of BA users already haven't. The quintessential bourbon barrel aged coffee stout. An amazing BBA stout brewed with an awesome coffee could only yield a beer such as this. To put it in layman's terms: COFFEE BOMB

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 23:42:10 | More by jsunj
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Kramerwtmf

California

4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Popped a bottle of 2013 for my first bourbon county coffee stout experience ever. This beer left me speechless because it was so delicious. I tried this beer right after I had a Kbs and I thought this was so much more balanced and was more flavorful as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:45:55 | More by Kramerwtmf
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teromous

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black body with a khaki head that stands quite well for a second or two, then pops out of sight almost instantly. No lacing.

S: It has a very wonderful aroma. Bourbon, oak, coffee, cocao, and a promise of wonderful flavors. It's fantastic.

T: It has a nice well-balanced flavor of bourbon and spiced wood along with rich malty chocolate flavor and coffee. It's amazing. There's few words I could use to describe this beer without talking in circles. It's something a person would have to experience. There is a hint of alcohol that looms in the rafters, but it's so far in the background that it does no harm to the flavor. The aftertaste is exactly what you'd get out of a cup o' Joe. It is very lovely.

M: It has a nearly perfect mouthfeel. The body is nice and full, smooth, robust without being a hindrance. The only downfall I notice is the severe lack of carbonation.

O: Overall it is a quite wonderful beer that lacks only in the carbonation. I would gladly buy this beer again, and would happily recommend it to others. There's precious little to be said about perfection, but this does quite well in embodying it. Bourbon lovers, stout enthusiasts, and coffee scrutineers will all be proud to have a bottle of this close by.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 21:58:35 | More by teromous
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (11/15/13 1949)

A: Pitch black with no head, collar or anything outside of the liquid. Slight mocha head on a vigorous pour of what I had left., left an ok collar. Dissipated right away.

S: Sweet malts with a a nice earthy coffee flavor, like freshly ground coffee beans. Just a bit of bourbon mingling around the edges.

T: The last time I had BCBS was on Black Friday, but this is just like I remember with just some slight changes. Bourbon on the backend with just a slight bit of a burn. Very warming. I let it warm up quite a bit. The coffee is primarily on the backend and dulls the bourbon a bit, just soaks it up. Coffee just does a good job in balancing this out a bit, at least with fresh BCS.

M: Smooth for the most part with just a few rough patches of coarse bubbles/carbonation. However, it does seem to have close to the same body of a good bourbon, it feels like you mixed some with it. Like it is oily almost.

O: I only got two other bottles, so I will either save them or bring them to bottleshares. It is just too much bourbon for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 05:34:21 | More by gillagorilla
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DomD1121

Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Dark black, thick pour. Very little caramel colored, frothy head that dissipated quickly. Sticky / syrupy lacing clings to the glass.

S: Wow. Big time coffee (no surprise there), lots of toffee and oak followed by a little vanilla and dark fruit. Get a hint of the alcohol presence on the nose as well. Very nice.

T: Huge coffee/espresso right off the bat followed up by a vanilla / toffee sweetness. The oaky, bourbon flavors come in at the end with a slight boozy warmth. Awesome.

M: Thick, almost syrupy. Sticky quality that allows some of the warmth and sweetness to linger on the palate.

O: Crazy good. So thankful I was able to try this truly awesome beer. The coffee and bourbon flavors perfectly complement one another. Incredibly smooth and enjoyable. You will have a smile on your face after every sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 02:03:03 | More by DomD1121
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BeerZombies1

Nevada

4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Imperial Stout
13.4 % ABV

APPEARANCE: Poured a midnight deep black. Very little faint toffee colored head that dissipated almost instantly leaving the smallest lace.

AROMA: Holy Cracker Jack's, I literally just checked the bottle for my prize. The nose on this is epic, toffee, vanilla, fresh ground coffee, oak. Wow. Hints of over ripe deep dark berries. Some chocolate and a faint spiciness.

TASTE: Right away expresso, roasted, toasted and nutty. Nice sweet malts, chocolate the ripe berries I got in the nose. Toffee, molasses and then the barrel flavor joins the party. Oak, vanilla, hint of cinnamon. Kinda happy I didn't get the spiciness I grabbed in the nose.

MOUTHFEEL: Very rich, slick and oily. Heavy bodied with very light carbonation. Finished with a nice booziness.

OVERALL: Amazing beer, intense and delicious. Felt it was super balanced and didn't let the coffee over power the other layers. Personally I put this right under Backyard Rye in the bcs lineup so far.

RATING: 4.9/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 03:52:02 | More by BeerZombies1
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into snifter.
2013 Vintage; thanks to UncleJazz for the bottle!

This beers pours darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night with a short dark mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. The nose is strong and mouthwatering and is dominated both by rich malt and boozy bourbon with notes of chocolate, espresso, vanilla, toffee and nutty oak. On the palate is big bourbon and malty toffee/caramel sweetness, dark chocolate and loads of coffee/espresso. The mouthfeel is very round, smooth, velvety and huge on the palate. I didn't know what to expect and have been dissapointed by coffee stouts in the past, but this one is just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 13:53:46 | More by mtomlins
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blankenhoney

Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this one (bottled Nov. 2013) into a Bourbon County snifter. It's dark with the thinnest of heads. A bit foamy at first, but the head is gone, never to be seen again, after about 5 minutes. Looks oily and viscous. The nose is incredible: roasted espresso beans that have been soaked in bourbon. Heavy amounts of roast, espresso, and sweet bourbon vanilla. My god. Taste follows the nose, then hammers it out of the park: equal parts iced espresso and bourbon. Both flavors are there, and neither overpowers the other: complementary. Am I drinking a bourbon-spiked espresso, or a bourbon with a shot of espresso in it? It's both of those things, and something else entirely. The booze is definitely there, warming me up but not knocking me out. Lovely vanilla marshmallows round out each sip. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and smooth. So luscious and decadent. Simply astonishing: the balance between the roast coffee, the heavy bourbon, and the luscious mouthfeel is out of this world. The finest beer I've ever had. I've got one BCBCS left, and I'll be enjoying it on my wedding night. It's that kind of beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:36:31 | More by blankenhoney
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.54/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as night and impenetrable to light. Brussels lacing. Not much to speak of in the way of head. A minimal amount of dark khaki colored foam is barely present. I've had Founders Breakfast Stout but this coffee aroma is so strong it nearly has a physical presence. The body is thick and sticky and carries a certain weight to it. The front of the palate is brutally intense coffee and deep dark malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:09:07 | More by Franziskaner
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01001111

California

4.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque used motor oil.

S: Dark roast coffee, raisins, something almost like chili peppers in heat and the scent of vegetation; bourbon booze.

T: Espresso with sugar and rubbing alcohol heat.

M: Thick, syrupy, and hot.

O: I'm really glad I was able to try this. It's rich, it's dense, it's over the top, it's full of coffee, and I love coffee (especially Intelligentsia), far more than beer if I had to choose. But it's not as amazing as I'd hoped. Sure, the Bourbon County line sets a new bar; they're the most extreme barrel aged stouts. But perhaps they're not the best, the most nuanced, or the most complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:12:16 | More by 01001111
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This smells great. Wood, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, cinnamon, tobacco, maybe fig or something like that, and some other good stuff I can't pinpoint. Tastes something like a oaky, coffee, less-sweet port wine or something. I'm getting frustrated that I can't pick out all the scents and flavors, but it's pretty damned good. It'll probably come to me later. I'll finish here and continue to sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 23:49:37 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't remember where I picked this one up. 12 oz. bottle with a Bottled On date of 11/15/13. I poured this into a snifter.

At first, BCBCS pours with a substantial deep tan head that lasts for a short while, crackling away audibly until it disappears almost completely. No lacing here...just a black tar pit with a single floating island of micro-bubbles. This is a black beer, with no hint of light passing through any part of the liquid. Deep and ominous.

The aroma is a beautiful and almost perfect mixture of bourbon barrels and coffee. It is a strong bouquet that shows off many qualities, including sweet vanilla, charred oak, fresh brewed coffee, alcohol soaked cherries, leather, spice, and bourbon obviously.

What is so impressive about BCBCS (and indeed, all the Bourbon County beer varieties) is the complete smooth barrel-aged quality that reduces the intense alcohol to nothing more than a slight warmth in the finish. The flavor up front is packed with heavily roasted malts, coffee, and oak barrels. Across the palate, you will pick up more of the booze, with an alcoholic note hitting the roof of the mouth. It finishes with a lingering bitterness/acrid roast that helps to create a sense of balance against the sweet, sticky body of this imperial stout. The aftertaste bring out more of the toasted oak and vanilla flavors, with some bourbon heat accompanying that taste. The body is perfect: it's full, smooth, rich, velvety, and with a perfect amount of carbonation to carry this goliath beer across the tongue and make it feel not so heavy and oily. I believe that is why a beer like this has taken the place of Dark Lord in the ratings....

A well-balanced beer can exist in any style, and here we have a well-balanced massive imperial stout brewed with coffee beans and aged in bourbon barrels. Very tough to beat this experience. Really a well crafted beer and exremely drinkable for a beer that exceeds 12% abv. Best beer in the world? Mmmm...getting closer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 07:29:26 | More by MusicaleMike
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In review is a 2012 vintage.

A - Pours pitch black with a thick, toffee colored head, viscous, and sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Lots of coffee bean aroma, dark coffee grinds, dark roasted chocolate, and cappuccino.

T - Coffee, dark coffee grinds and caramel dark chocolate, cream, oak, bourbon, and raw coffee beans.

M - Thick, rich, and velvety.

O - Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 23:30:13 | More by jzeilinger
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a 12oz bottle into a dogfish head tulip glass.

Poured thick and dark with barely any head.

A midnight black color doesn't let the light through. The smattering of head is light chocolate color that dissipates quickly.

Smells of coffee and chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate and coffee with strong notes of bourbon and vanilla. Subtle hints of oak with a little char. The sweet of the chocolate and oak play nicely with bitter of the coffee and warmth of the bourbon.

Slightly slurpy on the tongue, with very light carbonation in the mouth. It has a slight alcohol bite that fades quickly.

The flavors in the beer come together superbly. It is a layered, immensely enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 03:45:38 | More by Abe_Froman
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sugar Maple

Appearance: dark brown, with a rapidly diminishing medium Brown head

Smell: coffee. Bourbon. Vanilla. Epic delish.

Taste: HOW IS THIS STILL ON TAP. Oh. My. God. See smell, and add heavenly delight to it.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, but in that give me more way. Sweetness lingers.

Overall: Near perfect. The end. Boom goes the dynamite.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2014 00:03:21 | More by don1481
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mc4z

California

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle. I'd just missed this beer so many times that I couldn't contain myself when I got it. Anyway, this pours a pitch black color, barely any head or carbonation. The smell is strong with chocolate, coffee, and a good amount of booze. The taste brings all of the flavors together - starts with coffee and chocolate and finishes with vanilla and oak. No flavor really dominates, which makes this really smooth and drinkable. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers ever. It's a truly magnificent creation

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 03:41:54 | More by mc4z
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2100th review! 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense dark tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BA imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:51:23 | More by superspak
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OneEye78

Texas

4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle, 2013 vintage, into a mason jar. Was motor oil black, with no transparency even around the edges and almost no head to speak of except a tiny lacing of dark brown bubbles. The smell is dominated by bourbon, maple, and raisins, with little to no coffee aroma present. The taste was sweeter than I expected, with heavy raisin and maple flavor and a good slow bourbon spice on the finish. The alcohol was less pronounced than you might expect for a 13%+ ABV, but I did notice a little heat especially as it warmed up. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than many coffee stouts, but it did leave a its mark. Overall this was a strong beer, one that grew on me as I drank it. Perhaps it didn't live up to my memory of the original BCBS, but still a very tasty beer and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:57:48 | More by OneEye78
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Guess2814

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

People need to relax with this beer.. This beer is not rank #2. Bourbon beers are strong.. Great to have with a steak.. But most of the Bourbon beers taste the same.. I'm not hating on this beer.. It's probably the best Bourbon beer I had.. But I'm an IPA, Double IPA, Double Pilsner type of guy.. Again great beer BUT come on.. These Bourbon Beers are close to hard liquor..NOT really a beer to me

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:30:31 | More by Guess2814
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Ezbakeoven1

Florida

4.79/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Quickly becoming one of my favorite beers. It starts off with a great aroma and appearance when pouring. The coffee flavors really come out on the palate but aren't overwhelming. Unlike other brews in the similar ABV range, it wasn't at all boozy or too strong. In fact you could get into trouble quick because it doesn't have the familiar bite that many +10% beers have.

It had a great mouthfeel to it. Not too thick and creamy and definitely not watery like a cheap beer. The finish is nice and strong with flavor and aroma.

Cannot wait for next year's release.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 16:21:00 | More by Ezbakeoven1
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raynmoon

California

4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: mostly jet black, colloid, haziness. No head but a small amount of foam sticking around the edges. Fairly large alcohol legs.

s: big coffee notes. Smells like Speedway or Peche mortel. Small light berry and fusel notes from the barrel and alcohol. some sugary almond cookie as well. Very nice but not too strong.

t: Oh yes, big roasty, nutty, almond flavors swimming around. The barrel isn't that in-your-face that you get from the normal Bourbon County stout but rather well integrated. The coffee lends almost an exotic, dark, roasted berry flavor. Some sips lend more sugary, alcohol burns than others.

mf: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

overall: Nothing new here, though the flavors hit me so well, the coffee and alcohol is starting to become a little cloying. I can understand why this is so damn good, but beers like Mikkeller Beer Geek Weasel are just as good.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 05:45:14 | More by raynmoon
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NuclearRich

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 version on tap at the dew drop inn. Pretty awesome of them.

A. Opaque. Thick oil. No head by the time it got to me. No lacing.

S. Raisins bourbon chocolate. Not surprised that coffee has faded, honestly hard to pick up

T. Outstanding. Bourbony chocolate with raisins. I do wish the coffee was more apparent... If ii didn't see it poured myself, I wouldn't guess it was coffee.

M. Thick sweet boozy oil. In a good way.

O. Lovely really, but I don't think the coffee version should age. I like my coffee beers to taste like coffee.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 02:05:43 | More by NuclearRich
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.43/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 2013 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: pours jet black, not much head. / head doesn't last too long. Leaves a little ring tan ring around the edge.

S: Smells awesome. notes of bourbon and coffee dominate. smells like you poured some bourbon into your cup of coffee.

T: delicious. Coffee and bourbon are balanced nicely. some roast and chocolate on the finish. Alcohol is masked very well.

M: great mouthfeel coats the mouth well. thick and creamy.

O: delicious. I wish it wasn't $20 for a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 01:46:34 | More by ilikebeer03
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peacemakers48

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best stout in the world. Incredibly powerful in alcohol content but you would never know from the taste. Great aroma and strong coffee flavor. A great beer to have with desert or after a meal. Nice dark, rich color. An Outstanding beer, highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 20:05:58 | More by peacemakers48
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AltBock

Ohio

4.54/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber bottle with a simple maroon label with "Bourbon County" in big bold white letters. Directly below that in small gold letters in a black box is the infamous words "Brand Coffee Stout." At the bottom is where it tells you what kind of coffee it was brewed with. It was brewed with Intelligentsia coffee beans. On the far left edge of the label is the Govt warning and to the far right is a brief description of the beer and a bottled date. There's also a yearly bottled date on the front as well. This bomber bottle is a 2012 vintage.

When poured into a CCB Teku, this Coffee Stout poured a dark coffee black that was poured into a pitch black mug. Highlights? This beer is far too dark for cheap highlights. Wow! A beer brewed with coffee that was coffee black in color. No surprise there. The head of foam was lackluster, but that's expected from a beer this beer with age on it. Minimal skim of tan foam that quickly disappeared when I laid eyes on it. There was a faint string of rings along the side to say that a head of foam did exist on this beer. A head of foam would have been nice, but my eyes still enjoyed looking at this beer.

This beer is over a year old and age has yet to settle down the rich aroma of roasted coffee beans in this beer. Following the rich dark aroma of roasted coffee was a quick whiff of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and black cherry. After the aroma got those out of the way, in comes the beer's wall of sweetness. This is where my nose stumbled upon an aroma that was just as thick as the coffee presence. This sweetness wall consisted of a nice molasses almost caramel like taste. Rounding off the aroma was bourbon, oak, and a splash of vanilla. My nose enjoyed this beer more than my eyes did.

The taste was similar to the aroma, but it still wasn't there. Up front was a thick and roasted taste of quality coffee beans. This taste of coffee lingered on for quite a long time before it let through roasted malt, dark chocolate, and black cherry. Directly after the black cherry passed, in comes a big combined taste that featured molasses, oak, bourbon, and a subtle drop of vanilla. While the aroma broke those elements down, the taste just put them into one big taste bomb. As the taste warms up, the vanilla and oak comes out more, but they're still not as big as the initial roasted coffee taste.

This a thick, chewy, roasted beer that was low in carbonation but certainly not low in flavor or character. I sure hope you like the taste of coffee because you'll find more of it in the aftertaste. Behind the coffee was chocolate, malt, bourbon, and a little oak.

Even though this is still a kick ass beer that's held up for over a year, I recently had one fresh and thought it was better than this. Would I still drink a vintage bottle? If given the opportunity again, I would!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 05:53:57 | More by AltBock
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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,914 ratings.