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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

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1,069 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,069
Hads: 6,388
Avg: 4.6
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 4,071
Gots: 2,740 | FT: 219
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:
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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Reviews: 1,069 | Hads: 6,388
Photo of DaverCS
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage, consumed after passing the NCLEX exam.

Pours like motor oil. No light shining through at all. A very minimal yet dark caramel-colored head is created then dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is dominated almost entirely by bourbon. Nice amount of roasted malt, little bit of vanilla, and a nice smokiness. The coffee is more mild on the aroma than expected. It is present, but it is blended amongst the other aromas.

A major difference that I have detected between the coffee varietal and the regular stout is that the coffee cuts through the normally sweet base stout. The coffee varietal is a bit more bitter and roasted, as is coffee in general. The taste starts with the bourbon which combines with a nice amount of vanilla and a little smokiness. Molasses and sweet malts come in during mid-sip. This sweetness does not last long, as the coffee enters into the game to finish off the sip and into the aftertaste. It cuts the sweetness and imparts a slight bitterness. The bitterness is on par with beers like parabola or kbs; however, this beer is substantially better. Alcohol heat and flavor is present and warms the entire body. The coffee is definitely more present as the beer warms.

As is classic with bourbon county, this beer has a viscosity and mouthfeel that no stout can beat. Absolutely fantastic beer, but in my opinion not worth the extra hype, cost, and effort over the original stout. As with all the world class beers I try, I recommend not pairing the beer with anything as you will want to experience the beer unadulterated and free from competing flavors. It gets a 97.5/100.

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Photo of osc1123
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm a huge fan of coffee stouts and this one is my favorite of them all. The base stout is so rich and chocolatey and the coffee variant just adds to the richness and complexity of this beer.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours like its gone flat, no head, smell is of coffee and booze. The taste and mouthfeel of this beer are the highlights though, subtle coffee on top of the already near perfect base beer, the mouthfeel is thick and creamy....im a big fan of KBS but i dont know how people claim its on par with this....its not, this is as good as they get.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.61/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pitch black with no head
S: bitter coffee with bourbon
T: the coffee is not as bitter as it smells, and plays a huge role in the flavor profile as compared to last years which was hard to pickup at all. There is a big bourbon, but the two flavors don't seem to be complimentary.
F: smooth and pretty thick, and the flavors last a long time just on one sip.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had the 2015 on draft at the Malt & Vine in Redmond, WA. I was talking to another customer who was enjoying a glass. He thought it was really good, but that the coffee was too strong. I disagreed as I thought he coffee flavor was there, but was not overpowering at all. I felt that it was subtle and just gave the beer a little extra something to separate it (and make it superior) to ththe regular BCBS. Coffee stouts do not get any better

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Photo of Bsquirrelbrewer
4.28/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

6oz draft pour of 2015 batch at tap house logan.

Pours almost a slightly lighter black, with a coffee colored head that lingers around the rim of the glass.

Definitely get the coffee in the nose, though it's less present than I expected (though it could be due to a slight congestion affecting smell).

Taste brings the expected bourbon and coffee, in a solid balance. The coffee flavors almost carry the notes of caramel and toffee, but there is no milky ness to the mouth feel.

Higher carbonation than expected, but that balances out the mouthfeel nicely.

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Photo of Eachristman
4.9/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours very dark with a small head. Smell is coffee. The first taste right out of the tap was not impressive because it was too cold. Once it warmed up the trade was phenomenal! Strong coffee, not a lot of bourbon. The warmer it gets, the tastier, but only if you like coffee flavors. An excellent beer!

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage

L - Pitch black in all aspects. Less than a finger of dark khaki head

S - Massive bourbon and high-end coffee with hints of oak and tobacco.

T - Coffee and chocolate have replaced the overwhelming tobacco and char from the standard BCBS. Some nice vanilla and mocha notes are good too.

F - Dead-on for a BA stout. Thick and viscous with no alcohol whatsoever.

O - An improvement on a world-class BA stout. Coffee and bourbon blend beautifully much more so than other brewery's attempts as a coffee bourbon stout.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Crunchy's in East Lansing for their Black Friday celebration.

A - Very dark brown with a very thin brown head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate. Not picking up much coffee.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. The coffee comes through in the finish providing a nice light bitterness.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth with a sticky dry finish.

O - The hype is real. This was an awesome beer that everyone should experience at least once.

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Photo of Dolphinsmarlins1
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle poured into a snifter. Pumped I could find this prerelease at a local shop. Hope they don't get busted. Nevertheless, delicious beer. Not a huge coffee taste. The bourbon notes overpower everything else, though it is still very smooth. Tastes very similar to the BCBS regular, so I'm not going to lose any sleep if I can't find this tomorrow.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Super black with a quickly fading tan head. The smell is coffee, cover, coffee, bourbon, roasted malt and chocolate. The beer tastes the same as it smells and is very sweet. The oak and vanilla really come out in the taste. This is a super balanced and delicious beer that I would drink every day of I could.

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Photo of tregan_20
4.99/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 12 oz. bottle poured into a beer snifter. By now you probably already know that this is a world-class beer. Everything about it is amazing! I wish I had more of these in my cellar! The look is oil black with a thin head after the pour. The smell is primarily bourbon, coffee and chocolate, in which those flavors are true on the tongue as well. The feel of this one was creamy and smooth; somewhat thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and if you haven't tried it yet, go trade for some. Cheers!

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle, poured into snifter. Strong bourbon on the nose, not much coffee. Taste is very similar to regular BCBS. Sticky feel, nice aftertaste. Would love to try other vintages.

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Photo of charlzm
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Consumed October 11th, 2015 from a bottle labeled January 2011. Poured into a tulip.

Beer is dark brown on the borderline of black. Thick and viscous pour, like used motor oil. In a good way.
A vigorous pour generates a one-finger dark brown head that doesn't hang around too long.

Aroma is dark roasted coffee, chocolate and a hint of bourbon. Fantastic nose.

Flavor is strong, smooth and well-meshed. Coffee, chocolate, wood and bourbon. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth.

At nearly five years old, this beer is fantastic. Many thanks to Thirstgoat (Jeff) for the bottle!

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Photo of dug53
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark with a strong coffee aroma. Very smooth a great beer to sip on and enjoy. Very warm, has that sense of bourbon to it. Saving a few of these to age them over time, but this beer is excellent! Can't wait for this year's release.

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Photo of Awolter
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Strong coffee on the nose, luscious and dark with strong bourbon and coffee tastes. It's not the best coffee stout I've ever had, but it's right up there!

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 12 oz. bottle poured into a beer goblet.

Oh, the humanity! The manager of the store at which I work, part time, decided to clean out the storage area and put some goodies out in a grocery cart with a sign: "Two per customer per day". Along with such goodies as Surly Eight and Deschutes The Dissident sat a handful of 2014 Bourbon County Brand Stout and Coffee Stout. I bought one of each as soon as I got into work. The Coffee Stout is everything I imagined it to be. The only flaw I could possibly point out is the lack of a significant head, but this is a minor quibble when one considers the totality of this magnificent brew. The aroma is molasses and coffee. The flavor is coffee, molasses, a tiny bit of roastiness and a touch of vanilla and bourbon. It feels like silk running over my tongue, and the alcohol is subtly warming, despite the high ABV. A little taller and longer lasting head might have raised my overall rating, but this is damned near perfect.

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Photo of RJIV
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2014 release.
Dark color, pours like motor oil.
Coats mouth while drinking.
Smell is more barrel (alcohol, vanilla, coconut) with a secondary coffee aroma coming through.
Only complaint is that there is still heat present on the aftertaste that detracts from the other flavors.

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Photo of jdkitchi
4.53/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ran across a 12oz 2013 bottle of this in my stash of hard to get beers in the cellar. This is the best coffee stout I've ever had. I don't think I tried this fresh so I don't know if it would be better than this 2 year old bottle but this is fantastic. I can't really see getting better than this.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.91/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout(2013) pours a black color with almost no head. There is a big bourbon and coffee aromas. The taste has huge coffee notes, HUGE bourbon notes, with a warm from the alcohol finishing. Very full, nice sipping beer. Overall, amazing, everything blends together, its very big very bold and simply amazing.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW. WOW. WOW. Mine was a 2014 and it still drank like it was fresh. I got so much coffee on both the nose and taste. The head and mouthfeel were perfection. This beer absolutely blew me away.

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Photo of Sintech
4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!

22oz Bottle

2012 version. Jet black. Nose was a little weak. Taste is a super smooth, rich coffee and chocolate with hints of the barrel. Very very good. Highly recommended.


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Photo of Berrymon
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle. Rich coffee aroma on the nose with a full, but not thick mouthfeel. Cocoa, coffee and bourbon is a combo that can negatively affect a beer if not balanced, but if Goose Island ever had that problem, it has been long since resolved. This is a decadent beer that gets better as it warms. The 13+% ABV is there for sure, but rarely is it so smooth.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4.25/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Actually pretty Damn good. Bitter coffee smell. Smooth with spice coffee on the back of the throat. Cinnamon taste and smell. Lingering subtle coffee after the finish. Black in color.

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Photo of W_Des
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 2014 at the BA Sexual Chocolate bottle share. It was motor oil black and had bourbon and coffee in the nose albeit the coffee was a bit faded. Would love to have tried this fresh. The mouthfeel is velvet as I have become accustomed to with all Bourbon County stouts. Pleasant heat from the booze and has a nice bourbon flavor with some coffee and cocoa.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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