Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.81/5 rDev +2.8%
2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans
In comparison to last year's version, the Anjilanaka provides a sweeter and nuttier component that takes off the more aggressive elements of roast and dryness. Succulent as ever and still with impressions of chocolate covered espresso beans, this world class beer follows up on the inaugural beer very well. Although I prefer the heightened sense of espresso roast and restrained sweetness of last year, this young follow-up represents the brand in regal fashion!
2010 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans
With so much anticipation, and with the success of the standard Bourbon County Brand Stout, there is no let down from the hype. This coffee infused BCS reminds me of chocolate covered espresso beans and the bourbon ball candies that we love so much here in the Bluegrass. Imagine my favorite espresso and my favorite stout hooked up at a great beery coffee shop and conceived an angelic brew.
The beer opens with a dead-on motor oil viscosity and color. A delicate crème forms with a roast-stained hue. Where the retention eventually succumbes to the alcohol and weight, the legging became more apparent. The low carbonation and visual weight of the beer adds to the mystique of its appearance.
Extremely seductive aromas of decedent cocoa, deeply roasted espresso, and bourbon all stand out in obvious stature. Lighter notes of cherry esters, licorice, and actual molasses help to round out the background attributes. The beer's aroma isn't overly complex but they show so much power, boldness, and harmony- this is the chick in the bar that you will intently make a fool of yourself just to catch her eye.
Flavors build even more, springboarding off of the powerful cocoa, espresso, and bourbon. But the thickness of the beer along with the creamy maltytness give even greater smoothness and melded taste making this beer way more drinkable than it should be; kinda malty-sweet-chocolatey like Whoppers malted milk candies. As the beer warms and deep in the finish, the molasses, licorice, and cherry flavors become much more apparant. Where hops are restrained, bitterness is achieved with the smooth bitterness of the carefully brewed espresso beans.
As expected, the beer is as thick, chewy, heavy, full, and as round as any beer that has crept into my mouth. And with the ultimate velvety textures, it drank much like a thick chocolate milkshake. The beer remains so very deep, lasting well into the finish and aftertaste.
It's crazy to talk that the coffee bean aging could possibly improve the Bourbon County Stout. I'm not sure that the Coffee Release is better but it's certainly not any worse.
04-22-2010 15:14:41 | More by BEERchitect
3.95/5 rDev -15.6%
2013 release poured into a goblet
Appearance: Thick, dark, dark brown- essentially black once poured. It's only translucent for the first 1/8 of the pour, then it sucks the light out of the room. Head is very minimal, tan as expected, but dissipates very quickly. Would have liked a frothier head. Rating: .7
Smell: Chocolate, tobacco, bourbon, sweet candied fruit. Smells like grandma handed me an old, unwashed bourbon glass filled with dried fruit or maybe candy raisins, and bitter chocolate. But not unpleasant. I barely picked up any coffee, maybe a touch of cold press coffee aroma. Rating: .75
Taste: Oh wow- berry on the finish. Usually I'd start with the first thing that hits me, but just beginning to type this beer got very, very tart. Definitely in line with some of the fruitier pour over coffee's I've had. The start of this beer is all stout, then bourbon, then coffee. You do get a good amount of sweetness, but luckily for me it was muted compared to BCBS. Just had Raisin on tap at the GI tasting room and man do these beers taste similar. As it warms in the glass the coffee takes over, relieving your palate from some of the sweetness. Rating: 1.0
Mouthfeel: Cloying and thick. Sticks to the roof of your mouth and your palate and your cheeks. You'll want a glass of water alongisde this one. Rating: .65
Overall: When I look at BA coffee stouts, I compare how three things come together. First, where does the stout shine through, second, how does the coffee compliment the stout, and third, what was pulled from the barrel and how is that affecting the first two elements. The stout element gets a bit lost here, as the coffee has a strong fruity/berry essence that dominates. The bourbon is well balanced between the two dominant flavors (sweet malts and bitter, fruity coffee). It definitely benefits from warming in the glass. Rating: .85
09-02-2014 02:46:19 | More by robear
4.25/5 rDev -9.2%
2013 Release - Intelligentsia ‘Los Inmortales’; 12 oz bottle.
I've noticed over the years that many, if not most of the top-rated beers on sites such as this are difficult to obtain. Given that, I wonder if the great beers are scarce because they are great, or if they are great because they are scarce. This weekend I managed to get a 4-pack of the 2013 BC Coffee Stout, and I figured I'd be able to start answering the question.
The place that I found the BC answered part of my question; they said that they only received a single case of BC Coffee Stout in 2013. This gibes with what I've read about the limited production of the BC series.
Appearance: Very dark, so brown that it was almost black. The head was minimal and dissipated very quickly. Light carbonation. Oily, perhaps? So far, so good.
Smell: Coffee, light bourbon smell, maybe a couple of other notes. Alcohol content of the beer was evident in the smell.
Taste: My favorite, "go to" coffee stout is made by the Imperial Java Stout by Santa Fe Brewing. For comparison, the BC stout is nearly as "coffee forward" as the Imperial Java. The coffee flavor does hit up front, but it is a little mellower than the Imperial Java. Its a good, solid coffee flavor, and it tastes like real coffee. Definite bourbon flavors, and I could note some chocolate. The alcohol flavor was noticeable. Maybe some vanilla on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Very intense. Somewhat "chewy", or thick. This is a sipping beer.
Overall: I liked the brew. In the class of high-alcohol Imperial Stouts (well, I guess there really aren't any low-alcohol Imperial Stouts), it is certainly a stand-out. Nice complex flavor and the coffee notes were just about right. Good finish; the product is well-rounded. Definitely a beer to sip for special occasions, and not something I'd put on a "go to" list, even if it was easier to find. Despite this site's notes about smoking and tasting, I fired up a "1990 Vintage" Rocky Patel for the last third of my glass. The beer holds up well to a good cigar, which in my experience is unusual.
08-31-2014 16:04:20 | More by Veeblefetzer
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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