Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 1,052
Hads: 6,285
Avg: 4.6
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 3,995
Gots: 2,601 | FT: 207
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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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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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Photo of Wolfpac78
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Vintage bottled on 11/7/14 served in a snifter.

L - Oil black, with a very thin tan head that quickly disapated.

S - Mostly bourbon, some slight coffee and chocolate undertones.

T - Very similar to the smell - mostly bourbon with hints of coffee and chocolate.

F - This is where is stands out to me when compared to KBS and SMS - extremely thick, creamy, and smooth.

O - I'm a huge fan of coffee stouts, and up until I had this SMS was my favorite beer. I think this is my new favorite. Big and robust feel is what sets it apart. I would like to try it a bit more fresh as I think some of the coffee has faded, but at this point it's probably more well balanced. Definitely worth seeking out if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of ljjpowers
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014... I am extremely lucky: I had the privilege of sampling this spectacular brew with two of my best friends in the world. If you like coffee, stouts, and bourbon then you won’t be able to put this masterpiece down. For such a “heavy/dark” creation, BCBCS still appears to be quite ‘thin’ and translucent as compared to some of the other murky/clouded stouts. The smells, however, are as bold and domineering as one would expect from the original barrel aged stout; roasted coffee is by far the most pronounced fragrance and it even overpowers the bouquet of bourbon, dark chocolate, and vanilla that are eventually made known. The taste in one word is: perfect. Espresso forward. Molasses. Wood. Slightly vanilla. Impeccable. If you fall under the type of flavor profile listed above, go get BCBCS now. Literally now. I don’t care what you have to do.

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Photo of senglish7
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Performed blind taste test with this, Ozark BDCS, and KBS. This was the winner. The best aroma and the smoothest taste. I was very surprised, but I guess I shouldn't have been. Bit of coffee, bit of bourbon, bit of sweetness. All went together so well.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.63/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage poured into a Teku glass.

A - Black with almost no head at all. You can see the thickness as it pours.

S - Coffee and sweet bourbon mostly with a cherry fruitiness.

T - Follows the nose with roasted coffee and bourbon. A bit sweet with some fruit notes.

F - Perfection. Extremely thick, syrupy, and sticky with just a hint of carbonation.

O - I loved this beer and would like to try it fresh to get a some stronger coffee flavors.

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.93/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage bottled in November. Nose very reminiscent of BCBS, your classic bourbon profile with some dark fruit and deep, roasty coffee creeping in the backdrop. Coffee flavor comes in waves up front and as I swallow but the flavor itself is pretty muted already at just beyond half a year old. Enhances the roasted malt dynamics of this big, viscous, beautiful beast of a beer.
The only way InBev makes there money off me and it's worth every penny every time, the whole lineup is killer and this one definitely stands in attention as the better 12oz offering.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Strong coffee and chocolate taste and smell, very little bitter aftertaste. Very nice. We're about to drink a KBS so should be interesting to compare.

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Photo of MarkFrankosek
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So smooth and definitely something i need to get again in the near future. The taste is outstanding and its definitely one of the best beers in america!

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Photo of Summerteeth
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nose is cherry with slight coffee. Taste is heavy alcohol with coffee. Their cherry stout is better - not that this is bad because it is outstanding. The coffee is lost in this one, however.

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Photo of eifster82
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Is it even possible to make a better coffee stout? I'm leaning towards no.

Pours used motor oil black. Coffee notes beat up nose and palate upfront. Smooth full-bodied aftertaste with that great bourbon finishing note. Definitely the best coffee stout I've had to date.

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

2014 bottle - 6 1/2 months from the "bottled on" date

Look - Very dark with a slight light tan head. A little more bubbly than what I was expecting, since my previous experiences with Bourbon County have appeared almost sludge-like.

Smell - Coffee & bourbon, obviously. Also detect malts, dark chocolate & toffee.

Taste - Amazing. Very strong coffee taste up front, but it doesn't stay for long. It stays present while the bourbon, chocolate and malts that I found in the nose arrive to the party. After I swallow the (after)taste most present is the bourbon, it definitely stays with you. But I am also left with a bitter chocolate taste & a hint of cherries (I'll be honest: I didn't notice the cherry until I read other reviews but it definitely brought it to my attention. Could just be placebo but I don't think so.

Feel - Thick, sticky, with a slight carbonation that gives a nice sensation as I sip.

Overall - I think this is the greatest beer I've ever had in my life. My only time drinking it, so I don't know what it's like super fresh, or with some real age on it... But based on this it would be excellent no matter how old/young the bottle.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle tasted 2 months after release. Mocha head dissipates rapidly. Nose wafts a fruity coffee complemented by bourbon. Taste is similar, coffee forward though still sugary up front and warmth dries it out more than flavor. Pretty hot only 2 months old.

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

L: Jet black, watered down oil. Pours with some weight.

S: The first 2 months after bottling, the thing smells like you stuck your face into a bag of Intelligentsia coffee, leading straight up to the taste. Coffee starts to wane off after three or so months to a much more even coffee:bourbon barrel smell.

T: Taste is dominated with coffee when fresh. After a few months of aging (personal sweet spot is about 5-6 months), the coffee blends nearly perfectly with the sweet, sticky bourbon barrel. Any longer than that, you're just losing what you paid for: the freshly roasted coffee. Sure it still tastes like a great coffee stout, but no better than a KBS or Sunday Morning Stout.

F: Syrupy, thick and sticky. Aboslutely lovely. Could be a tad thicker but I'm just nit picking.

O: Damn good beer. Looking forward to Black Wednesday every year...

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

A truly amazing beer. I could not find anything lacking. Thanks to BoldRulerVT for the share. 2013 bottles poured into tulip glasses and enjoyed around the fire in celebration of the triple crown winner.

Dirty-oil black with a 1/2 finger of brown fluffy head that slowly dissipates to a thick ring leaving curtains of brown lace down the glass.

Aroma is a mixture of mostly bourbon, some coffee, dried dark fruit and cherries, and a slight bit of roasted dark malt.

Taste is heavy, but not overwhelming, with bourbon, mixed with dried cherry, molasses, and hints of coffee and chocolate. Delicious.

Mouth is perfect. Medium/full bodied, with fairly low carbonation....never cloying or thick. After an 8 oz pour, I would have easily enjoyed another.

Overall, a sensational beer that I WANT MORE OF!!

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

Thanks to my friend @JohnParadee, I have had two of these bottles sitting in my cellar for approaching a year and a half. In honor of American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown, these two bottles were opened around a bonfire and held in salute to an incredible achievement.
2013 BCBCS. Poured into tulips. Pours jet black. Zero light comes through barely any head that does manage to remain. Aromas are bourbon, toasted oak, coffee, deep dark roasty malts. Flavor is insane. Perfection, a perfect balance of bourbon, roasted coffee, roasted malt, and oak. Balanced, round. Mouthfeel is perfection. Any thinner and I'd be upset, any thicket and it would be distracting. This beer is fucking mind blowing. I may never get to enjoy it again, but this was the perfect occasion for the best stout I've ever tasted in my life.

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Photo of Mburk
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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