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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 5,937
Reviews: 1,068
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 3,679
Gots: 2,433 | FT: 201
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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

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: 5,937 | Reviews: 1,068
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.

Photo of Tbub18
4.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Buddy of mine opened a 2011 bottle. Unfortunately the coffee fell off and as a result it was pretty boozy. I wouldn't age this one guys...

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

Review of 2014. Tasted along with 2013

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

And I thought the stout was amazing. Wow. Definitely deserves the rating.

Photo of BeerNW
4.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got to try a 2013 bottle that I had aged for a bit over a year. The coffee is still so prominent with a nice bitter bite but just a fantastic smooth sweet finish. The 13.4% ABV has mellowed out but is still present without distracting from the great flavors of this beer. Very, very well done.

Photo of DockHops
4.91/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the best beers i have ever had

Photo of Pasearelli
4.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deepest coffee richness I could find in a brew. Mouthfeel is thick, sweet, and slick from the oils of the beans and the roast lingers in the best way.

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 2013 into a duvel tulip

A. Pours an almost black /brown motor oil with 1 finger of cappuccino colored head that resides quickly.

S. Notes of bourbon, mocha, roasted malts, vanilla. Smells like a brownie with alcohol.

T. The coffee is very pronounced from the regular variant. If BCBS can get any better it's with coffee. It carries huge through the aftertaste. Lovin this!

M. IMO BCBS is the perfect body for BA stout. So 5 here. Thick with some carbonation.

O. I love reg BCBS. But this takes the cake. That coffee really hits it off. Everything is perfect besides it should have a better appearence and aroma. dont get alot of coffee there. But nonetheless if there is a beer that deserves almost a perfect it's this. One of the best stouts i've had!

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

I would argue this is the best beer in the world, or the best I've ever had
I come from Vermont and like Vermont IPA, but this is much better than Heady Topper.

The taste and mouth feel are awesome.
Beautiful dark black

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

(2013) Perfect. I love you Heady, but BCBCS is the best beer out there.

Photo of G_Z_a
3.89/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great stout. Very drinkable, although any beer that tastes more like coffee than beer is not going to get higher than a 4 from me.

Photo of Seeker_11
4/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, but definitely not top ten worthy. Vanilla rye is way better.

Photo of JonCaytion
3.9/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thick, complex, full of coffee. A bit boozy

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

Mouthfeel is full and coats your mouth with a rush of coffee, chocolate, chewy brownies, and a slight touch of Bourban. Alcohol is hidden so you would never think you were drinking a beer that comes in at almost 13%. World class and a beer that must be on every stout fans top 5.

Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Groveland Tap in St. Paul, MN. 10 oz. serving in a chalice. 2014 vintage.

Appearance: Color is an oily midnight black. Moderate amount of bubbles and a decent finger of tan head that fades into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A very roasty and rich dark malt driven aroma with huge hints of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Big upfront scent of coffee beans along with dark roasted barley malt hints of dark chocolate, burnt toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Big barrel presence with hints of bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, and wood. Sweet scent of molasses sugars. Subtle dark fruit hints of cherry and prune. A really great smell.

Taste: Like the nose indicates, a very rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with lots of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Big upfront taste of bitter dark roast coffee beans. Dark roasted barley malt with big notes of dark chocolate, biscuit, toast, toffee, caramel, smoke, and yeast. Big barrel taste with notes of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, wood, and oak. Sweet taste of molasses along with some tobacco and anise. Subtle dark fruit undertones of cherry, raisin, and prune. A great roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, syrupy, and fairly chewy. The huge alcohol percentage is masked pretty well.

Overall: A truly great Barrel Aged Coffee Stout. Great blend of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon barrel flavors with a body that is thick but still drinkable. Glad to finally try this after striking out on the bottles for the last few years.

Photo of Sparty1224
4.96/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. Bottled on 11/7/14, making this about 3.5 months old.

A: Pours a tad thinner than BCBS, but still pitch black. Almost no head to speak of. Very still in the glass.

S: Just bursting with fresh pour-over coffee. Just a hint of vanilla and chocolate. Bourbon is present, but greatly masked by the coffee. There's a touch of dark fruit sweetness, but this is all coffee, all the way. Easily the best smelling coffee beer out there.

T: Wow, just wow. Fantastic coffee flavor up front. Just like fresh pour-over coffee. It's very clean and balanced, with a touch of spiciness to it. Bourbon comes through in the finish with loads of dry chocolate, vanilla, and toffee.

M: The coffee brings a sense of thinness here, which is different from BCBS. However, it's still very nice and full. Perfectly balanced beer. Booze well hidden in the taste, but definitely warms your belly.

O: So back when this was in bombers, I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer. But man, has it grown on me over time. In terms of pure coffee stouts, this is tops. It's magnificently balanced and the coffee is never overpowering. It's such a perfect interplay between bourbon and coffee. Amazing, amazing beer.

Recommendation: The only true annual-release variant, this should be on every craft beer lover's bucket list.

Photo of SovietBear1982
4.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellence at its finest. The coffee and bourbon is perfectly balanced and should age very well.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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