Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
4.83/5 rDev +3.2%
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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4.48/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big and rich, completely black but in some very dark brown at the thick edges, there's a certain oily texture to this big stout. The head is a brown-colored one about a finger tall. Retention is good, and it manages some good lacing despite the oils.
Coffee! Lots of fresh coffee, just-roasted grounds all in the nose and mouth. It's the forefront, but it lets the stout express itself all the same. There's lots of dark cocoa, and the bourbon barrel makes its way in softly but firmly with notes of vanilla and wood while offering just a little heat. The wood is dry and oaky, not a soft wood by any means. The coffee is just so rich and full, especially in the nose. It's like drinking a shot of espresso while sniffing a cup of fresh grounds right next to it after putting a little of very rich chocolate sauce, fresh made from cocoa beans, while having a snifter of bourbon right next to it.
The body is full, rich and thick, but it evens and lightens out in a surprising way, certainly more than I expect. I also can feel a certain oiliness to the grounds on the tongue. It's a good stout, and plenty rich, but it could be cleaner.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 15:03:58 | More by Brenden
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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