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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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1,058 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,058
Hads: 6,336
Avg: 4.6
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 4,061
Gots: 2,629 | FT: 210
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: 1,058 | Hads: 6,336
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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Photo of siliconalchemy
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BCBS never disappoints, and BCBCS is no exception. Though I prefer some vintages more than others, the motor-oil pour, gorgeous foam head, powerfully complex aroma, and incredible mouthfeel are all perfection - and the taste is beyond reproach.

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Photo of mabermud
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle.

Look: Deep dark brown body. The light and simple mocha head quickly retreats to a thin halo. Legs and lacing are minimal, but they are slippery, and melt with style.
Smell: The smell is surprisingly like Prairie Bomb. I smell bourbon and chocolate, maybe some background coffee. Sweet cream...Some astringency.
Taste: Rich and full of flavor. Sweet roasted barley, coffee, chocolate, a touch of lactose sweetness, and bourbon barrel. Nice, sweet and creamy finish.
Feel: Silky and creamy mouth feel. Lower level of carbonation. Soft feeling.

Overall - To me, this is very similar to Prairie Bomb. With the first whiff, I was not impressed. After sitting around contemplating each sip, and letting it warm, I have come to the conclusion that this is a world-class stout, but not the best American Double/Imperial Stout there is, as some have said. I like Parabola, Bourbon Barrel Aged Plead the Fifth, and maybe Barrel Aged Dark Apparition better. This beer is on the same level with those, and some other top tier imperial stouts.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 release, bottled on 11/15/13. Enjoyed 1-1/2 years later. Pours black with a medium-sized brown head, very little lacing. Smells of bourbon, coffee, and rich cocoa. Taste follows exactly, but in waves of flavor. First the bourbon, then the coffee, then the cocoa, with an amazing bittersweet finish. Great complexity. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick without being syrupy. Medium carbonation for the style. Similar to the regular BCBS, but I enjoyed this more. It was so delicious that I finished the bottle in 10 mins.

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

Had it on tap at Julian's in Providence:

Appearance: An inky, jet black with a quickly dissipating mocha colored head. Sticky, obsidian body with little tiny bubbles around the rim.

Aroma: Tons of coffee and a tiny bit of vanilla bourbony notes. Really potent! Goddamn, this brew smells like a million bucks.

Taste: Like it smells....possibly the most coffee-forward beer I've ever had, though Tree House's Triple Shot and Good Morning had a more powerful flavor overall (really nitpicking here, this is an elite, top-tier coffee stout). A fantastic treat with lots of coffee, some chocolate, and some vanilla. Incredibly balanced and an incredibly delicious beer.

Feel: More carbonated than I expected when watching the pour and looking at the head on the beer, but really sticky. Lots of lingering flavor and a heavy, thick, syrupy body.

Overall: One of the best coffee stouts in existence, easily. Incredibly flavorful, with a potent aroma and a great body.

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

2014 - My friend poured a miller lite into a pot of coffee and it was pretty terrible, actually we all got pretty sick and went through two plungers. The next day we tried this and it was much better. I'm not much of a marksman but I'm a straight shooter when it comes to telling the truth. This beer is like the we are the champions of winning songs.

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Photo of Monktastic7
4.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Possibly the best straight up coffee stout in the country that is consistently made every year and done well no matter what the bottle count is. So much fresh coffee married with bourbon in a high ABV but extremely drinkable stout that continually keeps me wishing I could find more and more all year long.

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Photo of KBrady
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.83/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerNW
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Pasearelli
4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.86/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of zotzot
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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

This may be the gold standard for barrel-aged coffee stouts. Rating based on a 2013 bottle opened in early 2015. The choice of coffee for the 2013 version was superb and still tasted great more than a year later.

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Photo of Beerguykirk
5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.96/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.56/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 edition - Pours almost black color with a very thin tan head. The odor is powerful, with notes of coffee, sweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, dried fruits, plum, raisin, bourbon, rich, whiskey, woods, slight resin, earthy. The taste is velvety, chocolate, bourbon, woods up front. Then very fruity, fig, dates, raisin. Very coffee towards the back as well as dry woods. Barely any bitterness at all, very easy drinking.

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Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle.

Much coffee on the nose and the initial taste is similar, then quickly gives way to the bourbon. Warmed to near room temp and this didn't change it much.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.