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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 1,043
Hads: 6,223
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 3.27%
Wants: 3,961
Gots: 2,589 | FT: 208
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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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Reviews: 1,043 | Hads: 6,223
Photo of MissSmisje
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of MorpheusIPA
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (225 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of BeerNW
4.87/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of Pasearelli
4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (151 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.86/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (781 characters)

Photo of zotzot
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (220 characters)

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.96/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (212 characters)

Photo of Beerguykirk
5/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,560 characters)

Photo of Sparty1224
4.96/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.34/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2/15/15 - Another excellent Bourbon County - I liked this even more than the standard stout. Poured thick, with an excellent aroma of coffee and a hint of chocolate and fruit. Great taste, and loved the carbonated feel, the strength of the taste and alcohol. Strong, but easy to drink. Not as bitter as the standard stout, I will definitely seek out this version, and I look forward to trying others in this great line of beers! Well done Goose Island!!! (454 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look- Black as the midnight sky 20 years after the Zombie Apocalypse.

Smell- That sweet, roasty coffee that puts that happy feeling in you heart. Great Bourbon and oak that make you say Oooooo WEEE!

Taste- That coffee is the truth. It cannot lie no matter how much it wants to.

Feel- So creamy and smooth. Almost as good as the first time ;)

Overall- Halfway through I had to take to bed and show it proper loving. This is one you take home to Mom. (452 characters)

Photo of jren
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I stepped into it 2 weeks ago when someone got me a growler of BCBCS. It is the best coffee stout and probably beer of all types I've had. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out how to find more! (195 characters)

Photo of danh53
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge barrel character comes directly to the fore, but intense coffee and chocolate stand up to the barrel and combine for a well balanced yet potent masterpiece of a beer. Dark fruit comes into the mix as it warms. The coffee bitterness is a nice complement to the sweet, vanilla bourbon of the base beer. (305 characters)

Photo of chrisjws
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage, at a pub in Illinois, served from the bottle into a snifter at just below room temperature.

A: Black, no light on the edges. Medium carbonation that dissipates quickly.
S: Molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, slightly boozy
T: Dark chocolate chased by strong coffee aftertaste
M: Coats your mouth and chocolate/coffee flavors linger after every sip
O: Amazing. I was lucky to try one of these and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Nicely balanced but still very bold in flavor. (487 characters)

Photo of tjcapture
4.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 tasted on 2/3/15 at Link's in Chicago, 9 oz. pour in a snifter. I am a fan of bourbon and stouts, so this line up from GI suits me well. The Coffee Stout lives up to all the hype for me. It has a better balance overall than the regular BCBS (which I like as well). I like that the coffee taste does not overpower, it seems to offset some of the sweetness of the regular BCBS. Highly recommend! (398 characters)

Photo of damiena
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Although I don't like stouts, you can appreciate the amount of work that went into this beer. The coffee mixed in was amazing and it definitely is a sipper, I'm sure if you like coffee stout you will love this. (210 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 release, tasted on 1-9-15. While this is still a nice BA beer, I was unable to discern any coffee(smell or taste), so was disappointing in that regards. Leads me to assume that for the coffee aspect, this is best fresh. (226 characters)

Photo of Emart2500
4.86/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Incredible beer. I personally like the coffee stout more then the original bourbon county. Of course smell of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, aged bourbon. Tasted incredible, just enough coffee to blow your taste buds. The high alcohol is hidden. Overall the beer was delicious all the way through, 10/10 (306 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.82/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best coffee stout I have ever had. No doubt!

Appearance: Dark as night no light at all. Like the regular BCBS basically no head at all, which is the hit for points.

Smell: Coffee dominant, booze but not overly so, very well balanced coffee stout, best in the world hard to say but definitely one of the better ones.

Taste: Very well balanced. This beer can give you the balance of stout and coffee and nice blend of coffee for sure. Not too booze forward, but it is solid for sure. Nice creamy mouthfeel which add's to the flavor profile.

Overall: This is probably the best coffee stout I have had I wish I had access to more! (644 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to grab three samples of this at Brrfest this weekend. Totally lives up To hype. Top 3 beers I've ever had! My wife even enjoyed. (151 characters)

Photo of NJBeer265
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found this on tap finally. You get a strong roasted coffee aroma. Reminds me of the old percolator coffee pots I had growing up. It gives off that certain fresh strong coffee smell. The taste is fresh brewed coffee. Hints of oak and coffee grounds. Smooth bourbon finish but not to sweet. Amazing. (304 characters)

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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