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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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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BEERchitect on 04-22-2010

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Reviews: 1,144 | Ratings: 6,769
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional beer, especially it's color, aroma, and viscosity. For me, at least, this most recent release was a little thin on flavor and had a touch of sourness that weaker/poorer coffee does. Luckily the predominant flavors of the base beer took over after that. Still, overall I'd rather have the (more) common version.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 bottle, pours a midnight black with a thin dark espresso head. Strong bourbon/coffee aroma present still. Taste is amazingly balanced...bourbon, coffee, chocolate. Silky smooth with virtually all the abv hidden. Heard 2013 was one of the better years and this def lived up to the hype!

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Photo of NatoMasochism
3.6/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle. Date code: 17/SEP/15 1334 12.4% abv

Only got 1 bottle and debated whether or not to cellar. I'm glad I opened it, as this would have been a huge letdown given the high expectations for BCBS. Called and requested refund.

Did not have a gusher as some had reported but opened in the sink just in case. The pour looks nice with a quarter finger tan head that dissipates almost completely in about 10 seconds.
The nose is still very good. Vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon, although the coffee is subtle.

Unfortunately, the taste has got some very pronounced and inescapable sour notes, especially on the back end. I feel I may have gotten luckier than some on the extent of the lacto infection, although I'm afraid it may still be a partial drain-pour. I've been sipping on it for well over an hour and still have almost half the bottle left.

Overall, Goose Island gets some bonus points for offering refunds, but the bottled CoffeeStout and Barleywine should probably have never hit the market to begin with if any infection was suspected. That being said, I will still probably go hunting for the 2016 batch.

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Photo of WalkerHater
3.71/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells great, but..... .......Sourness of this year's chosen coffee does not suit this classic.
Oh well at least it's not infected. Very drinkable still

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A few folks have mentioned or alluded to the lack of coffee taste in this beer. I like this brew, but agree that any noticable coffee flavor was lacking. I had this beer on draft.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tremendously thick, bold barrel flavors of vanilla and sweet molasses. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, and a warm, slick close. Never surprised by the quality.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'14 bottle

Black as all get out with almost no head. Smells pretty similar to regular bourbon county with the exception of mild coffee. Very rich. Coffee is faintly present, so I'm sure this was way better fresh. Even without all the coffee this was an excellent beer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black color. No head at all. Completely opaque.

Strong coffee and chili pepper aroma with subtle bourbon character.

Bold, dark roast coffee and baking chocolate. Sweet molasses and licorice. Smooth bourbon tones. Chili pepper spice. Cough syrup aftertaste.

Heavy, syrupy feel and texture. Low carbonation.

Good stuff. One of the better coffee stouts I've had.

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Photo of pbgnar
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours jet black just like regular Bcbs

The smell is where the coffee differentiates itself from regular. The nose is outstanding. Still tons of coffee even after a year in the bottle. The first few minutes were overpowered by coffee in a good way.

Taste follows the nose quite well. Tons of coffee flavor in the first half of the glass. As it warmed up, more of the dark fruit and molasses flavors you would expect from regular started coming through. If I could have done it over, I would have drank the whole thing cold while the coffee flavors still overpowered everything else.

Mouthfeel is just what you would expect from and bcbs. Thick and chocolatey.

Overall, one of the best beers I have had. Will be fighting the lines in years to come to score bottles of coffee

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 release, dated 9/17/15 1532, 12.4% ABV, 16.9oz bottle. Unfortunately, it was a bad bottle. Higher carbonation on the pour, thinner body, and the taste was sour cherry and salt. The head sizzled like a steak in a hot pan of oil. Had to drain pour it which was very disappointing. This has been a reoccurring problem with the 2015 BCBCS's and GI had to give refunds through February of 2016. I was able to call and get a refund with good customer service. Hoping for better quality control next year.

2013 release, dated 11/15/13. Enjoyed 1-1/2 years later. Pours black with a medium sized dark brown head; some lacing. Smells strongly of bourbon, coffee, and rich cocoa. The taste follows exactly, but in waves of complexity; first the bourbon, then the coffee, then the cocoa, with an amazing bittersweet finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is medium for the style. Not all that different from the regular BCBS. Definitely a world-class beer.

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Photo of BWood
3.22/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Honestly I was very excited for this beer. I feel the coffee and bourbon was a huge clash. I poured out half the glass I drank. I love the original bcbs but this one I will pass on

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Photo of TheKlevin
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Booze and coffee. Nothing more to see here, awesome barrel notes, love the coffee, best to drink as fresh as possible, some of the older bottles I've tasted seemed to have lost some of the coffee.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and viscous tar black with a thin sticky ring of tan foam.

Huge roasted character, strong aroma of coffee, oak, bourbon, and vanilla.

Coffee, coffee, coffee. Oaky vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some bourbon heat.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, chewy, roasty bitterness, and sticky.

Overall, a truly remarkable beer.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Balck with a thin tan head. Head retention is good for the ABV. Alcohol lacing and bubbles sticking to the glass.
S: Could the glass but I'm not picking up much on this beer. Mostly I get a heavy booze smell, similar to smelling a spirit. Behind that, there is roast and coffee, but its mild.
T: Bourbon, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, marshmallow, and roasted malt; all things I get in normal BCBS. However, in the finish there is a mild roasted coffee which blends with the other flavors. Not over the top coffee, but it smooths the flavors well. No booze in the taste, but a nice warming alcohol feeling. As it warms, more chocolate and fudge comes out, along with some nuttiness.
F: Creamy and smooth, and sugary and sticky on the finish. This is a great sipping beer.
Overall, the look, taste, and feel of this beer on what I expect from Bourbon County, rich and decadent. The absence of aroma is somewhat of a mystery.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a midnight black color. Aroma is coffee and deep roasted malts. Flavor is coffee some bourbon and roasted malts. Has a nice slightly bitter coffee finish but overall it's delicious.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 on draft pours thick, oily black with dark tan head that disappears quickly.

Smells rich of coffee and hints of bourbon. Impressive that the bourbon is so muted. Medium body and little carbonation, but starts to wake up as it warms. Nice balanced feel, minimal bitterness.

Taste follows, just tons of coffee flavors, then some sweets - maybe some cocoa and vanilla - and then the bourbon closes the show. Goes down ridiculously smooth.

Overall there's not much bad you can find here. As long as you know that it's a coffee stout, you will love this.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lucky to not get an infected bottle from 2015. Poured rich dark black, 1" tan head poured aggressively into snifter. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and bourbon. Initial flavors are smooth chocolate, vanilla, caramel with coffee that lingered on the tongue. The bourbon notes were reduced on this beer compared to regular BCBS.

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Photo of hardysf
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 - fantastic brew. So much delicious coffee aroma and taste. Compliments the toffee and caramel notes of the base beer beautifully. wonderful rich and creamy mouthfeel.

2015 - see above, but with sour milk and cherry tartness taste. Definitely an infected bottle.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I don't like coffee but a lady convinced me to buy it anyways and its not bad. poured this into a chimay glass and it poured black like motor oil with a chocolate head. the smell if of coffee and it tastes like coffee too. it feels good on the tongue with it being syrupy. overall it is not bad at all even if I dislike all coffee forward beers.

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Photo of Hopislovehopislife
1.25/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

This was infected as hell. It had a strong smell of yogurt and coffee. This beer was definitely one of the ones that was infected, first the bottle volcanoed when opened. The appearance wasn't off on this on but taste had some coffee but super super tart and sour. Definitely had some lacto contamination in it.

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Photo of mrandypandy
1.86/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

500ml bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta, 2015 vintage.

A - Pours a dark black, mocha head dissipates quickly. No lacing.
S - Green coffee, not much else.
T - Bitter coffee, booze. Tart cherries? Salty? Something's off.
M - Medium body, almost thin. Wish it was more on the slick/viscous side.
O - Disappointing. For all the accolades and lofty rating, this not only did not live up, it was flat-out bad, pure and simple. There's an odd salinity to it, which clashes with the slight tart cherry finish, and tastes nothing like the base BCBS I had a few weeks ago. I can't imagine any of these undesirable characteristics were intended, but it doesn't change the fact that this was a terrible beer. It gets worse as the beer warms...

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Photo of mmarino
3.94/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured the 2015 BCBSC and it pours a deep brown. Smell of regular BCBS with not much, if any coffee on the nose. Taste was all BCBS regular with the finish of burnt coffee grounds after initial mouth feel. Batch was 1915 and didnt taste of any infection.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2015, 500mL bottle, Bottled on 17/SEP/15 1507, 12.4% ABV; with word that some of these bottles may not be up to snuff per Goose Island, I thought I'd better just try mine now
A - thick and black, no head
S - coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted barley
T - sweet and rich with notes of roasted coffee, roasted barley, boozy bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate; toffee and caramel come out as it warms
M - full body, sticky sweet, boozy but not overly considering the ABV of this monster
O - I don't know - it's been awhile since I had any sort or BCBS, but this was a let down. I can't say there were any off flavors or anything like that, and it definitely was good, just not that good. And that's not even bringing price into the picture, which I always try to avoid when reviewing a beer. All in all, I've wanted to try this beer for years, and now that I have, I doubt I'll ever have it again.

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Photo of CraigP83
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black, no head, thick and oily. Smell is fresh ground coffee, chocolaty roasted sweetness, it's very good. Flavor lingers with you a while, coating your mouth with chocolate covered coffee bean flavor.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No gushers here...Look: motor oil black. Thick foam head. Smell; extremely rich coffee smell, smells like a black coffee of the finest quality. Bourbon and fruit scents appear as the beer warms. Taste: decadent coffee, rich malt, bourbon, cocoa. Feel: full. Overall: 100% outstanding, straight epic beer

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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