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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: 1,135 | Ratings: 6,733
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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Photo of mschrei
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2015 version. No gusher, no infection. Maple syrupy color. Coffee on the nose. Coffee and barrel on the taste. Sweet, no bitterness of coffee. Well balanced. Super tasty.

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Photo of cl3
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle. Took my sweet time with this one! Pours a dark mahogany/motor oil color. No head, just a lingering and persistent tan, root beer foam colored ring. Smells like bourbon, coffee, black licorice. Slightly astringent, but not in a bad way. Tastes like deeply roasted coffee and booze. Very sweet and raisin-y. Feels a little slick on the tongue. Counter-intuitively, the carbonation on this seem to grow as this beer warmed up. Overall great beer. No sign of infection on this one. Wish I could have tracked down more than one.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved the '13 and '15 equally. Pleasant thick mouthfeel, but less than expected considering it's ABV. Nice carb and definite sweetness. However, the aroma of green bell peppers detracts from what would've been a near perfect coffee beer. Falls short of Caffe Americano's perfect distillation of coffee flavor.

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Photo of KennyDorsch
1.9/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2015 review...I LOVE bcbcs.....my favorite beer of all time.....until 2015.....was very excited when i found many bottles of my favorite target....until i started opening them.. gusher after gusher......sour drain pours...this after being properly cellared....so disappointed to have hunted this down how i did to only realize all my scores are infected.....1748 time stamp.....hoping for better next year....

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Photo of Zonk
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep brown with an oatmeal head. Overpowering coffee aroma bursts from the tasting glass. Bright sharp red fruited coffee aromas, followed by same on the palate, along with more roasty chocolatel flavors. Bourbon sweetness followed by coffee bitterness.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of 2015, 1902 bottling time
L: black pour with a tan-auburn head. Fades to thin lacing at the edges of the glass against. Ruby-brown color at the edge, otherwise opaque black
S: I could smell the coffee before it even was poured. The bourbon comes out well but not overpowering, offset by hints of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, marshmallow.
T: fudgy brownie, with more bourbon and hints of dark fruit and raisins. I've been getting this taste in stouts recently so I think it's my tastebuds going through a phase. Touch of bitterness at the end, not sure if from coffee or hops.
F: very thick, syrupy.
O: no signs of infection here! I think I might still prefer the base bourbon county over this, as the coffee they chose is quite complex and brought a host of interesting notes with it, some of which distract from the underlying stout

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Photo of bennyman12
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Put my face in this snifter of 2015 and was huffing fresh intelligentsia beans. I literally felt myself getting smarter and hipster-cupping worthy. The coffee hangs on throughout the drink too, playing well with the roast. Pretty aggressive roastiness--a tiny bit more bourbon sweetness would have helped keep the gnarliness down, but ba speedway offers that. I think this is the better of the two bc of the drinkability. Cup this.

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Photo of bgold86
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage, just traded away a bottle, boy shouldn't have done that. Pours a beautiful almost dark black, no light is going to get through this sucker. The nose on this one is one of the most complex and well rounded I have had in a while, huge chocolate, huge coffee with touches of dark dried fruit and sweet vanilla. Taste is off the charts, milky but roasty, lots of the aforementioned coffee and chocolate flavors, sweet vanilla and slight dark dried fruits (prunes, dates, raisins etc), just a 100/100 if there ever is one!

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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