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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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5,640 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,640
Reviews: 1,024
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 3,358
Gots: 2,276 | FT: 183
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

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

stoked when I saw this on tap for take out at joe canals here in jersey... 32oz only but I am sure that will do...

eyes...
dark black depth, dark cocoa head is smallish and fades quickly, there is a visible film on the sides of the glass, like year old cola it just slurs down the sides, this looks mean...

nose...
booza-palooza, like whiskey with coffee notes, some prunes, damn dark prunes, a touch of vanilla note in the back, definite wood tones in there as well, blindfolded I might think this was whiskey... woah boy this sucker packs a punch to the nose. letting this breathe for a few minutes i really get more of the roasty toasty coffee smell, it almost smells like candied coffee if that makes any sense...

taste etc...
thick and heavy as you might expect, boozy of course, the coffee kind of lends a chocolate-sweet note to it, at first it is almost too sugary/syrupy but mellows out a touch (and I do mean a touch), every sip lasts a long time, the after taste has many different levels, at first you get the oily thick slick feel, then sweetness, some booze tone, then it melts into coffee notes and some lingering bitterness all the while... tasty! definite sipper...

verdict ?
this is smooth for the abv... but yet you sense the ABV the whole time... this is so big but yet so refined, a pure myriad of big flavors all in balance. get it when you can.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black pour, dark dark brown on the edges. I can't even see through this beer when holding it up to the light. There is a thick, tan head that lingers.

The smell presents a strong bourbon smell mixed with vanilla and molasses. I am getting some espresso/coffee aromas, but it is not as pronounced as I would have expected. I think it may be because they are mixing into the bourbon and vanilla and producing an overall smell that I would describe as decadent, rich, and chocolate-like.

Starts with a big hit of fantastic, boozy bourbon and quickly transitions into a dark malty flavor with vanilla, caramel, and dark chocolate (assuming the coffee added to the bitterness factor here). I get a ever so slight fruit flavor for a fleeting moment. Finishes bourbon and roasted coffee with faded but lingering vanilla. The taste of coffee sticks around well after the sweetness has completely faded resulting in enhancement of the still biting alcohol, possibly the only unpleasing portion of the taste for me.

The mouthfeel is thick and oily. Very inviting and enjoyable. Also a bit more carbonation than I prefer, but only by a little.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew. This one could have probably aged a bit longer to suit my personal tastes, but without a doubt is impressive at any age. I think in it's current state, the coffee tends to move the alcohol flavor too forward for me. That being said, I don't think I'd pass up a chance to drink this again.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,640 ratings.