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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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Ratings: 4,662
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 2,788
Gots: 1,735 | FT: 138
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:
2013 Release - Intelligentsia ‘Los Inmortales’
2012 Release - Intelligentsia La Tortuga Beans
2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans
2010 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-22-2010)
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +6.8%

04-09-2012 15:30:39 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.33/5  rDev -7.5%

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2011 vintage. Bottled 1/11/12.

Pours an opaque black/brown with a dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, roasted peanuts, and bourbon. Taste is the same with an alcohol kick on the finish with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good barrel aged stout but I think regular BCBS is better.

04-09-2012 03:31:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.7/5  rDev +0.4%

2011 Vintage. 22oz bottle at about fridge temp poured into a snifter. bottled 1/11/12.

pours out a thick oily opaque black. about one finger of fizzy brownish colored head that faded to a very thin ring, and eventually by the end of the glass nothing. some nice legs visible, not really any lace to speak of. a little bit of an oily residue noticable on top of the beer, perhaps from the coffee beans?

big boozey bourbon aromas initially at the forefront, but lots of complexities behind the strong bourbon. vanilla bourbony oak, burnt sugars, molasses. a bit of coffee bean aroma comes in the more it warms, but the bourbon still really dominates. i maybe expected more coffee to the aroma, but as it really warms up some nice mocha like espresso blends with the complexities.

wow, what a taste. everything the aroma has, but intensified 10x plus more. again, lots of boozey bourbon at the forefront. burnt sugars, molasses, a bit of maple, then a bit of coffee bean and lots of really nice dark chocolate flavors, then right back into the delicious bourbon flavors. also some raisony dark fruits. sweet, boozey, and delicious. an amazing tasting beer even though the coffee isnt at the forefront like i imiagined it would be.

thick, big mouthfeel. boozey, but in a good way. carbonation is just a touch high for the style, but settles out as it warms to a minimal level. silky and smooth.

similar to regular bourbon county, the coffee didnt really jump out at me, but an amazing beer non the less. amazing complexities. bourbon county really is the king of barrel aged stouts IMO.

04-08-2012 20:45:09 | More by dogfishandi
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

04-08-2012 05:54:58 | More by radlleb
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

04-07-2012 19:27:37 | More by mawacki
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

04-06-2012 22:55:54 | More by Deaner
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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

22 oz bottle, fresh 2011 vintage. Intelligentsia coffee. Poured into Portsmouth Brewery tulip

A - Looks like BCBS! Black as can be, thick, nice finger of brown head with a short life. Head turns into a wisp at the edges after 15 seconds.

S - Dark, deeply roasted coffee beans. Bourbon barrel, charred oak. Some molasses. Bitter dark chocolate. Dark roasted coffee lingers for a while. The bourbon and coffee play beautifully together.

T - This beer is beautiful. From the opening molasses sweetness to the fresh coffee bean flavor that transitions to charred oak, to the bittering dark chocolate, finally working into perhaps my favorite finish out of any beer. The bourbon and the chocolate in the finish are as beautiful as ever, just working perfectly together, as those flavors tend to do. That finish is further enhanced by the amazing coffee beans used in this recipe, as they lend an inviting warmth that is hedged by some bitterness. The alcohol is barely noticeable, and the only fault I can think of is that the alcohol becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M - Full bodied, smooth, a touch of alcohol. No carbonation. The body is almost like that of a schnapps, with sugar filling it out, smoothing it, and weighing it down, and alcohol heating it up a bit.

O - Overall a brilliant beer. An improvement over one of my absolute favorites (BCBS), and a beer that simply must be sampled. You need to drink this beer fresh. I had a 1 year old bottle a month ago and it was not even close to this beer. It was still fantastic, but tasted more like standard BCBS, but a but worse because the coffee had a stale character to it. This beer, consumed fresh, is one of my all time favorites and a must-have. I will be searching for it at every future release.

04-06-2012 22:17:04 | More by greenmonstah
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

04-04-2012 05:24:57 | More by RespetoCerveza101
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4/5  rDev -14.5%

04-03-2012 19:13:28 | More by jen_not_jenn
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

04-03-2012 03:28:24 | More by curly31989
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2.98/5  rDev -36.3%

Bomber poured into a snifter
Thanks to the following...Readbaron for the bottle, Spicelab for bring it back and supplying the bottle.

A-- Poured dark cola and settled black. A few gurgles of head here and there but otherwise just some ordinary bubbles that made up a thin collar.

S-- Oak, vanilla, bourbon and soft coffee. Not as big as CBS had. Very sweet nose. Alcohol very present.

T-- Devoured by sweetness and barrel. Waves of sugar just eat this up. More like diabetes on a barrel.

M-- Full, rich and low carbonation. Where is my insulin shot?? Just way above the top in sugar. Coffee is secondary as the sugar just attacks this beer and makes it overly sweet. Alcohol is quite obvious.

O-- Tough to drink and enjoy unless have had several beers already. Just a task to drink and overly massive for the sake of being massive. Will avoid the base beer when possible as too sweet for me.

04-02-2012 16:41:26 | More by mulder1010
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4.4/5  rDev -6%

22oz bottle. 1/11/12 bottling date. 2011 version.
Snifter glass

A: Pours pitch black. Faint line of dark mocha head. Forms a ring around the edges. Reddish hues there as well. The typical BCBS look on this one. Oil slick look as you swirl it.

S: Dark mocha. Dark bitter chocolate Vanilla. Oak. Char. Not as much coffee as I was expecting from the fresh batch of this one. It's there but the other notes are more pronounced.

T: I get tons of dark chocolate. The vanilla and oak are there but the coffee isn't as pronounced as I was expecting. Bitter chocolate on the back end. Those ever present BCBS flavors of caramel and toffee hint you as well.

M: Full mouthfeel. Syrupy and silky at the same time.

O: This is an A beer for sure. I am a BCBS fanboy, but this one did life up to the hype. I only wish the coffee was more pronounced on the nose

04-02-2012 15:55:16 | More by inlimbo77
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

04-01-2012 22:53:28 | More by skipjack17
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4.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Bottled on 3/26/2010... Consumed on 3/31/2012

Poured into a snifter. Pours with high viscosity, appears extremely dark brown, head formation is absent.

S: huge enormous sweetness of vanilla and oak/bourbon. Coffee is rather subtle and there's a mild note of dark fruits. Alcohol is definitely present with a sharp burn.

T: coffee is slight in the taste as well. Brown sugar and molasses is enormous along with a rich chocolate character. Bourbon and oak also adds into the sweetness. Alcohol again makes itself known, but its not overwhelming by any means. Strong vanilla finishes this fantastic brew off creating more balance and complexity.

Overall, this is just another damn good beer by GI. Despite its name, coffee was rather mild possibly due to the aging as the GI brewers recommend to consume this one fresh. It is a very heavy beer but the drinkability is ridiculously high. Definitely deserves the hype.

04-01-2012 17:46:37 | More by tut2528
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

04-01-2012 05:34:30 | More by paslaugh
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

04-01-2012 02:40:42 | More by rjacobs6
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4.3/5  rDev -8.1%

22oz bottle shared by inebeiatedjoker. Bottled 1/11/12.

A: Pretty standard big bourbon stout look. Carbonation is definitely low, no head, slight mocha wisp along the top. Has the usual bourbon county oil slick along the glassware.

S: Huge roasty coffee notes over layers of vanilla covered oak. As rich as any beer I've ever smelled. Toasted malts, sweet vanilla, and loads of oakiness make this a sweet luscious treat. Bourbon shows itself in a profound way but still plays nice in this beer, letting other aromas grab your attention.

T: No surprises here, oakey vanilla and smooth coffee lead the front. Sweet-smooth bourbon, light molasses and rich dark chocolate come in right afterwards. Most coffee beers seem to get bitter or grainy but the spirits and richness really contain that aspect. No real hints of alcohol(taste-wise anyway).

M: Sticky sweet. Real smooth with very little notable carbonation.

O: A big beast of a beer that very well deserves it's high regard. Not something I could have very often but this is a beer to rock your socks off once in a while. Not much else I can say about this beer that hasn't already been said. Get you some!

03-31-2012 20:52:01 | More by schwaeh
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-31-2012 19:40:00 | More by Davit
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

03-31-2012 02:09:00 | More by bbadger
Photo of rtaps


4.95/5  rDev +5.8%

2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans

pitch black in the glass with hardly any head, what was there for a second left a small island like film, no lacing left behind and looks viscous

great aroma here very complex, great bold coffee, dark chocolate, roastedness, and bourbon oak

the taste also very complex and it's sooo damn good. robust coffee notes, dark chocolate, great roasted after taste that lingers and i dont want it to go away, then the borbon kicks in when you think its all over and you feel that warm sensation all the way down through your chest

medium bodied and carbonation, viscous and smooth as can be

overall this is damn good and i would love to trade for more!
thank you Burica2020 for this

03-31-2012 01:37:14 | More by rtaps
Photo of 2Brew1Cup


4.93/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours a deep, dark, eclipse jet black. Head comes and goes like a thief in the night that is stout.

S: Smells like the freshest cup of coffee you ever experienced. Bourbon came through well for me on the nose. Like an Irish Coffee hard candy. Slight oak, vanilla, but a punch in the face from a fist made of coffee beans overall.

T:Coffee, bourbon, enlightenment, nirvana.

M: Nice and heavy, really coats the palate. Low carbonation which I personally enjoy.

Overall: This beer is the physically/palpable manifestation of that feeling you had when you were young. As you ran down the hallway/stairs/whatever and the gifts under the christmas tree came into sight. The elation that followed this moment in time, is the Bourbon County Coffee Stout.

The 2nd of the two bottles I purchased is to be opened by me on my death bed. Do what you must to find this beer..whatever you must.

03-30-2012 18:34:12 | More by 2Brew1Cup
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

03-30-2012 17:27:35 | More by Deshon2688
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-30-2012 03:21:12 | More by ribs
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

03-30-2012 02:15:49 | More by swetsastonic
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

03-27-2012 22:06:30 | More by Chrisfarleywine
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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