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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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5,062 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,062
Reviews: 949
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 3,054
Gots: 1,826 | FT: 143
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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:
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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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

alliupsidedown, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%

seplo, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Dirty25
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Dirty25, Dec 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

itsthepleats, Dec 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

katdenk, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of nlmartin
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to Montrose my 2012 Secret Santa!

This beer was served lightly chilled in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is inky black. No ruby opaqueness is noted when held against the light. This is exactly like I like my coffee. If you can see through the glass of coffee it is far too weak! The head of the beer is a burnt tan coloration and resolves into a ring of foam. No lacing noted on the glass.

S- The aroma of darkly roasted coffee and bourbon are dominate. Darkly roasted and toasted coffee with a hint of char, molasis, vanilla, brown sugar, burnt sugar notes. A bit boozey but in a good way.

T- Wow! Dam near a perfect coffee delivery. Dark roasted coffee without oilyness or astringency. The base beer shines out with cocoa, dates, brown sugar with a coda of bruelleed sugar. Bourbon notes shine throughout the flavor.

M- Full bodied and plenty viscous. Low carbonation works well with the beers character. The beer is heavy in a great sort of RIS way. Minimal alcohol and very smooth on the finish.

O- This is a dam near perfect beer drinking experience.

nlmartin, Dec 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

TubaManJack, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
3.98/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/12/2012 bottling

Very dark, slightly brown on the edge. No head on the pour. Strong black coffee aroma. The taste is still dominated by chocolate, per the base beer, but the coffee is in there battling it out. Surprisingly carbonated in the mouth and as a result comes across lighter than you'd expect. Finishes with a strong alcohol kick.

Side-by-side with other variants, it's clearly better than Cherry Rye, very different but on par with Bramble Rye, and all lose to Vanilla.

kscaldef, Dec 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Schlais, Dec 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

mattizmyname, Dec 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

zrab11, Dec 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

fullmetal1381, Dec 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

whodeyvols, Dec 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Steve212, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

MajorBuckeye, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Jonada
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: 2012 vintage bottled on 11/12/12. 650ml bomber poured into snifter.

Appearance: Poured very dark brown, almost black, going into the glass. About a half finger of a dark brown head that dissipated quickly, leaving only a slight ring around the edges. Minimal lacing. Once in the glass, the beer completely opaque black with no light getting through.

Smell: First thing that comes through is the bourbon followed by chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, slight booziness. I could probably sit here and just smell this beer for hours.

Taste: Sweet vanilla, toffee, bourbon. Coffee comes into play more in the finish. Lingering aftertaste of coffee, vanilla and bourbon. You can taste the alcohol a bit more as it warms, but this in no way tastes anywhere close to a 14.3% beer. Incredibly smooth considering its ABV.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, slick, creamy. Medium leaning towards light carbonation. Gentle warming sensation in the back of the throat after it goes down.

Overall: Simply put, this beer lives up to the hype. It hits all the points a good imperial stout should, plus the bourbon barrels and coffee give it even further layers of flavor and complexity. Brews like this one are why I love craft beer. I highly recommend seeking this one out.

Update 12/17/2013: Drinking the 2013 version and I'm getting much less bourbon barrel character and it's significantly more coffee forward. Still an amazing beer, but a small step down from the 2012 batch.

Jonada, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I never thought that I would ever get to try this beer. Thankfully, I was able to snag a bottle each of this and the version with cherries.

Pours a pitch black with a thin head into my glass. I noticed that there didn't seem to be much carbonation for some reason. Still looks pretty damn evil.

Lots of bourbon that masks the underlying flavors of roasted coffee and cocoa. I'm sure that with some age, the bourbon will quiet down. I just hope that the taste isn't dominated exclusively by bourbon.

Bourbon, light cream, cocoa and roasted coffee make themselves known. The bourbon is surprisingly restrained and alcohol heat enters the equation, warming the mouth.

Lingering warmth, bourbon and roasted coffee make up the finish. Mouthfeel is also slick in spots. Again, alcohol warmth warms the throat.

An excellent example of its' style that should age fairly well over the years. I'd put a bottle away for aging if I were you.

Brad007, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet.

A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs.

S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow.

T: It's BCBS with coffee. No, that doesn't sound terribly descriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest it's 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning...

M: This doesn't seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, it's drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to 'sip'. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS.

O: I didn't think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though it's quite boozy, it's one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. I'd even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if you've already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying 'no' but my tastebuds are saying 'fuck yes!'

ThisWangsChung, Dec 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Hessian257, Dec 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

cornpone, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of mjpolzin
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Stout is my top rated beer on this website and I love coffee so I assumed this beer would be excellent, I was not disappointed. I resisted scoring it as a "5" across the board because then what would be the point of continuing to drink beer if I had found the perfect beer (I say somewhat sarcastically)

As with most good imperial or double stouts, the appearance in the glass was jet-black and opaque.

The smell was a STRONG mix of sweet bourbon and good, black coffee.

The mouthfeel was thick and velvety and it felt like it coated the inside of your mouth with every sip.

The taste was a combination of bourbon and coffee with some vanilla and sweet candy mixed in. It was a very sweet beer and I wish I could specify the sweetness a little better but it was just a really good general sweetness.

mjpolzin, Dec 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Mealhouse, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ncketchum
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, slightly chilled

A - pours pitch black with a thin ring of dark brown head

S - the nose is intense coffee with some chocolate behind it. No booze to speak of

T - very coffee forward but quickly met with sweet chocolate malt, vanilla, bourbon, subtle hints of raisin

M - thick, syrupy and smooth, a bit of alcohol burn, but seems to be more subdued as compared to the regular version

O - outstanding. The coffee element adds some nice complexity to this excellent barrel aged stout

ncketchum, Dec 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

Stevie_Janowski, Dec 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +6.8%

bmur112, Dec 24, 2012
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,062 ratings.