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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,888 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,888
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 2,945
Gots: 1,798 | FT: 141
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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Ratings: 4,888 | Reviews: 942 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of davey101
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans. 22 oz bomber bottled on 1/11/2012, #1431. Poured into a brandy snifter. Reviewed 02/20/2012

A - Pitch black viscous body with a dark mocha head. Fades quickly to some very light edging. Alcoholic legs with minimal lacing. Looks identical to standard BCBS.

S - Very different from the other coffee stouts I've tried. It starts off initially with a huge coffee presence, but its very savory and spicy rather than sweet. There is notes of black pepper, leather, licorice, and soy. The finish is burnt oak and light vanilla.

T - Much sweeter than the nose. This is one of the best coffee beers I have ever tried. I don't even think I've even had coffee that has tasted this good. Very very dark roasted espresso beans laced with vanilla, coconut, cocoa powder and charred oak. The finish is smooth with bourbon and lightly bitter beans. Phenomenal, one of the best tasting stouts I have tasted. Mouth feel is silky smooth and the viscous body coats the mouth evenly. 14% abv is not noticeable at all.

O - This doesn't beat out the base beer for me. I absolutely love the complexity that is BCBS, and I think adding coffee takes away from that experience a bit. Its integrated really well, but its just too much happening at once. However, this is the best coffee beer I have ever tasted. The flavors are just so intense and world class. A near perfect stout.

2012 Release - Intelligentsia La Tortuga Beans. 22 oz bomber bottled on 11/12/2012, #2156. Poured into a GI wine glass. Quick notes as I went in depth on the 2011. Reviewed 01/07/2012.

A - Identical to the 2011. Pitch black with a quick fading mocha head. Great alcoholic legs.

S - Just as savory as the 2011. Bitter espresso, soy sauce, chocolate fudge, and butterscotch.

T - Massive notes of coffee beans play off of the phenomenal chocolate and buttery bourbon base beer. Spot on mouth feel.

O - I remember liking the 2011 version a notch better. Still, this beer is excellent. Light espresso notes then lead into the symphony that is BCBS. Love it!

davey101, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of pigc
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fortunate to get a single bottle of this before it sold out in less than an hour! Bottle dated 1/12/12.

A - Pours pitch black with 1/2 finger mocha colored head with aggressive pour. Head fades quickly. Oily lacing.

S - Black licorice, charred oak, bourbon, espresso coffee.

T - Espresso coffee and black licorice hits me right up front with the bourbon making its appearance shortly after. Waves of black anise and charred oat come through as well and the finish is smooth with a slightly bitter ending.

M - Full bodied and oily. A bit low on carbonation.

O - Very good beer with the addition of the coffee. I may have been a tad underwhelmed by this because my expectations were so high. A great beer for the barrel aged stout lover. I may have a hard time finishing this bottle myself but will give it a college try!

pigc, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CLCardinal84
5/5  rDev +6.8%

CLCardinal84, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of ferrari29
4.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer pours with motor oil darkness; viscous in appearance, but rather thin in body when you try it; no head formed at all; whatever carbonation/bubbles there was to this beer dissolved rather quickly; less than half finger in size head; no lacing

S - Dark coffee; burnt-burnt coffee beans; espresso smell; touch of red grape; cherry; no hops or any citrus hop scents; high octane coffee nose

T - Deep, deep coffee bean flavor; malt taste is of burnt coffee beans with a touch of brown sugar sweetness; besides a couple of other faint flavor characteristics, this is all dark coffee

M - Consistency is medium-to-thick body; leaves behind a deep lingering coffee flavor with a touch of sweetness

D - Great drink; not for the faint of heart, but for those willing to expand their drinking horizons and finish off a meal with a espresso and beer mixed into one delectable drink

ferrari29, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep opaque black with a small coffee head fading almost immediately.

Smells of rich bourbon, oak, leather with a little coffee peaking in as well.

Taste is similar to the nose. Big bourbon sweetness upfront with the oak and leather, but perfectly balanced with some bitter coffee on the back end.

Thick oily mouthfeel, but the coffee keeps the sweetness at bay making it wonderfully balanced.

Wonderful beer and glad they released it again. The coffee serves as the perfect foil for the bourbony sweetness making it well balanced and easy drinking.

jmarsh123, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Souleman
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Souleman, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Jplachy
4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with no head. It's a very stark black, impressively dark.

S: The smell is incredible. Bourbon, Coffee, Chocolate, alcohol it takes many sniffs to process it all.

T: The taste matches up exactly with the smell. First you get bourbon and alcohol and then the coffee comes through and finally the chocolate. It is unbelievably complex, it took my brain a while to sort everything out. It tastes like 12 different things are going on all at once but are perfectly balanced.

M: Silky and smooth with an incredible alcohol burn.

O: This stuff is incredible. It's a shame its so rare and only available once a year, but on the other hand maybe its a good thing. After drinking it I could probably go a year before I have it again. It's so decadent and complex I couldn't have it all the time.

Jplachy, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of M27
5/5  rDev +6.8%

M27, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of clarkw42
4/5  rDev -14.5%

clarkw42, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of 1Adam12
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured jet black. Small head that lingered the entire way. Tons of coffee on the nose. Smells fresh. Like it was just brewed now. Such an amazing nose. Taste is coffee heavy, but there's the underlining stout. Bourbon at the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, and amazing. Overall, this blows Vanilla away. Just amazing. The coffee is unlike anything I've ever tasted. So full, so fresh. Amazing stout. The barrel aging does add a complexity, but it's the coffee that makes this beer. Just overwhelming. My wife isn't a stout lover at all, but she's a coffee lover, and she loved this beer. Cannot stress enough how much coffee is in this beer. Very awesome, perfect scores for sure. Good job GI!

1Adam12, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of KingBiscuit
5/5  rDev +6.8%

KingBiscuit, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -25.2%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of DaveONan
5/5  rDev +6.8%

DaveONan, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of rpardon7
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Buddy of mine got his hands on one of twelve bottles for our region! This beer poured black with no hint of color except for the slight ring of dark brown bubbles that hung for just a few seconds on the edge of the glass. Smell was roast, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon alcohol burn and sweet roasted malt. Taste is desert for a beer lover bourbon chocolate sweet malt crisp bourbon alcohol finish that just hangs in the mouth. This beer is delicious! Mouthfeel is super smooth very little carbonation and not a super heavy mouthfeel. Overall I would highly recommend this beer to anyone looking for a world class stout!

rpardon7, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of hinghamhawkeye
3/5  rDev -35.9%

hinghamhawkeye, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of kevinscott
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

kevinscott, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of jrcmlc
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jrcmlc, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Beezee, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, though technically bottled on 1/11/2012.

Black pour with no head or lace. Incredible aroma of fresh coffee, sweet bourbon, roasty malts, and fermentable sugars. Molasses-y. Nothing shy of outstanding!

Tons of fresh coffee, sweet malts, and boozy warmth blend perfectly here. Regular BCS tends to be hot when fresh, but I could seriously finish this entire bomber myself. Flavor profile is balanced exceptionally well. I could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel needs work: an oily, slightly-thicker-than-medium body is simply not enough for this brew. And -- as stated -- it's dangerously drinkable.

Props to GI for crafting yet another world-class beer. Seek this one out; you won't regret it.

brystmar, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of atoulouk
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

atoulouk, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours like liquid coal and after initial fizziness, it settles into the glass, glossy and headless like a pool of dried magma. Legs are as good as any Burgundy.

S: Rich and instantly intoxicating. The base beer comes through with carmelized vanilla beans, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and raisons. The barrel adds more vanilla, charcoal, and oaky complexity. Finally, the coffee peeks through this cornucopia of flavours and presents a full cup of cold-steep, rich coffee, with two creams and one sugar.

T: Explodes on the palate. Barrel flavours meld with the rich cocoa and vanilla. Smooth oak plays against the dark fruits perfectly. Coffee is more present here and provides delicious extra tannic complexity. Caramel and sweetened chocolate are big, but the dry roastiness of the wood and coffee balance it perfectly and leave a tingling sensation of gustatory conflict and resolution in the aftertaste. Beautiful.

D: Supurbly drinkable. Even while savouring every drop of this, I am still drinking it far too fast. I drank about half the bottle and shared the rest with my girlfriend. I didn't taste a bit of the 14%, but I sure felt it when I stood up. It is warming and smooth, but remarkably drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, like a chocolate malt milkshake.

Overall: I didn't think they could top BCBS, but they did it. Amazingly good beer and just one step above BCBS in the complexity department. Buy it whenever you see it and share it with someone dear to you. Outstanding!

JohnnyChicago, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of jeffoatess
5/5  rDev +6.8%

jeffoatess, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Namarsha82
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Namarsha82, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of CummingsK21
5/5  rDev +6.8%

CummingsK21, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Mark000
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Mark000, Feb 15, 2012
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,888 ratings.