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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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5,873 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,873
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 3,623
Gots: 2,401 | FT: 195
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

2013 Release - Intelligentsia ‘Los Inmortales’
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2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans
2010 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans
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Ratings: 5,873 | Reviews: 1,061
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into a brandy snifter. Big thanks to Nick for sending one of these my way.

A: Nothing out of the ordinary. Just what you'd expect, opaque, very tiny hints of dark red at the bottom of the glass. Poured with a dark brown head that disappeared in a matter of seconds. No lacing to speak of, a few tiny random bubbles floating around the top of the beer, you can see very faint traces of carbonation around the sides of the glass. None of that should come as a surprise when drinking a 14.3% abv barrel aged stout. Looks more like wine in the glass than beer, sticky alcohol legs run down the sides of the glass when the beer is swirled.

S: The aroma is phenomenal, so much going on. Oak, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, anise, alcohol, a faint smokiness, and just a touch of coffee. I'm surprised by the lack of coffee in the nose, the beer smells pretty much just like regular BCBS (which is not a bad thing). Unlike most other coffee stouts the coffee is extremely subdued in the nose of this beer. I'm not knocking it, the beer smells incredible, just not exactly what I was expecting.

T: The taste pretty much follows what I get in the aroma. Tastes very similar to the regular BCBS. Take all the descriptions I gave of the smell and apply them to the taste. Pretty amazing. I'm just again a little surprised by the lack of coffee. The HUGE abv is masked so well that it's almost scary, the beer warms you up on the way down, but if I didn't know any better I'd just guess this was 9, or maybe 10 percent. The coffee shows up a little bit in the aftertaste, especially when I breathe out, but overall there's not much of a coffee flavor.

M: Pretty amazing. Feels like a big silky smooth California Cabernet. Definitely coats your mouth, but not in an overwhelming way. Carbonation is perfection, very light, but that's exactly how it should be, just enough carbonation up front to let you know it's beer, but it finishes just like a big red wine, or perhaps even port. Falls right on the heavy side of being medium bodied.

O: Overall this beer isn't what I was expecting, but not in a bad way. I thought there would be a lot more coffee going on, but instead it just tastes like a more complex version of the base beer, BCBS, which is absolutely awesome. This is a true sipping beer, what a decadent treat. I'm tackling this bomber alone and it will probably take me near two hours to drink all of it, but I'll savor every sip. Huge thanks again to my good buddy Nick (durb777) for sending this to me. Hopefully I'll get to try BCBS Cherry Rye one day, but for now I'm totally happy just having this, and knowing that I have a few bottles of plain BCBS in the cellar. I don't give a shit about Goose Island being owned by the "enemy" as long as they keep producing mind blowing beers like this.

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Poured 2013 Vintage 12oz Bottle (Bottled: 11/15/13) into snifter with a 1.5 in mocha head, settled at a decent pace, dark black color

Aroma - coffee, slight bourbon, dark chocolate, licorice

taste - absolutey amazing, similar to the aroma, great coffee flavor, vanilla, dark roasted malts, ever so slight alcohol burn on the finish

mouthfeel- thick, chewy, lower carb, viscous and coats the mouth

overall - my absolute favorite beer. as a lover of stouts, bourbon, and coffee - it doesn't get any better than this. Glad they put it in 12oz bottle this year. Only was able to get a single bomber last year. Got 3 12ozers this year so great to try one fresh, then try the next two after 6-12 months

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A: This poured a completely opaque black with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of toasted coconut and roasted coffee, with some rich dark chocolate and vanilla, and a little oak and almonds.
T: It tasted like huge toasted coconut and dark roasted coffee, with some rich dark chocolate and vanilla and oak. It had a clean and sweet aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warming.
M: It was thick and chewy with moderate carbonation. Great big body.
D: There wasn't as much coffee as expected, with coconut character from bourbon barrels dominating. But it still had an amazing scent and taste and body. The finish was really smooth, and the alcohol was decently hidden. So it was surprisingly easy to drink, but should be sipped. With not a ton of coffee character already, there isn't much to lose by aging. But it's not really necessary to sit on this brew, since it's already pretty amazing and drinkable now. Yum!

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

After missing out on previous varietal offerings of BCBS, I was able t get ahold of this year's coffee - in spades - after 6 bombers and 2 growlers since it hit the shelves here, I feel very fortunate - It's as good as everyone says it is and lives up to the hype - the coffee flavor is slight and it elevates BCBS to another level - incredibly smooth and easy drinking, especially from the growlers (so watch out!) - great stuff!

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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