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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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4,484 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,484
Reviews: 918
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 2,636
Gots: 1,682 | FT: 136
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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

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Photo of EricCioe


4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at GI Clybourn during Rare Stout Night, 25 May 2011. Four ounces into a taster.

This pours night black with a very small tan head rising and falling quickly with no lace. On the nose, there is a slightly stale, day old coffee note hanging over everything else, the bourbon and vanilla and oak and chocolate. I couldn't decide whether I liked it or if it fell into the category of, say, Bell's Java Stout where the old coffee grounds are too old, but this ended up hitting really well for me. This isn't usually how I like coffee in stouts, but it's a perfect example of the other approach. In the mouth the coffee was foremost but the chocolate and vanilla mixed well together, too. It isn't really balanced but it's not quite a coffee bomb either. It's coffee-forward, maybe even coffee-dominated, but not coffee-exclusive. The body was huge like BCBS, but without the ultra-stickiness that wrecked the finish on that beer for me. It isn't nearly as hot as I found BCBS to be.

Overall, it seems that the coffee was a great addition to BCBS, a beer I liked but didn't love. This is closer to love. The coffee was approached in a way I usually dislike, but it worked well here, possibly because of the copious amount of bourbon and vanilla in the base beer to stand up to it.

EDIT - Shared a bottle of the second batch last night. The nose was incredible. Bumped up scores to reflect this.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 04:58:43 | More by EricCioe
Photo of Bennettrox


4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An ENORMOUS thanks to optimator13 - thank you so much for this one Evan!

A - Black as can be. Aggressive pour yielded a nice espresso 1 finger head. Oh man this looks great

S - Bourbon, oak, strong coffee presence, a little alcohol

T - Oh wow, it's the holy matrimony of coffee and bourbon! The bourbon is overpowering and has blended oh so well over the past year. Wood, chocolate, and a little singe of alcohol follow.

M - Thick and chewy, but this goes down oh so well. Perfect carbonation.

O - This drinks deceivingly well for a 13% bomb. Overall this is a real bourbon and coffee gem. Let this baby warm and you'll reap the rewards tenfold. Yummm

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 23:32:35 | More by Bennettrox
Photo of kenneyho

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep black with a decent tan head.

S- Coffee, Chocolate & Bourbon.

T- Holy Bourbon! Great bourbon flavor followed up with coffee, chocolate and vanilla.

M- Nice mouthfeel medium to thick.

O- Great beer! Coffee is fading but it is still a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 19:25:15 | More by kenneyho
Photo of FosterJM


3.3/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

490th review on BA
Bottle to taster
@Lost Abbey

Jason, my tattooed beer friend. Thank you so very much for all the beer love.

App- Into the glass was a good stout colored beer with a nice 1/2 in head and some cling down the sides. Was a pretty standard looking stout.

Smell- Im not sure if the coffee faded so much to only leave a small bitter smell with some malt and a little chocolate.

Taste- I had such high hopes for this one after the Vanilla being my favorite beer of all time. The fade on this amazing so much flavor I fear was lost on this beer. It wasn't anything like I hoped, thin, small, no coffee, no dark roast. Like a small foreign export stout

Mouth- Medium bodied and low carbed, just left a pretty bland stout after taste.

Drink- Its still a pretty tasty stout but some flavors just left me a bit put off with the fade. Glad I got to try it though. Wouldnt mind a fresh bottle at next release.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 04:38:01 | More by FosterJM
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark black mahogany with a very small head

Smell: Bitter coffee dominates with a touch of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon

Taste: Bitter roasted coffee up front with touches of vanilla, oak, bourbon and chocolate. Not particularly impressive

Mouthfeel: Full and think, low carbonation

Overall: I didn't particularly enjoy this one, rare is great and vanilla is decent. This one fell flat.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 01:05:36 | More by craytonic
Photo of gnemesis


4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Kbeals for this gift! I poured an 8oz sample into a snifter on 04/18/2011.
This ale pours black with dark brown edges. A thin brown head sits for a moment then recedes quickly and leaves little lace. I don't use OMG very often but OMG! My glass smells amazing- bourbon (obviously), coffee, vanilla, dark fruit (fig), raisin, and a fresh bread-like aroma. The taste is equally amazing. The flavors blend well together and the coffee is far from overpowering. Well balanced if not a tiny bit too sweet. Full body and the usual low carbonation found in GIBCBS. I didn't think the original could be improved but this beer was quite noteworthy. I want more!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 17:08:02 | More by gnemesis
Photo of JoshVandy


4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter.
Bottled on March 26, 2010.

A- Pours almost completely black with a very thin tan colored head that disappears immediately, leaving very little lacing. Not expecting a lot here given the base beer.

S- Just what I was expecting. Fantastic bourbon, oak, an vanilla notes, with a slight hint of coffee. Coffee gives it just enough variation to distinguish it from the regular BCS. I absolutely love the aroma of this beer.

T- Coffee comes through immediately, although it has died down from the initial bottling date, or so I assume. The age has definitely given the bourbon and oaky vanilla notes time to blend in well with each other and the coffee, melding perfectly. Chocolate malt characters come through faintly in the end. A fantastic sensory experience.

M- Thick, oily, and viscous. Coats the mouth and throat with a commanding presence, and lingers long after the initial sip. Perfectly carbonated.

O- Even though the coffee notes have died down, giving this time to have the overwhelming bourbon tones of the base BCS blend together made this beer infinitely more appealing to me. I still have a Vanilla and Rare sitting in my cellar, so I'm excited to compare those to this. A superbly well made brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 00:50:29 | More by JoshVandy
Photo of brew3crew


4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Jet black appearance with a good amount of head. the tan head sits nicely above the black body

S-what else? coffee. Very small amount of bourbon and a high amount of coffee

T-exactly like it smells. Coffee up front with a smooth bourbon finish

M-medium body and oh so smooth

O-good beer but the other variations are better

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 20:46:31 | More by brew3crew
Photo of trodersark


4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Tulip.

I was never a big fan of coffee stouts, but BCBVS really stirred things up quite a bit. It pours a dark chocolate black, with a small head that quickly dissipates. It smells of coffee(intelligentsia black cat, one of my favorite coffee beans), vanilla, bourbon, and slight oak. Tastes like a regular BCS, with the exception of a faint coffee wave in the back of your palate. Also get to taste the vanilla and the boozy bourbon/oak. When drinking, BCBCS leaves a sheath of oily bourbony coffee-y(now i'm coining that!) goodness in your mouth. Very easy to drink, not too hot at all, for the big beer that it is. Excellent stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 17:46:56 | More by trodersark
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of FrankenBrew. Pours dark black with a light layer of brown head. Not much lacing.

BCS already has such a massive nose that I am not sure I can fully appreciate the coffee additions. Loads of vanilla and bourbon...lots of wood too. Nutty and robust.

Taste is smoother than I would expect of a fresh BCS. The coffee is more noticeable and grows on the aftertaste. Tons of vanilla pops out as it warms; and the bourbon is plenty big with mad woody undertones. Very cool beer, but a bit of a paradox for me as far as aging is concerned...less coffee but smoother brew? Either way I suppose you cant lose with this tasty beverage.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:54:58 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of zhanson88


4.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours out a very dark brown color that appears pitch black in glass. One finger medium tan colored head forms which has decent retention and lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: I get a lot of roasted malts of course as well as a pretty obvious coffee presence that really adds something. A good barrel presence as well, but they do seem a bit on the muted side. The barrel has definitely given-way a bit here.

Taste: A lot of roasted malts up front of course. And here is where I can really tell the difference between this and regular BCS. I get a great deal of coffee flavor, and a nice barrel presence that isn't too prominent. A good deal of bitter baker's chocolate comes out as the beer warms more, and the bourbon presence integrates better too.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Between medium and full bodied with fine carbonation, and is pretty creamy overall. Overall, the flavor is the highlight of the beer for me without a doubt. The coffee is a nice addition to the base BCS.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:15:47 | More by zhanson88
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had during a recent Goose Island Bourbon County Tasting in Charlotte with marine1975, boodingo, CarolinaKevin, HopDiggityDawg, and GehenHerzog at Mike Brawley's house with Budweiser sign blazing! Big thanks to cpetrone84 for sending me this one in a LONG past trade! Served from bottle into a Southern Tier tulip. Poured pitch black with a one finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew. As hinted by others some of the coffee aspect has definitely faded on this one sitting in my cellar, however, with me not drinking coffee at all it is still definitely present for myself. I really liked the toffee aspect I got on this one to add a little sweetness to the roastiness you get with the dark chocolate and coffee present. Really glad I got to pull this one out of the cellar for the tasting I was planning on doing myself someday, but getting to share it with some awesome BAs at the same time. This one is definitely worth picking up still, but I would do it in a hurry if you are concerned about the coffee fading.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 14:32:31 | More by thagr81us
Photo of trappistlover


4.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(22oz bottle courtesy of jcnd9803!). Pours near black with tan head. Aroma has major dark roasted coffee along with some sweet bourbon notes. Taste follows suit with coffee and bourbon. Full bodied beer with an oily/sticky texture. Finish is dry. This is a really nice beer and has if you like coffee this one will not disappoint!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 20:15:57 | More by trappistlover
Photo of readbaron


4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Twisted Spoke. I've had it a couple times previously - and am blending my reviews.

Came to the table pitch black, and highly viscous. No head to speak of, and very little lacing/foam. (The bottled version had a lot more foam - decent mocha head.)

Smell is awesome. Coffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt.

This is the third time I've had it, and the coffee has definitely faded from what it was, but is still noticible. Coffee's the first thing you get - but it quickly flows into a smooth, sweet bourbon charachter with some vanilla, chocolate and malt underneath.

M - Thick and viscous. The draft version didn't have enough carbonation - the bottled versions didn't suffer from that problem. They were creamy and nicely carbonated.

Overall - great, great beer. Top notch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2011 19:58:13 | More by readbaron
Photo of OakedCanuck


4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz 2010 bottle into snifter.

A - Used motor oil black. Very small yellowish brown head that dissipated quickly leaving slight collar. Very small lacing

S - Incredible and rich. Chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, roast, sweet bourbon. Very deep, I probably smelled this thing for 10 minutes as I let it warm up before first sip.

T - Coffee was not overwhelming and balanced perfectly with the bourbon, as equal shares. Sprinkling of vanilla, molasses, oak and chocolate cake. Amazing.

M - Heavy, rich, sticky

O - This beer is overwhelming good and drinkable. I was a little worried about losing some of the coffee as it is almost a year old. I think the little time in the cellar helped to mellow the bourbon and coffee a bit and allow the background flavours to come out. Absolutely awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 18:57:45 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with Steve and crew for the festivities, originally sent to me by AJacob81. Cheers guys, thanks again. Bottled March 26, 2010, into a few snifters.

Pours pitch black, tan head with minimal retention. Leaves a collar of head. No lacing, but has legs for days. Nose is bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, a hint of vanilla but not a significant amount of coffee. I suspect it has faded, over a year since it's bottling. Taste has some warming bourbon, oak, vanilla, more oak and more friggin bourbon. Finishes dry and roasty, and the chocolate and espresso notes don't really come through until late in the finishes. Layers upon layers of flavour and complexity here, just unreal. More keeps coming through well after the sip is over. Alcohol is mellowed and the body is so full. Low carbonation, minimal alcohol burn and aids in its drinkability. A real sipper, but drinks like a charm. Extremely impressive, and I'd be very curious to try this fresh with more 'coffee.' This set a new bourbon barrel standard for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 17:23:52 | More by liamt07
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District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a while ago next to a vertical, Vanilla, and Rare. It's great, but not as good as the others to me.

Has an oily black look and brown head as the other BCS varieties do. Excellent look for a stout in my opinion, and the feel also has a surprisingly smooth feel and small carbonation, which I like from a big stout. Alcohol complexity in the feel, but not a whole lot of heat which is great.

The smell is good, but I think at this point, the coffee has faded quite a bit, though there is a little extra roast added to the Bourbon, vanilla and deep leathery malt. I feel like the coffee at this point has just made the other flavors of the beer a little less intense and much more tame.

The taste is good as well, though again I think there is a void where the coffee once was at this later date. The obviously good flavors of regular BCS are there but again at a lower scale.

Overall the beer is still great, but I prefer Rare for sure and even kind of like regular BCS more, especially at this point the 08' vintage.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 15:15:27 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of glid02


4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Dan – much obliged!

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing and better legs.

Smells of moderately roasted malts with good amounts of dark chocolate, vanilla, and smooth coffee. Also present are hints of butterscotch and even lighter hints of molasses.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt and smooth coffee flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the bourbon shows its face with moderate amounts of vanilla and butterscotch. The flavor profile sweetens a bit near the end of the sip as the dark chocolate and vanilla intensify, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It’s got a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer was all it was cracked up to be, although I have to believe the coffee has faded. The smoothness associated with it remains however, and it hasn’t turned bitter as happens sometimes with older coffee beers. I’d recommend drinking yours now as I can’t imagine them getting any better, but be assured you’ll still enjoy them even this late in the game.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:01:28 | More by glid02
Photo of ngeunit1


4.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with just a tiny bit of brown around the edges and a finger of tan-brown head. The head has so-so retention, reducing down to a ring around the glass lacing nicely.

S - Aroma is bursting with bourbon and coffee. Lots of oak and deep roasted malts as well with a bit of vanilla.

T - Immediately hits the mouth with lots of bourbon and coffee flavors. Nice vanilla and sweet malt tones beneath. Through the middle, some strong oak and almost chocolate espresso flavors. The finish is another hit of coffee and bourbon with some oak flavors and just a bit of alcohol flavor at the very end. Lingers nicely.

M - Full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Lots of flavors really fill the mouth nicely and the alcohol flavor warms the mouth in a pleasant way.

D - For 13 % abv, this drinks really nicely. It is really flavorful, but at the same time pretty well balanced. The coffee flavor is an excellent addition.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:13:45 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a pitch black slight ring of mocha bubbles.
Smell is off the charts huge oaky vanilla, bourbon and coffee, and big sweet malt.
Taste takes the nose and blows it up 100 fold, finished hot which was surprising given it sat for a year delicious stuff
Mouthfeel is thick chewy and coating perfect
Overall I'm thrilled I have a few more in the cellar for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 23:58:16 | More by sliverX
Photo of jimmy82063


4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got lucky and picked up a bottle of this in NYC at a beer distributorship on the Lower East Side when they had a GI event. Bottled 3/26/10...this should be fun!

A) As with all of the barrel aged stout offerings from GI, jet black, little carbonation and medium lacing.

S) Coffee and Vanilla, surprisingly light on the bourbon though.

T) Coffee and Vanilla with a bit of a chocolate finish. Again, what surprises me is how muted the bourbon is as my 2008 regular versions are a bourbon bomb!

M) Smooth, what really drives this rating is the absolute lack of alcohol bite, yet (after some time) you still know that it is there.

O) Without a doubt one of the better beers I've had. I think the one year on this worked very well. But still I wonder what this was like fresh!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:53:42 | More by jimmy82063
Photo of muttyd


4.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jespo80 for bringing this to our tasting over the weekend.

*reviewed from notes*

Pours an oily/slick black with a thin tan head that persists throughout. Very dense/thick beer. Nose is mostly bourbon and burnt espresso. Flavor is what I expected. Dark chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla, roasted malts, caramel/brown sugar. Very sweet (but not cloyingly) and rich. I would drink this over other bourbon/coffee stouts any day of the week, if it came in a 12 oz. bottle. Glad that this was split 4 ways.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 13:43:37 | More by muttyd
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours thick black with only a centimeter or so of chocolate-colored head even with a rough pour. Within a minute, the head has completely vanished leaving no lacing or even a thin ring to indicate the beer is even carbonated. Even with a vigorous swirl, the beer stays as flat-looking as coffee.

S: Some semi-sweet chocolate followed by lots of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. The bourbon almost burns the nose it's so strong.

T: A little roasted malt with light chocolate flavors at first followed by the overwhelming bourbon flavors with vanilla and oak. The finish has a strong alcohol burn along with some toffee flavors and just a faint hint of coffee.

M: Very thick body with almost no carbonation, this beer is very sweet and coats my mouth.

O: Overall, the best of the Bourbon County series that I've had (better than regular or vanilla versions). The coffee is unfortunately undetectable and I probably would not have even picked up on it at all had I not expected to find it somewhere. Really the only way I can tell that this beer has coffee in it is the fact that it's not quite as sweet as its non-coffee counterparts. I know the coffee may have faded some, but I've had other bbal coffee stouts with a year of age and could still detect the coffee. The bourbon again dominates the flavor and the nose like it does in the other Bourbon County series. Not a bad beer, but I would need much more balance in it to call it good.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 17:38:05 | More by n2185
Photo of aasher


5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(this review is from notes, early April 2010)

Poured out of a 22oz bottle in early April after allowing to sit for twenty minutes once removed from the fridge.

Appearance: Pours a silky black with slight caramel head. Very dark with slight brown coloration, evident in the quickly dissipating head.

Smell: Smells strongly of coffee beans, bourbon, and alcohol. Very aromatic and somewhat sweet aroma, similar to caramel or brown sugar.

Taste: Delicious combination of coffee beans, bourbon barrel, and alcohol. Vanilla is an off flavor from the base and bourbon aging. Alcohol not overbearing but definitely present. Taste the sweetness and coffee before tasting bourbon on the backside. After taste is a little boozy.

Mouthfeel: Just slight carbonation. Very smooth on the palate.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but due to alcohol content could only drink one, 22oz, at a time. Just slight warming to the throat and bourbon flavor resonates to the chest.

Overall this is one of the best beers I've ever tasted (out of near 400 different beers). It is both strong and flavorful and an excellent representation of an imperial stout. I would highly recommend this to anyone who can find it. I'm under the impression it's release was limited and that the beer was very hard to find. I grabbed two bottles for aging and will try them again in another year or two

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 22:36:10 | More by aasher
Photo of Damian


4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 650ml/1 pint 6 fl oz bottle
Bottled on 03/26/10
Purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The liquid poured a thick, oily, dark brown/black color and was topped by a fleeting layer of caramel colored bubbles.

The aroma was simply amazing. Super intense and complex. Strong, freshly brewed espresso was instantly recognizable. Bourbon notes came through strong. Boozy but not overly so. Quite sweet with loads of brown sugar and vanilla. Hints of dark chocolate appeared as the beer warmed. It seemed like every time I smelled the beer, another aspect took center stage. Near the drink's end, the bourbon component really started to dominate.

The taste was every bit as good as the nose. Thick, rich, robust and complex. Layers upon layers of flavor. Espresso notes were most apparent. Lots of dark roasty malts up front. Rather sweet overall with intense vanilla and brown sugar notes. Bourbon came through strong on the roasty, slightly bitter finish. Somewhat boozy. An oaky, woodiness lingered in the aftertaste. Although the coffee and the bourbon elements were both intense, they balanced each other quite well. For a 13% ABV imperial stout, this beer drank like a dream.

Full-bodied on the palate. Super rich, creamy and smooth with a fine, moderate effervescence. The liquid left a sticky film on my lips.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout is full of amazing complexities. Each sniff and sip offered something entirely new. If you have any 2010 bottles in your cellar, I would recommend drinking them as soon as possible. I simply cannot imagine this getting any better. All in all, one of the greatest beers I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:43:59 | More by Damian
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,484 ratings.