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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 5,861
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 3,610
Gots: 2,395 | FT: 194
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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:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-22-2010

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Ratings: 5,861 | Reviews: 1,060
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.82/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours pitch black into my Bruery tulip with a finger and a half of creamy tan head. After it settles, it's like a dead calm in my glass. No lacing, no carbonation, decent legs when swirled, but they too pass quickly.

S- Bourbon, freshly scraped vanilla pods, creamy milk chocolate and of course... freshly brewed coffee. Hints of lovely toasted oak, roasted cashews, dates wrapped in prosciutto, dried cherries, mission figs, and perfectly roasted grains.

T- Damn! I haven't had this since 2010... I forgot just how incredible this is! Vanilla beans, succulent milk chocolate pudding with whipped cream, just enough notes of bourbon to wake up the taste buds, deep and round dark fruits... figs, dates, raisin. Slightly over roasted nuts and touches of slightly sweet/bitter coffee. This is like a Mocha Milkshake! It's a damn near perfect RIS!

M- Creamy, sweet, bitter, oily and full of more flavor than any 10 RIS' should have! I wish I could get mints with this flavor!

O- I've had RIS' with slightly better mouthfeel, smell and legs... but none have really tasted as this little piece of the "Hall" genious year after year. What they started, and has continued without them, is just a drinking experience like no other.

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.92/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle in to a snifter on the 10th floor of the Denver Ritz on NYE

A - pours that BCBS jet black with an 1/8th inch mocha head and a bit of effervescent carbonation

S - bourbon, coffee, nutty deliciousness; rich chocolate notes; some caramel

T - bourbon; unsweetened cocoa; chocolate nibs; roasted chocolate and caramel malts; vanilla; burnt coconut; kinda like a health bar infused with warm whiskey

M - really well balanced; creamy and smooth; some noted heat that lingers and hits the chest and belly; subdued carbonation; fna man

O - well, it doesn't seem as thick and syrupy as regular BCBS, and that may or may not be the only knock on this beer; the coffee infusion is remarkable...perfectly balanced; there's plenty of flavor and it develops well after a pour and rest; I am really looking forward to seeing how this ages and imagine the heat, and unfortunately the coffee, will subside a bit. Amazing beer.

Photo of e30todamax
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Davihaw
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Finatic
4.82/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle chilled and left at room temperature for 45 minutes before opening and pouring. Poured into a large CBS Snifter.

A: Pours a jet black color with no light seeping through the glass. A nice brown head forms and dissapates very quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Huge hints of coffee right off the bat. As it warms the other flavors attack the nose. I smell huge amounts of chocolate, vanilla, and just the right amount of bourbon.

T: The coffee is just freaking fantastic. This beer just keeps tasting better and better as it warms up. My first thought after drinking this is how can this be 14% alcohol. It is so well hidden in the taste as the Vanilla, Chocolate overshadow the Bourbon. The Bourbon is there though but not in an overpowering way.

M: Very smooth and easy drinking. Little to no carbonation. Almost like an alcoholic Jamocha shake at Arbys.

O: This should be illegal in the lower 48 it's that good on the palate. Like I said in the taste comments, it's hard to fathom that this is a 14% beer.

Photo of OldSchool2112
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Sarge3130
4.81/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CoreyW
3.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of davistabuff
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of bkonk10
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Jakey2005
3.14/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this anticipating another great one like the bcbs but it was a disappointment. Very little coffee aroma or taste. I'm getting some raisin and molasses flavor. Great dark black color and tight carbonation formation that dissipated quickly. Not bad, but for $20 I just cant see it being worth the price. I liked Big John better. Smaller beer but for the price I thought it was a better value and had more coffee flavor, aroma, and not as hot. Too much hype over this beer.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.67/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours like pen ink into my Heady Topper stemless goblet. Only the slightest hint of light penetration at the outermost rim of the beer's body. A vertical pour births a cloudy, vibrant hunk of mocha colored head. It bubbles off to essentially nothing. Almost zero lacing.

S-A truly ambrosial aroma. Top-tier, cold extra-bold Colombian coffee. Wet coffee grounds sitting in a coffee filter. Deluxe dark chocolate truffle. Smells just like Kahlua liqueur. Underneath the beautiful coffee and chocolate is some concentrated vanilla extract. Oh and of course…the bourbon. All aromas dance perfectly with one another.

T-All I can think of is "who snuck a shot of bourbon into my expensive coffee"? It's amazing how easy it is to decipher the quality of the coffee used here. The coffee imparts its own flavors within itself. The chocolate notes are smooth and plush. Again, like the nose, the bourbon is perfect. It delivers a lingering tickle of alcoholic pleasure. Each sip adds new dimensions of flavor. It just all morphs into one giant, rich, classy drink.

M-Viscous and oily. The bourbon makes the alcohol hedonistically enjoyable. It drinks far easier than it should. The feel is excellent. Carbonation is nearly flat. Body is luscious.

O/D-This is an exponential improvement upon the normal Bourbon County Brand Stout. Bourbon County Coffee is just so much more finely tuned and trained. I am very grateful to have tried this artisanal creation. Easily one of the best Stouts I have ever laid lip to.

Photo of headyhopzhead
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of gcamparone
4.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured aggressively from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours an opaque black body with a beautiful (but small) milk chocolate colored head the reduces quickly and leaves little lacing. Not suprising considering the high abv.

S- Very inviting. Sweet vanilla bourbon, roasted coffee, toasted malt. Not overpowering.

T- Starts off with a sweet bourbon note- particularly caramel with a touch of vanilla. This develops into a slightly boozy roasted coffee note, definitly a darker style of coffee. Finishes with a dark chocolate-toffee flavor. Quite a trip.

M- Just as thick and creamy as the other BCs. This is the real shining point of these brews in my opinion. silky smooth with low carbonation.

Another great from Goose Island. Very similar to the original BCBS with slight coffee character. Worth the money and hype, pick some of these up before the shelves are empty.

Photo of yamar68
4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

As dark as a beer can get... a finger of mocha brown head recedes down to a stubborn collar that laces perfectly, leaving all sorts of slick booze legs.

Bittersweet fresh oily coffee bean aromas highlight the front of the nose, all those classic BCBS notes, vanilla and bourbon and caramel and oak and awesome. Super smooth, no apparent alcohol character. Splendid. It's a perfect blend that you don't stumble across many times in life.

What can I say? It's nearly a perfect beer... the oaky bourbon blends seamlessly with the fresh coffee profile... nutty stout characteristics take a back seat to some well-executed dark and dirty breakfast booze... remarkable.

Could you even improve on this? That's a genuine question. I don't think you could.

Photo of MykelJH
4/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of bman_85
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jk3
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Rinkor16
4.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 opened on 12/28/12. Tasted alongside CBS, Hunahpu's and Black Tuesday.

A: Jet black with a small amount of head that stuck around.

S: You could definitely smell the coffee. Roasted malt and chocolate as well.

T: Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee all over the place. The 14% alcohol is very well hidden. A really nice chocolate and coffee flavor.

M: Right amount of carbonation and very creamy and smooth.

O: This beer did not disappoint! The coffee was definitely prominent and the beer is very well balanced. This beer has been at the top of my list for a while and it did not disappoint.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of seplo
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Dirty25
5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of itsthepleats
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%

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