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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 5,421
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 3,162
Gots: 2,088 | FT: 178
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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Photo of tut2528
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on 3/26/2010... Consumed on 3/31/2012

Poured into a snifter. Pours with high viscosity, appears extremely dark brown, head formation is absent.

S: huge enormous sweetness of vanilla and oak/bourbon. Coffee is rather subtle and there's a mild note of dark fruits. Alcohol is definitely present with a sharp burn.

T: coffee is slight in the taste as well. Brown sugar and molasses is enormous along with a rich chocolate character. Bourbon and oak also adds into the sweetness. Alcohol again makes itself known, but its not overwhelming by any means. Strong vanilla finishes this fantastic brew off creating more balance and complexity.

Overall, this is just another damn good beer by GI. Despite its name, coffee was rather mild possibly due to the aging as the GI brewers recommend to consume this one fresh. It is a very heavy beer but the drinkability is ridiculously high. Definitely deserves the hype.

Photo of paslaugh
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of rjacobs6
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of schwaeh
4.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by inebeiatedjoker. Bottled 1/11/12.

A: Pretty standard big bourbon stout look. Carbonation is definitely low, no head, slight mocha wisp along the top. Has the usual bourbon county oil slick along the glassware.

S: Huge roasty coffee notes over layers of vanilla covered oak. As rich as any beer I've ever smelled. Toasted malts, sweet vanilla, and loads of oakiness make this a sweet luscious treat. Bourbon shows itself in a profound way but still plays nice in this beer, letting other aromas grab your attention.

T: No surprises here, oakey vanilla and smooth coffee lead the front. Sweet-smooth bourbon, light molasses and rich dark chocolate come in right afterwards. Most coffee beers seem to get bitter or grainy but the spirits and richness really contain that aspect. No real hints of alcohol(taste-wise anyway).

M: Sticky sweet. Real smooth with very little notable carbonation.

O: A big beast of a beer that very well deserves it's high regard. Not something I could have very often but this is a beer to rock your socks off once in a while. Not much else I can say about this beer that hasn't already been said. Get you some!

Photo of Davit
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bbadger
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rtaps
4.95/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans

pitch black in the glass with hardly any head, what was there for a second left a small island like film, no lacing left behind and looks viscous

great aroma here very complex, great bold coffee, dark chocolate, roastedness, and bourbon oak

the taste also very complex and it's sooo damn good. robust coffee notes, dark chocolate, great roasted after taste that lingers and i dont want it to go away, then the borbon kicks in when you think its all over and you feel that warm sensation all the way down through your chest

medium bodied and carbonation, viscous and smooth as can be

overall this is damn good and i would love to trade for more!
thank you Burica2020 for this

Photo of 2Brew1Cup
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep, dark, eclipse jet black. Head comes and goes like a thief in the night that is stout.

S: Smells like the freshest cup of coffee you ever experienced. Bourbon came through well for me on the nose. Like an Irish Coffee hard candy. Slight oak, vanilla, but a punch in the face from a fist made of coffee beans overall.

T:Coffee, bourbon, enlightenment, nirvana.

M: Nice and heavy, really coats the palate. Low carbonation which I personally enjoy.

Overall: This beer is the physically/palpable manifestation of that feeling you had when you were young. As you ran down the hallway/stairs/whatever and the gifts under the christmas tree came into sight. The elation that followed this moment in time, is the Bourbon County Coffee Stout.

The 2nd of the two bottles I purchased is to be opened by me on my death bed. Do what you must to find this beer..whatever you must.

Photo of Deshon2688
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ZackH
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of modernartblues
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from Notes, Poured into a Tulip, 2012 Release

A: full black body, motor oil, thick consistency, big mocha head, sticks around, some lacing

S: huge espresso notes, touch of chocolate, hints of bourbon, but bourbon not too strong

T: like sucking on the best dark chocolate covered coffee bean you've ever had. repeatedly. this is pretty friggin delicious, bourbon hints up in the background, as does touches of oak and vanilla, but the coffee is the story here and its big bold and awesome

M: very, very thick, but at 14% its still drinkable, perhaps the most drinkable I've had at the ABV level

O: pretty awesome, would love to have gotten more than one bottle, but as others have noted, this is a bottle to share and savor, not sure I could tackle the whole 750ml

Photo of EZE123
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of wyatt
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SalMineo
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brought the 2012 to my tasting group today and they left some in the bottle so I decided to review it. Poured into a fresh Boulevard tulip.

A - Poured about a one finger head but quickly fell to almost nothing. Head is a slightly orange but really light tan color. Body is black with reddish-brown when held to the light at about 5mm. Almost no lacing.

S - Coffee obviously comes to mind, but there are also some dark fruits. Maybe some mollases as well. Definite brown sugar. There is a peppery like note as well, some kick to it.

T - Just a well balanced beer between the sweet caramel, coffee and slight bitterness, and even that hint of spicy pepper.

M - Great body to it with some average carbonation which fits this beer just right. It sticks in the mouth for quite a bit after you swallow and starts to sting the back of your tongue like a pepper would.

O - A very good beer that hits what it is aiming at. Everyone really enjoyed this, but I would put it right up there with the Vanilla. Awesome.

Photo of Forb
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650ml bottle...

Appearance: Pours a pitch black body with a coffee tan head that dissipates quite fast. Alcohol riddles the walls of the glass; but overall, minor lacing.

Smell: Bourbon alcohol comes through aside coffee, oak, and even chocolate, vanilla, and toffee subtleties push forth.

Taste: Alcohol bites at first taste quickly being subdued by the onslaught of delicious offerings in this complex brew. Quickly after... vanilla smoothness embodies with elements of the barrel wood, chocolate, and sweet caramel / toffee tones entwined with the perfectly balanced presence of coffee bean.

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is quite sharp at first but almost immediately the carbonation finishes it off with a clean silky smooth palate-feel to culminate this brew.

Overall: Exceptional. I can now see why I had to put so much effort into obtaining a bottle of this stuff. It masks the 14% ABV so quickly -- not to mention, the aftertaste is so loaded with flavor you'll be licking your lips for each and every sip.

Photo of megamass
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,421 ratings.