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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 4,904
Reviews: 943
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 2,949
Gots: 1,803 | 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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Photo of slayer3604
4.58/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dense two finger head thats brownish in hue, but dissipates quickly. Body is pitch back and only slightly transparent.

S-THIS is where BCBCS shines through. Waves of oak, booze, coffee and chocolate rip through your nose and keep coming even after you take your face away from this wonder of the world.

T-Creamy, slightly caramelly with a bunch of chocolate and a rich coffee tang in the finish.

M-Creamy, full bodied, and neutral in no way!

D-Way more so than its BCS counterpart. My friends and I were drinking this in a dark room so we didn't see its alcohol content until we checked it out under a light. 13%?!?!?! WOW!

It had a lot less soy sauce than BCS, was a little less cloying and definitely not HOT at all. Very smooth for its weight.

slayer3604, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head and some lace. The aroma couldn't be more striking, it's like the aroma you get when you walk into a coffee shop and they're roasting, the coffee is that fresh and vibrant. There is some dark chocolate and a mild sweet maltiness shows through as well, but this is really all about the coffee. The flavor is roasty and has a fair bit of dark chocolate, some maple syrup, some bourbon, and tons of coffee fruity earthy coffee, the booze is there but it's fairly well concealed. This is pretty damned remarkable, and considerably better than I thought it would be.

BieresDesMoines, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got bottles of this in trades with thetomG and jojomdma. Thanks for the hook-up gents!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010

Note: Tasted directly after Bourbon County Stout.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black, but not quite pitch black. The pour produces a cascading ½ finger mocha colored head that magically appears out of nowhere. Jet black body with no real noticeable carbonation. Head quickly fades to nothing and a ring around the edges of the glass. A slight ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing. Looks exactly the same as Bourbon County.

SMELL: Burnt coffee beans lead the way, then some roasted malts, lots of bourbon, vanilla and wood notes. Quite bold as well. Definitely the regular Bourbon County with added coffee beans.

TASTE: Same deal as the nose. Lots of bourbon again, vanilla and oak notes, as well as some roasted barley. The roasted coffee beans overlap everything and tie it all together nicely. Finishes with some bitter chocolate, vanilla and bourbon notes, as well as a long bourbon and bitter coffee led aftertaste. Very bold flavors here, and a bit of well-placed heat at the end. The coffee plays a nice role, meshing well with the regular Bourbon County.

PALATE: Like the regular Bourbon County, the body is too thin and light for the style. It's somewhat airy on the palate as well. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine but has as delayed scratch and burn at the finish. Ends relatively mouth-coating. A little less abrasive than the normal version, but still too thin and light.

OVERALL: A nice variant of the Bourbon County Brand Stout. The coffee flavors mesh well with the regular base brew without dominating or overpowering in any way. Like the regular version, a heavier palate would perhaps help push things over the top, but that is a small critique on what is otherwise a fantastic beer. One worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again guys for sending me some of this brew!

Jeffo, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This beer boasts a deep and dark hue, looks massive. Heavy reds, burnt oranges, and oily browns meld elegantly into an ink-like liquid in my snifter. The head is mimicking a chocolate mousse in color a stature. Something special about this one

S: the nose is gargantuan. Intensely oiled coffee beans and roasted malts, loads of chocolate, and spicy bourbon. Even more impressive is the toasted sugary coconut whiff gracing every sniff. These smells are incredibly bold and remain rounded. Some soft oak/wood notes drifts in as well...amazing

T: murky coffee flavors, chocolate/dark cocoa, and bourbon hold strong. This beer is sheer wonder. As it warms the flavors are rowdy and richer. Malts are tougher and more complex on the tongue. They taste as if they are dusted with malt powder and drizzled with chocolate, very smooth and decadently rich. Bourbon unlocks spicy, cherry, smokey, and molasses. I am aghast at how good

M: dangerously creamy and feels nowhere near the power indicated on the label. Full and heavy with luxurious character

D: hands down one of the best

Magpie14, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a massive snifter this has the look of motoroil that needs to be changed. Caramel brown sugar lacing is quite globby.

The nose sounds like a mocha factory. Holy smokes. I have mine in a snifter, and that may play a big factor but wow is this nose intense. Slight hoppiness is evident on the nose as well. Hot bourbon notes intermingle with all of the above.

First taste in the mouth is a blast of chocolate and coffee, perhaps some dark cherries...then the hops hit ya, then you swallow and this intense bitter/sweet coffee/cocoa thing slams you and you look at your friend who just took his first sip too and go: "WHOA!" Don't forget about the bourbon flavor. The oak is huge too.

Mouthfeel: I can't really describe it. Its a dash of everything good you'd ever want in a beer.

Drinkability: I defy you not to like this beer.

midnite2sixman, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to try this at ACBF and damn was it good! I finally got the nerve to crack one of my two bottles.

A pour as dark as the crude in the gulf comes sliding out of the mouth of the bottle. A slow pour as it comes out the consistency of molasses. A light fizzy dark head forms, but seems to get drunk before it can even enjoy the beer and fades away, but not before it creates some interesting swirls in the glass, like a drunk frat boy trying to walk home. Lacing?! No lacing necessary and the beer itself forms a thick syrupy layer on the glass, so thick that legs don't even form. It just sticks there and the entire round splash slowly recedes down the sides. It's so dark that when I splash it on the side to see the non-existent leg, it stains the glass a dark brown. I can still see the splashes a minute later. I still would have liked a bit more head and it would have put the appearance to a 4.5.

Ah the aromas coming from this make my nostrils dance in a whimsical fashion. First comes the roasted malts, lots of nice roasted aromas, fresh roasted coffee, earthy roasty coffee beans blended with a medium roast fruity coffee. The chocolate speaks notes of its own, with hints of dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, light cocoa nibs even. This is the kind of chocolate you would see in a swiss chocolate store on the top shelf that makes you blush as it dissolves in your mouth. Some light vanilla and caramel add a nice little touch to it, bringing more of that creamy delicious dark aromas out. Then of course there is the bourbon and oak. It's not too predominant, perhaps a little more in the background than KBS, but definitely making it's own story well known. A nice bourbony aroma with hints of charred oak, and caramelized barrel. I get a hint of a boozy aroma too, but nothing near the 13% it actually brings.

ANd of course, the taste. The thick wave gushes over my tongue, creating a barrier of thick luscious beer over the pours of my tongue. I won't be able to taste anything else for hours now as it fills every taste bud and pour in my mouth. Very thick and rich, again loaded with malts. Initially comes the coffee and roasted malts again. Some nice dark roasted barley, with fresh roasted coffee beans, and again blended with a medium fruity brewed coffee as well. Both lighter than I expected, but plenty to go around. Behind that comes plenty of chocolate as well. Again this comes right out with rich cocoa nibs, some baker's chocolate, a little bit of a dark chocolate with a smooth rich creamy center. It has a chocolate flavor that reminds me a lot of those Lindt Chocolate balls. Some sweet syrupy flavors reach the outer flavor eventually, bringing a little caramel, some molasses and even a little vanilla. WIth all the roasted malts and dark malts I was expecting a lot more minerality and salty flavors, but there are none to be found. This is as smooth as a baby nun's butt. There is a slight bitterness, a light earthy and mild hop with some from the bitterness coming from the roast, but not much bitterness at all. It also doesn't bring a lot of boozy taste either, it definitely has some, and while I'm leaving it to fester on my tongue for a few minutes writing this review, it starts to tingle some, but nothing like the 13% it actually packs. It also has a faint herbal and grassy hop flavor I believe, which also gives it a slight fluffy feel and taste. It finishes with a long lingering sticky taste, lots more syrupy flavors that never leave since they coated my mouth, and I'm sure stained it like it did to the glass. A long lingering chocolate too, which definitely takes the front ground now over the coffee and roast and other sweet things.

The mouth is nice and thick, super rich and syrupy, luscious, with a decent carbonation for the style. It makes me realize that that song "Chocolate Rain" was actually about.

The drinkability is surprisingly well for the what the beer actually is. It drinks more like a 9% beer not 13%, and despite that it coats the mouth it goes down smooth and only leaves very nice flavors in the mouth. The other thing that helped a lot was the minerality, or lack thereof. In a beer of this darkness and caliber I would have expected the minerality and salty briny flavors to run rampant, but this drinks so smooth without even a hint of that flavor.

Ah so delicious, def one of my fav beers now. Just wish I could have gotten more of it. I'll sit on my last bottle for a while now to let it develop for "up to 5 years" as the bottle even states. I'll also be enjoying this one all night, even after it takes me an hour to drink myself (not because of poor drinkability but because I'm just enjoying it too much and want to savor it), but also because it'll be attached to my tongue all night.

jlindros, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of COBeerBuff
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pulling one of the bottles out of the cellar to review following my birthday on Monday!

Appearance: Using my trusty Spiegelau tulip, this brew pours a jet black with about a half finger of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a light ring around the edge of the glass. The lacing down the sides of the glass is magnificent, and when you consider the way this beer appeared to seep slowly out of the bottle and the total opaqueness in the glass; well, it just adds to the illusion of this beer.

Smell: This beer still smells wonderful, even 5 months after its release. Definitely picking up the bourbon that is typical of the BCS franchise, rich with notes of mahogany, chocolate, and vanilla. Where the original BCS would have left off though, this hearty concoction continues with a huge note of that Intelligentsia coffee and some other maltish scents. These combine to create one of the most enticing noses on any -bal aged stout I've had in some time.

Taste: This is a very complex flavor created by this beer. The first taste yields hints of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and a tiny bit of caramel. As the beer further reaches the palate, more of the bourbon flavors from the barrels make their presence known along with some of the bitterness of the espresso beans. The tail end is high in alcohol, and definitely conveys this is a sipper through and through.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite an adventure as well. Initially, this beer is a little bit crisper on the front of the tongue, but as the beer warms, the liquid becomes more of an ooze, coating the palate with the rich flavors imparted by the coffee and bourbon additions. The alcohol burn at the end is noticeable, but it is also kind of soothing. This isn't your typical stout, and the mouthfeel reminds you of this at every turn.

Drinkability: This beer is still drinking remarkably hot, and I'd tend to believe the label that it could develop well over the next 5 years. The coffee has faded somewhat, as others have noted, but it's still very prevalent, and it still helps make this beer of the most solid offerings from GI. All in all, I love the way this beer rolls off my tongue, and I'm excited I have several more bottles aging in the cellar. Can't wait to crack them open over the next few years!

COBeerBuff, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of fiver29
4.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul and Josh for sharing! Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is coconut, vanilla, booze, and some booze. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor was chocolate, booze, vanilla, booze, coffee, dark roast, and more booze. I am a big fan of some of the booze bombs, not all. This was a great one. Thanks Paul!

fiver29, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of pastradul
4.97/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared from weibull or brianthebrewer23 at our bottleshare.

Poured motor oil black with a little bit of head.

the aroma is just amazing! so much coffee and bourbon floating around each other with a bit of vanilla in the very back.

the taste is just fantastic. just like the nose leads to. Tons of coffee in the front followed by dark roasted semi bitter malts. finishes with a just strong enough bourban kick and leaves you with a nice vanilla finish in the mouth!

One of my favorite beers I have ever had!

pastradul, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- a nice dark black coffee like look.

S- The smell of bourbon and coffee .

T- The taste of coffee and bourbon and alittle bittersweet like chocolate.

M- semi-dry and very creamy the bourbon and coffee linger throughout the sip.

D- First Goose Island and very tasty. Must drink again.

Cheers...

SamuelJackson45, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Believe it or not this was an EXTRA sent to me by AleWatcher. Talk about generosity, this was my highest want since it came out.

A- This beer looks really thick. It barely lets any bubbles through. Only a thin dark red cap forms. It fades quickly. No lacing.

S- JEEEEZUUSSS! Let this one warm up a few degrees (my fridge is set way too low) and you are greeted with an orgasmic blend of smooth, refined bourbon, silky vanilla, rustic oak, decadent chocolate, energetic espresso beans, lively berries like currants and classic licorice.

T- Seriously one of the best beers Ive ever tasted. This is right down my alley. Big tastes of hype and rarity. Dark chocolate is HUGE. This beer is creamy as hell with a sweet milkiness, silky smooth vanilla and potent espresso. Bourbon comes around on the end and provides a strong alcohol kick.

M- One of the thickest beers out there. That paired with the low carbonation makes for a truly insane creaminess. Any boozy warmth comes so easily because of the silkiness of this beer's body.

D- 13% never went down so fast. I split this bomber and found that Im going to need about a case of this stuff.

This beer in one word: Consummate.

MbpBugeye, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lot of Beer Advocates compare this brew to the likes of KBS. I'm here to express my opinion on the two, both of which I have just recently sampled.

A: Poured into my pint glass this Stout pours a wonderful twilight black. The head is about an inch thick and is quick dissipate. With the high ABV of this amazing brew, I'm not gonna knock points based on the head. It's important to note, that appearance wise I have seen better (darker), but it's just so close to perfect I have to give it a 5.

S: Unlike KBS BCBCS is more of a coffee laced with bourbon than a bourbon laced with coffee dominate nose. Fresh, this brew has much more chocolate notes compared to KBS. This stout is mouth watering. Along with KBS, I rate this nose a 5. KBS has more Bourbon, BCBCS has more espresso and chocolate. Whichever you prefer will float your boat. Personally I just love both.

T: The flavor is dominate chocolate with espresso. The bourbon is present in a big way, but not dominate. Chocolate really tends to linger here, this really is a perfect desert beer.

MF: Viscous, very very viscous, superior compared to KBS, who's MF is a little watered down (drinks more like bourbon at times). Carbonation is a little light, but this brew is very smooth. I'm almost tempted to rate BCBCS a 5.0.

D: Drinkability is excellent considering the ABV, although it's hard to make it trough a whole bomber.

Overall, this brew is almost the perfect stout. I may have rated it the same as KBS, but I still hold KBS as my personal favorite. Thanks Augustiner719

TKEbeerman, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of coryking
4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the International Tap House in Chesterfield this past weekend.

Just like before, in my opinion, this is the best stout that I have ever tasted.

A: Black as Black can be. Very inky.

S: A whole lot going on here. You would expect straight booze or bourbon at this ABV, but instead there is an awesome balance of charred wood, molasses, espresso beans, burnt toast, dark fruits, and a touch of ethyl alcohol.

T: Perfect. The booze, bourbon, coffee, deep chocolates, and roasted characteristics blend into a perfect balance as it warms. This beer must be enjoyed at almost room temp! Get some sweetness in the form of caramel and brown sugars with a hint of molasses.

M: Big, thick, viscous. Coats the mouth, making the flavors last that much longer and making the drink that much more pleasurable.

D: This is one huge beer that tried to entice me to continue sipping. At 13%, how could anyone say that this beer had a perfect drinkability factor...

coryking, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
4.47/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle in snifter

A: black, no head, small lacing

S: aromatic, coffee, caramel, Chocolate, burbon, oak, Mouth Watering

T: coffee, Toffee, vanilla, burbon, Alcohol,

M: mild carbonation, lingering, bitter coffee, sweet toffee then booze finish everything out rich as hell.

D: this one is was made to savor. one bomber and a relaxing night.

fastsrt, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured pitch black with a thin mocha head to it concentrated around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a fantastic mix of flavors. Bourbon, oak, vanilla all really come through much like the regular Bourbon County. A sweet, chocolaty toffee flavor helps balance out the roasty coffee flavors. The coffee is a bit milder then I anticipated.

The taste really shows off the bourbon and barrel characteristics nicely without dominating the flavors. Dark chocolate comes through followed by a roasted coffee bitterness in the finish. It has so many flavors working for it and they all work together so well.

The mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth. Carbonation is moderate to low. Drinkability is very good, it has such a great mix of flavors to it. As good as the regular Bourbon County is this one is better. The bitter coffee really helps balance out all the sweetness in it. Fantastic beer overall and one of, if not the best barrel aged stouts I've had.

billab914, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to thedominator for sending this in a recent trade.

Bottled 03/26/10 - my sister's birthday! Cheers to sisters.

Left out to warm from the fridge and served into my Watou glass.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, or BCBCS, pours an espresso black color. It's all but black with a crema-like head.

Aroma is very powerful, just like the straight bourbon version. I can smell the coffee but what I wasn't prepared for was the oaky bourbon notes. Maybe I should have read the label more carefully - "Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee added." So Bob's your uncle.

Flavor is wonderfully complex and layered in its delivery. Sweet with vanilla up front, I then get the dark roasty malts that deliver a punch of coffee and chocolate. As I let it sit in my mouth, the bourbon comes on with force. The alcohol is as strong as the 13% would suggest. Oak in the form of vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and caramel.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, no question, and low in carbonation. The burn is evident in the mouth and on the way down. My gut is nicely warmed after just a few sips.

Overall, it still maintains its bourbon qualities. So much, in fact, that it doesn't seem all that different from the standard (non-caffinated) version. I was really hoping that the BCBCS would showcase the coffee in a more pronounced way. In that sense, it's a little disappointing but overall still a fantastic beer.

GilGarp, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip.
Bottled on 3/26/10

A: Completely black with a tan head and plenty of carbonation. Heavy lacing left behind with each sip.

S: Boozy bourbon and sweet malt with a touch of oak. No coffee here.

T: The gentleman I was drinking this with called it a "velvet coated sledgehammer". I would agree. Very sweet malt and bourbon boozy on the front end with an alcohol burn in your esophagus and bitterness attacking the sides of your tongue on the back end. I don't get straight-out coffee from this one, but I am sure it must have added something to the complexity.

M: Creamy with good carbonation, but the heat from the 13% ABV attacks.

D: One hit from the sledgehammer was enough for me.

Spica66, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, big thanks to oakbluff for bringing along!

Pours an opaque dark brownish black, a touch of red in the corners, medium sized tan head forms and settles down to a medium ring, some lace spots stick, a bit of legginess, not too bad looking.

Smell is nice, huge coffee roast, chocolate wafers, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, a touch fruity, some raisin, more roast, biscuit, more espresso, more vanilla, pretty intense aroma on this one.

Taste is nice too, big toffee and brown sugar sweetness up front, huge roast character, espresso and chocolate wafers, bourbon sweetness, vanilla beans, oak, more toffee, some alcohol, big roasty bitterness but balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty chewy, with low carbonation, warmth going down. Pretty nice stuff, coffee lends a neat character to an already fantastic beer, but I may prefer the original more. Thanks Scotty!

Viggo, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split with me, myself, and I and finished in a contented haze in front of a campfire by me, myself, and I. Ah, solitary holiday late night drinking.

Looks like a big stout

Reports of the coffee's demise are premature. Having had the regular BCS the night before, the coffee here really helps to smooth this beer out. Admittedly, I've liked but never really loved BCS. But here, the coffee helps to cut some of the bourbon heat while smoothing out the body and adding an extra layer of creaminess. Additionally, some waves of mocha and dark melted baker's chocolate make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is somewhat velvety with low carbonation.

A bomber by oneself can become somewhat of a chore, despite the wonderful interplay of flavors. After time, the sweetness of the coffee pushes to the forefront, making a big time sipper.

BarrytheBear, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of tbart428
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black body with Kahlua colored head.
S: Bourbon Oak chocolate coffee
T: Bourbon to oak to chocolate finishing with vanilla
M: Silky mouth feel
D: The beer is not very drinkable due to the oak monster and the overwhelming bourbon flavor as it warms. Overall glad I tried the beer but it needs more time to age. Its hot so if you have one age that shit. big thanks to TK5150 sharing this one with me

tbart428, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.28/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TCgoalie for this one. I am enjoying it on my 28th birthday.

This beer pours the classic huge stout all black, with a bit of deep amber showing around the edges. An aggressive pour yields almost no head, but the little ring of dark tan that is there leaves decent lace.

The aroma hits you smack in the nose with plenty of bourbon. Sweet roasty dark malts, vanilla laden oak and rich coffee are also present, but in the nose the bourbon rules the roost.

The flavor is a bit more balanced. Coffee and roasty dark malts mix with bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. The coffee tastes wonderfully rich, and the bourbon is nice and complex, with a pleasantly astringent factor added by all the dark malts. I am quite impressed at how well the vanilla notes show through from the oak.

The mouthfeel is full and somewhat chewy. It has a sticky and astringing finish that is not too bad for style, but not the best.

This is a sipper for sure, and hard not to compare to KBS. Overall KBS is definitely a superior brew, but this is a pretty tasty bourbon aged coffee stout that I would never turn down the chance to drink.

zoso1967, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.4/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kstrickler for hooking this up in a trade!

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, capped by a finger and a half of foamy, mocha-colored head. The head settles down to about a half finger and holds steady there.

S: Blend of rich coffee and vanilla and bourbon up front. Strong caramel takes up a backing role along with some moderately sweet chocolate and light oak character.

T: Caramel and some light roasted malts up front, which give way to chocolate and a big coffee presence on the mid-palate. Bourbon comes in shortly after at a well-restrained level, providing extra complexity but not overtaking the other flavors. Long finish of vanilla, bourbon and coffee.

M: Just shy of full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth but a touch too thin.

D: The ABV is well hidden and the finish is long, pleasant and invites another sip. Awesome beer.

Xul, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter) bottled on 3/26/10 Thanks to Spica66 for this gem
A- The jet black body supports a thick creamy tan fizzy head that soon fades to a thick ring and trails down the glass with each sip.
S- The black espresso bean aroma is blended with a big bourbon aroma with some oaky hints. It seems to grow and grow with each sip.
T- The very rich chocolate malt blends with a dry rich toffee flavor and some caramel sweetness and charcoal come through aswell. There is a cream and bourbon flavor that grows and has some dark prune flavors with it. The finish is a blend of black malt bitter roasted grain and coffee with a bourbon boozy quality mixed in.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a gentle fizz that make the texture slightly slippery with a nice alcohol warming that grows as the beer warms.
D- This beer has great depth with big bourbon on top of a big stout that is all mellowed and unified by the espresso. The more I sip the more layers of flavor come through.

rhoadsrage, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black body with garnet hues visible around the slimmest edges when held to the light. Short one fine burnt sugar head recedes quicky leaving a slim ring. Lacing is minimal but not really expected.

Sweet caramel, vanilla a bourbon hit the nose up front. A deep roasted malt is evident but subdued in comparison to the sweeter aromas. The coffee aroma fails to live up to expectation. While the coffee is there it is extremely subtle.

I enjoyed this somewhat colder to start and the flavor evolved as it warmed. On the colder side a slight roastiness was overwhelmed by the much sweeter vanilla and caramel flavors. The bourbon was evident through out but not overwhelming. The coffee remains to be subtle and somewhat of an afterthought. As the beer warms a deep yet sweet cocoa flavor emerges with a light touch of molasses. The sweetness minimizes as the bourbons smooths out a bit. The coffee flavor is still subtle and nowhere close to slightly dominate as expected. While certainly a tasty beer, it is not what I expected.

Body is a bit thinner than the original BCS. BCBCS is still full bodied none the less. Carbonation is low but appropriate. Thick flavor leaves a long finish.

While a bomber is certainly more than enough, this is one I would go back to if not for the price. It was easy to enjoy and the booze was held in check. Very good beer and worth a look.

kzoobrew, Aug 29, 2010
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4.9/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice thick black beer with a tan head that lasts forever in the right glass.
S: Light espresso, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, maybe some dark fruits hiding somewhere.
T: Big coffee flavor. Damn, this is a fantastic flavor profile. Full of vanilla and bourbon, tossed with dark chocolate. It reminds me of eating a bourbon soaked chocolate cake mixed with some tiramisu.
M: Full bodied, perfect carbonation (low), very warming. Very chewy!
D: This is the only place I could find any problems. It has so much alcohol, I think it slightly affects the drinkability. It really doesn't hurt it that much, but you can really tell there is some heat. I can still drink a whole bottle by myself.
I have to say, this is probably my new favorite imperial stout. I will now be seeking out more bottles, as I would like to see how it ages over the next year or two. I know some people were claiming the coffee is dying off fast. I find this to be a very false statement. The coffee level right now is perfect and still quite strong. I feel that this should still improve over the next couple years. Once some of the heat dies down, this beer will be perfect. I feel like this is the only hyped up imperial stout that truly deserves all the attention it gets.

raverjames, Aug 29, 2010
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,904 ratings.