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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 5,446
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 3,181
Gots: 2,106 | FT: 174
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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 claaark13
4.4/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kyle for hooking me up here. I've passed on getting this in the past and have been looking forward to trying it fresh. 1/11/12 bottle. Poured into a Darkness snifter about 20 minutes after being removed from the fridge.

A - Looks a lot like the other BCBS beers. Very dark, a thin-medium brown head shows up and fizzes away in 10 seconds. Sticks to the glass well, but the head returns less than in the regular version. Minimal lacing remains for a bit on the second pour.

S - Sweet coffee, fudge, a little bit of oak coming out. However, the sweet coffee/fudge/chocolate really dominates.

T - Coffee, fudge, vanilla, oak and some heat in the finish. The sweet coffee really takes over the first half of the flavor. I probably wouldn't guess it was a BCBS variant until twards the end of the flavor when the fudge/vanilla/oak kick in. The coffee returns for the finish.

M - Oh, BCBS and the variants. A slightly thicker medium mouthfeel with slight but prickly carbonation. Not all that thick on the tongue. It does stick to the month though after each sip.

O - The appearance and mouthfeel are what keeps this one down. The flavor is actually reminiscent of BA DL, but with a lot more coffee. Great beer overall. Somewhere between a 4.0 and 4.5 overall, but I gave a 4.5

Photo of dudemuskie
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mconz
5/5  rDev +6.8%

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

2011 Bomber poured into my CBS Sniffer
A: Jet Black with a brown head that quickly fades.
S: Bourbon and coffee notes, quite epic.
T: So many flavors. First the Bourbon which develops, then caramel which changes over the course of the development and finally a coffee finish.
M: Same as taste, absolutely amazing. It feels like a great bourbon after some time.
O:Every taste is the same, it doesn't fade off. Need more, best beer I’ve ever had. A+

Photo of cosmonick
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Dracook
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My beer buyer set a bottle aside for me and was looking forward to trying this one out as this particular beer has received 100pts World Class rating via BeerAdvocate even though I am not a coffee drinker. Poured from 650ml bottle (bottle label reads that this can be developed over 5 years) into a snifter glass. Pours black with a very thin dark brown head that disappears very quickly. There is almost zero lacing throughout. Nose picks up 100% coffee grind, faint oak, and some bourbon. Flavor consists of strong coffee which would have been a coffee drinker’s paradise and the bourbon is extremely well-hidden. Dangerously drinkable at 14% ABV! Mouthfeel is thin with some boozy back finish towards the end as the beer began to warm up. But, wow did the beer become it’s absolute best and finest when it hit 50-55 degrees!? Very nice brew and probably the only coffee beer I ever gave above a B+ rating!

Photo of leschkie
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

2011 Vintage, poured into an 8 oz tasting glass at the Goose Island tap takeover at Brixie's.

A- Pours oily and opaque with cola-colored tinged ring. 1/4 finger cappuccino head fades quickly, leaving a faint ring of lacing which disappears quickly.

S- Robust hazlenut and rich coffee dominate in the truest sense of the word. Imagine the most purely pulled shot of fresh espresso combined with rich dutch chocolate.Notes of bourbon, soy sauce, and dry cocoa drift about the aroma behind the leading notes.

T- Fresh roasted coffee leads, followed by fudge notes and tailing off with bourbon. There's no real bitterness to speak of, aside from that which is lightly suggested by the coffee. A light numbing bourbon sensation and a roasted nuttiness accompany a sweet sticky finish.

M- Inexplicably creamy and chewy, it's impossible to imagine a more perfect mouthfeel for a stout. Finish is sticky and lingering, evolving from bourbon through coffee, ending in powdered cocoa and mild numbing alcolhol.

O- Even fresh, this stout is the pinnacle of rich coffee taste, sweet cocoa, and just enough bourbon. Infallible. Legendary. Perfect.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/14/12
*From notes

-- Vintage 2011 --

A: If you've seen any BCBS variant, then you know what this looks like. Dark and heavy brownish-black. A good pour yields a dense .5 finger head that's quite creamy, though it fades rather fast. A thin tarnish collar remains.

S: Bold, heavy and earth-forward dark roast. It's fresh as can be, which is immediately evident in the bouquet. As it warms, hints of nuttiness and a pinch of ginger creep into the far depths of my nostrils.

T: Again, big and bold coffee is everywhere. It's almost too much at first. As I let it sit, warm and open up a bit, I get a bit of boozy bourbon on the mid. The finish is a bit like overly toasted coffee beans. Again, let this warm and decant a bit, as it really does need time to find it's balance.

M: Creamy and dense. Not quite up to the level of the standard BCBS, but none the less it feels ten times better then most all the other RIS/ADIS beers on them market.

O: What an intense ride. When Goose Island says this is a coffee stout, it's literally like a coffee/ADIS hybrid. If you don't like your coffee black and full of liquor, stay far, far away.

In the end, BCBCS is a very good take on what has become my favorite beer. Is it as good as regular BCBS? No, but it's damn fine in it's own right and certainly a worthy tick.

Photo of cbanker
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of FluffyMcTingle
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

pours viscous and black with a spattering of dark mocha head that completely disappears within minutes, but leaves some lacing with each sip.

dark roasted coffee, bourbon, Kahlua liqueur, dark chocolate, vanilla, Irish coffee.

starts off smooth and creamy with a big bourbon kick coming in momentarily, then some coffee liqueur and espresso tones. a bit of bitter dark chocolate. molasses and vanilla and more dark roasted malts come back in before the bourbon kicks back in for the finish.

smooth, creamy, and thick with a little carbonation that is a bit prickly and a lot of heat on the finish.

Definitely a slight step up from the original, but still a bit bourbon heavy. I wonder if aging would diminish both the coffee and bourbon flavors or meld them together more seemlessly. I think I'll age the other bottle to see.

Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Poured into my Tulip glass from a 22oz bottle number 1423

A- Beautiful black color, there is some red, mahogany, garnet color at the top where the beer meets the glass, no head at all but i would expect that, alcohol legs, leaves a dark brown-red film on the glass after each sip

S- Huge coffee notes, but not overpowering you get the bourbon on the back end with out a doubt, chocolate, and toffee, It smells like gods coffee

T/M- The taste is amazing big bourbon note up front that are smoothed out by the coffee flavors, dark chocolate, and hints of vanilla in there, as it warms more and more flavor comes out cherry, rum soaked rasins, and a nice malt, this beer is constantly changing its outstanting, The mouth on this is something to write home about lol it coats the mouth and leaves a silky feeling, the carbonation that is there helps bring out the flavor, its a damn good beer

O- It amazing Goose Island did not let me down, i loved it and im glad to have another bottle in the cellar

Photo of sentomaster
4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A month old bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

A- Black with slight ruby around the edges when held to light. Barely any head to speak of. Even when you try to aggressively agitate it, no foam can be produced.

S- starts with harsh bourbon with slight presence of coffee grounds. Moves to chocolate and roast and then sweet sherry alcohol with dark cherries.

T/M- At first it starts out similar to the nose with big bourbon smoothed out with underlying notes of fresh, robust, and smooth coffee grinds and a touch of silky dark chocolate. Surprises me a little since you expect coffee to really shine, but true to BCS it's mostly bourbon. As it warms further RIS flavors come out in the taste- dark cherry, figs, rum soaked raisins, sherry alcohol. Char and smoke are present after awhile, as well as vanilla and a bit of oak. Bitter chocolate and smooth coffee grounds seem to dominate as it nears the end.

O- Big RIS flavors as it opens up. Coffee really just plays a very nice back up role to these. sherry alcohol hogs the nose in the end. There is a warming presence on the gullet throughout. This thing is an absolute beast and a sipper. Much different that KBS where Coffee is really the star player, the bourbon in BCBCS won't be denied the spotlight. I like how complex the flavors are and how there are a lot of RIS notes still able to shine through the onslaught of bourbon heat with chocolate and coffee underneath.

Tried a year old KBS immediately after and it felt numb to my palate. Tried one again the next day and it still didn't stand up to what I remembered...either the BCBCS is waaaay more bold or I need to drink KBS fresh all the time- I think probably both are somewhat true, but the latter more so.

Photo of Egor1020
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of isualum12
4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had it last night at a tasting in Boise Idaho All imperial stouts about 100 bottles. Insane.

Appearance: Black as night, no light light. Totally blacked out. Pours a thin tan ring of head around the glass. A vigorous swirl creates a pattern of milk chocolate chocolate head that covers maybe 1/3 of the top of the beer and which quickly disappears after you stop swirling. This is stout is heavy and imposing in and is wonderful to just look at.

Smell. I didnt get the coffee at all. None
Taste I got the coffee on the nose. Not a smooth coffee though. More coffee grounds. I actually wanted to chew at one point.

It was good just not there best.

Photo of Petrofessor
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jegross2
4.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Brewing Company.

Score: 97

"2011" vintage bottle (it was actually released in February 2012) served in god-knows-what-you-call-this glass (a footed pilsner glass? a water glass?) and enjoyed on 02/25/12 at Rock's in Lakeview.

Appearance: Black as night, vacuum of light. Totally opaque. Pours a pencil thin tan ring of head around the glass. A vigorous swirl creates a pattern of milk chocolate chocolate head that covers maybe 1/3 of the top of the beer and which quickly disappears after you stop swirling. Oily lacing with no retention. This is stout is heavy and imposing in appearance. 4/5

Smell: Rich dark chocolate, faint coffee and dark fruit. Raisin, smooth vanilla, mellow bourbon, and sweet milk chocolate. There is a very faint black licorice/anise aroma in the nose too. Very rich and balanced aroma. 4.75/5

Taste: Super rich chocolate and sweet bourbon soaked raisins throughout. Not a whole lot of coffee upfront, but there is plenty of lingering, smooth and unacidic roasty coffee and creamy espresso toward the end and in the finish. Mellow bourbon, sweet molasses, and dark fruit on midpalate. Hints of oak and a little black licorice at points. As this beer layers and warms, a bourbon soaked raisin flavor grows in the otherwise smooth coffee finish. Very rich and complex. Tastes a lot like the regular Bourbon County Brand Stout, but with a delectable coffee twist. Yum! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, virtually no carbonation. Sweet and slightly savory finish. Syrupy mouthfeel. 5/5

Overall: Just as tasty as the Bourbon County Brand Stout, but with a delectable coffee twist. The 2010 vintage was much more coffee forward, but the 2011 vintage is still an improvement over regular Bourbon County.

Recommendations: It is hard to find a bottle of this stuff outside of restaurants right now, but this is a brew absolutely worth seeking out. Just make sure to bring a friend to split the bottle with you, because at 13+% ABV and 400-500 calories per 12 oz, you won't want to drink the whole 22 oz by yourself!

Pairings: French vanilla ice cream.

Cost: $26 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle at the bar, $15.99 in stores.

Photo of MordorMongo
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bpk59
4.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared bottle #1432 with my wife - split into Ommegang and Boulevard tulips.

A - Beer is thick, oily, and dark. Small mocha head quickly dissipated. No lacing. Exactly what I'd expect from this beer.

S - Huge coffee aroma. I don't even drink coffee personally but man, if coffee smelled this way I might just have to try it. Some vanilla, barrel and booze also present.

T - Huge, bold flavors. Very sweet mix of coffee and vanilla balanced with barrel goodness. Malty caramel with hints of ... is that soy? Extremely dark and satisfying.

M - thick and heavy. Little carbonation. This feels like a substantial beer.

O - Lived up to the hype for me. All-around solid coffee stout - huge flavor, a little heavy but of course it's going to be heavy!

Photo of BrokenStones
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,446 ratings.