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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
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4,752 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,752
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 2,849
Gots: 1,765 | FT: 144
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 waltonc
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to phyfe99 for a great trade. This beer pours an oily dark brown with tan head. Carbonation bubbles are fairly large. Reminds me a bit of Dark Horse Plead the Fifth, in appearance. Smell is an intoxicating blend of coffee, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Flavor follows. Fairly sweet, and quite bitter from the coffee. I also get burnt notes from the coffee. Unlike some other reviewers, I think the amount of coffee is just right (though admittedly I'm not a big fan of most coffee flavored beers), if not excessive.

Body is fairly thick, but seems a hair lighter than regular BCS. Overall, a delicious drinkable stout. I cracked this open on a full stomach on a day where the high temp exceeded 80 degrees. And I'll have no difficulty working through my glass.

waltonc, May 27, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woohoo! Top 3 tick!

Pouring a very dark brown, black almost, this beer has dark brown highlights and a dense, dark brown head that recedes rapidly to a wispy disk. Could it look better? Yeah. Smell better? Arguably not. For a big, chewy imperial stout, this is about as good as it gets. Just exquisite, the blend of chocolate, coffee, bourbon and vanilla is terrific. Boozy too, this beer has caramel, fudge, and a fantastic sweetness. People have criticized this for not having enough coffee, but frankly, who needs another Planet Bean? The coffee character is quite exceptional, rich and full, making me think of another favorite of mine, Devil Over a Barrel

Opening with a juggernaut of flavor, there's caramel, chocolate, fudge, vanilla, bourbon and coffee, all carried through on a warming, boozy backbone. This beer is exceptionally well-balanced, more so than the regular BCS. Milk chocolate and vanilla lay a good base upon which the coffee expresses itself in a rather mellow way, with just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness. Chewy,this beer is medium-full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Hot on the finish, this beer leaves a blend of chocolate, coffee and vanilla on the palate. Another notch in this beer's bedpost (or my liver, as the case happens to be), is the subtle inclusion of tannins to further help balance the sweetness. Drinkability? Well, it's 80F+ in my apartment and I just drank a Kolsch, and there's hardly anything else I'd rather drink right now.

Regular BCS was one of my first OMFG beer, and the coffee variant builds on a phenomenal base. Favorable comparisons to BA Speedway are in order, with the beautiful chocolate, coffee and bourbon character just outstanding. A little oxidation should do this wonders, I can see this turning into something like the 03 BA Speedway with time.

**Edit 11 Feb 2012**

Thanks to Larry at Chevy Chase, I managed to get a bottle of the 2011 vintage. Thanks, Larry! Split with my dad 6 hours after I picked it up.

The coffee is a lot more prominent than I remember the first batch being. That said, it's a beautiful, beautiful coffee note. Rich, creamy, sweet, chocolate fudge with a rather brash bourbon and vanilla character. The booze is ridiculously well hidden. Plenty of caramel, brown sugar and some roast (maybe not enough?). The only flaw is that the carbonation is a little higher than I'd like, but letting it breathe solves that. Outstanding stuff. 5/4.5/4.5

**Edit 22 March 2014**

My last bottle of the 2010 vintage. Bottled March 26 2010, this is almost 4 years old.

All of the coffee's faded except for a fruity, creamy coffee character, but the base beer is present in all its glory. Moderate booze, vanilla, coconut, caramel, bourbon all along with a lot of roast and some Amaretto. Dessert-like, this beer is full in body, sweet, boozy, creamy, mildly coffee like, buckwheat honey. Yum

DefenCorps, May 27, 2010
Photo of Dubber55
3.95/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pitch black with less than 1 finger of tan, mocha head.

First thing that comes to mind is chocolate covered espresso beans. It smells like chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, maybe some maple syrup/molasses, and coffee.

Upon first sip, I am getting some malty sweetness. Then I get a big bourbon kick, some chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. The coffee is really well integrated in this beer. I have had many beers that are just overpowering with that acrid coffee aftertaste. This beer does not have that. I get a bourbon and alcohol kick at the end of each sip. I wish the bourbon flavor was a bit more subtle.

Low carbonation. Appropriate for the style. Maybe a little oily, creamy. Nicely done. No complaints.

This is a heavy, dense powerful libation. In my opinion, the drinkability is hurt a bit by the strong boozy aftertaste. On the other hand, I really like the fact that the coffee is nicely balanced. I have had way to many beers that are just coffee bombs.

Dubber55, May 27, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this at the brewpub on my trip to Chicago. Pours a jet black with a very thin layer of brown head. Head does not go away at all and there is tons of lacing down the glass.

Smell first is of coffee, while the vanilla and bourbon start to come through after. Lots of roasted malt too in the smell. The taste really integrates the coffee into the flavour of the stout. While I'm a huge coffee geek and can sometimes appreciate overpowering coffee flavour, this is still amazing even though it doesn't. Lots of vanilla and bourbon, with some chocolate.

Very smooth mouthfeel, though not overly creamy like some stouts. I actually didn't know what abv this was until part way into drinking it and saw it was 13%. It doesn't seem boozy at all, so I was a little bit surprised. I was easily able to finish off the bomber of this and I was a bit dissapointed to learn it was the last bottle at the brewpub at that time. I'm glad I went back two days later to get (yet again) the last bottle, but this time I took it home with me to enjoy later.

kwjd, May 26, 2010
Photo of bennetj17
3.43/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours semi-thick with light foam only. Dark brown color, you can almost see through it as it is mostly clear, it also has a bit of reddish hue along the edges. Aroma has a moderate intensity, only faint coffee smell with bourbon dominating.

Taste is again heavy on the bourbon with a good deal of sweetness. Where is the coffee accent? It's quite one dimensional with only a slightly bitter balance at the back. The nice thing here is that the alcohol seems pretty mellow for 13%. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for stout, but with barrel aging and high ABV it's appropriate. Carbonation was average.

Overall I was not impressed. I was expecting more of a coffee flavor like an Abyss or Breakfast Stout but it was just not there. This thing is pure bourbon, and the only saving grace was that the alcohol was kept in check and didn't also affect the drinkability. It was just too sweet without enough complexity. I believe aging would help this beer some, but overall I don't think it will ever live up to the hype.

bennetj17, May 26, 2010
Photo of kirok1999
4.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a damn fine beer. Black with just a bit of wispy head. Great legs. Smells just like regular BCS with just a hint of coffee. Not at all overpowering on the nose.
Taste us spot on to the nose. Original BCS with just a wonderful dose of coffee. I was worried this would have too much coffee but its just the right amount to compliment the dark, sweet notes of BCS. Dense and rich, it coats the tongue. Not 'drinkability' but, 'sipability' earns it as close to a 5 as I can get.

kirok1999, May 25, 2010
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Chris for sharing this!

A- Dark brown, nearly black body with some red hues shining through. Pours with a dark brown foamy head that fades somewhat quickly to a thick collar. No lacing left behind.

S- Lots of bourbon with vanilla, toffee, caramel, and some roasted malt.

T- Overall impression of the flavor is very sweet and slightly boozy. Flavor is a lot like the nose. Roasted chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toffee-pretty consistent throughout although the finish is pretty hot and astringent with a big alcohol heat.

M- Soft carbonation with a thick, syrupy body. Very smooth

D- This is an awesome well put together, well balanced stout. Its still a bit too hot-but it will probably be unstoppable with 1 yr on it.

PittBeerGirl, May 24, 2010
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4.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 22 oz. bomber

Smells of caramel, bourbon, espresso and vanilla. The coffee and bourbon blend well - neither is especially distinct. Smells exceptional.

Taste oscilates between coffee and bourbon - this is the coolest part of the beer. Other things picked up were bittersweet chocolate, cayenne and vanilla. The espresso is very good. Very sweet, but goes well with the overall profile. It almost tastes like liquid tiramisu.

Mouthfeel is excellent, for 13% abv there is not much of a burn. Just lots of rich flavors

Drinkability is appropriate for what GI was going for, which appears to be decadence of Wagnerian proportions. They succeeded. But it's a little disappointing when something tastes really good and you can barely finish your half of a bomber.

, May 24, 2010
Photo of BS68280
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Stoutfest for hooking me up with this one. I love the normal bourbon county so i have really been looking forward to this one. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Black with very little head. The head that is there is dark brown and laces around the edge of the glass.

S: A lot of vanilla/bourbon, roasted malt, coffee and hints of raisons. There is also some chocolate and oak in there. Smells great.

T: Nothing is really overpowering anything, there are tons of things going on and they all seem to complement each other. To me the bourbon is the first thing that i taste, it comes with a nice touch of vanilla. Next is some dark fruits followed by a milky chocolate. The end to me is a kind of oaky finish with the coffee coming in at the very end and lingering. There are hints of a creamy espresso throughout, but again, it does well to complement everything and not overpower.

M: Fairly thick bodied but not quite like Dark Lord or anything. Creamy, with moderate carbonation.

D: Hides the high ABV fairly well.

This is right up there with ORF, KBS, Abyss and other barrel aged stouts I've had. I need to have one big ass bourbon barrel stout tasting to see which is really my favorite.

BS68280, May 24, 2010
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 22 oz bottle. Freshness date.
Big thick spent engine oil black with a moderate sized, fast fading tan head. Some sticky and patchy lacing clings to the glass.
A strong alcoholic smell rises at first pour. Smells of dark coffee, chocolate, bourbon, piney hops and camphor remain potent throughout.
Wow! A taste of Kalua and bourbon jump straight out. Coffee, dark chocolate, malt and edgy hop bitterness follow.
The alcoholic kick is unmistakable.
Lovely in an extreme sense!

BeerResearcher, May 24, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber marked with a 3/26/10 bottled on date into a snifter and shared with schen9303. Before I get started, I want to say, besides the overall appearance, I'm really not sure how this could possibly be better than it already is...

A: Moderate pour yields a 1 finger coarse, coffee head that dissipates rather quickly. Beer is pitch black and thick like used motor oil. Lacing is near non-existent, with spottiness here and there and near no cling.

S: Chocolate, brownie, licquorice, prunes, and sweet soy sauce all surrounded by overtones of rich, milky coffee. Nose is very robust overall and very potent. I can smell it as soon as the bottle pops open.

T: Chocolate, brownie, slight liquorice, sweet soy sauce, and prunes in the background. This is very similar to the regular bourbon stout except for the fact that the coffee added gives it a layer of richness that adds immeasurable balance. Incredibly complex, this one gets a bit boozier as it warms. Finish is sweet and loaded with dark fruit. Aftertaste is one of chocolate and covered in the background by rich coffee.

M: Medium to full bodied, slightly carbonated, and very very smooth yet lively enough to separate the flavors. Silky in the mouth with a slightly messy but pleasant finish. Aftertaste lingers but adds layers to the next sip.

D: Like I said before, I'm not sure how this beer could possibly be better. This proves that limited availability does not = better flavor. I could have this again and again and not be tired of it and in fact, can't wait to see what a couple of months will do to this. Immensely smooth and complex, this is the best of the best. Seek it out, it won't dissapoint.

SpeedwayJim, May 24, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received as an extra from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a 1 finger light brown crown that shows moderate retention and lace which is to be expected with a 13% abv brew.

Smell: Loads of chocolate, dark roast malt, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon.

Taste: Same as nose. Coffee up front, followed by roast malt and chocolate malt, then bourbon and a slight vanilla note. Hint of heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Syrupy and hefty but not cloying.

Drinkability: Pretty good despite the high abv and strong flavors.

koopa, May 23, 2010
Photo of Overlord
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a @$#@%$ beer.

Pours black black with black edging, and a light brown/tan foamy top. Head settled down to about a quarter inch crust, but surprisingly foamy, all things considered.

Smells like a fantastically melded concoction of espresso coffee, cappuchino coffee, roasted malt, bourbon-y vanilla, milk chocolate, and hints of ... oak? Wow. This is a fantastic smelling beer.

Tastes good, too. Incredible balance for this strong of a -bal aged brew. Except for the bourbon flavoring, essentially zero heat. The coffee isn't overpowering in the slightest, and it's surprisingly sweet coffee ... like a vanilla espresso, almost. The milk chocolate and roasted malt definitely take a backseat to the coffee, but again: the harmony is perfect. The vanilla .. I swear that's oak, which is super rare in a stout this strong ... and maybe a hint of licorice all add subtlety.

Creamy mouthfeel, though perhaps not as thick as one might expect. It's a rich beer, but not overly palate wearying.

Overlord, May 23, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dense black liquid with a dark coffee colored head

S-very coffee forward, espresso with some nice vanilla. roasted malts, notes of oak and bourbon. sweetens in the back, caramel, anise and a touch of dark fruits. lots of sugar and very sweet aroma.

T-this is quite tasty. lots of refined espresso, notes of vanilla. roasted malty goodness, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. molasses behind, hint of anise and light malt sweetness in the back.

M-huge, smooth, a little grainy on the palate in the back, velvety and chewy with lots of carbonation and a good bite at the finish.

D-this has a great balance, quite coffee forward and a lot of sweetness. the barrel is light but still present. very good beer and hides the huge abv quite well.

cpetrone84, May 22, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.93/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes at our tasting with Darkness. I think I can say that we all enjoyed this one.

A- Pitch black with a light tan/beige head. The retention is decent overall but good for a barrel-aged beer (from my experience). A fine cloud and ring float atop the beer leaving very sticky suds on the glass but not much lace (bbl-aged trend).

S- Oak and bourbon up front but not overbearing. Dark cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla and hints of alcohol. I was waiting for some coffee in the aroma and it finally came in big-time about half way through my glass. Awesome balance and strength.

T- One for the ages. Oak and bourbon take a laid back approach compared to something like KBS. Dark chocolate, roast malts, vanilla and some caramel as well. Then there is the espresso... The coffee flavor in this beer is very strong but still balanced with the other stuff. I was absolutely blown away by how well the coffee is integrated into this one. The cocoa, coffee and oak balance is immaculate. This reminds me of the first time I had Peche Mortel on-tap in Montreal.

MF- Fairly thick, oily body that is somewhat creamy as well. Low carbonation like that of many big stouts and barrel-aged beers, but of course it suits the flavors very well. A good warmth is left on the palate.

DB- The $13 bottle was more than worth it. If this beer was able to be mass produced I would probably get a case every month. An amazing balance of the popular barrel-aged stout flavors. I can dream of this being on-tap someday for me to try.

cbutova, May 22, 2010
Photo of jobcrackerbah
3.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with no head retention. The smell is heavily bourbon laced with black cat expresso in the background. This isnt the smooth bourbon, it's the stinging kind that doesn't please the nostrils. The flavor is flush with the base beer; bourbon and more bourbon, roasty chocolate, and alcohol.
The beer itself is less harsh from the addition of expresso, which compliments the beer instead of dominating it. Bourbon, chocolate covered cake comes up on the finish. The mouthfeel has light carbonation but isn't as thick or full enough to my liking. The alcohol is still too prevalent for me although this beer does taste good.

IMO, this beer didn't meet the hype. Maybe with some age the alcohol wouldn't rear its ugly head.

jobcrackerbah, May 22, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage 22oz bomber. Bottled 03/26/10...

A: Perfectly pitch black with a tiny white mocha head that quickly fades to a small lace on the top of the brew. Good.

S: Sweet creamy bourbon upfront blended well with vanilla. Deep dark fruits blended with booziness and hints of coffee roastiness far on the backend. Good.

T: Sweet coffee liquor upfront blended creamy bourbon and awesome chocolate. Deep roasty fruit mixed with raisin in the middle and hints of cherry vanilla on the backend. Very good.

M: Very smooth feel. Very creamy with low carbonation. Good.

D: Goes down very easy despite the 13% ABV on this brew. Very good here.

All in all, I tell ya what, this is a very good brew. This, to me, does not deserve the #3 spot on the top 100 beer list. This to me is more of a #20 at best. Very good to try at least once, but slightly overratted in my opinion.

steve8robin, May 22, 2010
Photo of DosBeerigos
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

C. Clairty...whats that
H. Black like Oil
N. Bourbony, Roasty, Vanilla, Dark/Bitter Chocolate, Espresso

Beer Hype!? Not Here! I received this beer from a trade, and didn't know much about it. I watched it climb on the top 100 for about 3-4 weeks before I even realized I had it sitting in my cellar. Needless to say I was excited to try it. I love the regular Bourbon County so this has to be better right?! Yep, it sure was. This was a true pleasure to drink. The mouth feel was on point, the taste were all distinct in their own. Strong Chocolate, Espresso, Bourbon, and hints of Vanilla. I would drink this beer again and buy this beer again. While I am not sure it is worthy of #3 in the world or higher. It's Pretty Damn Good!

DosBeerigos, May 21, 2010
Photo of birchstick
4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a jet black with a nice chocolaty brown head

S - smells a lot of chocolates and some sweet coffee. Nice nose, but not as strong as I would have liked. Can't wait to try this one...

T - the taste is of a lot of milk and fudgy chocolates. This is followed by some molasses and bourbon. The finish is of dark coffee (by Intelligentsia) and dark chocolates. These flavors blend together quite nicely, forming a beautiful bourbon coffee imperial stout. This is easily a 5 in taste.

M - smooth moutfeel with a little bit of carbonation. I would never guess that this is 13 percent abv. The body is just a tad thin, otherwise it would be perfect.

D - this is a solidly crafted imperial stout. The bourbon is more subtle than the regular bourbon county stout, making this more of a fudgy coffee stout. I had to split this with my family, but I wish I had more to take down. This is a different beast than the regular bourbon county.

birchstick, May 20, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, bottled 3/26/10, shared a few ways. I'll expand this review once I get a bottle myself and a larger sample but I think I got a good idea of my opinion of this beer.

Pours into a snifter an extremely viscous, thick oily pitch black. Hard pour produces a light tan thin bubbly head that quickly fades to nothing and no lacing as expected for this style of beer. Aroma is primarily composed of cocoa and bourbon and not quite as much coffee as expected though that becomes stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is near perfect as expected from experience with the original BCS. Extremely thick, chewy and smooth with light carbonation and an endlessly lasting finish. The flavor has a much strong bourbon presence than expected, but it is much smoother and balanced than a fresh bcs is and the coffee becomes more obvious as the beer warms and the longer you savor the taste on the palate. Flavor also gains vanilla and molasses like sweetness that lasts long through the finish. I was expecting much more of a coffee presence from this and from this sample I'm much more optimistic about aging this beer. Regardless, I like forward to revisiting a larger sample very soon once I get a bottle of my own.

yourefragile, May 20, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in a trade, thanks to that trading partner. I really like the regular version of Bourbon County, and this was just awesome at our little tasting. There are a few things I wanted to comment on first before my review. This is not better than the Abyss. Aging this beer is going to be a good idea because it is really hot, and from my experience with regular Bourbon County, these beers will age well. What I am worried about with aging this beer is the great coffee flavor that is very likely to fade with time. Overall, this beer is fantastic and deserves the talk that its been receiving.

The appearance is dark black, but it has thinner brown edges that are a result from the barrel aging. Night Stalker is one of the thickest beers I have ever seen, so knowing that I now assume the barrel thinned it out a bit. It produces a cocoa head that leaves very very fast, the bubbles cannot withstand the high ABV of this beer.

The smell is absolutely amazing. Beautifully roasted coffee with lots of strong bourbon, roasted grains and a very slight chocolate backing. Exceptional, outstanding, perfection.

The taste is amazing and the smells carry over their characters onto the palate. Bourbon is still the big character in this beer, but the coffee is fighting for the dominant flavor. Light hints of chocolate are just delicious, with the malted roast in the very back. Whats going to be really great about this beer is in another year the alcohol is going to push out the grain and now subtle flavors, to produce a chocolate tootsie roll bomb, and hopefully the coffee sticks around for a while.

The mouthfeel is a bit hot, and since it is such a thick and vicious beer it is a sipper. Delicious and worth the wait.
J

Jmoore50, May 19, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black pour with minimal tan head. Incredibly intense aroma with bourbon, smoke, vanilla, charred oak, big bitter espresso and boozy dark fruit. The flavor is a little cloying with notes of strong fermented dark fruit, loads of molasses, heavy char oak, smoky bourbon, soy, vanilla and alcohol. Creamy full body with soft carbonation. This is probably one of the best new bottles of the year!

punkrkr27, May 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. It was a great beer to cap off a nice day of tasting excellent sours.

Bottled 3/26/2010. The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is ridiculously complex with notes of chocolate, soy sauce, oak, bourbon and coffee. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, toffee, a tad bit of soy sauce and some nice sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. I really thought this beer would be over hyped as new releases often are, but it wasn't. A great beer and one of the best stouts I have ever had.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
Photo of Wadsey
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled numerous times, most recently last night--hard-poured in my DFH signature glass.

A: Yep, Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout is a double stout: black in the center, deep brown on the edges. The mocha head dies quickly leaving an oily swirl of fine bubbles.

S: Bourbon, roast, espresso, vanilla, bitter chocolate melded perfectly together with a big, fat ribbon of caramel down the middle.

T: Follows smell very nicely. All those elements are present and play off and with one another. Gourmet candybar dipped in bourbon and espresso.

M: Smooth, full, somewhat oily but sticky.

D: So smooth, this drinks like BCS at 18 months. I would not be surprised if this beer had been aged before the addition of the Black Cat Espresso.

Wadsey, May 18, 2010
Photo of brdc
4.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks DManGTR for this one. From notes, from a sip at DLD (from alcstradamus), and a bottle last week.

Large capped bottle, poured into a snifter.
Very dark brown, but not quite black, with a cocoa colored head, good size and retention, some lacing.
Strong aroma flows out of the glass, with a massive amount of bourbon and espresso; it smells quite boozy, like and overdosed irish coffee.
Other notes, generally overwhelmed by the espresso and bourbon include vanilla, and roasted malts.
Full bodied, flavor is just as expected. Lots of espresso, loads of bourbon heat/booziness, with notes of roasted malts, rich chocolate and vanilla.
Now for the comments; I had a better impression on my first try, but this is still good. Some people mentioned better than Dark Lord, but that to me is just wrong; not on my first impression, not on my second I thought it got even close.
Now, I am not a big fan of Goose Island, but this is their best beer, and that Blck Cat Espresso must be really good, as this seems miles away from the original Bourbon County Stout.
It does not seem ready, though, and like the Speedway Stout, I think has a lot of aging potential and should be excellent in 3 years. My opinion, of course. Dark Lord still reigns absolute in my book.

brdc, May 18, 2010
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,752 ratings.