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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 5,430
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 3,168
Gots: 2,099 | 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 ferrari29
4.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer pours with motor oil darkness; viscous in appearance, but rather thin in body when you try it; no head formed at all; whatever carbonation/bubbles there was to this beer dissolved rather quickly; less than half finger in size head; no lacing

S - Dark coffee; burnt-burnt coffee beans; espresso smell; touch of red grape; cherry; no hops or any citrus hop scents; high octane coffee nose

T - Deep, deep coffee bean flavor; malt taste is of burnt coffee beans with a touch of brown sugar sweetness; besides a couple of other faint flavor characteristics, this is all dark coffee

M - Consistency is medium-to-thick body; leaves behind a deep lingering coffee flavor with a touch of sweetness

D - Great drink; not for the faint of heart, but for those willing to expand their drinking horizons and finish off a meal with a espresso and beer mixed into one delectable drink

Photo of jmarsh123
4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep opaque black with a small coffee head fading almost immediately.

Smells of rich bourbon, oak, leather with a little coffee peaking in as well.

Taste is similar to the nose. Big bourbon sweetness upfront with the oak and leather, but perfectly balanced with some bitter coffee on the back end.

Thick oily mouthfeel, but the coffee keeps the sweetness at bay making it wonderfully balanced.

Wonderful beer and glad they released it again. The coffee serves as the perfect foil for the bourbony sweetness making it well balanced and easy drinking.

Photo of Souleman
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jplachy
4.43/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with no head. It's a very stark black, impressively dark.

S: The smell is incredible. Bourbon, Coffee, Chocolate, alcohol it takes many sniffs to process it all.

T: The taste matches up exactly with the smell. First you get bourbon and alcohol and then the coffee comes through and finally the chocolate. It is unbelievably complex, it took my brain a while to sort everything out. It tastes like 12 different things are going on all at once but are perfectly balanced.

M: Silky and smooth with an incredible alcohol burn.

O: This stuff is incredible. It's a shame its so rare and only available once a year, but on the other hand maybe its a good thing. After drinking it I could probably go a year before I have it again. It's so decadent and complex I couldn't have it all the time.

Photo of M27
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of clarkw42
4/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of 1Adam12
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured jet black. Small head that lingered the entire way. Tons of coffee on the nose. Smells fresh. Like it was just brewed now. Such an amazing nose. Taste is coffee heavy, but there's the underlining stout. Bourbon at the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, and amazing. Overall, this blows Vanilla away. Just amazing. The coffee is unlike anything I've ever tasted. So full, so fresh. Amazing stout. The barrel aging does add a complexity, but it's the coffee that makes this beer. Just overwhelming. My wife isn't a stout lover at all, but she's a coffee lover, and she loved this beer. Cannot stress enough how much coffee is in this beer. Very awesome, perfect scores for sure. Good job GI!

Photo of KingBiscuit
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of DaveONan
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of rpardon7
4.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Buddy of mine got his hands on one of twelve bottles for our region! This beer poured black with no hint of color except for the slight ring of dark brown bubbles that hung for just a few seconds on the edge of the glass. Smell was roast, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon alcohol burn and sweet roasted malt. Taste is desert for a beer lover bourbon chocolate sweet malt crisp bourbon alcohol finish that just hangs in the mouth. This beer is delicious! Mouthfeel is super smooth very little carbonation and not a super heavy mouthfeel. Overall I would highly recommend this beer to anyone looking for a world class stout!

Photo of hinghamhawkeye
3/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of kevinscott
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jrcmlc
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brystmar
4.53/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage, though technically bottled on 1/11/2012.

Black pour with no head or lace. Incredible aroma of fresh coffee, sweet bourbon, roasty malts, and fermentable sugars. Molasses-y. Nothing shy of outstanding!

Tons of fresh coffee, sweet malts, and boozy warmth blend perfectly here. Regular BCS tends to be hot when fresh, but I could seriously finish this entire bomber myself. Flavor profile is balanced exceptionally well. I could drink this all day.

Mouthfeel needs work: an oily, slightly-thicker-than-medium body is simply not enough for this brew. And -- as stated -- it's dangerously drinkable.

Props to GI for crafting yet another world-class beer. Seek this one out; you won't regret it.

Photo of atoulouk
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours like liquid coal and after initial fizziness, it settles into the glass, glossy and headless like a pool of dried magma. Legs are as good as any Burgundy.

S: Rich and instantly intoxicating. The base beer comes through with carmelized vanilla beans, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and raisons. The barrel adds more vanilla, charcoal, and oaky complexity. Finally, the coffee peeks through this cornucopia of flavours and presents a full cup of cold-steep, rich coffee, with two creams and one sugar.

T: Explodes on the palate. Barrel flavours meld with the rich cocoa and vanilla. Smooth oak plays against the dark fruits perfectly. Coffee is more present here and provides delicious extra tannic complexity. Caramel and sweetened chocolate are big, but the dry roastiness of the wood and coffee balance it perfectly and leave a tingling sensation of gustatory conflict and resolution in the aftertaste. Beautiful.

D: Supurbly drinkable. Even while savouring every drop of this, I am still drinking it far too fast. I drank about half the bottle and shared the rest with my girlfriend. I didn't taste a bit of the 14%, but I sure felt it when I stood up. It is warming and smooth, but remarkably drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, like a chocolate malt milkshake.

Overall: I didn't think they could top BCBS, but they did it. Amazingly good beer and just one step above BCBS in the complexity department. Buy it whenever you see it and share it with someone dear to you. Outstanding!

Photo of jeffoatess
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Namarsha82
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of CummingsK21
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Mark000
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of mjmadsen21
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of djre4orm
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of abanton
5/5  rDev +6.8%

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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