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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

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Ratings: 5,081
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 4.68
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 3,082
Gots: 1,825 | FT: 147
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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

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-22-2010)
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hopsbreath, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Sideswipe
4.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, dated 03/26/10.

I was lucky enough to receive bottles of this from AleWatcher and memyselfandi many moons ago. Many thanks to both of you! Finally getting around to cracking one open.

The beer pours pitch black. The color of used motor oil comes to mind. Light doesn't penetrate at all. A thin coaster of light brown bubbles manifests itself atop the beer, then dissipates leaving a thin ring around the outside of the glass. The nose is coffee and char with some malt sweetness poking through. Taste opens with sweet roasted malt flavors. Coffee and oak follow in copious amounts. Caramel and vanilla, presumably from the barrel, fill out the flavor profile. Finish is dry with a very nice coffee aftertaste. The beer is full bodied. Thick and viscous with a low level of carbonation. This is a great coffee stout. The barrel has imparted a wonderfully complex melange of oak, vanilla, and caramel which compliments the coffee and roasted malt perfectly. Booze is almost undetectable, and at 13% that's saying something. Really enjoyed this one. Recommended.

Sideswipe, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ZX6Chris for the bottle share

Look: Black and totally opaque 1/4 inch head and good retention and very little lacing. Exactly how a barrel aged stout should look.

Smell: The nose of the beer is absolutely fantastic. The wonderful coffee notes play perfectly with the bourbon vanilla and chocolate that are also present

Taste: Similar to the nose but for me the coffee is on the back end of the beer. Like the base beer the coffee version is simple and yet complex and has several layers of flavors to it and they just continue to get better and better with every sip. The bourbon is perfect and the vanilla balances perfectly with the coffee

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation

Overall: Again just an exceptional beer and I give it a higher score than the base beer because the nose is so much better

DarthKostrizer, Nov 07, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

some of my beertasting friends here in Belgium always love it when I pop up a bottle of those great American Stouts. This is one of them. We enjoyed it with a couple of enthousiast, and came up with about 30 different taste descriptions. The reviewer below me sums it up quite nicely and most important, it's taste profile is unlimited... Amazing beer, and I really dig that thick lucious mouthfeel. Hope to get some more bottles in some trades, cause this one was a knock-out to end the tasting.

yapi, Nov 04, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tiny tan head that instantly fades to oblivion.

Sweet toasty vanilla, coconut, dark and milk chocolates, hints of espresso and mocha latte, wood, bourbon, black fruits and burnt toffee, with some roasty notes.

Just a great complex monster of a beer here. Burnt toffee really resonates, sweet milk chocolate, fudge, mocha, mollasses, prune, hints of raisin, caramel, vanilla, coconut, oak, black fruits, fruity botanicals coffee, deep and toasty, bourbon, AMD more. Creamy sweet with creme fresh like flavors. Amazing beer.

mcallister, Oct 22, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/26/10

A - Solid black with a thin creamy mocha head that settled out immediately.

S - Intelligentsia Black Cat jumps out immediately. Reminds me of the days Wil used this in his coffee beers in the brewpub. Vanilla, bourbon, sweet chocolate and roasted malts.

T - Sweet with espresso, bourbon, vanilla, sweet chocolate, roasted malts and light oak.

M - Full body and slightly slick with low carbonation.

D - Adding black cat coffee to my favorite beer is a recipe for success.

brewcrew76, Oct 22, 2011
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4.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap (2 variations) and bottle too. This ale pours black with dark brown edges. A thin brown head sits for a moment then recedes quickly and leaves little lace. I don't use OMG very often but OMG! My glass smells amazing- bourbon (obviously), coffee, vanilla, dark fruit (fig), raisin, and a fresh bread-like aroma. The taste is equally amazing. The flavors blend well together and the coffee is far from overpowering. Well balanced if not a tiny bit too sweet. Full body and the usual low carbonation found in GIBCBS.

hombrepalo, Oct 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage

A- pours black as night with a mohagany Hue. Minimal centimeter of dark espresso creams head that recedes into nothing.

S- starts of with caramelized sugar toasted vanilla oily espresso and a note of black strap molasses. Rich top shelf bourbon permiates the entire aroma without overwelming the beer. Soft round oak with a roasty finish and a heady booze componet. 

T- sweet caramelized sugar, molasses and sweet bourbon that continues till the finish and beyond. Toasty vanilla, licorice and soft complementry oak. Finishes with heady alchohol and espresso astringency balancing out the sugary booze. Long oily finish.

MF- oily slick velvet mouthfeel huge chewy body and fine soft carbonation.

D- slow sipping beer, perfect cigar beer.

Overall this is one of those perfect bourbon barrel beers were the barrel and beer support and complement each other. The coffee adds an amazing componet and is integrated rather well. Although I believe it has toned down with age.

Viciousknishs, Oct 11, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours completely black with visible viscosity.  Not quite motor oil, but pretty darn thick.  A very thin mocha-colored head gently sits atop the blackness and remains there for most of the glass.  Great legs and a decent amount of lacing. 

S: Barrel characteristics are dominant ... great bourbon, oak, and vanilla right up front, making a wonderful English toffee aroma.  The coffee is a little more subdued that I had expected, but this is exactly what I was hoping for.  Being about a year old may have toned down some of the coffee qualities, but I was hoping that it would subtly add to the already complex BCBS.  GI nailed it with this one.

T: Coffee is a little more pronounced in the flavor, but it's not overwhelming at all.  The coffee is more concentrated and fresh, resembling espresso.  Bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, toffee are just behind the coffee, really putting the taste buds to work.  Finishes somewhat sweeter than the start, but again, it's not overwhelming.  Amazing complexity yet balanced almost to perfection.  Just a bit of booze at the end that creates a complementary warming effect. 

M: This stuff can coat.  Thick, creamy, and viscous on the palate.  There is a weight to it that sits on the tongue and leaves almost as much of an impression as the taste itself.  Lower carbonation seems great for the beer ... just enough to enhance the flavors and creaminess, but not enough to make it prickly.  

D: I loved this beer.  Despite the "size" of the beer, it was pretty darn easy to put down.  The bottle was split four ways, and, although I wish I had some more of it, a fourth of a bottle was really enough to meet optimal satisfaction.  It wasn't work putting it down like some other big stouts, but might had become that if I had consumed any more.  Definitely my favorite of the BCBS lineup that I've tried thus far. 

Mississipping, Oct 08, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at GABF

A: Dark with low carbonation. As to be expected.

S: COFFEE! I can not stress that enough. I can smell a little bourbon but the coffee is still there, and it's not bitter coffee.

T: Its great if you're a coffee stout fan, probably one of the best. A little bit of a bourbon taste, but wished there was more.

M: Very viscious but not as thick as the other BC brews.

biggied, Oct 03, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SpdKilz for this!

Pours black as sin. I poured as slowly and as vigorously as I possibly could because I knew this would be a tougher brew to produce a head. I got a solid almost 2 fingers of frothy, creamy light mocha color.

The oak, bourbon and vanilla jump out as usual with a BCS. It's not too boozy, and very aromatic.

BIG wood, bourbon, vanilla and coffee on the lighter side. It's very roasted and rich. This has some age on it, so I'm sure the coffee isn't as pronounced as it could be, but with as great of a base beer as BCS is, it still adds to the dynamic of this beer regardless.

It's thick and chewy, low carbonation if any. Lingering thickness.

For as big of a beer as this is, the alcohol is well managed. Noticeable, but doesn't overwhelm and the barrel adds intricacy, not dominance.

Well played. I will seek this out fresh and actually drink it next time.

EgadBananas, Sep 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle dated oct 2010 into duvel tulip. Pitch black with creamy thin brown head. Nose is full of dark chocolate, booze, roasted coffee. The taste is pretty hot still, still a good lot of alcohol, coffee is very subtle, and surprising amount of chocolate. Mouthfeel is soft, carb is easy, good since its still hot. Overall, very impressed with it. If the burn went down it would be godly imo.

SDDanC, Sep 22, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at my first "Ryan's Cellar Fest" alongside 09-10 BCBS, BCBVS, Marshall Zhukov, Speedway Stout, Barrel Aged Santas Lil Helper, Santas Lil Helper 08 and 10, Parabola and Older Viscosity.

Nose: Dark chocolate, vanilla, intense espresso, fudge brownie, toasted oak, alcohol and marshmallow.

Taste: A blast of creamy and smooth espresso, fudge brownies, vanilla, oak (charred), dark bakers chocolate, and slight hops.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and chewy but a creamy, velvety finish.

Overall: Pretty damn good, wish I could've had this fresh. The BCBVS beat this at our tasting but this got second place. So fantastic.

waltersrj, Sep 16, 2011
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4.6/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a friend the other night to open up the football season.

A - It pours black and not a lot of head.

S - Smells boozier than I have had before. It also has a little vanilla smell. Not as bourbony as the regular BCS but still has a good smell. Anytime I open any version of BCS, I smell the beer for awhile and make moaning sounds before driniking it.

T - The coffee flavor has come down some but it is still very present. This beer tastes exactly how it smells-Awesome. I really dislike when a beer smells great and completely lacks the accurate flavor.

M - Not much carbonation left in the beer. It's thick but extremely smooth.

O - One of my favorite beers (Top 5). I prefer the regular BCS to this one but it is still awesome.

kenm2118, Sep 14, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 22oz bomber. Bourbon County is already a massive beer with great flavors, the addition of coffee doesn't seem like it could change much. But somehow it added a complementary dimension, similar to the result with vanilla. I've had it on tap previously and honestly it's too big a beer no matter which source (draft, bottle), hard to drink too much.

It pours a dense looking and viscous dead black, little carbonation but lots of thick legs running down the glass, visually big. Bourbon and cocoa in the nose, more cocoa than coffee actually, this came off as much more of a chocolate bourbon stout (move over Sweet Chocolate Love). Smells pretty potent too, olfactary heat building.

It tastes big and imposing, skewed much more toward the sweet side than the standard Bourbon County stout. Cocoa + bourbon + a little coffee, way less coffee than initially expected from the name, still all joining together in a well melded/integrated flavor profile. Hot aftertaste but nothing unmanageable, this is a very aggresive beer flavor-wise.

Thick and coating, the visual legs on the glass translate to a dominating mouthfeel, nearly chewy in consistency. Big by every measure, this is too much beer for a 22oz bottle (unless you're sharing with a small crowd).

TurdFurgison, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of Rymar9
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3/26/10

Pour is pitch black with small khaki colored head. Looks like coffee in my glass. First smell is of sweet dark chocolate, bourbon, and slight vanilla. Coffee makes itself present at the end and aftertaste..but has faded quite a bit..as expected. Body is medium to thick and still carries just enough carbonation. I had another bottle of this about 6 months ago, and the strong coffee presence went perfectly with the sweet vanilla bourbon flavor. Still a great beer but I would recommend drinking this with about a year of age under it's belt. Fantastic beer, can't wait for the next release.

Rymar9, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of sixthglass
4.72/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured deep black with a short lived dark brown head, leaves wonderful lacing as it fades.

S - COFFEE !!! Booze, Char, hint of vanilla.

T - Bourbon, Coffee, Dark fruits, Oak, Slight Vanilla.

M - Wonderfully thick, coats the mouth and sticks leaving a long lasting aftertaste. Slight carbonation as I circulated the tasty fluid in my mouth.

D - Wonderful, Would drink it often if I had it. Great to share with friends.

sixthglass, Aug 31, 2011
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4.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this a few times, finally getting around to reviewing it after a tasting with a few BAs last night.

A: Oily and black as night. Very little head.

S: Exactly as expected: Smells like I poured a shot of great bourbon in a fresh cup of coffee.

T: Exceptional. The coffee is still very present in this one. Lots of strong bourbon tones that are only rivaled by the wonderful taste of the Black Cat. One of the best!

M: Fairly thick, but could be a little chewier. Good carbonation level.

O: I love this one. I think I still prefer the regular BCS or Rare, but I will still seek this one out when it gets released again. It will be interesting to see how a different coffee affects the taste.

camil1mj, Aug 31, 2011
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 5,081 ratings.