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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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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana Coffee Beans
2013 Release - Intelligentsia ‘Los Inmortales’
2012 Release - Intelligentsia La Tortuga Beans
2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans
2010 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans

Added by BEERchitect on 04-22-2010

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Reviews: 1,144 | Ratings: 6,769
Photo of mschrei
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2015 version. No gusher, no infection. Maple syrupy color. Coffee on the nose. Coffee and barrel on the taste. Sweet, no bitterness of coffee. Well balanced. Super tasty.

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Photo of cl3
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle. Took my sweet time with this one! Pours a dark mahogany/motor oil color. No head, just a lingering and persistent tan, root beer foam colored ring. Smells like bourbon, coffee, black licorice. Slightly astringent, but not in a bad way. Tastes like deeply roasted coffee and booze. Very sweet and raisin-y. Feels a little slick on the tongue. Counter-intuitively, the carbonation on this seem to grow as this beer warmed up. Overall great beer. No sign of infection on this one. Wish I could have tracked down more than one.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved the '13 and '15 equally. Pleasant thick mouthfeel, but less than expected considering it's ABV. Nice carb and definite sweetness. However, the aroma of green bell peppers detracts from what would've been a near perfect coffee beer. Falls short of Caffe Americano's perfect distillation of coffee flavor.

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Photo of KennyDorsch
1.9/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2015 review...I LOVE bcbcs.....my favorite beer of all time.....until 2015.....was very excited when i found many bottles of my favorite target....until i started opening them.. gusher after gusher......sour drain pours...this after being properly cellared....so disappointed to have hunted this down how i did to only realize all my scores are infected.....1748 time stamp.....hoping for better next year....

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Photo of Zonk
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep brown with an oatmeal head. Overpowering coffee aroma bursts from the tasting glass. Bright sharp red fruited coffee aromas, followed by same on the palate, along with more roasty chocolatel flavors. Bourbon sweetness followed by coffee bitterness.

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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of 2015, 1902 bottling time
L: black pour with a tan-auburn head. Fades to thin lacing at the edges of the glass against. Ruby-brown color at the edge, otherwise opaque black
S: I could smell the coffee before it even was poured. The bourbon comes out well but not overpowering, offset by hints of vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, marshmallow.
T: fudgy brownie, with more bourbon and hints of dark fruit and raisins. I've been getting this taste in stouts recently so I think it's my tastebuds going through a phase. Touch of bitterness at the end, not sure if from coffee or hops.
F: very thick, syrupy.
O: no signs of infection here! I think I might still prefer the base bourbon county over this, as the coffee they chose is quite complex and brought a host of interesting notes with it, some of which distract from the underlying stout

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Photo of bennyman12
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Put my face in this snifter of 2015 and was huffing fresh intelligentsia beans. I literally felt myself getting smarter and hipster-cupping worthy. The coffee hangs on throughout the drink too, playing well with the roast. Pretty aggressive roastiness--a tiny bit more bourbon sweetness would have helped keep the gnarliness down, but ba speedway offers that. I think this is the better of the two bc of the drinkability. Cup this.

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Photo of bgold86
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 vintage, just traded away a bottle, boy shouldn't have done that. Pours a beautiful almost dark black, no light is going to get through this sucker. The nose on this one is one of the most complex and well rounded I have had in a while, huge chocolate, huge coffee with touches of dark dried fruit and sweet vanilla. Taste is off the charts, milky but roasty, lots of the aforementioned coffee and chocolate flavors, sweet vanilla and slight dark dried fruits (prunes, dates, raisins etc), just a 100/100 if there ever is one!

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Photo of Omnium
4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was really missing the coffee in this, which is a shame, one of the biggest reasons I sought out this beer. Though the hints you do get of the coffee are a welcome addition to the wonderful complex flavors you get from BCBS

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Photo of Delz
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I had a 2012 and thought it was okay. Mostly sweet and two note-ish (sweet and coffee). Had a 2015 on tap and liked it much more. As the beer warmed up it added complexity and depth as well as more coffee.

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Photo of WillDavis707
4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank a 2014 when it first came out. The coffee was a bit overpowering for me. Probably should have waited at least a year to drink so all the flavors could mellow out and blend together better. Definitely liked the regular better.

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Photo of RJB66
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 version on tap downtown in Chicago. This is the best stout I have had. Super smooth outstanding flavor, excellent finish. No aftertaste whatsoever. This is an over 13% brew and I couldn't taste anything close to being to boozy. This is one I highly recommend and I'm glad I have a bottle to enjoy soon. Hopefully I can get even more!!

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black with 1 finger of tan head, no lacing

S - Caramel, molasses, and coffee grinds

T - Chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Intense aftertaste that warms up your throat

F - Full body, medium carbonation

O -Really good of course, but I like the original Bourbon County Stout better

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Photo of Soneast
2.19/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Re-reviewing this to reflect inconsistencies with the 2015 batch. 2015 bottle poured into tulip glass. Nice dark coloration, with a thin head that dissipates immediately. Doesn't appear to coat the glass like the regular BCBS does, though it does leave some legs. Massive green pepper on the nose, so much so that it covers up most anything else, there is a bit of roasted malt or coffee aroma. The flavor starts out with a burnt coffee flavor, with a very sour finish, almost like sour cherries, and a uncharacteristically thin body. It would appear this beer is infected with some sort of wild yeast or bacteria judging by the sourness and loss of body and mouthfeel. Which sucks as the bcbcs was always my fav variant. This beer is a shadow of it's former self. I see other people mentioning the green pepper and sourness, yet still rating the beer over a 4.0...what's up with that?

Pours a dark black color, with just a touch of amber on the edges when held to a light. Not much head to speak of, more of a brown colored sudsy layer, that forms a small, bubbly ring.

The aroma definitely has a coffee, vanilla and bourbon quality. However it's much more than just that, there are deep caramel notes, brown sugar and espresso. Just rich and creamy, I can tell there is some definite complexity to this beer.

The flavor is intensely complex. You're hit initially with a well developed espresso flavor combines with bouzy bourbon notes and a rich creamy quality. It finishes with a well developed a burn that doesn't overpower the roasted, bitter coffee flavors that round this beer out.

Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. BCBCS really is impressive. So complexly flavored and I love that the coffee character can stand out amongst all the bourbony goodness. It is quite rich so I certainly can't drink much of it, but really who cares?

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap in a Goose Island glass December 5, 2015.

Look - Oily brown black. Thick tan head. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Sweet molasses. Banana split. Coffee is not overpowering. Chocolate. Raisin. Tootsie roll.

Taste - I like that the coffee is not overpowering. Sweet. Chocolate. Bourbon. Raisins.

Feel - Very smooth. Little carbonation. High abv is hidden well.

Overall - Banana split stout. Rum barrel aged beers taste like bananas foster and this tastes like banana split.

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Photo of Zh78888
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition. Out of the bottle. Plenty of coffee. Slightly more thin (to be expected) than the standard BCBS base. Brownie batter and vanilla stood out under the coffee. What threw us off was an overwhelming amount of tart-ish cherry/berry notes throughout. Blind, I would have been torn between whether or not this was a straight up coffee stout or someone had blended Backyard and BCBCS.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 500mL bottle poured into a snifter

L - dark as night. minimal head. some lacing. motor oil

S - boozy smell. A little chocolate and coffee, but mostly a boozy bourbon

T - Big time layers. Coffee, then bourbon, then sweet dark chocolate with a finish mostly of milk chocolate. Really nice path for the whole flavor profile and all of these flavors are surrounded by a nice charred oak flavor. A lot going on.

M - thick, sticky, and viscous. Absolutely coated my mouth. No booze at all and highly drinkable.

Overall this was a great coffee ba stout. I love the coffee flavors this year as they seem much more potent and bold. That said, it does cause for a little more overpowering than I prefer as I love that normal balance of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. I see this coming together in about 4-6 months. This is all getting very particular and using a very high set bar from previous years and high expectations. This really is a tremendous beer, and I am glad I have a few more to see how the flavors continue to develop. Keep up the great barreling work GI!

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Photo of hophead7117
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled Nov 7 2014, so it's got a year on it. Pours like bcbs but there was more tanish color to the head. Smells oaky, vanilla, mild coffee smell. Taste is superb. The coffee really combines well with the aged bourbon. This is one of the best beers I've had. I would like to try one with less aging to compare to get more coffee flavor.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
2014 vintage

This beer pours black. There were some mocha bubbles on top for a second. They disappeared so quickly I have to try and recall the appearance. It looks almost like ink in my glass.

There is still a nice coffee aroma. I also get vanilla, caramel, and bourbon. It has a dessert smell.

It starts out with coffee and anise. I think the perceived anise is from coffee flavor being a year old rather than fresh. The coffee blends into the vanilla and caramel flavors creating a wonderful tasting experience. The alcohol is well hidden.

Full mouthfeel. Very low carbonation

This is the first Bourbon County that I have gotten to try. While I would love to have had a fresh one, the year old version is very tasty. I think it is similar to an almost year old Sunday Morning Stout that I had recently.

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Photo of -Rick
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

from a 2015 bottle. Pours a dark brown, with a decent tan head. Big smells of coffee, peanuts, bourbon, and some sweet notes, maybe vanilla. The taste is spot on for such a newly bottled beer. Great blend of coffee and bourbon. Hard to tell it has such a high ABV by the way this one goes down. Nice and creamy to the pallet, this is one of the best aged coffee beers of the year!

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.19/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had poured on tap into a chalice glass.
Not sure having fresh is the best for this beer unless you really like coffee. Personally I thought cellaring would allow to mellow out the flavors and allow the burnt coffee and rich cocoa nib flavors to play off each other better. This was too much black coffee and not enough well rounded beer mouth feel for me. Lot going on in this beer though from the vanilla aromatics

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Photo of madbrewer9
4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased at The Blind Goat in Tampa, fortunate enough to get it a week after black Friday.
Bottled 9/17/15.
Pours opaque black viscous like 50 weight motor oil!
Thin wisp of dark tan head around rim of snifter.
Aroma of bourbon, coffee, chocolate and a hint of black licorice.
Flavor is dominated by dark rich espresso followed by chocolate and bourbon.
Finishes with a nice alcohol warmth.
Overall a fantastic beer! Typical character of BCBS, but more mellow and round with the addition of coffee.

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Photo of arizcards
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 500 ml bottle on Black Friday at Tops Liquors in Tempe for $12. Bottled on 9-17-15.

Beer poured black with a nice brown head upon the initial pour.

Nose is perfection with so much going on. Catching coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon notes in full on fashion.

Taste is chocolate, coffee, light bourbon, vanilla, and oak all melded to near perfection.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is one of the best beers i have had in my beer drinking career! Unfortunately this is highly regarded by many others and as a result is so hard to come by. It is pretty pricey but it is worth the price of admission - Find it and drink it if available!

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I was able to sample the 2014 version, and it is fantastic. I recently had the last 3 Bourbon County stouts 2013-15 on draft (thanks to #3 Craft beers in Cape Coral) and also had the 2014 in bottle last year. This difference was very noticeable, with the coffee taste (and the aroma even more so) extremely prominent. Being a stout and coffee lover, this just can't be beat. The alcohol is not evident in the taste, and the balance is just right. I love Speedway and Peche Mortel, and this is in the same ballpark as far as I'm concerned. If you get a chance to try it, don't pass!

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Photo of DaverCS
4.86/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage, consumed after passing the NCLEX exam.

Pours like motor oil. No light shining through at all. A very minimal yet dark caramel-colored head is created then dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is dominated almost entirely by bourbon. Nice amount of roasted malt, little bit of vanilla, and a nice smokiness. The coffee is more mild on the aroma than expected. It is present, but it is blended amongst the other aromas. Some maple syrup.

A major difference that I have detected between the coffee varietal and the regular stout is that the coffee cuts through the normally sweet base stout. The coffee varietal is a bit more bitter and roasted, as is coffee in general. The taste starts with the bourbon which combines with a nice amount of vanilla and a little smokiness. Molasses and sweet malts come in during mid-sip. This sweetness does not last long, as the coffee enters into the game to finish off the sip and into the aftertaste. It cuts the sweetness and imparts a slight bitterness. The bitterness is on par with beers like parabola or kbs; however, this beer is substantially better. Alcohol heat and flavor is present and warms the entire body. The coffee is definitely more present as the beer warms.

As is classic with bourbon county, this beer has a viscosity and mouthfeel that no stout can beat. Absolutely fantastic beer, but in my opinion not worth the extra hype, cost, and effort over the original stout. As with all the world class beers I try, I recommend not pairing the beer with anything as you will want to experience the beer unadulterated and free from competing flavors. It gets a 97.5/100.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.