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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 1,044
Hads: 6,229
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 3,967
Gots: 2,590 | FT: 208
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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:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 04-22-2010

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
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Reviews: 1,044 | Hads: 6,229
Photo of barczar
4.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Even after 5 years, the coffee is noticeable. Age has melded the flavors nicely. Still an incredible depth of malt character, with loads of chocolate and roast malt, accompanied by dark fruit. (192 characters)

Photo of dutesanch
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to a very generous fellow BA I got this (2013) as an extra in a trade. Pours a pitch black with very little head and even smaller amount of lacing. I do feel as if the coffee flavor had faded a bit but the taste was still a very smooth, sweet malt, dark fruit,toffee,molasses, and a hint of milk chocolate. No heat and a little oily but very enjoyable. The taste of this was very similar to Parabola. Love this and need to find more. (440 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap at the Pine Box, Seattle. I had this alongside Abraxas and Berserker, as part of their Strong Ale Fest, and it was interesting to compare these three Imperial Stouts. At first taste, the BCBCS seemed a little in the shadow of the other two beers, both of which have quite a few more strong flavors competing for your attention. But over a forty-five minute time drinking all three beers, BCBCS really came to the fore. It's so smooth, so perfectly balanced. It's just the right combination of an incredible stout, with coffee, vanilla, and whisky flavors all blended together harmoniously. It's got a quiet intensity and great depth. At the end, my wife and I both agreed that it was our favorite among these three exceptional stouts. (750 characters)

Photo of DavidBart
4.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a huge fan of stouts, porters etc. so it's hard for me to be completely objective. I definitely see this beer has something special about it. I guess it could sweep you off your feet if it was on draught. I had it in a bottle. I thought it was a very good beer, but I would be surprised if someone told me it's # 2 on the list. Goes to show you, what do I know. (374 characters)

Photo of Hazelchips
1.84/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I have had this the past two years and still don't understand the rave about it. It's to maltie! Maybe I need to let it sit longer. Don't know but for the price I can name two dozen beers I would rather have. (208 characters)

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft @ Harry's Hofbrau RWC on 1/9/15. Aroma of predominantly coffee with booze, hints of roasted malt and vanilla. Pleasant mouthfeel and tastes of coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Very solid for the style…could drink several more of these. (268 characters)

Photo of rubetube56
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not much of a coffee drinker so I was not sure how much I would enjoy this extremely coffee-forward BA stout. To my surprise, the taste surpassed BCBS. This is almost a perfect beer in my opinion, its too bad it is so hard to come by. (240 characters)

Photo of almostjay
4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Is this really the #2 beer on BA right now. Wow. It's good, but there are a whole hell of a lot of beers I'd rather have than this one. It tastes like coffee and bourbon. Watch out. (181 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Last of the Bourbon County beers that I had acquired. Here goes:

A: As always, this is the only subpar aspect of the BC beers. Pours thick black but with minimal head, carbonation, and lacing. Just "meh."

S: Probably the best of the series. Tons of oaken vanilla, as always, but this one has a lot more chocolate and coffee bean notes. Those additional scents really go well with the vanilla.

T: Again, like the other beers of the series, this one is quite good. Tons of vanilla, roasted coffee beans (however, not too bitter like in other coffee stouts), and a lot of sweet chocolate. More creamy than the other beers in the series.

F: Nice, thick, and sticky. Good.

O: Great beer. (702 characters)

Photo of yannimou
4.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This was my first and hopefully not my last. I was prepared for this to be over hyped, but it's not. This beer takes the extremes of the beer world and mashes them together. Imagine a cross between the sweetness and creaminess of a really good milk stout with the viscosity and complexity of a Russian imperial stout. That is BCBCS. Flavor was deep, sweet, rich, oaky bourbon, tons of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Perhaps there was a hint of amaretto too. Incredibly complex. The texture was oily, thick, and barely carbonated. I split a 12oz bottle with 3 friends and it was incredibly satisfying. I could have drank a little more, but the full bottle would have been too much for me. I need more of this stuff. (719 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle spit between four samplers. Entered from notes of 12/28/14.

Color is nearly black with a minimal tan head coating the surface. Semi-sticky lacing. Smell is dark roasted coffee, anise, booze and dark fruit. Flavor is coffee on the palate with a blast of chocolate. I didn't initially pick up on the chocolate on the nose. I also taste anise, bourbon/booze and dark fruit as I swirl it around in my mouth. It's very good. Body is medium with mild carbonation leading to a very creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, it's an excellent BA stout and lives up to the hype. (578 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first experience with this beer was the 2013 vintage, sampled alongside Boubon County Brand Stout 2013.

The second was a 2014 bottle, consumed recently.

Side by side with BCBS, BCBCS loses out by a small margin, but perhaps just because the coffee had faded just a bit too much.

The newer bottle beat out all others it faced in a recent tasting by a considerable margin. It was pretty terrific.

In the future, my rule will be to drink the coffee "fresh" (within a year) while cellaring the regular stout for a couple of years. (537 characters)

Photo of Kkstizzy
4.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pint on tap at a specialty beer bar in Vermont. I was caught off guard by the black color. It was poured with very little head. The taste was surprisingly sweet I thought. I would recommend this beer. It is definitely a beer for beer enthusiasts only. My girlfriend who doesn't drink beer much did not enjoy it. I thought it was very tasty and different. I would buy it again!! (385 characters)

Photo of Swaino
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Well, looking at the bottle was just amazing. Dark, thick, rich looking

N. Smells hot, so much more heat than I thought I would have noticed. Vanilla, coffee, bourbon city, more bourbon and more bourbon.

T. This was my first, hopefully not my last. Phenomenal like I thought it would be. Hot, this beer has some heat. Really well balanced but would have liked a little more coffee to shine. Not complaining though, it was there. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, dark rich flavors that give great complexity.

M. Creamy, thick, freakin wonderful.

O. Did not disappoint. Wish I had a 50 more. I'd drink em all. World class brewery and world class beer. Thank you! (679 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Kevin, thank you very much, 2012 version with La Tortuga coffee.

Pours a viscous, black color, with a small, soon fading head.

The aromas got a hot Bourbon burn to them, wrapped up into slightly bitter, earthy coffee, with lots of bakers chocolate, molasses and toffee. The coffee acts outstandingly well with the wooden, vanilla accentuated, hot Bourbon, blending flawlessly into the rich, creamy base of the beer. Nontheless, the Bourbon stands out on itself quite well and is even more noteable than the coffee.

Drinks incredible smooth, not particularly creamy, but outstandingly silk, with calming, earthy notes to it, providing an intriguing interplay between milk chocolate and slightly sticky toffee. The Bourbon is big in this, without getting too boozy at any point, while producing a pleasant, oaken warmth with vanilla notes in it, complimenting to the slightly bitter coffee, as well as the scorched, earthy malts and sweet milk chocolate. The coffee becomes visible on the palate, paired with slick caramel and cocoa nibs, while a wooden earthiness adds to the subtle coffee sting, resulting from the harmonious, convenient integrated Bourbon. Finishes with sweeter toffee, as well as molasses and hints of coffee, while smooth, slightly sweeter milk chocolate represents the foundation of this beer. (1,329 characters)

Photo of AGB
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfection defined. I'm a big fan of craft coffee, stouts, and whiskey, so this was a dream come true. Layered, complex, and a bit soupy (what do you expect?). Keeping it local with Intelligentsia was a great idea. I believe this is what they drink in heaven. (263 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loads of coffee that doesn't get that weird green pepper note some of these BA coffee stouts can get. As with so many of the Bourbon County brews, drinkability is an issue, their viscousness really becoming a chore as you go and the extreme flavor fatiguing the palate. Still, one of the better BA coffee stouts out there, really well integrated. (346 characters)

Photo of SeanPaulZ
4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark black with a thin tan head

Aroma: Bourbon, licorice and some vanilla from the barrels.

Taste: Alcohol burn fades after a year. Strong malt sweetness with coffee and licorice, vanilla, bourbon flavors from the barrels.

Feel: medium bodied, a little light for 13.5%

A great beer with great flavor and very light/drinkable for a 13.5% beer (352 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Seems thinner than regular bcbs. Dark black body. Wonderful coffee shop aroma. Sweet chocolate taste. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Tastes like an excellent mocha latte! (165 characters)

Photo of OrangeMen
4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Jet black color, razor thin mocha colored head, fizzy bubbly. Supreme lacing on sides of glass, coats and sticks.
Aroma- Charred malts, deep roasty and toasty, wonderful chocolate aromas. Cold coffee grounds, spicy pepperskin aroma accompanies. Wonderful vanilla and toasty coconut, sweet boozy bourbon.
Taste- Wonderful blend of chocolates, bitter roastiness, vanilla, coconut, caramel creaminess. Sweet bourbon and roasty coffee finish. Oaky, nutty and earthy.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, silky, and incredibly smooth. Lower carbonation.
Overall- Incredible depth of flavors. So roasty and yet so creamy rich and smooth. Barrel characteristics are out of this world, and coffee just adds a perfect finish. Coffee is interesting as it brings a pungnant pepperskin aroma which adds some heat. A beer to be savored and sipped, truly world class. (860 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle split between four samplers.

Pours black and flat. Smell is coffee, yeast, alcohol, anise, and plum. There's plenty of chocolate in the aroma as well.

Taste is chocolate and coffee, lots of chocolate, and some anise. Lots of sweetness. Maybe plums. Lots of alcohol -- fading to an alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, a little graininess. Overall, an excellent beer. Happy to try it. A bit sweet, if you want more than a few ounces of it. (472 characters)

Photo of MrBoh
4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

#500, boy did that work out perfectly.

Pours a deep black with a dark mocha head which soon fades except aroung ththedges of the sniffer. Good lacing for the lack of head.

Aroma is sweet and sexy. Toasted oak, toffee, licorice, dark chocolate, medium dark roast coffee, vanilla, and a buttery syrupy greatness. Very light alcohol scent. I expected it to be much more in your face, but instead it's just balance here that makes it so great.

Wow. It's hardly similar to regular BCBS. Caramel, coffee which has almost no bitter notes to it, buttered syrup, beautifully aged bourbon full of charred oak, vanilla and just a tad bite. The bourbon is definitely the most dominant, followed by coffee, the flavors from the malts are more subdued, providing a pleasant backdrop. As it sits it just gets so great. Almost no bite, and just taste like buttery coffey bourbon. Overall smoother, less sweet, and more balanced than the regular. Perfection?

Buttery and chewy. Definitely less viscous than the regular. Almost no carbonation, nor any need for it.

Best beer ever? Maybe not. Best beer I've had? Probably so. Seems perfectly aged and perfectly balanced. So glad that a beer so great arrived in time to make my #500. (1,218 characters)

Photo of JasonHaviland
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first 5, and to this point only, 5 point rating.

2013 vintage poured on 12/26/2014 into a Teku beer glass.

A perfect beer in every way. Perfectly balanced, wonderful aromas complement the coffee undertones and hints of oak and vanilla. Complex, yet smooth and integrated with an impossibly long lingering finish. A great effort and a year of bottle age seemed perfect. (373 characters)

Photo of winningwes91
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a pitch black motor oil color. Smells like the original, but the coffee seems to overpower the sweet bourbon and fudgy chocolate notes. The taste is even more coffee forward. It honestly tastes like a ba version of wake n bake. It's amazing, and the mouthfeel is thick and viscous, but I think I prefer the original. The coffee overpowers it a little. I'll definitely be revisiting again in a year or so and will never turn this beer down. (449 characters)

Photo of drewaha
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2013 vintage. Very similar to bcbs up front. Nice syrupy bourbon flavor with a charcoal backbone. The improvement of this over the original is the coffee aftertaste. It rounds out the beer so well. Fortunate to have had the chance to try this. Merry Xmas! (256 characters)

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.