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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 1,113
Hads: 6,610
Avg: 4.59
pDev: 7.84%
Wants: 4,140
Gots: 2,903 | FT: 226
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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: 1,113 | Hads: 6,610
Photo of blackdog1101
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Pitch black, viscous, oily. A thin tan head lasts only briefly before fading.

S - Smells lovely. Mostly bourbon, but also some coffee and vanilla. Very roasty.

T - The first few sips taste strongly of bourbon. Following those my tongue acclimates and begins to taste a lot of vanilla, a bit of cocoa, and of course coffee. The taste is dominated by alcohol though, but with a 13% brew that is to be expected. In fact, without the high alcohol content to provide a strong bite, the beer would be too cloying. It's definitely not a beginner's beer, but it works well for the advanced pallet.

M - I'm finding the alcohol to be a bit much. I love the oily and syrupy nature of the beer, and the taste as the beer runs over the tongue is very complex. But the alcohol makes anything but sips nearly impossibly.

D - Again, this is not a beginner beer. Anyone who thinks they're going to sit down and drink a full bomber is probably mistaken. This is the type of beer where a bomber will be quite sufficient for 2 or 3 people to share after a nice meal.

Overall this is an excellent beer. But in my eyes, it is a beer to be searved as a nightcap, or as a dessert after a nice meal. This is a beer that demandds your attention.

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Photo of BigMike
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and very viscous. A small amount of coffee colored head tops it off briefly and quickly disappears.
The nose is bourbon, coffee, chocolate nibs, deep roasted malts with some nice booziness.
Lots of coffee and bourbon but the booziness isn't overpowering.
Chocolate, molasses and lots of dark fruit. A touch of vanilla way in the back and malts that are roasted for days.
Very full bodied and thick. Not quite syrupy but coats the mouth completely. Perfectly carbonated.
An absolutely amazing beer. I wish I could buy 20
of these badboys. Highly recomend picking a few up if you can find it.

*From notes taken on 6/28/10 special thanks to Chris from the blue dog

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Photo of Lukafer
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle split between a few of us, review from notes.

Pours ink black with a very thin tan head that seems to just float on top. Smells are booze, bourbon, coffee and sweet roasted malts. Tastes are caramel malts, coffee in the middle with a nice heavy boozy finish. I am so glad we split this, I'm not sure how long it would take me to drink an entire bomber of this. Very, very good.

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Photo of ahurd11085
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle consumed on 7/24, reviewed from notes. Big thanks to chefmikeanderson for the bottle hookup!

A- Very dark near opaque pour. Vigorous pour into Ommegang tulip creates 1 finger tan head which quickly vacates. No real lacing.

S- The bourbon is immediately noticeable giving into hints of vanilla and char. Rich dark chocolate and roasted coffee blend with the bourbon nicely. All the scents are a bit muted by alcohol. Only complaints about the nose would be that the bouquet is a bit too alcohol dominated.

T- Oh man. This is the good stuff. The worry of dominant alcohol suggested by the nose is of no concern here. Dark chocolate, rich creamy vanilla, charred oak, roasted grain- its all here. Coffee is in there for sure as well, but less than what I expected. Alcohol is present but not as strong as in the nose. It is warming and complementary, not solvent at all or as aggressive as you would expect it to be in a 13% beer.

M- Low to medium carbonation that works well for the beer and style. Body is nice and thick without becoming syrupy. Nice and creamy, really coating the palate well.

D- High for the style, much higher than the standard BCBS. The well hidden alcohol makes this one easier to put down, but just the shear weight of it would limit my intake.

All in all a fantastic beer. I didn't think it could get better than KBS the first time I had one, but it did. This is hands down the best coffee stout I have had.

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Photo of RTrain12
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber poured into my snifter.

A: Pours a dark black with a small brownish head that faded quickly. No lacing at all. Beers way to dark to see any carbonation, but I can hear some fizzing after the pour.

S: Strong bourbon right off the top. Some coffe sents, but not to strong. I have heard that the coffe flavors are fadding in this beer if aged, this maybe true. Also picking up the sents of alchol, probably from the bourbon.

T: At first roasted malts, then some chocalte. After that you can really tates the coffe. Alittle hot at the end from the bourbon, but a strong after tates of coffe!

M: I'd say this beer is on the heavier side of medium bodied. Very little carbonation with some pricklies on the tongue. Overall very smooth.

D: Very good stout IMO. This is a great sipper! If you are a fan of coffe and bourbon you should seel this beer out.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from glazeman - thanks, Scott!

a - pours just short of pitch black with a one-finger, tan head, retention around the collar and light lacing

s - espresso, dark chocolate, toasty oak and boozy heat are all present with lighter notes of black cherry, tar and brown sugar, a whole lot going on in the aroma

t - lots of dark, bittersweet chocolate and charred espresso up front and on the midpalate, nice dark fruit component on the midpalate as well with black cherry flavors as well as a light vanilla creaminess, the barrel aging really comes through on the finish with considerable toasty oak and bourbon heat notes coming through, a little boozy, but nothing offensive considering the 13% abv, as with the smell, this is really complex stuff, somewhere in between 4.5 and 5

m - full-bodied with slightly low carbonation, about what I'm looking for with the style, big alcohol warming

d - certainly a sipper, but pretty drinkable for a huge imperial stout, I find it much more drinkable than the original BCS, the taste and smell are both complex and interesting

I wasn't sure about this beer beforehand because I haven't enjoyed the last few vintages of the original BCS, but this is really good stuff -- one of the best imperial stouts I've had this year, right there with Beer Geek Brunch Weasel and just behind Parabola.

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Photo of kk73
4.13/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours out black, with a very nice one finger carmel colored head. The head hung around awhile and was not quick to disappear. This beer is not motor oil thick like some other stouts I have had.

S - Bourbon dominates the nose of this beer. Maybe I waited to long to drink, but not getting to much coffee. Which was a big let down for me. Also getting vanilla and maple syrup.

T - Not overwhelmingly bourbon as would suggest in the aroma. But very good nonetheless. Roasted malts, as the coffee is trying to peek thru. Vanilla and bourbon, but the heat is very mild for the high abv.

M - Good and would have given a higher score if the body were thicker and creamy. But the carbonation was done right.

D - Had no problem putting down this bottle. Not a lot of heat from a 13% beer. I only wish that I had it fresh, because I did not get alot of coffee out of this one. Reminded me of a slightly sweeter version of BCS. IMO.

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Photo of grub
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another gem courtesy of oakbluff. big thanks scott!

pours deep dark brown, not quite black or opaque, with a thin very fine brown head. the head drops fast with a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. bourbon and vanilla. dark and milk chocolate. espresso and a bit of coffee. light alcohol. big biscuit and whole wheat bread. big vanilla, coming out more as it warms. the aroma seems much like the regular bourbon county stout, but a bit more coffee coming through in the finish.

taste is awesome. bourbon, vanilla, and COFFEE!!! everything i love from the standard bourbon county stout with a big coffee and espresso finish. vanilla. dark and milk chocolate. just when i'd expect a regular bourbon county to trail off the coffee jumps in. feels like the vanilla pops out more in this version too. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit. as it warms it gets even more chocolaty too.

mouthfeel is great. nice big body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. great balance. great barrel character. nice balance with the barrel and the alcohol. great integration of the coffee. a damn fine brew. now if only it wasn't so damn hard to find!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.12/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber shared by oakbluff - thanks man! Bottled 03/26/10

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a finger of creamy tan head which recedes to a collar.

Cappuccino and bourbon dominate the nose, a sweet, smooth combo that reminds you of your favorite warming, alcoholic coffee mix. Along with milk chocolate, a rich sweetness.

Quite a sweet brew which feels a little over the top at times - sweet milk chocolate, espresso, a real smooth coffee flavor, bourbon, a light to medium roast character, brown sugar and vanilla. Thick, residual sweet body which is decadent to the extreme, some alcohol heat in the finish. Enjoyable but wearying in large amounts.

Light carbonation, full mouthfeel - this is one of those ultimate dessert beers that you enjoy immensely in small quantities but if you try and drink too much it will only make you sick of it. Much like its little brother, it probably needs some time to mellow out a bit.

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Photo of kbeals
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sent to me by a very generous timmi.

A- Inky black with a finger of mocha colored head. Head goes down to a thin ring and leaves bits of lacing throughout the session.

S- Notes of bourbon, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. One of the best aromas I've ever beheld in a beer.

T- Tons of bourbon and coffee with hints of chocolate on the finish. The sweetness and booziness are well blended and makes for an excellent taste.

M- Super smooth, very creamy with a heavy body. This has to be one of the thickest beers I've ever had. Fantastic.

D- Despite the booziness and sweetness of it it's very drinkable. I kept grabbing that glass just to take a whiff of it and quaff some more down. A truly world class beer, extremely similar to KBS. I'll probably lay the other one down in the cellar and see what happens.

I truly appreciated this one timmi!

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.35/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Split with BlessedBeBeer. The BCBCS is a dark brown beer. It has a great brown foam head; very thick and pretty. There are a lot of scents in the aroma. I can detect sweet malt, dark chocolate and bourbon. It also has a very complex flavor. I can taste two kinds of chocolate, milk and dark. Ther eis also a lot of bourbon. The alcohol provides a very sharp finish. This is a full-bodied, creamy beer. It has medium/high levels of carbonation. There is a hot alcohol burn when you swallow, but it's pleasant. Personally, I like that trait in a good bourbon barrel aged stout. For what this is, it is pretty drinkable. Some age on a bottle would temper the heat from the alcohol and would probably improve this already great beer. Consuming the entire 22oz bottle would not be difficult, but I wouldn't want any more than that in a sitting. Still, this is a great one to share. Try it if you can.

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Photo of armock
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head

S - The nose is full of great bourbon vanilla and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose with the bourbon and vanilla start things off and complement the coffee flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a damn fine stout thats very enjoyable and very easy to drink despite the abv this is worth hunting down to try

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Photo of callmescraps
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Andrew for bringing this by the Goat, just for kicks.

Appearance- Black, frankly. A thin mocha ring caps it nicely.

Smell- Chocolate covered espresso beans. Tons of bourbony vanilla. Some roasted marshmallow. Some raisin.

Taste- Lots of chocolate, emphasized by the coffee. It's like coffee ice cream. There is a little roastiness on the finish. I'd really prefer more bourbon, I miss those vanilla notes. Still, quite nice.

Mouthfeel- Great. Thick, coats the tongue. Velvet. This is just right.

Drinkability- Good and smooth. No hint of the booze.

Honestly, I wish it were just the 2008 BCS. I'm not personally a coffee drinker, and I had a bottle of the 2008 a few days before trying this and it was exquisite. The best part of that beer was the wonderful vanilla bourbon notes. Here the coffee covered that up somewhat, which is a shame. Still, this is excellent, whether you like coffee or not.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes. Poured into a goblet.

A - Thick viscus looking beer. Black as night. Thick brown head, thin as compared to the vigor of the pour. Laces well. Head falls to a thin ring around the rim of the glass.

S - Nice. Lots of dark chocolate. Strong vanilla and bourbon. The coffee comes out as a dark roast which blends into the chocolate.
Plenty of sweetness.

T - Amazing, its put together perfectly. The sweet vanilla starts out. Which falls into a roasted dark cohcolate and coffee. Better then any piece of candy I have ever taste. The dry oak flavors finish out with the astringent roasted barley.

M - Silky smooth. Thick but not cloying. Warmer with out any alcohol flavors.

O - Amazing beer. I love this, need to get more to age. Its hard to not inhale whats in front of me.

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Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a 24oz wine glass.
Bottled 3/26/2010
Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this suprise.

A- Thick, oily, opaque black pour. This beer is as black as they come. Moonless night black. Was able to get a 1/2 finger dark khaki head that lasted mere seconds. Lacing isn'tgreat but that is to be expected.

S- Bourbon right off the bat, burnt coffee, slight alcohol tingles the nose. Brown sugar, tobacco, vanilla and slight toffee.

T- The coffee was still quite prominent on this which made me very happy. Bourbon lingering with every whiff. Sugar cane, faint tobacco, caramel and the alcohol is a little noticible.

M- This is one chewy heavy beer, my lips get stickier with every sip. It's like a coffee, alcohol flavored piece of candy.

Man this one is excellent. The bourbon was a little off putting at first but really grew on me about half way through!

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Photo of Phelps
3.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled March 2010 and poured into a snifter. Thanks to yourefragile for hooking this one up in a trade.

Looks: glugs black as motor oil from the bottle with no head to speak of -- just the tiniest tan ring, which leaves the tiniest lines of trailed lacing.

Smells: rich and buttery. Lots of warm bourbon and lightly bitter medium-roast coffee. Oak, vanilla, molasses, plums and dark chocolate all also make appearances. Espresso emerges as the beer warms a bit.

Tastes: sweet. Sugary bourbon mixes with medium-roast coffee, which seems to be muted. Granted, this beer has some age on it, but the flavors of Black Cat espresso beans seem much subtler than I thought they would be. The coffee flavors do, however, work to balance the strength of the bourbon, which is usually a bit overbearing in BCS. Butter, raspberry dark chocolate bars and toffee round out the flavor profile.

Feels: medium-bodied and smooth, with a light carbonation. Very nice, not overwhelming or intense.

Drinks: like second-best. As bourbon-aged coffee stouts go, I'd still rank KBS above this guy, but this beer's still pretty damn solid, with a great blend of flavors. It's definitely Bourbon County Stout, but with an added interest and complexity.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark black with good carbonation and broiwnish head, ring on this one

S: Bourbon but lighter than traditional BCS, coffee, booze

T: Coffee, vanila seemed predominant, roasted malt, booze and some chocolate

M: I thought it was a bit effervescent and uncreamy or full

D: Ok

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes written on 06-20-2010.

Appearance - Pours a relatively opaque (though not totally) dark brown color into a Bruery tulip. Sparse head that leaves little lacing, however, this is appropriate for such a monstrous beer.

Smell - Heavy roasted malts and vanilla followed by a medium, though not strong, coffee aroma. Hints of bourbon, dark chocolate, and molasses fill the air. You know this is going to be a mean tasting SOB.

Taste - This is the second time I have had this beer, and both times were very similar to the nose. The initial taste is the slight coffee that is immediately overtaken by the bourbon and roasted malts. Vanilla and molasses finish up at the tail end.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied, lower carbonation, chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - I don't think I could ever drink a bomber of this by myself (nor could I of regular BCS). I will try this side by side this Christmas with a 2008 BCS (since the coffee version was aged longer it would be more similar to the 2008 than 2009 BCS imo) to see just how different they are. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and at such a high ABV, it invites one to share it with good friends and family. I am glad I have eight more in my cellar to age over the years to come. A very good beer.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle courtesy of jsilva (thanks John!), into a snifter. Not sure if we'll see another bottling of this, but if we do this one is the 2010 bottle.

A -The first pour is at fridge temp, and it's not very impressive -- black as night, but just a thin cap of mocha-colored foam on top. Subsequent pours as it warms are much better, with increasingly large head each time. Agitation shows off its legs, with the head building back up easily once it gets closer to room temperature. Not much in the way of lacing, even with a clean, dry glass.

S - Holy bourbon! I absolutely love the way bourbon-barrel-aged beers smell, and this is pretty much a perfect example. Lots of the typical bourbon notes without lighting my nose up by being too boozy. Tons of caramelized sugar, toffee, vanilla, and a healthy dose of espresso towards the back. Oatmeal cookie and dark fruit like raisins and figs come forward as it warms. Awesome smelling beer.

T - Wow, they've really integrated the bourbon well. It's not too forward, and just melds in with the other flavors. Think of an oatmeal-raisin-bourbon cookie, and you're halfway there. More vanilla than in the nose. Starts off bitter, then sweet in the middle with the bourbon, and finishes like it started, with that bitter espresso. The coffee is certainly there, but not front-and-center like I would've expected. Perhaps it's faded a bit as some have mentioned, but for me it's exactly where it needs to be. I'd like to have this for breakfast every morning.

M - Thick, viscous, and chewy. I used to wonder what that meant, but this is a great example -- it's almost like taking a bite of food and chewing it. This beer (and its siblings, obviously) are perfect instances of beer-as-meal.

D - Honestly, I just don't understand all the 4+ drinkability ratings for this one. Really? You're going to have multiple bottles of this? Without a nap? I have doubts. I *love* the flavors, and could have that all day, but in the end any 13% abv beer is going to take its toll. I'll be lucky to finish the bomber without a break. So minus points for getting me hammered, but plus points for the fact that I *want* more.

O - Like I said before, I'd like to have this in the morning in place of my coffee everyday, if I could somehow. This is an incredible beer, maybe in the top three that I've ever had.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hayesez for sending this my way.

Poured into a snifter glass.

A - Dark black finger width of mocha head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing is left on the glass. I'd like a bit more head retention on this, but it's nice looking none the less.

S - Rich chocolate and coffee with a touch of bourbon. There's a noticeably boozy smell as the beer opens up...must be the bourbon

T - Coffee and bourbon with chocolate. They mix great, and it's just a rich melding of these tastes the entire time. It's quite overwhelming, and quite delicious.

M - Heavy body with low carbonation. Doesn't get much better than this for a big stout. Might have liked a touch more chewy mouthfeel.

D - Heavy stout, but very very good. Compliment with your breakfast, main course, dessert...doesn't matter. It could be consumed all the time.

On a side note, this makes a great beer for a beer float. I had it with the chocolate rain ice cream @ The Bruery a couple weekends back.

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Photo of deereless
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thin layer of brown tightly packed head, the beer moves in the glass like a warmed maple syrup, serious legs are visible in the beer, black with only a tidbit of light passing at the edge of the glass - 4.75, S: Intense nose, tons of thick molasses and latte-like sweetness, the nose oozes a pureed raisin smell, coffee is thick and with a milk mix, alcohol provides a slight burn, faint vanilla - 4.25, T: Like the nose - the best word for the palate seems to be 'intense', loads of dark fruits such as dates and prunes, whisky also plays a huge part of the flavor profile though it is reined in by the huge layering of malt, lots of coffee and chocolate as well as some vanilla, alcohol burn is evident but less noticeable than expected on a 13% beer, sweetness borders on being cloying but is placated by everything else going on in this beer, again - an intense beer - 4.50, M: Thick and velvety texture, mouth feel is quite heavy - 4.50, D: Bourbon County Stout has been one of my hallowed beers for a while and I figured adding some coffee could only improve on that beer, and I can say I am not disappointed, very drinkable but only in moderation - 4.25

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Photo of atremains
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very dark black with a light tan head. Recedes to a cloudy sheet on top. Lacing is non-existant. Oily.
S - Holy bourbon. Cocoa. Bourbon. Faint roasted malt and coffee/espresso. Bourbon reigns supreme.
T - Coffee -> Bourbon -> Vanilla -> Cocoa/malt -> Coffee/espresso. Malty cocoa lingers 4e. Firey woodlike flavors. Very well rounded taste.
M - Full, carbonation is rejuvenating. creamy and warming.
D - Heat from the alcohol is not abundant or overpowering but is something that builds over the drink. It becomes slightly numbing to the palette but it isn't a big deal.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

thick oil, you can tell from the pour how viscous this is. along with being as black as they come. there isnt alot of head, but you can see some bubbles slowly rising to the surface. the swirl creates some coffee colored bubbles.

The smell after 6 months has faded in the coffee dept, and more bourbon is coming through, but this one is still a sweeter smelling beer then BCS, you can tell that easily.

The coffee is still there on the tongue, along with that melded bourbon flavor that is warm but not hot, Bella. There is definently some bitterness going on, weither it's from the coffee or other roasted malts or maybe some of both. There is a fruity flavor so dark in here, the closest thing i can think of is pomegranite or currants, but just dark and covered in chocolate.

Mouthfeel has quite a bit of carbination, more then i expected, which goes well with the viscosity which is massive.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle just came out of nowhere. Split with Oglmcdgl and Darin.

Black in the glass, BCBCS is black. A small amount of dark tan that does not make a cap quickly fades to nothing. Looks very similiar to the regular as in it's pretty still beer. Not even swirls could bring anything back, no lace.

Smells pretty spectacular, a large amount of roasted malt and coffee with the bourbon taking the backseat but not hiding. This smells less boozy than the original, it's quite hidden. Chocolate nibs and no vanilla in sight.

Im blown away by the mix of chocolate, coffee and bourbon with out all the heat or alcohol. I gotta say the alcohol is pretty much gone, it's there but so so small. The bourbon tastes are sharp and the coffee is roasty and dark, these two are practically neck and neck, but I think the bourbon is hidden by the mix of chocolate and coffee. Small amounts of wood, big amount of taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and coating and somewhat sryupy but not really. Quite viscous but smooth as hell thanks to small amounts of heat. Carbonation is on the low side and im quite alright with that. Able to be swished around the mouth without getting overburdened with burnt coffee, a nice roast.

No way I could I polish off a bomber of this and why would I people need to try this beer, it's really good but not my favorite coffee stout. It's a sipper for sure, BCBCS demands respect.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.87/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A miracle bottle pulled out from the back thanks to the coolest bartender ever darin.

A- pour almost pitch black and thick as hell hints of dark brown at the edges. Very viscous stuff as only a small coffee colored cap rises from the brew.

S- oh snap! This has a hell of a nose. Baclava like layers of chocolate, coffee, molasses, dates, plums. Dark roasted malts and sweetness out the ass. Hint of chared wood and the bourbon in the back.

T- well I'm struck down by this one. Bitter sweet chocolate and brownie batter. Loads of coffee and cream with blackstrap molasses and brown sugar. Vanilla, bourbon, smokey wood. Cocoa powder covered dark berries.

M- full bodied, chewy and thick but the carb is at that perfect level let's the brew sit on the palate but never feel dead. I just want more.

D- for a beer of this stature and flavor to be this drinkable is a crime. Its way less hot the an 08 bcs I had a few days ago. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,113 ratings.