Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 1,032
Hads: 6,161
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 3.28%
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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

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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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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz, split w/ my new roommate who's a sucker for bourbon. I think I set my hooks...

11oz in a Newport Storm pint glass, thanks to the incredibly-generous Rempo.

A- Dark dark brown, minimal 1cm head that quickly dissapates, and this is with an aggressive pour. Still, wasn't expecting a ton here. Seems to be low-carbed.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, creamed coffee.

T- Bourbon is so smooth. Caramel, vanilla, and of course, coffee. Sweet, semi-sweet chocolate. Coffee is mellow and smooth, almost like coffee ice cream.

M- This is where the beer shines- impossibly smooth and so delicious. Lots of mellow, smooth, rich flavors that work very well. Low carbonation makes this like velvet. Can't believe it- 5 of 5.

D- Moderately high. Worth seeking out, a great beer. Here's hoping it comes back again.

I've had better, but not many. Good stuff. (845 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was my 2nd time having this, I split the bomber two ways this time around.

Pours black, brown head is pinky-size. Not that it really matters, but this somehow retained better and had nicer lacing than regular BCS.

Smell is incredible, best part of the beer IMO. One of the best-smelling stouts I have had. Bourbon, vanilla and roasted malt mix excellently with dark espresso.

Taste is very good, close to the scent. Bourbon, vanilla, burnt chocolate, smoke and coffee. Coffee isn't as up-front as I thought it would be, the strength of the beer is definitely the nice mixture of flavors. Booze is still a bit hot but not as hot as regular BCS. Espresso flavor really starts to show through more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is great, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is nice and low. A bit thinner than I remember regular BCS being, it could be my imagination. Excellent taste makes this more drinkable than a 13% stout should be. (932 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a medium brown head that doesn't last long but lingers around the edges.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, wood, and vanilla with a heavy bourbon presence. The coffee is there, but not nearly as dominate as I expected.

Taste is slightly sweet roasted malts, molasses, and brown sugar up front. The finish is a mix of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate with a moderate bitterness. Whereas some coffee stouts have a watered down, burnt coffee flavor, this is much richer and provides an excellent, unique flavor. The bitter coffee, chocolate and bourbon linger past the finish. Bourbon flavor is nicely balanced.

Full bodied, syrupy, and sticky with no chewiness. Dry finish with a light alcohol heat.

Overall an excellent beer, but I wasn't blown away.

6/4/2010 (777 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black with a small dark tan head with poor retention and no lacing. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, raisins, and vanilla. Not overly complex, but nice.

The taste is chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and raisins. It has a lot of sweetness and also bitterness from the coffee for some balance, but is still mostly sweet. The chocolate and coffee flavors together is what makes this beer work for me. The chocolate flavor is similar to Hershey's syrup, and reminds me of Black Tuesday.

The beer clings to the glass much like Ten FIDY, is full bodied, chewy, smooth, and has decent carbonation. The alcohol is not well hidden, but I did not expect it to be. This is a very nice Imperial Stout,and keeps getting better as it warms in the glass. (759 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The label on this bottle says "develops up to 5 years in the bottle". As this will probably be my 1 and only, no chance of me waiting.

Youza, another hefty 13% abv brew. What was I thinking??

First off, gotta give some love to Goose Island before even tasting this; the bottle is filled nearly to the brim.

It looks pitch black to me, has a small half inch of tannish foam, and does a good job re the lacing. A great looker.

The smell, as expected from the name, has a nice long lasting aroma of coffee followed closely by a steady but not over the top nose of bourbon. Nice, and I get some sweetish notes ala milk chocolate that intensify and almost match the bourbon and coffee as I take more whiffs. This has the smell department down to a T. Love it!

The taste starts off very much with the bourbon, maybe a tad too much. Cellaring would probably calm that down over time but I can't ignore the the lovely sweet chocolate and fresh coffee notes that come along for the ride. Ok, maybe it is also a tad too sweet for my liking as well. I'm being a real hard nose right now, I guess, but I'm thinking about the "regular" Bourbon Co Stout and thinking how wonderful it is, especially with a year on it. This *could* turn out equally as impressive in a year or so but....for me, fresh is tasty and all but it doesn't have that certain harmony of flavours going on that I hoped for. No disrespect to Goose Island intended. See my reviews of many of their other beers for proof of my love for the brewery.

Medium bodied, lowish carbonation, the mouthfeel is fantastic.

Drinkability? Despite my perceived short comings of BCS Coffee edition, it is *still* any easy drinking 13%ABV monster.
Give it a go. (1,707 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in honor of the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup.

A hugely deep dark menace of a beer. Creamy, thick, full, tan, mocha brown head rose 2 fingers and had great retention and thick sticky lacing to boot.

Wow. This is huuuugely flavorful. The aromas are intense, but the flavors are even more so. Coffee and bourbon smack you in the face with subtle bluntness (yeah, that's right). Some chocolate hides in there as well, as well as a faint hint of black licorice. The smell is big. It is fitting. A big old sip reveals a sweet boozy bourbon over chocolate flavor that just seems to coalesce with the coffee. Like every choco-bourbon molecule is wrapped around a nucleus of coffee and oak. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy-- the way a good oak-aged stout should be. It actually has a bit of dryness towards the finish that really takes the edge off the bourbon--- like putting out the fire but leaving the warmth. There is a great Vanilla bean vibe here too. It mixes with the oakiness and the two really add quite a bit of taste and complexity.

There is a good amount of carbonation in this one. It is a little less than I like, but, this is a coffee beer that is aged in bourbon barrels, so I can deal with it. Other than that, there isn't really a valid complaint that I can make about this beer... And believe me, I wanted to make a valid complaint. I kind of wanted to be that homestate guy that gives this a less than an A review. Sorry, this beer deserves its great rating. It is fantastic. That coffee and chocolate note is just rocking my world.
Congrats to Goose. You knocked it out of the park on this one! And congrats to the Hawks. Now I just need my Cubs to pull it off... (1,695 characters)

Photo of kirkpjr
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From review notes 5/29/10.

Bottle dated 3/26/10.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours an oily jet black darkness with one finger of brownish caramel head. Very thick with no chance for light to get through. No real lacing, only a thin brown ring around the tulip.

S: Sweet chocolate, roasted espresso, and vanilla. One of if not the best smelling stouts I've every smelled. Very little bourbon - especially in comparison to the regular BCBS. It smells like a freshly baked brownie amongst some roasted malts and coffee. Before I even taste this beer, I realized this one is not just hype.

T: Tastes like a fudge brownie dipped in some coffee and espresso. Rich and chocolaty. Some heat here, but very good. Vanilla notes smooth out this beer. Almost everything in the smell is represented in the taste. World class and definitely lives up to its recent following.

M: Full body and low carbonation - ideal for the style. Bourbon and espresso lingers on the palette.

D: Wonderful stout. The espresso and bourbon play wonderfully into this beer. The heat is the only limit to this beer's drinkability. (1,100 characters)

Photo of thirsty4beer
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cold 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deeper black than I was expecting and it had a short-lived light brown head. If I wasn't holding the cold bottle, it would have seemed more like a deep black espresso being poured straight from the espresso maker.

Wow! Definitely some freshly roasted espresso, rich chocolate, and quality bourbon aromas up front. Powerful nose just from the pour, didn't even need to shove my face into my glass.

Amazing taste of chocolate maltiness, roasted espresso (with a smooth bitterness), and very balanced amount of bourbon. Slightly sweet and surprisingly creamy. As the beer warms to room temp, some licorice becomes apparent. Bourbon heat on the finish but alcohol is extremely masked overall.

Mouthfeel was heavenly and beyond velvety. Like drinking a slightly thicker choc milk but not quite a milkshake. The best mouthfeel I've ever had from a stout. Drinks like an 8%

I should have bought a whole case!

Practically perfect as a young beer. Can't wait to see how it ages in my cellar! (1,043 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Received from lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank.

EDIT: This beer seems to have faded exceptionally quickly. I tried 4 or 5 bottles over a couple of months and each was hotter / more bourbony / less coffee than the last. I still like it a lot, but this is one beer that should be consumed fresh, IMO. Scores adjusted slightly to reflect how a bottle is drinking today.

A: Pours a pitch black color with a dark mocha colored head. Great retention for the ABV and style. It leaves some fringes of lace down the glass at first, but none in the latter half of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and THEN bourbon. That's how it should be (IMO). Unlike BCBS, the barrel character has receded a bit and the base beer shines through more. Vanilla, oak, and a twinge -- just a bit -- of booze. Nonetheless, one of the best barrel-aged impy stouts I've smelled.

T: I wouldn't call this 'balanced' in the grand scheme of beers, but as far as barrel-aged imperial stouts go, it has a number of flavors, and each one has its place. Unlike BCBS, it has much more restraint on the bourbon barrel -- or rather, the bourbon is appropriately balanced by coffee here. Plenty of dark chocolate. Restrained vanilla, oak, and a touch of molasses. I really enjoy the full flavor of this. I honestly like this more than KBS.

M: Medium-full bodied. This is not a particularly thick stout (which is a good thing; it enhances its drinkability greatly). The cabonation is velvety and lovely. The only ding is that it is still quite hot; I don't know why anyone would say it has no heat at all. At least it's not a 13% blazing heat. I think this beer will hit my personal sweet spot in 6 months. I look forward to it.

D: It's a testament to how much I love this beer that I have traded for it twice. I estimate each bomber cost me $16 including shipping. That's fine. It's that. damn. good. And I had no trouble finishing it on my own.

Overall: well done. I don't feel that I'm lenient towards barrel-aged imperial stouts. This one really earned its score. (2,081 characters)

Photo of drink1121
3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Celebrating the Blackhawks Stanley Cup game 5 win an what better beer than to have this, brewed in Chicago.

A- pour a tick, black with a nice frothy head, which dissipates, but a very little lingers all the way.

S- I get bourbon up from with some vanilla, carmel and coffee. the alcohol is pretty prevelant on the nose.

T- quite a bit of heat from this. nice bourbon, vanilla and coffee again. not as much coffee as i would have liked, especially since its Intelligentsia, who brews the best espresso I have ever had

M- pretty hot, but nice and thick and creamy, which is the way I like my stouts.

D- at 13%, the drinkability goes down quite a bit. for the alcohol I would say its pretty good, although pretty hot at the same time. again, wish there was more coffee. slightly disappointing given the hype for this beer. i would like to do a side by side with same year the regular bourbon county stout to see the difference. (930 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark coloured body, with a little head. Looks thick. Aromas of coffee up front, only fainter bourbon. The taste was cold coffee with tons of milk and sugar up front. Something I do not drink. As I kept drinking samples, and with food, the coconut taste (and the lactic acid) more than the bourbon accumulated.I finished 300 ml. but 750 ml. was just too much. (366 characters)

Photo of Shumista
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After missing the release of this one because I was out of the state for a couple weeks I was fortunate enough to find a BA who had plenty and was willing to trade.

Poured from a bomber and split 3 ways. Dark black, not the thickest imperial stout ever but its pretty viscous stuff. Medium brown head. The aroma is lots and lots of bourbon, oak, coffee, raisin and bitter chocolate. I was worried after the nose that the bourbon barrel would overpower the other flavors but it did not. The main progression of flavors was fairly linear to me with a few subtleties that are harder to place. The main progression goes bourbon, dark chocolate syrup, bitterness from the hops, then coffee followed by a lingering coffee aftertaste that's nearly indistinguishable from the aftertaste of a good cup of coffee. Subtleties throughout of anise, oak, and some dark fruitiness that is raisin-like as in the nose. Feel is creamy, thick, and warming but just not quite thick enough for a 5. While probably not a good idea I would have no problem polishing off an entire bomber of this stuff, something I don't say too often about big beers like this. The past few weeks I've had a handful of highly hyped beers that turned out to be letdowns so it was really nice to be blown away again by a great beer. (1,292 characters)

Photo of spoons
4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a snifter

Color is black as it gets with a super fizzy coffee color head that isnt there long.

Smell is pretty crazy. I get some raspberries at first. Not present in regular bourbon county stout. a bourbon barrel twang to it. Dark red wine smells as well. Some vanilla syrup, and ohh yeah coffee.

Taste has way more coffee than the nose would leave you to believe. Almost light on the front of the tongue with carbonation, but is medium to heavy bodied overall especially when it warms up. Getting some bourbon flavor as well vanilla. Has a nice coffee bitterness to it. A great beer no doubt. (622 characters)

Photo of therealnomayo
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a really good stout. I don't know if it's a "top 5" beer for me overall, but it was definitely enjoyable. Shared a bomber with a friend.

A: Dark brownish black, syrupy, legs like Tina Turner. Virtually no head on it, but it might have been my pour.

S: Captivating. Bourbon-y chocolate goodness with an almost molasses-like sweetness. Bourbon overwhelms any coffee scent it might have had pre-barrel.

T: Delicious. This is one of those beers that you take your time with. Not because it's 13%, but because you want it to last, and as it warms slightly, more flavors make themselves known. Very slight coffee taste quickly overwhelmed by oaky bourbon flavor, chocolate. Sweet but balanced. Pronounced alcohol burn doesn't detract.

M: Sticky but smooth and thick. Nothing to complain about here.

D: I would have no trouble drinking a couple bombers of this if they were more readily available and priced for mere mortals like myself.

Overall I'd call this an excellent stout and I certainly won't pass on the opportunity to enjoy another. (1,050 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
2.94/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my Cigar City Snifter.

A- Pours solid black. No light passes through at all. A fingers worth of a tannish head. Excellent retention and a solid amount of lacing.

S- Str8 up, in your grill, BOURBON. The charred malts and dark chocolate are present, but are supressed mainly by booze. I didn't pick up on any coffee at all.

T- Wow....I hate to say it, but I'm really disapointed. The bourbon is way to overpowering for me. Once again though the bourbon is just to hot. Weird because if I'm drinking liquor, I'm drinking Makers Mark, Gentleman Jack, or crown. Perhaps I should have chilled this brew a little longer before cracking it. I typicaly enjoy my stouts close to room temperature, so I had this just around room temp. The booze were just to much and it killed the other flavors in the beer. The only other thing I picked up on was the charred malts. No vanilla, no coffee, no chocolate. I really prefer regular BCS over this. I have one more bottle that I'm gonna let mellow out and I'll see what happens after some time has been put on this. I enjoy most BA stouts....I think this one just needs a little time.

M- Nice and creamy, but the heat from the booze killed it for me once again.

D- If you have read my review up to this point, you probably are going to guess what I'm going to say here...Yup u guessed it, just to boozey and hot. I'm anxious to revisit this brew in a year or so. (1,412 characters)

Photo of DarbyOGill
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Pours black, but not jet black like some other stouts I've seen. An almost red tint was found while it was being slowly poured into the glass. One fingers worth of mocha colored head crowned the beer with good retention.

S: The smell is incredible with in your face notes of coffee, chocolate and soy sauce and slight hints of vanilla and bourbon.

T: Amazingly complex. I don't think I have ever had a beer as complex as this. It starts out with a strong coffee flavor followed by bourbon with some heat. This heat however, is not over the top at all. Bourbon and chocolate stay on the tongue after each sip. There are also hints of vanilla, oak, soy sauce and chocolate found throughout the brew.

M: Perfect for the style. The lower carbonation gives the beer a creamy feel and its not overly viscous. (851 characters)

Photo of brownbeer
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Truly black gold, with all of it's glass staining goodness and a short lived, bourbon barrel color head.

As the aroma of bourbon fills the room while pouring it you know that something great is about to happen. Closer inspection reveals one of the best smelling beers I've ever experienced. Vanilla, espresso bean, milky sweet and bitter chocolate, a whiff of alcohol. It smells a lot like an empty bourbon barrel.

It has an oaky bourbon flavor that intertwines with molasses, roasty coffee beans, and milk chocolate. But it's in the aftertaste that it really shines. The fade goes on and on with burnt cookies and espresso. Delicious finish.

The mouthfeel reminds me a bit of 2% milk, very smooth. It's not too high on my drinkablility scale, due to the richness and alcohol presence. It's a splitter and a sipper that demands respect, control, and attention. Deservedly so. In my top 5 without questions. Why did I not by more of this when I had the chance? Why? (969 characters)

Photo of Lunch
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade with AleWatcher (Thanks!) into my Brooklyn snifter at cellar temperature (05/15/10).

A: Pours a deep, rich, motor oil black with an ever so slight ruby hue caped off with a tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: Strong yet delicious bourbon scent along with molasses, roasted malt, and toffee/caramel. This incredible aroma is enhanced with a wonderful layer of coffee that is sweet, bitter and rich.

T: Intense bourbon flavor with very apparent alcohol heat, but in a pleasing way as long as you are a bourbon fan. Very complex flavors including molasses, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, bitter dark chocolate, sweet cocoa, vanilla, and milk chocolate all surrounded in a blanket of wood. I must say the coffee adds a very unique and flavorful quality, but I may prefer the original just a bit more.

M: Fulerl-bodied and oily with low carbonation. Perhaps just a bit thinner than I would like.

D: For the style this is certainly drinkable, but don't lie to yourself.

Overall this is certainly a great twist on the original classic. Another fine stout from Goose Island. Highly Recommended. (1,141 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout bottled on 3/26/10.
Poured into my Cigar City snifter a deep black with a 1 finger head of dark tan, tiny bubbles. Aroma is notes of sweet dark chocolate, cocoa, and bourbon. The first sip is a plethora of flavors; chocolate sweetness up front followed by a strong coffee flavor, a nip of bitterness, and ending with a long drawn out bourbon taste. The alcohol is pretty apparent in the end. Letting this one warm up a bit as it was in the fridge brings out some more flavors. Slight vanilla notes. For being so "young" I will be interested to see what these do with some age on them.
Very full bodied mouthfeel.
An excellent example of an American Double/Imperial Stout. (711 characters)

Photo of TrueRates
2.37/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I truly was excited to try this beer. Anything that reaches the top 10 on BA is a must try. But this really is a massive disappointment. Choke the hype. This beer is almost more overly hyped than Patrick Rue's 18% bourbon RIS. The pour was expected. Gorgeous dark stout with tight mocha carbonation that disspated quickly. Best part about this beer for sure, however everything on was total crap. Aroma is straight bourbon. Nothing complex what so ever. At least bring some complexity into this. I thought this beer was brewed with top notch Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso. Taste is of more bourbon with slight creme'd sugar and lactose. Can I get some toasty malt or some hops in this, please? Taking another whiff of this, I get cheap vanilla extract with more milk chocolate (hence the lactoce again). The body is rich and full without any stickyness. Finish is one dimensional with bourbon straight through. I hardly want another sip. Luckily I'm splitting this beer with a friend or else I'd drain pour at least half the bottle. I'd say if one is looking for a coffee infused RIS done the right way, search out the Mikkeller Beer Geek Weasel (BA'ed one if you can find it). (1,181 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is fairly viscous and black with a finger's worth of brown head that has amazing retention.

S: An incredibly rich and robust nose. Tons of vanilla and coffee attack the sense. There is also quite a bit of chocolate, bourbon, and some more coffee for good measure.

T: The bourbon and barrel flavors come through more than I would have expected. Certainly plenty of vanilla and the coffee flavor is quite intense. A nice chocolatey and sweet finish.

M: As one might expect, this is a full bodied beer. The carbonation is low and smooth, giving the beer a very creamy mouthfeel.

D: There is a bit of heat that comes through (as there is with regular BCS), but it is covered up quite nicely by the vanilla and coffee. Still, this is one to drink with a few friends. (777 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark and is black as a coal mine in the glass. One inch of mocha colored head that had very good retention. Thick coating of lacing recedes back into the liquid after each sip. The aroma is everything you hope for in a coffee infuses, barrel-aged stout. Each element is equally balanced. I smell whole bean, freshly roasted coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor is almost equally awesome. It only falls short because of the alcohol heat. Coffee flavor that is almost the best I have had in a beer. The barrel-aging lends bourbon, vanilla, and woody notes. Still a substantial stout under all the other flavors and that is very important. Awesome thick, chewy, and creamy body. The best of Goose Island stouts is still evident in this beer. A great beer that I will need to find another bottle and age for awhile. A relatively good value as well, I could see several local breweries selling this for $10 more a bottle. (956 characters)

Photo of squaremile
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at a recent BA tasting thanks to Pawel. Pours a viscous black with minimal head. Nose is vanilla dominating with some coffee, the bourbon boozy elements are hard to find. Taste is vanilla, oak, espresso, some cocoa, honey, and a hint of bourbon. VERY smooth mouthfeel, one of the best ever. Up there with the best stouts I've ever had.

EDIT: Split a full bottle with fresh palate and updated the review. Moved up with smell and taste, a bit down with drinkability. (472 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Somehow, I got a bottle of this. I think there was only 1 case in my town!! A 22 oz. bottle of this. It says it is aged in bourbon barrels and expresso is added. I also see it is number 3 on the list and anticipate this drink highly.

I poured it an got about 3/4 inch of a dark tan head. That head left a ring of bubbles which is easily stirred up but not much lacing. It poured very black brown and the body is opaque.

The nose is awesome. Boiled down coffee, whiskey, charred wood, roasted malt, caramel. This is a great beginning. This beer is one of the most appealing based on the smell I have ever had.

Taste: Well, I took a tiny sip and WOW did the flavors explode. It is loaded with coffee, sweetness, roasted malt and some bourbon undertones. The finish is pretty bitter, not sure if it is hops or the expresso.

The beer is very thick body and viscous. It actually tastes feels like it was boiled down or thickened, but that is part of the fine appeal of this classic brew. There is a nice little zip after you taste it. The flavors linger on the tongue for sometime. The alcohol does not overwhelm you. It is not up front but I am sure it will let me know as I drink this. This is definitely one of the best stouts I have had. This puts Goose Island on the map as one of the fine breweries of the world with this accomplishment. I can't say enough about this beer. Truly enjoyable with every sip, I mean small sip. (1,431 characters)

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

Truly a world-class brew. I can't think of any way to improve on this complex, flavorful, yet beautifully harmonized beer. I don't remember having a beer stout than this.

A: Pours nice and thick, although not in the motor oil realm. Black with deep amber highlights at the edges if held up to some light. Surprisingly, it pours with a good sized light brown head which never fully dissipated for me.

S: Wonderfully balanced. Vanilla, deep chocolate malts, bourbon, and coffee all are present, though none are more prominent than any other. Great smelling beer.

T: The taste is as amazingly balanced as the smell. Considering how much is going on here, that's quite a feat. Rich coffee blends w/ malt and a nice vanilla flavor as well as subtle bourbon warming. I can taste each element at work, and each one is on point. Booze is hidden very well, making me want to keep drinking and drinking. Aftertaste is wonderfully reminiscent of coffee ice cream. I want more!

M: great, full, creamy texture. No metallic or off sensations to be found.

D: As drinkable as any 13% beer I've ever had. After drinking the first bottle (with a friend) we immediately ordered a second.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,032 ratings.