Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 6,116
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 3,865
Gots: 2,519 | FT: 203
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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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Photo of Phelps
3.96/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev -15.8%
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

Photo of SpdKilz
4.67/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.41/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Kaiser81
4.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of deereless
4.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of atremains
4.75/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.62/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of jdense
3.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at Bailey's Taproom compliments of the awesome John Michaelson, bottling date 3.26.2010.

Dark brown/nearly black opaque body, no visible carbonation due to hue. Minimal tan head, medium dissipation with minimal lacing. The nose is very, very boozy, coffee buried by the alcohol, does get a bit sweeter as the beer warmed. Taste is too boozy, alcohol subsumes the coffee, bourbon barrel notes come through, a bit sweet, not picking up too much hops. Mouthfeel is pretty hot, a bit astringent and filling. If you can cut through the booziness this taste pretty good, but too young and hot, needs another six months to smooth out the alcohol heat, I'm sure this will be better down the road, but it was too boozy right now. Needs some time, check bottling date before consuming.

Photo of Axic10
4.97/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with some mocha head that quickly rests to a thin layer.

Smell: WOW. Bourbon with coffee, roasted malt, hints of chocolate and vanilla. Such a great aroma on this.

Taste: Bourbon up front, while not too over powering, you know it's there and the focus on it. Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla with a nice hint of the of coffee in the aftertaste. As it warms up more of the complexity shines through.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and ridiculously smooth. Coats your mouth with its goodness.

Drinkability: I will be seeking out more of this, as the couple of bottles I have left, might not last too much longer. An absolute joy to drink this amazing beer. Can't wait for the Vanilla version.

Photo of Wisconsinality
4.22/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into Sprecher snifter. Split with beerwolf77.

A- Pours a very deep brown with little light showing through. A decent mocha head that doesn't leave much for lacing.

S- Nice smooth coffee, big roasted malts and some nice smooth bourbon. The oak makes itself present later on and the alcohol comes out just a bit.

T- Very nice coffee and bourbon. Oak and nice roasted malts. The booze is barely even present. Pretty well balanced, more so that the regular.

M- Full bodied but incredibly smooth. Just a little carbonation that tickles the side of the tongue. Just a little bit of heat on the back of the throat.

D- A sipper for sure. The coffee adds a nice layer. I would have to say I will prefer the original. I am wondering what some age will do to the coffee flavor.

Photo of Lerxst
4.22/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottled on 03/26/10 poured into a tulip

A-Pours black with a vigorous pour producing a thin mocha colored head that faded very quickly and left no lacing

S-Bourbon, bourbon and bourbon. There are also hints of coffee (given the name of this beer, the lack of coffee in the nose is disappointing), a whiff of chocolate and vanilla, also a bit of malt.

T-Bourbon leads followed up by a coffee flavor that is more pronounced than in the nose. Lingering in the middle and back are notes of coffee, vanilla, toffee and roasted malt.

M-Full bodied and rich. Very creamy and silky. Coats the palate well.

D-For such a humongous beer, this is very drinkable.

Glad I was able to finally get hold of this one but I would love to have one fresh and have another to age for a year. If you like the style, you probably will love this one.

Photo of garbercury
4.92/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from Wedgie9...Thanks Andy!

A--Deep mahogany. Lacing on the glass that sticks.

S--Wow, so much going on here, bourbon notes and some damn good coffee. Could smell this beer for hours.

T--Holy mary mother of god, this beer tastes so good. I love the regular brew, but this is just ridiculous. The mix of coffee and bourbon is incredible, vanilla sweetness adds to the flavor on the back end.

M--Silky smooth

D--I really feel this beer is pretty much a 5 all the way around. I think this is certainly in my top 5 beers for sure. Seek it out, its a must try.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.54/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate and bourbon in brew form with a beautifully integrated coffee sense.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Simple red label design with white and gold font trying to have a sober and exclusive look (In essence a variation in red from the regular BCS) . Side narrative notes general brew intent, origin of the coffee, and inspiration to use the beans from their brewery neighbor "Intelligentsia" . Shows bottling date, (03/26/10 1639) and dedicated glassware. Notes Alc. by Vol. (13.0%) Served in a snifter.

A - Black body, small dark brown-ruby edges with a small brown frothy head. Average to small retention with almost non-existent lacing.

S - Boozy bourbon notes, chocolate, coffee, and a boozy malt whiff. Sweet roastness with nicely integrated complexity.

T - Same outstanding stout roasted bourbon profile with the chocolate still rich but paired by a very assertive but nicely integrated coffee current. Light touches of vanilla, and licorice also punctuate the background.

M - Full body, creamy and thick, lingering texture with little but adequate carbonation.

D - Nice slow sipper, with a growing and assertive flavor worth every sip.

Notes: Nice variation on the BCS flagship... But while it is rather nicely done, drinkability feels a touch shorter next to the original version. I´ve enjoyed this version tremendously, and I really liked the coffee edge, but felt a bit too long towards the end. Really recommendable in any case.

Photo of crashlimo
4.9/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 22oz bottle equally into four tasting glasses

A- Pours pitch black with slight caramel head. Stains the side of the glass a dark brown almost immediately.

S- Smells strongly of bourbon and coffee with notes of roasted malt. It smells sweeter than the original BCS with a stronger caramel element.

T- Heavinly combo of coffee and bourbon. Much smoother than I expected. Sweet caramel flavors overpower the inherent alcohol taste.

Mf: Silky smooth feeling, minor carbonation.

D- Surprisingly drinkable and smooth. Leaves a pleasant warm feeling that can only be achieved through the magic of bourbon

Photo of dbossman
4.33/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a small brown head; lacing is mimimal but typical for the style

S: Bourbon oakiness is the strongest but the coffee and roasted malty quality pervades as well

T: Bourbon dominates the coffee and the alcohol is pleasantly pungent; a bit of an oakiness adds to the other qualities

F: Very creamy with great overall mouth feel

D: For what it is, it's pretty sippable; a damn good beer

Photo of billshmeinke
4.27/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to yourefragile for sending me this. Poured into a snifter.

I get a half a finger dark beige head that fairly quickly sizzles away to a ring of foam clinging to the edge of the glass. Oily legs pull any lace back into the glass. The body is incredibly black with hints of bourbon like color at the extremities when held to light.

The nose is big and bold with caramel, toffee, molasses, some raisins, bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, and a hint of smokey coffee.

The flavor starts off with sweet molasses, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate then roasty espresso, peat, smoke, and ending on a alcoholic bourbon note. Smoke and peat hang around between sips.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, rich, and thick. Low carbonation, but there is something about the texture of the carbonation that I don't like that kind of reminds me of the fizzy/sizzling sound the head made as it died down (I guess the best way to describe it would be fizzy?).

The alcohol is fairly well masked, but still makes sure you don't forget about it. Good drinkability overall. Not a huge improvement over Bourbon County Brand Stout, but the coffee adds some bitterness and balance to the mix.

Photo of aesopsgato
4.97/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the bottle to my dt tulip, this pours a miniscule head that sticks around in a ring throughout the experience. My dad and I actually tried to see if we could get a light through this, yeah right... Whisps of head dissapate quickly as I sip this sipper.

This beer smells like bourbon county stout and KBS made love. Malty sweetness, slight alcohol hotness, big bourbon, less-big coffee, this beer is HUGE.

Coffee comes through in the taste and it is amazing. I can't imagine how this would have tasted fresh, hopefully next year I can try it within a month or two of its release. Coffee and chocolate bitterness aftertaste is not unpleasant at all, very reminiscent of how actual coffee or actual chocolate would taste (bitter, but in the best way). Taste is similar to aroma: malty, very clean (not so roasty) alcohol, bourbon, plus that amazing coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is the definition of velvety. WOW

Drinkability is high for a stout of this size.

I will say that one thing my dad and I agreed on is that there really isn't anything wrong with this beer. Try as we might, we just could not fault it for anything, except maybe lack of lacing. We both thought it wasn't like, shed-a-tear good; but fresh, I could well imagine this beer would have been like, top 3 or 5 ever. ISO:2011 bcbcs

Photo of 7ways
4.57/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

*Started drinking a regular 2008 BCS halfway through this review as a baseline.

Looks rich. Darker than dark brown with a muddy head, big bubbles. No retention, no surprise. Settles to a still black pond in my glass.
Smells like Kahlua aged bourbon! I mean, Bourbon aged Kahlua! Um... wait, what? Whatever, it's Awesome! Also very old wood, chocolate and vanilla, espresso; but really, it just smells like sweet, sweet, coffee booze.

I think it's best to start by comparing the taste to the original BCS: Sweeter, less wood, more coffee (A DUH!), more tobacco, slightly more bitter. More heat, though still very reasonable for 13%. I don't know if it is alcohol burn or acidity from the coffee, but the slight harshness is the only reason I didn't give it a 5. The coffee is very prominent on the finish; it's like I swallow beer and there's gourmet coffee left in my mouth. I like coffee, but I don't love it, and this translates well. I know they're different, but KBS, Wake n Bake, etc. just can't match the smooth balance exhibited here.
Feel is luscious, creamy, chewy, and a little "pinchy", just like the original.
Drinkability? If I had 2 more bombers, I'd kill them with my girlfriend over the next 4 hours. Then I'd pass out happy.

I think I like the original better, but that isn't saying much since 2 yr old BCS is my favorite stout, maybe my favorite beer ever besides Brute.

Suggested pairing: Fresh baked (I mean like 15 minutes fresh) chocolate chip cookies. Oh yeah.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Split into 2 Brooklyn snifters. Not much of a head, which is to be expected. Mocha brown to an extent.
Aroma of big freshly roasted espresso beans, cocoa, dried pasilla pepper, marshmellow creme and subtle bourbon to tied it all together. Crazy complex taste. Hoppy note first then crazy robust roasted java. Subtle cinnamon, spiced dark chocolate, vanilla. Irish coffee. Bitter deep coffee prick on the tongue. Yet all velvet at the same time. Vanilla, creamy marshmellow velvet smooth mouthfeel. Dry bitter cocoa finish. Touch of peppery bourbon at the end. And oddly enough, a dollop of whip cream on the roof of the mouth. Exceptional drinkability...even more so than the regular BCS.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.4/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes to wisconsinality for splitting this bomber with me. Poured into my pint glass the beer is pitch black with a full three fingers of mocha hued head. No lace left behind.

The aroma is pretty much right where I expected. Roast black coffee, bourbon and light chocolate. Hint of campfire.

The flavor is basically a mirror of the nose. Smooth rich coffee and bourbon. Light touches of chocolate and fire roasted malt. No surprises here.

Fully thick body. Chewy and mouth coating. No carbonation.

Overall chalk up another bad ass American Imperial Stout. Boozy and full of flavor. Perfect sipper for cold midwest winters.

Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 7/1 poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a somewhat thick, opaque black with a 1/2 inch of coffee colored head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal to no lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of bourbon,touch of vanilla, molasses, and dark chocolate. I'm not picking up much in the way of coffee on this one.

T: Taste starts with some dark fruit notes, raisins is what is most present. Dark bitter chocolate then comes through to fill out the middle. Finish is hint of oak, vanilla and bourbon... lots and lots of bourbon. Coffee is a minor undertone flavoring through out.

M: Full body, low carbonation, rich and creamy body.

D: Massive alcohol kick on this one, somewhat filling, aging for a while may have worked better to take some of the heat off this one.

Photo of mdfb79
4.77/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 7/11/10 notes. Thanks to jslot38 from breaking open a bottle of this stuff, been wanting to try it a lot.

a - Pours a dark black color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Amazing and well balanced.

t - Tastes of coffee, bourbon, roasted and toasted malts, alcohol, vanilla, and a tiny touch of heat.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation, it's very smooth and easy to drink for such a high ABV.

d - I thought this was an amazing beer, one of the best stouts I've had. The normal Bourbon County Stout is one of my favorites and I would put this slightly above that. Can't wait to drink the bottle I have of this and would love to get more.

Edit: I've had this one about 6-7 times now, fresh and aged, and I think when fresh BCS Coffee is the best of the variations. Aged it fades to the same as the normal BCS, but if you can get this fresh it is the best of the BCS beers.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 6,116 ratings.