Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 1,052
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Avg: 4.6
pDev: 18.48%
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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

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I've ever had. Done. There's really not that much more to say. I had this the same night I got to try Westy 12 for the first time and this blew me away more. An absolutely mindblowingly good beer if you like your bourbon barrel ages but not exceedinly bourbon-y. Liquid gold. I would make love to this beer if it was feasible.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/26/10

Poured right down the center into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Forms a thin, tan head on top of a black body. Patches of lacing left behind. Good for a beer of this strength.

Lots of coffee and bourbon up front. Wood barrels and vanilla add to the complexity of the nose. Sweet, roasted dark malts linger in the background. A well rounded mix of espresso, vanilla and bourbon.

Much like the nose. Dark espresso notes with a slow bourbon burn on the tongue. Vanilla, oak and chocolate malts. Sweet, yet roasty bitterness. Hops still come through a bit from the base beer. Warming alcohol mixes with chocolate, espresso and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is slick, smooth and creamy with a good amount of warming alcohol. Lingering bitterness, yet sweet at the same time. Bittersweet. Chewy, but not too viscous. Excellent.

This is a huge beer and definitely a sipper. Drinkability is actually quite good for what this is. The flavor and mouthfeel make this a treat to drink. The 13% ABV slows things down a bit, but is perfect for a cold night by the fire. Splitting a bomber is perfect.

Overall, this is an excellent bourbon stout. Goose Island does great things with their barrels. Having this fresh, I'm not sure if it's much better than the regular Bourbon County, but the coffee does add another dimension that is quite good and could possibly aid in the aging of this beer. I'll probably crack my other bottle about 3 years down the road from now. Good stuff.

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

Poured up like you'd expect from the BCS. Scents of raisins, licorice, coffee and bourbon (in order of ascending presence). The coffee does wonders for adding a little complexity to the beer, BCS is real heavy on the bourbon flavor while the coffee flavor cuts it a little bit. There's some brown sugar and vanilla that come out as the bourbon is subdued. I thought this was delicious and it was nice to have a beer that more or less met expectations, I've had a lot of misses lately. This was great, split 3 ways I wish I had a little more. Overall really nice.

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

Bottle purchased at GI Wrigley on 6/12/2010.

Pours oily thick jet black with some dark mocha bubbly head. Big legs down the side of the glass.

Aroma was, as expected, dominated by coffee giving off hints of deep dark chocolate and cherry, with some big vanilla notes as well. As it warmed, the molasses became more prevalent and offered a great balance to the roastiness.

While I love BCS with a couple years of age, the BCBCS was absolutely perfect fresh out of the bottle. The nutty roasted notes really cut into the sometimes overpowering bourbon of regular BCS, but this brew is perfectly balanced. As it warmed, the vanilla really came forward as the coffee took a back seat for the finish.

While this didn't drink like 13%, it is no doubt a sipper. The big buttery mouthfeel was fantastic, and I only got slight burn from the alcohol.

Overall, this was one of the best beers I have ever had. i'm glad I didn't have to share the bottle and had no problem putting it away during the US. vs. England game. Well done, GI!

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Photo of bhalter8
4.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Dan/ATLbeerDog for grabbing me a bottle while he was in Chicago recently. Pours an ink black color into my snifter, with a thin dark tan head. Excellent lacing, and dense looking body, no surprise given BCS well deserved reputation. I'm a bit disappointed by the aroma, it's good, don't get me wrong, but I love a powerful (and delicious) coffee aroma in my coffee stouts, and while its there, this beer is just so big, it doesn't come through the same way some of a big favorites do. A heated alcohol somewhat masks the coffee... not to mention bourbon. The taste certainly falls in line with the aroma.There is sweet molasses and chocolate sweetness up front with bourbon and coffee (nicely paired with with some heavily roasted malts) coming out more as it warms up and primarily in the finish. Much like BCS, the mouthfeel is thick and creamy, wonderful. Excellent beer, I wish I had more than one, as I'd love to age it, but I fear further loss of coffee in aging, so I had to drink it reasonably soon. I would love for the intense heat to subside, so that some of the other characteristics could come through further. Just not sure if that is going to happen, since in my experiences, coffee fades, much like, but maybe to not the same degree, as hops.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip glass at roughly 51 degrees Fahrenheit.

A: Poured with some carbonation and head, but eventually died down into a dark and still liquid. One of those beers that exhibits no lacing, but is still able to stain the glass.

S: Strong bourbon sweetness and acidity along with molasses, caramel, toffee, roasted nut, vanilla, anise and a mild coffee/espresso character that helps kill some of that alcohol burn.

T: Holds true to the original BCS flavors, but the added coffee ingredients help tone down and accentuate the underlying flavors. I know that may sound like an oxymoron, but it does. Lots of molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and wood encompass most of the flavor profile.

M: Thick, sticky, low carbonation, and clingy.

D: The flavor is so intense that I could only enjoy roughly 12 oz. of this beer at a time.

Overall: Better than BCS, but not by much. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Major League psyched to randomly find this one 'round my primary bar! Let's delve in, shall we? It pours a beastly pitch black topped by about a finger of fizzy, dark tan foam, which, sadly, dies away rather quickly. The nose comprises oak, bourbon, coffee, light vanilla, and nothing else. Period. For something this big, I expected more than this. The taste holds notes of dark roasted malts, a shit-ton of bourbon, oak, chocolate, light vanilla, light coffee, and a tiny bit o' bitterness. Honestly, I felt that, like the normal BCS, the bourbon was kinda overpowering, and, in this case, the coffee was strangely, haphazardly tossed into the trunk and forgotten until a few days into the vacation, by which time the sunburn is so bad that the sunscreen in the bag has been rendered pointless. You know what I mean? Simply put: too much bourbon, not enough coffee; good, but disappointing to say the least. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation, a slight oral coating, and a very smooth feel. Overall, a tasty beast, but definitely not what I was told it would be.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.87/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber poured into my snifter

The appearance was opaque black with no light able to penetrate through this black beast of a stout. The pour produced a mere half inch head that was of a slightly light brown color. Poor head retention that was below average with no lacing either.

The aroma was strong in the bourbon department which almost overpowered the other aromas to shine through. Besides the bourbon being the dominate smell I got a decent amount of oak, molasses, tobacco, roasted malts on the charred side, black leather, and surprisingly the espresso is hardly noticeable.

The taste upfront was that of bourbon which pretty much hits your palette with a bang. Coming in is a sweetness with hints of black licorice, sugar, and dark chocolate. In the finish is where the espresso finally comes into play with a pretty intense alcohol heat and slight burn in the back.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with average carbonation. Alcohol burn lingers way beyond you have taken your sip.

Overall I was HUGELY disappointed with this beer. This beer is basically a Bourbon County Stout with added sweetness to it. The espresso in this beer hardly came through and needed to play a more dominate role, instead what you got was another bourbon bomb. If you truly want to try a good espresso based beer, I would rather recommend Great Divide-Espresso Oak Aged Yeti.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally broke down and decided to try this one for the first time. Poured from a 750ml bottle into several snifter installments.

A - As black as night. A gorgeous looking espresso/hazlenut color lacing around the edges. After a slight swirl, a small yet enticing head forms enhancing the espresso color.

S - Wow. Just wow. Smells of bourbon and vanilla, coffee and dark sugars. Getting an almost dark fruit smell as well. Obviously the dark roasted malts are present as well. A slight alcohol scent lets you know that it is a hefty beer.

T - Everything is so well integrated. Molasses, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, coffee. For a non coffee lover, the espresso comes through in the perfect way. It is not overpowering and not subtle. It is so well mixed into everything else that is going on. The bourbon flavors are the same story. Nothing overwhelms, instead everything complements the other ingredients working together in the best way possible.

M - Velvety, smooth, silky, yet thick at the same time. Not syrupy in a "I want to pour this over pancakes way," but in a way that would make me want to curl up in front of a fire during the winter and drink this one.

D - The high ABV makes it a tougher one to try to get through, but to be honest, the taste and smell kept me coming back for each sip. I got through the entire 750ml bottle without noticing the alcohol hitting me the way a 13% beer normally would.

If you can get your hands on it, do so. It is one of the best tasting barrel aged beers I have ever tasted, and hopefully you feel the same.

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Photo of Soneast
4.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.92/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Pours an oily dark almost-black brown into the glass, a small bubbling brown head rises but quickly bubbles away with a carbony hiss until all that remains is a foamy ring, no real lacing along the sides to speak of but given that it's a 13% beer that's to be expected. Looks pretty solid.

Aroma-I smell the espresso beans upfront followed by strong bourbon notes which mingle to form a very pleasant scent; on the outskirts I can detect cocoa and dark toffee but by in large the aroma is dominated by espresso and bourbon.

Taste-Oooh, so smooth. I get coffee soaked toffee notes upfront followed by cocoa with the bourbon taking something of a backseat forming a kind of 'flavor bowl' that everything else sits in so to speak. It's as though the bourbon rather than standing out and dominating on its own shows its presence through its influence upon all the other flavors if that makes any sense. As I swallow I get a pleasant acidic coffee-like flavor that sits itself on the back of my tongue and lingers that serves as a kind of final note at the end of each sip. This beer is complex, and tasty to say the least.

Mouthfeel-Not quite as plush as it could be, but still very nice.

Drinkability-I have to keep constantly reminding myself to drink this one slowly, this can go down dangerously fast for 13%.

Notes-I got this bottle at the insistence of my local distributor, according to him they barely managed to get a case of this and due to their limited supply and the beer's popularity were only selling one per customer. I was wary of getting it as to be honest I'm not really a fan of the regular bourbon county stout, I find the bourbon notes of it too overpowering but he insisted I grab a bottle of this while I had the chance. Thankfully I took his advice and now I'm glad I got the chance to try this excellent beer; should you ever see it around I say grab it.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle courtesy of steve8robin - many thanks! Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a seal brown, a thick void of a body, viscous and oily as it chugs out of the neck of the attractively labeled 22 oz. bottle (note: I do really like the new GIBCS labels, despite being really resistant to label changes generally - their understated simplicity fits this beer very well). A mildly aggressive pour coaxes nearly two full fingers of non-uniformly hued head out of the depths, flecked by mottled patches of various shades of cocoa and dark tan. The head disappears as quickly as it came though, fizzing and popping and dropping down to only the thinnest wisp of surface lace - a drop in the sea, really - and a pencil-thin necklace of foam around the edges of the glass. As you can imagine, successive sips leave no hint of lacing clinging to the side of the glass, but on the whole - as far as 13% abv barrel aged beers go - this one's solid.

Aroma: Pungent as hell, and with all the elements of regular GIBCS, but with an extra toasty, earthy kick. Understandably, this one's malty as all get out - huge cocoa powder, baker's chocolate, toast, and dark toffee intermingle with french roast coffee, slightly charred, a little dirty, but it does a great job of complimenting the existing malt bill. There's tons of vanilla in the nose, too, which - along with slight coconut and a nice dose of wood - do as much as they possibly can to cover up what will always be GIBCSs biggest downside in my opinion: the overwhelmingly strong bourbon note, spicy and dominant, though smoother and less hot here than in the original.

Taste: Beautiful and luxurious. Velvety malts - slick and smooth because of the espresso oils - ranging from dark caramel (probably mostly wood sugars) to toffee to bittersweet chocolate to toast to, yes, surprise, espresso roast coffee. Dark fruits - raisins mainly - intermingle well with the fruity notes leeched from the wood. The coffee really does fill in a few blanks in the malt profile here, adding some nice, pungent, strongly flavored deep coffee notes, slightly creamy (courtesy of the sweetness and wood sugars - lactose sugars?), slightly sweet (courtesy of the lighter and unattenuated malts), but also very dark, slightly dirty, pretty earthy, and very well toasted. It almost takes on a coffee liqueur-esque tone as it warms, with the sweetness mingling well with the earthiness of the coffee and the slight warmth of the bourbon. Speaking of, the bourbon itself is - as always, of course - strong, spicy, and warming but not hot, with a lot of the heat being absorbed or perhaps masked well by the coffee notes. The barrel contributes a few spare sugar notes (discussed above) as well as the aforementioned coconut and plenty of warm vanilla sugar. A very well-rounded tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: Not nearly as thick as you would imagine it could be - what with the amount of malts you'd have to throw in to the fermentation vessel to get 13% out of this one - and I assume that's largely a result of the spirit addition as well as the coffee infusion, which also lends a nice amount of slick oilyness (as if one needs help making GIBCS go down any quicker, right?). The amount of carbonation in here - in conjunction with the thinness - makes it a little uneven initially (feels sort of erratic, fizzy, which was suggested by the head, discussed above), but after the carbonation dies down a little, it becomes nicer, a little smoother, still slick, but in an even, creamy way. Half-point bump.

Drinkability: A step up over the classic GIBCS? Perhaps. A different take? Certainly. It's a little cleaner, fresher, more rounded, and more "full" than the original GIBCS, if that makes sense, with the coffee addition doing a lot of good - smoothing out the body, filling in the malt base, cutting down on the alcohol heat in places - but also necessarily having its downsides (the increased slickness and thinning out of the body foremost, in my opinion). Definitely worth seeking out, though I wish they offered it in the 12 oz. bottles like the original - 22 oz. is tough for this one, especially if you're doing it on your own! A sipper, or one to share with friends or pair with a rich (and large) dessert. One of the best beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of afausser
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The bottle is very simplistic and nice, great presentation. Pours a thick, almost oily pitch black with about a finger of dark chocolate head, which fizzes almost like soda. Within a minute it has almost all disappeared, leaving a tiny ring around the edge of the glass, and by the second minute after the pour it looks entirely still with just the faintest wisps of dark chocolate left floating around on the top. Getting closer to the brew, I literally saw one minuscule carbonation bubble moving to the top of the glass. Looks to be a very solid color, and for some reason, in some way, looks cold. No lacing to be seen.

Smell: Smells extremely strongly of bourbon, even from a couple of feet away. Extremely strong smelling overall and clears out your sinuses--I can only imagine what's in store once I take a sip. Hints of mint, anise and coffee, as well as a smooth vanilla scent. I don't get as much coffee out of this as I would have expected--to me it smells predominantly of cocoa powder and bourbon. Some nice roasted malts are there as well as some fairly strong oak notes, which balance out the bourbon heat and mintiness nicely. As it warms, some espresso and stronger dark roast notes.

Taste: Though not the dominant taste, the first thing I get from this beer is dark fruit notes--bourbon drenched raisins and cherries. There's some nice dark chocolate and dark roast bitterness in the taste as well. These two are nicely balanced by the dark fruits as well as a hint of vanilla and roasted malts. As it warms the coffee and chocolate get a lot stronger, but the raisins are really particularly standing out as well. 80% dark chocolate in the aftertaste and then a hint of whipped cream and chocolate syrup. Slightest amount of bourbon heat in the background--it definitely takes the back seat here to other flavors, but is still present enough to make an impression and blend nicely. Slight oak, leather, licorice, and coconut. A little hotter and slightly peppery as it warms. 4.5

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is decent. The carbonation isn't in your face, and is made up of fine crisp bubbles that make themselves present at the beginning of the sip but die down by the end. They are just enough to lift the flavors of the brew up. For a thick-bodied and heavy brew, they do a great job of providing just enough carbonation and lift and keeping the brew otherwise smooth and creamy. Slight alcohol warmth in the aftertaste but not overly abrasive. Not really sure what else could be done--it would be interesting to try this one with more carbonation but I'm not sure that it would be a huge improvement. As it is, pretty excellent. I will edit this later on in the drinking process as it's sat a bit--it's gone slightly flat, so I'd say that my earlier comment about perhaps having more carbonation stands. I'd say though that the level of carbonation is probably good, and that it mostly just needs to be more sustained throughout the drinking process.

Drinkability is pretty great. The high ABV doesn't stop this one from going down smoothly, and it manages to be creamy and not very hot. Pretty surprisingly good in this category and would probably be delicious aged. It drinks more like a 6% than a 13%. Nicely done.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to stonequarrywest for this one.

3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy brown head with poor retention and not really any lacing.

4.5 S: Bourbon is the dominant aroma, but there's plenty else going on. Coffee is dark roasted and quite complementary. Good balance of roasted barley with sweet, viscous toffee notes from caramel malts.

5.0 T: Pretty much as good as it gets. This is easily my favorite bourbon barrel aged brew. Bourbon level is perfect as it neither dominates nor lays in the background. Alcohol is warming throughout and especially on finish. Bourbon does its job in that regard as well. Sweet toffee, blackstrap molasses, raisin, plum, and a touch of currants is balanced by a slightly stronger coffee and roasted barley roastiness.

5.0 M: Thick, viscous body, but is relatively light on the tongue. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy and silky with a smooth, though warming, finish.

5.0 D: As far as bourbon beers go, this is the king of the hill. Awesome taste and mouthfeel contribute for a great drinkability. No signs of off flavors, just smooth drinking throughout.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Another one of Lukafer's bottles....geeze Luke...that's all I have.

A- Pours a inky black color. Half finger mocha colored head that dies as soon as it peaks. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Nice coffee upfront with a light bourbon backing. Roasted malts with a hint of vanilla. Some light oaky notes with a little bittersweet chocolate backing once it warms. It reminds me of Bourbon County (duh) with more oaky notes and light coffee notes.

T- Light coffee upfront that I think is more roasted malts than actual coffee. Vanilla flavors come in with a light chocolate flavor giving a creamy feel. Bourbon is not as in your face like normal Bourbon County. Oaky flavors toward the middle with a coffee ground taste toward the end. Alcohol is not very aggresive but still there in the end.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and some light bourbon notes left on the palate with warming alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors are bold and aggresive but still blend very well. Heavy drying on the palate. Clean tasting with no off flavors.

D- This is a good drinking beer. Overall I must admit that I prefer Bourbon County more. Interested to see what becomes of this beer when it gets a year or two on it. Goose Island has been making some standout beers lately and this is no exception. Good job guys! The only downfall is the higher ABV doesn't make this a big drinker.

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Photo of boatshoes
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was very excited to get a bottle of this in trade after responding to a thread from Emott. Love the regular version and couldn't wait to try this. Did it in a side by side with KBS.

Appearance- Pours the standard opaque black with a small half finger or so of brown head that dies almost immediately back to a ring. No real lacing.

Smell- Huge nose. I get bitter espresso up front followed closely thereafter by the bourbon smells I expect from BCBS. Vanilla and wood make a particular impression, along with bitter chocolate and lots of rich roast.

Taste- Very big and very complex. Again, I get the bitter espresso and coffee grounds up front, followed again by the vanilla and wood. However, here I also get some tobacco, leather, lots more bitter chocolate, and the big roast. Finishes on a note of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is adequately thick and carbonated and drinkability is respectable for such a sipper of a big beer. Got a little tough towards the end of my glass but I certainly didn't mind.

Overall, a first rate beer. Performed well against KBS, though I will say it didn't blow it out of the water as much as I was expecting. That being said, very much enjoyed and try it if you get the chance.

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Photo of chalsk
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black vicious liquid with a thin caramel colored head. Has an aroma of bourbon, coffee and subtle hints of chocolate. Starts sweet with a chocolaty coffee flavor. Alcohol comes through. Very boozy. The coffee spice adds to the bite. Notes of licorice mixed in. No. 3 on BA (at the time of tasting) is a bit high. KBS and Old Raspy XII are better IMO.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 22oz. bomber on 6/11/10.

A - Poured an oily black liquid with a hint of hazelnut coloration around the edges and a sparse burnt mocha head that quickly dispersed, diminishing to a slender ring around the rim of the glass.

S - While the bourbon presence is obvious right off the bat, there is also a dominant roasted malt and coffee character as well as some caramel sweetness in the mix. A hint of bitter chocolate also emerges as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - Overall, the bourbon isn't as potent compared to the original Bourbon County Stout, due to the presence of the coffee and chocolate notes, which quell the alcohol warmth. An underlying caramel malt sweetness is present throughout. Finishes with an earthy hop tinge and bitter chocolate notes.

M - Very lively, prickly carbonated mouthfeel with a sticky but smooth and creamy texture and moderate alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - Very, very good Imperial Stout and definitely on par with the standard version. Definitely a contender for one of the top coffee stouts out there. Yum!

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.32/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a dark black with creamy caramal foam. Smells very bourbony up front. The taste follow suits with intensity of bourbon and coffee flavours lingering. I find this more hot then regular Bourbon County. Pretty good stout overall though and glad I got to try this. A bigger fan of the regular Bourbon County and Night Stalker from goose island, though.

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Photo of portia99
4.37/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade with hoppymcgee. Thanks again Greg for another great bottle. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color with a thin finger of fizzy cappuccino foam that dies quickly to a thin collar and some swirling islands of bubbles on the surface of the beer. No lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Rich aromas - filled with dark roasted coffee up front, as expected. Noticeable alcohol enters the aroma too blending with milk and dark chocolates. Hints of vanilla and caramel too. The aromas all blend together really well here.

T - Sweet milk chocolate up front with the bitter espresso and coffee flavors backing it up. Big hit of alcohol although tame when compared to fresh BCBS bottles. Caramel is bigger than the aroma. Vanilla is found throughout. Oak and bourbon are subtley in the background. Some light citrusy fruit appears after the swallow and lingers around until the next sip.

M - Full bodied...feels rich and creamy with a medium level, fine bubbled carbonation. Lightish alcohol warmth...definitely not a burn though. Very smooth for a high alcohol, bourbon barrel aged stout that is shy of 3 months in the bottle. A little time should really smooth this one out...too bad they are so hard to get.

D - Having this 22 with dinner...holds up well throughout, but not sure I could have much more in a sitting. Flavors are intense and really good. Alcohol level is high, definitely noticeable too. This doesn't detract from the experience, even enhances it, but makes it hard to drink a lot of. Probably a good idea not to push the limits with this one.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.27/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.87/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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.


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Photo of hardy008
4.37/5  rDev -5%
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.

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4.34/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,052 ratings.