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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BEERchitect on 04-22-2010

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Photo of Pdiddey3d
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as night with a reddish tan head. Head disappears quickly leaving behind a small amount of lacing. This beer looks intimidating.

Holy bourbon! Just smacks you in the nose at first but quickly the coffee and chocolate and roasty goodness take over. This beer smells heavenly. The coffee comes through loud and clear here so if this beer has faded at all than I wish I tried it fresher.

Just insanely good. Lots of roasted coffee up front with some chocolate and hints of vanilla in there as well. The alcohol is present in the taste but I would not call it hot by any means. The flavors blend together so well and in such an intriguing way that I just want to savor and relish every mouth full. Finishes a bit on the bitter side from the coffee but still awesome.

The mouth-feel is thick, creamy and pleasant. Perfect amount of carbonation. For such a high ABV the alcohol is not as present as I would have believed. I would say the only thing that takes away from the drink-ability here would be the high ABV. After one bomber it was clear I would be on the floor if I attempted another.

Overall this beer is one of the best, if not the best Imperial Stout I have ever had. I would give it a slight edge over KBS, but just barely.

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Photo of psychotia
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 22oz. bomber with 3/26/2010 date.

A: Pitch black, little head with vigorous pour, gone almost immediately after. Very little carbonation.

S: Bourbon, subtle chocolate notes.

T: Bam! Hits me in waves. Initially I get the bourbon, which quickly becomes an oaky-vanilla taste. Then I get a chewy, mouthful of chocolate. The taste continues after I swallow, and THEN the coffee hits me. WOW!

M: Chewy, thick, and creamy! Oh, I love it!

D: Wow. I only had half the bottle (wine stopper, plan to finish tomorrow night) but I could have easily polished it off! If it wasn't so hard to come by, I would reach for this any time I was in the mood for a BA stout.

To date, this has to be one of the best brews I've had. Hands-down. Can't wait to see what comes next in the BCS series...

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.72/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black barrel-aged stout. More foam than regular BCBS, and seemingly a bit less viscous.

S - The nose is pretty nice; comprised of a good deal of Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roast and of course coffee. The coffee is not huge or overwhelming, but it is present in respectable amounts. The thing is, the coffee doesn't seem to add much complexity (compared to the base BCBS) but it does seem to interfere with the aromatic constituents' ability to fully meld into a cohesive dynamic. So, as far as the nose goes, the coffee is a minus.

T - See above, "Smell:" Seriously, in addition the negative contribution of the coffee in terms of being a 'meld-blocker', it has also diminished the viscosity and worst of all it has disrupted the delicate and dynamic balance that allowed the booze to be so prominent. The vanilla aspect of the flavor seems to be more prominent than the coffee, in both an overall sense, and comparatively. BCBCS is a good tasting beer, make no mistake about that, but it is a step in the wrong direction when compared to the regular BCBS; the coffee-infused incarnation is comparatively too hot, less flavorful, less balanced and is basically missing the magically dynamic interplay of beer and barrel that is found in the original.

M - Thinner and hotter than it should be. Still, pretty good.

D - This beer is still a very good tasting libation overall, it just falls short when viewed against the original. Perhaps it will age well, though I am not sure the pungency of the coffee will survive an extended cellaring.

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Photo of Brez07
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Big thanks to BlessedBeBeer for hooking me up with this. Had several samples of this the American Craft Beer Fest and have been wanting more ever since

A: Dark brown hue that sits motionless in the glass. There was a thin mocha head that rapidly turns into a ring

S: Basically smells like the regular version with some roasted coffee. Huge bourbon smell that is very inviting. Chocolate malt, vanilla, oak, nut, toffee and roasted coffee

T: Immediately after taking the first sip, I was worried I might have waited too long to drink this. Coffee flavor wasn't there. Clearly I jumped to conclusions as the finish was a beautiful creamy coffee flavor. So that's how it finished, what about how it started? Bourbon, vanilla and bitter chocolate all swirl together. Touch of alcohol, but really well hidden with all of the other flavors

M: Velvety smooth, super creamy with just a touch of tingly carbonation. Leaves a moderate roasted aftertaste

D: Goose Island took an already impressive beer and made it even better. Liked this a little more on tap - the coffee and bourbon came out a little more - but this is still a fantastic beer. Slow sipper and 22oz was ultimately a little too much in a sitting. I can only hope this is brewed again

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Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a74gent for this bomber bottle. Steve, that Brute will be in the mail as soon as I'm back from vacation.

A: The stout is a glorious black color, no dark browns that appear black or deep caramel red to be found here. Resting atop the monstrosity is an off-white, slightly tanned, head that
sits as a thin band around the glass and a thin pool in the middle of it. No lacing here, too darn big.

S: This nose is just huge. Layer upon complex layer waft out. Sweet bourbon with vanilla and coconut is followed by bitter espresso with the burnt heft of an imperial stout lurking beneath it all. The bourbon is, by far, the dominant aspect of the nose, upsetting the apple cart balance-wise. Awesome nose nonetheless.

T: The relative lack of balance in the nose is quickly obliterated by a sip of this beer. Each flavor element is well-integrated, meshing seemlessly. In no particular order, stout flavors are murky and well-roasted. They add toast and charred flavors into the mix. Coffee is rich and full, roasted with an underlying sweet bitterness. Finally the bourbon, a hallmark of the Bourbon County series. It adds alcoholic heat along with sweet vanilla and coconut. A fantastic melding of flavors. The bourbon and stout are the strongest features, outdistancing the coffee. The finish is all bourbon, very hot, as though it just came out of the barrel.

M: The mouthfeel is, save for the boozy strength, a knock-out. The bourbon stands out, guiding the ale throughout the entire bottle. And what a great finish!

D: At 13%, I need a nap after finishing off the bomber. Despite the strength (and the punishment that would come in the morning), I'd gladly sip my way through another bomber if I had one.

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

bottled on 3/26/10

poured from the bottle a deep dark chocolate brown / near black to a dogfish head signature glass with a very short lasting dark toffee brown head that leaves no lace and minimal retention. (second glass poured aggressively yielded a full finger head - though still zero retention)

sweet aroma of chocolate and dark espresso roast.

the first sips are so very sweet, the coffee perhaps has faded after four months (?), but it's still evident behind the dark chocolate.

smooth, slick and sweet, low carbonation - if there's coffee bitters, i sure can't detect them. what a nice beer.

drinkable - at 13%, i think i'll stick with the single bomber... but i'm not sharing.

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Photo of blackdog1101
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Lukafer
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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Photo of ahurd11085
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of RTrain12
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bomber poured into my snifter.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from glazeman - thanks, Scott!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of kk73
4.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of grub
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another gem courtesy of oakbluff. big thanks scott!

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.12/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sent to me by a very generous timmi.

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

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

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

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

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

I truly appreciated this one timmi!

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

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

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

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Review from notes. Poured into a goblet.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Phelps
3.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.95/5  rDev -13.8%
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

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

Taken from notes written on 06-20-2010.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.