Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.28/5 rDev -8.5%
A: Opaque used motor oil.
S: Dark roast coffee, raisins, something almost like chili peppers in heat and the scent of vegetation; bourbon booze.
T: Espresso with sugar and rubbing alcohol heat.
M: Thick, syrupy, and hot.
O: I'm really glad I was able to try this. It's rich, it's dense, it's over the top, it's full of coffee, and I love coffee (especially Intelligentsia), far more than beer if I had to choose. But it's not as amazing as I'd hoped. Sure, the Bourbon County line sets a new bar; they're the most extreme barrel aged stouts. But perhaps they're not the best, the most nuanced, or the most complex.
03-26-2014 00:12:16 | More by 01001111
4.35/5 rDev -7.1%
This smells great. Wood, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, cinnamon, tobacco, maybe fig or something like that, and some other good stuff I can't pinpoint. Tastes something like a oaky, coffee, less-sweet port wine or something. I'm getting frustrated that I can't pick out all the scents and flavors, but it's pretty damned good. It'll probably come to me later. I'll finish here and continue to sip.
03-25-2014 23:49:37 | More by Mikeluzzjr
4.83/5 rDev +3.2%
I don't remember where I picked this one up. 12 oz. bottle with a Bottled On date of 11/15/13. I poured this into a snifter.
At first, BCBCS pours with a substantial deep tan head that lasts for a short while, crackling away audibly until it disappears almost completely. No lacing here...just a black tar pit with a single floating island of micro-bubbles. This is a black beer, with no hint of light passing through any part of the liquid. Deep and ominous.
The aroma is a beautiful and almost perfect mixture of bourbon barrels and coffee. It is a strong bouquet that shows off many qualities, including sweet vanilla, charred oak, fresh brewed coffee, alcohol soaked cherries, leather, spice, and bourbon obviously.
What is so impressive about BCBCS (and indeed, all the Bourbon County beer varieties) is the complete smooth barrel-aged quality that reduces the intense alcohol to nothing more than a slight warmth in the finish. The flavor up front is packed with heavily roasted malts, coffee, and oak barrels. Across the palate, you will pick up more of the booze, with an alcoholic note hitting the roof of the mouth. It finishes with a lingering bitterness/acrid roast that helps to create a sense of balance against the sweet, sticky body of this imperial stout. The aftertaste bring out more of the toasted oak and vanilla flavors, with some bourbon heat accompanying that taste. The body is perfect: it's full, smooth, rich, velvety, and with a perfect amount of carbonation to carry this goliath beer across the tongue and make it feel not so heavy and oily. I believe that is why a beer like this has taken the place of Dark Lord in the ratings....
A well-balanced beer can exist in any style, and here we have a well-balanced massive imperial stout brewed with coffee beans and aged in bourbon barrels. Very tough to beat this experience. Really a well crafted beer and exremely drinkable for a beer that exceeds 12% abv. Best beer in the world? Mmmm...getting closer.
03-23-2014 07:29:26 | More by MusicaleMike
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,675 ratings.