Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 6,131
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 4.69
pDev: 7.25%
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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 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.

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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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Quietly slips out a full-on black body with an agitated, beige-colored head.

Smell: An alluring aroma, smooth and full of notes of roasty espresso beans, mellow bourbon, brown sugar, toasted marshmallows, a wizard's spiral oak staff, and dark chocolate truffles.

Taste: A ripple of sweet sugariness in the fore followed fast with a taste of top-notch coffee dosed with chocolate sauce, dark brown sugar, and a generous dusting of vanilla sugar. Clean, well-integrated bourbon accents. Dark fruitiness tucked away in the background. Notable oaken tones. Hint of roasty bitterness. A curtain call of all the various flavors preclude the positively warming, sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth, velvety texture.

Drinkability: Damn, that's delicious. Quite strong but quite good. I recall the label mentioning something about aging it up to five years, but I dare say it's fantastic and ready now, unless you want to engage in an exercise in sheer willpower.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.45/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours thick jet black with syrupy properties. thin cocoa head with light retention.

tons of sweetness mixed with coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. these all blend together to bring out a desert type scent or sweet dark candied fruits. hints of chocolate.

sweet up front with an emerging coffee and chocolate combination. the heat from the booze really starts to come out and just sit you down. light roasted malts are actually hidden in the back. this is a coffee and booze bomb.

one of the thickest stouts i've ever had. very chewy with syrup and motor oil like properties.

pretty amazing over all however the ABV is what brings this down. way too much booze in this and it REALLY heats up. it would be a great candidate to age but then the coffee would potentially fade. bummer.

Photo of crossovert
4.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to crack this one after hearing the coffee flavor is fading fast, I think a couple months of aging will be good for this brew. IIRC it has already been pre-aged for quite a while then the coffee added.

Pours a thick, dark black and try as it might, the light can't shine through this beastly opaque liquid with only a hint of ruby/brown at the very top edge. The head is huge and dark tan, though it dissipated quickly with no lacing, no biggie with this type of alcohol content.

The coffee is still there in the smell and it blends wonderfully with the Bourbon County Stout. This one is also significantly oakier than the regular it seems. The nose is a cornucopia of dark malt scents including, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a hint of fruitiness. The coffee is in there with a nice fresh coffee smell that isn't the same as the roasty malt scents. On top of it all is the aforementioned oak, very nice woodiness and vanilla smooth out the smell. And of course you can't forget the bourbon and the alcohol, both add a sweet alcoholic bite just to prick your nostrils.

The taste is pretty damn good, I'm not a fan of BCS, and I've only had it fresh so having it mellowed out and with coffee added, it is a whole other beast. It is still on the cloying side with a big alcoholic punch, but it is infinitely smoother with the coffee addition and extra aging. The bourbon is still key here but when it melds with the coffee it smooths out and becomes delightful. Of course the chocolate, roasty malts, caramel, and dark fruit all make an appearance here as well as the oak.

The mouthfeel is rich and thick liek BCS with a subtle carbonation. The alcohol is once again a bit burning but dramatically reduced form BCS. The drinkability issue and cloying mouthfeel were somewhat fixed but not completely, nevertheless, the hardly get in the way of the decadent flavor.

I did not want to believe the hype, but this is so much better than BCS and one of my favorites now.

Photo of Florida9
4.17/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with just the slightest hint of dark brown around the edges. Pours with a skimpy, fizzy brown head that reduces quickly to nothing giving this beer an eerily similar appearance to a Coke.

S: Loads of vanilla and oak, with some coffee and sweet roasted malt.

T: A good dose of coffee on the front end followed by dark roasted malts and sweet dark fruits. Vanilla. Oak. Bourbon. Brightens up on the end with the heat and lightness of the high alcohol content.

M: Heavy with a lower carbonation. Somewhat viscous. A bit of fusel spice.

D: A good beer. Would have liked to seen this one be a bit more aggressive on the coffee flavor and the sweetness toned done. However, there is an interesting complex of flavors going on, resulting in a quality drink that I have slightly mixed feelings about.

Photo of nrbw23
4.72/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a jet black color with a brownish colored head. No real lacing, only a thin brown ring around the glass.

S- Probably one of the best smelling beers I've ever had. Sweet chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. A nice touch of bourbon in here too, nothing over the top.

T- Taste of coffee, bourbon, vanilla and just a touch of alcohol. Very awesome. Quite a bit going on here.

M- Full in body and low carbonation.

D- Very awesome brew for sure. I think this one lives up to the hype.

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

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks attractive, but is hardly anything mind blowing. However, then I took my first sniff.

The aroma is hugely attractive, consisting of a very fine, very strong aroma of coffee (naturally), vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate and milk duds. Flavors replicate the nose, but the famous GI bourbon really comes on strong on the palate, adding another attractive dimension. It helps to keep the sweetness in check, and gives some additional backbone to the flavor profile. There's also a hint of licorise, which plays well with the rest of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is very rich and long, though I think it would be even more attractive if the carbonation was dialed down a bit. That would lend a creaminess to this beer that it doesn't have at present. Neverthless, I'm impressed by the richness and long finish in this very fine beer. As for drinkability, the abv. is 13% and you can tell this isn't exactly a session beer. Still, considering the alcohol and sweetness, this is a pretty easy to appreciate and enjoy beer.

Not sure how much better this is than the regular GIBCS, but there's no denying that it's pretty damn good. I think I like this version, as the coffee tends to tone down the booze just a bit, while retaining most of the excellent bourbon flavor one gets in the regular version. Regardless. This is a very fine RIS from GI.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.62/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into The Bruery tulip, with a humble thank you to the always-too-generous Jeff (Alewatcher). Rated at room-temp or just a bit below. I started the glass a bit cooler, and rated a bit lower, but this one is a must-serve at close to room-temp. Improved at least .5 points even from cellar temp.

Pours none more black, with a thinnish brown head that dissipates fairly quickly into a thin bubbly ring. The ring, however, lasts almost the length of the glass, which is nice.

Nose is classic Bourbon County - massive wave of bourbon to start things off, boozey, oaky, and spicy, which slowly fades back after a few inhales to allow room for rich espresso, lush, fudgy chocolate and light vanilla. I get a bit of currant in the background.

Taste follows suit; the alcohol in this one is not what I would call well hidden, but it certainly isn't overwhelming for a beer of this size. This is another BA beer that almost feels like Bourbon has actually been added to the beer; I say that not as a quality judgment, but as an observation. Regardless, the initial taste is big stout that's actually smoothed out and almost muted by the even bigger bourbon. Oak, the drying bite of the alcohol, and a noticeable dose of tannins brace up the bourbon, with muted - though muted isn't quite the right word, perhaps enveloped - notes of huge, fudgy chocolate, a bit of light roasted malt and a firm (and delicious) roasted espresso presence. Finish is long, boozy, with the rich, fudgy notes trailing off and leaving behind the dry oak, bourbon, loads of coffee, and a bit of a lingering dark fruit character accented by the bourbon and, like the nose, reminiscent of currants. Exhales evoke the fantastic coffee character long after your last sip, and almost more clearly then the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is good; the big alcohol and strong tannins from the oak cut the weight of the beer and dry it out a bit, but even so there's no way this is anything but full-bodied. It coats the mouth, the throat, and pretty much everything it touches on the way down. Almost oily, with a light burn on the swallow that follows to the stomach. Maybe just a bit too close to actual bourbon, but still a fine complement to the flavor profile.

Drinkability, for what it is, is very good. The alcohol is prominent but not overwhelming, the flavors rich and decadent and alluring, though just a bit big for me to call inviting. This is truly reminiscent, though, of an excellent, even epic, coffee stout, with a bit of high-quality straight bourbon added. I would love - LOVE - to try the base stout with coffee and no bourbon, a la Nightstalker, only with the big hops replaced with espresso. I believe that might be close to a perfect 5 to me.

A friend of mind has said before that whenever he's drinking Bourbon County, it's his favorite beer, and I can't help but agree. While this one falls just short of those heights, it's still a truly great beer.

Photo of hu5om
4.82/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

split in new belgium goblets with newk340

a- super dark black. tan head disipates quickly leaving a nice tan ring with some decent lacing

s-whoa chocolate! a hint of coffee, thought it may have degraded a bit. a little b0urbon warmth.

t- correction, espresso is still there! yum, super chocolate with vanilla after notes. bourbon hints become more evident as the beer warms. how is this 13%

m- pours like crude, but drinks very smoothly. how? a light tingle of espresso and bourbon hits the tongue just right. begs to be sipped again.

d- excellent. can't wait for it to be back again, maybe to have a fresh bottle. gi rules.

Photo of newk340
4.82/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared with hu5om in new belgium goblets to let BCBCS breath a little.

A: gorgeous black pour, with no head and phenomenal lacing.

S: beautiful coffee aroma with hints of dark chocolate and bourbon, could get a buzz off of the smell alone.

T: fizzles on the tongue with initial flavors of oaked chocolate and bourbon that fades into a lasting coffee flavor that tingles the nostrils after each sip.

MF/D: a gentle fizz that dissolves into a smooth cascade of delectable flavors that fall down the throat. a shame we could only find one bottle. looking forward to GI's october and november releases (if i can find them!).

Photo of stakem
4.77/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3/26/10. The label reads this brew develops for up to 5 years in the bottle and should be served in a snifter. Into my favorite snifter it goes.

BCBCS appears black in color and only when held up to the light and swirled does it reveal any indications of dark brown instead of pitch black around the edges. The half finger of head that appears is stained a very dark brown color and dissolves quite fast. Faint spots of brown dots appear as the only sign of lacing on the glassware.

Aroma of this brew was a big robust scent of espresso straight out the gate. As soon as the cap was popped I could smell the dark roasty aroma of coffee before I even put my nose closer to it. As it sits in my snifter the scent is pleasant and bold with all sorts of roasty character. The dominating scent of espresso is equally met by a punishing amount of bourbon. In the back of the smell are some slight subtleties of vanilla, chocolate and some earthiness.

The taste of this brew is no disappointment. Once I settled down from how bold the nose was, I braced myself for the expectation of the flavor. Indeed, the flavors are just as dominating as the aroma. Upfront there is the unmistakable blend of strong espresso and a wallop of bourbon flavored heat that is slightly astringent. Through the body flavors less intense than the espresso and bourbon are suggested in the form of bitter dark chocolate and some woodsy oak flavors. There is a lingering melody of all things awesome about a bold stout that play on through the finish of this brew. It has tons of bitter dark roasted grain flavor mixed with coffee, bourbon and oak. However, there are also some semi sweet dark chocolate flavors and almost tangy earthiness thrown in there as well. The alcohol is so prominent and unhidden it has a bit of a numbing quality to it like you are drinking bourbon.

The feel of this brew is full and thick without being cloying or too chewy. The level of carbonation is moderately low but acceptable for the style. At times the sting of the prevalent alcohol makes this beer feel lighter than it really is. Drinkability is on par with others of the same class. A sipper to be enjoyed slowly for sure. The only negative thing I have to say would be that it might possibly be more drinkable with a little time on it. However, I wanted to experience this brew before any of coffee flavor had any chance to drop out.

As a person who loves coffee and appreciated a fine bourbon before discovering the finer things in beer, this brew is a homerun. I cannot wait to see what some time will do to the other bottles I have. While I am sure some of the coffee flavors will drop, it will be interesting to see what nuances have a chance to shine through once this brew as a whole starts to mellow out.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing on my 2nd go-around with this beer. First was shared with brewerDan23...thanks again! This bottle was sent to me as an extra in a great trade with tytoanderso...so thank you too man!! Also have one more bottle at the moment from mikesgrove...so after I age it a bit...a big thanks to you as well!

Poured from a 22oz bottle with red label into my brandy snifter. Pours a dark black with a medium to dark brown creamy head that dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing is spotty, but creamy, sticky, and inviting!

Aroma is right where I expected it to be...lots of bourbon, like the orriginal. You can surprisingly get past the bourbon though and pick out the coffee. Heavy and dark roasted coffee beans, toasted malts...and because the bourbon is so strong, booze is a big factor!

Flavor is delicious! Thick and heavy mouthfeel, very low carbonation, and huge booze factor. Compared to the original, coffee added to this beer makes a great characteristic! Lots of bourbon, thick sugars...molasses, coffee, and even a slight vanilla present(I think). This is indeed a great beer, fortunate to try...and can't wait to try this aged!

Photo of MisterClean
3.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Abel, great share brother.

A - Pours jet black, with a half finger of mocha colored head. Dissipates fast and leaves no lacing.

S - Wow, I can smell the alcohol right off. Other flavors coming out are espresso, some oak, and vanilla. The coffee and heat has obliterated the hops that were once present in the regular bourbon county stout.

T - Bourbon, espresso, vanilla, and oak. There is a bit of alcohol warmth, would suggest aging. Hops are minimal or not present.

M - Medium bodied and malt/bourbon dominated. Creamy with no carbonation, but moderate amount of lingering warmth. Surprising that the coffee does not lend astringency to this beer.

D - I actually think the BCS is a better beer. Not saying I wouldn't try this again, but it really needs to age in order to reduce the warmt.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip
B/O date: 3/26/10

A - Poured dark black with a half finger of espresso coloured head.

S - Heavy bourbon nose with some vanilla. No real roasted malt at all. Some coffee in the background but not as much as I expected.

T - Bourbon is predokminant up front but not overwhelming at all. Very smooth. A nice vanilla taste and some coffee, but again the coffee is not as predominant as expected. As I continued to drink this better it got better and better. It became so smooth and the bourbon lightened up some more allowing the roasted malt and coffee flavours to come through. Incredibly smooth for 13% ABV.

M - Medium to heavy body. Thick, silky, chewy. amazing mouth feel.

D - A truly amazing beer that lived up to its hype. I will hunt this down annually.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.32/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle sent my way from RCL in a recent trade, thanks for the opportunity to try this one. A very nice 4th of July nightcap drank beside an 09 BCS

a- black as black gets. produced a nice mocha colored head, but it didn't stay around for long. to be fair, it did seem to be slowly eaten by the black 13% abyss more than your standard head dissipating.

s- I have to say, I was hesitant to like this one when it first hit my nose. I guess it's been a while since I've had a Bourbon County and it is no doubt, an in your face beer. the more I smell it though, the more it grows on me. it reveals some surprisingly well melded aromas. the biggest thing to get around is the massive booze soaked dark fruit esters mixing with heavy oak and bourbon. the roast has more of a true coffee taste, rather than a mass amount of roasted malt seeming like coffee. the heavy oak is also pleasantly reminiscent of vanilla.

t- I hate to be so lazy with this review, but honestly, re-read the smell. the only difference is a bit more chocolate notes coming into play mid-palate and an even heavier bourbon influence. it is more impressive of the nose, if I have to can take anything away from the taste. it's awesome stuff.

m- chewy, chewy, chewy. seriously thick stuff. if I wasn't a stout fiend it would most certainly be to much...but since I just said I was, you know it's what I dream about. a welcomed low amount of carbonation. the alcohol warming is a bit strong for my liking.

d- good stuff that you love to sip on, but anything more than sipping is a bit of a stretch. big beers like this one are not to be messed with. luckily it's super tasty stuff or it would just be too much.

Photo of KeefD
4.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes:

Standard BCS pour, thick, viscous, black in the glass, small dark head. My buddy said he spooged a little bit when he saw it. Haha!!

Aroma is full of chocolaty goodness, huge wafts of bourbon and vanilla, oak, fudge, roast, and only the slightest bit of coffee. Was expecting much more coffee.

Taste is right on with the nose. Creamy dark chocolate mixed with bourbon and vanilla. Lots of vanilla, surprisingly. Think bourbon balls. Coffee is also there, but like the nose, it's in small amounts and was really hoping for more. I realize the bottle is almost 4 months old, but I thought it would have more. Still delicious.

Mouthfeel is deep, full, sticky, sweet and chewy. Yum!!

I could have easily finished a bomber of this myself considering the high ABV was barely noticed and so damn delicious. Good thing I split this one up with 3 others and was glad to share. This great stuff but wish I had it fresh so as to distinguish it more from the regular offering.

Photo of BF1977
4.85/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unlike the regular BCS, Coffee Stout has a less alcoholic taste to it. I love BCS, but this is much more drinkable. Pours a dark black with little to no head. A touch of alochol bite up front, with a nice chocolately finish, real smooth. I really didn't taste the coffee as much as I thought I would, but it didn't take away from the quality. Overall a great beer.

Photo of trygger87
4.7/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to HoppyMcgee for the bottle!!
Poured from a 750ml bottle in to a chimay chalice.
Produced no head and poured a pitch black color, seriously dark beer.Smell on this one is serious bourbon followed by coffee and vanilla. This beer smells awesome.The taste is intense, big alcohol bite at first followed by coffee and chocolate and malt. The mouth-feel is bubbly and rich. drinkability is quite high for a beer at 13 percent. Over all i would definitely get this beer if i saw it in stores, its Awesome!

Photo of kfsv034
4.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this via trade from hayesez

A - pour pitch black with a tan head that disapates quickly leaving a thin ring around the edge

S - bourban and coffee very nice

T - strong espresso, bourban, vanilla and chocolate the flavors mesh very well

M - medium - full bodied

D - very drinkable for 13% this one could get you into trouble

Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650mL bottle into Goose Island flute.

A - Poured a silky smooth jet black with a thin mocha head with lacing that vanished pretty quickly.

S - The odor jumped from the glass during pour. The mix of black cat espreso with the bourbon is awesome. Smells sweet and inviting. Roasted dark chocolate comes to mind. Really smells nothing like a beer to me. A beautiful medly of odors that's really inviting.

T - Like BCS with coffee (duh)...but REALLY well balanced. Roasted malts and nuts are upfront and the bourbon flavor is more in the background, but the alcohol is very in your face IMHO. There is no doubt upon first sip that this one will knock you down before you polish it off.

M - Smooth, but with a bourbon bite. Has nice lively carbonation, but very well balanced. Leaves a bourbony tingle in my mouth. Very rich and filling.

D - Really tasty beer and a nice marriage of a few of my favorite things. Great for a special treat, but certainly not a session beer by any means. This one is strong and you can feel it. If that doesn't bother you, the flavor is killer, just a bit too boozy (but what would one expect for a bourbon stout?).

--update, round 2 2011-02-08...
5's across the board this time. had an abyss last night and didn't think that a beer could possibly be better.

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2011 Vintage (2012-02-10)
bottled on 1/11/12 # 1546

4.5 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 5

a - opened the bottle and filled my oversized SH IRS snifter. poured a lush oil black with a thin tan head that fizzed away in an instant leaving a ring around the glass. swirling the glass brings things back to life, but leaves really spotty lacing.

s - OH YEAH. that's it. the coffee is very present and compliments the BCBS perfectly.

t - YUM. such a great beer. the beans may be different from last year, but the taste is just as amazing as i remember it.

m - smooth and easy to drink...as all the BCBS varieties.

o - overall a winner. i wanted to try this fresh to death and with the bottle date just shy of a month, mission accomplished. i've heard some say that the coffee is a bit intense and it gets better as it fades a bit...i can definitely see this and look forward to revising in a short while.

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2012 Vintage (2012-12-03)
bottled on 11/12/12 # 0236

4.5 - 5 - 5 - 5 - 5

a - filled my intelligentsia mini snifter, the brew was dark as a bad trader's soul, but has the barrel aged glisten of a LIF'er. no real head to speak of aside from some dark brown bubbling on the surface that is gone quick.

s - zippity doo dah! FRESH BCBCS...gotta love it. the coffee is really nice and fresh and dank smelling. super roasty and really rich and gourmet. smells like the coffee isle in fairway. SOOO GOOD. some great sweetness from the barrel.

t - wow, really nice. definitely an improvement from 2011 fresh, and about as solid as i remember 2010 being fresh. the coffee really shines through and it is a great flavor of coffee. strong and gourmet and rich. the BCBS is underneath, but the coffee is the star of this beer.

m - smooth and easy to drink. great coffee roast not roasted malts. the barrels are there and the booze is really well integrated.

o - overall, ANOTHER winner in this series. you just can't go wrong with BCBCS and this year is as good if not better than any other vintage fresh. cheers to GI for keeping it real. i just LOVE this beer.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of a74gent and shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a dark as night black that look like motor oil with a thin tan head that left good sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma was really nice with coffee notes that weren't over powering the nose. There was roasted malts, vanilla, dark fruits, oak and hints of bourbon and chocolate. It also had faint booze presence in the background. The flavors on this beer were amazing and complex consisting of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts with a good amount of bourbon that was well balanced in the mixture. Dark fruits, booze, and coffee were faint but still added accents to the overall taste. Very delicious beer. The brew was full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation that had a sweet creamy rich and roasty finish. This beer really knocked my socks off. Goose islands regular bourbon county is very good but this one is off the hook its amazing all around I hope I can get my hands on more.

Photo of drpimento
4.67/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whew! Sarious baar. These guys don't mess around. The coffee is muted but there. Masterfully blended characteristics. Poured with a small, fine, light tan head and no lace. Aroma is heavy malt, licorice, light on the coffee, vanilla, bourbon, Flavor's like aroma with the coffee coming out more, super rich complex blend of the vanilla, bourbon, oak, roast, dark, ripe fruits, and on and on and on. Body is luxurious and velvety. Finish is like flavor and surprising not as boozy as you'd think. Unbelievable beer.

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4.79/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a thin tan head of foam. The foam left behind intricate patches of lace down the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, oak, bourbon and vanilla. There are notes of rich, dark coffee but it not nearly as strong as I expected from a "coffee stout".

T - The roasty, espresso-like coffee flavor came through stronger than its aroma. Also, it had delicious chocolate and toffee flavors with a strong yet not overpowering bourbon presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A big beer with a medium body. The alcohol heat is present but not over the top.

D - Goose Island did a really amazing job on this one. The bourbon is not too much, nor is the coffee. It is just a really delicious imperial stout with crazy good flavors.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 6,131 ratings.