Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #230
Ranked #1,269
4.34 | pDev: 7.14%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla StoutBourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout
Notes: Goose Island added Intelligentsia Coffee beans and cold brew to the beer but then also included cassia bark, orange peel, and panela sugar garnish.
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Photo of Greywulfken
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Featuring coffee, cassia bark, orange peel, and panela sugar... Bottling has a "drink by" date of 8/8/21...

Pours dark brown and clear, showing black in the glass with rubied-brown translucence around the edges... The coffee, orange, and cinnamon elements come together nicely, with a character that reminds me of General Foods International Coffee's Orange Cappuccino instant coffee - with bourbon lol... Aromas of coffee are solidly-infused with orange, which is a hit-or-miss kinda thing with me, as - similar to cherry-flavors in beer - I am easily turned off by orange as well - in fact, I did not realize this beer had orange peel in it to begin with - woulda bought it anyway, but, just sayin'...

So anyways, lots of oranged-coffee with bright citrusy notes amid a chocolate and molasses and bourbon body... Sweet up front, as expected, with lots of chocolate and orange, as well as sharper hints of dry wood, alcohol, and cinnamon... Bitterness is very subdued, mostly hidden in a wash of dessert-like flavors and a solid body... Sticky, a shellac of orange peel and molasses coffee lingers behind... Not a lot of drying on the close - gets a little tacky, but that's about it...

I thought I'd like this more and the Mon Chéri less, but it turns out to be the opposite... This was good, but not something I want again (though the same could be said for Mon Chéri)... Made me recall the excitement about trying to get my hands on their old coffee and vanilla editions (referencing the vanilla in 2010 and the coffee in 2012)...

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Inky black in color with a thin tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Chocolate and licorice with a hint of coffee and orange. Sweet and sticky.

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Photo of sjrider
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle -dark as night with quickly dissipating short chocolate milk head leaving virtually no lacing. Nose is coffee grounds and wet wood. Taste is coffee and boozy barrel wood. Finish is a little damp with a bit of zip.Improves as it warms. Gonna cellar one for a year. Will revisit.

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Photo of laketang
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark in color with virtually no head .
Notes of chocolate, wood and aspects of barrel.
I get orange zest, dark chocolate, roast which is coffee.
Not too alcoholic. Smooth. Medium feel.
I think drinking temp is important with this beer.
And an open mind towards the flavors will
Help appreciate this great beer. Enjoy.

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Photo of Original_Gravity
3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle. Little head, mild carbonation. Dark chocolate and orange, with just the slightest hint of cinnamon on the nose. Mouthfeel is on the thin side, carbonation is very noticeable. Taste is dominated by what I perceive as burnt chocolate/coffee and orange,

Overall; this is a big dud for me. This variant lacks the depth, mouthfeel and barrel character of the regular BC. The adjuncts just don't seem to want to play nice together - creating a mess of flavors on the palate.

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Photo of teromous
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the back label: "DRINK BY: 07AUG21 0830 13.5% ALC/VOL."
From the neckerchief: "2019"

Appearance: The beer is black and it never really forms a head. Through vigorous pouring it starts to develop a bubbly film and a small ring appears, but it quickly dissipates before ever developing into a full cap.

Aroma: There is a light bourbon aroma to the beer with a slightly metallic and acrid burnt scent.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of chocolate flavor which is followed by cinnamon. A bit of bourbon is in the middle. There is a light coffee-like aftertaste. As the beer is consumed it takes on a bit of a coffee ground flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation feels low and the body feels between upper-medium and lower-full. It coats the palate just slightly but there is a thinness to the beer.

Overall: The neckerchief states that this is a "STOUT AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS WITH COFFEE, CASSIA BARK, ORANGE PEEL, AND PANELA SUGAR ADDED." It does taste like coffee and that cinnamon flavor probably came from the cassia bark. The sugar and orange peel were absent but the bourbon barrel character was there. As a whole the beer is pretty good but the coffee tasted more like grounds than a nice cup of coffee and body was lacking on the beer. This one definitely doesn't live up to the quality of other Bourbon County Brand Stouts. I would prefer a regular BCBS over this variant. It's good enough to drink but I doubt I would buy it again. I would recommend it if you want a coffee and bourbon barrel Imperial Stout and can't find anything else, but otherwise it's just on par with your average coffee bourbon barrel Imperial Stout on the market.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, black with brown/ruby highlights and just a thin rim of lace. An aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, and coffee. There may be orange there, but it is buried. Taste is cinnamon , faint orange, chocolate and coffee. Mainly cinnamon. As it warms, coffee strengthens and some orange currents appear. Medium feel. Slightly sticky. The barrel seems buried. Overall, it’s good, reminds me of an overpriced Prairie Xmas Bomb.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a bourbon county spiegelau tulip.

Pours a deep brown body with a one finger brown head that reduces after a minute or so to leave a small ring of retention, no lacing.

Aromas of dark chocolate fudge, extra burnt creme brulee, bourbon Vienna fingers, tiramisu, espresso, boozy bourbon, caramel, light orange cointreau.

On the tongue, upfront it’s an odd combination of espresso, caramel, orange cointreau liquor, dark chocolate, espresso, on the aftertaste is vanilla and very roasty malts that stick on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel is rich but not overly, moderately sweet with low carbonation.

Overall this was tasty but I have two gripes- one, the orange flavor doesn’t work here in my opinion, should have been left out. Two, I don’t get much cassia bark in the flavor. The base beer and coffee and absolutely delicious, so I’d still call it a win.

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Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nose says there is pepper in this. repeated whiffs conjure images of peppers lying on the bottom of the bottle providing heat but i guess i'm wrong... much sweeter than i want to get into, longing for the 12oz bottles. but the flavor also is saying there is some kind of pepper heat going on here, maybe some subconscious secret desire? i just sucked on a can of Reeses' whipped cream which tasted more like coffee than chocolate; could that be the reason for the chile implication?

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Photo of Duff_Light
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like dessert stouts, you'll like this. The stout and barrel characterstics take a back seat to the flavor adjuncts used. It is sweet, but not cloying. It is nicely balanced and enjoyable, but one was more than enough.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like rich and roasty coffee, dry dusty cassia bark/cinnamon, fudge, oak, char, and orange rind.

Up front this is good stuff - that classic massive cold brew and freshly roasted bean flavor from typical Bourbon County Coffee is right there. But then it somewhat falls apart on the back end. You get the char and light vanilla from the base, but there's barely any barrel, unfortunately, and the cassia bark on the back adds a dry and astringent bitterness on the back end. There's also no overt orange here - but ther eis a bitterness that really is reminiscent of orange rind itself. If this was like Midnight Orange, with the actual fruity orange flavors, this would have worked way better. There's just too many clashing bitter flavors here. The coffee's bitterness is welcome and understandable, but it just gets magnified with the misused other flavors.

This is thick and creamy, like most Bourbon County variants, with a very subtle booze character, which is certainly a plus here.

This feels like a miss, unfortunately. As it's the Bourbon County base, and the coffee used is great, it's not a bad beer by any means. But it would certainly be better if they had left everything out but the coffee. They need to bring back the regular Bourbon County Coffee- that beer was an absolute classic, and it's missed by me and many, I'm sure.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

25$ a bottle? No way. Was it good? Yes. Was it great? Well......yes. Was it world-class like I expect GI BCBCS stouts to be? No. I am a one-and-done at this price point. Dear GI: Get back to basics and stop the foo-foo.

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Photo of emyers
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into a teku glass.

Black with a thin light brown head

Nose: Excellent. Bourbon is very present and coffee comes through strong as well. Orange and cinnamon are more subtle but add a nice layer of complexity.

Taste: Coffee and bitter dark chocolate really dominate up front followed by orange. BCBS base is a bit hidden. Very interesting flavor profile but the balance isn’t quite as refines as in the nose.

Feel: Rich, full-bodied, BCBS mouthfeel.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle poured in a little plastic Holiday Inn cup. 2019 bottle, of course. Just picked it up, put it on ice for about half an hour, and about to put it in my mouth.

Pours black with a small head and medium carbonation. Smell is coffee, anise, bourbon char.

Taste is a rainbow. Orange comes across, coffee is very strong, vanilla and bourbon are very strong, booze is very strong, some smoke, and some other stuff that I can't pin down. Sweet -- perilously near too sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick but not too heavy. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle poured into a goblet

A- Black with a small fast fading mocha head.

S- Rich dark coffee, bourbon, cinnamon, orange peels, milk chocolate, oak, great balance.

T- Coffee, oranges, chocolate, cinnamon, bourbon, oak.

M- Smooth, full body.

O- I really enjoy this a lot. Reminds me a lot of Midnight Orange with coffee to balance everything. Goose Island did a great job with balancing all the flavors in this beer.

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Photo of Buck89
4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A lot going on in this one. Chocolate and faint bourbon on the nose. The taste featured the coffee and the barrel was more prominent. Orange was there throughout and the sweetness was cut nicely by the bourbon. Big and thick as expected. Overall I found it interesting but I felt like the coffee and orange clashed with each other.

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Photo of jkblr
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8 oz draft served at Gerst Haus Evansville in a half pint glass at fridge temp. The beer pours dense black with medium brown head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and a few microscopic bubbles. The aroma is pleasant with bourbon, coffee, chocolate and roast malt. The taste is rich bourbon, coffee, orange & chocolate all mixed together with a mild to moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied with less than medium carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, excellent. No trace of the high ABV here. Absolutely delicious and hard to keep from gulping. Bottled variants are nearly impossible to score here, but this restaurant gets everything on draft. They serve it cold and in the wrong glass, but I'm still great full for the chance to try it.

Note: As this warms I'm picking up a lot of cinnamon (cassia) and the orange is more pronounced. Take your time with this one BA.

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Photo of Kegger37
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one is unique, but in a good way. I really enjoyed this beer. It was interesting to me as this beer seemed to change a lot based on temperature. I tried it first right out of the fridge and didn't get much, then left it for 20 minutes. When I tried it again, I really picked up the coffee and orange on the nose but not so much on the taste. Taste was spot on with dark dark chocolate/cinnamon/some vanilla and barrel. The more this beer warmed however the more orange I got when I drank it.
Overall, there were lots of flavors shinning through here, it reminded me of a dark chocolate covered espresso bean with cinnamon primarily. I'll probably hang on to a bottle for a while and see how it holds up. I would also say that this beer more than some others has a temperature sweet spot. 20 minutes on the counter out of the fridge should be about perfect.

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My dad used to have dark chocolate covered orange jelly sticks in our stockings, this takes me back. Waves of orange and coffee with a milk chocolate finish and bourbon and cinnamon kisses. No discernible green pepper notes like the ‘17 BCBCS. Reminds me a bit of Bamburana on the finish. Overall a winner in my book.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark brown appearance with minimal tan head. Aroma is a nice bourbon with coffee accent and a touch of orange. Taste is a very nice bourbon with coffee and orange combination.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout, 13.5% ABV. Pours black and thick with a little-finger of tan head than left no lacing. Nose is coffee, cinnamon/casia, chocolate, orange, and bourbon. Taste is coffee, cinnamon/casia, sugar, light orange, chocolate, and bourbon. Excellent mouthfeel, overall world-class. IMHO, if you like the fresh flavor then these should not be aged past 6 months, as the coffee and orange will fade relatively quickly, leaving cinnamon sugar, chocolate, and bourbon. That could be good...

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Photo of SawDog505
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near pitch black with a few finger dark brown head that leaves little if any lace and settles very quick. 4.25

Smell is cinnamon, orange peel, vanilla bean, coffee grounds, and charred bourbon pretty darn intense. 4.25

Taste follows cinnamon, orange, oaked vanilla, expresso, and a massive jab of booze in the dry lingering finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is big and slightly syrupy, dry, very moderate carbonation, and at 13.5% ABV a dipper and may drink even bigger. 4

Overall this is really nice, will save my other bottle for a year or two down the road. Price tag is very hard to justify, but still a very complex treat. 4

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.42/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thin ring head on draft. Aroma- coffeee, chocolate. Taste- coffee, citrus, hint of alcohol though even that is hidden well. Some orange that lingers in the background. A little chocolate. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Overall- coffee beer. Not really a fan of that. Some others have made the connection of midnight orange and coffee bcs love child. I can totally agree with that. Not for me but if coffee is your thing, you ought to be happy. It’s interesting enough.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was black with just the hint of a head.
Aroma, in no particular order, revealed coffee, chocolate, orange, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Chocolate and coffee up front on the taste, then some orange and vanilla, with some warming cinnamon at the end. There was a bit of bourbon there also.
Thick and rich. I've been sipping this for a couple hours, and probably have a couple hours to go.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This was a really good beer, and I probably would've rated it higher in taste if it wasn't advertised as containing orange. Excellent coffee stout, didn't get any of the orange at all.

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