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

Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla StoutBourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
4.36 | pDev: 6.88%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 vintage, I had a couple of bottles 2 years ago but didn’t review. Pours a dark brownish black, standard stout color. Smells like mandarin, some coffee and alcohol. Tastes pretty good still: coffee, citrus, some hops, and cinnamon. I liked this 2 years ago and still do. I wouldn’t say it’s improved but hasn’t degraded much and still tastes fantastic. Worth the 8 bucks a bottle and I’ll maybe buy more if available, cheers!

Sunday at 05:31 AM
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout pours a thick black, with a very small, tan head. Aroma is a bit sweet, hints of coffee, and brownie. Flavor is thick, very rich flavors of coffee and brownie. Good body and feel. Overall, a sipping stout, that is easy to drink, sweeter, with some desert like flavors.

Sep 19, 2021
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NeutroMan from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 bottle, best-by date of 2021-08-11, poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque obsidian motor oil with no head at all despite a hard pour.

S: Smelled like a freshly poured Cuban coffee immediately after popping the cap, before I even poured it, foreshadowing a sweet boozy treat.

T: Coffee with demerara sugar, bourbon. Orange is presence but subtle and nicely complements the booze.

F: Full bodied. Woody tannins linger in the aftertaste and add some astringency.

Never been disappointed by a Bourbon County variety and this is no exception.

Aug 05, 2021
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micada from New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2019 bottling, with a best drink by date of next month. It’s an interesting drink. Pours a dense dark chestnut brown, no head, scant perimeter lacing. Woody nose, but not the typical oaky char kind of aroma. Flavor tastes like a muddled blend of the adjuncts, done well, instead of some heavy-handed glob of stuff settled at the bottom to be bottle conditioned. The coffee is bold and creamy, the cassia lends a spiciness without being overbearing, there is barrel presence late in the flavor profile. Not really getting much of the orange peel, though there is a faint sense of one of those orange chocolate ball candies in the mix. Mouthfeel is full and heavy. Alcohol has no bite and hides throughout, though I’m sure it will ring the bell later.

Jul 11, 2021
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: like a stout oughtta. Nearly opaque dark brown. Nice mocha head on the pour. Clingy, messy lacing.
Smell: coffee with cream, and bourbon, orange is subtle and blends well.
Taste: very nicely blended coffee with cream. Slightly bitter notes along with sweet cream in the finish.

Jul 04, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight up--it's just an absolute treat cracking open a Bourbon County. Cafe De Olla continues the tradition. Coffee and a never cloying sweetness comes through consistently sip by sip. Absolutely insanity how 13.5% ABV can be so elegantly buried. This is dessert silk in beer form.

May 02, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle. Smells of bright acidic coffee, caramel, booze. Tastes of bright coffee. Sharp, acidic, abrasive coffee. Strong bourbon. Lingering caramel. Boozy. Medium heavy. I expected it to be more rich, but sharp coffee dominates it. Not an elevation above the base stout.

Apr 02, 2021
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dkoehler42 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the Cafe de Olla stout from Goose Island. It is marketed as a bourbon county stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee, orange peel, and panela sugar. It pours as dark as you would expect, with no transparency. The malt is present on the nose, but so are elements of the coffee. The taste is heavy but I can taste the coffee with a hint of either the sugar or orange. This is manages to be strong, but have no alcohol burn. I enjoyed this stout and look forward to future brewings.

Feb 13, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ML bottle, born on 8/28/19, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark mahogany with virtually no head
S - bourbon, coffee
T - bourbon, lots of sugar, cinnamon
F - thick mouthfeel with no minimal carbonation
O - very nice, a bit on the sweet side, but an excellent beer

Feb 01, 2021
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J_mo from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of cinnamon. Had this on draft soon after release and from a bottle close to a year after release. Both had lots of cinnamon and coffee. Draft had more chocolate.

Jan 19, 2021
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A thin sheet of fizz, the color of bronzed mocha, vanishes quick as lightning into a brown, inky void. The tiny ring of translucent lace it leaves behind is the only evidence it ever existed.

Dark fudge fused with molasses and coffee followed by a wisp of woodsy cinnamon and faint notes of dried orange blossom. A quiet song of aged bourbon secretly mingles throughout.

A silky medium that’s plush as a goose feather pillow. Carbonation, like cloud of fluffed powder, poofs up and envelops the finish. No booze heat, only a spreading, cinnamon warmth.

A gob of sticky chocolate fudge boating on slow river of warm molasses. This lumbering procession is suddenly engulfed by an enormous cloud-burst of candied orange peel and tingling cinnamon; all of which gradually settles onto smooth slab of cassia bark. A brûléed, brown-sugar bourbon forms a subtle backbone to keep it all balanced.

Complexity in perfect equilibrium. Its really astonishing how well the cassia bark comes through in the aroma and colorful palate. The bourbon is present but really subtle and I love that.

Jan 13, 2021
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Pivopijak from Washington

4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2019 edition
Inky, with a quickly dissipating medium brown head. Smelling like top notch dark chocolate sauce with a dose of oaky barrel. Sharp blackstrap molasses, to start the taste, quickly unfolding to heavy roasted grain, toffee, some dark chocolate with tiniest bit of chili pepper essence, without the heat. Very enjoyable finish with the toffee and dark chocolate, fading into the sunset. Terrific!

Jan 10, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 bottling, 01JAN21 sampling. First beer of the new year!

A: Fairly dense and viscous black pour with a dark brown head that fizzles away audibly and pretty quickly.

S: Sweetness...toffee? Caramel, not really vanilla...must be that brown sugar; I think it’s also the bourbon barrel sweetness, but I’m also getting a soft, spritzy orange zest very lightly, and a smooth mocha-espresso note on some earthy coffee roast character, with just the faintest suggestion of spice. Lots of molasses and brown sugar; very nice.

T: Lands like traditional BCBS, with a twist; I swear I get the light zest of citrus in this giant bourbon barrel stout, which at over a year and a half old surprises me. Mocha, dark chocolate, caramel, espresso, toffee, vanilla, oak, tobacco, leathery dark dried fruit on the finish...very complex. Alcohol is practically invisible as this thing just has a little warmth in the throat, that’s all.

MF: Viscous, chewy, medium in thickness I would say, but full-bodied for sure. Smooth. The sweetness rounds this one out as a sipper.

O: Delicious coffee BBA stout, with a nice dark sugary component that fades away into a complex coffee character that’s earthy, a bit spicy, a bit roasty - just a phenomenal vintage and variant.

Jan 01, 2021
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jackflaps from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellared for about, though not quite, a year. Drink by 7 Aug 2021. Poured into a Goose flute glass.

L: Pours like a BCBS, dark and viscous. Head dissipated almost immediately; for some reason I get more carbonation if I let it sit in the fridge with a stopper overnight and pour it then. (Probably I'm not cellaring them ideally.)

S: Initial nose doesn't have much coffee on it, mostly woody, maybe a mix of the barrel and the cassia bark. A hint of cinnamon, becoming more than a hint as it hangs out in the glass.

T: There's more coffee, and a lot more cinnamon, on the initial taste. The coffee lingers, though; I'm taking pretty lengthy breaks between sips and as I do I notice it more. I don't get much orange on first taste but I'm wondering if that will come out as it warms up.

F: It's maybe a little lighter than BCBS regular? But the cinnamon gives it kind of a sharp spiciness that counters it nicely. I'm actually going to bump this up to 4.25, since I'm liking the complexity of it.

Overall I think based on other people's reviews that this has lost a step from when it was fresh, but it's still got a lot of depth and complexity to it. Not the usual coffee stout, and very enjoyable.

Nov 29, 2020
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours onyx black with a dense, medium tan head. Simply gorgeous in the glass. The nose is dominated by heavy char aromas, some chocolate and cinnamon, and a decent amount of coffee. No sign of the orange.

The orange is present on the taste, though, a subtle citrus taste at the back of the palate, long after the magnificent char and coffee flavors vied with the chocolate and cinnamon. Wow, is there a lot going on here - and it really works (for me).

The mouthfeel is really full and creamy, which surprised me, as did this beer - my expectations were that it would be good, even very good, but it is world class, IMHO. Wish I had another bottle to share with our son, because I think he’d love this.

Nov 29, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this one fresh and apparently never reviewed it - having one now a year on and although its still outstanding, its not as great as it was fresh.

Pours a dark oily black color. Viscous and with some apparent debris in the beer - not quite sure what that is. A momentary thin one finger brown head forms with a vigorous pours but dissipates quickly. No residual head is seen. Top of the beer is oily and has some little floaties on top.

Aroma has notes of cinnamon, cassia bark, chocolate, hints of coffee grinds, and some roasted malt notes. The coffee has definitely faded as you might expect over the course of a year, but that has allowed the cassia bark to really shine through and provide more of that cinnamon - spiced aroma on the nose. Its sweet on the nose, but not sugary sweet - its more of a savory sweet for lack of a better term.

The taste is where this one is just outstanding. You get chocolate and cinnamon up front quickly giving way to rich oaky bourbon and some earthy barrel must. Notes of coffee, earthy bark/wood and roasted malts come through with a slight, but balanced sweetness to it. The bourbon provides a warmth to the beer that becomes more present as it warms up. The coffee, cinnamon, chocolate and bourbon just work so well in this one. A year along, the orange has all but disappeared. Fresh it was a subtle but complimentary flavor - now its hardly noticeable. Rather it provide just a hint of dried citrus rind to the beer - a zest like you'd get in a hot chocolate or something like that.

Feel is thick, slick, viscous. Moderate carbonation but very smooth.

I have never been as big of a fan of the BCBS coffee variant as other seemed to be, but this variant, fresh, was one of my favorite variants of all time from Goose Island. Its aged gracefully, but was at its best fresh.

Nov 26, 2020
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with a half finger of head that dissipates to a thick ring of foam around the glass. Fantastic aroma of vanilla, chocolate, oak barrel, coffee. Flavors are really well balanced combination of vanilla and oak from the bourbon barrels, coffee, subtle chocolate, and orange peel and sugar on the finish. The spices are interesting, almost reminiscent of mulling spices or Mexican hot chocolate somehow. Alcohol is noticeable but well masked for this high ABV. Syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice variation on the original.

Nov 13, 2020
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with dark tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma starts with the typical BCB characters of big roastiness and huge barrel notes. Coffee is also very prominent, cinnamon and orange are noticeable but more subtle. I am glad the orange is mild, was concerned it might overpower this coffee stout. Taste is boozy and sweet. It’s even sweeter than most Bourbon Counties. Lots of dark fruit notes, sugary sweetness, coffee is there but not particularly prominent. Orange is subtle and primarily on the finish, I get essentially no cinnamon. The big roastiness is present and balances the sweetness somewhat but this remains a bit cloying. Barrel notes are also less prominent than most BCB stout variants. Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied, ABV well masked as always. Overall, this is a good beer that I would gladly drink again, but it’s far from my favorite Bourbon County, and no where close to the near perfection of “regular” Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout. The adjuncts didn’t add much and in fact IMO detract even from the base beer.


Nov 01, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019vintage courtesy of JohnnyHops.
L: black with mocha head that fizzles off.
S: coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, oak.
T: really good coffee and chocolate/vanilla. Tobacco, strong cinnamon/cassia bark taste, Minimal booze. Minimal orange taste, some extra sweetness.
F: bcbs standard. Fairly thick but not overly.
Overall: I think this is the first specialty/one-off variant of bcbs I’ve had. I’m not sure if better than OG, but very good nonetheless. Delighted to receive it in trade from a friend.

Oct 29, 2020
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vi11am from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love it.Dark pour with a creme brûlée sheen of the head. Vanilla and sweet karmel korn hints straight away, tastes of coffee, rich and creamy, with the alcohol just at the end. Like a Christmas pudding. Overall this is a joy to drink, all the BCBS variations are delicious.

Oct 21, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a near pitch black color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, cassia bark and some spices, and super light orange peel

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of roasted malt, spices (mostly cinnamon/cassia bark), and coffee. Picks up the bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and oak shortly thereafter. Orange peel comes through a bit candied, albeit lightly. Finishes with lingering cassia bark, coffee, bourbon, and drying oak

M: Full bodied with low-moderate carbonation

O: An excellent variant of BCBS that really adds another dimension to the typical coffee version. The cassia bark works really well in tandem with the coffee while the orange peel adds a nice, super subtle addition. As with all variants and the OG, this one is a must-try

Oct 15, 2020
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fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a small light brown head. Super dark brown body.

Smell: Like a fresh bark of dark chocolate. Fabulous. Small hints of vanilla, coffee, orange peel.

Taste: Complex and well balanced. Dark chocolate giving way to a burnt bread finish. Vanilla oak barrel. Not much in the way of orange flavors. A bit of booze, not shocking for the ABV.

Feel: The finish is very dry and a bit boozy. Only thing that ruins it a little for me.

Aug 03, 2020
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DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freaking fantastic. Had it on tap 7 months after release and the beer has developed beautifully. WOW!!! Kudos to the Original, the One and Only, Goose Island Brewery, for deciding to age stout in a used bourbon barrel!!!!! Yes, I will be waiting in line on Black Friday for the 2020 release! It's a Chicago tradition!

Jul 16, 2020
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strohme2 from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

**Blind Review**
Thank you TheGent, I enjoyed it!

Pours dark with an opaque body, minimal khaki colored head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, bourbon, caramel, coconut, cinnamon.
Taste: chocolate, big coffee initially, cherry pits, and more coffee at the finish. Dark chocolate, burnt coffee ( in a good way). Spicy cinnamon.

Smooth, velvety, low carbonation.

This is a Bourbon County...does not taste like the bourbon county coffee I’ve had. It’s definitely a new variety that I’ve not had. It is tasty as always

I was ready to reveal the beer and Mrs. Strohme2 said:
“I have to live with you being a nerd, let me see what it is” She asked me what I thought it might be and I said the Cafe de Olla.

After reveal: I don’t get any orange peel, oils, citrus in any way. Maybe I can fool myself into believing I smell some citrus in the aroma but frankly, it’s just not there for me. That doesn’t detract anything away from the beer.
I’m very happy to try this. It makes for a great summer deck sipper. Thanks Anthony!

Jul 14, 2020
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour that's borderline black.

S - Spicy aroma with roasted chocolate, light cinnamon, spice, and roasted chocolate.

T - Delicate orange (very delicate orange), cinnamon, and roasted cocoa. The orange is extremely subdued

M - Medium texture on the edges but thick in the middle. Silky soft and sticky on the lips, light dryness on the back of the tongue and wet in the rest of the mouth.

O - The ABV is nicely hidden and the orange is almost nowhere to be found.

Jun 18, 2020
Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 384 ratings