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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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
13.5%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 6.68%
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
266
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 19, 2022
Added:
Aug 14, 2019
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  35
SCORE
96
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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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Rated: 4.39 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by BKotch from Texas

Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/11/2019, best before 2021. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin spotty cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas are muted and a bit boozy as it warms up with notes of coffee, cinnamon, nuts, dark chocolate, molasses, citrus, and dark fruits. Flavors of big dark chocolate, cocoa, medium roast coffee, nuts, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, toast, brown bread, bourbon, oak; light cherry, dark fruit, molasses, cinnamon, orange peel, smoke, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness and oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; very creamy/silky/bready malts, light sticky hops, chalky roast, and oak tannins in the mouthfeel. Lightly increasing lingering bitter drying, no cloying/acrid flavors. Insanely smooth sipping. Light warmth of 13.5% lingering after the finish. Age definitely did great things, but spices and coffee usually dull over time. Barrel is super smoothed out and flavors are perfectly balanced. Coffee isn't nearly as huge as I remember the base coffee stout(or even most coffee stouts, regardless of aging), but at the same time they may have just been doing that to not overpower the spices. Nothing overwhelming.
Jul 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Apr 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.66 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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!
Nov 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Nov 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.72 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Oct 29, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Oct 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.43 by liquorpig from Massachusetts

Sep 20, 2021
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.15 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Sep 02, 2021
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.23 by socon67 from New York

Aug 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.41 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by micada from New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Reviewed by StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.31 by EdFed from Illinois

May 15, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.06/5  rDev -29.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.63 by Burgy from Minnesota

Apr 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by shehateme from Massachusetts

Mar 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by BeerBeast from Florida

Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.27 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Feb 06, 2021
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
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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Reviewed by J_mo from California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Reviewed by PathofChaos from Maryland

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Appearance:
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.

Bouquet:
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.

Feel:
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.

Taste:
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.

Overall:
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
 
Rated: 4.5 by UIR1983 from Iowa

Jan 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
draught
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
 
Rated: 4.15 by AD17 from New Jersey

Jan 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.05 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.41 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Dec 04, 2020
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Reviewed by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.36 by djcira from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2020
Bourbon County Brand Café de Olla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 391 ratings