Bourbon County Brand Classic Cola Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Classic Cola StoutBourbon County Brand Classic Cola Stout
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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,130
ABV:
14.1%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,470
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 7.4%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
150
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 15, 2023
Added:
Aug 10, 2021
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  16
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Bourbon County Brand Classic Cola StoutBourbon County Brand Classic Cola Stout
Notes: Pushing the boundaries of barrel-aged stouts is in our DNA, and with that, we brought to life our first-ever cola-inspired variant. Brewers Paul Cade and Jason Krasowski bonded over their love for classic cola while creating the Classic Cola Stout. Combining the refreshing nature of classic cola and picking up the flavor profile from a whisky cola, we added lime and orange juice and zest, plus coriander, cassia bark, nutmeg, brown sugar, and vanilla to bring out the complex characters of the classic drink. This is the ultimate twist on a whiskey cola and a must-try for Bourbon County Stout, cola, or whiskey/cola lovers.⁠⁠
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Rated by howardnss from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Nice 2 finger head. Sweetness from cola but strong bourbon flavor.
Jan 15, 2023
 
Rated: 4.05 by 911CROFT from England

Dec 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.15 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Dec 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.74 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Dec 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Dec 22, 2022
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Reviewed by dkoehler42 from New York

3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tis the season for Bourbon County Stout. This variation is Brand Classic Cola Stout. It's advertised as a stout aged in bourbon barrels with brown sugar, citrus, coriander, spices, and natural vanilla flavor. Apparently, it's their attempt to pay homage to the cola beverage. It pours a traditionally obscure dark brown with no light getting through, and a brown head. The nose is very clearly malt. The flavor is interesting, it's definitely a stout with a coffee finish, but the initial profile is far more complex. It almost presents as sweet like a soda before getting almost a metallic flavor in its transition to coffee.
Dec 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Dec 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Dec 15, 2022
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16.9 ounce bottle, 2021 vintage, drink by 11AUG26 printed on the label. Weird how I've never seen this on the shelves before around here but my local had some available to buy some this past Saturday, not that I'm complaining. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stuck around a little while. Decent amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, nutmeg and molasses. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some earthy, cola, bourbon, dark chocolate and woody flavors. Barrel comes out more in the flavor than it does in the aroma. Not as boozy as I was expecting. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's coating, smooth and a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Wish I would have got to try this one fresher, but with that being said it's still a pretty tasty brew!
Dec 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by loch8534 from Illinois

Nov 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Nov 25, 2022
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + dark garnet red + dark ruby red colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy mocha colored head that quickly reduces to a handful of small patches of mottled very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted + dark + chocolate + caramel malts with moderate amounts of brown sugar + molasses + caramel sweetness. Moderate aromas of vanilla + spicy cola + bittersweet chocolate as well as slightly stronger than moderate aromas of whiskey + toasted oak. Hints of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate tom strong flavors of roasted + dark + chocolate + caramel malts with moderate amounts of brown sugar + molasses + caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of vanilla + spicy cola + bittersweet chocolate as well as a hint of citrus zest. Next there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of whiskey + toasted oak. Finally there are hints of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Full bodied with very light amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth, almost velvety.

O: Drinks quite easily considering the strength with well hidden alcohol and a very smooth mouthfeel. Big and complex as well as definitely being a slow sipper for me. Very enjoyable with flavors and aromas that remind me of a whiskey + cola.
Nov 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.18 by npolachek from New York

Nov 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by nyrblue2 from New York

Nov 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.47 by beerrat from Virginia

Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a nice solid black color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has roasted malts and generous cola hints
The taste follows the nose with roasted malt and pleasant cola flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A great stout
Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by BeerIsGood1337 from Missouri

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
It's a great brew. A little sweeter than the base BCBS, and the addition of cola is not in any way overpowering. A good blend.

I like the original slightly better, but unfortunately I can't find any more of them in my area. That leaves me needing to buy the cola variant, which is double the price at $25. Ugh. It's not worth it, but I guess I have to shell out. This would be worth it at $12-15 per bottle. Why does this one cost so much more?
Oct 22, 2022
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Reviewed by COLTOMUSAR

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Excellent taste, low carbonation but flavors blend together well. Thick with the barrel aging adding to the taste. A little syrupy tasting but otherwise a quality beverage. Definitely not a mow the lawn summer beer.
Oct 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.16 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Aug 08, 2022
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Sampled August 2022 from 16.9oz bottle in snifter style glass. There is a drink by date of August 10, 2026 date on listed on the bottle label.

Appearance: Very dark black, dark color, with almost no head. The head was very fine, lasted only a short length of time, and did not leave much lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Strong bourbon, oak, and caramel aromas. There are also roasted fire aromas, along with some coffee, vanilla, and hops in the aroma. Nice combination and balance between the bourbon barrel, hops, malts, and other aromas.

Taste: Pronounced bourbon and caramel flavors. Also, coffee and burnt malt flavors. Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. It is very smooth. There is a hint of sweetness like chocolate, coconut, and licorice, but it has a very good taste. Light hop flavor as well. The bourbon barrel flavors provide for a unique stout.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, with strong alcohol, which matches with the 14.0% on the label. The 14.0% on this label did not match the 14.1% listed in here in Beer Advocate.

Overall: This barrel-aged Stout is an excellent imperial stout. It has strong flavors as well as alcohol, and the mix of oak, malts, and hops makes for a unique and interesting stout. Another good barrel-aged stout from Goose Island, but not quite as outstanding as I remember the "Bourbon County Brand Stout" it drank in 2018. I would buy this again, but tough to justify the high price.
Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500ml bottle, 2021 release, poured into a 2012 Bourbon County snifter glass.

The beer pours a very deep and dark black color, thick and opaque, cola brown hues, about a fingers worth of tan head, little retention as it fizzes out quickly yielding a few spots of lacing. The aroma is nice, big charred oak, bourbon and toffee, brown sugar, lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, toasted coconut, a bit of licorice, and vanilla. The flavors are good, lots of spicy bourbon spirit, brown sugar, coconut, toffee, fusel alcohol, vanilla marshmallow, big earthy charred oak, bittersweet and earthy chocolate, licorice, sugar, fusel alcohol, and some stone fruits. The mouthfeel is good, more carbonated and a little thinner than the usual BCBS, very warm, crisp and dry finish.

Verdict: A decent variant of BCBS from Goose Island. Ultimately, this reads a lot like the base BCBS albeit with more carbonation, more licorice, a bit more of a sugary experience and some of the more unusual qualities seem to hide in the background, which is likely by design to evoke that cola experience. It's not the most successful beer as a variant, but heck, it's not that far off BCBS, which is a phenomenal beer, so it's hard to complain too much.
Jul 26, 2022
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Reviewed by zonker17 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Looks like most BCBS, black, minimal head. Molasses and cola on the nose. Taste beckons to cola, boozy, coconut, chocolate. Big body and low carbonation.
Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Looks like a cola, smells a little like an Old Fashioned, taste starts familiar BCBS with a twist - then descends into cassia / cinnamon aftertaste crash and a little burn.
A $25 bottle just for the 14% ABV?
Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

Jul 02, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle from BCBS horizontal. Normal pour for the style. Aroma and taste add some cola sweetness to the base brew, mild savory/spicy notes, woody. The Fourteen was so much better
Jun 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Ashes857 from Maine

Jun 27, 2022
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bottle poured into a stem tulip glass.
Opaque ebony with scant fine tan head. Faint line of lacing. No floaties or sediment.
Lots of aroma: cherry, almond, vanilla,bourbon, light citrus.
Rich bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, light orange, cola, cinnamon flavors.
Full bodied fudgy coating mouthfeel with only slight alcohol heat at first. Fruit flavors bloom as the glass warms. Light carbonation. The alcohol asserts its presence after a few sips.
A fun variation on BCBS. Sweet but not fatiguing. Glad I picked one up.
Jun 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.37 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked up from a liquor superstore in Florida that had a hidden stash of a ton of BCBS that obviously nobody in this area drinks. Usually up in Ohio this stuff flies of the shelves so it was neat to see so many bottles still on the shelf. I believe this was a bit more expensive than BCBS - $25 variant I believe. This 2021 version poured out on Father's Day into a big snifter. The beer washes over the glass and looks just like cola. Head quickly dissipates after about 15 seconds to form a ring around the glass. This smells sweeter than BCBS, damn it's nearly like cola. A bit of bourbon on the nose too. The taste is sweeter than BCBS too. It's got a strong brown sugar flavor to it, and it's nearly maple syrupy. The bottle discloses that there is citrus added, I can detect the gentle flow of orange peel in there. And coriander. Coriander! Interesting but there are clovelike overtones coming out of it as well. The thing I like most about this beer is the complete coverage of my mouth with a bourbon heat that only arises after the brew is swallowed. That is the characteristic that most reminds me that I'm drinking Bourbon County. Mouthfeel is medium thick and quite bubbly. I have to admit I'm pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer, as a "cola" beer doesn't initially sound too good. But it was not that sweet! And I think this is quite drinkable and still outrates many of the stouts out there. Two thumbs up, but i don't think it's BETTER than BCBS, so I don't see me paying an extra $10 for it in the future. Still it was fun to try and I enjoyed it!
Jun 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri

Jun 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington

May 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by petrusek23 from Ohio

May 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4.41 by MykeJ from Minnesota

May 21, 2022
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Interesting beer. It seems like the standard BCBS with a cola presence. A bit sweeter with a little more molasses and brown sugar presence, with a crisp cola finish. I like it.
May 15, 2022
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9oz bottle with a best by date of 8-9-26. Opened 5-14-22.
Thin tan head with minimal retention, hangs out as a thin ring after it falls. Black at the core and dark brown at the bottom and edge. A few slippery dots and wispy lines of lacing. Fudge and a rich wood/barrel aroma and a tad fusel-y. Fudge, bourbon burn, caramel, vanilla. Full body, low carbonation, and a smooth, slick mouthfeel. Heat and sweet in a long, rich finish. Very Good to Outstanding.
May 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by ryancl from Minnesota

Apr 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by szmnnl99 from Michigan

Apr 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.32 by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Apr 05, 2022
Bourbon County Brand Classic Cola Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 228 ratings