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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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,006
Ranked #3,440
4.2 | pDev: 8.1%
Today at 01:35 AM
Aug 10, 2021
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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Ratings by Taphouse_Traveler:
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4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jan 09, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Pours a tan almost brown small foamy head with low retention, a little lacing, low lacing, decent legs, pitch black color

Nose big thick heavy roast and dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, fair spices baking spices and herbal tea spices, rich vanilla, a bit of chocolate covered orange, sweet caramelized sugar, vanilla oak, a bit of bourbon oak,

Taste rich dark chocolate, cocoa, plenty of vanilla almost like vanilla cream soda notes, more spices, kola nut and sweet syrupy brown sugar, caramel, dark roast, a bit fudgey again, fair bitterness from roast and a bit of spicy hop, a bit of bourbon and vanilla barrel but not a lot, a little orange zest and citrus but not much either, and hint of spices, heavy syrupy fudgey chocolate late, sticky finish, fair alcohol late, a bit cooling even

Mouth is full bod, rich chewy, syrupy, fair warming almost hot alcohol, lower carb

Overall not bad but nothing special

Today at 01:35 AM
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3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by hreb from Washington

500ml bottle of 2021's Goose Island Bourbon (The Original) County Brand Classic Cola Stout. Served in a Lord Hobo goblet. Slick black color, no head formation. Aroma is boozy and spicy, and yes, it has a hint of a soft drink that could be cola, root beer, or sarsaparilla. In the mouth, that flavor most closely resembles licorice to my palate, but licorice doesn't describe it accurately, although absinthe is not entirely wrong either.

Whatever that spice flavor is, it's really the only thing I can taste here. There's sweetness, there's a slightly puckering acidity which melds well with the carbonation. There's a syrupy vanilla. But there's not a robust malt flavor. And that spice flavor really is cloying. It's not roasty or chocolatey. The beer feels thin in spite of it's syrupyness, like even though it's heavy, it's not substantial.

As a gimmick, I get it, it's unique, and I've never had a beer anything like it before. But as an imperial stout, it only qualifies on technicalities. 100% do I regret paying Total Wine $24.99 (unmarked!) for the privilege of this experience -- though I can't say I'm too surprised.

Drink by 09Aug26.

Yesterday at 04:02 AM
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4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a couple of bottles Black Friday from TW Greenville, SC for $24.99. Looks like is was bottled 09AUG21; consumed the first bottle 1-20-21.

Beer poured black with an okay tan head.

Nose is very nice, the classic BCBS base barrel characteristics, primarily bourbon and vanilla.

Taste is very nice as well; huge malt base that delivers a wonderful bourbon warmth with the first sips giving notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Finishes balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very smooth.

Overall a very fun variant to try! Each sip makes one look forward to the next sip!

Thursday at 08:23 PM
4.25 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin on Jan 16, 2022
4.17 by Burgy from Minnesota on Jan 16, 2022
4.31 by EMV from Pennsylvania on Jan 15, 2022
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 13, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Deep brown/ruby pour--somewhat darker than cola. No head to speak of. Had a 2021 vintage very fresh--usually I like to age these BCBS's for a few years, but couldn't resist. It is sweet and very cola-esque, but in a beer with many ingredients, the flavor was dominated by vanilla. I did expect more complexity given that ingredient profile. And there were a couple sips where booziness snuck through (another great reason to further age these!). Pleasant, smooth, but not quite up to the level of other Bourbon County efforts.

Jan 13, 2022
3.74 by Soneast from Wisconsin on Jan 12, 2022
4.28 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Jan 09, 2022
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CHickman from New York

Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger thick brown foamy head that faded in average time while it made crackling sounds as it dissipated and left basically zero lacing. Smells of brown sugar, twigs, bourbon, orange peel, Coke or any other cola soda, vanilla, caramel, grains, earthy notes, the outside of a coconut and tree bark. As it warmed it did resemble a cola, but there were a lot of odd aromas in the nose which I could not pin down or determine.

The taste starts out sweet like cocoa powder, bakers chocolate and dark chocolate with rum poured over it, and then it shifts towards spicy and earthy like it was then strained through oak chips, vanilla beans, orange slices and peat moss. Then drizzle caramel, maple syrup and bourbon on it, throw in a hand full of brown sugar, add in coriander and a dash of white pepper, squeeze a lime over it and this is what poured out of my bottle. It’s very complex, but too confusing and a tad bit too sweet for me. It hit the mark as a cola stout, but this is a variant I wouldn’t revisit for $20+ per bottle.

Jan 09, 2022
4 by broadway848 from New York on Jan 09, 2022
3.55 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut on Jan 06, 2022
4.49 by hockeypuck from Maine on Jan 06, 2022
4.19 by dazedman from Virginia on Jan 05, 2022
4.42 by Jason1221 from Illinois on Jan 05, 2022
4.55 by ClePaul from Ohio on Jan 03, 2022
4 by shehateme from Massachusetts on Jan 02, 2022
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4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into a16oz chalet glass bottled on 8/10/21. Pours near pitch black with a half finger head that settles really quickly, leaving little lace if any. 4

Aroma strong cola, vanilla, orange zest, and oaked woody bourbon. 4.25

Taste follows cola stands out, with vanilla, orange peel, and bourbon hits you hard in the lingering finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is above average, very gentle carbonation, maybe a tad dry, and at 14% it is a sipper, but goes down fairly easy considering the slight alcohol burn. 4

Overall I felt I had to try this one and not sure why, especially at $25 a bottle. Only bottle of this I will ever purchase, but still a nice beer experience. 4

Jan 02, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

Black color, tiny tan rim around the circumference of my glass.
Aroma of cola and vanilla.
Cola dominates the taste, then a little vanilla. Spicy/peppery finish.
A little thin on the mouthfeel.
Interesting beer.

Jan 01, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BFCarr from New Jersey

Pours dark brown/black with almost no head. Aroma is flat out cola and noticeable sweet notes. Taste follows with a mix of cola and dark fruit stout notes. Feel is good, rich and smooth. Overall it's a decent variation of a great beer. Interesting and enjoyable.

Jan 01, 2022
3.96 by EMH73 from New York on Jan 01, 2022
4.03 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Jan 01, 2022
4.37 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Jan 01, 2022
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4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a branded Goose Island Bourbon County snifter.

Deep walnut brown body, nearly black and opaque looking. Simple light tan collar presented which manages to stay populated. Looks like typical BC stouts no surprises here.

The aroma is classic but seems stronger on a molasses end. Thick molasses, but excellent oak tones with real barrel hinting character. There's a touch of cola sweetness in here also which is really just like a classic soda. That's very impressive.

Real spectacular palate. The BC classic flavors and mouthfeel are all here. Chewy molasses and real rounded oak flavors. Hints of dark chocolate all over, and some black forest cake like vanilla. Cola sweetness and even hints of little cut bubbles perhaps in the mouthfeel it seems, or is that all psychological! Finishes rich and woody with cola and soda sweetness that cuts nicely almost cocktail like but doesn't water down too much. Slow warmth brings out even melted milk chocolate flavors too.

Very nice variant. The cola and vanilla sweetness brings an interesting cut with some sacrifices to the body but it's all in an excellent package regardless.

Dec 31, 2021
4 by mmilyko from Nevada on Dec 30, 2021
4.5 by jtransel from Illinois on Dec 29, 2021
4.06 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Dec 28, 2021
4.24 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Dec 27, 2021
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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by TBoneJones from Texas

Very delicious.

Dec 26, 2021
4.5 by hoosier222002 from Illinois on Dec 26, 2021
4.63 by chiefz1 from New York on Dec 26, 2021
4.25 by PaleAleWalt from New York on Dec 26, 2021
3.85 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia on Dec 26, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by JohnG190 from New York

Pours black with a dark brown head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring of lace. Roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, wood, citrus zest, light coriander, and cola on the nose. Roasted malt, coriande, cinnamon , bourbon, caramel, citrus zest, chocolate, vanilla, and cola on the palate. Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Another unusual, original, and absolutely delightful variant by Goose Island.

Dec 26, 2021
4.31 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Dec 25, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottle. Tan head. Fades. Black color.

The orange citrus shows, fake vanilla, chocolate, Dr Pepper spice. Definitely has a cola flavor. But it’s thin and has too much carbonation.

I don’t understand why they make these offerings (and why I buy them), when they are watered down versions of the base beer which is better and cheaper. One of the more disappointing bcbs variants.

Dec 25, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by pathman from Ohio

12/24/21 bottle @ home

Dec 24, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

Dark brown with some head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is sweet vanilla with a waft of alcohol and cola. The taste is very sweet, sugary, there’s the cola, vanilla, barrel and a dash of chocolate. Tastes like a hyper sweetened version of the original with a dash of cola. These variants are always an adventure and this is no exception. I prefer the black tea from last year but glad I was able to try one of these to compare and experience and I’m good with one, cheers!

Dec 24, 2021
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