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 #1,031
Ranked #3,510
4.19 | pDev: 7.64%
Wednesday at 10:59 PM
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 arizcards:
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4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

Jan 20, 2022
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4.25 by NickThePyro from Washington on Wednesday at 10:59 PM
4 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Monday at 06:24 PM
4.41 by MykeJ from Minnesota on May 21, 2022
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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by mschrei from Illinois

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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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mushroomcloud from Texas

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. Ver Good to Outstanding.

May 15, 2022
4.25 by ryancl from Minnesota on Apr 24, 2022
4.31 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Apr 13, 2022
4.32 by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota on Apr 05, 2022
4.09 by loganburgh from Michigan on Apr 04, 2022
4.25 by archero from Texas on Apr 03, 2022
4.34 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 02, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

500mL bottle, 2021, 14.0% ABV
L: dark brown body, thinner khaki head
S: bourbon, oak, orangey citrus, caramel, vanilla, cola
T: cola and bourbon; booze, peppery coriander, orangey citrus, roasted barley, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, faint lime
F: full body, ample carbonation, a boozy sipper
O: yeah, cola; reminiscent of an old fashioned at times. A fun one this year.

Mar 28, 2022
4.34 by MJSFS from Florida on Mar 20, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by agreenman19 from Connecticut

L - looks like... cola. Not sure what I expected. Very dark brown with a minimal fizzy-looking head that doesn't stick around. Just like cola. Looks a bit thin for a 14% stoot.

S - strong nuttiness. Almond fumes from across the room. Vanilla and coconut. Some molasses sweetness along with a smattering of spices, perhaps vaguely Christmas-themed.

T - very similar to the nose. Earthy almond milk with a heavy vanilla cloy. Caramel, brown sugar, and creme brulee. Definitely missing a few ácçênts there so hopefully thèse help make up for it. Playground wood chips (cedar) and light whiskey sweetness. Not nearly the bourbon heft you'd expect out of a beer called "Bourbon County". Gets sticker and sweeter the more it warms.

F - feels about a thin as it looked. Like, really close. Good carbonation levels, though. Creamy and smooth. Can't complain too much here.

O - Cola? Honestly don't see the relation. Name this something nutty and I think people might've appreciated it more. It's certainly a bit sweet, but I found it surprisingly drinkable. Don't hate this even though it disappoints from a Bourbon County standpoint.

Mar 20, 2022
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3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by oberon from North Carolina

Gets cloying after awhile,body not great.

Mar 16, 2022
4 by SkiBum22 from New York on Mar 16, 2022
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NCSapiens from Indiana

To be honest I was a little let down by this, as it seems like such a cool idea to make a cola variant, but the actual taste was only good and not nearly as tasty as the usual BCBS.

Mar 10, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black. Light brown head forms at a solid half inch in height and sticks around longer than usual for such a big barrel aged beer, but eventually it does settle into a thin and wispy cap. Delicate collars of tiny-bubbled lacing.

S: That signature fudge sauce, bourbon ball candy, and ample bourbon barrel aromas we come to expect of the Bourbon County series are at the core of the nose. Chewy dark caramel. Fudgey and smokey with a lot of roast. Big whiffs of brown sugar and mild cinnamon. Unmistakable orange zest. There are other spices at play here that meld together well and are hard to pin down. As it warms, big whiffs of vanilla come to the forefront.

T: All the hallmarks of the Bourbon County series hit straight away: thick, fudgey chocolate, plenty of roast and smoke, chewy dark caramel, bourbon ball candy, lots of woody and corny-sweet bourbon. There's a good deal of citrus and acidity that is both tasted and felt. Lots of orange for sure, and perhaps even lime. Black cocoa powder coming in again from the roasted malt. Definite brown sugar and vanilla that tastes not barrel derived and more extract-y. Faint cinnamon in the background. Peppery and spicy. Finishes with a lot of trailing bourbon, smoke, and wood as usual, but also muddled spices and citrus.

M: As expected, the feel is chewy, weighty, and as viscous as it gets. Coating in the mouth. Big, warming bourbon. Citrus acidity. Moderate prickling carbonation around the tongue.

O: A really bold concept, even as compared with the roster of other BCBS entries. It works pretty well on the nose, where it is unmistakably Bourbon County but also does smell somewhat like cola. It falls apart a little in taste though. The acidic, citrusy bite is too apparent, and ultimately I think that's what drags it down the most. The spicing also comes across as largely vague and muddled. The taste experience does not meld in such a way that it is evocative of cola. It just feels like citrus and spices thrown into Bourbon County. On the whole, it stills stays drinkable and enjoyable enough, but it certainly doesn't stick the landing in terms of the concept. I applaud the effort, but nobody should get FOMO over this release.

Mar 08, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Bourbon Country Brand Classic Cola Stout from Goose Island. 16.9 oz bottle from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. $ 13.78 (including tax) ($ 0.815/oz). Stored at room temperature in store and at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 06/03/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on label “10AUG26” and on neck label “2021”. Served at 54.1 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.0 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Deep Brown (SRM 30), murky and opaque. When rear-lite, many bubbles, and a reddish tint at the edge.
Head – Small (Maximum one cm, aggressive center pour), wheat with a tinge of yellow, fizzy with short retention, diminishing to a one to six mm crown fed by active carbonation and no cap.
Lacing – None per se. An occasional small piece of the crown breaks off and hangs briefly on the glass before sliding back to the fold.
Aroma – 4.25 – A bit of chocolate, brown sugar, and fig. No malt, no hops, no yeast, no vanilla, no citrus, no bourbon and distinctly no coriander.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins a bit sweet and syrupy, with overtones of brown sugar. No malt, no hops, no yeast, no bourbon. A slight bit of generic spiciness but no identifiable flavors, mulled. No ethanol (14.0% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma; however, there is moderate gastric and esophageal warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 No hint of beer or bourbon, just a sweet syrupy liquid best consumed through a feeding tube. A bit like an RC cola – something you’d drink if you couldn’t find a Coke or Pepsi. Toward the end, a bit of alcohol appears on the exhale.

Mar 06, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - Deep black with mahogany highlights with a minimal tan head that dissipates nearly instantly leaving behind no real lacing
S - Rich brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and vanilla on the nose. A hint of spices and warming bourbon as well. Notes of rich chocolate as well. I don't really get cola vibes from the smell...but it does smell good
T - Follows the nose: rich brown sugar, molasses, caramel and vanilla up front and throughout intermixed with rich chocolate, rich bourbon, and oak with a hint of citrus.
F - Medium leaning towards full bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and silky
O - This is a fantastic bourbon barrel stout...and a fantastic BCBS...but for me, it misses the mark on tasting like "cola" - I really just can't find the taste in this beer. It's a fantastic beer, but somewhat misses the promised flavor profile for me

Mar 06, 2022
4.14 by Viaduck from California on Mar 05, 2022
4.75 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Mar 05, 2022
4.15 by Eman17 from Illinois on Mar 05, 2022
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4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Sparty1224 from Michigan

Serving: 16.9 fl. oz. bottle poured into a 2015 GI BCBS snifter. Bottled on 8/11/21, making this just shy of 7 months old.

A: Pours the classic BCBS color, very dark with just a little carbonation left around the edge of the glass.

S: Surprisingly don't get "coke" on the nose here. Mostly the ingredients of vanilla, oak, cinnamon, brown sugar. Nice bourbon notes in the back. The usual chocolate and fig notes are subdued.

T: Very interesting here. Again, it doesn't hit you as "coke" or even a "Jack n Coke". It's more the sum of it's parts, which is the vanilla, brown sugar, lime/citrus and spices. Didn't get much spice on the nose, and almost no lime or citrus. But it's definitely here on the taste. There are moments where I can see cola and get that vibe, but it's a more complex, flavorful variant than that.

M: Nice and full here. Way thicker than the Cherrywood. Great carbonation.

O: So really interesting variant here. I heard it was quite polarizing, and I expected to land on one of the extremes. However, I think I'm truly in the middle. This is a great variant and it's nice and flavorful and it's a new mixture of ingredients they've yet to do. But I'm not completely blown away. I don't think I necessarily ding it for anything, and certainly don't think it needs to be more "cola-like". I think they nail what they were trying to do, but for me, and lime and zesty flavor kind of clashes with a dark rich stout, making it quite unusual. I'm also not the biggest fan of whiskey cola either.

Recommendation: An experimental new twist on BCBS, would certainly recommend it if you like cola flavors.

Mar 05, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by SpeedwayJim from New York

16oz. capped bottle into a Founders snifter.

Pours menacing. Dark, thick, and rich. Huge oily legs but with a barely there head. Nose is coca-cola mixed with fudge, chocolate, and booze. Cool concept and hugely aromatic. Beer opens chocolate, fudge, and molasses. Oak with coca-cola in the middle. A touch of roast towards the end with more fudge, booze, wood, and molasses. Really good. Body is full with low carbonation. Slick, oily, and heavy on the palate and goes down rich and boozy with a long, lingering, sticky finish.

Again, the concept is kind of weird but the flavor is there and more importantly, unlike the 150th Old Forester, so is the body. Delicious.

Mar 05, 2022
3.88 by xdtfx from Illinois on Mar 01, 2022
4.25 by ssimpson89 from Illinois on Feb 27, 2022
3.94 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Feb 26, 2022
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4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by AlCaponeJunior from Texas

Once again, BCBS is all that and a bag of chips.

My gf says "it's pretty [frigging '] fabulous."

This one really excels in the Bourbon barrel category.

Just get it, you'll thank me.

Feb 26, 2022
4.04 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Feb 26, 2022
4.06 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2022
4.18 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Feb 24, 2022
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a black color with a dark tan head.

Smell - The beer smelled like regular bourbon county with a touch of ginger.

Taste - this was a attention seeking gimmick. It was essentially bourbon county with ginger hints. It didn’t seem like bourbon county cola, more so than beer. So why not market it as bourbon county cola?

Mouthfeel - It was thick and the malty ginger lingered.

Overall - The annual Bourbon County gimmick beer. It contributed my cash for some reason.

Feb 19, 2022
4.09 by stmoorea from Illinois on Feb 16, 2022
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4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Scotchboy from Idaho

Stoked to find this on tap in Meridian. Fizzy-ish dark brown/opaque pour with minimal head. Notes of citrus, brown sugar, cassia bark, light spicing, vanilla, and prominent bourbon are all apparent. Not as boozy as expected. Toasted coconut is apparent, nice barrel character. Overall a decent variant. Enjoyable. Resembles, at least partially, a cola.

Feb 15, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like a higher quality Jack and Coke, basically, with some herbal flavors, licorice, caramel, marshmallow, and dark chocolate.

This could have been distastrous, as nutmeg or coriander a truly a low tier adjunct for stouts, but this honestly works decently well. It's not really something I need to have again, necessarily. It pretty much does nail the feeling of like a thick and chocolatey Jack and Coke, with the caramelly and boozy bourbon character, lots of fudge, and all of the various spices feeling weird but kind of coming together.

This is medium bodied, slightly boozy, but pretty drinkable, with a smooth and creamy taste.

Goose Island definitely took a huge gamble on this one, and it honestly kind of worked out. It's not necessarily my thing, but i respect it.

Feb 12, 2022
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Roguer from Connecticut

With the ingredient list, I expected this beer to be reminiscent of Cafe de Olla - and it was, shooting the middle in between that variant and the regular BCBS.

Oddly mild on the nose, but certainly still pleasant.

Compared to regular BCBS, the body is thinner, but it's still full bodied. Drinks remarkably easily given the >14% ABV, while still reminding you that, yes, this is a massive and potent beer.

The citrus is quite noticeable (in a very tasty way), and the bourbon, cassia bark, brown sugar, and vanilla all work together harmoniously. I don't really get the impression of a whiskey and cola, as the stout base is simply too prominent for that, but that's hardly a bad thing.

Classic Cola is a victim of BCBS's previous success; if this was the first Bourbon County ever released, it would no doubt blow everyone away. As it is, it's still a fantastic beer, but it falls short of the lofty standards GI established.

Feb 10, 2022
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3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Suds from Missouri

I'll admit, I don't drink a lot of cola, but I really had to search for the 'cola' flavor in this beer. I found it, but only after searching, in the aftertaste, especially at the back of the mouth. Interesting. The beer itself is boozy, dark, thick, and sweet. It tastes like a syrupy stout. I get some vanilla, lots of warmth, and sugar. It doesn't get a cloying as expected, although I do think that the sweetness is over the top. Interesting and gimmicky, but worth a try for the cola aftertaste, if nothing else.

Feb 06, 2022
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3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by eppie82 from Illinois

I get the cola in there. But as with the 'tea variant' from a few years back, it doesn't really work. Overall thin and really detracts from a better base/regular BCBS.

Feb 03, 2022
Bourbon County Brand Classic Cola Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 196 ratings