Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #9
Ranked #17
4.67 | pDev: 7.92%
Today at 02:33 AM
Apr 22, 2010
Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Notes: 2022 Release - Intelligentsia Turihamwe
2017 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans
2016 Release - Intelligentsia Fletcha Roja
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana Coffee Beans
2013 Release - Intelligentsia ‘Los Inmortales’
2012 Release - Intelligentsia La Tortuga Beans
2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans
2010 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2022 release. Poured into a pint glass. It pours a dark walnut with almost a finger of frothy, medium-mocha colored head and sheen of lacing. The rich nose offers roasted malt, freshly-brewed coffee, cocoa, caramel/toffee, brown sugar, burnt nuts, and earthy char. It's chocolate forward with acidic coffee grounds, toffee, and earthy, burnt nutty char. The bourbon barrel influence is noticeable but subtle and adds modest sweetness. Overall, I'd describe the taste and sweet and acidic. The mouth feel is rather lite for such a big Stout. The carbonation level is low and it doesn't drink like 13.2% ABV. Overall, it's very good but I'd like to see a thicker mouth feel and a bit more robust coffee flavor.
Today at 02:33 AM
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Reviewed by Apellonious from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9 fl oz bottle, 2022 version, poured into a tulip glass, pitch black with just a tiny rim of lace. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, and waft of bourbon. Taste is coffee/cocoa and a smidge of bourbon. A bit of heat. Things smooth out as it warms. Feel is full but not overly heavy, medium light, slightly sticky as it warms. Overall, pretty fantastic, well balanced, a good bit of coffee but not over the top.
Today at 12:45 AM
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

3.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 9/24/22. Poured at 52°. One finger of tight dark tan head; ok cap retention leaves a swirl of micro dots; heavy ring reduces quickly; spots of lace with agitation; no legs; black body with ruby see-through. Mild roast coffee nose; sweet bourbon nose. Mild bitter roast coffee; bourbon; oak; bittersweet dark chocolate; mild bitter finish. Silky smooth tongue coating, yet medium light body; very little warmth from 13.2% abv; thin feel for abv; moderate minus carbonation. Overall first impression - a pretty whimpy imperial BBA coffee stout; base, barrel and coffee additions are all mild, e.g., there was more coffee nose/taste in my yesterday’s 14 month old Revolution’s Café Deth than here…just sayin’…the alcohol is barely noticeable; the flavors are well balanced, just subtle; the feel boarders on water; for the expensive price, a huge disappointment.
Yesterday at 01:09 PM
Rated: 4 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania

Yesterday at 04:51 AM
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Reviewed by bbtkd from South Dakota

4.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout 2022, 13.2% ABV. Pours thick and extremely dark brown with a half-finger light-brown head that left no lacing. Nose is coffee and bourbon. Taste is roasty coffee, slight chocolate, faintly sweet, moderately bitter. Great thick and smooth mouthfeel. Overall world-class. The coffee flavor doesn't get lost behind coffee bitterness as many/most coffee stouts do.
Yesterday at 12:06 AM
Rated: 4.98 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Friday at 07:08 PM
Rated: 4.59 by Taenim from New Jersey

Thursday at 08:56 PM
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Monday at 10:18 PM
Rated: 4.6 by Affinity from Missouri

Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 4.58 by DrOfGolf from Delaware

Oct 19, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Oct 16, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by Dgman8053 from New York

Oct 11, 2022
Rated: 4.83 by dan_amdg from Illinois

Sep 06, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by timmy2b from New York

Aug 14, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 4.48 by not2quick from Missouri

Aug 02, 2022
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Reviewed by MadMadMike from Florida

4.64/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Born 25 July, 2017. 12.9% ABV.
Top popped (53 degrees) with a whimpering sigh, got a nice coffee aroma right away. Almost zero head at all made for a full pour into my 12oz Avery Brewing snifter.
Bourbon and espresso coffee share the nose space.
The first taste matches the nose. Chewing on it a little reveals notes of fine cacao, bit of vanilla, faint oak barrel, a dark fruit I can’t quite put a finger on and a welcoming heat.
Mouthfeel is decadant! Little bit of carbonation lightened the usual BCBS heaviness.
Not overly syrupy too! Yay!
Overall - a remarkably smooth and excellent treat that stood up to 5 years of temperature controlled storage.
Damn fine Stout!
Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
12 oz bottle, born on 11/7/2014, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - dark and silky with no head
S - dry coffee and roasted malt
T - bourbon blending perfectly with coffee and roasted malt with a bit of chocolate
F - thick mouthfeel and no carbonation at all
O - outstanding beer, even at almost 8 years old!
Jun 19, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by EMV from Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2022
Rated: 4.71 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by IKR from California

4.09/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2014 Vintage

Appearance: Black with a small, dark, beige head that quickly faded. Age probably took a big hit on the head size.

Smell: Fairly prominent bourbon aromas and moderate coffee aromas. Not bad, but again age is a factor here as well as the appearance.

Taste: Bourbon notes, prominent coffee notes, mild brown sugar notes, and mild tannic oak notes. The coffee comes off a touch bitter but considering the age of the beer it's not bad and provides a nice counter to the bourbon notes.

Mouth-feel: Mediuml-bodied with a fairly low level of carbonation. Not a bad mouthfeel but age is a factor.

Overall: While the beer wasn't bad, I get the feeling I'm only getting a glimpse of how good the beer was fresh. hopefully it's rebrewed and I can get my hands on a fresh one.
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Beer_Economicus from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout (BCBCS – 2014)

12.6% ABV

The beer is listed as “Stout – American Imperial” on BA.

The beer was removed from a 40ish degree temp fridge after having been refrigerated for approximately 2 years. Beer poured into 2012 BCBS snifter.

First Impression: Pours dark, thinner than BCBS. 4.5

Appearance: Standard Bourbon County. An aggressive pour years only a small amount of khaki head that fades quickly, leaving only a small ring around the glass. 4.25

Smell: Coffee up front. Mostly this cold-brew smelling with a hint of grounds and also the dread ‘pepper’. Weak barrel on the nose. 4.25

Taste: 2014 and earlier BCBCS is what all coffee stouts should be judged on for me. As the kids say, ‘it fucks’. And after this many years, to still say that? Come on. Taste starts with the coffee, shifts to bourbon, pulls in some chocolate fudge brownies, shifts back to bourbon, finishes on coffee, and then a slow finish lasts for longer than most BA stouts, let alone BA coffee stouts. Impressive for 12.5% abv. 4.70

Mouthfeel: Coffee stouts are always thinner than their regular counterparts. They just are. While this is clearly thinner than the regular, not appreciably so. For judging this against other coffee stouts, this is still upper echelon. 4.75

Overall: This is a great beer, and I’m jamming on this. I debated about whether to have this tonight, because I have to get up in 4.5 hours to hit the BCBS release. Well, I’m glad I did, but only because I chose to drink this tonight. It’s really fantastic. It’s incredible how well this has held up. I did have this a few years back (just once), and while it was great, I don’t remember enjoying it quite this much. This is just singing tonight. It’s everything that I want. And the finish just keeps going. I’m in heaven. All this said – could it be better? Of course. I’d love to have even more barrel. I’d love to see how this shined at 15%. But for what it is, and compared to others, this is Heaven. 4.65

BA Review Score: 4.56
Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled 7/25/17, cracking this open just over 4 years later

Oh boy, we have quite the whale here. From what I've heard, the coffee BCBS is one of the most sought after variants, and 2017 is unfortunately the last vintage. I never really expected to see it on a shelf anywhere. However, when visiting DC this past weekend, I decided to pop in a liquor store to search for some of the Dogfish Head spirits, since we don't get those up here in Mass. Well, I found their whiskey and was happy, but decided to check out the beer selection. This one was staring at me and I immediately snatched it without looking at the price tag. Worth it? Let's find out

Pours a velvety black with a finger of dark tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing but very strong legs

This is wonderfully balanced between roasty and sweet in the nose, like a decadent coffee drink mixed to perfection. I'm picking up on aromas of chewy caramel, lightly acidic coffee, chocolate covered espresso beans, vanilla creme, ripe fig, smooth oak, and just the slightest hint of sweet blueberry

The fact that this has such a strong coffee presence after 4 years is very impressive. Many of these beers tend to fall off in flavor pretty quick, but it is beautifully preserved here, despite not being full force. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting creamy vanilla, lightly spicy bourbon, milk chocolate, medium acidic coffee, and light grape. The swallow brings notes of decadent milk chocolate, oily espresso beans, burnt toast, a touch of that vegetal green pepper character others have complained about in older bottles, and earthy oaked bourbon on the aftertaste

A medium full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a thick and viscous beer. Finishes mostly dry from the bourbon heat

This beer is awesome! It doesn't quite crack my top 10 though I suspect it might if fresher. Regardless, I'm very happy to have tried this one, and here's to hoping they bring it back next year!
Aug 11, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 17, 2021
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Rated by Bert00 from Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
My favorite coffee beer
Feb 20, 2021
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Reviewed by OfficerKramitz from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
2017 Vintage

L: Deep black with a slight twinge of brown

A: The winner in my opinion. Bakers chocolate and coffee all the way.

T: Do not drink this beer cold, severely underwhelming. Once it warms there is a strong chocolate syrupy goodness up front followed by a slight sweetened Cuban coffee. While I assume the coffee has dropped off some, still provides a strong aftertaste which makes it more enjoyable.

M: It’s bourbon county. Always proper almost syrup like.

O: While a damn good beer, I think the hype train has won with the coffee BCBS. I have not had a lot of them, but I prefer the regular. Maybe I’m in the minority here. Still great though.
Jan 23, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by mmoore9363 from Arizona

Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 4.72 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by fountainofyouth from District of Columbia

4.56/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2014 vintage poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours impenetrable dark brown with no head at all, leaving a slight sediment behind in the bottle.

Smell: Very rich coffee and bourbon, a bit of chocolate. No green pepper.

Taste: Phenomenally smooth and deep. Starts with bourbon, shifts to dark, acidic coffee grinds, finishes with a delightful burnt bread roast. My only demerit is that I find the bourbon ever so slightly too dominant on some finishes.

Feel: Full-bodied but not too heavy, with light carbonation. Bit of alcohol on the finish, but not too much.

Overall: It's a huge beer, really well put-together. It's a bourbon-lover's coffee stout, with a very prominent bourbon character that somehow still doesn't mask the big coffee base.
Dec 20, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania

Dec 02, 2020
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.21/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2013 Vintage - Los Inmortales Coffee

335ml bottle - lightly chilled, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a coal-black hue - slightly thin, with a deep reddish-mahogany ring around the top edge. Zero head, zero foam, zero collar. Just sits like liquorice-coloured liquid in the glass. Lifeless.

Nose: Surpriseingly, the coffee is still here - and quite strong. The coffee is deep, dark, roasty and pungent, with an almost stale quality to it - like a gas station coffee maker that hasn't been emptied or cleaned in a day. It almost smells sticky and concentrated, very much like Kaluha. Zero green pepper. There's some deep roast beneath the coffee, along with a bit of an ashen/smoky note. Some tangy dark fruit peeks through, as well as some bourbon, and if you really dig deep, some vanilla, oak, and baker's chocolate emerge. Not much warmth. Coffee dominates.

Palate: This 7 year old stout greets the palate fairly sweet, with some rich chocolate fudge, brownie batter, vanilla, bourbon, and oak, before an intense coffee presence explodes and takes the lead. It's a miracle there's still so much coffee in here. The coffee is sweet, black, roasty, with some fresh whole bean notes. Saturated, almost like coffee liqueur, and then finally showing some of that stale back coffee character. A whisper of tangy dark fruit pokes out, before some coffee bean bitterness begins to show, quickly compounded by blackened malt bitterness, drying this out very quickly and fully. Some more subtle bourbon, followed by some less subtle barrel reappear, and the finish approaches, bringing sticky black coffee, roasty beans, bitter malt roast, pure cacao, charred malt, and spicy charred oak. No lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Body: Admittedly, I expected this to be thin, given its age, but surprisingly, it's actually packing some nice heft when chilled. It isn't luscious or chewy, but before it warms, it does have some nice viscosity, though it does thin out as it warms. Effervescence is extremely low - not still, and there is some subtle fuzz in there, but like a cup of soda the morning after you poured it. Quite sticky around the lips, but almost fully dries out in the finish with all that roast.

Overall: This is a difficult one to rate. Is it fair to formally review and rate a 7 year old coffee stout that I've never had? It may actually not be. I'll never know how this was when fresh, but even now, I'd say this is a perfectly respectable barrel-aged coffee stout. Strong coffee presence, no green pepper notes, essentially no oxidation, and maybe just a hint of staleness to the coffee. The bourbon and barrel are subdued, and the effervescence is lacking, but as-is, this is still a great coffee stout. The fact that it has held up so well is definitely a testimony to the early-mid BCBS era. Smoke 'em if you got 'em. This is the most you could ask for in a 7 year old coffee stout. I have to wonder if the 2013 was particularly coffee-forward, because apparently less ancient bottles have already lost their beans. Certainly not the case here, but I wouldn't hold onto one any longer than this. Gracefully aged.
Nov 29, 2020
Rated: 5 by akopczyk from Ohio

Nov 12, 2020
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Rated by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Tasty, what you would expect imo.
Oct 24, 2020
Rated: 4.64 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois

Oct 14, 2020
Rated: 4.83 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Sep 28, 2020
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.77/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2016 vintage courtesy of jeffreed61. (~4 yrs old).
L: black with mocha head that fizzles off.
S: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, tootsie roll.
T: resiny oaky combo of really good coffee and chocolate/vanilla. Tobacco, earth, cinnamon. Smooth af. Not boozy.
F: bcbs standard.
Overall: phenomenal. Was worried the coffee might make it “fall off” but not the case. Deserves high ratings. My favorite variant.
Sep 21, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by ObiBeerCanobi from Georgia

Sep 15, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by stmoorea from Illinois

Sep 13, 2020
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