Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
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American Imperial Stout
4.73 | pDev: 7.82%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Notes: 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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Photo of jcruelty
5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I want to believe in perfection. You have to set the bar somewhere and it might as well be here. Based on what people say, it's perfect. My experience: pretty damn good. Not as good as a Trappistes Rochefort 10 but it's all down to taste innit. High alcohol content, goes down smooth, complex taste and aftertaste. Who doesn't like coffee and bourbon? It's not fair really. Boo to corporate brewing and it is unfortunate that buying a can of this supports that. But it is a damn fine stout. Shoot now I have to go back and retroactively give perfect 5's to Rochefort 10, because that is my perfect beer and if this is all 5's then surely that is. In conclusion, beer is a land of many contrasts.

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Photo of marieli
4.24/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 version on tap into snifter. Very, very nice beer, but I was expecting a little more based on its reputation. I thought the amount of coffee was spot on with well managed bitterness on the back end. I happen to prefer slightly sweeter coffee stouts but can't hold that against this beer. However, I do wish there was a more distinct aroma, and I didn't find this beer as creamy as the regular version. As a point of comparison, my favorite Bourbon County variant was the 2017 Northwoods.

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Photo of npolachek
4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a 2014 release (in 2019) at the brewery in Chicago. This beer aged fantastically with no green pepper taste whatsoever. Very smooth and incredibly good.

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Photo of ktr5010
4.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage purchased from Goose in 2019. Wish they still made em like this one. Coffee is still there in abundance. Smoothness and feel is amazing. Smells great although there are tiny tiny hints of green pepper. Would like coffee BCS back.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An improvement on the base beer for sure, that bitey coffee bitterness provides a backbone to an already outstanding beer. And despite the unfortunate sell-out as well as the mouthfeel starting to thin over the years, this still remains an amazing beer!

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 version. Pours jet black but a little thin. Not too sludgy. No head. Aroma- dusty, chocolate, coffee, a little fruity, like red berry, cherry. Taste- chocolate- fudge, cherry, bourbon, and yes slight coffee. Has a bit of a lingering effect. Some charred wood. Cigarette even. I really think it all melds well and nothing is really too robust. Mouthfeel- a little runny. But it is coating. Overall- as a non coffee lover I did still enjoy this. This 2016 has jived well over time I think. And was very approachable and a real nice treat. One of the more enjoyable variants.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle. Bottling date is '21SEP16'. 12.5%ABV.
Opaque, black colored body. Dark tan head fizzed away right away. Lacing spots slide back down into body.
Aroma is dark roasted malts and oak bourbon barrel. Vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit. The coffee is there but faint.
Taste is predicted by the smells, with dark roasted malts, oak bourbon barrel, and the flavors of chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. As a lot of this fades away the coffee spreads out and provides an ending note. There is no bitterness expressed.
Thicker mouth feel, and tremendously smooth in texture. Lower carbonation. The alcohol vapors rise into the nasal areas.
The coffee has predictably faded in the 2-1/2 years since bottling but there is a little expression left. Just such an easy flow through the mouth with each sip. This beer is a treat.

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Photo of colts9016
4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I received this 2017 Bourbon County Stout through a BIF. It has been patiently waiting for me to consume this delicious nector within. The beer is 50 degree and served in tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a one finger medium dark tan head. The head dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 35 a dark brown nearly black. The clarity of the beer is opaque. The only visible sign of the head is a tan ring around the beer.

The coffee aromas from the beer are similar to a fresh pot of coffee brewed. Next, I get dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, anise, bready, earthy, vanilla, and a subtle char note.

The flavors of this coffee stout are more impressive than the nose. The coffee is robust and intense and not bitter. The characteristics I get are expresso, anise, bready, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, earthy, vanilla, a touch of char, and a subtle smokiness.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry and chewy.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and full finish.

I love these flavors in this coffee beer. The harmony is unparallel to other coffee beers I have had in the past. I am so glad I got to drink this beer.

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Photo of jheimbigner
4.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured at cellar temp. 2017 vintage

L - dark midnight appearance. Poured with a tan/mocha head that dissapated into minimal lacing
S - traditional bcbs smell. Coffee is still there but not as much when fresh. Get some ethonal. Great barrel and bourbon sent. Vanilla.
T - bourbon, barrel, coffee, vanilla, marshmello. Some heat
F - think pillowing feel. As it has warmed has thinned out some.
O - great beer that captures all the fundamentals of bcbs and a great adjunct. Recommend drinking this fresher. I think I prefer regular to this

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Photo of q33jeff
4.66/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle to snifter. Side by Side Comparison of 2017 Bourbon County Stout(1), Coffee Stout(2), Northwoods(3), Barleywine(4).

LOOK: dark black, brown head fades, similar to BCBS.
AROMA: coffee drowns out other aromas found in BCBS, but the coffee is unique. Super Smokey.
TASTE: coffee , vanilla, bourbon all work well together. As I drink BCBS and BCBCS together, the coffee seems to "linger" better. BCBS is seeming overly sweet in comparison.
FEEL: thinner than BCBS, but a touch of carbonation cones through.


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Photo of Tony210
4.56/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely dark with minimal kakhi head that fizzles out quickly. Big coffee aroma, chocolate and barrel presence are there as well. Huge coffee flavor, base BCBS beer is faintly intact, lots of dark chocolate and bourbon barrel on the finish, pretty sweet but not cloying. Carbonation is perfect, the beer is pretty chewy and syrupy. Overall an excellent variant, adjunct is still intact a year later. Pretty amazing brew, especially considering it is available nationallly.

16.9 oz bottle, 2017 vintage
4.5 rating

11/12/19. Update - drank another 2017, coffee faded significantly, nose is all chocolate, coffee flavor is there but is equal with the chocolate. Enjoyed this more last year.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.49/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage
appearance: very dark brown. Ruby highlights when held to light. Sparse mocha head.
smell: Intense coffee, vanilla, rich molasses, rich and buttery.
taste: Much like the nose though the coffee is more subtle.

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Photo of Sandis
4.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 version poured into a snifter. This is the first Bourbon County coffee I have tried and I was not disappointed. This beer's high rating is well deserved. The coffee was not overpowering which I prefer. Anxious to try the '17 version with less age on it.

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Photo of Oconomowocian
4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 Vintage in a snifter
Look- Pours a coffee Black with tan head. Head dissipated quickly.
Smell- classic BCBS aroma, I get sweetness and big barrel. Coffee not as prominent on the nose as I expected.
Taste- has all of the qualities of the base (roasty, warm booze, malt sweetness & bourbon) but the coffee adds a spicyness that is unique. Not green peppers but adding richness and bite to the body without overpowering. Good stuff.
Feel- warmth from the barrel, medium body not too thick or sticky.
Overall- big fan of the BCBS series, this stands out for sure. Nice that the coffee is more of a compliment to the base beer rather than overpowering.

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Photo of dcondon87
4.21/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Looked like a nice creamy latte. Very thick / dark head, dissipated somewhat quickly. The taste and aroma was everything you want from a coffee stout. Great beer, slightly overrated as there are a few others out there that are pretty comparable, but would never be turn one of these down!

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Photo of dafla67
4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pour black. Aroma of sweet and complex -- coffee, caramel, bourbon & chocolate. Taste is equally complex as the aroma and incredibly well balanced. The chocolate and caramel flavors upfront with a lingering coffee, malt and bourbon tastes. The feel is medium to chewy. Overall an incredible BA stout. Clearly, one of the best and lives up to its reputation.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7/25/17

Pours a thick, viscous black with a pillowy, sandy caramel head; it dissipates quickly and leaves little, if any, lacing.

First inhale gives off deep notes of baker's chocolate, fudge, and soft bits of oak and vanilla; some more nosing reveals subdued aromas of sweet malt, caramel, and ground dark-roast coffee.

The taste yields plenty of the now-familiar baker's chocolate, smooth oak, dark chocolate fudge, and vanilla, all in conjunction with a backbone of roasty malt; although obviously faded from the near-year in the bottle, soft coffee undertones have had an impact on the overall flavor profile, imparting an earthy bitterness and roasty ground coffee dusting to all the adjuncts.

The mouthfeel is big, almost chewy, but it never detracts from the flavor experience; its slick, oily qualities add a softness to balance out any carbonation to deliver an almost effortless feel.

While its time in the bottle clearly toned down the coffee notes, this was still an incredibly nuanced stout that showed quite a spectrum of flavor. That being said, I'd love to try this one fresh; I can see this being absolutely brilliant with the coffee more intact.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tried a 2014, 2016, 2017 lineup tonight (as I heard that 2015 was infected). Below I have some notes from the tasting:

Very balance nose. Not too sweet; lots of roasty coffee. Medium body pour.
More of the same. Subtle oakey booze. Coffee present throughout. Predominantly sweet.
Smooth, sticky. Warm

Very similar nose to 17.
Slightly thicker pour.
Sweet, roasty. Good balance. Very subtle barrel.

Super roasty pour. Subtle cinnamon. Roasty, oak, subtle spice, subtle burn. Great balance. Very good. Fairly thin, medium carb.

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Photo of HawkeyeJosh
4.71/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So. Much. Coffee. It's fantastic. Dark Brown/black pour. Smells like dark roast coffee, a little chocolate and some bourbon. Taste is chocolate and espresso, a little vanilla, and some roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium, not as thick as I would like. Overall, this is fantastic and definitely worth the high score it has. Glad I finally go to try this one.

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Photo of stt1118
4.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is for 2014 BCBS. Tasted in April of ‘18. Coffee has really faded at this point. Barrel coming through really strong but lacking other flavors. If I had tasted it a year or 2 earlier with more coffee/chocolate the rating would likely be higher.

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Photo of Ale_Lover
4.54/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Love all the BCBS variants and this was no exception as it was absolutely outstanding. The mix seemed to be about 90% BCBS to 10% coffee, which lowers the ABV which isn't always that bad when you start with such a big beer. Well done once again.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a finger of dark tan head which fades quickly into the ether without any lacing
S: Smells of coffee with some bourbon notes and a hint of chocolate
T: Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some oak, caramel and vanilla. Swallow is more coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate with some lingering molasses like dark sugar notes
M: This beer is big and slightly chewy on the palate while also being slightly silky. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style and ABV while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really great beer. The flavors are really good and the complexity is very nice as well. Fairly coffee forward but the other notes are still able to shine through. Definitely worth trying if you can get it.

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Photo of Frankenbeers
4.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Each year I look forward to the complex deliciousness of Bourbon County Coffee Stout. It never disappoints. 2017 is chocolatey though light on the coffee with a very well hidden ABV. As others have said, a bit subdued. Prefer the 2016 (a 4.5), but still a fantastic stout.

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Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.45/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer pours an almost completly black body only the smallest amount of brown appears in the body. Minimal head at first pour but a good amount of carbonation and head retention while drinking.

S: Beer has a large amount of chocolate sweetness. Not getting much of the coffee aromas but still good overall. The barrel aromas seemed to have mellowed out since I first had this last December.

T: Lots of sweetness. The barrel aging is faint but pleasant. Only getting the smallest amount of coffee bitterness. Comparing this to how it was in December the bourbon has mellowed quite a bit and the coffee has faded a lot. Very nice just missing the coffee flavors.

M: Very thick mouthfeel. Taste is almost like a liquid brownie. The ABV is very well hidden. I notice only the smallest amount of bourbon kick. Very smooth and sneaky easy to drink.

O: Very easy drinking beer for a double digit ABV. Coffee has faded since I had this in December but the bourbon is not near as harsh. Very good beer just missing the coffee.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage, bottled 7/25/17

Cola colored, almost no head.

Light coffee roast smell, some chocolate. A little vanilla. All more subdued than expected. Very little barrel or bourbon.

Taste carries coffee flavors and some chocolate too. A bit sweet tasting.

Medium bodied, almost thin. A bit sticky.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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