Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 haoquanlin
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours clear yellow orange with a white head. It has a medium body with mild sharp carbonation. The taste has lots of pine and grapefruit hops with light pale carbonation

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Photo of professorchow
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

0poured a 2016 bottle into several glasses to share w friends. Practically dark as motor oil, w minimal head. Smell is like you've poured a glass of bourbon while sitting in an aromatic coffee bar, while chocolate and vanilla waft over from the bakery section. (Sorry, that was a terrible way of putting it but you get the idea: the smell is fantastic.). Taste more or less follows, but the coffee is especially dominant, the chocolate and vanilla less so, the bourbon somewhat (to me pleasantly) subdued or at least moderate. Mouthfeel is, as everyone notes thick and chewy. Great beer, so glad I could have one. I'd snag another if I saw one, even at the high price.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had 2/25/17 at Andy's house. We split a bottle of the 2016. Super smooth mouth feel, black in color with a brown head. Little coffee on the nose. Flavor is dark malt, coffee, bourbon, all in perfect harmony. Will buy as many as are available any time I get the chance!

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Photo of jmasher85
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm rating the glass I had on tap since my bottle was lightly infected and soured. But when it's good, damn, is it good. Coffee was smooth and subdued, and the fudgy, chocolatey malt flavors go well with the thick, chewy texture. Lacks the fruity depth of the regular BCBS, but as a whole different beast, it fits the bill deliciously well.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed on 1/9/17
2016 in a Teku Glass

L - Pours a dark dark brown. Opaque in the glass. Kind of fizzy with no head
S - Deep notes of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, toffee, and vanilla
T - The taste is coffee, lots of chocolaty fudge, with a bitter sweetness on the finish. There is a bit of roast char in the middle. I find it ever so slightly more robust than BCBS.
F - very thick and chewy almost sticky.
O - Tons of flavor. I find it more well rounded than BCBS. Maybe a little less alcohol bite.

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Photo of bwood06
3.99/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at amy local bottle shop and just had to pick it up since I had never tried it before. I've loved getting the straight up BCBS, so I figured I needed to try this one as well in order to round out the 2015 releases. This beer pours a pitch black hue that is opaque with just a slight bit of carbonation visible around the edges. The head is dark khaki and frothy, dissipating slowly to a ghost thin layer of lacing that is retained. 4.5/5 The aroma is quite strong and boozy, but it features some very sweet notes as well. Notes of toffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and char really dominate with slight undertones of tobacco and leather. The espresso/coffee is easily noticeable and is quite strong. 4.25/5 The flavor is quite boozy and bitter. I would recommend letting this one warm up to room temp first before opening it since warmer temps seem to kill off the bite. Toffee and espresso jump out right away before a light undertone of dark chocolate comes in to round off the dark roasted/slightly sweet beginning. The char, tobacco, and leather seem to come out more in the middle with a bourbon caramel note leading the way in the final third. The finish is quite bitter and boozy with the abv really showing itself. 3.75/5 A slight carbonation tickle hits the tongue right away before a light dryness rears its head and pushes through all the way to the finish, which sees the dryness lingering for quite some time on the palate. This is easily a full bodied beer that does not drink quite as heavy as many stouts that I have had, but it is still very heavy. 4/5 Very good barrel aged coffee stout here, but the booziness and bite really throw me off. I thought that the coffee might drown out some of the booziness but I was wrong. It's still there in all its glory. Like I said in the taste section above, let this one warm up to room temp before opening. Doing so helps to cut the bite of the booze. 4/5

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Darker than my dead soul. Even with almost nothing left in the glass you can't see through it. No head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, and a bit of bourbon.

Could be me, but I was expecting more coffee on the tongue. Lots of chocolate, a bit of sweet bourbon, no burn.

The mouthfeel is what really sets this apart from so many other BA stouts. Thick and viscous, if you can chug a beer like this then you're likely one of those insane professional eaters that puts down 50 hotdogs at Nathan's Famous every 4th of July. I'm about an hour into drinking this thing and I'm only halfway through it simply do to the thickness of the liquid.

Overall, it's a great beer, and I'm quite happy to have found a bottle, but I'm not sure it's worth the trade value that a lot of people give it. It's mass produced, but eclipsed by a few other coffee stouts, and some non-BA stouts like Abraxas. That isn't to say that I would pass it up if a bottle shop offered it to me, simply that I wouldn't give up a valuable piece from my cellar for a bottle like a few people have done.

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Photo of Jangoon24
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 version poured into a snifter.

The beer is pitch black with almost no head on it. A small amount of tan lacing gets left on the glass throughout.

Lots to love regarding the smell of this beer. Dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, finished off with a hint of bourbon.

The taste follows right where the nose left off. TONS of coffee flavor up front, followed by chocolate, and a very smooth bourbon bite on the end. Perfectly balanced beer!

This beer has a thick mouth feel - chewy, sticky, almost candy-like on your lips.

Overall, fantastic is all I can say! Definitely my favorite variant of Bourbon County and I can't wait to see how these bottles will mature over time, not that it needs to improve at all!

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Photo of MerryTapster
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time diving into a Bourbon County variant other than the Barley.

2016 Edition

Look is typical bourbon county. The only difference hear is absolutley no head. Beer is pitch black, pours like motor oil.

Smell is coffee, bourbon, mollases, booze, dried currant. Really nice.

Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, bourbon, dried fruits. Nice roasty flavor on the back end. A real nice tasting beer to say the least.

Feel is velvety, chewy, thick. Leave a stickiness on your lips. Again really nice.

Overall bourbon county rarely disappoints. I'm usually not one to jump on the InBev bandwagon but this is always one set of beers that will rarely let one down.

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Photo of mattflippin
4.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 version. Poured into a snifter. Thick, jet black pour. Little to no head, but trace remnants of dark tan lacing. Notes of fresh coffee, a little wood and vanilla, mostly bourbon on the nose. Syrupy, roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla and malted flavors, with a boozy bourbon backbone, and a balanced coffee finish. Low carbonation, ridiculously smooth, relatively thick and sticky. My first BCBS variant, and it lived up to expectations.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black pour. Slight medium brown head that dissipates immediately. The aroma is fantastic. Massive notes of bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and dark roasted coffee. The taste follows and is phenomenally complex. Perfect blend of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, fudge, vanilla, oak. Full bodied, low-moderate carbonation, and smooth. Balanced finish. Superb.

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Photo of beyondthepalace
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter with absolutely no head. Pitch black with a little viscosity on the surface. At first there were strong nose of coffee but it soon weened off into straight bourbon. Taste was of a common bourbon barrel, nothing special to it. I will be honest and say that I was disappointed in this beer.

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Photo of js4903
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Received one bottle for Christmas, saved it until New Years Day. This was the most interesting and best tasting brews that I have had. Need to find where to buy it at.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thin, transient tan head that completely dissipates quickly, pitch black
Strong bourbon, wafting coffee and undertones of dark fruit
Initial chocolate, dark fruit and molasses that fades into warm bourbon with after flavor of coffee
Perfect full feel without seeming like syrup

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Photo of novamat
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 version. Aroma carries only a little of the coffee notes. Taste is surprising light on the bourbon and is a nice balance with the coffee. Feel is on par with what a barrel aged stout should be, definitely not too thin. I cannot say it is heads and shoulders above other BA coffee stouts I have had, but is an excellent offering from Goose Island.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 version and it was my first. Easily one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had. Lots of aroma and great flavor. Just a top notch brew for anyone who likes strong stouts.

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Photo of zizouandyuki
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I still prefer the OG to this. Great stout with plenty of coffee character. The body is as full as the standard Bourbon County. Smells heavily of coffee and roasted malt. I'd love this give this one another go; however, if offered the choice between Coffee and Regular, I'd stick with the regular.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/7/14; drank 12/7/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown hue.

A rough pour yields a small dark khaki head; almost no lace.

Rich roasted coffee, smooth vanilla & bourbon heat in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Rich roasted coffee, mocha syrup & faint vanilla flavors; booze heat emerges as this warms. Another month or two would likely help this, as the heat & the coffee notes don't meld perfectly, but it's still damn good.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark brown. .. no head to speak of, black in glass with good carbonation
Nose has a heavy chili pepper skin and espresso
Taste heavy coffee! ! A lot of barrel , chocolate, finished with that pepper skin and malty sweetness .. no alcohol
Medium plus feel and very easy drinking

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Photo of Buck89
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 version poured into a snifter. An opaque black color producing a modest dark tan head. Huge, rich coffee aroma. Really fantastic. Fresh roasted coffee with a subtle background of whiskey, vanilla, and roasted malt. Hands down the best coffee beer I've had - well-balanced and smooth. Amazing mix of flavors as listed above. Medium-bodied and remarkably light given the ABV.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage.

L- Dark brown with a slight reddish tinge around the edges. About a finger of mocha colored head that fades almost instantly.

S- Lots of coffee. A bit of bittersweet chocolate and bourbon in the background. Very nice.

T- Coffee is very prominent. Notes of caramel, chocolate, bourbon. Smooth, nicely balanced.

F- The one slight disappointment. Pours pretty thin. However, it has a decent richness on the palette. Fairly high carbonation.

O- I'm not really a coffee, guy, but this is really good. Now I wish I had grabbed more than one, or had some of the vintages.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.96/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 bottle drank fresh and poured in to a tulip snifter. Pours a tad thin and carbonated heavily from an aggressive pour but almost immediately dissipates leaving nothing behind. The smell is a coffee bomb upon first pour. The barrel is barely noticeable initially but starts to become more prevalent as it warms. The coffee starts to integrate in to the smell and the vanilla, boozy, and roasty notes of the barrel start to come to the forefront of the nose; deliciousness. The coffee variant is much more balanced than the regular which can be a bit cloying, especially this year. You still get the sweet caramel notes of the base beer on the front end but it is perfectly balanced by the bitterness and acidity of the coffee on the back end. The boozy flavor of the barrel as well as the vanilla notes also come through in the taste much like the smell. It is thick and chewy like a barrel aged stout should be but it is a tad thin. It also has to sit for a bit to let the carbonation dissipate and the mouthfeel to become more coating and let the flavors develop. Overall this is the best of bourbon county's lineup (outside the variants which could be hit or miss). Perfect balance of big stout, barrel, and coffee to bind it all together. Only knock is it is a tad thin this year.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.93/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 version, cellared 2 years
A - Pours very dark brown, small head that quickly disappears.
S - Aroma is strong and not coffee at all. More dark fruit than anything else.
T - Had a couple sips then allowed to warm. Coffee flavor is not overwhelming, very well balanced with dark chocolate flavor. Any alcohol that might have been noticeable when new has completely calmed down.
M - Carbonation is low. Mouth feel is almost perfect, beer coats the mouth and sticks. Wow.
O - This is a wonderful beer. Coffee doesn't hit you over the head, it's just part of the flavor profile, and I think I like that best. Give me more!

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2016 version. Had a 5-6 oz pour at the GI Clybourn Black Friday tasting event.
About the only thing I could complain about is it seems a little thinner than regular BCBS, and has a little less head. I'll take the great coffee taste, which really blends well with the BCBS profile.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured from draft into a sniffer, dark red brown almost black with no head, clear

S: bourbon, wood, coffee, fig, raisins, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses

T: amazingly sweet, coffee, dark fruits, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak

M: thick with low carbonation

O: absolutely incredible

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