Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #5
ABV:
12.9%
Score:
100
Ranked #9
Avg:
4.73 | pDev: 7.82%
Reviews:
1,244
Ratings:
7,437
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Illinois, United States
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SCORE
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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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MorpheusIPA from Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the best stout I have ever had. The first sip was so amazing- with so many flavors coming forth. The coffee isn't overpowering. Chocolate and roasted goodness shine through. A beautiful beer in a distinguished bottle.

Apr 02, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2011 Release - Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans

In comparison to last year's version, the Anjilanaka provides a sweeter and nuttier component that takes off the more aggressive elements of roast and dryness. Succulent as ever and still with impressions of chocolate covered espresso beans, this world class beer follows up on the inaugural beer very well. Although I prefer the heightened sense of espresso roast and restrained sweetness of last year, this young follow-up represents the brand in regal fashion!

2010 Release - Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans

With so much anticipation, and with the success of the standard Bourbon County Brand Stout, there is no let down from the hype. This coffee infused BCS reminds me of chocolate covered espresso beans and the bourbon ball candies that we love so much here in the Bluegrass. Imagine my favorite espresso and my favorite stout hooked up at a great beery coffee shop and conceived an angelic brew.

The beer opens with a dead-on motor oil viscosity and color. A delicate crème forms with a roast-stained hue. Where the retention eventually succumbes to the alcohol and weight, the legging became more apparent. The low carbonation and visual weight of the beer adds to the mystique of its appearance.

Extremely seductive aromas of decedent cocoa, deeply roasted espresso, and bourbon all stand out in obvious stature. Lighter notes of cherry esters, licorice, and actual molasses help to round out the background attributes. The beer's aroma isn't overly complex but they show so much power, boldness, and harmony- this is the chick in the bar that you will intently make a fool of yourself just to catch her eye.

Flavors build even more, springboarding off of the powerful cocoa, espresso, and bourbon. But the thickness of the beer along with the creamy maltytness give even greater smoothness and melded taste making this beer way more drinkable than it should be; kinda malty-sweet-chocolatey like Whoppers malted milk candies. As the beer warms and deep in the finish, the molasses, licorice, and cherry flavors become much more apparant. Where hops are restrained, bitterness is achieved with the smooth bitterness of the carefully brewed espresso beans.

As expected, the beer is as thick, chewy, heavy, full, and as round as any beer that has crept into my mouth. And with the ultimate velvety textures, it drank much like a thick chocolate milkshake. The beer remains so very deep, lasting well into the finish and aftertaste.

It's crazy to talk that the coffee bean aging could possibly improve the Bourbon County Stout. I'm not sure that the Coffee Release is better but it's certainly not any worse.

Apr 22, 2010
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Soneast from Wisconsin

2.19/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Re-reviewing this to reflect inconsistencies with the 2015 batch. 2015 bottle poured into tulip glass. Nice dark coloration, with a thin head that dissipates immediately. Doesn't appear to coat the glass like the regular BCBS does, though it does leave some legs. Massive green pepper on the nose, so much so that it covers up most anything else, there is a bit of roasted malt or coffee aroma. The flavor starts out with a burnt coffee flavor, with a very sour finish, almost like sour cherries, and a uncharacteristically thin body. It would appear this beer is infected with some sort of wild yeast or bacteria judging by the sourness and loss of body and mouthfeel. Which sucks as the bcbcs was always my fav variant. This beer is a shadow of it's former self. I see other people mentioning the green pepper and sourness, yet still rating the beer over a 4.0...what's up with that?

*****
Pours a dark black color, with just a touch of amber on the edges when held to a light. Not much head to speak of, more of a brown colored sudsy layer, that forms a small, bubbly ring.

The aroma definitely has a coffee, vanilla and bourbon quality. However it's much more than just that, there are deep caramel notes, brown sugar and espresso. Just rich and creamy, I can tell there is some definite complexity to this beer.

The flavor is intensely complex. You're hit initially with a well developed espresso flavor combines with bouzy bourbon notes and a rich creamy quality. It finishes with a well developed a burn that doesn't overpower the roasted, bitter coffee flavors that round this beer out.

Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. BCBCS really is impressive. So complexly flavored and I love that the coffee character can stand out amongst all the bourbony goodness. It is quite rich so I certainly can't drink much of it, but really who cares?

Dec 20, 2015
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dream from Nevada

1/5  rDev -78.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is infected as others have stated. For those that bought in quantity and don't go looking for the latest infected beer news, they might have not have had a chance to send theirs back for a refund or exchange. Pretty sad the very short time frame that Inbev allowed for this, especially when the bottle clearly says "condition up to 5 years". These beers are known to get better with age, and those of u who age them, their most loyal customers, 3 months just don't cut it for a fair time-frame to get their money back.

May 08, 2016
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eggsurplus from Minnesota

2.16/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2015 from the bottle poured into a snifter and then down the drain.

Look is as expected. Dark with a bit of a red hue.

Smell has a hint of coffee followed strongly with watermelon and something repugnant.

Taste is a complete wrecking ball. A fully unbalanced sour that has me cussing.

Feel is immediate carbonation followed by the thinness where the sour lives.

If this were on tap I would try it again. For now, crying about the other bottle yet to be opened and putting myself through the torture again just to see if I got lucky.

Jun 29, 2016
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GW3 from Florida

1/5  rDev -78.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After GI reporting off flavors, I decided to crack my bottle of coffee hoping that the negative reviews were exaggerated. Well, to my disappointment they were not. The beer had an overwhelmingly sour taste that completely dominated the beer and made it undrinkable. Imagine a berliner stout. No bourbon flavor at all due to the intense sour notes.. I had to drain pour the entire bottle after a few sips. Disappointed with how GI handled the situation as well, with the unclear deadline for refunds. I will not be standing in line next year, that's for sure.

Apr 14, 2016
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metter98 from New York

4.49/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha head that instantly faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the collar of the glass. As the beer warms up, it pours with a much larger head that also dissipates.
S: There is an intense aroma of bourbon and alcohol in the nose along with some hints of espresso beans.
T: Like the smell, the bourbon flavors really stand out in the overall taste, although unlike the regular Bourbon County Brand Stout these are balanced to some degree by the coffee and roasted malts. There are also some hints of oak.
M: It feels full-bodied and very viscous on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: This beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given its strength; the intensity of the aromas and flavors will definitely wake you up. The addition of the coffee flavors makes the beer slightly more drinkable than Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Jan 16, 2011
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vicinandp from Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -63%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Shit was gross and infected. Had it five times from multiple cases and it was all gross. Tasted like yogurt and it was gnarly. Still waiting on my refund check and never got a shirt.

Apr 24, 2016
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charlzm from California

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

Consumed October 11th, 2015 from a bottle labeled January 2011. Poured into a tulip.

Beer is dark brown on the borderline of black. Thick and viscous pour, like used motor oil. In a good way.
A vigorous pour generates a one-finger dark brown head that doesn't hang around too long.

Aroma is dark roasted coffee, chocolate and a hint of bourbon. Fantastic nose.

Flavor is strong, smooth and well-meshed. Coffee, chocolate, wood and bourbon. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth.

At nearly five years old, this beer is fantastic. Many thanks to Thirstgoat (Jeff) for the bottle!

Oct 12, 2015
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

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

2015 Vintage

L - Pitch black in all aspects. Less than a finger of dark khaki head

S - Massive bourbon and high-end coffee with hints of oak and tobacco.

T - Coffee and chocolate have replaced the overwhelming tobacco and char from the standard BCBS. Some nice vanilla and mocha notes are good too.

F - Dead-on for a BA stout. Thick and viscous with no alcohol whatsoever.

O - An improvement on a world-class BA stout. Coffee and bourbon blend beautifully much more so than other brewery's attempts as a coffee bourbon stout.

Nov 28, 2015
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TheStoutScout from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a good beer. But.. I think it's way overrated on here. I bought 2 four-packs, due to the hype. However, I wouldn't buy it again. There are many other beers out there that I would recommend over it. Anyways, it's all opinions; no facts here. My final opinion is Overrated.

Dec 22, 2014
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Swettenham_Shire from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle, poured into snifter. Strong bourbon on the nose, not much coffee. Taste is very similar to regular BCBS. Sticky feel, nice aftertaste. Would love to try other vintages.

Oct 25, 2015
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Alby from Florida

1/5  rDev -78.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I got two bottles of the infected batches from 2015, this rating reflects both of these instances until I have an actual bottle that resembles that quality I have come to expect from Goose Island. Sorry mates.

Apr 08, 2016
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KennyDorsch from Illinois

1.9/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

2015 review...I LOVE bcbcs.....my favorite beer of all time.....until 2015.....was very excited when i found many bottles of my favorite target....until i started opening them.. gusher after gusher......sour drain pours...this after being properly cellared....so disappointed to have hunted this down how i did to only realize all my scores are infected.....1748 time stamp.....hoping for better next year....

Jan 07, 2016
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KBrady from New Jersey

4.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle of 2014, about 1 month old when I cracked it open on Christmas morning into my Stone IRS goblet. Poured a thick, creamy black with a short but gorgeous tan head. Smelled mostly of bourbon with minimal coffee notes. It tasted every bit of the 13% ABV, as many BA brews do, and I was hoping for a bit more coffee flavor than I got. Still, it was excellent and I hope I can get more in the future

Apr 14, 2015
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pjvie from Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%

Absolutely stunning. What else is there to say about this?

Nov 29, 2014
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Amguerra305 from Florida

4.96/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Nov 29, 2016
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minterro from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served as the grand finale for the goose island themed tasting. Short notes from 7/27/14. Bottled 11/15/13. Served in a snifter.

A&S: Dark black colored beer, oily residue on the top, likely from the added coffee. Head doesn't hang around all that much, but when it was present it was a light brown color. Very deep black coffee tones, smells like straight chilled black coffee. The aroma hangs out at the same level the whole tasting.

T&M: Not the most complex or evolving beer. I expected the potent coffee tones to mellow and for the beer to develop into this grand mixture of black coffee, dark chocolates, toffee, etc. However this flavors didn't really come to fruition. Boozy whiskey tones were also present. The taste stayed dominated by coffee the whole way through, it gave way a bit but not really all that much. Body was full and on the creamy side, carbonation was low.

Overall: I don't think it was the aging condition, because the goose island barleywine was superb, so I have no clue. Don't get me wrong this beer is still an very excellent beer I just wouldn't put it was the 2nd highest ranking beer on BA.

Jul 31, 2014
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RiverCityBeerGuy from Virginia

2.52/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the best infected beer I've ever had, but obviously not a very good beer. Really disappointing considering the hype. Hurt to drain pour this one after opening.

Jun 27, 2016
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Dolphinsmarlins1 from Massachusetts

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

2015 bottle poured into a snifter. Pumped I could find this prerelease at a local shop. Hope they don't get busted. Nevertheless, delicious beer. Not a huge coffee taste. The bourbon notes overpower everything else, though it is still very smooth. Tastes very similar to the BCBS regular, so I'm not going to lose any sleep if I can't find this tomorrow.

Nov 26, 2015
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lonnie79 from Illinois

4.99/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Words can't describe my love for this coffee stout!

May 15, 2015
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Eidel18 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 is drinking beautifully right now

Apr 04, 2015
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer like this should allow the ability to rate higher than 100. Believe the hype and get some when you are able to. Smooth and silky with a subtle hint of the Abv. Drink it slow and savor, if you don't it will kick your rear.

May 18, 2016
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BuccoFan from District of Columbia

4.57/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a stout you have to have at some point. Completely lives up to hype.

Apr 04, 2015
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hophead7117 from Massachusetts

4.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled Nov 7 2014, so it's got a year on it. Pours like bcbs but there was more tanish color to the head. Smells oaky, vanilla, mild coffee smell. Taste is superb. The coffee really combines well with the aged bourbon. This is one of the best beers I've had. I would like to try one with less aging to compare to get more coffee flavor.

Dec 11, 2015
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 7437 ratings