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 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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Photo of HipCzech
3.97/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 16.9 oz bottled ("bottled on: 17/Sep/15") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep, dark, reddish brown with a slight froth of tan foam.

Smell: Roasted coffee atop grains and caramel and slight balsamic vinager.

Taste: Mildly infected, but still drinkable. Great roast coffee notes, molasses and dark barley against lactic tartness - both tasty, but not an ideal pairing.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and caebonation; light relative to its deep flavor.

Overall: Terrific roast coffee notes setup for a fantastic pairing, but infected tartness detracts from the otherwise toasty, boozy stout base. Still drinkable, just not all it could be.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Bottle dated 11/15/13, purchased that Black Friday, and carefully aged for nearly 3 years.

Poured into Lawson's Finest Liquids tulip glass.

L: Almost no head on pour, whatever there was is gone in a flash. No lacing, only a thin ring around the edge. The beer is very dark and opaque even when held up to a light bulb. You can see tiny carbonation bubbles rising at the very top.

S: Nose is almost all coffee. I let it warm to see if something else would start coming through; some hints of unsweetened cocoa and vanilla start coming through as it warms. Maybe a tiny bit of the caramel malt as well.

So far it's well above-average, but I'm not absolutely overwhelmed or anything. Here goes...

T: Coffee, but far less assertive than you'd expect from the nose (an effect of aging?). Unsweetened cocoa, chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Malts of the base stout. The tiniest bit of alcohol heat on the finish, barely noticeable and well integrated into the entire taste. So yeah, this is pretty great.

F: Full-bodied, the tiniest bit of carbonation. Impeccable construction and balance, augmented by the mellowing of aging. ABV well-disguised, acid of coffee balanced with sweetness of base stout.

O: So, so, so got paid off for my patience on this. I did not try a new bottle of 2013, so I have nothing to compare it with, but I can sense some differences from the base stout in softening and integration of flavors.

This is simply fantastic. All praise to the brewer.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is viscous motor oil with mini fizzy bubbles coating the surface clingingly as a half finger head, leaving walls of dark tan lace, fizzling out to a thin ring.

Fudge, brownie and a mocha coffee nose open things up quite promisingly. A nice oak presence adds some spice to the aroma, but it's not hot. Vanilla develops over time.

At first gulp, I notice a smooth heat tickle the back of throat and tease the ears, but not burn. I'm tasting chocolate covered raisins, fudge, and oak. Roasted malt is pretty well integrated and is neither overpowering nor snuffed out. Salted roasted almonds pop in as it warms.

A fizzy tangy intro leads to a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, with a slight drying effect to the roof of the mouth.

While I've had small portions of this a few times here or there, this full review is based on a bottled 2013 Vintage enjoyed on 10/09/2016.

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

On tap at Slaters 50/50. Looking forward to it since my lone bottles was a contaminated drain pour. Strong nose of bourbon and coffee grounds. Taste is even stronger coffee on top of the usual BCBS bourbon flavor profile. Very coffee forward, but the integration of flavors is decent. Not as smooth as regular BCBS though.

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Photo of nerdboy19
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appear : Dark black with tan head - 4/5
Aroma : Lots of coffee but can feel the original beer well, this coffee aroma is so well added to og bcbs - 10/10
Mouthfeel : Medium-low carbonation, full bodied - 4.5/5
Flavor : Lots of coffee, bourbon, oak, whiskey, vanilla, roast, burnt, so well balanced. - 10/10
Overall : Best coffee stout and ba stout in the same time. The balance just make me wow, but it also has impact. Must try. - 20/20

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Photo of maxifunk777
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 release was consumed 1st week in May of 2016...... This aged extremely well full body complex taste medium thick mouth full. This was sheer beer drinking pleasure.

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Photo of TheRossness
3.18/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I've got friends that love this stuff and there's a place in my town that has this on tap all the time. It is thick, sludgy and hard to drink. The alcohol is pronounced. I can smell it a little too much. While I can taste coffee, its not the best coffee ever. both Founders KBS and Rushing Duck Imperial Beanhead have better coffee flavors. If I ever order a glass, I can't even make it halfway through a 12 oz pour. Some people like BCS, and I really love stout's but this one is the pits.

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