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

Added by BEERchitect on 04-22-2010

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Photo of rdilauro
4.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the moment I poured this into a glass, I was excited waiting to taste it. It poured a deep dark color as I always hope for in a stout. The nose was coffee all the way, but with some good amount of chocolate in there.

I could have put my nose into the glass all night long, since it was so appealing.

The taste was big, very big. The coffee was upfront, and there was a definite amount of carbonation, The taste had a semi-burn feel from the alcohol, but that was not over powering.

The finish was exceptionally balance. In fact, I think I enjoyed the finish on this beer more than actual tasting it from the start

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Photo of jackiechan2700
4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is dark as midnight with no moon or stars. Right after the pour there is a little, frothy, caramel colored head that slightly rings the glass. This quickly dissipates.

Big bold coffee notes engulf your face and linger there. Cocoa nibs are so enticing its almost as if you had your face in front of a 7 layer decadent cake.

Strong Ethiopian coffee flavors. Sweet cocoa and ripe cherry.

Pleasantly thick, coating my mouth with roasty chocolate and caramel flavors that linger well after.

This is exactly what an Imperial coffee stout should be like. A flawless prime example of the style with the complex bold coffee delicately hiding the high abv. As a major coffee lover, this by far is one of my personal favorites.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.1%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing this one again, It's fantastic. Having this in 2010 at a festival didn't go it the justice it needed. This is damn near flawless for an imperial coffee stout. It's awesome!

Got to try this beer at the ACBF 2010 and all I could say is holy crap! This beer is wonderful, it was just overly flavorful. The color was black with a pretty good head for something so strong. The beer was thick and complex as hell. The bourbon screams out in this brew, there are flavors of coffee, vanilla, and lots of booze. This beer reminded me a little bit of Sam Adams Triple Bock but much better. This beer deserves another try, if I ever see it again I'll surely pick up some.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jdb288
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2013, fresh). Pours black with a boozy ring around it, nice tan head. Aroma is intense coffee, caramel. Taste is huge punch of coffee - bittersweet, strong, and complex.

Some sweetness here but nothing along the lines of the Backyard Rye from this year’s releases. More subtle, caramel/toffee tones. A little bitter finish. A fantastic release.

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Photo of Bartos
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - black, dense, opaque, no light coming through on this one. Not sure how people give a score to appearance (what constitutes a 5 and what gets a 4) but as someone who loves stouts, this is a very inviting sign for me.

S - Warm, boozy bourbon top note - this smells a lot like the regular BCS. Less aroma of coffee then I expected. Subtle scent of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts

T - Fantastic. Very much like the aromatic experience but with the inclusion of soft coffee. All the flavors have melded together wonderfully - roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits all blend well with the bourbon. Coffee is more subtle than I expected, not overpowering like some coffee stouts. Smoother than the regular BCS (which I find a tad hot when fresh)

M - Thick, sticky yet smooth.

D - Possibly my favorite beer of 2013, if not ever. I wish every coffee stout was this well balanced and that every bourbon barrel aged beer was this well done. We'll have to see if CCB can't out do this with their Barrel Aged Cafe Americana

Serving type: bottle

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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3/5  rDev -34.5%

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.58 out of 5 based on 7,043 ratings.
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