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): 12.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BEERchitect on 04-22-2010

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Appearance: Pours black with minimal brown head, leaves lacing

Smell: Bourbon is the first note that hits your nose, then coffee, caramel, and vanilla

Taste: Starts off with good medium roast coffee, but not so much as to overwhelm the rest of the flavors. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla are up next. Last is roasted malts and caramel

Mouthfeel: Full body, low carbonation, sweet finish

Overall: Fantastic, and personally better than regular BCBS. Kind of regretting only getting one bottle, but, there is always next year

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer #500. An enormous thanks is owed to angrybabboon for sending me a bottle of this from out east of the 2013 vintage for me to review as fresh as possible. (Thanks also to jvbravato for a 22oz of a 2012 vintage!) I did enjoy regular BCBS, and was curious to see how the coffee accentuates the bourbon and massive chocolate-esque malt notes. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a teku glass. Split with friends.

As with the regular BCBS, this a motor oil pour of the highest proportion - hardly any difference, in this case. Pitch black, super syrupy looking, with modest mocha colored bubbles atop of what struggled to be a head of sorts. Looks a lot like a really decadent liqueur, and indeed, each swirl reveals massive alcohol legs, as well as some light staining against the glass from the beer itself. Not really sure how to rate this is terms of beauty, but it terms of exaggeration, it's definitely made its mark.

The aroma is where this beer separates itself from the pack - this is spicy, peppery, roasted, and far more zesty than the regular BCBS. It's such a radically different flavor profile that I'm amazed that BCBS was the same base beer in the making of this. Huge notes of roasted espresso beans, red crushed pepper, and jalapeños make way at the front, with some notes of cherry, raisins, and plum underneath, albeit in a suffocating manner due to the intense spiciness imparted by the coffee. The sweet oaky notes from the bourbon are there, but are also buried beneath - toffee, vanilla, some coconut, and brown sugar. This is a very different beast, and it's definitely really unique. It's not my favorite but it's too fascinating to disregard.

The flavor's pretty much the same story - although, thankfully, the peppery notes are little bit more controlled on the palate and the roasted coffee character shines through in a more appropriate manner. Very zesty and nutty from the espresso, with roasted qualities that cancel out any potential sweetness overkill from the thick dark malt profile, which imparts notes of fudge and chocolate, as well as raisins, ripe cherries, and molasses. The barrel character notes are also mildly sweet here, and while there's the classic vanilla/coconut/cinnamon profile that BCBS is known for, it's instead more subdued for the sweet qualities and reveals more rustic and earthier aspects of the barrels - tobacco and leather, to mention a bit. Nevertheless, it's a spicy, earthy, liqueur-like concoction, and I'm glad it tastes different. I only wish it were a little less syrupy and thick (to the point of distraction), as the overall loss of carbonation throughout consumption really affects the enjoyable factor of fully committing to this in the long run.

A great beer, no doubt, but not what I expected at all. It's very flavorful and provides a bitter and spicy punch to a beer that's typically far sweeter in nature. Nevertheless, while it contains a little less heat and barrel sweetness overall, I daresay that's the main reason that I enjoy BCBS to begin with. Still, any self-respecting beer geek would be crazy to not seek this out - it's by far one of the most memorable coffee infused stouts I've ever had. This vintage would not benefit with age, in my view. It will get progressively earthy and lose its coffee profile. Without any of the spiciness, it won't be as thrilling. I'm absolutely curious how the 2012 vintage is drinking right now - will post an update as soon as I get around to trying it!

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 7,224 ratings