Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee StoutBourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber bottle with a simple maroon label with "Bourbon County" in big bold white letters. Directly below that in small gold letters in a black box is the infamous words "Brand Coffee Stout." At the bottom is where it tells you what kind of coffee it was brewed with. It was brewed with Intelligentsia coffee beans. On the far left edge of the label is the Govt warning and to the far right is a brief description of the beer and a bottled date. There's also a yearly bottled date on the front as well. This bomber bottle is a 2012 vintage.

When poured into a CCB Teku, this Coffee Stout poured a dark coffee black that was poured into a pitch black mug. Highlights? This beer is far too dark for cheap highlights. Wow! A beer brewed with coffee that was coffee black in color. No surprise there. The head of foam was lackluster, but that's expected from a beer this beer with age on it. Minimal skim of tan foam that quickly disappeared when I laid eyes on it. There was a faint string of rings along the side to say that a head of foam did exist on this beer. A head of foam would have been nice, but my eyes still enjoyed looking at this beer.

This beer is over a year old and age has yet to settle down the rich aroma of roasted coffee beans in this beer. Following the rich dark aroma of roasted coffee was a quick whiff of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, and black cherry. After the aroma got those out of the way, in comes the beer's wall of sweetness. This is where my nose stumbled upon an aroma that was just as thick as the coffee presence. This sweetness wall consisted of a nice molasses almost caramel like taste. Rounding off the aroma was bourbon, oak, and a splash of vanilla. My nose enjoyed this beer more than my eyes did.

The taste was similar to the aroma, but it still wasn't there. Up front was a thick and roasted taste of quality coffee beans. This taste of coffee lingered on for quite a long time before it let through roasted malt, dark chocolate, and black cherry. Directly after the black cherry passed, in comes a big combined taste that featured molasses, oak, bourbon, and a subtle drop of vanilla. While the aroma broke those elements down, the taste just put them into one big taste bomb. As the taste warms up, the vanilla and oak comes out more, but they're still not as big as the initial roasted coffee taste.

This a thick, chewy, roasted beer that was low in carbonation but certainly not low in flavor or character. I sure hope you like the taste of coffee because you'll find more of it in the aftertaste. Behind the coffee was chocolate, malt, bourbon, and a little oak.

Even though this is still a kick ass beer that's held up for over a year, I recently had one fresh and thought it was better than this. Would I still drink a vintage bottle? If given the opportunity again, I would!

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Revisiting Bourbon Coffee, 02/19/14, 12-oz bottle bought at a corner deli in NYC, $7.99

Appearance: The same oily thickness, still appearance, no carbonation and barely any head. A black lagoon through and through.

Smell: Piercing coffee, fresh strong beans. Gotta love Intelligentsia! Nice woodsy barrel, sharp booze. Peppery! A reviewer talked about jalapenos and red crushed pepper- there is indeed an undeniably spice here. Tequila as well. Some dark fruit, lots of good chocolate.

Taste: I love it way more than I did in 2012. Perhaps the new coffee beans changed the taste? Bitter and roasty, no traces of that soy sauce/fish sauce I detected in 2012. Burnt sugar, molasses, liquorice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, flows like liquid chocolate. Nice tingly spice at the end. Could use a tad more body, but as it is, it works wonders. I like that it is not as overwhelmingly sweet and rich as regular Bourbon County.

Overall: Drinkability here is outrageous. You could pound this, that's how suave it is. Love the chewy coffee taste at the end of the sip. I won't compare this to Vanilla or Rare like I did in my first review. I won't compare it to regular Bourbon County. This is something else, different, an entity on its own. And a damn delicious entity at that.


Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, bomber bought at a store in Greenwich Village, New York City, for $19.99 plus tax. Bottled 01/11/12, bottle number 1543.

Appearance: Pours the customary oily, impossibly-rich black. No transparency or shades of light here. Barely a nail worth of head that dies right away and absolutely no lacing. Low carbonation and retention. Not bad, but strange. This is not the majestic looks I expect from the Goose Island Bourbon series.

Smell: Booze, gasoline, raw petroleum from an oil well in Oklahoma. Salt, soy sauce and braising liquid. Then comes the coffee, good exotic beans brewed cold. Plus a tad of brown sugar and vanilla at the end.

Taste: Soy sauce morphs into fish sauce when the brew hits the mouth. Same savory-salty base, Mexican chocolate, prickly dry hops at the very end. Or is it the coffee bitterness? The coffee is very subdued, more chocolate than coffee in fact. Milky all around, like drinking chocolate milk from a gas station. Bourbon? Not so much… a tad disappointing, Vanilla or Rare this is NOT!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and rich, full body and flavor, great chocolate finish. Too hot, though. Overtly boozy.

Overall: I can’t hide my disappointment at this. Would be curious to try it again with a little age on it to mellow the rough spots out, but as it is, fresh (bottled January 11 2012) it is not my thing. I got really drunk and didn’t love the taste/feel. Not exactly drinkable, too alcoholic, the balance is not there.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 7,269 ratings