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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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of rjp217
4.69/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle dated 11/15/13...

A - Oil black head pour that gives a half finger head that dissipated almost immediately and leaves no lace to speak of. Nice looker.

S - Rich, black coffee beans, espresso, dark bitter chocolate, bourbon, oak

T - Intensely coffee forward which hides almost all the bourbon, espresso notes with nutty oak characteristics, some dark fruits but it's hard to pick the subtle flavors with so much coffee

M - Thick feel with some decent carbonation, some chewyness, just enough bitterness to not be oft-putting

O - An amazing coffee stout. So coffee forward that it tastes like espresso beans laced with chocolate and bourbon. There is moderate balance to the beer but prepare for mostly a bitter coffee profile with dark chocolate and fruit characteristics that finishes roasty and dry. Well done!

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Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Midnight black, thick pour with a quickly receding finger of head. The aroma is to die for, like sticking your head into a bag of fine, fresh roasted coffee beans. The flavor opens up, beginning with powerful espresso notes, and segueing seamlessly into deep, dark chocolate, followed by vanilla beans, and finally, lovely bourbon. The body is syrupy and rich, although perhaps a bit thinner than regular BCBS, due to the coffee infusion. The finish may also be a tad less lengthy, but the intensity is greater, as it positively envelops the palate in a crescendo of flavors. This is, hands down, my favorite coffee stout, and perhaps my favorite stout in general. Well worth the hunt.

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of frothy_80
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got into some fresh Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout 2013. If you love Coffee, I've never had a beer better represent that taste or smell when you open you favorite brand of ground coffee, and bury your nose in it.

As the mouthfeel goes, if original BCBS is a perfect 5 which I gave it, this is even better. The bitterness and roastiness from the coffee cuts out all sweetness and masks any of the 13% ABV to ZERO, finishing dry, making this the most drinkable variant of the bunch. This aspect also adds to the "Best Variant of the bunch in spades." I get the hype.

It's perfection was also it's biggest flaw IMHO. The coffee over-powered all else. Where was the Bourbon? (Hardly noticeable) Where was the Fudge Brownie - Dark fruit base that the original BCBS brings in spades? (Hardly noticeable) I was hoping the coffee would have been balanced better with what BCBS brings to the table. A bit of age may solve this problem.

As of now, I prefer the original. Need to revisit in a year or so. I was lucky enough to score plenty of both here in CA.

Make no mistake about it. It's a World Class beer now, but if age integrates the base beer & Bourbon into the coffee over time, another year may make this 2013 vintage the beer that deserves it's current rating....for my palate at least.

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4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on 11/15/13

A- I gave this one a high, slow pour to see how big a head I could get out of it, as I gave the regular version a normal pour and hardly got any head to speak of. This pour yielded a high medium brown head that dissipated rather quickly to nothing. You can see how thick the thing is by the sound and look as you're pouring, like pouring maple syrup. Color is a dark, black.

S- Lots of the same BCS aroma but with a coffee character that is not so strong as to drowned out the stout. Butter toffee, vanilla, alcohol and coffee are all big and in balance with each other.

T- Similar to nose, all the beer flavors are big enough to match the high ABV. With that said I think the beer would be better at closer to 11% than in the mid 13%s. Coffee, alcohol, vanilla, dark dried fruit, and buttered toffee all hit you at once. A real assault on your tongue but smoother to me than regular BCS.

M- Nice thick viscosity but not as thick as BCS was to me. The coffee makes this one more easy to drink but the ABV kind of works against that.

O- This is the first time I've gotten to try this beer. A phenomenal beer truly one of the worlds best beers. It seems to be hard find and with the wider Goose Island distribution less of it is coming to local places and I only was able to get one bottle. But I feel lucky to have this one bottle for it is an amazing beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ink black body that started with a thick head that quickly faded to a thin, tan head. Dark roasted malts with an excellent coffee component; additional touches of bitter chocolate. Robust, chewy, extremely flavorful tastes: cocoa, molasses, anise and licorice with a nice underlying touch of alcohol warmth. Heavy body with a smooth, velvety feel; semi-sweet/dry finish.

My first experience with this bee is with this 2013 release. I can understand the high appeal of this gargantuan dark ale if past releases have been similar. Flavor is king to me, and this one deserves a rarely given “5” in that department with color (ok, so there's no sub-category for color, but it was near perfect as far as appearance goes) and aroma scores up there, too. If only the head would have been thicker and longer lasting, or even traces of lacing on the glass, and some of my lower “4” ratings may have gotten bumped up a quarter or even half point. Ah, but when you have incredible taste overall, these minor gripes are just that. Think I'll pursue the rest of my glass with an eye-rolling satisfaction while jazz tunes float in the background...

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.58 out of 5 based on 7,038 ratings.
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