Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,181
Ratings:
6,977
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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4,236
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3,044
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Reviews: 1,181 | Ratings: 6,977
Photo of ajcuster89
4.64/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pure coffee on the nose. The taste, when not infected, is like a creamy Irish coffee. I prefer Tree House's Double Shot to this one, but #2 coffee stout is pretty damn good in my book!

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Photo of Alby
1/5  rDev -78.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I got two bottles of the infected batches from 2015, this rating reflects both of these instances until I have an actual bottle that resembles that quality I have come to expect from Goose Island. Sorry mates.

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Photo of claminat420
3.8/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured into my imperial stout glass.

Appearance- from a hardy pour this thing comes out like motor oil .Black in color. little head that dissipates quickly. leaves no lacing.

Smell- pure booze. booze and chocolate. not getting any coffee notes which is a bummer.

Taste- from the look and smell I was worried I've wasted five years aging this brew but the taste is prolly the best thing about this beer. you do get a heavy alcohol smack at first but then the chocolate comes in to make you feel all better. the coffee is well hidden. alil disappointing being a coffee stout but it's there. you really have to taste for it.

Mouthfeel- heavy bodied. like I said it was like pouring motor oil. carbonation is still holding on but another year or two it would be dead. really not too shabby for the age or style.

Drinkability- I can knock down this bomber no prob. glad i'm not drinking another one tho.

Overall- I wonder if this was fresher the coffee notes would be more pronounced but aged 5 years it's well hidden. still a good imperial coffee stout but for me I don't get the hype or would say this is something to queef over. good sipper but to me not worth the hype nor price. I remember paying 6 or 7 bucks for this bomber pre-Budweiser sellout.

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Photo of Bleer
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best beers I've had and the second best BCS variety I've had. In my opinion the vanilla rye is the superior product from this line. Had this coffee stout in a snifter. Wonderful nose, oily black and silky, plenty of boozy burn if you like that kind of thing (I love it!), but it finishes warm and smooth. Not harsh at all. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Eiwatts9
4.89/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2nd best version of BCBS that I've had. Love the coffee on this and always enjoy the heat of the higher alcohol from Bourbon County. Absolutely love this beer (2014 and 2013)

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Photo of MikeM417
4.31/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Okay. Not great, not terrible. Not sure if it was infected or not because I literally drank it side by side with a sour (Farm to Face) so my. Has a nice mouthfeel, smell and taste are super chocolatey. Not much barrel or coffee flavor. Chocolate bomb.

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Photo of Jay_P22
4.46/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this one and aging the rest. Poured into a snifter. 15.

Dark brown pour with a smaller head, some lacing. The look is average compared to other Stouts but it makes up for it in taste.

Smells boozy with chocolate. Roasted coffee and nutty and maybe a touch of vanilla.

Tastes great, a touch boozy, but the bourbon barrel is nice. It's not over done at all.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth. Surprising smooth with the bourbon barrel.

Overall it's very good. Much easier to find now than previous years. I think a lot of bourbon Stouts are catching up to BCBS, but still a very good beer and worth putting in your cellar. Look forward to this one next year and seeing how it changes,

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

p- black with a tiny tan head
n- huge roasted coffee supported by nuts and vanilla; very inviting
t- fresh roasted coffee, choc, sweet nuttiness, and dark fruit; bourbon in the fin; so smooth, with mild-mod heat
mf- med-full bodied; med carb; perfect
o- one word- wow!

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Photo of fireazzi
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bit boozy for me, but still pretty good. You must like coffee flavors if you drink this. Went through hell to get this beer but I'm surprised it is ranked so high. I like the Alesmith coffee stuff better personally but this is good.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional beer, especially it's color, aroma, and viscosity. For me, at least, this most recent release was a little thin on flavor and had a touch of sourness that weaker/poorer coffee does. Luckily the predominant flavors of the base beer took over after that. Still, overall I'd rather have the (more) common version.

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

2013 bottle, pours a midnight black with a thin dark espresso head. Strong bourbon/coffee aroma present still. Taste is amazingly balanced...bourbon, coffee, chocolate. Silky smooth with virtually all the abv hidden. Heard 2013 was one of the better years and this def lived up to the hype!

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Photo of NatoMasochism
3.6/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle. Date code: 17/SEP/15 1334 12.4% abv

Only got 1 bottle and debated whether or not to cellar. I'm glad I opened it, as this would have been a huge letdown given the high expectations for BCBS. Called and requested refund.

Did not have a gusher as some had reported but opened in the sink just in case. The pour looks nice with a quarter finger tan head that dissipates almost completely in about 10 seconds.
The nose is still very good. Vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon, although the coffee is subtle.

Unfortunately, the taste has got some very pronounced and inescapable sour notes, especially on the back end. I feel I may have gotten luckier than some on the extent of the lacto infection, although I'm afraid it may still be a partial drain-pour. I've been sipping on it for well over an hour and still have almost half the bottle left.

Overall, Goose Island gets some bonus points for offering refunds, but the bottled CoffeeStout and Barleywine should probably have never hit the market to begin with if any infection was suspected. That being said, I will still probably go hunting for the 2016 batch.

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Photo of WalkerHater
3.71/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells great, but..... .......Sourness of this year's chosen coffee does not suit this classic.
Oh well at least it's not infected. Very drinkable still

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A few folks have mentioned or alluded to the lack of coffee taste in this beer. I like this brew, but agree that any noticable coffee flavor was lacking. I had this beer on draft.

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Photo of efrankmcguire
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013. Hard pour produced a wonderful khaki head of 2 inches. Coffee aroma was wonderful. Mouth-feel typical of BCS. Taste was coffee forward, with Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a little char to finish. Overall a terrific coffee stout.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'14 bottle

Black as all get out with almost no head. Smells pretty similar to regular bourbon county with the exception of mild coffee. Very rich. Coffee is faintly present, so I'm sure this was way better fresh. Even without all the coffee this was an excellent beer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet black color. No head at all. Completely opaque.

Strong coffee and chili pepper aroma with subtle bourbon character.

Bold, dark roast coffee and baking chocolate. Sweet molasses and licorice. Smooth bourbon tones. Chili pepper spice. Cough syrup aftertaste.

Heavy, syrupy feel and texture. Low carbonation.

Good stuff. One of the better coffee stouts I've had.

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

2014 bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours jet black just like regular Bcbs

The smell is where the coffee differentiates itself from regular. The nose is outstanding. Still tons of coffee even after a year in the bottle. The first few minutes were overpowered by coffee in a good way.

Taste follows the nose quite well. Tons of coffee flavor in the first half of the glass. As it warmed up, more of the dark fruit and molasses flavors you would expect from regular started coming through. If I could have done it over, I would have drank the whole thing cold while the coffee flavors still overpowered everything else.

Mouthfeel is just what you would expect from and bcbs. Thick and chocolatey.

Overall, one of the best beers I have had. Will be fighting the lines in years to come to score bottles of coffee

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 release, dated 9/17/15 1532, 12.4% ABV, 16.9oz bottle. Unfortunately, it was a bad bottle. Higher carbonation on the pour, thinner body, and the taste was sour cherry and salt. The head sizzled like a steak in a hot pan of oil. Had to drain pour it which was extremely disappointing. This has been a reoccurring problem with the 2015 BCBCS's and GI had to give refunds through February of 2016. I was able to call and get a refund check mailed to me. Hoping for better quality control next year.

2013 release, dated 11/15/13. Enjoyed 1-1/2 years later. Pours black with a medium sized dark brown head; some lacing. Smells strongly of bourbon, coffee, and rich cocoa. The taste follows exactly, but in waves of complexity; first the bourbon, then the coffee, then the cocoa, with an amazing bittersweet finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is medium for the style. Not all that different from the regular BCBS. Definitely a world-class beer.

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Photo of BWood
3.22/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Honestly I was very excited for this beer. I feel the coffee and bourbon was a huge clash. I poured out half the glass I drank. I love the original bcbs but this one I will pass on

Rewrite 2017. I now believe my bottle was infected

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

Booze and coffee. Nothing more to see here, awesome barrel notes, love the coffee, best to drink as fresh as possible, some of the older bottles I've tasted seemed to have lost some of the coffee.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and viscous tar black with a thin sticky ring of tan foam.

Huge roasted character, strong aroma of coffee, oak, bourbon, and vanilla.

Coffee, coffee, coffee. Oaky vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and some bourbon heat.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, chewy, roasty bitterness, and sticky.

Overall, a truly remarkable beer.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft
L: Balck with a thin tan head. Head retention is good for the ABV. Alcohol lacing and bubbles sticking to the glass.
S: Could the glass but I'm not picking up much on this beer. Mostly I get a heavy booze smell, similar to smelling a spirit. Behind that, there is roast and coffee, but its mild.
T: Bourbon, toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, marshmallow, and roasted malt; all things I get in normal BCBS. However, in the finish there is a mild roasted coffee which blends with the other flavors. Not over the top coffee, but it smooths the flavors well. No booze in the taste, but a nice warming alcohol feeling. As it warms, more chocolate and fudge comes out, along with some nuttiness.
F: Creamy and smooth, and sugary and sticky on the finish. This is a great sipping beer.
Overall, the look, taste, and feel of this beer on what I expect from Bourbon County, rich and decadent. The absence of aroma is somewhat of a mystery.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a a midnight black color. Aroma is coffee and deep roasted malts. Flavor is coffee some bourbon and roasted malts. Has a nice slightly bitter coffee finish but overall it's delicious.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 on draft pours thick, oily black with dark tan head that disappears quickly.

Smells rich of coffee and hints of bourbon. Impressive that the bourbon is so muted. Medium body and little carbonation, but starts to wake up as it warms. Nice balanced feel, minimal bitterness.

Taste follows, just tons of coffee flavors, then some sweets - maybe some cocoa and vanilla - and then the bourbon closes the show. Goes down ridiculously smooth.

Overall there's not much bad you can find here. As long as you know that it's a coffee stout, you will love this.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.58 out of 5 based on 6,977 ratings.
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