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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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After doing review #1000, had to follow it up with something decent at #1001 right?? We broke this out last night during the Packers drubbing of the Falcons.

Pours out black, not pitch black, but dark brown aspect to it as well. Vigorous pour will yield a big head, but don't go expecting massive amounts of Brussels lace out of a beer in this style and massivity.

Aroma was great, coffee aspect wasn't as large as expected, vanilla was very large, was thinking I can't imagine how much vanilla is in the vanilla version. Bourbon still upfront and center.

Taste, much like the nose, lots of bourbon and vanilla. Tons of vanilla. I've heard of the coffee fades a little, which is sad that a beer this big lacks the ability to hold its coffee despite the label claiming you can age it up to 5 years. Don't get me wrong, this is an excellent beer, I just thought the coffee was lacking. It was there, but it wasn't any more prominent than the vanilla and bourbon. Mild tobacco aspect to it. Very smooth, not as harsh as the normal black label version of this stuff. Good and chewy, hides the alcohol quite nicely.

Anyways, in summation, lots more vanilla, espresso and cream than expected, less coffee flavor. All melded together to be a decadent beer, regardless of my expectations.

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Photo of metter98
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha head that instantly faded away and left a thin ring of bubbles around the collar of the glass. As the beer warms up, it pours with a much larger head that also dissipates.
S: There is an intense aroma of bourbon and alcohol in the nose along with some hints of espresso beans.
T: Like the smell, the bourbon flavors really stand out in the overall taste, although unlike the regular Bourbon County Brand Stout these are balanced to some degree by the coffee and roasted malts. There are also some hints of oak.
M: It feels full-bodied and very viscous on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: This beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given its strength; the intensity of the aromas and flavors will definitely wake you up. The addition of the coffee flavors makes the beer slightly more drinkable than Bourbon County Brand Stout.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at a recent bourbon county tasting

pours pitch black just like they all do, with a decent brown head

the smell on this one is a nice balance of coffee and bourbon

taste is coffee and a little bourbon, this one had a better blend of the bourbon and coffee than the vanilla added to that one. There was definitely some heat as well from the high alcohol

mouthfeel was rich and smooth and this is a very drinkable beer

only second to the rare

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes of the Bourbon County Stout tasting I hosted in the beginning of January 2010.

A: Pours dark as night with half a finger of tan head that dissipated after a few minutes. Spots of foamy lace cling to the sides of the glass.

S: Strong notes of vanilla and booze from the barrels, mixed with notes of chocolate and a touch of coffee beans. Very pleasant, but I expected more coffee.

T: A found the flavor to be very similar to the regular BCBS. There's that distinctive vanilla/bourbon presence right up front, mixed with sweet chocolate and molasses. Notes of dark roasted coffee come through strongly in the finish. Bitter coffee notes begin to come through in the finish as the brew gets to room temperature. Some vague similarities to iced coffee when the brew was still cold.

M: Quite full and viscous, but surprisingly smooth considering the abv.

D: Just as tasty as the regular BCBS, with the added dimension of coffee coming through nicely in the finish.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this before. Never reviewed it.

Pours a motor oil black. It seriously looks thick. No head even after a vigorous pour. No lacing. Nice deep color though.

Aroma is awesome. Lots of coffee and roast. Some toasted sugars. Little bit of raisin.

Taste is amazing. Soo smooth. Sweet with a nice coffee bitterness. Lots of caramel and burnt sugars. Little bit of dark fruits. After dinner desert beer for sure.

Mouthfeel is good. A little thick but not bad. Good carb.

Overall I need to get my hands on some more of this. It's an awesome beer. The appearance needs some work for sure but the taste is so awesome you kind of forget about it. Get some if you can.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick black, no head or lacing to speak of, little visible activity. Looks like a Bourbon County Stout.

Woody, prominent bourbon, mild roast, gentle-ish boozy warmth, malty sweetness and subtle coffee.

Malty sweet, woody, bourbon and booze. Coffee is still subtle, but stronger than in the nose. Roasty flavors emerge later and linger, with some mild bitterness.

Low carbonation, pretty warm, very rich full body, thick viscosity. And pretty damned smooth.

Great beer. Coffee character is not strong. I'm told it was stronger when it was fresher. But the bottom line is that this is an amazing beer, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of oreo
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very very black. Very small head, quickly dissipating.

S - Just like the bottle says. Heavy bourbon and coffee aromas. I think I got a little vanilla out of it as well.

T - Amazing. I am not a fan of the regular Bourbon County at all, its far too boozy for my liking. This, however, is fantastic. The coffee balances the bourbon flavor so nicely. The bourbon is apparent, but not a kick in the face. Heavy coffee and bourbon flavors. Light cream and woody flavors.

M - Thick. My friend described it as "chewable". I am a fan of thick beers though, so this is good for me.

D - I could drink this all night, or at least until I pass out from the 13% abv. I have to say that I was not a fan of this beer when it warmed to room temperature. It really intensified the bourbon and kinda killed the coffee flavor to me. Keep this lightly chilled and it is perfect.

Overall a simply fantastic beer worth trying.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- very dark pour. Darker than the other bourbon counties. Minimal head

Smell- lots of coffee on the nose. A bit of bourbon on the nose as well. Mostly woody hints not a lot of vanilla.

Taste- a lot of intelligentsia coffee going on. Some great bourbon underlying it. Pretty well balanced here out a few months.

Mouthfeel- a bit thinner than rare and vanilla. Thick and very nice on the tongue.

Drinkability- a bit too bitter to be that drinkable but very nice for the alcohol percentage

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.72/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Upon popping the cap I was greeted with a generous hissing noise and proceeded to pour into a standard pint glass. This baby comes off jet black with absolutely no yeast chunks of haze if you could even see through it. the head was one finger thick and deep mocha colored head than stuck around for quite a while. Viscosity is pretty high and coats the walls of my glass.

Smell:

Orgasmic, beautiful amounts of smooth chocolate, espresso, vanilla, slight ash, and sweet malt, brown sugar, lots of heat alcohol. Oak and whiskey soaked black cherries poke through in the finish.

Taste:

Like taking a hay-maker punch in the face from a Starbucks barista. Huge coffee notes, roast, ash, leathery, and sweet pipe tobacco. Huge bourbon notes and vanilla shine front and center here. Sharp and slightly acidic with loads of oak tannins but not overwhelming. Simply amazing

Drinkability:

Very slow sipping but still delicious. Smooth and like a dessert in a bottle. I wish I had a case or two of this.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.07/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very nice: pours a completely black color with subtle but thick deep coffee colored head - like an espresso creme. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is dominated by boozy roasted richness; dark bitter chocolate, dried raisins, vinous notes and super high alcohol quality.

Taste is deep, dark, roasty, smooth but bitter. Starts bitter, chocolatey and roasted malt; moves to an alcohol middle with strong burnt fruit notes and continuous dark coco flavors.

A relatively medium bodied beer for its strength, but a nice overall mouthfeel and body. Soft and luminous carbonation.

Overall drinkability is mid level due to overly boozy qualities.

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Photo of heebes
4.12/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review into 2011, Happy New Year
Time to enjoy something special.
1 pint bottled 03/26/2010

Pours a deep black with thin bubbly tan head. Nose is coffee and bourbon, hints of vanilla, chocolate. Sip reveals a smooth complex beer; taste is of bourbon and roasted coffee. Hardly bitter, warming sensation on the palate in the finish. Heavy mouthfeel, creamy. Certainly a sipper and being a pint, respect and enjoy, take the time to drink.

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Photo of KevSal
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to nkersten for this one,
My first drink of 2011, and what a great choice it was. bottled on 03/26/10 poured into a cigar city snifter. decided to crack it open before the coffee goes out.

A- Looks exactly like a great stout should, thin hazelnut colored head even after a strong pour. disappears after a few minutes, but remains as a ring around the glass. awesome

s- amazing roasted smell, exactly how i like my regular stouts to smell. a lot of chocolate mixed with coffee, and a heavy hint of regular bcs.

t- wow this stuff is delicious, the balance is almost perfect and the coffee is present but not overbearing (possible because of the aging) and it definitely complements the bourbon. cant get over how perfect it is. the strong alcohol burn from the regular bcs is really in check by whats left of the coffee.

m- appearance was deceiving in my case, got a very good dose of carbonation in this guy ( or could it be the 13% abv prickling my tongue?) not to syrupy at all.

d- is this stuff really 13% abv?? it goes down amazingly. i want some more!

do your self a favor, if you find this guy definitely pick one up, its worth a try. if you cant find it definitely arrange a trade, i know im glad i did. (lets hope the rest of 2011 continues!)

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Photo of afksports
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At the same epic tasting that saw an Abyss and some unreleased Ommegangs popped, I opened one of my bottles of BCBCS. What a fantastic brew. We started with it but it remained the highlight. The regular Bourbon County Brand Stout has led to some ridiculous nights. It also is a bit high on bourbon and a little too bitter for some craft-virgin palates.

The coffee on this one clearly cuts the bourbon, tempers it, tames it, makes it its prison-bitch. But in the process the coffee gets cut too. The result is velvety smoothness. The appearance is what it is - bourbon black velvet. The smell is subtle when compared to the base beer. It hints at coffee, shows off malts, chocolate, and maintains bourbon. Just not as strong. The taste is an exquisite blend of all the elements in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and thick. Rich. Dessert beer. But lovely. Absolutely the best beer in their series. I just don't want to know the calories in it, because even at 26 proof I want to drink it forever.

Or at least until I'm dancing to "Walk Like An Egyptian" again.

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a little, fancy shaped whiskey glass that's kind of like the buttercup part of a buttercup. It's as opaque and lightly fizzy as regular BCS.

The beer smells and tastes like a much less abrasive version of regular BCS. Or like a BCS that's aged 4-5 years. It's one of the least coffeeish coffee stouts I've ever had, like somehow the black coffee took a rough, bitter RIS and made it sweet and smooth.

The whiskeyness is barely there, and while it makes the beer more drinkable and more appealing (I assume) to a general audience, it turns out that I actually really enjoy the pain of a regular BCS.

But judging the beer on its own, it's a pretty remarkable achievement to make a beer this big tastes this smooth. Starts out with a tiny hint of whiskey, with a small burn that lasts throughout the sip. This moves into a milky, chocolately mocha, moving into the rough and lightly sour grain of a medium-strength porter, and this porter aftertaste is all that's left once the beer is swallowed.

Very good, and definitely worth trying, but I'd honestly prefer a regular BCS.

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Photo of vkv822
4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a foamy tan head that dissipates to form a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

The bourbon is still the most pronounced aspect, as in the regular BCBS. There are definite notes of coffee blended with roasted malts, though I was hoping to see the coffee a bit stronger. There is the faintest touch of vanilla coming from the oak.

The bourbon is heavy upfront, but as it warms it does give way to coffee and sweet oaky-vanilla flavors in the finish.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth and creamy with fairly active carbonation. There is quite a bit of boozy heat.

The 13% ABV is a bit more noticeable and hot than I found in the regular BCBS. Though as it warms, it really becomes more balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of blackie
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: unibroue snifter, the beer is coal black in color, with a mocha ring retained after the initial settling

s: decadent comes to mind - big dark chocolate hits first with smooth waves of oak and bourbon following closely behind, the espresso is tempered by and well-blended with the roasted malt load, heavy chocolate cake, rich black licorice, heavy toffee sugars, monstrously aromatic but incredibly smooth for such a big, powerful ale

m: carbonation light, only barely perceptible, with a full, deliciously viscous body

t: currents of dark chocolate and licorice accompany perfectly implemented bourbon-oak flavors, the espresso adds a nice touch - but seems partially absorbed by the general hugeness of the stout, dense chocolate cake, heavily caramelized sugars, thick and luscious with creamy roasted flavors and smooth bourbon, love it

d: amazingly little alcohol bite for a 13 percent bourbon stout, but an expected challenge for a single 135 pound man, easily up there with any of the competition

dirty dirts!

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Photo of philmorepunk87
4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my celebration beer for finishing the semester and doing well. Poured in DFH snifter from a bomber.

A- Dark, with a tan lacing that faded quickly

S- Booze, vanilla, coffee

T - i get a good bit of vanilla, and the bourbon flavor is definitely present, the coffee is there but it does not dominate the flavor. I have heard that the coffee drops off a bit with age.

M - not highly carbonated, about medium thickness for a stout

D - pretty good i drank a whole bombe by myself without a problem

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

A big thanks to Alewatcher.

A: Black with tan head, low carbonation. Looks delightful.

S: Excellent. Booze, coffee of course, chocolate and vanilla. A lovely smell for sure.

T: Wow. Follows the nose pretty closely, but the coffee is pretty subdued which is a little surprising. Chocolate comes through nicely. Vanilla from the bourbon aging is amazing.

M: Coats the mouth. Velvety. A little burn from the alcohol.

D: If not for the 13% ABV, one could drink this all night. It's amazing.

I've drank many wonderful beers and this has to rank in the top 10 without a doubt. Thanks Jeff(seem to be saying this a lot lately.)

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Photo of Onenote81
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Enormous thanks go out to two amazing BAs that each sent me a bottle of this gem: enelson and BeerFMAndy!! Thanks, guys!

Bottled in March of this year.

22oz bottle, shared with my wife. Poured my allotment into a snifter. Pours out gluggingly, a pure evil-black. A thin tan head rests atop, then disappears quickly. Big espresso notes in the nose. Also notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, and mild fruit tones. Aromatic bounty.

Pure silk as this one is sipped. Thick coating of the palate. Warming all the way to the finish. The coffee isn't as pronounced as I would like in flavor, but as I've read, this may have faded over the last 8 months?? Too bad. Still some hints of it, but not as bold. Lots of creamy milk chocolate, huge roasted notes. Some oak and vanilla tannins. The bourbon is also tamed a bit, which is fine by me. The original of this is too boozy for me, but this one comes across more balanced. I really enjoyed this one. Glad I have another to sit on for awhile. Interested to see how this one develops.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed in my apartment in (unfortunately) a pint glass.

A - Pours like motor oil. Thick black with slight caramel colored head.

S - Smells subtly of bourbon with strong coffee tones. Also some hints of chocolate. Phenomenal smell.

T - Initial taste is fairly alcoholic, fades quickly to a strong coffee taste with some malt taste as well. Eventually fades to a dark chocolate taste.

M - Fairly light-bodied compared with the pour. Still somewhat syrupy.

D - Much more carbonated than how it poured, making it very easy to enjoy.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a tan head which quickly dissipates.

The aroma is sweet and roasted like all stouts but the big aroma is oak and bourbon with a coffee backing.

The taste starts with sweet roasted barley but the flavor of bourbon take center stage. The beer ends with a coffee and alcohol.

This is a big beer with a smooth and heavy mouth.

I shared this bottle with a friend it was a perfect amount.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.22/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yum. Thick black lucious pour. No light passes through this beer. Very, very fast fading head...to nothing. Aroma is layered and complex. Vanilla, bourbon, oak, and chocolate. No coffee comes through in the nose. The flavor is similar, duh, to the regular bourbon county. Tons of sweet malts, bourbon and vanilla....but then at the end, wham espresso on the finish. A great finish, cleans up the beer alot. Thick and chewy, a bit hot, but then the hotness fades when coffee kicks in. This is a sipper for sure but so good.

edit: just wanted to say I returned to this bottle which I corked several days ago. For some reason the coffee flavor and aroma is much more pronounced now. Real nice.

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Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bomber that keeps on giving. Bottled 3/26/10, consumed today. $12.99+tax.

[L] Pour is viscous and black. Like any other BCS, this has a motor oil look. Have to be a little rough with this one to get a few moments of head. Khaki/brown bubbles. A very bright l.e.d. only shines a fleck of red through the body. Otherwise, this is quite impenetrable. This beer wants to leave some lacing, but is sucked back into the glass before it gets a chance to dry.

[S] Wet bourbony oak is most dominant, to boot, with a spirity vanilla. Never in a horrible fashion. I insist on LETTING THIS WARM UP! OR, drink at cellar temp to really release the gorgeous nose this one has to offer. Sweet powdered espresso, roasted beans, french vanilla creamer, molasses, with a very passable vinous aspect. Smells like standing in front of a Gloria Jean's in the mall. {If those still exist.) Very well done, though I can't help but wonder how much more intense the coffee aromas were fresh, than at 8 months old.

[T] Again, there is no forgetting about the bourbon aspect of this beer. Coffee remains fresh in the taste. The vanilla, spirit, oaky tannins, and roast coffee aspects play very well. Intricate. A spirity finish mingles with the espresso on end. Nice improvement on BCS.

[F] This is a heavy-hitting beer with a slick and heavy mouth. I have tasted many sour, raw, hot tasting BBA beers, yet BCS, even fresh, seems to lean toward the spectrum of mellow and balanced for the style. Apprpriate for what it is. No bother. Since this isn't a barrel category

[D] A bomber for one would more than suffice for the evening. For a barrel aged Imperial Stout, this is a sipper. But I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmrillo for this one! 2010 Vintage. 22oz brown glass pry-top. Bottled on 03/../10. Opened at 56 degrees (cellar temp).

Appearance: Pours a thick, oily black. Some thin cola-like dark tan head that leaves no trace.

Nose: Intensely earthy/foresty/mossy. Very dark roasted coffee, big thick sticky black vanilla beans, cocoa powder, tree bark, forest floor, dry leaves, bitter-smelling black malt, and more coffee. Really complex and intense nose. It's almost pungent, really. I like it but it's definitely engaging and commands attention and thought.

Palate: Slick and fat with alcohol, but it's round not prickly. Creamy espresso flavors, vanilla beans, vanilla extract, sweet oak (not bitter char). The bourbon commands the palate and the coffee plays a wonderful supporting role. Tastes a lot like imported cofffee hard candies (I think from Italy?...) Sweet and round mouthfeel like the original with great integration of the coffee.

Notes: I didn't think this beer could be as good as the original BCBS, but it turns out it is really friggin' awesome. I'm a tough critic on coffee beers, usually finding them acidic or having "integration" problems. But this, this right here, is epic. KBS has nothing on this beer!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into my snifter with little to no head forming. This is one of those beers that you can tell the thickness from looking at it. The darkest brown you can get before being black. No much in the way of lacing. A rather glossy looking beer.

Aroma is quite nice. Bourbon, vanilla, deep dark malts. Not sure I would detect coffee if I didn't know it was that version. The slightest hint of alcohol at the end.

Certainly no surprise that I love this since love the base beer. The combination of dark roasted malts, the bourbon and the slight vanilla is just wonderful. I think the coffee adds a subtle depth to the flavor and an additional roasted note at the end. It's not coffee in your face and it almost just hits you within the wonderful aftertaste. Very subtle and very well done. While there certainly a warming effect from the alcohol, this is not hot. It's just delicious.

Full bodied, wonderful and silky. Just a prick or two of carbonation.

If it weren't for the abv I could drink this all night long. This is a wonderful beer and I am quite happy I've had the opportunity to enjoy it. Excellent!

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.58 out of 5 based on 6,963 ratings.
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