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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:
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 Anthony1
4.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge roasted malt and bourbon flavors up front. Sweet vanilla and caramel. Rich espresso and coffee flavors. Some chocolate as well. Reminds me a lot of KBS. This is amazing. Sweet vanilla and bourbon up front. Nice oak flavors. Rich espresso and coffee. The caramel and chocolate flavors are more subtle but add a nice layer to this beer. Smooth, warming, and a bit creamy. Pretty full bodied, but not that thick and chewy. Medium amount of carbonation. Ends warm, bourbony, and slightly dry.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge shoutout to Kegatron for graciously sending me a bottle. I decided to enjoy it tonight, on my Birthday, for a special treat.

Presented in a snifter at 50 degrees. Midnight black body topped by a one finger width dark tan creamy looking head. Dissipates down into a ring fairly quick, but that ring retains well. Some lacing here, but it's of the dissapearing variety, likely due to the strength of the beer. Looks thick and it's begging me to take a sip.

The smell is really good and reminds me very much of the original BCS. Pretty huge bourbon aroma here, massive amounts of vanilla, char, tobacco leaf, chocolate, yogurt covered raisins and alcoholic cherry. Slight hints of roast and coffee manage to squeak through, but ideally I'd like them to be a little more present for a perfect score. Still, quite huge and impressive.

First flavor is huge vanilla, of the creamy variety, sort of like rich vanilla ice cream. Beyond that, dark caramel hits hard and intermingles with chocolate covered raisins, tobacco, and cherries. Lingering in the pre-swallow phase is some definite coffee and roast. More of it than in the smell. A little bit of spice from the alcohol or maybe the hops rounds things off. What a beer.

Can't improve the mouthfeel. Perfect. Big and chewy, creamy, yet slick at the same time. Completely coats the mouth and persists long after a swallow. Perfect light carbonation that stimulates it just enough. Head texture is as fine as the creamy head of an espresso shot.

Drinkability... Well, this is about as subjective a category you can get when it comes to judging a beer like this. It's gigantic, ridiculously rich, has tons of bourbon flavor, high in alcohol, and you can taste the alcohol. In that regard, it can be somewhat of a challenge to drink quickly, but then that's not the point. The point is to enjoy this beer slowly over the course of an hour or two, lingering and appreciating every sip. In that regard, it makes perfect sense and has very good drinkability. Although, I would suggest finding a special friend when you crack yours. I have a feeling I am going to be quite inebriated by the time this bottle is empty.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's exactly 6 months after the bottling date of 3/26/10 so I thought it was a great time to review this beer. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Trois Pistoles goblet.

A: Dark brown/black with a nice swirly dark tan head that subsides into a ring on the side of the glass.

S: Bourbon (and lots of it), vanilla, smoke, oak, and swiss chocolate.

T: The coffee has worn off a little bit, but is still present and completely necessary as it provides the bitterness this beer needs. The flavors have nicely mingled together - bourbon, maple, chocolate - and in my opinion is much better tasting than when I had it fresh.

M: No problems with the carbonation holding up thus far. A nice creamy texture adds to the beer and, again, is completely necessary to offset the sweetness of this beer.

D: The sweetness gets at me more than the booziness does.

Overall, cool to have tried this a half year later to the day, and am excited to see how this beer develops (for 5 years in the bottle according to GI).

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

Pours a thick black with light brown, small head. Scent is very sweet chocolate and candy molasses. Also hints of bourbon, but not as much as regular BCBS. Bit of coffee as well too. Not as much as expected though. Taste is chocolate and sweet boubon followed by coffee. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is nice and thick with good drinkability.

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Photo of bditty187
4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours black; a deep rich color; it was impenetrable by light. The body alone looks the part; very menacing. Only a smallish beige head formed on a harder than normal pour but that should be expected considering the barrel aging and high ABV. No subsequent lacing at all (and my glass was clean), however a small ring of foam did last the entire consumption. The appearance is exactly what one would expect. It's eye-candy for beer geeks.

I am utterly amazed that so much coffee aroma shines through in the nose. BC Stout is a beast of a beer. I regularly tell customers that it is the most robust beer available in Nebraska (on a regular basis). I digress... once I start deconstructing the nose oak, bourbon, vanilla, cherries, chocolate, licorice and a note of brandy soaked raisins join the espresso party. I love the cherry aroma in the bouquet; it gives the nose some extra depth and complexity. Somehow, the bourbon is secondary to the coffee... if not secondary it is extremely well-balanced for a 13% ABV imperial stout (that is bourbon barrel aged with coffee). I am so impressed with the complexity of the nose. Robust but not hot, complex but every note sings clearly. It might not be the "best" smelling beer I have ever stuck under my beak but it sure was memorable.

The palate shows as much coffee as the nose did which is a fantastic accomplishment. Again, BC Stout is bourbon-flavor heavy, it is a very robust beer that can quickly overwhelm the palate... in a good way. The addition of coffee mellows the flavors, by comparison, and adds complexity and depth. Bourbon, coffee (espresso), chocolate and cherries provide the bulk of the characteristics. The palate is warm and boozy, clearly this beer is still young but I don't find it raw. The finish flashes "Imperial Stout" maltiness with a wonderful blast of espresso and cherry. I am so impressed with the absolute robustness of the flavors and yet I am not being overwhelmed. Not to overstate this beer but for what it is, for how strong it is, for how robust and raw it is... I must say, this beer is amazingly drinkable.

Slightly oily mouthfeel (which is typical of BC Stout); full in body, low carbonation; the mouthfeel is ideal for this beer. Sip & savor is the name of the game.

As the beer warms the nose livens up, gets boozier, hotter... rawer... more complex even (is that possible?). As does the palate... rich, raw but so damn fun to drink. This beer is great right now but it can only get better with age. Stored properly I am betting this beer has 5 or 7 years easy of maturity before it peaks. There were high expectations about this beer and they were met in spades. Goose Island tinkered with BC Stout and lived to tell about it. This beer is an absolute must try. Get a friend because it is 22 ounces of one BIG beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dense two finger head thats brownish in hue, but dissipates quickly. Body is pitch back and only slightly transparent.

S-THIS is where BCBCS shines through. Waves of oak, booze, coffee and chocolate rip through your nose and keep coming even after you take your face away from this wonder of the world.

T-Creamy, slightly caramelly with a bunch of chocolate and a rich coffee tang in the finish.

M-Creamy, full bodied, and neutral in no way!

D-Way more so than its BCS counterpart. My friends and I were drinking this in a dark room so we didn't see its alcohol content until we checked it out under a light. 13%?!?!?! WOW!

It had a lot less soy sauce than BCS, was a little less cloying and definitely not HOT at all. Very smooth for its weight.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small head and some lace. The aroma couldn't be more striking, it's like the aroma you get when you walk into a coffee shop and they're roasting, the coffee is that fresh and vibrant. There is some dark chocolate and a mild sweet maltiness shows through as well, but this is really all about the coffee. The flavor is roasty and has a fair bit of dark chocolate, some maple syrup, some bourbon, and tons of coffee fruity earthy coffee, the booze is there but it's fairly well concealed. This is pretty damned remarkable, and considerably better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.11/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got bottles of this in trades with thetomG and jojomdma. Thanks for the hook-up gents!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Vintage: 2010

Note: Tasted directly after Bourbon County Stout.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black, but not quite pitch black. The pour produces a cascading ½ finger mocha colored head that magically appears out of nowhere. Jet black body with no real noticeable carbonation. Head quickly fades to nothing and a ring around the edges of the glass. A slight ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing. Looks exactly the same as Bourbon County.

SMELL: Burnt coffee beans lead the way, then some roasted malts, lots of bourbon, vanilla and wood notes. Quite bold as well. Definitely the regular Bourbon County with added coffee beans.

TASTE: Same deal as the nose. Lots of bourbon again, vanilla and oak notes, as well as some roasted barley. The roasted coffee beans overlap everything and tie it all together nicely. Finishes with some bitter chocolate, vanilla and bourbon notes, as well as a long bourbon and bitter coffee led aftertaste. Very bold flavors here, and a bit of well-placed heat at the end. The coffee plays a nice role, meshing well with the regular Bourbon County.

PALATE: Like the regular Bourbon County, the body is too thin and light for the style. It's somewhat airy on the palate as well. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine but has as delayed scratch and burn at the finish. Ends relatively mouth-coating. A little less abrasive than the normal version, but still too thin and light.

OVERALL: A nice variant of the Bourbon County Brand Stout. The coffee flavors mesh well with the regular base brew without dominating or overpowering in any way. Like the regular version, a heavier palate would perhaps help push things over the top, but that is a small critique on what is otherwise a fantastic beer. One worth checking out if you get the chance. Thanks again guys for sending me some of this brew!

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Photo of Magpie14
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This beer boasts a deep and dark hue, looks massive. Heavy reds, burnt oranges, and oily browns meld elegantly into an ink-like liquid in my snifter. The head is mimicking a chocolate mousse in color a stature. Something special about this one

S: the nose is gargantuan. Intensely oiled coffee beans and roasted malts, loads of chocolate, and spicy bourbon. Even more impressive is the toasted sugary coconut whiff gracing every sniff. These smells are incredibly bold and remain rounded. Some soft oak/wood notes drifts in as well...amazing

T: murky coffee flavors, chocolate/dark cocoa, and bourbon hold strong. This beer is sheer wonder. As it warms the flavors are rowdy and richer. Malts are tougher and more complex on the tongue. They taste as if they are dusted with malt powder and drizzled with chocolate, very smooth and decadently rich. Bourbon unlocks spicy, cherry, smokey, and molasses. I am aghast at how good

M: dangerously creamy and feels nowhere near the power indicated on the label. Full and heavy with luxurious character

D: hands down one of the best

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a massive snifter this has the look of motoroil that needs to be changed. Caramel brown sugar lacing is quite globby.

The nose sounds like a mocha factory. Holy smokes. I have mine in a snifter, and that may play a big factor but wow is this nose intense. Slight hoppiness is evident on the nose as well. Hot bourbon notes intermingle with all of the above.

First taste in the mouth is a blast of chocolate and coffee, perhaps some dark cherries...then the hops hit ya, then you swallow and this intense bitter/sweet coffee/cocoa thing slams you and you look at your friend who just took his first sip too and go: "WHOA!" Don't forget about the bourbon flavor. The oak is huge too.

Mouthfeel: I can't really describe it. Its a dash of everything good you'd ever want in a beer.

Drinkability: I defy you not to like this beer.

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Photo of jlindros
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to try this at ACBF and damn was it good! I finally got the nerve to crack one of my two bottles.

A pour as dark as the crude in the gulf comes sliding out of the mouth of the bottle. A slow pour as it comes out the consistency of molasses. A light fizzy dark head forms, but seems to get drunk before it can even enjoy the beer and fades away, but not before it creates some interesting swirls in the glass, like a drunk frat boy trying to walk home. Lacing?! No lacing necessary and the beer itself forms a thick syrupy layer on the glass, so thick that legs don't even form. It just sticks there and the entire round splash slowly recedes down the sides. It's so dark that when I splash it on the side to see the non-existent leg, it stains the glass a dark brown. I can still see the splashes a minute later. I still would have liked a bit more head and it would have put the appearance to a 4.5.

Ah the aromas coming from this make my nostrils dance in a whimsical fashion. First comes the roasted malts, lots of nice roasted aromas, fresh roasted coffee, earthy roasty coffee beans blended with a medium roast fruity coffee. The chocolate speaks notes of its own, with hints of dark chocolate, bakers chocolate, light cocoa nibs even. This is the kind of chocolate you would see in a swiss chocolate store on the top shelf that makes you blush as it dissolves in your mouth. Some light vanilla and caramel add a nice little touch to it, bringing more of that creamy delicious dark aromas out. Then of course there is the bourbon and oak. It's not too predominant, perhaps a little more in the background than KBS, but definitely making it's own story well known. A nice bourbony aroma with hints of charred oak, and caramelized barrel. I get a hint of a boozy aroma too, but nothing near the 13% it actually brings.

ANd of course, the taste. The thick wave gushes over my tongue, creating a barrier of thick luscious beer over the pours of my tongue. I won't be able to taste anything else for hours now as it fills every taste bud and pour in my mouth. Very thick and rich, again loaded with malts. Initially comes the coffee and roasted malts again. Some nice dark roasted barley, with fresh roasted coffee beans, and again blended with a medium fruity brewed coffee as well. Both lighter than I expected, but plenty to go around. Behind that comes plenty of chocolate as well. Again this comes right out with rich cocoa nibs, some baker's chocolate, a little bit of a dark chocolate with a smooth rich creamy center. It has a chocolate flavor that reminds me a lot of those Lindt Chocolate balls. Some sweet syrupy flavors reach the outer flavor eventually, bringing a little caramel, some molasses and even a little vanilla. WIth all the roasted malts and dark malts I was expecting a lot more minerality and salty flavors, but there are none to be found. This is as smooth as a baby nun's butt. There is a slight bitterness, a light earthy and mild hop with some from the bitterness coming from the roast, but not much bitterness at all. It also doesn't bring a lot of boozy taste either, it definitely has some, and while I'm leaving it to fester on my tongue for a few minutes writing this review, it starts to tingle some, but nothing like the 13% it actually packs. It also has a faint herbal and grassy hop flavor I believe, which also gives it a slight fluffy feel and taste. It finishes with a long lingering sticky taste, lots more syrupy flavors that never leave since they coated my mouth, and I'm sure stained it like it did to the glass. A long lingering chocolate too, which definitely takes the front ground now over the coffee and roast and other sweet things.

The mouth is nice and thick, super rich and syrupy, luscious, with a decent carbonation for the style. It makes me realize that that song "Chocolate Rain" was actually about.

The drinkability is surprisingly well for the what the beer actually is. It drinks more like a 9% beer not 13%, and despite that it coats the mouth it goes down smooth and only leaves very nice flavors in the mouth. The other thing that helped a lot was the minerality, or lack thereof. In a beer of this darkness and caliber I would have expected the minerality and salty briny flavors to run rampant, but this drinks so smooth without even a hint of that flavor.

Ah so delicious, def one of my fav beers now. Just wish I could have gotten more of it. I'll sit on my last bottle for a while now to let it develop for "up to 5 years" as the bottle even states. I'll also be enjoying this one all night, even after it takes me an hour to drink myself (not because of poor drinkability but because I'm just enjoying it too much and want to savor it), but also because it'll be attached to my tongue all night.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.51/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pulling one of the bottles out of the cellar to review following my birthday on Monday!

Appearance: Using my trusty Spiegelau tulip, this brew pours a jet black with about a half finger of mocha colored head that dissipates quickly leaving a light ring around the edge of the glass. The lacing down the sides of the glass is magnificent, and when you consider the way this beer appeared to seep slowly out of the bottle and the total opaqueness in the glass; well, it just adds to the illusion of this beer.

Smell: This beer still smells wonderful, even 5 months after its release. Definitely picking up the bourbon that is typical of the BCS franchise, rich with notes of mahogany, chocolate, and vanilla. Where the original BCS would have left off though, this hearty concoction continues with a huge note of that Intelligentsia coffee and some other maltish scents. These combine to create one of the most enticing noses on any -bal aged stout I've had in some time.

Taste: This is a very complex flavor created by this beer. The first taste yields hints of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, and a tiny bit of caramel. As the beer further reaches the palate, more of the bourbon flavors from the barrels make their presence known along with some of the bitterness of the espresso beans. The tail end is high in alcohol, and definitely conveys this is a sipper through and through.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is quite an adventure as well. Initially, this beer is a little bit crisper on the front of the tongue, but as the beer warms, the liquid becomes more of an ooze, coating the palate with the rich flavors imparted by the coffee and bourbon additions. The alcohol burn at the end is noticeable, but it is also kind of soothing. This isn't your typical stout, and the mouthfeel reminds you of this at every turn.

Drinkability: This beer is still drinking remarkably hot, and I'd tend to believe the label that it could develop well over the next 5 years. The coffee has faded somewhat, as others have noted, but it's still very prevalent, and it still helps make this beer of the most solid offerings from GI. All in all, I love the way this beer rolls off my tongue, and I'm excited I have several more bottles aging in the cellar. Can't wait to crack them open over the next few years!

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Photo of fiver29
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul and Josh for sharing! Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is coconut, vanilla, booze, and some booze. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor was chocolate, booze, vanilla, booze, coffee, dark roast, and more booze. I am a big fan of some of the booze bombs, not all. This was a great one. Thanks Paul!

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Photo of pastradul
4.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared from weibull or brianthebrewer23 at our bottleshare.

Poured motor oil black with a little bit of head.

the aroma is just amazing! so much coffee and bourbon floating around each other with a bit of vanilla in the very back.

the taste is just fantastic. just like the nose leads to. Tons of coffee in the front followed by dark roasted semi bitter malts. finishes with a just strong enough bourban kick and leaves you with a nice vanilla finish in the mouth!

One of my favorite beers I have ever had!

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- a nice dark black coffee like look.

S- The smell of bourbon and coffee .

T- The taste of coffee and bourbon and alittle bittersweet like chocolate.

M- semi-dry and very creamy the bourbon and coffee linger throughout the sip.

D- First Goose Island and very tasty. Must drink again.

Cheers...

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Believe it or not this was an EXTRA sent to me by AleWatcher. Talk about generosity, this was my highest want since it came out.

A- This beer looks really thick. It barely lets any bubbles through. Only a thin dark red cap forms. It fades quickly. No lacing.

S- JEEEEZUUSSS! Let this one warm up a few degrees (my fridge is set way too low) and you are greeted with an orgasmic blend of smooth, refined bourbon, silky vanilla, rustic oak, decadent chocolate, energetic espresso beans, lively berries like currants and classic licorice.

T- Seriously one of the best beers Ive ever tasted. This is right down my alley. Big tastes of hype and rarity. Dark chocolate is HUGE. This beer is creamy as hell with a sweet milkiness, silky smooth vanilla and potent espresso. Bourbon comes around on the end and provides a strong alcohol kick.

M- One of the thickest beers out there. That paired with the low carbonation makes for a truly insane creaminess. Any boozy warmth comes so easily because of the silkiness of this beer's body.

D- 13% never went down so fast. I split this bomber and found that Im going to need about a case of this stuff.

This beer in one word: Consummate.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lot of Beer Advocates compare this brew to the likes of KBS. I'm here to express my opinion on the two, both of which I have just recently sampled.

A: Poured into my pint glass this Stout pours a wonderful twilight black. The head is about an inch thick and is quick dissipate. With the high ABV of this amazing brew, I'm not gonna knock points based on the head. It's important to note, that appearance wise I have seen better (darker), but it's just so close to perfect I have to give it a 5.

S: Unlike KBS BCBCS is more of a coffee laced with bourbon than a bourbon laced with coffee dominate nose. Fresh, this brew has much more chocolate notes compared to KBS. This stout is mouth watering. Along with KBS, I rate this nose a 5. KBS has more Bourbon, BCBCS has more espresso and chocolate. Whichever you prefer will float your boat. Personally I just love both.

T: The flavor is dominate chocolate with espresso. The bourbon is present in a big way, but not dominate. Chocolate really tends to linger here, this really is a perfect desert beer.

MF: Viscous, very very viscous, superior compared to KBS, who's MF is a little watered down (drinks more like bourbon at times). Carbonation is a little light, but this brew is very smooth. I'm almost tempted to rate BCBCS a 5.0.

D: Drinkability is excellent considering the ABV, although it's hard to make it trough a whole bomber.

Overall, this brew is almost the perfect stout. I may have rated it the same as KBS, but I still hold KBS as my personal favorite. Thanks Augustiner719

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

22 ounce bottle in snifter

A: black, no head, small lacing

S: aromatic, coffee, caramel, Chocolate, burbon, oak, Mouth Watering

T: coffee, Toffee, vanilla, burbon, Alcohol,

M: mild carbonation, lingering, bitter coffee, sweet toffee then booze finish everything out rich as hell.

D: this one is was made to savor. one bomber and a relaxing night.

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Photo of billab914
4.62/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. It poured pitch black with a thin mocha head to it concentrated around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a fantastic mix of flavors. Bourbon, oak, vanilla all really come through much like the regular Bourbon County. A sweet, chocolaty toffee flavor helps balance out the roasty coffee flavors. The coffee is a bit milder then I anticipated.

The taste really shows off the bourbon and barrel characteristics nicely without dominating the flavors. Dark chocolate comes through followed by a roasted coffee bitterness in the finish. It has so many flavors working for it and they all work together so well.

The mouthfeel is thick and silky smooth. Carbonation is moderate to low. Drinkability is very good, it has such a great mix of flavors to it. As good as the regular Bourbon County is this one is better. The bitter coffee really helps balance out all the sweetness in it. Fantastic beer overall and one of, if not the best barrel aged stouts I've had.

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

Big thanks to thedominator for sending this in a recent trade.

Bottled 03/26/10 - my sister's birthday! Cheers to sisters.

Left out to warm from the fridge and served into my Watou glass.

Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, or BCBCS, pours an espresso black color. It's all but black with a crema-like head.

Aroma is very powerful, just like the straight bourbon version. I can smell the coffee but what I wasn't prepared for was the oaky bourbon notes. Maybe I should have read the label more carefully - "Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coffee added." So Bob's your uncle.

Flavor is wonderfully complex and layered in its delivery. Sweet with vanilla up front, I then get the dark roasty malts that deliver a punch of coffee and chocolate. As I let it sit in my mouth, the bourbon comes on with force. The alcohol is as strong as the 13% would suggest. Oak in the form of vanilla, dark chocolate, molasses, and caramel.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, no question, and low in carbonation. The burn is evident in the mouth and on the way down. My gut is nicely warmed after just a few sips.

Overall, it still maintains its bourbon qualities. So much, in fact, that it doesn't seem all that different from the standard (non-caffinated) version. I was really hoping that the BCBCS would showcase the coffee in a more pronounced way. In that sense, it's a little disappointing but overall still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Spica66
4.35/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip.
Bottled on 3/26/10

A: Completely black with a tan head and plenty of carbonation. Heavy lacing left behind with each sip.

S: Boozy bourbon and sweet malt with a touch of oak. No coffee here.

T: The gentleman I was drinking this with called it a "velvet coated sledgehammer". I would agree. Very sweet malt and bourbon boozy on the front end with an alcohol burn in your esophagus and bitterness attacking the sides of your tongue on the back end. I don't get straight-out coffee from this one, but I am sure it must have added something to the complexity.

M: Creamy with good carbonation, but the heat from the 13% ABV attacks.

D: One hit from the sledgehammer was enough for me.

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber, big thanks to oakbluff for bringing along!

Pours an opaque dark brownish black, a touch of red in the corners, medium sized tan head forms and settles down to a medium ring, some lace spots stick, a bit of legginess, not too bad looking.

Smell is nice, huge coffee roast, chocolate wafers, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, a touch fruity, some raisin, more roast, biscuit, more espresso, more vanilla, pretty intense aroma on this one.

Taste is nice too, big toffee and brown sugar sweetness up front, huge roast character, espresso and chocolate wafers, bourbon sweetness, vanilla beans, oak, more toffee, some alcohol, big roasty bitterness but balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty chewy, with low carbonation, warmth going down. Pretty nice stuff, coffee lends a neat character to an already fantastic beer, but I may prefer the original more. Thanks Scotty!

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4.1/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber split with me, myself, and I and finished in a contented haze in front of a campfire by me, myself, and I. Ah, solitary holiday late night drinking.

Looks like a big stout

Reports of the coffee's demise are premature. Having had the regular BCS the night before, the coffee here really helps to smooth this beer out. Admittedly, I've liked but never really loved BCS. But here, the coffee helps to cut some of the bourbon heat while smoothing out the body and adding an extra layer of creaminess. Additionally, some waves of mocha and dark melted baker's chocolate make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is somewhat velvety with low carbonation.

A bomber by oneself can become somewhat of a chore, despite the wonderful interplay of flavors. After time, the sweetness of the coffee pushes to the forefront, making a big time sipper.

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4.23/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black body with Kahlua colored head.
S: Bourbon Oak chocolate coffee
T: Bourbon to oak to chocolate finishing with vanilla
M: Silky mouth feel
D: The beer is not very drinkable due to the oak monster and the overwhelming bourbon flavor as it warms. Overall glad I tried the beer but it needs more time to age. Its hot so if you have one age that shit. big thanks to TK5150 sharing this one with me

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Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TCgoalie for this one. I am enjoying it on my 28th birthday.

This beer pours the classic huge stout all black, with a bit of deep amber showing around the edges. An aggressive pour yields almost no head, but the little ring of dark tan that is there leaves decent lace.

The aroma hits you smack in the nose with plenty of bourbon. Sweet roasty dark malts, vanilla laden oak and rich coffee are also present, but in the nose the bourbon rules the roost.

The flavor is a bit more balanced. Coffee and roasty dark malts mix with bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. The coffee tastes wonderfully rich, and the bourbon is nice and complex, with a pleasantly astringent factor added by all the dark malts. I am quite impressed at how well the vanilla notes show through from the oak.

The mouthfeel is full and somewhat chewy. It has a sticky and astringing finish that is not too bad for style, but not the best.

This is a sipper for sure, and hard not to compare to KBS. Overall KBS is definitely a superior brew, but this is a pretty tasty bourbon aged coffee stout that I would never turn down the chance to drink.

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.58 out of 5 based on 6,833 ratings.
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