Beer 272/365 – Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 13.0%

Purchased at: Traded for about 5 of these.

What makes this beer different: One of the few beers with massive amounts of hype, that went above and beyond that hype.

Will I be drinking this again: Four more bottles left! Going to let them age for a bit though.

Grade: A+

8/7/2010: Today is my 28th birthday, so I wanted to be sure to crack open something good from the cellar. This beer (better known as BCBCS) was just released this year, and shot all the way up to #2 on the BeerAdvocate Top 100. It now settled in at #24, which still isn’t too shabby. I got to try a small 1oz sample at a tasting a few months back, and it was love at first sip. I knew I needed to trade for as many of these bottles as possible, especially since this is my favorite style of beer as well.

Have any of you ever had straight up espresso? Thats what BCBCS smelled like to me, only with a shot of bourbon in it. The first sip completely coats your mouth with flavor, and it stays this way until about an hour after finishing the beer. Not sure how many of you have had the regular Bourbon County Stout, but this beer is better in that the coffee cuts right through that bourbon harshness. It makes coffee the star of the show, and bourbon plays the secondary role. The “third level” flavors are creamy chocolate, vanilla, and a little bit of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is THICK and amazing. This goes down way too smooth for a relatively fresh Imperial Stout, especially with an ABV of 13%. In my opinion, this beer has exceeded the hype. If you like stouts this is a must drink.

Picture of the day: This chick needs to just trust her instincts.

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  1. Your last line should read “If you like stouts this is a must drink IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO EVER GET YOUR HANDS ON IT”. It’s limited availability makes this experience pretty tough for most people. I can dream though.

  2. hey, happy birthday, man

  3. Happy Birthday, I almost remember what it was like to be 28, but that was over 24 years ago!!

    Anyway, do not sit on this beer too long, enjoy them over the next few months. The coffee will start fading soon, if it hasn’t already. I still have 1 left myself, but will most likely not age it too much long.

    But then again, maybe you should have the next bottle a month from now, if it still taste just as good, then wait about 2 more months for the next, if bottle #2 still taste great, then wait on the rest, it it starts to fade too much, have a party with the others.


  4. Happy Birthday Drew! Great beer, loved it myself, but couldn’t get my hands on much of it (reserved a couple at a couple stores that said they were getting some then couldn’t cause they underestimated the demand).

    I would try one in like 5-6 months, the coffee may fade some, but the peak flavors will mellow out more and meld to a nice softer drink, and the booze will mellow a lot too.

    Also, you said “In my opinion, this beer has exceeded the type.” and I think you mean “hype”.

  5. Yeah. This beer rocks. I’m very excited for it to cool down a bit so that I can have the KBS/BCBS throwdown. Have some of each and really anxious to see how they compare head to head.

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