Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout

Tasting: March 16, 2013
Style: Stout
Beer #: 446

Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout
(c)2013 popsonhops

Beer Advocate (BA) is an internet-based beer community that, among other things, compiles user opinions and creates a consensus numerical rating for a beer. I was curious about their community’s top-rated beers and how their list of legendary beer would compare to some of the beer on my list. Here’s a peek their top twenty list and what I’ve had from the list:

1 – The Alchemist – Heady Topper – A surprise gift. Available in Vermont. I have it at 97 points
2 – Russian River – Pliny the Younger – Not available in NJ. I don’t think they even bottle this beer.
3 – Russian River – Pliny the Elder – Not available in NJ. I gave it 97. I bought it when eBay sold beer.
4 – Founders – Canadian Breakfast Stout I have it at 98 points. Wish they’d make this again
5 – Trappist Westvleteren XII — was # 1 when it wasn’t available in the US. Didn’t come to NJ
6 – Founders – Kentucky Breakfast Stout – I have it at 98 points. Coming back to NJ on April 1st!!
7 – 3 Floyds – Zombie Dust – Not available in NJ. Anyone from Chicago want to share?
8 – Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout. I guess this gives away the surprise.
9 – Firestone Walker – Parabola – POH – 96 points. Look for this in a couple of weeks!
10 – 3 Floyds – Dark Lord Bourbon Barrel/Vanilla Bean. Only available to the lucky few — not NJ
11 – Deschutes – The Abyss – Sorry no NJ
12 – Bell’s – Hopslam. POH – 96 points. Worth the 3 hour round trip to Allentown, PA every January!
13 – Russian River – Supplication – Not in NJ
14- Founders – Breakfast Stout POH – 92 points. Readily available for a few months in NJ.
15 – Trappists Rochefort 10 – Had Rochefort 8
16 – Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Stout – Love it 96 points with the stock rising! Can’t wait until next October.
17 – Cantillon Fou’Foune – Sorry, no NJ
18 – Kern River – Citra. I wish it was in NJ
19 – Cigar City – Hunahpu. I’ve had other Cigar City beers — but bought them in PA
20 – Firestone Walker – Sucaba – In stores now – Hurry. I had it at 93 points.

I wouldn’t rush out to your beer store looking for anything from their top twenty as thirteen aren’t available in New Jersey. They are probably scarce in their home states as well. Of the seven that could have been purchased in New Jersey, I’ve been lucky to have had six and this Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout rounds out the complete set of seven. As I mentioned in a post a couple of weeks ago, it was a lucky find at Gary’s Wine in Wayne. I asked about Goose Island Night Stalker in bottles and was told all they got was this one. Not a bad fall back at all.

Look at what else I have…another Coffee and a Cherry Rye 😉

Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee and Cherry Rye
(c)2013 popsonhops

Wow Coffee! Not as thick as the regular Bourbon County Brand Stout, but the coffee is very powerful and quite divine. Totally smooth with a little heat from the 14.9% ABV. Coffee is green and raw. Nice barrel vanilla influence with undertones of cocoa. I can’t help but compare this to Epic’s Big Bad Baptist — but this one is a bit more refined. Totally loving it and loving that I have another bottle to enjoy on another day. I’ll put this at 96 points.

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