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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee

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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. This world class roaster puts the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with a different coffee from our friends next door each year. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years.

- First bottle release seen in Spring 2010 as "Bourbon County Coffee Stout".
- Also available previous years at the brewpub as "Black Cat Bourbon County Stout"

2010 Bottling: Intelligentsia Black Cat
2010 Draft: Intelligentsia Bosque Lya
2011 Draft: Intelligentsia Honey Badger
2011 Draft: Intelligentsia Edelweiss
2011 Bottling: Intelligentsia Anjilanaka
2012 Bottling: Intelligentsia La Tortuga
2013 Draft: Intelligentsia El Diablo
2013 Draft: Kangocho Kenyan Coffee
2013 Draft: Fazenda Brazilian Coffee
2013 Bottling: Intelligentsia Los Inmortales


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (3721) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks DSG. Pours black with a brown head, aroma of coffee, chocolate, barrel, bourbon, vanilla and a touch of coconut, flavor of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, wood, vanilla, cherries acidity, brandy, coconut, full bodied, amazing.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
popway (62) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Here’s a heavywight. Bourbon meets coffee. Aged in my cellar a year. Really enjoyed this, coffee is solid, balanced, oily, thick, light frothy head, dark ’n’ roasty, smell of leather, compelling strong, burnt sugar, no joke, alcohol burn follows,

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kkleu357 (362) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Seems thinner than regular bcbs. Dark black body. Wonderful coffee shop aroma. Sweet chocolate taste. Smooth velvety mouthfeel. Tastes like an excellent mocha latte!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (3124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Draft pour at Paddy Longs. Aroma is coffee, marshmallow, smoke, a and expresso. Poured jet black with almost no head. Sweet and creamy taste. Ends with a coffee and expresso blast you don’t get upfront. So good. This is 2014. I liked the 2014 barleywine and regular a little bit more I think but this is fantastic

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
uncleben113 (14) - - DEC 12, 2014
Poured from a tap at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL. Pours dark as night with very litte, light brown head around the edges of the glass. Aroma of coffee in your face with some chocolate faint in the background. The coffee really overpowers the aroma. Also a little brown sugar is apparent on the nose. The flavor is clean, smooth, and delicious. Chocolate all the way with light alcohol throughout. Coffee comes through at the midpoint and finishes it out. The coffee is very balanced with the rest of the beer. Vanilla, dark dried fruits, and brown sugar is also apparent. Mouthful is full but clean and leaves you ready for another drink. Overall this is a spectacular beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBear11D (284) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Bourbon County Coffee pours jet black with a small dark brown head that lasts about 10-15 seconds. The aroma is very roasty and smokey with a bit of vanilla and coffee. The flavor is roasted coffee, a bit smokey with a hint of vanilla and some of the wood from the barrel. The flavor is very rich. Overall this is a great beer. The aroma is a little misleading as the flavor is much different than I anticipated, but the difference was a great thing. Overall this is a great brew.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HopDirt (13) - - DEC 10, 2014
I normally just taste the barrel aged beers but this one was light yet very balanced with the coffee, chocolate and barrel flavors, just enough on each that I had to order a 2nd pour from draft.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2256) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Aroma: Brown Sugar, Bourbon, Espresso Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Thin Brown Head Ring, Mild Lacing Taste: Bourbon, Dark Roasted Malts, Espresso, Brown Sugar, Mild Molasses Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mild Boozy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (5007) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
Draft - Light bourbon and balanced dark roast coffee. Deep dark brown with a decent light brown head. Nice coffee and sweet rich toasty bourbon. Another winner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2014
GABF 2014. Very often I find bourbon ruins beer. Not so here. The palate is very heavy an smooth, lots of flavor with vanilla and oak, light bourbon, and the coffee actually mellowing the bourbon flavor rather than dominating in this own right.


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