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RATINGS: 794   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


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4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2012
My 2011 bottle was poured into a snifter. I regained composure after an initial sniff, and was able to identify caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, alcohol, slight butterscotch, soy sauce, vanilla, and oak. The appearance leaves a little to be desired, as the fizzy brown head quickly faded to a thin ring around the glass. The taste begins with medium sweetness, followed by light bitterness and lingering umami. Its body is medium, with a slick texture, almost flat carbonation, and long finish. Overall, this is a fantastic BBA stout, and the coffee enhances the aroma and flavor without becoming conspicuous. Kudos to the brewers and barrel aging crew at Goose Island.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jool (190) - - NOV 9, 2014
Bouteille 12 oz. Versée dans un verre BCBS. Noire profonde avec très peu de mousse. Nez de grains grillées, bourbon et café. Bouche sur le même registre, très longue et avec une finale sucrée sans excès. Superbe.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HellesBunny666 (210) - Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Woodsy, coffee, roasted aromas, bourbon. Warming. Very pronounced coffee flavors, oak, bourbon, boozy, earthy.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Emeister84 (1082) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Earthy aromas, woody, charred, roasty, coffee, some booze, whiskey, molasses. Black with a lasting tan ring of head foam. Some initial chocolaty malt sweetness, warm with boozy notes, roasty bitterness. Full bodied, creamy, warming. Delicious!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Criz (122) - - OCT 22, 2014
Was able to pick up a 32oz growler at a Migration event. Poured into a snifter, deep black with a foamy chocolate disappearing head. Huge nose dominated by bourbon, oak, dark fruits, and vanilla. Flavors of roasted coffee, vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Low carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Pours that nice clean dark chocolate color youd expect but doesnt look thick or heavy like you get with some imp stouts and has almost no head. Smells like all kinds of rich coffee, chocolate and anise. Judging by smell it’s tough to say if it has a big dose of anise or if it’s the diesel from the 14%. On the 1st sip i thought, wow theres alot going on here, but the flavors dont linger long. The beer manages to have a fresh coffee taste up front that transitions to a chocolate flavor that goes back to a roasted coffee bean flavor on the back side. Much like their regular bourbon county stout the higj abv is masked wonderfully amd its go just the right amoumt of sweet. With out a doubt one of the best stoits ive ever had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1748) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Pour dark and thick like a good espresso. Bitter up front with a sweet vanilla finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
esjunknyc (21) - - OCT 11, 2014
Coffee forward, strong on the nose and opens bitter. Great BCBS follows after bitterness, overall a wonderful compliment of flavor to the traditional.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajnepple (2367) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Sampled at GABF multiple times. Black appearance with a brown head. Fresh coffee grounds, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, vanilla and light bourbon. Mind = blown

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2050) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2014
2012 bottle. Wonderful aroma is both interesting and appealing. Drinks like an imperial milk stout with coffee. A tad too sweet in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1020) - Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Pours an opaque, nearly black with a short-lived dark tan head. Rich, dark woody aromas and light notes of fresh coffee. Thick, smooth and chewy. Very rich brew. A lot of vanilla, bourbon, oak, and sweet cherry and fig. Not much coffee. Addendum: as the beer warms, I note a lot more coffee


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