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Goose Island Black Cat Coffee Stout

Goose Island Black Cat Coffee Stout
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Our coffee stout was brewed using whole beans of Intelligentsia’s Black Cat Blend coffee. The beans were added at the end of the boil to impart a fragrant java nose and subtle dry coffee flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Draft at Clybourn. Poured an opaque black color with a thick light brown head. Smelled of chocolate, toffee, and roasted nuts. Medium to full bodied and sweet with mild bitterness. Diacetyl flavors were prominent (butterscotch/buttery toffee) and were accented by notes of dark chocolate and roasty malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours a black with tan head. Nose is sweet and roasty, coffee is most dominant. On taste, diacetyl comes through in butterscotch form, introducing a slickness. Not too much, but enough was present. Coffee and roastiness, though more sweet than anything. Okay.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Pours black with a decent size tan head. Light aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor was mildly sweet with chocolate and coffee, but not a ton of anything else. I thought it would be a little more flavorful, but it was only average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Draft at goose clybourn (listed as 7.3 percent)... Pours close to black, browner edges, with a light creamy beige head... Aroma is somewhat weak with marshmallow and soft coffee and roasted notes... Sweet and somewhat muted flavors, pretty thin overall, with some fruity accents. Lighter coffee notes than what I was expecting. Soft carbonation and thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft at GI Clybourn. Pours obsidian black with a small tan thin fizzy froth. Smells like cookie dough chocolate chips. Flavor follows, vacant, bit sourish/tart, old acidic coffee, dull, lifeless. Medium bodied with a heavy water feel, basically no carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Too much coffee. It overpowers the natural stout flavors. This could have been a great stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2006
On tap at Goose Island Stoutfest. Poured a very deep brown with a ring of off-white head on top. Nose was about 9 parts coffee and 1 part floral. Flavor was akin to cold coffee, and I struggled to find anything else in there... I enjoy coffee, so this was OK. Medium-bodied on the palate with persistent roasted coffee bitterness. 1 dimensional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
On tap @ the Stout Fest. Way too much coffee. Wouldn’t have known this was even beer if I hadn’t been @ the Stout Fest. This recipe needs reformulating.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 This dark black brew is pretty much of a one dimensional coffee stout. The aroma is coffee, and nothing else. The beer is fairly flat. There’s traces of malt, chocolate, and anise in the flavor, but mainly it’s old coffee grounds. Dry, disappointing finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2005
On draught at clybourn. Black with a thin light brown head. Sweet chocolate, caramel, and a muted coffee made up the aroma. The body is flat and it starts off with a coffee flavor. The finish on this is sweet chocolate with coffee balancing the sweetness.

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