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RATINGS: 857   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrew_drinks (222) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 23, 2015
12oz bottle from trade - hat right off to thrashD for hooking me up. Pours jet black, good old used motor oil, small ring of head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of dry roasted peanuts, chocolate, vanilla, some light bourbon booze, lightly roasted coffee beans. Lightly carbonated, just right. Deep roasted sweetness, some milky vanilla latte, some soy sauce, salt, roasted cacao, espresso, Nutella, charred meat, tiramisu... crazy range of sweet, roasty flavours. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pliny_SR (33) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Draft @ Harry’s Hofbrau RWC on 1/9/15. Aroma of predominantly coffee with booze, hints of roasted malt and vanilla. Pleasant mouthfeel and tastes of coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Very solid for the style…could drink several more of these.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxodom (34) - - JAN 8, 2015
2014 Bottle. Unbelievable coffee smell, thick pour no head, tons of sweet (but not too sweet) coffee flavor. Overall my favorite beer of any category.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JRG7 (21) - - JAN 6, 2015
Pours black. Huuuuge coffee nose. No lacing. Dark head. Great coffee taste. Begins a bit bitter like coffee but ends very smooth & flavorful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RickTStiles (813) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Big sweet coffee chocolate aroma. Taste is huge with coffee vanilla, butter scotch, and toffee. Finish is sticky and boozy . Amazing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (340) - GERMANY - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle from Kevin, thank you very much, 2012 version with La Tortuga coffee. Pours a viscous, black color, with a small, soon fading head. The aromas got a hot Bourbon burn to them, wrapped up into slightly bitter, earthy coffee, with lots of bakers chocolate, molasses and toffee. The coffee acts outstandingly well with the wooden, vanilla accentuated, hot Bourbon, blending flawlessly into the rich, creamy base of the beer. Nontheless, the Bourbon stands out on itself quite well and is even more noteable than the coffee. Drinks incredible smooth, not particularly creamy, but outstandingly silk, with calming, earthy notes to it, providing an intriguing interplay between milk chocolate and slightly sticky toffee. The Bourbon is big in this, without getting too boozy at any point, while producing a pleasant, oaken warmth with vanilla notes in it, complimenting to the slightly bitter coffee, as well as the scorched, earthy malts and sweet milk chocolate. The coffee becomes visible on the palate, paired with slick caramel and cocoa nibs, while a wooden earthiness adds to the subtle coffee sting, resulting from the harmonious, convenient integrated Bourbon. Finishes with sweeter toffee, as well as molasses and hints of coffee, while smooth, slightly sweeter milk chocolate represents the foundation of this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Lots of coffee, lots of bourbon, heavely roasted malts, some chocolate, little vanilla and a dry long bitter fiinish...nice balance...amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrewHaMeister (222) - - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle pours a very fluid black with a slight reddish hue. Aromas of coffee, cocoa, leather, and vanilla. Flavor is mild coffee bitter with a chocolate alcohol finish. Yum!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1172) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Black pour, brown head. Roasty sweet aroma with notes of coffee, chocolate and mocha. Flavor is the most coffee like of any beer I’ve had. Like drinking a sweet, beery mocha. My thousandth rating!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (732) - - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Strong coffee aroma with notes of bourbon, vanilla and oak. Pours black with a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly and no lacing. Chocolate flavors with a little bit of vanilla and oak to start. Finishes smooth with a lot of coffee flavor that lingers on the palate with a bit of booze and bourbon. Quite good for the most part, but not a big fan of the coffee.

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