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RATINGS: 837   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
e303 (130) - - NOV 28, 2014
2014 bottling. The pour is jet black with a half finger cola brown head that dissipates almost immediately. The aroma is coffee ice cream, bourbon, and a tiny bit of barrel. The taste is really complex. It's like the very best coffee ice cream mixed with a bourbon shot. There's lots of other things going on like vanilla, wood, alcohol esters. It's amazing. The finish is slick and viscous. Just insane. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2062) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Pitch black in color... Big bourbon aroma with prominent notes of espresso, dark chocolate... Flavor is rich and bold coffee, dominates beer, with notes of bourbon, caramel, vanilla... Coffee and dark chocolate finish.... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arnold931 (662) - Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle. This beer is dangerously smooth! Pours like motor oil with quickly disappearing head. Nose and taste is chocolate and coffee. Just a little bourbon. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1221) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 28, 2014
On tap at capitol beer. Pours black with cream head. Huge coffee on this. Lots of roasted malts and oak.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (191) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2014
2013 btl. Pour from a bottle is a nice dark chocolate with a dark tan head while the aroma has a very soft coffee note mixed with a little chocolate. Taste is a little sweet from the barrel aging mixed a strong chocolate taste. Leaves a dry after taste on the tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1789) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2014
November 2, 2014. Bottle at home, 2013 vintage. Trade with Fbc24, thanks Frank! Black with almost no head, a very small tan ring. Aroma is lots of cold pressed coffee, green paprika, oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and light alcohol notes. Taste is bitter chocolate and coffee, sweet caramel and bourbon,warming alcohol finish. Smooth, thick and oily soft small bubble carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angelmonster (127) - Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2014
This is review of 2013 vintage Pours a jet black body, 1/4 inch tan head. Lacing was above average and head retention was ok Smell is of sweet booze, burnt malt, dark chocolate and a little coffee. For 13 percent, alcohol scent isn’t too much. Taste is big on fudge, vanilla, bourbon soaked oak, and slightly acidic coffee. Smoky, roasted, almost burnt malts offset the sweetness nicely. As beer warms slight bourbon after burn kicks in, kinda nice for cold weather drinking. At a year old, the coffee has faded a bit, 6 months old is probably its prime drinking age. Mouthfeel is nice, good amount of carbonation for a beer with a thick consistency. Head died prematurely, which prevented it from being a perfect 5. Overall this beer holds its own with the best of them. Rich in smell, taste, and body, very hard to find a coffee stout that rivals it. Unfortunately it is becoming harder to find but I look forward to hunting down a couple bottles every year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (4252) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle: Nearly black, with a small tan ring. Raisin, coffee, chocolate aroma. Chocolate, coffee, smoky bourbon flavor. Has a definite pepper warmth and taste to it. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8103) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle. Vegetal, coffee, chocolate malt, and bourbon aroma. Black with small head. Sweet bourbon, green pepper, light coffee, and chocolate malt flavor. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tiarasummer (11) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
The aroma is an excellent combination of chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, and light coffee (lighter than you would expect). It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with no transparency and a small brown head that diminishes to virtually nothing over time. The flavor starts with chocolate, vanilla, and maple syrup.

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