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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Coffee
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: May 28, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: big coffee and chocolate aroma with a nice dose of bourbon
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, plenty of coffee, bourbon comes in to add sweetness and complexity, caramel sweetness, touch of hot alcohol

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Coffee
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Aroma: coffee is taking over the aroma
Flavor: big roasted coffee flavor, lots of bourbon, roasted follows the sweet bourbon
Overall: can the coffee actually be growing?

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10827) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is earthy and spicy coffee with dark chocolate and roast malt, dates and prunes. Flavor is malt dominant with earthy and spicy coffee, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness, alcohol warmth and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10801) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
Bottled. Tasted blind # 19 @ Papsoe 21. august 2010. Pitch black coloured. Small brown head. Aroma: grass, vanilla, alcohol, roast, liqourice. Flavour: Bourbon barrel, vanilla, roast, medicin, liqourice, alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Roasty sweet bitterness in the end. Heavy alc. bite on lips and palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (10689) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle shared at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a medium brown head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, caramel. Fairly sweet. The taste is coffee, caramel, toffee and mild hops. Medium-full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (10383) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2014
Bottle [14.3% ABV La Tortuga] @ home shared by MrHangover. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized instantly disappearing brown head. What remains is an opaque pitch black colored beer without any head. Aroma is malts, dark malts, dark chocolate, heavy coffee, bourbon, subtly alcohol, superb balanced bitterness. Taste malts, dark malts, chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, bitter, subtly alcohol. Oh man, this is lovely. Full body, superb carbonation. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10319) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Bottle from jsquire and I immediately need more. Holy shit this stuff is great! Dark brown pour, tannish head. Aroma is loaded with coffee, roast, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak. Flavor is creamy with tons of toffee, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, molasses and chocolate. Great great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (10137) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Not only did Armin generously trade this to me, he flew out to colorado to deliver it to me in person! Big thanks! Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Awesome dark roasty, somewhat bitter coffee, chocolate, light bourbon, roasty malty nose. Setup roasty coffee, roasty dark malty, chocolatey flavor, slight bourbon flavor. Somewhat bitter coffee finish. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10118) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Re-rate (12/1/2013)
Bottle... This beer rocks!... GI’s affiliation with AB has apparently made this a better beer. More coffee. Less sugar. World class!

Original rating (5/23/2010) - 3.8 -
Bottle… Pours crude oil black with a small, creamy, deeply tanned head. The bouquet is a wonderful marriage of vanilla, coconut, deep-roast coffee, dark chocolate and black tea with a rumor of maple syrup. Full-bodied with a motor oil mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is sweet; too sweet. Otherwise, it’s simply a mocha version of regular ol’ BCS. Sweet chocolate and coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
22oz bottle thanks to Ryan! Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, roast, some wood, and some bitter chocolate. Tastes of coffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, and chocolate. Sweet and some alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9664) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
Pours a dark coloured body, with a little head. Looks thick. Aromas of coffee up front, only fainter bourbon. The taste was cold coffee with tons of milk and sugar up front. Something I do not drink. As I kept drinking samples, and with food, the coconut taste (and the lactic acid) more than the bourbon accumulated.I finished 300 ml. but 750 ml. was just too much.

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