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RATINGS: 838   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 17/20
beernbourbon (1339) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2010
2010 Bottle. Pour is viscous and black with a thin ring of tan head. Aroma is loaded with coffee along with rich burnt brown sugar, maple bacon, roasted malt, light vanilla, and coffee ice cream. The aroma is intoxicating. I almost don’t want to drink this because I fear that it will not taste as good as it smells. But of course Im going to. Flavor is also loaded with notes of roasted malt, brown sugar bacon, a nice amount of coffee (but not too much), faint vanilla, and light bourbon. Very well balanced and very rich. Much to my relief, it really does taste very similar to the way it smells. I need more of this; I think it is exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Thanks to Degarth for opening this one. A: Pours deep dark black with an average mocha colored head. Lite retention and no lace. S: Boooozy aroma, hints of acrid coffee, and deep roasted malt. T: Booze right from the start in the flavor as well. The coffee is there in a big way with mild vanilla and coconut flavors. Mild chocolate notes with a touch of dark fruit. M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, boozy. D: Not real drinkable. This one needs to be laid down for a bit. My only fear is that the coffee will fall out a bit. I will take my chances though as this one is way too boozy as is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
Mike n mikes. Cold coffee and nothing else. Ok, booze and cocoa and a bit of malt ball, but mostly cold coffee. Very nice. Dark malty sweetness out back.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
22oz Bottle
Appearance - Same as the others; engine oil, small head
Aroma - Mocha, oak, vanilla, bourbon
Taste - Rich chocolate and coffee, soft oak and vanilla, alcohol

This wasn’t all that complex, just strait-forward delicious. Lots of coffee and malty sweetness make for a great drinker - fresh bottle too!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours very black, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2012
At a tasting , 3 bottles brought 1 Rare by gEUS, 1 coffee and 1 Vanilla by me

Thx Ludvig for trading !
Head: thin, creamy, cappucino
Colour; black
Smell + Taste: more bitter and roasty than the Rare, but more Bourbon flavour than the Vanilla flavour, good beer tough, couldn’t stand up to the Rare / Vanilla tough ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brystmar (1299) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 2011, my last bottle :(. Huge espresso aroma billows from my glass. Deep, delicious complexity on the palate brings coffee and roasty goodness to everything it comes in contact with on the way down. Goddamn this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1291) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Good stuff here. Nose is heavy coffee, chocolate, and roast. Taste is similar with tons of bitter coffee, dark chocolate, roast and oak. Gooooood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1290) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 Bottle from trade with arminjewell. Aroma has ofc the base of bourbon county. Some sweet vanilla, rich dark chocolate, figs prunes, dates, dark caramel coconut bourbon quality, well balanced with some roasted (light fruity) coffee and a hint of some earthy notes. Taste is smooth with dark rich chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, dry mouthfeel, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, coconut, some warming alcohol and a woody feel aswell. Love this stuff. Not as guilty a pleasure as the vanilla version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1287) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 A - pours deep opaque mahogany brown with almost no head. Small ring of bubbles on the edge. S - the amazing aromas of a BCS! Bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, graham crackers, marshmallow. A smorgasbord of aromas all wrapped up in the bourbon. M - nice rich palate full bodied brew. Bitter coffee and dry on the palate, that lazily transitions to the nice long malty bourbony end. T - burned malts, molasses, brown sugar up front. Nice drier bitter espresso and toasted caramel on the palate. The end is a long brown sugar, candied sugar, toasted caramel, molasses, graham crackers, marshmallows. Fantastic brew. Complex and rich, subtle and perfectly balanced. 8

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