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RATINGS: 763   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (145) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 Midnight black, thick pour with a quickly receding finger of head. The aroma is to die for, like sticking your head into a bag of fine, fresh roasted coffee beans. The flavor opens up, beginning with powerful espresso notes, and segueing seamlessly into deep, dark chocolate, followed by vanilla beans, and finally, lovely bourbon. The body is syrupy and rich, although perhaps a bit thinner than regular BCBS, due to the coffee infusion. The finish may also be a tad less lengthy, but the intensity is greater, as it positively envelops the palate in a crescendo of flavors. This is, hands down, my favorite coffee stout, and perhaps my favorite stout in general. Well worth the hunt.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wisdomsolo (390) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2014
This is it folks! I never thought I'd rate a beer as perfect but I can't find a damned thing wrong with this one. The aroma has sweet and bitter coffee notes. It pours like tar out of the bottle. The taste is powerful. Has a nice alcoholic warmth with lovely coffee flavor along with the smooth thickness. Oh god! This is just perfect.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MHOSKINS (72) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Simply the best stout I have ever had. Period. A must try. So smooth and delicious!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Howlader (639) - - JAN 30, 2014
On draught and in bottles. Great variety of the Bourbon County. At least once it has some age on it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreamflower (542) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye on Valentine’s Day. Beautiful dark colour. Aroma of toffee with hints of coffee. Lively on the palate. Rich coffee toffee taste with hints of raisin and bourbon candy. I absolutely loved this beer! Perfection!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Why didn’t I buy more of this!@#$%^&..............FRICKIN! AMAZING!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nehpets (23) - - APR 17, 2014
My favorite imperial stout. The coffee just makes this so much better than the plain bourbon aged stout. Impeccable pour, aroma, and color. Finished better than any beer that I have ever tried. It is work the hunt to find it. Too bad all of the stores mark it up!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brureview (6) - Maine, USA - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
Poured a dark chocolate color in a balloon glass with little head. Immediate Bourbon and chocolate in the aroma. As the beer warmed up, more layers of chocolate, coffee,and vanilla. Mouth feel is moderate. The taste is highly complex. Layers of chocolate, vanilla, coffee. The finish has a strong Bourbon presence. The chocolate and Bourbon seem more pronounced in this beer than the Bourbon County stout. The Bourbon whiskey finish is wonderful. The beer should be served no colder than 50F. As I warmed up the beer from 48F, i noticed a big difference in a few degrees F. At 50F, the coffee kicks in, and the Bourbon becomes stronger. The peak temp should be about 55F. Higher than this, the beer loses some of its intense flavor. Fantastic beer!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jaybes (17) - Hastings, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2014
The perfect beer? Quite possibly. Tasted along side KBS and blew it out of the water. Huge coffee wave on the front, almost mocha. Velvety, chocolately, the perfect amount of char/smokiness. Bourbon comes through nicely for a 2012, and last the whole time. Great throat burn, soothed by the intense vanilla and buttery sweetness. Thick 1/4 tan head, held for a couple sips before the glass turned to that beautiful used motor oil look. Highly recommended beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AHSlowhand (39) - - JAN 25, 2014
So dark, and velvety... Tastes and smells like coffee with cream in it. So amazing. It’s going to be hard to keep one of these for five years.


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