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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Arthaey (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2016
Fantastic. Tastes (and smells!) very strongly of bourbon barrel & alcohol. If I *had* to complain about anything, it would be that it seems just a hair overcarbonated for my preferences.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fashawn (588) - ITALY - APR 21, 2016
2014 vintage. Full Coffee Aroma, Plenty of coffee, little oakiness, vanilla, light burnt Sugar and red fruits. Very complex aroma, full of coffee’s sourness, impressive. Pour black with Mocha head, first Sip was a sweet iced coffee followed by sweet vanilla, some chocolate, but a very sweet oakiness hint. Vanilla is gentle and sweet, the beer was creamy, full boadied, plaesant on the palate little sticky. Umbelievable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markducommun (928) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Deep cloudy, brown. Vanilla, some bitterness, more sweetness. Medium body, good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
geologyguy (1354) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2016
Smell is amazing...sweet caramel smell with the perfect alcohol amount and a hint of leather...wow...can you guys make a candle?! Taste is so smooth, even for high alcohol....can’t barely taste it...sweet but not too much...complex taste...some oak perhaps...diverse and changing...slightest burn of alcohol on finish...wonderful

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (899) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2016
2013 bottle. This was pretty much the richest thing I’ve ever had -- the Bourbon County sweetness, chocolate, and roast are all there, and the coffee is still pronounced, even after 2 years. It’s silly how tasty this beer is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PotjeBier (2747) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
Tap @ Beer Temple, at Goose Island Migration week, with Markoijelena and Zlotta (a.o.). 2014 edition. Black color. Dense brown head with reasonable retention. Aroma’s: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted, sweet, vanilla, some red fruit. Retronasal there more (ground) coffee, mocha, sweet, vanilla, light red fruit. Flavor is moderate to full sweet, roasted. Strong alcohol feel (but not overly so). Rather full bodied. Long finish. Became soooo much better after warming up....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (2264) - Hagen, GERMANY - MAR 19, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2016 Sampled from tap at ’Beertemple’, 2014 version, 14.5% abv. Pitch black with a thin, tan head. Roasty-malty aroma with lots of coffee, dark chocolate and some hazelnut. Sweetish-malty, moderately roasty taste of milk coffee, dark chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla, followed by a long, roasty-bitter, warming and slightly alcoholic finish. Full body, thick and oily mouthfeel, flat. Balance is good, lots of coffee though but in a pleasant way, less boozy than the regular one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markoijelena (2488) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAR 19, 2016
Draft 0.15l at The Beer Temple Amsterdam Netherlands.Version 2014.Taste with Zlotta.19.03.2016.Pour it dark color with thick small white head.Aroma smooth dark chocolate,some coffee beans but moslty chocolate amazing aroma,Taste perfectly balanced of bourbon barrels,leather,roasted coffee,dark chocolate,bittery like chocolate finish.After taste coffee really nice smooth texture and balanced.Maybe even better than try regular in Pozarevac last time we will see now for 2015 regular Bourbon county.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4916) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2016
(Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee) Bottle 355 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 13.4%. Vintage 2013 Pitch black colour on the body, small and thin brown head on top, average to low retention. Aroma of roasted malts, alcohol, nice coffee notes, chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, not as much coffee as the aroma suggested, alcohol, vanilla. Thick body, nicely carbonated. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (8003) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle from Healthy Spirits SF, bought in February 2015. Black with no head. Sweet with coffee, hazelnuts, dark chocolate and some hints of bourbon. Nicely balanced and with a long finish. A tasty one.

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