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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 2013 Bottle. Just fantastic! Much better this year! Much better fresh! 2012 bottle. Holy aromas! This is a sweet, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, boozy, forward smelling beer. I love it. Appearance pours a deep dark oil looking brew with wispyead that is gone quick. Taste starts sweet chocolate then moves to bitter cofffe/toffee/chocolate, the roasted malt compliments the coffee very well. Palates is medium to full and provides an awesome feel. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. Ever. ** on a second go 4 month aging it is weakened...**

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a dark black with strong bourbon flavor with hints of coffee. Little disappointed that it doesn’t have stronger coffee notes but still solid.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
22oz 2012 bottle. Pours a jet black with minimal head that fades really quickly. Aroma has huge bourbon oak vanilla and milk chocolate. Coffee comes through slightly but not as much as I hoped. Taste has deep notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Finishes with bourbon intertwined with coffee roasted nuts and dark malts. Overall very smooth for the alcohol and big flavors. Can?t wait until I have another 2012 in 2017.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2012
22 oz bottle - 2012 bottling. Pours jet black, viscous, medium head, tan-leather color. Not a lot of lacing or retention. Big aromas of vanilla, coffee, maple, milk chocolate, and roasted sweet nuts. Taste is of creamy cocoa, sweetish coffe, slight nuts and vanilla. Very well balanced and very delicious. No burn. Sweet coffee finish. Yes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (1973) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Absolutely jet black pour with a nice finger of dark tan head. Quite bourbon forward in the aroma at first, roasty, dark figgy sweet notes, and the coffee is not actually all that front and center. Pretty similar to the regular bourbon county in bourbon and sweetness profile, but the coffee addition is really nice as it balances it out well and adds a nice drying element. Thicker viscous body with tight carbonation. Good stuff!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ads135 (3357) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bourbon County has never my favorite of the style. The bourbon flavor is overwhelming. This helps it age better than most, but its always a bit too sweet and acidic. This version fixes what in my opinion is the beers weakest characteristics. It has a smoother mouthfeel, the bourbon is tempered by the coffee, and aged at 2 years, it really came into its own. Tried at the Cork and Barrel vertical rare beer tasting in Dec. 2012.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3946) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
’12 Bottle shared by Bill. Black pour with coffee colored medium head. Good lacing. Notes were fresh green pepper, coffee was minimal for a "coffee stout". Alot more coffee present in older bottles I have tried. Lots of milk chocolate. Also some oak and sweet malts. Smooth palate. Nice beer but the Rare and Vanilla trump it big time.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (3772) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Poured from a bottle thanks to a generous entity at a bottle share. Pours dark brown to black with a khaki colored ring of foam around the edge of the glass. The aroma has loads of coffee and boozy notes. The coffee was center stage while the bourbon just kind of played along. Not too much in the way of burn. Very enjoyable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nsquishee (630) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2011 bottle- Very rich and sweet with a smooth finish. Lots of mellow coffee and chocolate notes with a very smooth bourbon note at the finish. Yum!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlntroy23 (46) - Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Great mix of coffee, chocolate, and booze! Smells all of 14% abv, but mellows as it warms. Dry finish that warms you up. I’m impressed!


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