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RATINGS: 890   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2001) - 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 (3563) - 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 (4071) - 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 (3823) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1345) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1311) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcartamdg (2484) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Pours jet black with no head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and malt. Taste is bitter coffee, chocolate and malt. Very nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryecatcher (1030) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bomber (2012 ’La Tortuga’), poured into one of Jenny’s ’Pink Elephant’ snifters that I permanently borrowed (thanks!). Froze my ass off on Black Friday waiting outside Binny’s South Loop at 8 in the morning waiting for a shot to get these and I figured the fourth night of Chanukah is as good as any to crack one... and I’ll concede that I’m not disappointed (not that I expected to be). Pours an opaque deep chocolatey-blackish color (like blackstrap molasses) with a thin mocha head that disappeared almost as soon as it appeared. Nose is only slightly boozy by comparison to the standard BCS this year, with some raisins and maple notes in here as well. Mouth is thick and oily, Mouth is chocolatey and and some bourbon up front, a hint of the coffee (Chris at Binny’s warned me it would fade quickly) and every time I belch, it tastes like I just ate a bowl of Cocoa Pebbles (not necessarily a bad thing). Absolutely No sootiness, which is a HUGE plus when it comes to the infinite number of stouts that are out there these days. Finishes warmly (to be expected as it’s over 14% for Crissakes!) but generally this is a lot mellower than the (15% ABV) BCS that I rated in September. L’Chaim!


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