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RATINGS: 779   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosbouw (1256) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede bruine kraag. Ruikt koffie, vanille en gebrand. Smaakt zoetig, vanille. Duidelijk bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4013) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Probably my least favorite tonight but still awesome and better than the original. Finishes with some light bitterness. Big coffee but it doesn’t control the palate. Pours black with mocha head and lacing. Roast malt. Tap at Goose Island Migration Week event at Churchkey.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (8234) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2014
Bottle [14.3% ABV La Tortuga] @ home shared by MrHangover. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized instantly disappearing brown head. What remains is an opaque pitch black colored beer without any head. Aroma is malts, dark malts, dark chocolate, heavy coffee, bourbon, subtly alcohol, superb balanced bitterness. Taste malts, dark malts, chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, bitter, subtly alcohol. Oh man, this is lovely. Full body, superb carbonation. Lovely.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2014
Bottle thnx to timfoolery, shared with Benzai and DutchDrebus. 2012 edition La Tortuga edition. Pours a pitch black beer with no head on top. Aroma is vineous, loads of bourbon and oak and loads of chocolate and coffee. Flavor has a lot of vineous characters as well as loads of coffee. Nice amount of booze detected. The coffee has faded a bit to the background over the years but is still present. Amazing complex, well aged beer. Great stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DutchDrebus (4020) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2014
Bottle @ benzai shared by MrHangover. Something something La Tortuga. Pitch black colour with a dark brown head that doesn?t last at all. Smells bourbon, almond, sweet, slightly barley wine, some alcohol, cocoa, chocolate, wood. Tastes cocoa, roasty, quite a lot of bourbon, almond, sweet, vanilla, a hint of red wine, port wine, some alcohol, rinse appelstroop. Full body, soft carbo, velvetty.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RussianDragon (475) - - APR 30, 2014
2012 vintage in bottle at Church Key. Pours a pitch black with cream head on rim of glass. Aroma is coffee for days along with bourbon complexity. Flavor is big and bold: coffee, bourbon, vanilla, cigar, with a clean sweet finish. Incredible.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (3173) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2014
Je commence un peu à connaître les petits racoins de Fort Lauderdale. C’est une bonne chose car on peut y trouver quelque fois des trucs comme cette petite bouteille rouge sur laquelle est inscrite la date suivante : 15 novembre 2013. Donc, ce stout de classe mondiale est ainsi brassé avec des fèves de café Intelligentsia Los Inmortales (enfin j’imagine). Même versé dans un verre d’hôtel, ce liquide est fier de sa robe noire et de son col haute couture. C’est au nez, par contre, que la magie opère. La fusion des éléments est assez exceptionnelle. Je dirais même parfaite. Je mets le doigt sur du bourbon, de la vanille, un fabuleux café, de la mélasse, du chocolat et du tabac à pipe. Incroyable mais vrai. Sur les papilles, les saveurs s’aiment et aiment ma bouche. Le café, le bourbon caramélisé, la vanille, le praliné, le chocolat, le bois et les notes rôties agissent comme une fabrique à bonheurs multiples. En bouche, je découvre un corps pleinement mérité. Sa texture riche et soyeuse tapisse ma langue. Je peux compter, heureusement, sur un pétillement nerveux bien capable, il va sans dire, de faire respirer mon palais. En finale, le café fraîchement torréfié applique une couche d’amertume sur le doux travail des malts et du bourbon vanillé. Un stout impérial tout simplement stupéfiant.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sawbuck (328) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
Nice aroma of charcoal, sweet molasses, vanilla, and some bourbon. Ebony black, traces of carbonation. Nice sweet molasses mixed with full flavor of charcoal blasted bourbon. Coffee flavor is faint, but present on the finish....glowing alcohol finish, with notes of the bourbon and sweetness. Awesome.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rjat (19) - Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2014
Hands down best stout for a reason. So smooth. Transition between flavors. Rolls from coffee, chocolate to bourbon. Epic!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TXBadger (1394) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2014
One of the best beers I’ve had, I was lucky to get 1 bottle of this deliciousness. Poured a deep black, oil like color and viscosity. Aroma has coffee and bourbon, with a little cocoa, and this is what the palate gets too. Fortunately, the booze is well hidden, and it is smooth.


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