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RATINGS: 855   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, huge thanks to tkrjukoff. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Coffee aroma, oaky, tar, cocoa, licorice, malty and sourish notes, roasted, a bit smoked, lovely balance between the coffee and the maltier feeling, some whisky, woody and with some chocolate. Coffee flavor, chocolate, quite malty after the first coffee attack. Cocoa, hop notes, sourish, some licorice. Alcohol is very well hidden, Milky notes, dark chocolate, the flavor just keep coming and every sip brings something new. The coffee is quite strong at first, but then allows this beer to go more to the malty chocolate side. Smooth finish with ash, coffee and chocolate. This is love in a bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4153) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2011
Bomber from a trade. Pours pitch black with a small brown bubbly hed. Aroma is fantastic; coffee, sweet, acidy, roasted malty, vinous, alcohol; fullbodied. Flavor is so good, alcohol, roasted, coffee, sweet, acidy, great base of malty, fruity ... Mmmmmm. Finishes coffee and sweet malty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (6410) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle (2010). Pours black in color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is a wonderful black coffee, chocolate, splashes of caramel and well integrated bourbon notes. The flavor originally was the best coffee beer I had ever had. This has dropped ever so slightly, but it is still first class. Black coffee, chocolate, bourbon all high quality, all working seemlessly together. It is easy to forget that this is 13%. I wish this was constantly available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
2010 bottle, bottled march 10 2010. what a beer. the coffee has not dropped off or become acrid at all in this beer, its totally delicious and has mellowed just a smidge, i felt like the coffee was now more highlighted even. terrific stuff, bcs never fails really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours almost black not much of a mocha head. Smells and tastes of coffee, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, soy sauce, booze. light sweetness, medium bitterness, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter. Maybe it needs to age but kind of nasty for what I was expecting had coffee and bourbon taste, not that special liked the normal one and the vanilla was nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Coffee
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: May 28, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, wispy tan head
Aroma: big coffee and chocolate aroma with a nice dose of bourbon
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, plenty of coffee, bourbon comes in to add sweetness and complexity, caramel sweetness, touch of hot alcohol

Name: Bourbon County Stout, Coffee
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Aroma: coffee is taking over the aroma
Flavor: big roasted coffee flavor, lots of bourbon, roasted follows the sweet bourbon
Overall: can the coffee actually be growing?

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **** /4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (10696) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, bitter chocolate with green pepper corn, coffee grinds, ashes, alcohol warmth. In mouth, a superb blend of nutty chocolate, warming alcohol, smooth coffee notes, all smooth and delicious. Bottle from Boutip, shared with GRM, Probstk and Ian, Dec. 2 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3179) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Bomber shared by Boutip (merci!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Part of a vertical. 02DE11. Bottled 03/26/10.

App.: Deep brown-black, deep mocha head. Aroma: Extremely strong, spicy, aggressive cooked green pepper, peppercorns, still plenty of big coffee, ashen. Palate: Medium-full body, modest effervescence. Flav.: Tons of coffee, still lots of peppery, spicy, green notes, molasses, rich briny soy sauce, pine, dark chocolate, alcohol, not as friendly as the vanilla version; sweet with good bitterness and a long, green, spicy finish with lots of molasses, etc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4995) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee, light vanilla notes from the bourbon and some peppery notes which don’t necessarily fit the style. Taste is mix between some astringent coffee notes with some vanilla and coffee a strange peppery feeling at the end. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Good though definitely a notch below the other GI stout treatments.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #336. Yummy! Great beer, not a lot of coffee remaining, but it still tastes fantastic. Need to get more of this stuff. (2049)

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