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RATINGS: 769   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
smith4498 (3009) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Rating #1600. Bottle from a trade with FlssmrBrewAlum. Bottled on 03/26/10 2131. Pours dark brown/black color with small brown head that fades quickly. Strong bourbon and alcohol aroma with some coffee and vanilla. Roasted malt and bourbon flavors up front and finishes with espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Awesome! Full body with minimal carbonation and a slick, oily mouthfeel. Thanks Adam! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_e0RmoHb0Y&fea

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Thanks to agentzero for the bottle, deep and dark, not as sweet as th vanilla, bourbon a lot more prevelant, great. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2661) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 9, 2010
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Appearance: Pitch black, oily, creamy brown head. Aroma: Bourbon, aged oak, alcohol, mint, lots and lots of coffee. Leather, peat and spice. Flavour: wow!! Bourbon, eggnog, cinnamon, espresso, leather, caramel, nougat, nutty with a rich chocolate finish. Beautiful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2010
22oz bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus. Pours oily red-black, average light brown frothy head cunt . Mmmmmm - nice! - dry oak, almost musty, moderate bourbon - underneath it all a solid roasty/coffee impy stout - lovely. Taste - all of that, but holy crap, nougat, chocolate, toffee - wow, that’s fantastic!!! Thick, sticky, creamy, with mild carbonation, slightly boozy, a lovely caramel/vanilla finish. Mmmmmm!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wedgie9 (1861) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2010
This was the version on draft at FoBAB 2010 with a slightly different coffee variation. Pours oily black with a thin than head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is super fresh (perhaps still roasting) coffee with chocolate, faint vanilla, and coconut bourbon, along with some molasses dark brown sugar. The flavor is mocha with vanilla, oak, bourbon, and molasses. The body is massive and full with average carbonation and a long mocha and bourbon finish. This beer is truly amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Bomber, aged 9 months shared with Justin. Hell yeah. Pours coffee black with minimal auburn-brown foam, lacing up the glass. Aroma is pure bourbon coffee with leather notes and a touch of dark fruits. Starts out dark and strong, bourbon blast... then mellows through mid-palate before a final burst of coffee, toffee, caramel and a last whiskey burst. Beautiful, beautiful stuff. Very happy to have tried it. Thanks Norbert, for saving and sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Thanks to Enzofan. Rated in blind tasting. Poured dark brown/black with lasting tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, and roast on the nose. Sweet malt, bourbon, chocolate, coffee flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Shared with bmanning, Azurelimits, amyliz4, and hhanson at a recent tasting. A: Pours much like the regular Bourbon County Stout--rich black and quite oily with a nice, thick mocha head. S: Intense chocolate mocha espresso with quite a bit of bourbon coming through as well. Pretty strong vanilla presence along with roasted malt, oak, and molasses. T: The bourbon comes out a bit more, mixing with loads of dark chocolate and espresso. Some roasted malt and residual sweetness, but mostly the interplay between the bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. M: Heavy and viscous. The initial sip is quite a bit of alcohol heat, but the other flavors begin to take over as it warms toward room temperature. D: This is one heavy, intense brew. A bomber between 5 people was more than enough. Very tasty, although I imagine it’d be hard to finish even a 12oz. bottle alone. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-03-2010

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a coffee off white head. Poor lacking and light retention. Chewy boozy etoh latent notes, modest warming. Espresso and chocolate notes, a light vanilla and whiskey tones. Bourbon sweet sugar with a strong hot finish. Surprised to see the ratings so high, its pretty messy. Not in my top 50.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle from Rando7. A dark black pour produces a thin tan head that gets pushed off to the sides. Minimal lacing. The aroma shows some charred and smoked malt, soft bourbon, dark chocolate, light oak, and vanilla. Nice. Flavors mostly follow suit. Lots of mocha and soft bourbon along with caramel, oak, and more of the charred smokey malt. The roasty notes are mild, not much bitterness to speak of, very slick and really a nice soothing sipper. The bourbon and mocha combine well and shine with everything else mostly complimentary. Very good beer.

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