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RATINGS: 762   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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HonusWagner (1315) - Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2014 Hasn’t help up particularly well to aging; gets a bit peppery and earthy and hard to drink. Still really awesome fresh, but I’m dropping my score a tad. e: Yeah, just drink this within about 8 months of bottling and you’re good to go.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Served from a 22 oz oz bottle from awiseman01. The appearance is a beautiful viscous flat black. The aromas pour out wonderful espresso and bourbon a beautiful combination. The flavors are bourbon in the front with the espresso hanging on the tongue for a long finish. Great dark chocolate, vanilla notes, chard barrel, as well. Not too hot at all very dangerously drinkable, definitely warms the stomach. The mouth is full bodied and smooth. Fantastic brew!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13920) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2010
Bottle at home ... thanks to RCL for this one ... deep black ... thin brown lacing ... big roast ... big whiskey ... light coffee roast malt nose ... bourbon front ... lots of chocolate ... light coffee ... nice solid roast ... heavy and rich ... definite alcohol presence... some coffee in linger... nice ... wee bit too much bourbon... well this started at 4.2 but has worked down to 3.8. I do really like this but the bourbon of which im not a fan is defintly to much... saying that its definitly still a pretty tasty beer

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Bottle thanks to tarheels86: Pours an oily opaque with a small silky ring of dark tan head. Has an intense, rich sweet dark caramel and chocolate nose with roasty espresso and vanilla bourbon oak. Starts with nice full malty sweetness with some toasty dark caramel and mocha flavor well-balanced with complex bourbon character and fresh roasted coffee before a slightly warming roasty finish. A great imperial stout that I hope they make more of next year.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours a flat black body with a small fizzy brown head that faded quickly to a very thin ring. The nose is quite a mixture of vanilla, charred wood, bourbon, dark roast coffee, alcohol, and heavy roast. A very intense and dense nose. The flavor is just as intense. Very bourbon and vanilla forward, with the roast and coffee emerging a little stronger on the finish before the big alcohol comes on. I was looking for more coffee influence in this, but the barrel character really overpowers everything. Full bodied and very sturdy with a thick mouth coating oily texture. Quite warming on the finish. Pretty decent beer, but it really doesn’t stand out among the crowd for me.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Tap at Eddies..repeatedly. Pitch black body beneath a thick beige-brown head, creamy. Completely sublime and enjoyable. The coffee isn’t overboard, but it certainly adds a nice depth. Rich cocoa chocolate tones. Sublime, big, but mellow. World Class.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pastor (795) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 24, 2010
We poured the bomber into large snifters and were greeted with a finger worth of tan head that settled down quickly to a wisp of film. However with a swirl of the glass it would easily come back. The body was a typical black stout but that was all that was typical of this stout. The first think that was really pronounced to me was the great coffee aromas. It was better than any Starbucks coffee I had. We all know coffee is a dominate aroma to overcome especially this one but I did get a slight vanilla note there as well. The flavors were out of this world, by far the best coffee stout I ever have experienced to date. I think this one will set the bar. I came of like a good French vanilla roast. With the hint of Madagascar vanilla to it. The alcohol was well hidden but felt after. The body of the brew was thick and full a very light carbonation so it even felt like a good coffee only colder than I drink. This I a great brew the one snifter was plenty for me but I will say I wanted more. A great stout but I even enjoy the bourbon one Goose Island produces so it wasn’t a hard sell for me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
22oz bottle 10/21/10 (Courtesy of mowz)-Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of heat and bourbon. Taste of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and sweetness. This full bodied brew is well balanced and is awesome. This beer rocks.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2141) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2010 Bottle. Halloween black cat pour with a small tan head. Big boozy aromas. This kitten has a bite. Chewy and rich with expresso, bourbon, vanilla, and dark roasted malts dominating the palate. Good shit.......

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured black with no head. aroma was bourbon, fudge, and chocolate. flavor was bourbon, fudge, choc, slight bitter, and brownie. palate was sticky.


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