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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
queenholly (2612) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2013 Bottle. Sweet boozy bourbon, earthy coffee, dark chocolate, woody vanilla aroma. Black with a small tan brown head. Sweet boozy whiskey, earthy coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla flavor. Full creamy body, moderate carbonation. A great big huge boozy sipper.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
_bobthehuman (5) - - JAN 22, 2014 does not count
Jaw-dropping beer. Poured into a snifter from a bottle. Poured jet black with a light brown head that dissipates almost immediately. Nose is class BCS with huge black coffee that almost completely over powers everything. Taste follows suit, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla at the front all washed down with overwhelms black coffee. Slight booziness is the only draw back, could use a bit of age if it's hot. Could hardly recommend a beer higher.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onebigtymer11 (59) - Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2014
A: black with tan head S: coffee,bourbon T: bitter from coffee M: smooth O: one of the better coffee stouts I've had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trujahwarrior (478) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2014 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a black color with minimal tan head that leaves light lacing. Smells of coffee, chocolate vanilla and bourbon. Tastes of the same things in the smells with a little caramel there as well. Mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth, silky and creamy. Great carbonation as well. This is the best barrel aged stout I?ve had to date. Great use of ingredients and it?s very complex. I?ll be seeking this one out again for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheArgoPirate (64) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2013 batch. Pours extremely dark with quickly dissipating tan head. Smell is bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is very rich chocolate and bourbon with a great coffee balance throughout. Phenomenal brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brureview (5) - Maine, USA - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
Poured a dark chocolate color in a balloon glass with little head. Immediate Bourbon and chocolate in the aroma. As the beer warmed up, more layers of chocolate, coffee,and vanilla. Mouth feel is moderate. The taste is highly complex. Layers of chocolate, vanilla, coffee. The finish has a strong Bourbon presence. The chocolate and Bourbon seem more pronounced in this beer than the Bourbon County stout. The Bourbon whiskey finish is wonderful. The beer should be served no colder than 50F. As I warmed up the beer from 48F, i noticed a big difference in a few degrees F. At 50F, the coffee kicks in, and the Bourbon becomes stronger. The peak temp should be about 55F. Higher than this, the beer loses some of its intense flavor. Fantastic beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MHOSKINS (68) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Simply the best stout I have ever had. Period. A must try. So smooth and delicious!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle - 2013. Hardly roasted nose with fine chocolate and toffee notes in the background. Mouthfeel is cramy with a perfectly balanced bitterness and alcohol touch. Taste dominated of dried fruits and oak. Coffee and chocolate up front with faint hints of fine spices like cloves and white pepper. A pitch black beer with a fine brown head...that is a true beauty in the glass ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomas15 (642) - USA - JAN 12, 2014
Aroma is java, chocolate and coffee. Roasty, bourbon and vanilla. Boozy, but great. Has brown head with black body with brown edges. Tastes chocolate coffe booze bourbon. Delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
liam1020 (1) - - JAN 12, 2014 does not count
I can’t imagine a tastier beer. Great aroma with hints of bourbon and toffee. Top 5 I’ve ever had.

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