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RATINGS: 877   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4916) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2014
GABF 2014. Very often I find bourbon ruins beer. Not so here. The palate is very heavy an smooth, lots of flavor with vanilla and oak, light bourbon, and the coffee actually mellowing the bourbon flavor rather than dominating in this own right.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdeyoung24 (17) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2014
You can smell the coffee in this stout before it even hits your lips. Some people say it is not as good as the original. If you are a coffee man, I STRONGLY disagree! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njager246 (553) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Awesome aroma of coffee bourbon and vanilla, coffee a tad lost in the flavor and a touch thin, real nice though

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
darb85 (146) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 Good. Smells great, like a cup of coffee. Smooth with old Coffee after taste. Like vanilla rye better

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkwalking05 (4185) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2014
12 oz bottle. Black with an small tan head. Aroma is heavy coffee, smoke, vanilla, oak, light borbon, and roasted malts. Taste is of dark chocolate, tons of coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, smoke, and fudge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle. The look is dark, black in color, with a real thin tan head. The smell is coffee, with berries, chocolate, pie, roasty, wood, bourbon, spicy, good. The taste is smooth, alcohol, oak, char, dark chocolate, figs, and nice. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeremyh70 (873) - Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2014
2014. Pours jet black with little to no head and decent lacing. Aroma of green coffee, bourbon, chocolate and cherry. Taste is sweet at first with cherry and chocolate, a mild ground coffee, slight vanilla and charred oak. Finishes with a tobacco ash flavor and a warming sensation. Thinner mouthfeel than the regular with moderate carbonation. Good flavor but the coffee had a bit of a vegetal taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kambei70 (771) - - NOV 29, 2014
2014 bottle. Black with little crimson around the edges. Aroma is a chocolate covered cherry with a little musty coffee. Taste is alcohol immediately, but changes quickly to a dark chocolate syrup. A sweetness develops in the middle along with some vanilla and cherry at the end. Fairly roasty throughout. Not much coffee except for the same musty, earthiness that's in the smell. The mouthfeel is thinner than the regular Bourbon County. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jahshuwuh (487) - USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottled on November 7th, drank on November 29th. Pretty much pitch black, no head. Smells of earthy coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, musty, a little cherry. Taste is the earthy coffee, chocolate syrup, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, oak. Mouth a little thinner than expected, but still coats. Coffee becomes more apparent as you drink, there is some alcohol burn but not too distracting. The chocolatey flavors stick around through the whole drink. Minor bit of roasted hop towards the end. Overall excellent as expected, I like it equally as well as the regular BCS, the coffee adds just a tad bit more complexity in a subtle way. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfroms (471) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Draft, 2014 version – fresh! Pours faintly red tinged mahogany, small head. Aroma is intense fruity espresso and bitter Valrhona chocolate, toasted marshmallow, caramelized hazelnut, nougat, blueberry, blackberry, coffee ice cream, bourbon on the finish along with intense 99% cacao goodness and what seems like oak tannins. So big, so bold, so much coffee. Alcohol is well hidden. Great.

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