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RATINGS: 793   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (3219) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2014
Je commence un peu à connaître les petits racoins de Fort Lauderdale. C’est une bonne chose car on peut y trouver quelque fois des trucs comme cette petite bouteille rouge sur laquelle est inscrite la date suivante : 15 novembre 2013. Donc, ce stout de classe mondiale est ainsi brassé avec des fèves de café Intelligentsia Los Inmortales (enfin j’imagine). Même versé dans un verre d’hôtel, ce liquide est fier de sa robe noire et de son col haute couture. C’est au nez, par contre, que la magie opère. La fusion des éléments est assez exceptionnelle. Je dirais même parfaite. Je mets le doigt sur du bourbon, de la vanille, un fabuleux café, de la mélasse, du chocolat et du tabac à pipe. Incroyable mais vrai. Sur les papilles, les saveurs s’aiment et aiment ma bouche. Le café, le bourbon caramélisé, la vanille, le praliné, le chocolat, le bois et les notes rôties agissent comme une fabrique à bonheurs multiples. En bouche, je découvre un corps pleinement mérité. Sa texture riche et soyeuse tapisse ma langue. Je peux compter, heureusement, sur un pétillement nerveux bien capable, il va sans dire, de faire respirer mon palais. En finale, le café fraîchement torréfié applique une couche d’amertume sur le doux travail des malts et du bourbon vanillé. Un stout impérial tout simplement stupéfiant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sawbuck (341) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
Nice aroma of charcoal, sweet molasses, vanilla, and some bourbon. Ebony black, traces of carbonation. Nice sweet molasses mixed with full flavor of charcoal blasted bourbon. Coffee flavor is faint, but present on the finish....glowing alcohol finish, with notes of the bourbon and sweetness. Awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rjat (19) - Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2014
Hands down best stout for a reason. So smooth. Transition between flavors. Rolls from coffee, chocolate to bourbon. Epic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TXBadger (1421) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2014
One of the best beers I’ve had, I was lucky to get 1 bottle of this deliciousness. Poured a deep black, oil like color and viscosity. Aroma has coffee and bourbon, with a little cocoa, and this is what the palate gets too. Fortunately, the booze is well hidden, and it is smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Livendadream (122) - New Mexico, USA - APR 19, 2014
Btl 2013 pours opaque black. Brown head that dissipates quickly leaving no lace. Smells of bourbon, dark fruits(prune,raisins,plum,fig) brown sugar,holiday cookies,alcohol, roasted coffee beans. Tastes of sweet malt,caramel, bourbon,wood, coffee and tobacco. Thick heavy body,syrupy texture, light carbonation, alcohol finish. Nice robust beer with a plethora of different flavors. Heavy, thick and chewy mouthfeel with a nice warming finish. Gonna age the other btl.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nehpets (23) - - APR 17, 2014
My favorite imperial stout. The coffee just makes this so much better than the plain bourbon aged stout. Impeccable pour, aroma, and color. Finished better than any beer that I have ever tried. It is work the hunt to find it. Too bad all of the stores mark it up!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdubesq (14) - - APR 13, 2014
Bouquet of bourbon and coffee. Pours dark chocolatey with a thin Carmel head. Tastes of Chocolate coffee bourbon oak with an alcohol finish. Feels thin in the mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stoutnick (564) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2014 2013 bottle from somewhere in Brooklyn NY. Black medium carbonation, tan foam. Aroma is vanilla coffee - smells spectacular. Taste is strong vanilla, bourbon, very roasty coffee finish. ABV not super well hidden. As it warms a nice caramel flavour takes over from the bourbon character. Overall, much more drinkable than the straight BCBS. Fun and lots going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2014
2011 bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is strong coffe grounds and roast. Thick mouthfeel with rich coffee ground and bitter roast. Held up well, very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (1092) - NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2014 shared my 2012 bomber with 2 friends. poured pitch black with a non lasting beige head. strong roasted coffee bean smell, oak, wood, bourbon, smooth dark chocolate, vanilla, just one hell of a beer. smooth complex mouthfeel. well balanced beer. should be even better if there was just a bit less carbonation.. and a bit more bourbon in the taste. but again... top class!

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