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RATINGS: 806   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJvd (915) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2014
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma has bourbon, coffee, quite some roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Taste has dark chocolate, quite some coffee, hard roasted malts and a medium bitter finish. Full body, soft to medium carbo. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Countbeer (4678) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle: 2013: Served in a Chouffe glass: Aroma from the bottle is already intense coffee and intensly balanced. Medium sized brown foamy head on top of a black colored beer. The aroma is one of the best balanced aromas from a coffee stout out there: sublimely deep deepmcoffee roast with some chocolate hints, chalk tints and a marzipan bourbon edge. Flavours of spice, pepper, coffee, coffee roast, coffee beans, coffee beans roast, chocolate, dark chocolate, some chalk, wood roast, light sweeter coal, some smooth yet stronger bitters, hint of mocha, some coffee and dark chocolate bitters and a tar sprinkle. Only the loveliest darkest things to taste! Aftertaste is a mix of loads of coffee beans roast, chalk, dark chocolate and some "coffee bean candy" with a delicious roasty bitterness. Delicious roasted and balanced coffee tones! World class! Low carbo, silky some spiced mouthfeel, full bodied and a oily to more silky foamy texture. What a coffee imperial stout, the best I have ever tasted! Sublime!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2342) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Another tasty Bourbon County beer. Taste of coffee, combined with the sweet vanilla of the bourbon. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike_77 (3336) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
@zebf 2014 - Roasted, toasty, almost nutty aroma. Flavour has some coffee but not so much, it feels quite spicy and the alcohol is quite warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5298) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2, tick. Dark color, short head. Aroma of big coffee backed up with chocolate and roasted malts. Bit alcoholic, bit sweet. Coffee is a bit too intense for me, but it is more backed up by the base beer which is also very intense. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PriorL (1988) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2014
At Zeebra Beer Festival, THX to everybody sharing today’s beers. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: coffee, ashes, bourbon, mocha. TASTE: coffee, bourbon, nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Abijen (1511) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a pitch black beer with a good brown head. Smells bourbon, coffee, vanilla. Tastes bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Boojaaa. Medium body, low carbo and a sticky oily texture. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bosbouw (1352) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede bruine kraag. Ruikt koffie, vanille en gebrand. Smaakt zoetig, vanille. Duidelijk bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4323) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Probably my least favorite tonight but still awesome and better than the original. Finishes with some light bitterness. Big coffee but it doesn’t control the palate. Pours black with mocha head and lacing. Roast malt. Tap at Goose Island Migration Week event at Churchkey.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (8792) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2014
Bottle [14.3% ABV La Tortuga] @ home shared by MrHangover. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized instantly disappearing brown head. What remains is an opaque pitch black colored beer without any head. Aroma is malts, dark malts, dark chocolate, heavy coffee, bourbon, subtly alcohol, superb balanced bitterness. Taste malts, dark malts, chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, bitter, subtly alcohol. Oh man, this is lovely. Full body, superb carbonation. Lovely.

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