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RATINGS: 905   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at Ashton McCobb’s. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of massive roasted coffee, green coffee beans. Taste is creamy coffee, smooooooth. Dark chocolate and coffee on the finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (1582) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at Dangerous Bottle Share 6.0. Blackish pour with a small tan head. Nose is fresh coffee beans, green peppers, and some light tar. Taste is fairly bitter, freshly ground coffee, cigarettes, tar and some licorice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1143) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2015
Small bottle from 2013. Pour is black with a small, light brown head. Aroma has lots of green bell pepper, coffee and some sweeter notes. Very little bourbon left from the original beer. Salmiak, licorice. Taste is sweet with both the malts and the vanilla, but also has some dry, oak - and of cause - coffee notes. Slight bitterness. The coffee really matches the original beer well! Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dukeandduke (124) - Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2015
2/15/15 - Another excellent Bourbon County - I liked this even more than the standard stout. Poured thick, with an excellent aroma of coffee and a hint of chocolate and fruit. Great taste, and loved the carbonated feel, the strength of the taste and alcohol. Strong, but easy to drink. Not as bitter as the standard stout, I will definitely seek out this version, and I look forward to trying others in this great line of beers! Well done Goose Island!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (840) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2015
Pours tar black with a rather large-ish mocha head (served at room temp) which recedes to a ring around the glass. Aroma is a wonderful bourbon, coffee, caramel, nutty. Taste is initially caramel then hints of that vanilla sweetness recognisable in bourbon whisky which is further followed a tinge of coffee bitterness and a slight touch salty on the finish. Absolutely deserves the praise it receives, all tastes in moderation and balance. Full bodied, light, fluffy and apparent in the mouth. Long, tantalising and smooth finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigda83 (572) - Jamestown, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Pours a very deep brown with s slight red tint and a small tan head. Aroma was of freshly roasted coffee, chocolate, slight cherry, and bourbon. Taste was almost identical to regular bourbon county. Didn’t get much coffee and I thought I would judging by the aroma. Still very good and had a nice warming bourbon feel to it. Body was full and oily. Would love to get to have this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1902) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2015
2014 vintage, bottled. Jet black with a small, light brown head. Aroma is heavy with dark chocolate with an earthy, roasted coffee base. There is a bit of green tea leaf under the coffee, accentuating the earthiness. Smooth chocolate flavor with a touch of nutty toasted pecan and rum raisin. Softly carbonated. Dang tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
high_on_hops (797) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 31, 2015
A 2014 bottle. It pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. It has a great coffee aroma with a bourbon background. The flavor is similar, with rich, toasty malt up front and a great bourbon backbone over a thick, heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrew_drinks (234) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 23, 2015
12oz bottle from trade - hat right off to thrashD for hooking me up. Pours jet black, good old used motor oil, small ring of head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of dry roasted peanuts, chocolate, vanilla, some light bourbon booze, lightly roasted coffee beans. Lightly carbonated, just right. Deep roasted sweetness, some milky vanilla latte, some soy sauce, salt, roasted cacao, espresso, Nutella, charred meat, tiramisu... crazy range of sweet, roasty flavours. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pliny_SR (37) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Draft @ Harry’s Hofbrau RWC on 1/9/15. Aroma of predominantly coffee with booze, hints of roasted malt and vanilla. Pleasant mouthfeel and tastes of coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Very solid for the style…could drink several more of these.

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