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RATINGS: 824   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
The beer pours dark black. Smell is mostly bourbon, vanilla and a little bit of alcohol. No coffee detected. Taste is bourbon, vanilla and chocolatey with no coffee. Oily mouthfeel with slightly too little carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable but it’s not hot. Overly bourbony and sweet and exactly like bourbon county stout. No coffee whatsoever. Disappointing and one dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimsal27 (257) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Aroma is strong with coffee and bourbon. Taste is sweet malts with notes of coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla and of course bourbon. Palate is creamy. Very good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rood (35) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - JUN 28, 2014
Thanks berntholer, for sharing this one. If you would like to smell & taste coffee, earthiness, mokka ice, this is your beer. Great velvet mouthfeel. A good balance betweeen the bitterness of the coffee and the sweetness of the barrel. An excellent brew to me. Gets every sip better and better. Always interested for a trade on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (1574) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
Bottle 355ml from De Hopduvel, vintage 2013. Oily black colour, thin layer of brown foam. Soft carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts with sweet coffee (where is the roastiness of a black coffee?), vanilla, brown sugar and bourbon, a bit too much. This beer well balanced but it’s a bit too cloying sweet for me. Aftertaste of warming alcohol. I like more roastiness and ashes in stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (777) - Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
A big thanks to HisBoyElroy for the share on this want. A straight black pour with a really nice dark chocolate color head. Unfortunately the gorgeous head dissipates too quick. Very nice nose with a lot of vanilla, coffee, and bourbon. Extremely smooth stout. Very true coffee flavors. Definitely a dangerous drink. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2014
’14 on draft and ’12 from bottle pour at Heidelberg’s Migration Week tapping. Pours a dark brown with a thin head that disappears quickly. Aromas are very coffee forward with hints of chocolate and bourbon in the finish. Taste is bourbon and a whiff of chocolate followed by an intense hit of chocolate. The ’12 was obviously aged and more subdued, balanced and less bitter. Palate is very well balanced but coffee is the predominant flavor here. I prefer the ’12 as the coffee seems more settled and less overpowering. More likely to the aging though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (744) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 On tap at Heidelberg for a Goose Island migration week tap takeover. The pour is jet black with a thin dark khaki head and no lacing. This thing just falls to black liquid, which I love. The aroma is blasting with coffee. Incredible. The roasty malts pale in comparison, and the coffee is just beautiful. Not overly done, but nicely dominated. The flavor is just as great. It’s a little hot, but the coffee and the rye barrels keep it from being over bearing. The mouth feel is thick and viscousy, with minimal carbonation, and a lovely roasty, molasses-y flavor to go along with the incredible coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (1782) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2014
honestly of the BCs ive had, this is the first to underwhelm. didnt really find it all that exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwoodward (567) - - JUL 9, 2014
Had a glass at the Goose Island tasting at Heidelberg. So delicious, rich, coffee is big, creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiveacestx (634) - Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle to snifter - Nice and dark with a thick mocha brown head. Roasted coffee aroma and flavor. Very rich mouthfeel. This shit is good!

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