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RATINGS: 778   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 Chicagoís 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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Very well rounded aroma with coffee, caramel, and toasted malts. This is "D" Liceo us stuff. Alcohol is certainly apparent but you wonít care since the heavy body more than makes up for that. Top 10 for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (990) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Black pour with a small tan head. Smells like a mocha bourbon ball. Taste is similar, plenty of cocoa, coffee, oak, bourbon, and roasted malts. Abv is hidden almost completely. The flavors are interwoven so well, this is a really great beer! Props to sloth for the bottle, thanks man!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
poisoneddwarf (1710) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAR 16, 2014
12 oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Aroma consists of toasted coconut, bourbon, dark fruit, raisins, oak, licorice. Pours opaque black with a quickly collapsing tan head; leaves a ring of foam that also disappears after five minutes or so, leaving virtually no foam. Flavor is sweet and savory with strong notes of coconut, licorice and dark fruit. Coffee isnít all that strong in aroma or flavor, actually. Oily mouthfeel, fairly soft carbonation, heavy body. Delicious, as expected, I just wish the coffee was more prominent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crispy34 (383) - Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle share, thanks Stein! Aroma is way coffee! Appearance is black with some tan head. Taste is dark with coffee. Palate is dry. Overall, a great coffee stout. Would love to get it all the time! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Why didnít I buy more of this!@#$%^&..............FRICKIN! AMAZING!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caeneal (5) - Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
12 oz bottle bought on Black Friday 2013. Finished a draft of a dissertation chapter so I'm treating myself to finally cracking this bottle open. Pours dark, inky, no head or lacing (but my glass was a touch wet from washing). Stout snifter glass helps the aroma. And what a smell. Coffee and rum and layers of oak. Flavor is phenomenal. The coffee comes through but doesn't overpower what is a rich barrel aged brew. I wouldn't want this every day, but I'd like it more than once! A justly praised and (I think) justly earned reward. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2100th review! 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense dark tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BA imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scooter131313 (4) - - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
A step down from the Master-class Goose Island Bourbon County Stout; but that's only to say this is a fabulous beer, not a perfect beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (328) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Aroma: the aroma is very welcoming. Its like a warmth is projected to the nose. Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, slight alcohol. Appearance: pours pitch black. Little head and little lacing probably due to the alcohol content. This is probably the beers weakest category Taste: the taste profile is easy and enjoyable... dark fruit, coffee, bourbon, slightly burnt wood, some licorice. Very inviting taste... no work to enjoy this beer. Palate: sticky, thick, and lasting. As i drink the beer one sip builds onto the next sip. Like the remnants of and earlier sip amplify the next sip. Overall: very enjoyable. I will drink this anytime i can find it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2013 bottle drunk 3/1/14 at Sunset Grill.
Lifeless appearance, dark brown, inky, perhaps not opaque due to no sediment in the bottom, but who knows.
Nose is buttercream. Itís intersting. Not rum-cooonut like I usually get from over-bourboned barreled beers, but still not quite right. Itís certainly sniffable and mildly pleasant but...
Wow, this is a lot of coffee. And a alot of malt. And not a lot of carbonation or balancing dryness.
Suffice to say, I drank a few sips, was asked by the bartender how it was (after he said, "Youvíe never had this before?!") and all I could muster was a halfhearted "Ya, itís great...". Needless to say, the intensely syrupy-sweet coffee and underattenuated maltiness was less than great.
Looking around, and embarrassed to walk away from the bar with a full glass, I poured most of my glass back in to the bottle while no one was looking, took one more sip of my glass and left the rest and walked out quickly. Iíd write this off to having a bad bottle but come on, was my bottle the underattenuated one in the batch? did my bottle alone not carbonate. This must be what all those people who got bad batches of Angels Share felt like. I feel robbed of my $17. No not reallly...just not a good beer.

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