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RATINGS: 850   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
vickvega82 (40) - Maine, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Pours that nice clean dark chocolate color youd expect but doesnt look thick or heavy like you get with some imp stouts and has almost no head. Smells like all kinds of rich coffee, chocolate and anise. Judging by smell it’s tough to say if it has a big dose of anise or if it’s the diesel from the 14%. On the 1st sip i thought, wow theres alot going on here, but the flavors dont linger long. The beer manages to have a fresh coffee taste up front that transitions to a chocolate flavor that goes back to a roasted coffee bean flavor on the back side. Much like their regular bourbon county stout the higj abv is masked wonderfully amd its go just the right amoumt of sweet. With out a doubt one of the best stoits ive ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1960) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Pour dark and thick like a good espresso. Bitter up front with a sweet vanilla finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
esjunknyc (21) - - OCT 11, 2014
Coffee forward, strong on the nose and opens bitter. Great BCBS follows after bitterness, overall a wonderful compliment of flavor to the traditional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajnepple (2822) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Sampled at GABF multiple times. Black appearance with a brown head. Fresh coffee grounds, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, vanilla and light bourbon. Mind = blown

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2460) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2014
2012 bottle. Wonderful aroma is both interesting and appealing. Drinks like an imperial milk stout with coffee. A tad too sweet in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1100) - Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Pours an opaque, nearly black with a short-lived dark tan head. Rich, dark woody aromas and light notes of fresh coffee. Thick, smooth and chewy. Very rich brew. A lot of vanilla, bourbon, oak, and sweet cherry and fig. Not much coffee. Addendum: as the beer warms, I note a lot more coffee

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"this one was cool enough that i just ordered a kilo a the coffee that was in this beer. still young, and therefore a little hot. definitely sweet, but not cloyingly so. this beer, as well as the rare, makes me wonder if this beer was 10 or 11% if it would get an even higher score. the heat is the only thing keeping this from, say, a 4.7-8. coffee, chocolate, vanilla, charred malt...damn good all around. can’t wait for the coffee beans. in 6-12 months, it may be higher in the feel."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
llcooldave (1148) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Black in the glass. Strong aroma of dark cocoa and coffee. Interesting taste of dark chocolate oatmeal. Overall an awesomely solid brew! Thanks BarZigKin for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (1877) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - SEP 27, 2014
At a tasting, thanks DSG, small bubbly brown head, treacly pour, opaque quite dark brown colour, aroma of roasted coffee, espresso and green shrubs, quite aromatic, flavour of coffee, chocolate, vanila, cocoa and a touch of cherry, everything a bit too sweet and strong. Aroma is amazing, flavour is a little less so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zvsn (817) - ISRAEL - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks DSG.  Black opaque color with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malts, espresso vanilla, chocolate, bourbon. Very rich flavors, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, caramel, bourbon, sweet and roasted aftertaste. Full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Great brew.

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