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RATINGS: 897   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Thanks to Paul and Josh for sharing! Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is coconut, vanilla, booze, and some booze. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor was chocolate, booze, vanilla, booze, coffee, dark roast, and more booze. I am a big fan of some of the booze bombs, not all. This was a great one. Thanks Paul!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (8142) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle. Dark black pour. Nose is chocolate, coffee, oak, some bourbon, mild dark fruit. Taste is similar with a rich full mouthfeel. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2013 2012 bottle sampled, and a lot better than in previous years. Still hot, but settling into its own. Wow. I came into this with a LOT of anticipation. Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is dying to escape and fills the room when itís opened. I get chocolate, bourbon, booze, coconut, whiskey, vanilla, booze, and the usual amount of depth. Flavor is unbalanced toward sweet and it seems like the vanilla and espresso have declare war on each other. There are so many competing flavors that I am not sure what to do with it. Small samples, sampled with nothing else. Flavor is lingering chocolate, coffee, and booze. I am not a huge fan, maybe with a few years this will mellow out some and meld better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Black as night with brown highlights around the top edge of the glass.Nice dark brown head that fades fast.Awesome aroma of coffee,booze,vanilla,chocolate,and roasted malt.Flavor is much of the same with a slight sweet cloying finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Bottle. 2010 Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout bottled on 3/26/10. Poured into my Cigar City snifter a deep black with a 1 finger head of dark tan, tiny bubbles. Aroma is notes of sweet dark chocolate, cocoa, and bourbon. The first sip is a plethora of flavors; chocolate sweetness up front followed by a strong coffee flavor, a nip of bitterness, and ending with a long drawn out bourbon taste. The alcohol is pretty apparent in the end. Letting this one warm up a bit as it was in the fridge brings out even more flavors. Slight vanilla notes. For being so "young" I will be interested to see what these do with some age on them. Very full bodied mouthfeel. An excellent example of an American Double/Imperial Stout. **latest version sampled on 11/29. LOTS of coffee notes. Very good. Probably my favorite variant they do.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (7024) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2015 rerate: 2014 on tap. Pepper juice. Lots of pepper skin. And coffee. And booze. Run of the mill beer. pretty much the only variant of bourbon county i donít like. and i love coffee in beers too. i donít get it. scores recalculated.

This is one sweet ride.. . Pours a dark brown black.. . aromas of tar, dark chocolate, and coffee! .. .Donít touch it. Donít even look at it. Donít look at me. .. smooth as silk, more flavour than the regular but so much smoother and calmer. .. just pure class but be warned, ages like shit... .

Thatís right. You better walk on. Iíll hit an old man in public!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8667) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Big thanks to my PUBíN Sergeant-at-Arms for this one. Pours onyx with 2f brown head. No light through this one. Nose is oaky woody bourbon, dark malt, raisins, molasses. Tastes rich, dark malty, earthym with big boozy oaky bourbon, raisins, cacao, some rauch and cognac. Late heat, and this one successfully transverses the beer/spirit boundary. But for th grace of the flying spaghetti monster, I may have never had the chance to try this one, and I will celebrate by eating lasagma tomorrow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2010
650ml Bottle. A very nice dark thick pour with a thin head. Bold deep dark flavors complex delightfull. Enjoy

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
flatmatt (1304) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2010
22 oz bottle at the Clybourn pub. Pours black with a light tan head. This is amazing. Aroma has coffee, black licorice, and cocoa, giving evidence of its complexity. Flavor varies between cocoa, coffee, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruit. This is one amazing beer. I knew on my first sip that this was going to score at least a 4.9, and the second sip confirmed it as a 5.0. Perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole -- many thanks!! Really looking forward to the others in the series. Pours like roasted coffee with legs. Smells oddly spicy with lots of red pepper in the nose. Tastes of espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Chocolate syrup lingers on the back of the palate. Very good.

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