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RATINGS: 779   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrewFace (783) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pours a deep dark black color. Huge straight up coffe in the aroma, light sweetness and roast. Big boozy roast and coffe flavor. Alcohol very present but covered by big flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (635) - Apopka, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours black with small beige head. Powerful coffee aroma. Incredibly sweet with intense chocolate notes. Full bodied with creamy mouthfeel and lingering sweet, somewhat roasty finish. Great example of an imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimsRatings (419) - - DEC 8, 2013
From 12oz bottle. Poured dark brown, almost black. Half finger brown head. Aroma of a good, strong, dark coffee. That coffee comes through nicely in the flavor, along with a very pleasant and complementary chocolate and stout flavor. Aftertaste favors the choc/stout. Very possibly my favorite coffee stout. (But of course, further testing will be needed.) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle of the 2013. Colour...certainly black, with a wisp of a tan head. Nose...redolent of coffee with mocha and cocoa powder. Palate...thinner than I imagined but that doesn’t prevent the flavour from coming through. Coffee is of course at the forefront but it is not "in your face" like so many coffee stouts (and I’m not a coffee drinker). There’s dark chocolate here and chocolate fudge cake with choco-coffee ganache. The finish is smooth and velveteen and I have a feeling that the coffee helps temper the high ABV.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigguns22 (678) - Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle la tortuga bottled 11/12/12 0017 aoma and taste big on alcohol and coffee. Full flavor beer with a creamy plate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chuckstout (247) - Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2013 bottle-fresh pepper, cocoa, coffee pours a deep black with a rich spritzy all most milk chocolate head that dissipates fairly quickly. Rich and malty with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon. Also a touch of creaminess with a dry escaping finish that just leaves hints of coffee and chocolate with a pleasent warming effect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours an oily viscous black with a brown head. Aroma is heavenly; bourbon notes with a big up front coffee kick and some vanilla. Flavors follow the aroma; Coffee is well integrated, but very much present, a nice warming alcohol at finish, and a creamy coconut/vanilla flavor in the midpalate. This is really exceptional, perhaps a bit hot still... will let the other one sit for a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgfellow (100) - - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours a motor oil black with a thin head that disappears rather quickly. Almost no signs of lace along the sides of the glass. The aroma is of strong coffee with a slight hint of boozy bourbon. Taste is right in line with the smell, strong notes of fresh coffee with the slightest touch of bourbon and vanilla. Perfection. Warm mouthfeel and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
taestee (52) - USA - DEC 29, 2013
Aroma is of dark coffee. Mouthfeel is oily and thick. I taste soy sauce in here too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (745) - Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is very strong coffee, burnt, sweet. Very rich chocolate, great coffee flavors, creamy, very full, slightly burnt. A really solid, great coffee stout! Very yummy!

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