This is the Snobby Beer review of Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout from Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago, IL. This beer is released annually in limited quantities with the “regular” Bourbon County Brand Stout as the base. This is the 2011 batch, and it is brewed with Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans. This beer pretty much gets a perfect score on every website – is it justified?
From the Goose Island website:
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.
2011 Release – Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans
2010 Release – Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans
Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Debittered Black
Coffee: Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans
Preferred Glass: Snifter
Food Pairings: Flourless Chocolate Coffee Cake
Cheese Pairings: Capriole Bourbon Chocolate Torte
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle up to 5 years
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