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RATINGS: 906   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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

KingCecil's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KingCecil (2071) - - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle @ home...vintage 2012.... It pours pitch black with a medium creamy tan head.... DAMN I LOVE THIS BEER! The aroma is bourbon, coffee beans, roasted malt, caramel, sweet and dark fruit....DAMN I LOVE THIS BEER!.... The flavor is roasted malt, bourbon, sweet creamy caramel, creamy vanilla, creamy chocolate, ripe fruit and coffee.... full body.... awesome mouthfeel! This is one hell of a beer! world class beer.... I lovvvved it!.... DANM I LOVE THIS BEER!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (950) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2015
2015 from draft: Full and rich flavors of mocha bean, chocolate and marshmallow. Subtle black plum notes throughout the ultra-creamy mouthfeel, but this is dominated by coffee flavors, finishing with a note of peppery spice that adds intrigue. Finish lingers long.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1004) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2015
2015 bottle. Menacing black pour with a frothy dark brown head. Standard bonkers BCBS aroma with tons of roast, sweet fruit, vanilla, cream, wood, bourbon, spent coffee grounds. Flavors were mega roasty and followed suit from the aroma. Lots of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, sweet cream, super balanced and smooth to the max. Slick and oily mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. This stuff is so delicate yet extreme at the same time. Its wild. The coffee is there but isn’t in the forefront, just playing in the background. World class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScipioA (403) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2015
2013 bottle opened November, 2015. Pours out opaque black with a small red/brown head that quickly diminishes Rich aromas of wooden barrel (obvs), black coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. The coffee still comes through pretty strongly for something with two years of age to it. The flavors open up with chocolate, dried fruits, and powerful barrel and wood. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with fairly strong carbonation is pleasant and softens a very powerful beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heather_B (152) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2015
2015 on draft at Rare Day 2015. Compared it to 2014. 2015 is better (obviously - it’s fresher) so I’ve rated that. Everything about this is coffee. It’s aroma is like sticking your head inside a bag of coffee beans. Flavor is well roasted coffee witha nice balance of bourbon stout still able to be tasted. This is the bomb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maakun (2056) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle shared, 2014 version. Pitch black with short lasting dark beige head that leaves an oily film. Lots of bourbon up front, sweet fresh coffee beans, dark chocolate, cocoa beans, vanilla, molasses, roasted nuts, licorice, lots of toffee, sweet black berries, burnt toast, marzipan and flowery honey. Over medium sweet with long lasting coffee bitter finish. Full bodied with almost chewy but still slick, oily feel with low carbonation. Massive stuff, very nice and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (3848) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle at Black night 10/2015. Really really intense coffee both in aroma and flavour. Even too much for my liking, but the beer is still f-in great. Very rich and complex taste - aside from intense coffee there is lots of caramel, dried and red fruits, chocolate, roasted. Warming mouthfeel. Excellent, could be even better with less coffee - but that is just me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (6621) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle at Black night,. Vintage 2013. Almost black color with small white head. Strong coffee aroma with roasted malt, milk chocolate. Taste, chocolate, coffee beans, nuts, caramel, bourbon, wood, alcohol. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MisoW (2541) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle shared by Cuso, many thanks. Batch 2013. Pours black color, beige foamy head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, alcohol. Taste of strong coffee, chocolate, nuts, very sweet, bourbon, sherry, vanilla. Nice bittersweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ametras (938) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2015
[2014] 355ml bottle. Pitch black with a thin foamy tan head. Flavors are roasted cereals, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, caramel and alcohol with fruity notes. Full body, soft carbonation, slick texture.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (3685) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
As Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, 2014 edition, with 12.6% ABV. Deep mocha beige, crackling head, breaking in instants and leaving a thin beige rim on the edge of the glass with some sparse lacing, but completely vanishing in the end; colour is a very dark mahogany brown, near black, but still transparent (and hazy) on the edges. Strong and complex aroma of coffee liqueur, melting milk chocolate bars, bitter chocolate sauce, dry oak, vanilla tannins, high quality bourbon, brown game stock, soy sauce, marmelade, cappuccino, old madera, gingerbread, pear syrup, black pepper, black tea. Candied sweetness in the mouth, candied dates and marmelade, rounded and a bit sticky but with soy sauce-like umami accents and soft, deep, friendly sourishness for balance, refinedly and gently tingling carbonation, thick and oily but still remarkably supple mouthfeel and therefore remarkably high ’drinkability’; multi-layered, deep caramelly, nutty and chocolatey maltiness, bittersweet and providing a lot of body. Complex finish of big chocolatey and bitterly roasted malts, which blend in smoothly with the added coffee; the latter gives an extra, tangy spiciness to the whole without becoming obtrusive - in fact, the coffee does not seem to simply lay on top of the dark malts as is often the case in coffee stouts, it is actually built in, in a very clever way; warming, peppery alcohol sensations are present but only in the very end and never becoming astringent; and a dry, tannin-rich woodiness along with some deep, ’structural’, spicy hops provide enough drought to balance the initial candied sweetness, the way it ought to be. In fact, this drying ending is very much the same as in the other BCBS beers and I still believe this is what makes them so great. Other big, complex and expensive ’hyped’ stouts are often a bit too cloying, only a minor ’flaw’ in comparison with their great complexity, but this series does not even show this small imperfection. This coffee edition in particular stands at the same gastronomic height as its regular counterpart; both are obviously very close to each other, but this one has a subtle touch of coffee to add to the already baffling complexity of the regular BCBS, yet it also seems a bit sweeter. The first counterbalances the last so I’ll give it the same near-perfect score.

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