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RATINGS: 940   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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Ok, not great but OK. Predominant smell of Coffee and chocolate married from the wood. Coffee is the dominant flavor with bourbon following close behind. Out of all the variants I have tried this one is on the bottom of the rung for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (2044) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle at portableparty’s tasting. Pours the same viscous black but this time with some definite coffee on the nose and in taste. My least favorite of the variants but still good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ericular (965) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 2014 Release Update - Fresh as last time. This is much heavier on coffee. This needs some age. Age this at least a year, or you’re not doing it justice.

2013 Release - Aged 1 month in bottle. Thanks to ryanfolte for the trade! Pours dark brown with short lived brown head. There is a great coffee bean aroma in the forefront while the head is around, but after that it blends perfectly into the mix with oak, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is much of the same, with vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, and wood. Not being a coffee fan, the amount of coffee in this is ideal. The reason this is better than BCBS is the hint of coffee balances the sweetness inherent in the beer. Palate is amazing - very thick and rich. Aftertaste is the best, with the rich sweetness of the bourbon mixing with the coffee. Way too drinkable for 13%.

2012 Release - Aged 4 months in bottle. Pours jet black with small brown head and decent lacing. Aroma is cocoa, oak, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, malty, sour - it’s intoxicating. Taste follows suit and is sweet roasted malts and vanilla with molasses, alcohol heat, and a lot less coffee than I expected - it’s barely detectable. Palate is creamy and thick, pushing the limits of being just a little too sticky sweet. Overall this is the total package of depth, flavor, and alcohol. The biggest surprise is how this was light years better than the normal BCS, despite having similar characteristics. 10+4+10+4+19 = 4.7

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1508)
- Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours viscous black. Barely any head. Big, fresh coffee aroma with big hits of chocolate. Taste is fresh, dark coffee with dark chocolate. Not overly sweet. Blows regular bourbon county away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Bottle gift from SJ. Goose Island is quickly turning into one of my top 5 brewers. Nice , power stout with big coffee, roast, chocolate notes. A nice sweet and dry finish, mild hop, good blend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 2010 bottle. Black beer with thin brown head. Big, joyfull bourbon nose with thick sweet molasses.and some sweetened coffee. Thick mouthfeel with tons of bourbon, butter, oak, vanilla and sweetened coffee. Molasses and caramel sweetness. Big, sweet beer with a warming boozy sense and a little sweetened coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle - 2012. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste follows the aroma with the perfect amount of coffee and barrel blended in. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2013
My favorite overall in the bourbon county series. All the deliciousness of the original with just enough coffee to to bak a bit of sweetness. Amazing stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Pours a deep black with a lining of tan over the top. Smell is super sweet with a whole lot of bourbon. Some coffee, too. Taste is ridiculous. Plenty of sweet malt and coffee up front, giving way to a long bourbon finish. Vanilla makes an appearance as well. Sticks to the palate with a cocoa flavor. Bam. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
So intensely a barrel age stout as you could get! Geez. Dark as dark can be. Brown head. Smells of bourbon barrels vanilla and all things BA coffee stout that you could imagine. The body is so full, it is almost like drinking a true hot chocolate. Dark and toasty in flavor. Smooth and creamy. Not a ton of booziness on this. Quite sweet but you end up happy with this black coffee taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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