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RATINGS: 771   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9601) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is earthy and spicy coffee with dark chocolate and roast malt, dates and prunes. Flavor is malt dominant with earthy and spicy coffee, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness, alcohol warmth and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Re-rate (12/1/2013)
Bottle... This beer rocks!... GI’s affiliation with AB has apparently made this a better beer. More coffee. Less sugar. World class!

Original rating (5/23/2010) - 3.8 -
Bottle… Pours crude oil black with a small, creamy, deeply tanned head. The bouquet is a wonderful marriage of vanilla, coconut, deep-roast coffee, dark chocolate and black tea with a rumor of maple syrup. Full-bodied with a motor oil mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is sweet; too sweet. Otherwise, it’s simply a mocha version of regular ol’ BCS. Sweet chocolate and coffee finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (9058) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Bottle from jsquire and I immediately need more. Holy shit this stuff is great! Dark brown pour, tannish head. Aroma is loaded with coffee, roast, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak. Flavor is creamy with tons of toffee, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, molasses and chocolate. Great great beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (9032) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Not only did Armin generously trade this to me, he flew out to colorado to deliver it to me in person! Big thanks! Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Awesome dark roasty, somewhat bitter coffee, chocolate, light bourbon, roasty malty nose. Setup roasty coffee, roasty dark malty, chocolatey flavor, slight bourbon flavor. Somewhat bitter coffee finish. Awesome brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8867) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
22oz bottle thanks to Ryan! Poured a black color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of coffee, roast, some wood, and some bitter chocolate. Tastes of coffee, vanilla, cream, bourbon, and chocolate. Sweet and some alcohol in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8581) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
Pours a dark coloured body, with a little head. Looks thick. Aromas of coffee up front, only fainter bourbon. The taste was cold coffee with tons of milk and sugar up front. Something I do not drink. As I kept drinking samples, and with food, the coconut taste (and the lactic acid) more than the bourbon accumulated.I finished 300 ml. but 750 ml. was just too much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle shared at the RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown color with a medium brown head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, caramel. Fairly sweet. The taste is coffee, caramel, toffee and mild hops. Medium-full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8392) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle at home, big thanks to Michael from PDX for gifting me this one, 2011 vintage @14% ABV ’Intelligentsia Anjilanaka’.. Pours mid black with a tan head that soon clears to a few small bubbles atop the glass. Nose is dark roast malts, big coffee hit, earthy tones, dusting of cocoa, mineral notes, touch of booze. Taste comprises roast malt, brown sugars, coffee, molasses, leather, wood tones. Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey in the finish. Good Imperial stout, I like a big coffee hit, the alcohol is very well integrated in this one, a little too sweet to be a great in my book, the sweetness needs tempering a little.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
22oz bomber. Whoa whoa whoa. I dislike normal BCS whole-heartedly. It is just not for me. But this I loved. Pours a near pitch black with a thin, red mocha head that refuses to stick around and leave any lace. Vanilla bean and coffee ice cream in the nose. Taste is full on creme brulee, kahlua, spicy alcohol. Oily, viscous mouhtfeel. The 13% here doesn’t batter the palate as much as the normal version. Bitter on the palate after some spicy intense coffee liqour.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8263) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Black pour with mocha brown head. Nose is espresso beans, vanilla and baker’s chocolate. Taste is vanilla bean, espresso cream and dark chocolate with almonds.


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