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RATINGS: 728   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.21   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle. Black body with a small beige head. Slightly peppery coffee dominated nose. Sweet coffee candy flavor to it, creamy with espresso, toffee, vanilla. Finishes boozy but not overly hot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (962) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle from trade with arminjewell. Aroma is has ofc the base of bourbon county. Some sweet vanilla, rich dark chocolate, figs prunes, dates, dark caramel coconut bourbon quality, well balanced with some roasted (light fruity) coffee and a hint of some earthy notes. Taste is smooth dark rich chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, dry mouthfeel, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, coconut, some warming alcohol and a woody feel aswell. Love this stuff. Not as guilty a pleasure as the vanilla version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhamp9 (944) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pitch black pour with a khaki head that fades fairly quickly. Great aroma, coffee beans with dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste has layers of flavor. Vanilla and bourbon are prevalent initially then chocolate, coffee, wood, and dark burnt sugar comes through. Finish has more bourbon and vanilla. Slick, full body. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (943) - New York, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 01/08/2013. Pours dark black, sparse hazy tan head, slight lacing, fading to an almost still surface. Aroma is rich, fresh coffee grounds, nutty and bit oily, vanilla cream and cocoa, dark toffee, bourbon well integrated in the background. Taste is vanilla caramel cream mixed with chocolate, dark roast with delicious coffee finish, mild bourbon in the aftertaste. Creamy smooth body. Really delicious, does not disappoint at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (942) - Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2013
Dark black. No head. Dark. Smells like bourbon. Tastes like bourbon. Thanks Tony bretz.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
HighWine (940) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2011 bottle served at Maple Tree Inn. Jet black pour, very still. Sweet aroma, lots and lots of coffee. Flavor is coffee, licorice, and bourbon. The taste starts off sweet coffee and then the bourbon flavor lingers long after the sip. Big, bold, and chewey in the mouth. This is definitely better than regular BCS (which is a personal fave) and I think I might agree with people who tell me they like it better than BCVS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (933) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2013
Bottle of the 2012. Pretty solid black with virtually no head. Aroma is big on the coffee, with notes of vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. Oily mouthfeel, full bodied, sweet on the palate with some roasty nuttiness on the finish. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, fig, prunes, very subtle hints of bourbon & oak. So tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (925) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Definitely at the high end of java-oriented stouts. Flavor is highly coffee. Yet still lets the base beer come thru. Super nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle acquired in trade with pantanap. Thanks again for the epic brews Kan! Pours crude-oil black with a nice ring of beige head. Medium to low carbonation. Wonderful aroma of vanilla bean, espresso and bourbon-saturated oak. Makes my mouth water just smelling it. Flavor is a smooth transition from smoky roasted malt and coffee to sweet vanilla, molasses; finally moving into warming bourbon and oak wood. Very balanced overall and the beer improves with warmth. Thick, coating mouthfeel. A nice winter warmer that demands slow sipping and savoring. A real treat. Bourbon leans a bit hot, but it doesnt take too much away from the entire package.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbaaron (920) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 UPDATE: 2013 bottle rated 1-3-14. Proper temp into snifter. Pours black. Small fizzy brown head, mostly dissipating. Aroma is loaded with coffee. Rich, dark coffee grounds, espresso, chocolate, sugar, touch of vanilla and wood, bourbon more in the background, not at all boozey. Coffee is front and center and takes over most of the aroma. Full body. Silky, soft and creamy. Flavor starts full of bittersweet coffee (more sweet than bitter) then bursts into bourbon barrel character. Finishes moderate roast sweet with a healthy dose of bourbon. Pleasant alcohol warmth that almost gets too hot but subsides just in time. Killer coffee beer. 2012 draft(i think) rated 4-19-13. To sum up: Did not enjoy this as much as the original. There seemed to be much more hot alcohol in the flavor, aroma, and palate and it really took over the show for me. Coffee character was almost undetectable until only a small amount remained in the glass (volume - not a temp issue). Still a fantastic beer without a doubt, but it has a tall standard to measure up to. (scored: =4.6)

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