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RATINGS: 870   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Emeister84 (1443) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Earthy aromas, woody, charred, roasty, coffee, some booze, whiskey, molasses. Black with a lasting tan ring of head foam. Some initial chocolaty malt sweetness, warm with boozy notes, roasty bitterness. Full bodied, creamy, warming. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rdixon77 (1433) - Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Santa beer! Thanks to drowland. Pours jet black and oily. Nose of sweet bourbon, roasting coffee, sugar. Taste follows perfectly. Sweet, bitter, and warming. Coffee taste is there, but not overwhelming. Perfect Xmas morning sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1429) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy GT. Smell is predominately heavy, fresh bourbon with thick, malty chocolate. Initially, I do not get any coffee on the aroma. As the beer warms I do smell some vanilla and chocolate/expresso but certainly not the noticeable coffee aroma I anticipated. Taste is huge, thick bourbon, chocolate and some relatively minor, supporting expresso. Perhaps I should have sat on this bottle longer but I cannot see the expresso/coffee asserting itself more with age. Really "just" an a-grade, hot BCS with some bitter expresso - the ’09 regular BCS I had a few weeks ago destroys this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hair6a11 (1423) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2010 Bottle; Pour is dark brown/black with a modest khaki head - there is a faint ruby highlight at the end of the glass, to be fair. Now then; bourbon, chocolate, and coffee beans on the nose. No surprise, really. The body of this brew was slightly lighter than I was expecting, however. And it’s sweeter, too. Bourbon notes mesh with cocoa - while fresh roasted coffee beans intermix with bananas and chocolate syrup. The finish is slightly boozy - All in all, a bit too sweet (I love sweet brew to be fair), and the retention on the head is mediocre upon warming. Either way though , a fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadMe (1423) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Thanks to Degarth for opening this one. A: Pours deep dark black with an average mocha colored head. Lite retention and no lace. S: Boooozy aroma, hints of acrid coffee, and deep roasted malt. T: Booze right from the start in the flavor as well. The coffee is there in a big way with mild vanilla and coconut flavors. Mild chocolate notes with a touch of dark fruit. M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, boozy. D: Not real drinkable. This one needs to be laid down for a bit. My only fear is that the coffee will fall out a bit. I will take my chances though as this one is way too boozy as is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Big bold aroma coffee is subtle under big bourbon and roasty aromas... Pitch black smaller tan head... Big big flavor, roasty bourbon coffee flavor, massively full bodied... Lingers a bit sticky.... Awesome...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2012 vintage thanks to HopsHopenstein. Dark black color, no head whatsoever in either glass. Wonderful coffee smell off the bat with only the slightest note of bourbon. Flavor was good coffee, slight hint of chocolate and vanilla. This was a good beer but anything more than a couple ounces and its just a chore to finish. There is a huge astringency from the alcohol that comes over your tongue in a wave after each sip. Its just too damn strong. If this was around 9% it would probably be amazing. Serving type: bottle 03-07-2013 01:58:38

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2012
So stoked to find a 2010 bottle of this at Bierkraft. Pours black, with dark brown edges, and a small tan head. Aroma is, as expected, rich coffee-infused bourbon. A bit of dark fruit makes it sweeter, and the coffee counters that well. Tons of vanilla -- like someone dumped a significant quantity of vanilla extract in. Boozy, even after a couple of years -- seems like it would take forever to kill off the burn in this brew. Bourbon and oak hit you up front, with brown sugar and vanilla (maybe some good rum), and the coffee moves in toward the finish. Totally delicious, but this will definitely knock you back. The coffee is a great addition.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Pours black, minimal tan head. Smell is huge ashy roast. Taste is smooth coffee and vanilla. Rich and creamy. Fuller bodied. Tastes way better than the smell. Ok.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1399) - 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.

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