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RATINGS: 930   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
Bottle, labelled as Bourbon County Grand Coffee Stout, under alias of Black Cat Bourbon County Stout! Bought from Utobeer. Opaque colour, very black with no head at all, slight head during the pour, chocolate brown coloured head, currently black as a cat I should say. Massie aroma of bourbon. coffee, dark chocolate, wood, oak chips and leather. Taste of dark - extra insane dark - chocolate, roasted malts, cold espresso coffee, oils, vanilla, cream, toffee, some leather and a hint of soy source.. Utterly outstanding beer. Many thanks to Ang for the Goose Island stouts’ tip. World class this is. Dry roast finish which is long.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle from Proof. Pitch black pour with a dense brown head. Huge coffee aroma, cocoa nibs, coconut, vanilla beans, oak, sweet bourbon with a hint of dark fruits. Sweet chocolate on the front of the tongue, powdered cocoa, coconut, vanilla, bourbon in the mid palate, roasted malts and charred oak coming through in the back end. Rich bodied and soft carbonation. Alcohol heat isn’t that noticeable. Goddamn delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keanex (1695) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Bottled November 15, 2013 (2 months old).
Appearance: The body is pitch black with a dense and short brown head that sinks into the body quickly, but leaves a dense coating. Very nice looking stout.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of earthy and mildly astringent coffee, hints of bourbon, smoke and coconut back this with a vanilla cake presence. The aroma is quite nice, good strength though not as expressive as I remember it last year.
Taste: The intro is a mild of bourbon, quickly the flavor becomes strong of coffee and syrupy chocolate. Coffee dances on the palate throughout while stepping aside for a bourbon heavy finish. The finish lingers of roast and dark chocolate.
Palate: Thick and chewy, I love the thick viscosity of this.
Overall: From memory the 2012 release wins for me. I found it bolder and more complex and less boozy. This is a great beer still.

Previous Ratings: Ar: 8, Ap: 4, Ta: 9, Pa: 5, Ov: 18 = 4.4
Bottled November 12, 2012 (2 months old).
Appearance: The body is pitch black and only a thin brown coating escapes the body before being sucked back down with only a very thin ring remaining.
Aroma: Earthy roasted coffee comes to mind first with a dark chocolate backing, very light barrel notes, only a light vanilla and subtle oak. The aroma is fantastic, it reminds me a tad of Kahlua.
Taste: Oh boy this is wonderful, very complex with an earthy roasted coffee intro with slight wood flavors, the mid-taste adds sweet chocolate syrup with some vanilla that leads to a slight bourbon on the finish with sweet syrupy chocolate. This is phenomenal, everything is blended so well together.
Palate: Thick and syrupy, touch of carbonation.
Overall: Best thing I’ve drank all year, one of the best beers I’ve ever had. This is much better than Bourbon County Stout to me and well worth $20 a bottle. Oh boy this is good, my only regret is that I don’t have fudge to eat with this.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wxman (1689) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2013 Just had it also on tap at Global Brew. Even better! Pours the darkest totally opaque brown I’ve ever seen. Initially, a decent dark chocolate head literally fizzes away (sounded like a cola) to nothing within less than a minute. Aroma is bourbon, espresso and vanilla. Absolutely delicious taste teaming with a number of flavors. Molasses, vanilla, caramel, espresso coffee, chocolate and a warm alcohol mouthfeel are all there. Some evidence of the bourbon from the barrel, as well. Top notch stuff!

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
MacBoost (1688) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Pours a used oil black, thick and oily with no head. Aromas of booze, bourbon, coffee and roast. Taste is dry and boozy with a heavy barrel taste. Coffee and hot finish. Mind blowing.

RE-RATE: This is just coffee infused macro swill for dorks.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Um...yeah. Wow! Got to try this beer tonight at Clybourn on tap. Pours black with a thin tan head. Awesome aroma of coffee (and I thought my nose was plugged up beforehand), followed by bourbon, and chocolate. Thick, smooth, and very sweet. The coffee dominated the bourbon and others flavors in this beer, which I really enjoyed. The bourbon and chocolate tasted fantastic though. Best beer I have had from them in a while.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDurden24 (1672) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2013
2012 Bottling. Black pour, tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, creamy coffee, bourbon aroma, roasty flavor with a nice espresso with the right bourbony touch. Damn Good!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2012 Bottle with Ray and Chris on New Years Day. Solid black pour with thin mocha head. Coffee, chocolate, oak. Not overly bitter, pretty sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1662) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
660 ml bottle - shared by BelgBeerGeek. The lesser one compared to GI Rare and the Vanilla one. Coffee bomb and nothing more than that.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1653) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
12oz bottle of 2014. Pours a dark brown color without any head. Low carbonation. Coffee is strong and over powers a little.


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