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RATINGS: 825   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


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
Mike n mikes. Cold coffee and nothing else. Ok, booze and cocoa and a bit of malt ball, but mostly cold coffee. Very nice. Dark malty sweetness out back.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
22oz Bottle
Appearance - Same as the others; engine oil, small head
Aroma - Mocha, oak, vanilla, bourbon
Taste - Rich chocolate and coffee, soft oak and vanilla, alcohol

This wasn’t all that complex, just strait-forward delicious. Lots of coffee and malty sweetness make for a great drinker - fresh bottle too!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours very black, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, roasted malts.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2012
At a tasting , 3 bottles brought 1 Rare by gEUS, 1 coffee and 1 Vanilla by me

Thx Ludvig for trading !
Head: thin, creamy, cappucino
Colour; black
Smell + Taste: more bitter and roasty than the Rare, but more Bourbon flavour than the Vanilla flavour, good beer tough, couldn’t stand up to the Rare / Vanilla tough ...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (1295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Bottle 2012 #2253 thanks Artmcd8. Poured black minimal light brown head. Slightly spicy aroma. Tingly coffee choco taste. Updated at Midwest Brewers Fest. Bottle 2013 1717. Poured black brown with tan head. Aroma of nice bourbon vanilla with licorice pretzel coffee. Light carb thick bod. Bittersweet choc bourbon taste, lingering smoke char.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 2011, my last bottle :(. Huge espresso aroma billows from my glass. Deep, delicious complexity on the palate brings coffee and roasty goodness to everything it comes in contact with on the way down. Goddamn this is good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Why didn’t I buy more of this!@#$%^&..............FRICKIN! AMAZING!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Good stuff here. Nose is heavy coffee, chocolate, and roast. Taste is similar with tons of bitter coffee, dark chocolate, roast and oak. Gooooood.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1273) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 22 oz. Bomber stored for about a year before sampling, this Impy had a black pour with a small tan and coffee colored head, this ale is dark/opaque but I see small strings of flowing bubbles at the sides of the glass when held up to a light, this beer left a few spots of lacing on the glass, there was a very thin film of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, there were aromas of bourbon with various liquor notes and chocolate, roasted malt and roasted coffee, there was faint vanilla in the background, the aroma was very nice, rich, the coffee was an accent to this drink and was not too overbearing like I find some Coffee Imperial stouts, no alcohol aroma except the bourbon, the flavors were bourbon liquor, syrup and dark sugar sweetness, roasted malt, chocolate, with some coffee in the background, there was a little bite from the alcohol/bourbon liquor, rich on the palate and it got sickly sweet on the palate, the bourbon becomes a bit much as the glass warmed up, and the coffee flavor was hardly noticeable, the mouth feel was full and had gave a creamy feel. This Impy had a really nice aroma but the flavor was a bit on the sweet side, I found the coffee was more noticeable on the nose than the palate, this ale would be nice for a evening sip or a night cap on a cold night but it was sweet, less sweet would help and I would have given this a higher score, I think this beer needs more bitterness to help counter the sweetness, as the glass warmed up to room temperature, I had a hard time drinking it with all of the sweetness, I was a little disappointed with this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole -- many thanks!! Really looking forward to the others in the series. Pours like roasted coffee with legs. Smells oddly spicy with lots of red pepper in the nose. Tastes of espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Chocolate syrup lingers on the back of the palate. Very good.


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