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RATINGS: 905   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1577) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2013 bottle had less than a week after release. Massive high end coffee nose. Deep black and viscous. Rich coffee flavor, with slight herbaceousness and soft dark fruit. Coffee bitterness really cuts through the sweetness compared to the ’regular’ I tried beside it...very different beers but both ultimately great in their own regards. Agree with others: smoke ’em if you got ’em.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1568) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
Goose Island does the expected by doing the unexpected - a new version of BCS. In this case the coffee gives the bourbon-heavy stout a certain poise and balance. I still register the buttery caramel-popcorn, and the exploding rays of toffee, coffee and rich malt. Dark fruits. Wait the coffee is more aromatic now. DUH. Very warming alcohol, an the fragrance of cocoa liqueur shows this aptly. Did I mention the look, it’s a deeply viscous black with espresso foam cap, Pretty huge body rests on the palate, heavily. But it;’s all elegance. How can you diss the BCCS?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1563) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2013
Dark black. No head. Dark. Smells like bourbon. Tastes like bourbon. Thanks Tony bretz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (1562) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at Dangerous Bottle Share 6.0. Blackish pour with a small tan head. Nose is fresh coffee beans, green peppers, and some light tar. Taste is fairly bitter, freshly ground coffee, cigarettes, tar and some licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1561) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DietPepsican (1560) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Black pour with a large tan head. Aroma is lots of vanilla, coffee, and toffee. Flavor is up front stale coffee, chocolate, banana, vanilla, molasses, and caramel. Big boozy finish, very rich. The coffee was pretty bad up front but worked well in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
A - Pours a dark black color with just a tiny bit of brown around the edges and a finger of tan-brown head. The head has so-so retention, reducing down to a ring around the glass lacing nicely. S - Aroma is bursting with bourbon and coffee. Lots of oak and deep roasted malts as well with a bit of vanilla. T - Immediately hits the mouth with lots of bourbon and coffee flavors. Nice vanilla and sweet malt tones beneath. Through the middle, some strong oak and almost chocolate espresso flavors. The finish is another hit of coffee and bourbon with some oak flavors and just a bit of alcohol flavor at the very end. Lingers nicely. M - Full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Lots of flavors really fill the mouth nicely and the alcohol flavor warms the mouth in a pleasant way. D - For 13 % abv, this drinks really nicely. It is really flavorful, but at the same time pretty well balanced. The coffee flavor is an excellent addition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
2010 pours ink black, some mocha foam and no lace. typical BCBS styling. Smells like BCBS and coffee, maybe some dark prunes and vanilla. It’s nice. Flavor follows suit with a good bourbon and vanilla kick followed through with a solid mocha tone. Thick bodied with subdued carb as the beer warmed. I like this one, I like it quite a bit, but not on the seek out level in comparison to the regular BCBS. 3/4.5/4.5/4/4 - 4.28 2011 Same look as before. Smells strongly of coffee, too much for me. Below, when I seek it out, the bourbon and stout characters come through, but it’s too much work. Flavor is richly coffee’d and with a solid sweet stout accented with bourbon. Full bodied and fleeting carb similar to the ’10. I’m not a big fan of this one, although my drinking buddies dig it quite a bit. 3/2.5/3.5/4/3.5 - 3.33 (this is the grade that is recorded) Serving type: bottle 06-28-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Shared by daknole. Pours a brown caramel with a tan head. Aroma is coffee bourbon roast chocolate. Flavor is chocolate coffee bourbon barrel oak tannins caramel. A bit better than regular bourbon county.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (1540) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2013
22oz bottle from JMRSN. Reviewed from notes. A: Fizzing pour yields an obsidian black body with a geyser turbulating the middle of the surface. There’s an acceptable ring of dark mocha colored head, and legs leave a brown stain on the glass. N: Loads of vanilla and caramel. Bourbon and wood are pronounced. Chocolate cake with a touch of soy sauce. There’s a touch of espresso. Alcohol soaked raisins. T: Raisins, vanilla, chocolate, and a coffee acidity. Some roast, but this is mostly sweet with a little spice like that of rye whiskey. Some salt. M: Coating and yet some wateriness at the end. Lots of alcohol. O: I expected more coffee out of this vintage. This also has a quality I don’t recall from the 2010 vintage, and as such, it’s good, but it’s not the best of the lineup. Still worthy.

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