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RATINGS: 877   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2010
22oz bottle. Bottled on 3/26/10. Coffee on the nose is thankfully almost absent. Chocolate and vanilla. Fairly heavily charred malt. Melted dark Belgian chocolate. Fairly high grade espresso upon warming. Bourbon barrel presence is pretty tame on the nose. Pours nearly opaque with a quickly fading dark khaki head. Minimal lace left on the glass. Coffee is slightly ashy and stale on the palate. Plenty of vanilla and wood influence. Vanilla extract and chocolate. Fusel alcohol. Higher level of carbonation than the regular BCS which disappoints me. Lacks the velvety smoothness that I love in the BCS. Boozy, messy, hot, unrefined and a shell of the non coffee version.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1455) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2007 Yowsa! My friends and I snagged up the last 6 or so servings of this in wrigleyville. $10 a piece...we did not see that coming. Anyways, this has an over the top chocolate aroma that you can sense a foot away. The flavor is rich coffee, almost expresso like, and thick and rich chocolate. The sweetest most intense beer, let alone Imp stout, i’ve probably ever had. Unfortunately, I could hardly detect any bourbon barrel, but I don’t think I’ve ever been able to notice it on any imperial stout. I can’t wait to have the regular bourbon county when i get home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma shows notes of chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon, and green coffee. Flavor shows the same with additional underlying notes of vanilla and toffee. Overall body is full, viscous, and finishes with nice alc warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadMe (1453) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1442) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2013
2012 bottle, thanks to Kevin L. Huge roasty, coffee, chile nose. Pours cola with thin tan head. Taste: reasonably (not overly) sweet, caramel at end, long sweet finish -- coffee is really well-integrated; sweet with nice roasty finish. Slick, full body, rich. Best of the day so far. Love this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1431) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1429) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hair6a11 (1426) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1424) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JHeath99 (1410) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle shared by Damien and Lona. 2012 vintage. Pours an opaque black with minimal head. Aroma of coffee, booze, roasted malts, and vanilla. Taste of booze, vanilla, coffee, and some malts and chocolate.

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