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RATINGS: 890   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicagoís 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1510) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2010 Bottle - Opened by inflatablehair, thanks!!! - Pours a dk dk brown, thick, with a small tan ring of head...aroma is massive cocoa, espresso, vanilla creme and barrel...flavour is pretty well integrated, itís a mouthful of brute force, but tastes pretty darn good...very hot, mocha and vanilla, astringent coffe, bitter burnt wood, massive barrel...quite bitter and hot, but finishes creamy...wasnít sure what to expect from this one given the fanfare, donít go looking for nuance...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Aroma is amazing, huge jalapeŮo smell, with hints of espresso and bourbon. Taste had too much bourbon, coffee is masked and canít shine. Almost a shame. Give us coffee night stalker!!!!!!!&

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1484) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2014
On draught at ABV Public House. Deep amber brown color with dark brown lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate covered espresso beans, latte, cherry, and a hint of smoke. Taste is strong cold brewed coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak, dark cherry, and roasted malt. An incredible stout with a wonderful addition of the coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zeswaft (1483) - 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, iíve probably ever had. Unfortunately, I could hardly detect any bourbon barrel, but I donít think Iíve ever been able to notice it on any imperial stout. I canít wait to have the regular bourbon county when i get home.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2012
22 oz bottle, 2011/12 Bottling, sampled fresh: simply outrageous aroma: silky dark chocolate aroma with the most unbelievable fresh coffee aroma: dark cherry, mint, and piney bitterness...dark brown with ruby hints, and a deep chocolate brown small bubbled head. Palate is smooth, lightly bubbled, lively and fun! Flavour is a wonderful balance between chocolate and coffee...both bitter, both sweet and full of an amazing fruitiness...top notch beer, beats the hype...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2013
22oz bottle, 2012 edition, Iím not sure this benefits at all from the dose of coffee, I found myself reflecting back to some of the better bourbon county stouts and thinking how there wasnt a huge difference, some light acidity from the coffee, lots of vanilla but still just a good to great beer

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadMe (1473) - 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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JHeath99 (1473) - 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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