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RATINGS: 940   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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2010 On tap: Huge roasted coffee and expresso aroma with some light dark chocolate and just the slightest hint of bourbon. Dark brown, virtually black, with a small tan head that quickly fades to a ring. The beer just coats the glass. Flavor starts with lots of chocolate with hints of vanilla. Roasted coffee starts in the middle and builds into the finish. Light bourbon in the finish balances very well. I really liked the addition of the coffee. It really adds to the flavor and cuts into the bourbon flavors making them much more subtle. A very well barrel-aged beer and my favorite of the FoBAB 2006. (9-5-9-4-19)

Re-rate (6/10/10) Bottle: The aroma is an excellent combination of chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, and light coffee (lighter than you would expect). It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with no transparency and a small brown head that diminishes to virtually nothing over time. The flavor starts with chocolate, vanilla, and maple syrup. The finish has some nice coffee flavors, but not as strong as when I had it at FoBAB. There’s a definite maple syrup and a touch of wood in the aftertaste. Full bodied with a slick and creamy mouthfeel. Regular BCS is one of my favorite beers at 4.9, but this is that extra .1 better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
last1standing (15) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2015 I can?t stop drinking this aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!&# Best brew goose island has ever made dark rich bourbon flavor nice caramel finish. Perfection well worth da money for 4 pack. This is a must try for stout lovers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Ladies and gentleman, we have ourselves a winner. I did not think I would come across a beer that was as impressive as Fulton’s War & Peace, but then came Bourbon County Coffee Stout... good Lord. Pours oily black and heavy. Like your high school girlfriend, the head is excellent. Nose is slight bourbon and mild coffee with obvious sweetness. Perhaps a hint of dark fruit, like fig. Taste. I need a moment here. Taste is superb. Simply as good as a beer can get. This beer is dense and no where as bourbony as the regular. The coffee, which is not that intense, seems to tame that and adds some sweetness to it. The coffee, bourbon and high alcohol are balanced perfectly. You would never guess this beer is 13%. One of my top 2 favorite beers of all-time. BA’ers are asking if this will reach #1. my answer... it better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2010
(bottle - 22 oz) Thick black pour with a thick tan head. Huge coffee and vanilla aroma with a heavy amount of bourbon and roasted notes coming through near the end. Flavor is a huge amount of roasted coffee and roasted malts. The smooth coffee and bourbon blend well and really enhance the heavy vanilla flavor coming in near the middle. Sweet and very smooth finish. Even at 13%, it drinks like chocolate milk. Out of this world good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
flatmatt (1487) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 17, 2010
22 oz bottle at the Clybourn pub. Pours black with a light tan head. This is amazing. Aroma has coffee, black licorice, and cocoa, giving evidence of its complexity. Flavor varies between cocoa, coffee, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruit. This is one amazing beer. I knew on my first sip that this was going to score at least a 4.9, and the second sip confirmed it as a 5.0. Perfect.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
andyhwcinc (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Clybourn at Rare Stout Night, which is part of the Chicago Craft Beer week. Appearance pitch black with no head...like coffee. Aroma of mocha, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, super rich black coffee flavor. Taste less alcoholic than regular BCS, very rich but not too rich, mainly coffee but it also enhances the chocolate greatly, you can still get the bourbon in the mix. I typically would give the appearance a 4 but since the taste should be an 11, app will get a 5 which makes this the 2nd perfect beer I’ve ever had. BCS can’t get better than this, beer can’t get better than this.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 6, 2012
2012. Fresh from bottle. Smells of coffee grounds, chocolate, and bourbon. Great black pour with brown head. Good mouthfeel. Amazing taste balance of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt. This is definitely one of the finest beers I’ve tasted, and I feel like I can give it one of my only 5 ratings.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bourbon County has never my favorite of the style. The bourbon flavor is overwhelming. This helps it age better than most, but its always a bit too sweet and acidic. This version fixes what in my opinion is the beers weakest characteristics. It has a smoother mouthfeel, the bourbon is tempered by the coffee, and aged at 2 years, it really came into its own. Tried at the Cork and Barrel vertical rare beer tasting in Dec. 2012.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DirkSalmon (2) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
Just the aroma was enough to fall in love with this stout. It only got better from there. Pricy but worth every penny.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2013
This beer is a masterpiece. Worth the hype and praise. An absolute contender for the BA #1 beer in the world.

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