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RATINGS: 823   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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (150) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 Midnight black, thick pour with a quickly receding finger of head. The aroma is to die for, like sticking your head into a bag of fine, fresh roasted coffee beans. The flavor opens up, beginning with powerful espresso notes, and segueing seamlessly into deep, dark chocolate, followed by vanilla beans, and finally, lovely bourbon. The body is syrupy and rich, although perhaps a bit thinner than regular BCBS, due to the coffee infusion. The finish may also be a tad less lengthy, but the intensity is greater, as it positively envelops the palate in a crescendo of flavors. This is, hands down, my favorite coffee stout, and perhaps my favorite stout in general. Well worth the hunt.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2014
This is it folks! I never thought I'd rate a beer as perfect but I can't find a damned thing wrong with this one. The aroma has sweet and bitter coffee notes. It pours like tar out of the bottle. The taste is powerful. Has a nice alcoholic warmth with lovely coffee flavor along with the smooth thickness. Oh god! This is just perfect.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MHOSKINS (78) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Simply the best stout I have ever had. Period. A must try. So smooth and delicious!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreamflower (595) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye on Valentine’s Day. Beautiful dark colour. Aroma of toffee with hints of coffee. Lively on the palate. Rich coffee toffee taste with hints of raisin and bourbon candy. I absolutely loved this beer! Perfection!

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!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nehpets (23) - - APR 17, 2014
My favorite imperial stout. The coffee just makes this so much better than the plain bourbon aged stout. Impeccable pour, aroma, and color. Finished better than any beer that I have ever tried. It is work the hunt to find it. Too bad all of the stores mark it up!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DCLawyer (1552) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
2011 and 2012 bottles->snifter. Black with tan film. Tons of coffee, roast, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla. Perfectly balanced, complex. Love this beer. Hits all of my favorite notes and characteristics. My first perfect 5.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ebone1988 (262) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Aroma is bourbon barrel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, coconut. Appearance is black, light brown head. Taste is chocolate, coffee, sex, oh my god. Mouthfeel is perfect, cannot detect booze, fantastic. Oh my god. Overall, so so so so so good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (187) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2014
2013 btl. Pour from a bottle is a nice dark chocolate with a dark tan head while the aroma has a very soft coffee note mixed with a little chocolate. Taste is a little sweet from the barrel aging mixed a strong chocolate taste. Leaves a dry after taste on the tongue.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2014
355 ml. bottle @ home. Obtained in a trade with AdamJackson! Pours black with an instantly gone small tanned head. Nose is very thick molasses, syrup, bourbon, creamy dark chocolate, typical BCBS goo smell, with lots of roasted coffee, way more than expected here on my behalf. Tastes of very thick molasses, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, very thick syrupy, that BCBS syrup adorable taste is clearly here, mocha ice cream, vanilla, lots more coffee than expected, lots of real coffee bean, chocolate syrup, warming but booze is way less than what I am used with BCBS maybe the coffee covers it, the lesser presence of alcohol makes this my favourite BCBS so far because the unbalanced boozy character of this almost made them close to perfect but not cigar for me, fudge, brownie mix, thick chocolate syrup, vanilla,… Insanely thick & syrupy with lower carbonation, this is insane, I love the BCBS beers so much, this reminds me of the first time I tried a RIS, this is sure an experience.


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