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RATINGS: 885   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2006

On Tap at the Goose Island Wriglyville Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers November 4th, 2006.

First off, what is the deal with these other ratings. I absolutely loved this beer and the Impression that I got, possibly totally all slammed impressions, was that others enjoyed this as well. Black with a thin brown head that is shortly lasting rim. The nose is full of chocolate but that bitter sharp coffee smell throughout. More like an Iced moca. The taste is chewy with lots of coffee, sugar sweetness then grains with a huge end with lots of oak, vanilla and cream with more and more coffee. Surprisingly with all that coffee there is still a nice undertone of oak and bourbon. Good stuff.

Note, after I entered this rating I was messaged by another beer lover, cquiroga, who told me that it was under the old rating. So I moved it here. Better represents the beer here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Draft at GI Clybourn. Poured into a snifter at the brewpub, beautiful black with dark brown head. Nose is intensely fresh roasted coffee. There is some minor vanilla notes in there as well, but surprisingly the coffee holds up to the bourbon. On taste, it is intensely coffee once again, but the bourbon and vanilla come through as well, leaving you with a taste of a vanilla latte or something. Body is super rich and the base beer is fantastic, with raisins and chocolate behind the coffee. Overall, another great IS from GI.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
laguerita (111) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2009
draft at GI Clybourn. Really pretty black pour. Lot of coffee in the nose with notes of bourbon. yum yum yum

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Um...yeah. Wow! Got to try this beer tonight at Clybourn on tap. Pours black with a thin tan head. Awesome aroma of coffee (and I thought my nose was plugged up beforehand), followed by bourbon, and chocolate. Thick, smooth, and very sweet. The coffee dominated the bourbon and others flavors in this beer, which I really enjoyed. The bourbon and chocolate tasted fantastic though. Best beer I have had from them in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Tap at GI Clybourn. Aroma much the same as Bourbon County, with a little hint of coffee. Flavor is where this one is at though. The hot peppery flavors are non existant in this compared to BCS, and replaced with coffee and oak flavors. Super smooth, with a bit of a thin body. Nice stuff, they should bottle this instead of BCS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1390) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2010
2010 Bottle. Pour is viscous and black with a thin ring of tan head. Aroma is loaded with coffee along with rich burnt brown sugar, maple bacon, roasted malt, light vanilla, and coffee ice cream. The aroma is intoxicating. I almost don’t want to drink this because I fear that it will not taste as good as it smells. But of course Im going to. Flavor is also loaded with notes of roasted malt, brown sugar bacon, a nice amount of coffee (but not too much), faint vanilla, and light bourbon. Very well balanced and very rich. Much to my relief, it really does taste very similar to the way it smells. I need more of this; I think it is exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3319) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 Bottle shared at DLD by Beth’s friend. THanks! I’d say i like the regular BCS better than coffee BCS. But I like Coffee bcs better than vanilla bean bcs. those are the only 3 variations i’ve had. This was solid. Very clean fresh coffee in the taste and aroma. Gotta get some bottles of this for myself. I’d also like to try a larger sample of this when I’m sober. ... now have bottle. will rerate soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2010
Poured by Jared @ Whiskey fest Black pour brown head with great lacing. Sweet vanilla, bourbon, syrups touch of lightly bitter coffee coming through in the aroma. A full creamy palate. The coffee mostly comes through in the aftertaste. A very nice compliment to the bourbon county still sweet first vanilla, a touch of chocolate & some syrups.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Cracked my TOP 10! This is simply awsome. Poured like the original BCS, dark thick black with dark brown thin head. Smells like vanilla, oak, bourbon, coffee, roasted malts,and chocolate. Taste is similar to smell with a nice long lingering feeling of warmth afterwards that lasts about 10 seconds. The mouthful is velvet thick and rich just like BCS. This is the best beer I’ve had in a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (11908) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with a moderate creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, licorice and coffee bean with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bourbon woody and coffee flavor with a heavy sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

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