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RATINGS: 826   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 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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bluedevil (2) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2012 does not count
2011 bottle. Pour is thick and jet black with a tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is amazing, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, a lot going on. Taste is much of the same, although the coffee is not as prominent as the nose. The mouthfeel of this beer is downright amazing, very thick, rich, and smooth with little carbonation. BCBS is an amazing beer on its own and the coffee addition really takes it up a notch. This is a world class stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
In short: A cloying vanilla coated malt orgy with a cup of black coffee. Acceptable sipper
How: Bottle 22oz. Tasted that one when fresher, this rating for a bottle approximately 16 months of age, split 4-way.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan ring of foam
In long: Nose has obviously lots of coffee but instead of the nice roasted coffee beans I was expecting, the smell was more like smelling a freshly used wet coffee filter. Also some alcohol fumes and overall roasted malts sweetness. This beer smells big and dirty. In mouth the coffee takes the backseat with the thick heavy maltiness stealing the spotlight. Heavy caramel, lots of vanilla, uber-rich chocolate cake, dirty wood. There is obviously coffee flavors but again it is more like a cup of black coffee than roasted coffee beans. Not enough roastiness to dry out the beer and overall it felt very sticky. All that being said this is not a bad beer at all but the drinkability is very low, Iíd probably grow tired of it before I finish a bomber. I remember liking it more the first time, oh wellÖ Iím not surprised to see the incredibly high ratings on this beer. there are only two absolute certainties about the future of America: big black boozy sweet American beers will continue getting good ratings on ratebeer, and Will Smith will have the lead role in the eventual Barack Obama biopic.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mcberko (7245) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2012
UPDATED: APR 30, 2014 22 oz. bottle, pours black with a very quickly dissipating light brown head. Nose is very deep with a wide array of qualities, featuring coffee upfront, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and treacle toffee / fudge - orgasmic. Flavour is a sublime mix of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, and caramel fudge. Finishes with vanilla, chocolate and very mild booze (though well-hidden). Low carbonation. Body is viscous, sticky, velvety and super smooth. Simply one of the best imperial stouts out there.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
Originally reviewed: 12/9/10. Bottled in March 2010. 22oz bottle, shared with my wife. Poured my allotment into a snifter. Pours out gluggingly, a pure evil-black. A thin tan head rests atop, then disappears quickly. Big espresso notes in the nose. Also notes of vanilla, bourbon, oak, and mild fruit tones. Aromatic bounty. Pure silk as this one is sipped. Thick coating of the palate. Warming all the way to the finish. The coffee isnít as pronounced as I would like in flavor, but as Iíve read, this may have faded over the last 8 months?? Too bad. Still some hints of it, but not as bold. Lots of creamy milk chocolate, huge roasted notes. Some oak and vanilla tannins. The bourbon is also tamed a bit, which is fine by me. The original of this is too boozy for me, but this one comes across more balanced. I really enjoyed this one. Glad I have another to sit on for awhile. Interested to see how this one develops.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3889) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
22 ounce bottle that poured a dark black, with little carbonation. Aromas of malt, coffee, bourbon, and mor coffee. Flavors were coffee, and bourbon. The bourbon was not overpowering, but as it warmed, it did get more noticeable. Really great beer and a great way to start the morning.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (1910) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Date: April 22, 2012 Mode: Bottle Source: Happy Gnome Description: Pour was opaque black with almost no head and no lacing. Aroma was coffee, delicious bourbon and maybe some chocolate. Taste was a high end coffee, bourbon of course, wood and some chocolaty sweetness to balance the coffee out a bit. Thick and smooth with the uncanny ability of all BCS versions to finish so clean. Another great GI brew and big thanks to Jeff for giving me the heads up that this was available! Bottled 1.11.12 1422.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1727) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
Coffee and bourbon in the nose, pour is jet black, like my soul. Almost no head. Coats your mouth in chocolate malt coffee bourbon goodness. The coffee offsets the sweetness of the beer really well, thought not overly caffeinated. Well, probably plenty caffeinated, but it doesn't have a massive coffee taste. Subtle is good in overthrowing governments and in beers brewed with coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
2011/2012 bomber, bottled 1.11.12, enjoyed for rating #1000. Pours thick and brown, nearly opaque, with a gradient of reddishness along the edges. Itís topped with a fizzy, short-lived dark brown head that recedes to nothingness. This beer has really nice legs on it. Aromas of sweet bourbon, toasted oak and ash, and vanilla. This moves to strong espresso liqueur and fresh-ground coffee, with heaps of cocoa. The flavor is a flood of espresso and mocha, with rich coffee and tons of fresh cream. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla are abundant. Chocolate-covered espresso beans, custard, coffee, and bourbon dominate the finish, with a toast and jelly aftertaste. Thick and silky, creamy, and warming; verging on sticky. This is damn good, and a real treat. A special thanks to all who helped me reach this milestone; to date, 7 of my 10 top-rated beers have been acquired through trades. Cheers! [1000]

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ICEatALAMO (1001) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2012
2010 vintage bottle, and my 100th rating! Pour was black with a nice brown head that faded. Aroma is fantastic, great mix of bourbon, coffee, and malt, but none overpowering the other. Taste is a step up from the regular BCBS and I didnít think that was possible. One of the best beers I have had, gotta get my hands on more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2012 bottle with Intelligentsia Anjilanaka beans. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. A dark-tan head forms during the pour, but quickly fads. Body is essentially black. No head, no lacing. Looks pretty bland. Fortunately, the nose is packed with well roasted coffee beans, a hint of dark fruits, dark chocolate and booze. Some honey bourbon and oak make their way through as well. Smells great. The taste follows the nose with big waves of roasted coffee, chocolate fudge, brownies, a touch of vanilla and some sweet bourbon notes. Delicious. Body is smooth, thick and boozy. Light carbonation. Definitely on the hot side, but thatís how fresh BC always is. Overall, this is an excellent addition to the Bourbon County line up. The coffee pairs excellently with the base beer and these beans might be even better than the original Black Cat beans. Excellent stuff.


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