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RATINGS: 850   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Pours pitch black with a medium sized Tan, quickly diminishing head. Smells of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, only a touch of Bourbon and vanilla. Sweet flavor of roasted coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Full bodied. Syrup/oily texture. Roasted and slightly malt bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (2757) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Thanks to Paul, who shared this bottle at Brad’s tasting on Saturday. A: This beer is utterly black, with very minimal head and lacing. S: Intense aromas of coffee, bitter coffee beans, roasted malts, bourbon, and alcohol. T: This beer is crisp and forward. Good, solid carbonation and bite. The coffee and bourbon flavors are doing a delicate dance and seem to cooperate together fairly well, adding to the beer’s intrigue and complexity. M: This beer tastes a bit young. High alcohol is very present, though the beer itself is quite tasty, so this can be overlooked to some degree. D: This beer is very good, but right now I believe it is over-hyped and being over-rated. Tasty stuff, but certainly not top 10 in the world.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rvdoorn (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
Had this one side-to-side with the Rare, Vanilla and the Brand Stout. Look: the beer pours a dark black color with almost no head. Smell: Pure chocolate, coffee beans with hints of vanilla. Taste: Sweet chocolate and caramel, mixed with bourbon with a very nice bitter coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel: low carbonation, full bodied. Overall: After the Rare, this was my favorite. I am so thankful to Jeff and Erik for giving me the opportunity to try this one

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3687) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
2010 bottle. It pours very thick black color with a dark tan shrinking head. The aroma is heavy with booze. Lots of bourbon, chocolate and hints of dark fruit and wood. Most of the coffee seems to be gone now. The flavor is the same. The alcohol is smoother in the flavor than the aroma with big caramel notes, chocolate, wood, nuts and more heat toward the finish. It has a massive body with modest carbonation. The only hint of coffee I get is some light astringency. It seems like it may be past it’s prime a little bit although I never tasted it fresh. Maybe someday I will for comparison, but it’s still a monster of a beer and very satisfying.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (5817) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
2010 Vintage Bottle shared with Streets and Ben after a 2011, 2010, 2008 vertical of Bourbon County Stout. A nice finish to the night, especially considering the 2 yo westy’s courtesy of Ben. Pours a pitch black with light brown lacing. Aroma is pure, sweet coffee roast, light dark fruit, cinnamon and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium to creamy with notes of coffee, espresso, oak, and light chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kazin (214) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2012
All of the tasty qualities of the regular BCS, but with stronger coffee presence, which blends in very well!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2559) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
I was able to sample this for the second time this weekend. Pours a thick dark black with a frothy creamy tan head that sticks around for a bit. The aroma is dominated by the coffee but also has some chocolate and a caramel and hints of barrel to round it out quite nicely. The flavor is thick and sweet with a sugary mix of caramel chocolate and coffee. The addition of coffee seems to round out the bourbon and oak of the regular version quite nicely. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet creamy sugary mouthfeel. This is a big thick sweet monster of a beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Too bad these are so hard to get.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilsnerrogge (2566) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2012
Bottled:
Black with a very small head. Aroma is bourbon, licorice, toffee and alcohol. Flavour is licorice, vanilla, toffee, bourbon and alcohol. Where’s the coffee?

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (3365) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Bottle. Pours oily black with a very darkly tanned head which slowly disappears. Nose is very coffee without being too over the top. Light coconut mingles with salted cocoa while bourbon plays around it all. Perfect balance to it on the nose and taste. Taste is thick cocoa, almost fudge like, followed by a light bitter-sweet coffee note while the bourbon comes in and out. No note is ever too much in this beer. Balance is spot on. Not too sweet either which is a pleasing thing for a beer like this. Coconut under rides the bourbon nicely as it finishes with a little bit of lingering heat. Palate is full and super lengthy. Fantastic beer and it would have to be one of the best I’ve had to date

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2012
2011 bottle served at Maple Tree Inn. Jet black pour, very still. Sweet aroma, lots and lots of coffee. Flavor is coffee, licorice, and bourbon. The taste starts off sweet coffee and then the bourbon flavor lingers long after the sip. Big, bold, and chewey in the mouth. This is definitely better than regular BCS (which is a personal fave) and I think I might agree with people who tell me they like it better than BCVS.


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