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RATINGS: 863   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Iíve always thought Goose Islandís world famous "Bourbon County Brand Stout" was a little overrated and I can name many imperial stouts I consider superior. Well, apparently all this beer was missing was a bunch of coffee added to the recipe because it went from a by-the-book imperial stout to a pretty amazing imperial coffee stout.

I received a 22oz bottle in a trade with a friend (thanks, Joe!). I split it with a friend. We each poured it into tulip glasses.

Appearance: Extremely dark black body, completely opaque (is an understatement). Forms a small, dark brown, fizzy head which evaporates almost as quickly as a soda and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong coffee aroma for sure, like a pot of coffee sitting on the burner. Certain alcohol sweetness as well like a rum or Kahlua.

Taste: Thereís two ways to look at this beer: is it an imperial coffee stout or is it an imperial stout plus coffee? It may seem to be splitting hairs but there definitely is a difference. While this beer, GIBCBCS, is indeed robust in pretty much every way, I can honestly say Iíve had other beers with more pronounced coffee flavor - imperial or otherwise. This is more accurately described as Kahlua - the beer. Thereís a strong sweetness throughout the entire palate, a simultaneous combination of vanilla extract and bakerís chocolate. Rich sweetness plus noticeable bitterness from coffee and chocolate.

Thereís not much to describe in terms of the usual beer attributes of hops and malts. Well there definitely is a prominent roasted malt flavor, especially through the middle. Then as it finishes thereís a strong burst of gentle warmth, slight dryness and additional sweetness. Whatís remarkable is how clean the beer finishes with very little aftertaste. The alcohol definitely works with the palate but upstages the genuine imperial stout quality a tad. Not that I mind because in the end youíre left with an absolutely delicious, complex and very satisfying beer. I can only see this improving with age.

Drinkability: I drank GIBCBCS on a hot summerís night and I have to admit that it was actually a little refreshing for the first moment or two. Much like how an iced coffee would be even though thereís bitterness and sticky sweetness to it. The body is much thinner than I was expecting and quite tepid as well . It goes down extremely smooth and has no cloying aftertaste (I wouldíve been okay with a coffee, chocolate or vanilla aftertaste, though).

The 14% does make itself known as there is significant heat on every swig, but it didnít overwhelm me or fill me up at all. Iíd drink this beer all the time if it were reasonably priced and readily available. As a special occasion beer it definitely does the job, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2012
At a tasting , 3 bottles brought 1 Rare by gEUS, 1 coffee and 1 Vanilla by me

Thx Ludvig for trading !
Head: thin, creamy, cappucino
Colour; black
Smell + Taste: more bitter and roasty than the Rare, but more Bourbon flavour than the Vanilla flavour, good beer tough, couldnít stand up to the Rare / Vanilla tough ...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8232) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2012
2010 Vintage No head, dark brown beer with ruby reflections. Cold coffee, even stale coffee - nose is a tad disappointing. Coffee, with a good shot of Bourbon, and black chocolate. Indeed Bourbon County Coffee - with a cappucino streak? Very thick-bodied, alcoholheat, warming as none. Better than the sum of its parts - but it just canít stand up to the Rare...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cbfobes (2634) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle shared by drowland at BCS Vertical tasting, opened up both 2010 and 2011 bottles, pours black with a nice dark brown head, the aroma is a ton of coffee on the nose, which is to be expected. The 2011 was much sharper than the 2010. The flavor has an awesome amount of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon all mixed well with the coffee. Very nice mouthfeel, delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1028) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Pours a dark brown near black, with a caramel colored lacing. Aroma is heavy in coffee and alcohol, with notes of soy and chocolate. Also, there are slightly medicinal aromas. The flavor is extremely sweet and the palate is syrupy and sticky to the touch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1101) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2012 Thanks, Adam Jackson, this is your gloryhole. Itís a watery blackish darkened toned imperial stout and the head leaves almost immediately after being poured. The coffee and alcohol dominate the nose, but thereís also blackberries, roast and chocolate but itís not as dominating. Tastes of dark-roast coffee, roasted malts, beet sugar and cloves. Mmmmm.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamJackson (3331) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 2013 Bottle consumed on Black Friday (day of release) at Goose Island Brewpub in Chicago. Sizable pour at room temp.

A - Pours dark brown into the glass. light brown on the edges. Pretty black in the glass but not pitch black. No head at all.

S - Big coffee at the start, boozy musky hot bourbon scent followed by raisins and vanilla. Love the vanilla finish in this. Iíll note that the 2013 fresh has the most remarkable coffee smell in almost any beer Iíve had. The only beer with a better coffee smell was Kentucky Brunch from TG and honestly, on the mass scale, this is remarkably huge in coffee.

T - Wow. Okay. yeah, the coffee is big in 2013. previous batches had a more muted coffee taste but this explodes with fruity sweetness and ripened tree fruit. Pears? The classic BCBS taste is here with oak, bourbon and figs. Dried dates and some banana on the end. The only annoying thing about this beer is the overpowering tobacco at the finish.

M - 20% carbonation. Heavy body. Insanely boozy delicious finish.

O - Iíve had Coffee BCS 11 and 12 but both I had after a year they were bottled. 2013 fresh is simply mind blowing. Enjoy this one ASAP if you have it. Previous rating was 3.8...Iím bumping that WAY up.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (2821) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
2011/12 Bottling: Intelligentsia Anjilanaka: Aucune amertume de torrťfaction en vue, ni dans líarŰme, ni dans le goŻt. La perfection níest pas loin comme avec la classique...chocolat et cafť en harmonie, pas de chicane.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1591) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Tasted 2010 vintage from bomber into tulip glass. HOLY...SHIT...WOW, thank you, Vince! It poured an opaque old motor oil black color with reddish tints at the edges with moderate brown foam and nice Belgian lace. Nice protein retention for such age (flaked oats?). True-to-style Russian Imperial Stout aromas and flavors, which is to say "delicious": rich, dark, malty, bready, fruity, caramelly, toasty, roasty, plus coffee plus nutty tannins, plus bourbon, hardwood, faint vanilla, very mild beneficial oxidation. Medium body and carbonation. Super-smooth, creamy and chewy mouthfeel. Long-lasting bittersweet aftertaste which eventually finished dry. Intelligentia is my all-time favorite coffee roaster and I swear I could taste it in there. Lots going on here, but held in perfect harmony. Just oh, so very, very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (7134) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 23, 2012
2010 bottled shared at RBSG 2012 on the bus. Black and oily. Creamy coffee nose, soy and vanilla. Flavors of vanilla, bourbon, Coke, chocolate, light coffee. Rich and flavorful. Great body. Lovely stuff.


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