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RATINGS: 936   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle, courtesy briandot. Pour is classic bourbon county ink black, tan head, little retention/lace, but massive legs. Aroma of roast, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, oak. Taste is rich espresso, vanilla, coffee, roast. Palate is soft, creamy, bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2015 Bottle, thanks Chris, black pour, tan head, nose and taste are rich coffee, some chocolate, wow

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2015 2012 bottle (11/12/12) had in Feb 2013. Pours pitch black with very small brown head. Aroma is beautiful vanilla, chocolate, licorice, some salty black bean sauce, and maybe a hint of earthy coffee. Was expecting a bit more coffee but it smells dicine anyway. Mouthfeel is very thick and viscous. Sweet vanilla chocolate up front, with light earthy coffee tones. Bit of licorice. Extremely rich. Pretty sweet stuff, but very drinkable. Alcohol hidden better than the regular BCS I had from 2012, but still present. This is awesome. Now trying a 2013 bottle on 3/22/14. Same look as before. Lots more earthy spicy coffee on the aroma this year whoah, also light vanilla and oak notes, not a lot of bourbon as the beautiful coffee overpowers on the nose. Big rich earthy coffee, fades into roasty cocoa notes, then sweetens up with vanilla and chocolate with a touch of bourbon booze that lingers on the palate. Huge rich thick velvety mouthfeel with low plus carbonation. This one is much more coffee forward than I remember the 2012 and makes for a very nice change up from the regular version. Maybe the only complaint is that I get less barrell here. bur still very Mmmm. Very fresh 2014 bottle very much like the 2013 version I had, huge coffee nose and relatively light on the bourbon barrel influence. Still awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2013
On tap at High Street Grille. Aroma of bitter dark roast coffee, nice brown sugar, and slight fig. Pours black with very little brown film. Taste is deliciously sticky! Dark coffee up front and sticky bourbon to the rescue. Great notes of toffee, chocolate and espresso. Love this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnmike (1075) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2013
2012 bottle at home shared during the Super Bowl. Really good - seemed "mellower" that expected for some reason. I like regular BCBS a bit better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KingCecil (2081) - DENMARK - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle @ home...vintage 2012.... It pours pitch black with a medium creamy tan head.... DAMN I LOVE THIS BEER! The aroma is bourbon, coffee beans, roasted malt, caramel, sweet and dark fruit....DAMN I LOVE THIS BEER!.... The flavor is roasted malt, bourbon, sweet creamy caramel, creamy vanilla, creamy chocolate, ripe fruit and coffee.... full body.... awesome mouthfeel! This is one hell of a beer! world class beer.... I lovvvved it!.... DANM I LOVE THIS BEER!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (7963) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bomber to oversized snifter (from notes). Looks good; a viscous black with beige lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. Tastes like it smells with anise, smooth mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Strong aroma and taste of coffee with a black pour and comfortable mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jandd1983 (3737) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2013
It poured a black color with a dark brown head. The aroma was a ton of coffee, which was to be expected. The taste was an awesome amount of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon that all mixed well with the coffee. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bomber. Black with thin tan head. Aroma is coffee, oak and chocolate. Flavor is coffee, oak, bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Phenomenally well balanced and delicious.

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