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RATINGS: 921   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2012 bottle. Pours pitch black, small tan head that disappears immediately. The aroma is dark chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and earthy coffee. the flavor is bourbon county stout with a nice balanced, earthy coffee bitterness. The coffee does a nice job of balancing out the sweetness of the base beer. The coffee isnít over- powering, but a nice component to a nicely balanced beer. Great stuff

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/25/2012. Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet. A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs. S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow. T: Itís BCBS with coffee. No, that doesnít sound terribly deScriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest itís 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning... M: This doesnít seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, itís drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to ísipí. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS. O: I didnít think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though itís quite boozy, itís one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. Iíd even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if youíve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ínoí but my tastebuds are saying ífuck yes!í

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2682) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pitch black pour with a nice tan head ... aroma of fresh grinded coffee, roasted malts and light bourbon/oak with a touch of vanilla .... tastes of roasted coffee, vanilla, licorice, chocolate, bourbon and dry oak with a slight nutty/coconut flavor ... light bitter dry and oak on the back end .... very dry brew and slightly boozy ... definitely a full flavored and full bodied brew

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 Pours a midnight black with a fizzy tan head - no retention or lacing, a mahogany hue lines the glass. Hot aroma of rich bakers chocolate, sweet bourbon vanilla and oak, some coconut notes, and slight fresh coffee bitterness. Tastes fantastic - rich vanilla and oak, incredibly rich blend of milk and dark chocolates, slight coffee presence. Pretty viscous and very chewy, notably carbonation but not bad. Overall this is just fantastic, but there is not an incredible difference between this and the regular bourbon county. It is a better version, more balanced and sharper, but not overwhelming coffee-y

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle at churchkey. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, sweet roast. Itís super thick and delicious, coffee helps to balance the beer better than standard bourbon county; it takes out some of the sweetness and adds some roasty bitterness. Really great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
RoyalTenenbaum (6) - USA - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
Aromatic with deep notes of bourbon, chocolate, malts. Coffee is subtle but present. Divine mouth feel grows in complexity as it warms. 9 out of 10 for the style. Would bang. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
realaledrinker (35) - Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Pours dark with a head that looked thick but disappears fast and no lace. The bourbon is very evident in the nose. The coffee is in the taste more than the aroma. Great bourbon taste with nice coffee background. A great beer all in all.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 2013 Bottle. Just fantastic! Much better this year! Much better fresh! 2012 bottle. Holy aromas! This is a sweet, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, boozy, forward smelling beer. I love it. Appearance pours a deep dark oil looking brew with wispyead that is gone quick. Taste starts sweet chocolate then moves to bitter cofffe/toffee/chocolate, the roasted malt compliments the coffee very well. Palates is medium to full and provides an awesome feel. Overall, this is one of my favorite beers. Ever. ** on a second go 4 month aging it is weakened...**

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pours a dark black with strong bourbon flavor with hints of coffee. Little disappointed that it doesnít have stronger coffee notes but still solid.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLuke01 (32) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2012
22oz 2012 bottle. Pours a jet black with minimal head that fades really quickly. Aroma has huge bourbon oak vanilla and milk chocolate. Coffee comes through slightly but not as much as I hoped. Taste has deep notes of vanilla and milk chocolate. Finishes with bourbon intertwined with coffee roasted nuts and dark malts. Overall very smooth for the alcohol and big flavors. Can?t wait until I have another 2012 in 2017.


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