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RATINGS: 779   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Big thanks to Deuane for busting this one out for us to try. A - Pours midnight black with a nice one and a half finger tall brown head leaving light rings of lace down the glass. S - Smells of rich bourbon, fresh brewed coffee grounds, dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some dry oak tannins. This one is all about the bourbon and coffee. T - Starts off with a big dose of warm bourbon quickly giving way to a mix of rich coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and some dryness from the oak tannins. I heard the coffee was dropping off in this one, not in this bottle as it still has plenty to go around. The alcohol is ever present but never really gets to the point of being overpowering. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light bourbon heat, lingering for some time. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, boozy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish. The alcohol is still pretty strong in this one. O - Damn this is still one of my all time favorite coffee stouts. The combination of rich coffee and warm bourbon is just so damn good together. I am glad I still have a bottle of this one in the cellar.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1252) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 22 oz. Bomber stored for about a year before sampling, this Impy had a black pour with a small tan and coffee colored head, this ale is dark/opaque but I see small strings of flowing bubbles at the sides of the glass when held up to a light, this beer left a few spots of lacing on the glass, there was a very thin film of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, there were aromas of bourbon with various liquor notes and chocolate, roasted malt and roasted coffee, there was faint vanilla in the background, the aroma was very nice, rich, the coffee was an accent to this drink and was not too overbearing like I find some Coffee Imperial stouts, no alcohol aroma except the bourbon, the flavors were bourbon liquor, syrup and dark sugar sweetness, roasted malt, chocolate, with some coffee in the background, there was a little bite from the alcohol/bourbon liquor, rich on the palate and it got sickly sweet on the palate, the bourbon becomes a bit much as the glass warmed up, and the coffee flavor was hardly noticeable, the mouth feel was full and had gave a creamy feel. This Impy had a really nice aroma but the flavor was a bit on the sweet side, I found the coffee was more noticeable on the nose than the palate, this ale would be nice for a evening sip or a night cap on a cold night but it was sweet, less sweet would help and I would have given this a higher score, I think this beer needs more bitterness to help counter the sweetness, as the glass warmed up to room temperature, I had a hard time drinking it with all of the sweetness, I was a little disappointed with this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (3046) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle thanks to pantanap. Black pour with foamy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, scotch/bourbon, molasses, sea salt, some coffee notes but they are very tame. I thought the aroma were closer to a nice scotch from the Islay than a bourbon. Taste is sweet, molasses, some anise, a bit of coffee - to me it tastes as though the coffee bitterness just takes the edge off the bourbon sweetness BCS usually has. Palate is rich and smooth, nice alcohol warmth. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Pours deep black with little to no head. Aroma has hints of chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Flavor is about what you expect. Coffee, bourbon and chocolate. The flavors are really balanced. Really liked this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HandofMidas (12) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2011
By this point the coffee had faded a good deal, leaving behind what is one of the best bourbon stouts around anyway, though tamed down and more integrated. The heat is more then some would request, it is integrated nicely, with that hint of roast and loads of dry chocolate.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Had at a tasting with BCS 09, BCVS, BCCS, and BCSR. The aroma that hits you is that of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and molasses like the normal BCS but the chocolate is a bit more present and the coffee is dominant. The taste is similar but the coffee takes a bit of a backseat and is really balanced. It isn’t as coffee forward as say Breakfast Stout but you definitely get a good amount of it. Reallt good beer and like it more than BCSV and a tad bit more than BCS.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Had over and over at NotLA 2011 until I eventually blacked out later that night. I’m pretty sure this beer was my undoing. Looking back, it was worth it. A - Pours black, tan head, some bubbles here and there, spotty lacing and some whisps on top. S - Huge chocolate and coffee notes, smells so damn good. Also, some oak/barrel characteristics, slight dark fruit, caramel. The coffee and chocolate notes are so outstanding, it’s amazing. T - Chocolate covered coffee beans with a touch of oak mixed in. The alcohol is barley noticeable at all, which lead to my downfall a few hours after sampling this about 6 times. M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish. D - Best Coffee stout ever? It’s hard not to say yes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kappldav123 (4960) - GERMANY - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle looks simple but very good. Beer in the glass deep black, oily, almost no head. Starts intense malty, soft coffee notes, also liquorice and chocolate. Gets more intense, notes of strong espresso. Heavy malty finish, more and more warming-alcoholic. Very intense notes, but still very balanced. An impressive beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Not only did Armin generously trade this to me, he flew out to colorado to deliver it to me in person! Big thanks! Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Awesome dark roasty, somewhat bitter coffee, chocolate, light bourbon, roasty malty nose. Setup roasty coffee, roasty dark malty, chocolatey flavor, slight bourbon flavor. Somewhat bitter coffee finish. Awesome brew!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Crushed at GABF ’10. Pretty sexy brew. Used motor oil pour. Nose and flavor full of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and roast. Fun to see how Goose Island messes with this beer. Amazing how the results usually turn out awesome.


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