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RATINGS: 939   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is earthy and spicy coffee with dark chocolate and roast malt, dates and prunes. Flavor is malt dominant with earthy and spicy coffee, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness, alcohol warmth and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crawej21 (7) - - JAN 5, 2013 does not count
2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Wow! Smell and taste is incredible, coffee comes through nicely. The mouth feel of this beer is just incredible. Very smooth! Now I know what the hype is all about

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Macegan75 (816) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2011 bottle at Damico’s. Pours black with slight tan head. Nose is bourbon, espresso beans, maple syrup, and lactose. First sip is velvetty smooth mix of coffee, black malt and bourbon and creamy finish.finisher

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2012 Bottle with Ray and Chris on New Years Day. Solid black pour with thin mocha head. Coffee, chocolate, oak. Not overly bitter, pretty sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rocbyter (2077) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Strong malt aroma with a robust amount of coffee and a light amount of sourness. Black color with a medium brown head. Sweet beginning with a strong malt middle that fades slowly in the finish. Thick palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (6205) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Canaan Valley. Pours black with a tan head. Bourbon and dark cherries in the nose. Coffee come through in the flavor, but not in an overwhelming way. Warm, boozy finish. Very very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
2012...pours pitch black with a thin mocha head. Aroma has sweet coffee and nice bourbon...a hint of toffee. Flavor has perfect amounts of bourbon and coffee to go with vanilla and toffee hints...good roastiness...slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a warming bourbon/coffee/roasty finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (2798) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2016 The more i drink this beer, the more it may be the best beer i have ever had. aroma of a wonderful black coffee, some sweet bourbon. perfectly balanced flavors with a sweet coffee bourbon finish, pours like motor oil. black with a thin tan head. really love 2015

   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 isn’t over- powering, but a nice component to a nicely balanced beer. Great stuff

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - 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: It’s BCBS with coffee. No, that doesn’t 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 it’s 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning... M: This doesn’t seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, it’s 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 ’sip’. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS. O: I didn’t think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though it’s quite boozy, it’s one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. I’d even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if you’ve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ’no’ but my tastebuds are saying ’fuck yes!’

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