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RATINGS: 940   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (7828) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle at Black night,. Vintage 2013. Almost black color with small white head. Strong coffee aroma with roasted malt, milk chocolate. Taste, chocolate, coffee beans, nuts, caramel, bourbon, wood, alcohol. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MisoW (3234) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
Bottle shared by Cuso, many thanks. Batch 2013. Pours black color, beige foamy head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, alcohol. Taste of strong coffee, chocolate, nuts, very sweet, bourbon, sherry, vanilla. Nice bittersweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ametras (1347) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2015
[2014] 355ml bottle. Pitch black with a thin foamy tan head. Flavors are roasted cereals, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, caramel and alcohol with fruity notes. Full body, soft carbonation, slick texture.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Alengrin (4604) - BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
As Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, 2014 edition, with 12.6% ABV. Deep mocha beige, crackling head, breaking in instants and leaving a thin beige rim on the edge of the glass with some sparse lacing, but completely vanishing in the end; colour is a very dark mahogany brown, near black, but still transparent (and hazy) on the edges. Strong and complex aroma of coffee liqueur, melting milk chocolate bars, bitter chocolate sauce, dry oak, vanilla tannins, high quality bourbon, brown game stock, soy sauce, marmelade, cappuccino, old madera, gingerbread, pear syrup, black pepper, black tea. Candied sweetness in the mouth, candied dates and marmelade, rounded and a bit sticky but with soy sauce-like umami accents and soft, deep, friendly sourishness for balance, refinedly and gently tingling carbonation, thick and oily but still remarkably supple mouthfeel and therefore remarkably high ’drinkability’; multi-layered, deep caramelly, nutty and chocolatey maltiness, bittersweet and providing a lot of body. Complex finish of big chocolatey and bitterly roasted malts, which blend in smoothly with the added coffee; the latter gives an extra, tangy spiciness to the whole without becoming obtrusive - in fact, the coffee does not seem to simply lay on top of the dark malts as is often the case in coffee stouts, it is actually built in, in a very clever way; warming, peppery alcohol sensations are present but only in the very end and never becoming astringent; and a dry, tannin-rich woodiness along with some deep, ’structural’, spicy hops provide enough drought to balance the initial candied sweetness, the way it ought to be. In fact, this drying ending is very much the same as in the other BCBS beers and I still believe this is what makes them so great. Other big, complex and expensive ’hyped’ stouts are often a bit too cloying, only a minor ’flaw’ in comparison with their great complexity, but this series does not even show this small imperfection. This coffee edition in particular stands at the same gastronomic height as its regular counterpart; both are obviously very close to each other, but this one has a subtle touch of coffee to add to the already baffling complexity of the regular BCBS, yet it also seems a bit sweeter. The first counterbalances the last so I’ll give it the same near-perfect score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2776) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2015
2014 vintage draft at Strangelove in late September 2015. Opaque black/brown pour with an impressive dark brown head. Lasting ring. No lace. Silky dark coffee. Strong dark malt flavors. Chocolate souffle. Charcoal grill. Black vinyl. Coffee grounds. Has some slightly harsh acetic notes and a bit of tang (not sure if this is due to its age or not) - still works. Vanilla bean. Liquorice. Marmite. Plums and prunes. Black cherries. Black currants. Molasses. Shoe polish. Vinyl. Complex goodness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Batavi (355) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
Tijdens bierproeverij, uitgeschonken in Struise BD degusteer glaasje. Dit was een van de bieren waar ik erg naar uitkeek. Zwart bier, met die perfecte olieachtige structuur die een goede Imperial Stout heeft. Het aroma is heerlijk en zoet, met de juiste kenmerken die een Imperial Stout moet hebben. Met tonen van: gebrande mout, karamel, aromatische koffie, zachte bourbon en wat gedroogd fruit als vijgen en dadels. Heerlijk bier met een zoet smaakpallet en en licht droge geroosterde afdronk. Met smaaktonen van karamel, bruine suiker, bourbon whisky, en een verfijnde koffie smaak. De alcohol is verbazend goed verborgen, wat ook iets zegt over de fantastische kwaliteit van deze Amerikaanse Imperial Stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4665) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Coffee 2013 Bottle from Rich shared with some appreciative stout fiends in Osaka. Thanks Rich! Great coffee nose with light bourbon notes. The taste is fantastic coffee, soft bourbon that caresses the palate. This was superbly balanced and drank like a dream. Top knotch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Martinus (4540) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2015 Black, beige head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, did I mention coffee? Sweet flavour, vanilla, caramel, bitter coffee, brown sugar. Finish coffee, caramel, malts, vanilla, brown sugar.
(from 35.5cL bottle shared @ home. 2013 bottling, Los Immortales beans. 4000th rating. Thanks for the bottle, Raf!)

2014 Intelligentsia Zirikana edition:More fresh coffee, same score overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simont1 (582) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2015
2013 Vintage: 9/4/9/4/17
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, blackcurrants, raisins, vanilla with a big bourbon kick giving a butterscotch touch to it all. Semi boozy, less so than regular bourbon county, with more chocolate and ash, traded away with the bourbon presence, a bit fuller and rounder with more butterscotch and chocolate. Favourite bourbon county variant so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlandersNed (394) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2015
12oz bottle dated 2014. Roasty coffee & chocolate ganache nose. Lightly drying coffee and dried bourbon & oak cut the malty sweetness a bit. Full+ body And moderate carbonation. Liked earlier vintages better.

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