CanIHave4Beers (2865) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a small head and some lace. The aroma couldnít be more striking, itís like the aroma you get when you walk into a coffee shop and theyíre roasting, the coffee is that fresh and vibrant. There is some dark chocolate and a mild sweet maltiness shows through as well, but this is really all about the coffee. The flavor is roasty and has a fair bit of dark chocolate, some maple syrup, some bourbon, and tons of coffee fruity earthy coffee, the booze is there but itís fairly well concealed.
This is pretty damned remarkable, and considerably better than I thought it would be.
ansermadide (1416) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 No aging (2010 vintage/draft/"Intelligentsia Bosque Lya"): I sampled this at the Great American Beer Festival soon after its release on September 16, 2010. This beer made my head shake that night. It was pretty amazing. I almost didnít know how to describe it. The aroma alone knocked my head off.
Aged 2+ years (2010 vintage/bottled/"Intelligentsia Black Cat"): Deep, dark brown, but not quite black in color with a bright, almost orange colored head, this is a fine stout. It has an almost smoky, meaty malty aroma with no noticeable notes if coffee... But wood and bourbon are present and well-infused. Very smooth. Not too woody or bourbony, its very much like the original Bourbon County Stout, but a little sharper. Smooth and silky in the mouth, bourbon and dark chocolate take the front, with coffee unnoticeable. Itís so soft in the mouth... So nice. Too bad about Goose Islandís new allegiance, though.
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Sampled at GABF! Had this back in the day with Sparky27 but didnít remember enough to rate it. Now I have no idea how I could have forgotten this one! Black hole pour with a creamy dark latte head that left lacing. Aroma is very assertive with deep rich espresso, vanilla, bourbon, Nestle Quik, and caramel. Flavor has the sweet BCS bourbon qualities with an amazing bitter Starbucks coffee punch. Truly reminiscent of a chocolate covered coffee bean soaked in bourbon. Doesnít that sound awesome? Nice coat left on the palate and memory etched into my mind. World class!!! BUMP!!!
peteinSD (1232) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy GT. Smell is predominately heavy, fresh bourbon with thick, malty chocolate. Initially, I do not get any coffee on the aroma. As the beer warms I do smell some vanilla and chocolate/expresso but certainly not the noticeable coffee aroma I anticipated. Taste is huge, thick bourbon, chocolate and some relatively minor, supporting expresso. Perhaps I should have sat on this bottle longer but I cannot see the expresso/coffee asserting itself more with age. Really "just" an a-grade, hot BCS with some bitter expresso - the í09 regular BCS I had a few weeks ago destroys this beer.
blklab2007 (1857) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled 3/26/10 poured a super oily black in color with little head and a fairly still look in the glass. aroma has hefty rich malt, sweet bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. mouth feel is hefty and the body is oily and thick. flavor has a big bourbon blast that takes a few sips to recover from. super rich malt, vanilla wood, dark dry chocolate, coffee, and a hefty alcohol on the finish. the level of coffee just cant keep up with the crushing dominance of the base beer.
ketchepillar (1025) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at El Bait Shop. Had several glasses of this and holy shit. Aroma is amazing. So much coffee and its incredible. Flavor shows a little of the classic bourbon county bourbon character and its good, of course.
heemer77 (5075) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colored body with a thin tan head. The nose is massive espresso along with the underlying bourbon. There is also a little bit of milk chocolate. The taste is fairly sweet bourbon with a coffee kick in the end. Surprisingly thin for this brew. Itís like sweetened coffee with bourbon poured in it.
phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1400th rating. Draft at the Goose Island Invasion at International Tap House in Chesterfield. I started with this one in a BCS flight alongside the regular one and the Vanilla one. The aroma made it easy to identify next to the two identical sister beers, with rich, smooth coffee roast coming forward first, and then bourbon, chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, and cream. The flavor takes it to another level: quite simply the best ícoffeeí beer Iíve ever had (and Iím not a coffee drinker), with absolutely perfect balance between the smooth, roasty coffee, the rich, creamy chocolate malts, and the barrel notes of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Full-bodied, with enough carbonation and booze to keep it from being completely oily and smooth. The booze is a nice complement, though, and doesnít really warm significantly until itís all the way down. I couldnít get enough of this (ordered a full glass after the BCS flight), and Iím interested to see what a bottle of this is like compared to the drafts I had. Amazing.
theSlipperyPen (230) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After a short lived fizz of dark brown head this rests black as pitch. Itís a big, viscous monster, a boogie-man of a beer. On the nose bourbon, vanilla and oak are immediately pronounced . Thereís no mistaking the whiskey. But almost as strong is the chocolate, which rises like an expensive malt truffle. This seems to have more of a fruit presence than the normal Bourbon County; I can find steeped cherries, plums, burnt raisins and baked apples. There is also a strong marzipan aroma and perhaps even a touch of cinnamon. Surprisingly, however, the coffee really isnít developed or distinct. It is detectable, but itís held so close to those bourbon and chocolate aromas that itís easily diminished. That said , one can pick it up in the mouth, where itís balanced carefully against the bourbon and chocolate. There is ash and molasses, tobacco and leather, and definitely something of walnut or hazelnut. It seems that the liqueur sweetness serves to add some backbone to the more subtle flavours, which otherwise may be tyrannized into nothingness by the staggeringly strong whiskey. The mouth feel is very thick with a medium to low carbonation - very smooth. The bold ABV is present but less so than the normal Bourbon County, which also seemed thicker in its body. Given two years in the cellar and this will be something special. As it is, I prefer the non-coffee original, but this is nonetheless an impressive stout and a defining desert beer.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by JCB. Pours a dark black showing some light and a dark tan head. Nose is rich with coffee and chocolate upfront and notes of molasses and vanilla with a mild alcoholic character. Flavor shows bourbon and vanilla with chocolate and coffee in the background and mild alcohol. Palate is thick and viscous with a mild warmth. Me gusta.