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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 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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2011
Pitch black colored brew. Coffee and bourbon in the aroma, nice. Also a lot of bourbon in the flavor, mixes well with the decent amount of coffee flavors. Nice thick mouthfeel and intense flavors. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, coffee, slight tar, light soy sauce, Bourbon, light wood, light vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and light chocolate. Poured pitch black in color with a small, fizzy, dark brown head that greatly diminished but lasted around the edges. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, Bourbon, coffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, slight tar, light wood, and slight alcohol. Medium to full body. Lightly viscous, slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, Bourbon, malt, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, slight tar finish is lightly dry. 13%ABV is slightly present in the flavor, but generally well hidden.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6497) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours jet black with a very thin tan head and an alcohol and coffee aroma. There is a complex flavor featuring coffee, chocolate, vanilla and lots of alcohol. This is crazy intense and really good. Thanks for sharing this Bill.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11066) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2011
Bomber acquired from joshuahfl - I traded a Westy blonde. Label: 3/26/10 2114 Pours really dark brown/black. Aromas of coffee and bourbon. Strong aromas. Full bodied. Lots of bourbon and coffee. The flavors are intense. Beyond divine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hair6a11 (1358) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2010 Bottle; Pour is dark brown/black with a modest khaki head - there is a faint ruby highlight at the end of the glass, to be fair. Now then; bourbon, chocolate, and coffee beans on the nose. No surprise, really. The body of this brew was slightly lighter than I was expecting, however. And itís sweeter, too. Bourbon notes mesh with cocoa - while fresh roasted coffee beans intermix with bananas and chocolate syrup. The finish is slightly boozy - All in all, a bit too sweet (I love sweet brew to be fair), and the retention on the head is mediocre upon warming. Either way though , a fine brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7389) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Decided to crack this one after hearing the coffee flavor is fading fast, I think a couple months of aging will be good for this brew. IIRC it has already been pre-aged for quite a while then the coffee added. Pours a thick, dark black and try as it might, the light canít shine through this beastly opaque liquid with only a hint of ruby/brown at the very top edge. The head is huge and dark tan, though it dissipated quickly with no lacing, no biggie with this type of alcohol content. The coffee is still there in the smell and it blends wonderfully with the Bourbon County Stout. This one is also significantly oakier than the regular it seems. The nose is a cornucopia of dark malt scents including, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, and a hint of fruitiness. The coffee is in there with a nice fresh coffee smell that isnít the same as the roasty malt scents. On top of it all is the aforementioned oak, very nice woodiness and vanilla smooth out the smell. And of course you canít forget the bourbon and the alcohol, both add a sweet alcoholic bite just to prick your nostrils. The taste is pretty damn good, Iím not a fan of BCS, and Iíve only had it fresh so having it mellowed out and with coffee added, it is a whole other beast. It is still on the cloying side with a big alcoholic punch, but it is infinitely smoother with the coffee addition and extra aging. The bourbon is still key here but when it melds with the coffee it smooths out and becomes delightful. Of course the chocolate, roasty malts, caramel, and dark fruit all make an appearance here as well as the oak. The mouthfeel is rich and thick liek BCS with a subtle carbonation. The alcohol is once again a bit burning but dramatically reduced form BCS. The drinkability issue and cloying mouthfeel were somewhat fixed but not completely, nevertheless, the hardly get in the way of the decadent flavor. I did not want to believe the hype, but this is so much better than BCS and one of my favorites now. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-14-2010 02:19:11 Edit: I thought hte 13 vintage was awful. Black pepper dominated. Downgraded.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (2161) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 5, 2011
Bottle from UTO beer. Chocolate dominated aroma. Huge beer with taste of coffe beans, chocholate and pepper.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2011
poured into a brandy snifter, used motor oil black with a thin layer of head. the head dies off leaving a lace that clings to the edge of the glass. splotches of carbonation patches bubble up in random spots throughout the beer. smells amazing, coffee, bourbon, roast, malt, caramel, oaky notes with touches of vanilla. Tastes so smooth and rich. malt and coffee with chocolate riding it out, nice run of bourbon right smack in the middle giving to caramel and vanilla oakiness. suprisingly smooth, definately not "hot". There is a nice alcohol taste taht comes out in this but nothing like regular BCS, old Rasputin, or KBS. its subtle and rounded. the balance of flavors in this is perfect. Sticky on the lips, round full and smooth with a nice oiliness on the tongue. The aging must have mellowed this out to perfect drinkability. I donít think i want to age any of my bottles, going to drink them all within the year. This was way more drinkable than I expected it to be. very intense brew though. Balanced complexities wins in this. nothing sticks out over anything else. bring out the Kentucky Pecan pie for this one just like KBS. I can think of nothing better to pair this up with.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (105) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Pours black with very little head. Aromas are full on bourbon cask, vanilla, corn sirup and a hint of coffee. The mouthfeel is great - medium thick. The taste Is initially bourbony with sweet notes of vanilled oak. The alcohol is well hidden here. The finish is more malty and nutty but the whole is very sweet. Fortunately I have a sweet toth.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2245) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a jet black with a tan head. Head sticks around for a bit, leaves a good amount of lacing on the goblet. Smells great. Huge coffee, chocolate, raisins, malt, caramel, wood, and bourbon. Very complex and really entices the imbiber to go ahead and take a drink. Big malt up front. Finishes with some vanilla and coffee. Nice chocolate and caramel undertones. Everything seems to blend together like it is supposed to. Slight woodiness and a bit of a sweet bourbon taste, but not so much that you would pick it out at first. A little hot from the ABV, but very well hidden mostly. Coats the inside of the mouth like used motor oil, in a good way. The sweetness seems to dominate in this department, but it isnít so cloying that you donít want to drink more; ala DL. If I were brave and had a full day to recover, I could drink this all night. Might take a few wallets full of cash to pull off too. I really enjoyed this fine beer and look forward to many more releases. Hopefully this trend of on-offs comes to an end and they concentrate on the good stuff like this.


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