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RATINGS: 793   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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. 2010 vintage. Pours oily black with a thin tan ring around the edge. Aroma is roasty with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon notes. The coffee is faint, but still there. Full bodied with thick mouthfeel. Flavor is much the same. Coffee is faint, but this is still outstanding. Will re-rate when 2011 is released

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16895) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of alcohol. Roasted malty sweetish coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty coffee finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Beer poured into a tulip glass. Beer is black and dark, even at the corners and forms a brown head of medium and small bubbles. Not much lacing on the glass but for such a big beer thatís not too surprising. Carbonation will remain a mystery. Disturbing the beer by swirl leaves some legs on the glass. Aroma is so strong and complex. I pick up liquor and alcohol at first, kind of obvious and some chocolate and dark fruits as well. Coffee is in there but it wasnít the most dominant or noticeable flavor. I was expecting more coffee. Hmmm....beer is sweet and some of the bourbon edge from the regular version is missing here. Perhaps the addition of coffee some how mellowed the liquor character of the beer. Unfortunately, thatís why I drink bourbon county, for the hot liquor flavor. There is some bitterness to this version, greater than the other, not as dry, coffee flavors in the back. Iíve had several vintages of the other BCS and on draft and I enjoyed the non-coffee more. A great experience to try this though for sure. Hopefully the wife will love it. Serving type: bottle

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours jet black with a very light tan head that only rises about a finger and is gone right away. Medium lacing. The aroma is really nice and smells just like a bcs with coffee. A very sweet smooth coffee with a hint of vanilla and oak at the end. The taste is also tons of coffe, but its so smooth and easy to drink. There a whisps of bcs in here but mostly on the finish when you get some vanilla and bourbon. Other than that seems like a totally different beer, but an awesome beer. The feel is on the lighter side in terms of weight, but its dense and coating, not much of a lasting flavor. Super easy to drink

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 (6585) - 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 (11246) - 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 (1364) - 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 (7563) - 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.


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