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RATINGS: 826   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 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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2195) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2010 bomber purchased at Rodman’s Grocery in DC last year. pitch black pour with a small tan head. deep dark coffee nose with traces of bourbon seeping through. I’m sure the coffee would have been stronger when this was fresh. thick body with lots of roast, deep dark fruits, bourbon, oak, light vanilla, caramel and lots of sugar. definitely still an alcohol bite on the top of the mouth. aggressive barrel aged finish with lots of bourbon notes, alcohol, vanilla, dark fruits, toffee and light coffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (7449) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2011
2010 bottle (from Utobeer) at Ang’s birthday tasting. It pours jet black, with a thin tan head. The nose is light roast filter coffee, coconut, ginger, roasted malt, vanilla and alcohol. The taste is full of coffee, coconut, roasted malt, dark chocolate, solid alcohol warmth, toasted sesame seed, soy sauce, gingerbread, bourbon, wood and vanilla, with a very long, big, roasty finish. Full body, fine carbonation and velvety mouth-feel. Surprisingly smooth and well balanced. Definitely has to enjoyed in small measures, but really good nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoePeesie (878) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
A bruiser of a coffee stout at 13%, this beer is definitely best fresh if you want to enjoy the big coffee flavor, but takes on a more balanced subtle life after about a year. Of the two choices I prefer it aged.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Snifter. Appearance: Almost black with thin brown head and light lacing. Aroma: Booze, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, licorice and molasses. Taste: Tastes like chocolate covered espresso beans that have been soaked in bourbon. The chocolate and coffee are augmented by molasses, anise, roasted barley and a big blast of alcohol. Tastes like a less boozy and bourbony version of the standard Bourbon County, with just a dash more coffee. Palate: Ridiculously smooth and creamy with low carbonation and a nice warming finish. Overall: Somehow the addition of coffee tempered this beer and made it even better. Just a perfect way to end a night. Superb.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (14141) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Bottle on Angs birthday. Thanks to Scopey for this. Black. Lots of coffee. Thats pretty good. There is some alcohol on the finish. Very malty and coffee on aroma. Thats pretty big. Not too subtle or balanced. Its good but yes too big. Some vanilla comes through from the Bourbon still. Too alcohol hot on the finish. Could I drink a whole bomber of this? I doubt it. Having more and intense flavours doesn’t always mean having better flavours. Thanks for allowing me to try it though Paul.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doodler (313) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2011
750 bomber. Lovely coffee nose as it pours into an Avery snifter. Seriously dark black color with small tan head.. Notes of roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon flavors up front and finishes with rich espresso taste and chocolate sweetness. Mild carbonation and oily mouthfeel. Nice stuff. This would go great with french toast....

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Pours viscous black with thin swirling brown head. Great mouthfeel. Nice mix of coffee and sweet smokiness from the bourbon barrel. A good all night sipper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (918) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Big thanks to Deuane for busting this one out for us to try. A - Pours midnight black with a nice one and a half finger tall brown head leaving light rings of lace down the glass. S - Smells of rich bourbon, fresh brewed coffee grounds, dark roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some dry oak tannins. This one is all about the bourbon and coffee. T - Starts off with a big dose of warm bourbon quickly giving way to a mix of rich coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and some dryness from the oak tannins. I heard the coffee was dropping off in this one, not in this bottle as it still has plenty to go around. The alcohol is ever present but never really gets to the point of being overpowering. The finish is a mix of dark roast and light bourbon heat, lingering for some time. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Big, boozy, feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish. The alcohol is still pretty strong in this one. O - Damn this is still one of my all time favorite coffee stouts. The combination of rich coffee and warm bourbon is just so damn good together. I am glad I still have a bottle of this one in the cellar.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1273) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 22 oz. Bomber stored for about a year before sampling, this Impy had a black pour with a small tan and coffee colored head, this ale is dark/opaque but I see small strings of flowing bubbles at the sides of the glass when held up to a light, this beer left a few spots of lacing on the glass, there was a very thin film of sediment on the bottom of the bottle, there were aromas of bourbon with various liquor notes and chocolate, roasted malt and roasted coffee, there was faint vanilla in the background, the aroma was very nice, rich, the coffee was an accent to this drink and was not too overbearing like I find some Coffee Imperial stouts, no alcohol aroma except the bourbon, the flavors were bourbon liquor, syrup and dark sugar sweetness, roasted malt, chocolate, with some coffee in the background, there was a little bite from the alcohol/bourbon liquor, rich on the palate and it got sickly sweet on the palate, the bourbon becomes a bit much as the glass warmed up, and the coffee flavor was hardly noticeable, the mouth feel was full and had gave a creamy feel. This Impy had a really nice aroma but the flavor was a bit on the sweet side, I found the coffee was more noticeable on the nose than the palate, this ale would be nice for a evening sip or a night cap on a cold night but it was sweet, less sweet would help and I would have given this a higher score, I think this beer needs more bitterness to help counter the sweetness, as the glass warmed up to room temperature, I had a hard time drinking it with all of the sweetness, I was a little disappointed with this beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JulienHuxley (3482) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2011
Bottle thanks to pantanap. Black pour with foamy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, scotch/bourbon, molasses, sea salt, some coffee notes but they are very tame. I thought the aroma were closer to a nice scotch from the Islay than a bourbon. Taste is sweet, molasses, some anise, a bit of coffee - to me it tastes as though the coffee bitterness just takes the edge off the bourbon sweetness BCS usually has. Palate is rich and smooth, nice alcohol warmth. Excellent.


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