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RATINGS: 933   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2012
2010 bottle. Definite coffee in the nose. Nice dark brown head but fades quickly. Caramel, chocolate, sweet bourbon and dark roast coffee dominate the flavor profile. Thick like whole milk. I think this is quite a bit better than the standard Bourbon County offering. Almost too sweet but the coffee pulls it back from the edge. Smooth finish with alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2012
My 2011 bottle was poured into a snifter. I regained composure after an initial sniff, and was able to identify caramel, chocolate, roasted coffee, alcohol, slight butterscotch, soy sauce, vanilla, and oak. The appearance leaves a little to be desired, as the fizzy brown head quickly faded to a thin ring around the glass. The taste begins with medium sweetness, followed by light bitterness and lingering umami. Its body is medium, with a slick texture, almost flat carbonation, and long finish. Overall, this is a fantastic BBA stout, and the coffee enhances the aroma and flavor without becoming conspicuous. Kudos to the brewers and barrel aging crew at Goose Island.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle (2010) at home - shared with Mette. Pitch black - small brown head. Nice sweet bourbon, coffee, fruity, high malty, nice burned, nice fresh coffee, light flowery notes, oiley body, chocolate, vanilla. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Pours pitch black with a medium sized Tan, quickly diminishing head. Smells of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, only a touch of Bourbon and vanilla. Sweet flavor of roasted coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Full bodied. Syrup/oily texture. Roasted and slightly malt bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Huhzubendah (3378) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Thanks to Paul, who shared this bottle at Brad’s tasting on Saturday. A: This beer is utterly black, with very minimal head and lacing. S: Intense aromas of coffee, bitter coffee beans, roasted malts, bourbon, and alcohol. T: This beer is crisp and forward. Good, solid carbonation and bite. The coffee and bourbon flavors are doing a delicate dance and seem to cooperate together fairly well, adding to the beer’s intrigue and complexity. M: This beer tastes a bit young. High alcohol is very present, though the beer itself is quite tasty, so this can be overlooked to some degree. D: This beer is very good, but right now I believe it is over-hyped and being over-rated. Tasty stuff, but certainly not top 10 in the world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rvdoorn (13) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2012
Had this one side-to-side with the Rare, Vanilla and the Brand Stout. Look: the beer pours a dark black color with almost no head. Smell: Pure chocolate, coffee beans with hints of vanilla. Taste: Sweet chocolate and caramel, mixed with bourbon with a very nice bitter coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel: low carbonation, full bodied. Overall: After the Rare, this was my favorite. I am so thankful to Jeff and Erik for giving me the opportunity to try this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5450) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
2010 bottle. It pours very thick black color with a dark tan shrinking head. The aroma is heavy with booze. Lots of bourbon, chocolate and hints of dark fruit and wood. Most of the coffee seems to be gone now. The flavor is the same. The alcohol is smoother in the flavor than the aroma with big caramel notes, chocolate, wood, nuts and more heat toward the finish. It has a massive body with modest carbonation. The only hint of coffee I get is some light astringency. It seems like it may be past it’s prime a little bit although I never tasted it fresh. Maybe someday I will for comparison, but it’s still a monster of a beer and very satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jredmond (7239) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2012
2010 Vintage Bottle shared with Streets and Ben after a 2011, 2010, 2008 vertical of Bourbon County Stout. A nice finish to the night, especially considering the 2 yo westy’s courtesy of Ben. Pours a pitch black with light brown lacing. Aroma is pure, sweet coffee roast, light dark fruit, cinnamon and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium to creamy with notes of coffee, espresso, oak, and light chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kazin (444) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2012
All of the tasty qualities of the regular BCS, but with stronger coffee presence, which blends in very well!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3604) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 3, 2012
I was able to sample this for the second time this weekend. Pours a thick dark black with a frothy creamy tan head that sticks around for a bit. The aroma is dominated by the coffee but also has some chocolate and a caramel and hints of barrel to round it out quite nicely. The flavor is thick and sweet with a sugary mix of caramel chocolate and coffee. The addition of coffee seems to round out the bourbon and oak of the regular version quite nicely. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet creamy sugary mouthfeel. This is a big thick sweet monster of a beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Too bad these are so hard to get.

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