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RATINGS: 878   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3275) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Bomber shared by Boutip (merci!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Part of a vertical. 02DE11. Bottled 03/26/10.

App.: Deep brown-black, deep mocha head. Aroma: Extremely strong, spicy, aggressive cooked green pepper, peppercorns, still plenty of big coffee, ashen. Palate: Medium-full body, modest effervescence. Flav.: Tons of coffee, still lots of peppery, spicy, green notes, molasses, rich briny soy sauce, pine, dark chocolate, alcohol, not as friendly as the vanilla version; sweet with good bitterness and a long, green, spicy finish with lots of molasses, etc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of coffee, light vanilla notes from the bourbon and some peppery notes which don’t necessarily fit the style. Taste is mix between some astringent coffee notes with some vanilla and coffee a strange peppery feeling at the end. Body is quite full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Good though definitely a notch below the other GI stout treatments.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #336. Yummy! Great beer, not a lot of coffee remaining, but it still tastes fantastic. Need to get more of this stuff. (2049)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Thanks Tim. Black with almost no head. Coffee chili coffee and light bourbon aroma. Oily palate and a taste of chili pepper and vanilla with a spicy oak and bourbon finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3273) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2011
Brown bottle, 650 ml, from Philippe Boutin, savoured on December 2 2011; eye: black, opaque, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted malt, green pepper, light ash, woody, vanilla, liquorice, alcohol, green pepper; mouth: roasted malt, green pepper, light ash, woody, vanilla, liquorice, alcohol, dark chocolate, dense, rich, full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, syrupy texture; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 650 ml, de Philippe Boutin, savourée le 2 décembre 2011; œil : noire, opaque, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : malt torréfié, poivron vert, léger cendré, boisé, vanille, réglisse, alcool, poivron vert; bouche : malt torréfié, poivron vert, léger cendré, boisé, vanille, réglisse, alcool, poivron vert, chocolat noir, dense, riche, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture sirupeuse; en résumé : bien bon

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cavie (4012) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. I love freaken coffee beers! Pours a dark dark brown to black color. Tan ring of head. Aroma is super amazing. Coffee notes with dark chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor is coffee sweetness with chocolate and raisins. Easy finish. Not bad in the least.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
phredrik (1012) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 1, 2011
Bottle shared by Rasmusott - thanks! Pours black as night with, the head is similar to cola foam. The aroma is exactly what I expected: delicious coffee on top of a BCS base. The coffee is earthy, slightly mineral and holds some red berry fruitiness. Also bold bourbon and wood notes, vanilla, caramelized figs, fudge, syrup and coconut. Rich and lovely aroma. Taste wise, I want to applaud the coffee implementation in this beer. Bold, fruity, earthy and bitter. Very good. The coffee plays well with the already legendary BCS base, creating a wonderfully balanced and delicious imperial stout. Easily adorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (1519) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2015 Bottle from trade with arminjewell. Aroma has ofc the base of bourbon county. Some sweet vanilla, rich dark chocolate, figs prunes, dates, dark caramel coconut bourbon quality, well balanced with a big coffee roasted (light fruity) coffee and a hint of some earthy notes. Taste is smooth with dark rich chocolate, bitter roasted coffee, dry mouthfeel, sweet dark fruits, vanilla, coconut, some warming alcohol and a woody feel aswell. Love this stuff. Not as guilty a pleasure as the vanilla version. Had this again @ 2015. The Aroma of this one was very coffee forward in an almost spicy way along with the BC base. The taste was just smooth and coffee forward with all of those BC notes and qualities like vanilla, dark sweet fruits, chocolate etc. along with a smooth body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (5311) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2011
GABF 2011. Pitch black with a tan head. Aroma of deep roasty cocoa, syrup, coffee, and big oak tones. Taste has loads of cocoa syrup, coffee, oak, more coffee, sweet roasty chocolate/black malts, all on a huge smooth outstanding mouthfeel. A little boozy, in a good way. So sweet and coffee-ish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
2010 release, consumed last October. Not sure what it was like at the release, but this was already showing green, vegetal, oxidized coffee character that ruined the otherwise stellar BCS base beers. I’m not sure how they do their coffee infusion but it added an unpleasant aspect to the beer that was hard to get over. As you would expect from BCS though, it’s one thick, silky beer with a lot of bourbon and heat. I’d be open to trying a newer, fresher release, but this was a miss for me.

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