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RATINGS: 863   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 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Had over and over at NotLA 2011 until I eventually blacked out later that night. Iím pretty sure this beer was my undoing. Looking back, it was worth it. A - Pours black, tan head, some bubbles here and there, spotty lacing and some whisps on top. S - Huge chocolate and coffee notes, smells so damn good. Also, some oak/barrel characteristics, slight dark fruit, caramel. The coffee and chocolate notes are so outstanding, itís amazing. T - Chocolate covered coffee beans with a touch of oak mixed in. The alcohol is barley noticeable at all, which lead to my downfall a few hours after sampling this about 6 times. M - Full, rich and smooth, light carbonation, creamy finish. D - Best Coffee stout ever? Itís hard not to say yes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kappldav123 (5339) - GERMANY - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle looks simple but very good. Beer in the glass deep black, oily, almost no head. Starts intense malty, soft coffee notes, also liquorice and chocolate. Gets more intense, notes of strong espresso. Heavy malty finish, more and more warming-alcoholic. Very intense notes, but still very balanced. An impressive beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen (9901) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Not only did Armin generously trade this to me, he flew out to colorado to deliver it to me in person! Big thanks! Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Awesome dark roasty, somewhat bitter coffee, chocolate, light bourbon, roasty malty nose. Setup roasty coffee, roasty dark malty, chocolatey flavor, slight bourbon flavor. Somewhat bitter coffee finish. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2026) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Crushed at GABF í10. Pretty sexy brew. Used motor oil pour. Nose and flavor full of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and roast. Fun to see how Goose Island messes with this beer. Amazing how the results usually turn out awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Had on tap at Sugar Maple. A: Dark with low carbonation. As to be expected. S: COFFEE! I can not stress that enough. I can smell a little bourbon but the coffee is still quite heavy, even after a year... T: BAM! Yup you guessed it COFFEE. Geez this makes KBS look like miller light. I mean its great if youíre a coffee stout fan, probably the best. However itís too much for me. I miss the bourbon in bourbon county... I canít pull anything else out of this beer. M: Very viscious but not as thick as the other BC brews. O: Its fantastic for what it is but I am not a coffee stout fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4986) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Dark brown coloured body with a thin brown head and a very oily look - with only a touch of light coming through on the edges when titled and held up to a light. Aroma of maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, brandy, cognac, bourbon (of course), alcohol, cedar and way more alcohol. Full-bodied; Strong roasty flavour with a lot of coffee notes, a ton of oak and vanilla, a deep anise and robust toasted complexities with of course - a ton of alcohol and warmth with good sweetness and a touch of a lactic flavour near the end. Aftertaste is utter complexity with alcohol, vanilla pods, oak, bourbon, coffee, anise, fennel seed and a bunch of deep roasted malts. Overall, a very good and complex beer that will definitely age well in the bottle - this was a nice beer that I really think was complex and shows very nicely, albeit I donít like the size of the bottle for a beer of this strength. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Rodmanís in Washington, DC on 06-June-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 12-June-2011. Date Produced: 26-March-2010 at 21h59.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
andyhwcinc (1602) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Clybourn at Rare Stout Night, which is part of the Chicago Craft Beer week. Appearance pitch black with no head...like coffee. Aroma of mocha, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, super rich black coffee flavor. Taste less alcoholic than regular BCS, very rich but not too rich, mainly coffee but it also enhances the chocolate greatly, you can still get the bourbon in the mix. I typically would give the appearance a 4 but since the taste should be an 11, app will get a 5 which makes this the 2nd perfect beer Iíve ever had. BCS canít get better than this, beer canít get better than this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Black color/ brown head. Huge coffee, vanilla, dark roast, mocha, dry wood aromas. Medium to full body. Big mocha sweet, vanilla flavors with deep roast malt, nicely warming finish--very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daleharshman (968) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2011
From bottle at Holiday Wine Cellarís private tasting in January 2011. Pours pitch black with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma of very earthy organic dark coffee, bourbon, and musty dark malts. Flavor is full of rich dark fudgy semi-sweet chocolate along with some rummy-bourbon sweetness and mocha espresso coffee. Very well hidden 13%. Nice lingering dark chocolate. Excellent. (305, 562)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2011
Yet again, a mammoth thank you to MesandSim. They provide over 75% of my rates. Fine service, cheers to you both. The usual appearance of a good impy stout, black as the black bits Patís black and white cat with a lovely tan head. Aroma is brimming with oak hmmm oak... some leather, chocolate and bourbon. Lovely alcohol warmth, the way it should be, has big knackers and doesnít mind who knows it. Lovely long finish of oak, chocolate, hints of bourbon. Belter this is.

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