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RATINGS: 939   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
2011/2012 bomber, bottled 1.11.12, enjoyed for rating #1000. Pours thick and brown, nearly opaque, with a gradient of reddishness along the edges. It’s topped with a fizzy, short-lived dark brown head that recedes to nothingness. This beer has really nice legs on it. Aromas of sweet bourbon, toasted oak and ash, and vanilla. This moves to strong espresso liqueur and fresh-ground coffee, with heaps of cocoa. The flavor is a flood of espresso and mocha, with rich coffee and tons of fresh cream. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla are abundant. Chocolate-covered espresso beans, custard, coffee, and bourbon dominate the finish, with a toast and jelly aftertaste. Thick and silky, creamy, and warming; verging on sticky. This is damn good, and a real treat. A special thanks to all who helped me reach this milestone; to date, 7 of my 10 top-rated beers have been acquired through trades. Cheers! [1000]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ICEatALAMO (1301) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2012
2010 vintage bottle, and my 100th rating! Pour was black with a nice brown head that faded. Aroma is fantastic, great mix of bourbon, coffee, and malt, but none overpowering the other. Taste is a step up from the regular BCBS and I didn’t think that was possible. One of the best beers I have had, gotta get my hands on more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sisuspeed (62) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2012 bottle with Intelligentsia Anjilanaka beans. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip. A dark-tan head forms during the pour, but quickly fads. Body is essentially black. No head, no lacing. Looks pretty bland. Fortunately, the nose is packed with well roasted coffee beans, a hint of dark fruits, dark chocolate and booze. Some honey bourbon and oak make their way through as well. Smells great. The taste follows the nose with big waves of roasted coffee, chocolate fudge, brownies, a touch of vanilla and some sweet bourbon notes. Delicious. Body is smooth, thick and boozy. Light carbonation. Definitely on the hot side, but that’s how fresh BC always is. Overall, this is an excellent addition to the Bourbon County line up. The coffee pairs excellently with the base beer and these beans might be even better than the original Black Cat beans. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
strawberry (14) - Hanover, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
2011 bottle, pours a thin brown/black with no noticeable head or carbonation. Smells strongly of coffee with roasted bitter notes over an intense caramel and vanilla sweetness. Tastes sweet up front and pretty hot. The coffee is there along with prominent bourbon. Body is a little thin to be holding these flavors and carbonation would have helped the mouthfeel. Overall a very solid, assertive beer, almost like a liquor. Definitely cannot finish the bottle alone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jayklew (29) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Aroma: alcohol, only slight coffee App: pitch black, no head, no lacing, some legs from alcohol Taste: bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate Palate: oily silky Overall: ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle thanks to Oreo. Nice pour, looks similar to the regular. Tons of coffee on the nose. Flavor follows with a boatload of coffee, and some decent bourbon. I prefer the regular BCS. This was tasty, however the huge coffee made this one dimensional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Bottle at Dean Swift, Tower Bridge, 19th April 2011. Pure black with a line of dark tan head. Nose of fine coffee and high-end cheese. Molasses come through strongly on the tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (3315) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2012
HUGE beer. Everything about this is to the extreme. Nose of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, dark fruit and chocolate. Taste is much of the same with medium sweetness and intense coffee flavor. Really great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5578) - Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle thanks to Kenny. Awe wow this is awesome. Coffee and bourbon pretty well balanced and the base beer is rediculous potent enough to handle them

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boisebeer (57) - boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Had it last night at a tasting in Boise Idaho All imperial stouts about 100 bottles. Insane. Appearance: Black as night, no light light. Totally blacked out. Pours a thin tan ring of head around the glass. A vigorous swirl creates a pattern of milk chocolate chocolate head that covers maybe 1/3 of the top of the beer and which quickly disappears after you stop swirling. This is stout is heavy and imposing in and is wonderful to just look at. Smell. I didnt get the coffee at all. None Taste I got the coffee on the nose. Not a smooth coffee though. More coffee grounds. I actually wanted to chew at one point. It was good just not there best. Serving type: bottle

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