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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Rating from Black Cat version, 7/4/6/3/12 = 3.2, will update with the bottled version when I get to it in the backlog, as I have better notes on that one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4626) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2011
Bottled. The aroma has boozy bourbon, a variety of dark malts, coffee and chocolate. Black coloured beer with a beige head sticking to the glass. The taste is quite bitter, has some sweetness, caramel, coffee, chocolate, hint of vanilla and raisin. Lots there. Bourbon alcoholic bite. Body is a bit less than full due to ageing on casks I guess. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours very black, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, roasted malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle. Aroma has notes of espresso, oak, bourbon, molasses, roasted malts, dark dried fruits and a little hazelnut. Black in the glass with an almost fully diminishing tan head that leave almost no lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Alcohol is almost noticeable but covered well. Overall a very complex brew that integrate coffee very well with bourbon and stout. Very happy I had a chance to savor this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. This was meant to celebrate a Bears victory in the NFC Championship, but soon became an ale of despair. Deep opaque brown-black body, thin dissipating tan head. Nose of coffee beans and robust bourbon and buttery oak, round and thick. Big, inky body, a morass of coffee beans, roasted malts, burnt sugars, soy, vanilla, and alcohol, with plenty of wood. Plum/prune notes increase with warmth. The coffee notes definitely feature more prominently in this version than in the base beer. Very good, though I prefer the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (2878) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2011
22oz bottle thanks to inflatablehair. Pours out black topped with a small brown head. Aroma was so good tons of coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, and roast. Taste was just as good. With the coffee, vanilla, some bourbon, and the sweetness. If this had some more time I think it will be even better. Also just had it at the 4th IMP Stout tasting and it was very nice had mellowed a little.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottled om 03/26/10. Pours to a pitch black body with a super dark brown head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma can be smelled from afar. Sweetened condensed milk brownies with chocolate, medium char, subtle marshmallow, and light coffee. The flavor is very nice. The coffee balances out the sometimes boozy character that BCS has. It also makes it easier to drink a "fresh" bottle much sooner. Rich charred marshmallows, chocolate brownies, and subtle coffee. Vanilla and bourbon components. The palate is silken but creamy with a hefty but very clean alcohol warming. There’s something that comes off as "alcohol", but unsure if that’s simply the coffee blend or if the coffee makes the bourbon noticeable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Definitely a very fine and complex beer. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee!, some hints of vanilla, and dark fruits. Lovely body on this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours black with ruby hues and an average size diminishing frothy light-brown head. Great aroma has lots of coffee, some jalapeno (I get that sometimes in BIG coffee Stouts), chocolate, cream, light hops, oak and bourbon. Amazing flavour of roasted mat, light leafy hops, coffee and just the right amount of barrel (oak and bourbon). Thick creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. An amazing beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2677) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Would probably do well with a year or two hanging out in the cellar but I’m not that patient. Aroma is a little alcoholic and bourbony. Some vanilla in there as well. The flavor has a hint of soy sauce and a little vanilla again. Not a huge coffee presence but there is an acidic bitterness hiding in the background. Finish is a touch alcoholic. Like I said a year or two chilling would get rid of that. Otherwise a pretty well balanced and tasty drink with a syrupy consistency.

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