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RATINGS: 783   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (1974) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2010
bottled 3/26/10 poured a super oily black in color with little head and a fairly still look in the glass. aroma has hefty rich malt, sweet bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. mouth feel is hefty and the body is oily and thick. flavor has a big bourbon blast that takes a few sips to recover from. super rich malt, vanilla wood, dark dry chocolate, coffee, and a hefty alcohol on the finish. the level of coffee just cant keep up with the crushing dominance of the base beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ketchepillar (1088) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 16, 2010
On tap at El Bait Shop. Had several glasses of this and holy shit. Aroma is amazing. So much coffee and its incredible. Flavor shows a little of the classic bourbon county bourbon character and its good, of course.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5102) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Black colored body with a thin tan head. The nose is massive espresso along with the underlying bourbon. There is also a little bit of milk chocolate. The taste is fairly sweet bourbon with a coffee kick in the end. Surprisingly thin for this brew. Itís like sweetened coffee with bourbon poured in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
phaleslu (6554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2010
1400th rating. Draft at the Goose Island Invasion at International Tap House in Chesterfield. I started with this one in a BCS flight alongside the regular one and the Vanilla one. The aroma made it easy to identify next to the two identical sister beers, with rich, smooth coffee roast coming forward first, and then bourbon, chocolate malts, vanilla, oak, and cream. The flavor takes it to another level: quite simply the best ícoffeeí beer Iíve ever had (and Iím not a coffee drinker), with absolutely perfect balance between the smooth, roasty coffee, the rich, creamy chocolate malts, and the barrel notes of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Full-bodied, with enough carbonation and booze to keep it from being completely oily and smooth. The booze is a nice complement, though, and doesnít really warm significantly until itís all the way down. I couldnít get enough of this (ordered a full glass after the BCS flight), and Iím interested to see what a bottle of this is like compared to the drafts I had. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
theSlipperyPen (238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2010
After a short lived fizz of dark brown head this rests black as pitch. Itís a big, viscous monster, a boogie-man of a beer. On the nose bourbon, vanilla and oak are immediately pronounced . Thereís no mistaking the whiskey. But almost as strong is the chocolate, which rises like an expensive malt truffle. This seems to have more of a fruit presence than the normal Bourbon County; I can find steeped cherries, plums, burnt raisins and baked apples. There is also a strong marzipan aroma and perhaps even a touch of cinnamon. Surprisingly, however, the coffee really isnít developed or distinct. It is detectable, but itís held so close to those bourbon and chocolate aromas that itís easily diminished. That said , one can pick it up in the mouth, where itís balanced carefully against the bourbon and chocolate. There is ash and molasses, tobacco and leather, and definitely something of walnut or hazelnut. It seems that the liqueur sweetness serves to add some backbone to the more subtle flavours, which otherwise may be tyrannized into nothingness by the staggeringly strong whiskey. The mouth feel is very thick with a medium to low carbonation - very smooth. The bold ABV is present but less so than the normal Bourbon County, which also seemed thicker in its body. Given two years in the cellar and this will be something special. As it is, I prefer the non-coffee original, but this is nonetheless an impressive stout and a defining desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4030) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Shared by JCB. Pours a dark black showing some light and a dark tan head. Nose is rich with coffee and chocolate upfront and notes of molasses and vanilla with a mild alcoholic character. Flavor shows bourbon and vanilla with chocolate and coffee in the background and mild alcohol. Palate is thick and viscous with a mild warmth. Me gusta.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 6, 2010
22oz bottle, courtesy of either MatSciGuy or pantanap, I think. Thanks, guys! Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; thin, medium-brown head with patchy lacing. Wow, loads of coffee, caramelization, sharp bourbon, and burnt malts in the aroma; very dark and warming, hugely full, quite intense, and solid. Full body; light carbonation; reasonably smooth in the mouth and a touch warming; loads of coffee, toasted marshmallow, dark caramels, and charred / burnt malts; the coffee presence is nicely roasted, nicely rounded; the coffee addition, per usual with coffee stouts, doesnít really do a ton for me, but the barrel-aged core is definitely tasty stuff; solid, but a huge coffee presentation that just doesnít do a lot for me: over-the-top, well-roasted coffee. Eh. Lengthy finish: lots of darker caramels, brown sugar, and (again) well-roasted coffee throughout and lingering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gam (3254) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2010
Rich tan head medium carbonation very dark pour aromas smooth bourbon and coffee mix rich chocolate a cigarette touch vanilla liccorice sweetness flavours expresso coffee a wonderful fizz morishing taste with a strong cigarette taste dry to perfection dark chocolate sweet liccorice a vanilla bourbon smoothness to add giving the imperial delightful palate taste pleasers aftertaste of dryness a perfect bitter and fizz malt brilliance

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (4000) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours extremely dark with a tan head. The aroma has lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla, coffee, lots of cream and heavy roast. Medium/full body with a good amount of sharp carbonation. The flavor starts very hot and alcoholic with lots of phenolic spice. The bourbon and coffee actually take a minor role to the harsh alcohol burn. There is some roast and vanilla, but itís hard to find under the alcohol. The finish is still hot as can be along with some dark chocolate. Way too hot for this to be enjoyable. I had much higher hopes than this delivered.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2010
Bottle, Bourbon County Coffee Stout 2010. A black colored beer, with a thick foamy dark beige almost brown head. The aroma of bitter chocolate with vanilla, dark fruits and notes of coffee. The taste of coffee with vanilla, dark fruits in chocolate. A little burny of the alcohol. The aftertaste is burny, there is coffee with dark fruits and some sweet vanilla.

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