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RATINGS: 940   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 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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bomber shared with sherm1016...thanks! Pours black with thin tan head. The core bourbon taste is here with a very sweet initial taste...not as much coffee taste as I had expected but still an excellent strong brew. Tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sherm1016 (1272) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2012
22oz bottle, received in trade from jefeld, split with dwm1034. Pours a jet black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Heavy on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is bittersweet, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, a little smokey, roasted malt, with a light, bitter coffee finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Bomber via deyholla; dense black with trace dark tan head along the edges; stale candy malt aromas with some band aids; cheap bourbon and stale malt; anything but coffee in the aroma and Iíve had this in the fridge since I received it; super thin texture and mouthfeel; some dry coffee flag flavors mixed with vanilla bourbon, but not much else to me; donít like BCS and not impressed here; weíll see on the vanilla version but BCS just might not be my bag baby; didnít like Night Stalker either; has to be the base beer and what seems like "over" barrel treatment to me; but even if the barrel treatment doesnít suit me, I still need to ask - where the fuck is the coffee??? Must have been added way before the barrel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2012
I was going to wait until this was 2 years old but I wonít be be at my house on 3/26 so I decided to have it tonight. poured a dark brown with a bid dark tan head. aroma, lots of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate. flavor same as aroma. for being 13 abv this was a smooth drinking beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bomb offering, 22oz. Iíve had both the 10 and 11/12 bottling. Hereís for the better, 2010. Big burst of roasted coffee right off the bat, through a black dark hue. The aromas are intense from the fresh roast, not alot of heat coming from the nose despite the high ABV. Palate is incredible, big malts of vanilla and coffee up front, so smooth through the mid and a punch of bourbon in the finish. Itís insane. With that said I have just taken down a 22 of the 11/12 and found it to be lackluster and boring compared to when I had the previous bottling. The coffee was too thick, boozy, and really one sided.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
My Bottom Line:
This sugar rush of an Imperial Stout exhibits caramel, chocolate, coffee and vanilla in an obese body enlightened by alcohol burn.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the blackness with brown edges.
-Some fruitiness is found here and there.
-There are way more residual sugars than actual malt flavors.
-The aroma is of simple coffee ; not necessarily freshly brewed.
-This is a decadent dessert, so I understand the ratings itís getting. However, I canít see it being more enjoyable than Baileyís Irish Cream to me. Those who love Southern Tier flavored Imperial Stouts will love this too.


   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dinkle50 (1366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Dark pour, creamy head that faded quick. Mouth feel is near perfect, very creamy. Hot bourbon at first in the aroma, then coffee creeps in. Very sweet taste. Finish is bourbon and coffee. Very easy to drink given the 13% ABV. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Sample pour at Hunahpuís day. Pours deep brown with an amber head. Aroma is rich coffee and bourbon. Really awesome nose on this one. Flavor is rich bourbon, black coffee, rich malts, bittersweetness and caramel. Great body that lingers for awhile, which Iím quite happy with.

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