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RATINGS: 778   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


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4024) - 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.

3.6
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gam (3237) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (3978) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2810) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Had this a couple times over the last few months. One shared by stfun a few weeks ago in winston salem and one shared by someone in the carolina crew at toddís house. This beer, like KBS, comes as billed. Heavy on the coffee and bourbon. These are two culinary items that when on their own, i really love, but when they are melded together to enhance another item such as an imperial stout, the love isnít there. Its good and I can appreciate it. But I dont really want to drink too much of it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle from Uto, drunk in the house in Devon looking out through the window over the sea.
Jet black, you could hold this up next to a lighthouse and still not a sliver of light would show through. A beautiful lasting tan head tops it off really well. Ok good start. Right then, this is a little beauty. Rich and warming. Amazingly oaky, plenty of tannin and coconut plus notes of leather, preserve fruit and flakey bitter dark chocolate. Iím not really getting as much coffee as I was expecting. I mean itís there quite clearly but I was something of wake me up levels from what I have heard, instead itís just gloriously integrated. This is a good one all round. Balance, poise, elegance and then a kick in the knackers. Just bloody brilliant all round. Considerably lengthy. Utterly wonderful mouthfeel, up there with the best Iíve had. The oak, bourbon and chocolate in the finish is pant wettingly good. Ok enough notes. I have half a glass left. Iím gonna thoroughly indulge myself.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2010
UPDATED: APR 9, 2011 Courtesy of Pailhead, 2 times. Oily black, coats glass. Sweet bourbon, caramel, chocolate up front, faint coffee, very faint hop backend. Flavor dominated by bourbon/caramel up front, coffee through the finish, turn off, for me. Oily slick body and mouthfeel. decent overall. Second bottle, 4/9/11. Coffee is absent, which doesnít bother me. Flavors have rounded out pretty well, bourbon, chocolate and roast. Still has some warming alcohol. Not my normal thing but dig this. Original rating 9/4/7/4/15.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2010

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #19. ]

Clear dark red brown color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, caramel, coffee, light chocolate, alcohol - bourbon, light tobacco - licorice. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, dark roasted. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20100821]

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle from Utobeer market stall.. Jet black with a tan head. Huge roast coffee aromas. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee. Lovely stuff. Smooth as hell flavour. Copious amounts of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, caramel, yum!! Gentle alcohol burn. Throat warming ecstasy. Long, lingering, smoky dry finish. Excellent.


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