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RATINGS: 921   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2012
The 2010 bottling is really settling in beautifully with a bit less than 2 years of age. This beer was never really hoppy to begin with, but the flavor profie is really rounding out with sweet, rich, chocolate and vanilla, coffee and cream, and caramel. Lovely stuff... Wish I had more of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (18623) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2012
So Greg at Churchkey told me that DC only got 15 bottles of this stuff, and he had just 4 bottles left. So I snagged one and shared it with the 3 Stars crew, who were there to launch their new B.W. Rye #3, a really nice saison, which they also offered on cask with lemon peel and citra hops. Oh, and the bourbon county coffee was not bad either, thankfully more of a beer than a cup of coffee. The aroma was nice, but the flavor was really amazing. Well deserving of all its kudos.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 9, 2012
A dark black body with a brown head that faded quickly. Carbonation was very mild. Aroma had a strong booze presence. There was nice roasted coffee notes, but the bourbon really overpowered the beer. Flavor was very sweet, almost cloying, there was just enough bitterness from the roasted malts and coffee malts to prevent it. Aftertaste was a lingering bourbon flavor. Interesting flavors of wood and charcoal. Nice body. A decent beer, its initial sweetness may have taken away from it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 8, 2012
This is a bit of a palate wrecker. The sweet butteriness is so good but its like a really rich flourless chocolate cake, so good but man, after three bites, you start sweating just looking at the thing. absolutely delicious but TAKE YOUR TIME with it. youve been warned.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wilnatp (647) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2012
TAP. Tasted in a flight with BCS, BC Vanilla and BC Coffee. Coffee, chocolate, roasty, oak. Rich taste and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2012
2011 bottle poured into a snifter 2/3/12. Let me start this rating by mentioning that I donít like coffee... Black pour with a surprising amount of carbination. Bourbon and coffee aroma, for how fresh the bottle was, it was still amazingly balanced. Taste very similiar to the aroma, coffee, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, all of the bcbs flavors you love with coffee. Full bodied beer with the perfect amount of carbonation. I was blown away by this beer and Iím glad I have a few more to drink!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (2150) - Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2011 edition (1/11/12 bottling). Absolute madness around chicago to find this over the past week. I was told to let the thing sit for a bit a let the coffee level off, but I couldnt wait, Iíll try again if a bit to see what changed. Poured into snifter. Dark dark color, barely any head. Fantastic bourbon aroma, has a nice touch of coffee, not overpowering at all. Taste is the uniquely bourbon county flavor. The bourbon flavor dominates but not strong like whiskey, the pefrect amount. Also taste some chocolate and maybe a bit of molasses. And of course a fantastic bold coffee. Thicker than just about any beer than Iíve ever had. This is a slow drinker, spent about an hour and a half drinking half the bottle, enjoyed every second. Everything I love about bourbon county with a nice touch of coffee on top.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MiamiRedhawk (12) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2012
This beer is awesome, pours out very black, almost like a molasses, head is a dark brown color, it smells of coffee and chocolate, almost tastes like a barley wine up front with all the alcohol but finishes with that coffee flavor, very nice, this isnt for the weak. 1 of these and thats it for you for the night.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 30, 2012
22 oz bottle, 2011/12 Bottling, sampled fresh: simply outrageous aroma: silky dark chocolate aroma with the most unbelievable fresh coffee aroma: dark cherry, mint, and piney bitterness...dark brown with ruby hints, and a deep chocolate brown small bubbled head. Palate is smooth, lightly bubbled, lively and fun! Flavour is a wonderful balance between chocolate and coffee...both bitter, both sweet and full of an amazing fruitiness...top notch beer, beats the hype...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2012
22oz, 2010 vintage bottled on 03/26/10. Pours a black body with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a solid lacing. Aroma is really nice. I can tell the espresso has diminished over the 2 years, but there is still a lot of fresh coffee that mixes well with the big base. Tons of rich chocolate, some vanilla cream, caramel, nice roasts, and a solid oaky bourbon that comes out much more as this warms. Flavor is just as nice. Lots of rich chocolate, caramel, bourbon, and coffee up front before this gets oaky and roasty with a nice vanilla cream. Bourbon, chocolate cookies, and toffee pick it up at the end as this finishes sweet, but balanced with a nice coffee and roasty bitterness. Some alcohol warmth in a lengthy aftertaste with some raisin dark fruits coming out. Full, creamy body with a light carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer. There is lots of coffee, but I imagine its died down a good amount over the years. However, I really like how it plays off the big bourbon and rich, big malts while staying balanced rather than being the main focal point. I really liked this one.

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