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RATINGS: 763   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caeneal (5) - Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2014 does not count
12 oz bottle bought on Black Friday 2013. Finished a draft of a dissertation chapter so I'm treating myself to finally cracking this bottle open. Pours dark, inky, no head or lacing (but my glass was a touch wet from washing). Stout snifter glass helps the aroma. And what a smell. Coffee and rum and layers of oak. Flavor is phenomenal. The coffee comes through but doesn't overpower what is a rich barrel aged brew. I wouldn't want this every day, but I'd like it more than once! A justly praised and (I think) justly earned reward. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2468) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2100th review! 12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense dark tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, toast, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BA imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scooter131313 (3) - - MAR 2, 2014 does not count
A step down from the Master-class Goose Island Bourbon County Stout; but that's only to say this is a fabulous beer, not a perfect beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (304) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Aroma: the aroma is very welcoming. Its like a warmth is projected to the nose. Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, slight alcohol. Appearance: pours pitch black. Little head and little lacing probably due to the alcohol content. This is probably the beers weakest category Taste: the taste profile is easy and enjoyable... dark fruit, coffee, bourbon, slightly burnt wood, some licorice. Very inviting taste... no work to enjoy this beer. Palate: sticky, thick, and lasting. As i drink the beer one sip builds onto the next sip. Like the remnants of and earlier sip amplify the next sip. Overall: very enjoyable. I will drink this anytime i can find it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2013 bottle drunk 3/1/14 at Sunset Grill.
Lifeless appearance, dark brown, inky, perhaps not opaque due to no sediment in the bottom, but who knows.
Nose is buttercream. It’s intersting. Not rum-cooonut like I usually get from over-bourboned barreled beers, but still not quite right. It’s certainly sniffable and mildly pleasant but...
Wow, this is a lot of coffee. And a alot of malt. And not a lot of carbonation or balancing dryness.
Suffice to say, I drank a few sips, was asked by the bartender how it was (after he said, "Youv’e never had this before?!") and all I could muster was a halfhearted "Ya, it’s great...". Needless to say, the intensely syrupy-sweet coffee and underattenuated maltiness was less than great.
Looking around, and embarrassed to walk away from the bar with a full glass, I poured most of my glass back in to the bottle while no one was looking, took one more sip of my glass and left the rest and walked out quickly. I’d write this off to having a bad bottle but come on, was my bottle the underattenuated one in the batch? did my bottle alone not carbonate. This must be what all those people who got bad batches of Angels Share felt like. I feel robbed of my $17. No not reallly...just not a good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wordsworth (130) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 2013 bottle poured into snifter. Pours a motor oil black with a khaki head that disappears quickly. Hardly any lacing. Aromas of coffee, oak, fig, bourbon, a hint of vanilla. Booziness on the nose. Flavors are lots of rich coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, smooth bourbon. The bourbon and coffee are the most prominent, and are perfectly balanced on a long finish. This is a crazy good beer. The label says it ages safely for 5 years, and I plan on testing that out. One of the best beers I’ve had, easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
penstemon (127) - - FEB 28, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours black and viscous with a brown head that quickly fizzles away. Aroma of cacao nibs, oak, coffee, dark dried fruits, toffee, slight vanilla and bourbon. Taste of sweet dark dried fruits - especially fig and raisin, coffee, oak, toffee, vanilla, cacao, hint of bourbon. Full almost oily mouthfeel, fairly light bitterness, alcohol extremely well hidden. So smooth, sweet, dark and complex. Coffee and oak are the last flavors to linger along with a residual slickness. Crazy good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhamp9 (1029) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pitch black pour with a khaki head that fades fairly quickly. Great aroma, coffee beans with dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste has layers of flavor. Vanilla and bourbon are prevalent initially then chocolate, coffee, wood, and dark burnt sugar comes through. Finish has more bourbon and vanilla. Slick, full body. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pcstuck (64) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a teku. Amazing coffee nose, milk chocolate, bourbon and a slight vanilla. Very smooth. Do not get the alcohol burn you get with bcs. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. Outstanding variant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
legion242 (2162) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Poured a deep black with minimal head. The most amazing nose of coffe and stuff. In the mouth, there is a hint of heat, but in a pleasant way. A stellar beer.

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