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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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of wavers1. Pours black with a reddish hue and a small beige head. Hard roasted malt and coffee in the nose. Solid body, hard roasted malt, loads of sweet vanilla, oak and Bourbon with a distinct yet smooth edge of coffee. No real bitterness, but quite some alcohol. Delicious. 210810

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Bomber shared with soccer290. I had this one a while ago so I am rating this from memory. This pours a very deep black color with a small khaki head that diminishes to swirls on the top of the brew. The aroma consists of a LOT of freshly ground coffee, some bourbon, light vanilla, and roasted malt. The taste surprised me a little bit... I was expecting a ton of coffee flavor but it was actually a fairly good blend of tastes. It consisted of bourbon, some bitter chocolate, fresh coffee, and maybe even had some dark dried fruit thrown in there as well. Finished bitter but left you wanting more. It had a medium bodied mouth feel. Overall, this was a fantastic brew. I wouldn’t say that it is better than the regular Bourbon County but this stuff is still fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 20, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 2011 bottle on 6/2/12, so good, rich smooth coffee blends great with BCS.
22 oz bottle from beernbourbon. (bottled on 03/26/10). Pours black with a medium sized tan head that fisses out quickly to a ring. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is bitter sweet chocolate and roasted malt with warming alcoholic vanilla and bourbon and some slightly acidic coffee. Full body with mild carbonation and a smooth silky mouth feel. This is an excellent beer, I personally like the regular version better though. The coffee and bourbon work together great. Thanks beernbourbon for another treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Thinner in body compared side by side with the original. Nose is dominated by coffee and some roasted aromas. Flavors of coffee followed by some roastiness. Some smokiness but very little. A nice variation but a different type of coffee and more balance would of made this one better. The original is still the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5721) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Draft at Sheffields (Chicago, IL). Pours a dark opaque black pour. A decent frothy head sits atop, darker brown, dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are rich roasty coffee, espresso, vanilla, roasted malts and Bourbon spirit. This has a huge roasted coffee and espresso feel. Initial is roasted coffee, sweet toffee, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, decent barrel, the coffee covers it up some, the Bourbon feel dies back a bit. Oaky. Chocolate chip cookies, biscuits, chocolate coffee cake, good roasty and coffee bitterness. The espresso element is stronger on the nose, more of a rich beer in the actual body. Roasty, bitter, a touch of smokiness (but not meaty), more ashy with good roast and coffee, a touch of heat from the Bourbon. More vanilla, more espresso in the finish and aftertase. Black Cat is a doozy of a coffee, strong and rich, and it is reflected in this beer. Rich roasty coffee, espresso, barrel, and chocolate chip cookies if I needed to sum it up with a touch of smoke and warmth lingering. Glad to have bottles of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Nose is full of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, slight sweetness. Flavors are the same as the nose as well as rich coffee flavors, roasted malts. Love the strong bourbon flavors. Slight boozy but not too bad. Also seemed a bit thin. Good brew overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of coffee, bourbon, oak, bitter chocolate and roasted malt with a smooth dry lingering roasty coffee finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks Dak! Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, malt, and vanilla. Flavor is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and alcohol. Creamy, heavy body. This is really top notch. I must have more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (2140) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Smells like a super rich brownie with slight coffee tones and heavy vanilla and charred wood tones. Thick with a complex chocolate, roasty flavor with a finish of vanilla, coffee and wood...nice alc finish. Pure black with a ring of tan head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
650 mL bottle from Discount. Pours nearly jet black with generous tan head. Smells first and foremost of lots of bourbon with maple syrup, coconut, alcohol, and not to be forgotten coffee. Has similar flavors with the bourbon being the dominate force, but packs a pretty big alcohol punch. Semi-sweet chocolate finish with the lingering bitterness of coffee. Leaves a nice burn in the end. Probably needs to mellow a bit before I would call it great. Still really good though.

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