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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gregthekeg14 (49) - Florida, USA - APR 18, 2011
coffee, booze, toffee, caramel. black very little, to no head. toffee, coffee, caramel, booze. medium bodied

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2011
Pours a dark black with a small tan head. Nose is expresso, boozy. Taste is strong coffee, quite boozy. Palate is strong but oily. Overall a pretty good brew

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (3307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 13, 2011
22oz bottle. What a treat, thanks to Nick at G.I. Much drier and less sweet than the normal bourbon county. Rich and dry-bitter coffee. balances the bourbon and sweet of the base beer very well. Not the best coffee stout I’ve had, seems a bit raw/unrefined. wonderful variation on a great beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
A - Pours a dark black color with just a tiny bit of brown around the edges and a finger of tan-brown head. The head has so-so retention, reducing down to a ring around the glass lacing nicely. S - Aroma is bursting with bourbon and coffee. Lots of oak and deep roasted malts as well with a bit of vanilla. T - Immediately hits the mouth with lots of bourbon and coffee flavors. Nice vanilla and sweet malt tones beneath. Through the middle, some strong oak and almost chocolate espresso flavors. The finish is another hit of coffee and bourbon with some oak flavors and just a bit of alcohol flavor at the very end. Lingers nicely. M - Full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Lots of flavors really fill the mouth nicely and the alcohol flavor warms the mouth in a pleasant way. D - For 13 % abv, this drinks really nicely. It is really flavorful, but at the same time pretty well balanced. The coffee flavor is an excellent addition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2011
bottle at the RBSG 2010 - Pours black and smells of dark roast malt, coffee and bourbon. Huge roast malt flavor is well complemented by bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. It’s full bodied and supremely enjoyable with a mildly dry, roasty finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
Mike n mikes. Cold coffee and nothing else. Ok, booze and cocoa and a bit of malt ball, but mostly cold coffee. Very nice. Dark malty sweetness out back.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Pailhead. 2010 vintage. Pours oily black with a thin tan ring around the edge. Aroma is roasty with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon notes. The coffee is faint, but still there. Full bodied with thick mouthfeel. Flavor is much the same. Coffee is faint, but this is still outstanding. Will re-rate when 2011 is released

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19478) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of alcohol. Roasted malty sweetish coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Beer poured into a tulip glass. Beer is black and dark, even at the corners and forms a brown head of medium and small bubbles. Not much lacing on the glass but for such a big beer that’s not too surprising. Carbonation will remain a mystery. Disturbing the beer by swirl leaves some legs on the glass. Aroma is so strong and complex. I pick up liquor and alcohol at first, kind of obvious and some chocolate and dark fruits as well. Coffee is in there but it wasn’t the most dominant or noticeable flavor. I was expecting more coffee. Hmmm....beer is sweet and some of the bourbon edge from the regular version is missing here. Perhaps the addition of coffee some how mellowed the liquor character of the beer. Unfortunately, that’s why I drink bourbon county, for the hot liquor flavor. There is some bitterness to this version, greater than the other, not as dry, coffee flavors in the back. I’ve had several vintages of the other BCS and on draft and I enjoyed the non-coffee more. A great experience to try this though for sure. Hopefully the wife will love it. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours jet black with a very light tan head that only rises about a finger and is gone right away. Medium lacing. The aroma is really nice and smells just like a bcs with coffee. A very sweet smooth coffee with a hint of vanilla and oak at the end. The taste is also tons of coffe, but its so smooth and easy to drink. There a whisps of bcs in here but mostly on the finish when you get some vanilla and bourbon. Other than that seems like a totally different beer, but an awesome beer. The feel is on the lighter side in terms of weight, but its dense and coating, not much of a lasting flavor. Super easy to drink

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