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RATINGS: 940   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 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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2627) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
2010 bomber, from bauermj. Black with a ruby hue, brown head that practically disappears. This one may have been better fresh - some vegetable, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, bit of anise, vanilla. Above average body, moderate carbonation, bit prickly, thin compared to some of the bourbon county beers, bit bitter yet more sweet, nice coating on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6753) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Sampled at an rsbls tasting. Thanks Jason. Wow is this good. All of the wonderfulness of the BCS with a fantastic coffee on top. The coffee adds some bitterness. Just a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle acquired in trade with pantanap. Thanks again for the epic brews Kan! Pours crude-oil black with a nice ring of beige head. Medium to low carbonation. Wonderful aroma of vanilla bean, espresso and bourbon-saturated oak. Makes my mouth water just smelling it. Flavor is a smooth transition from smoky roasted malt and coffee to sweet vanilla, molasses; finally moving into warming bourbon and oak wood. Very balanced overall and the beer improves with warmth. Thick, coating mouthfeel. A nice winter warmer that demands slow sipping and savoring. A real treat. Bourbon leans a bit hot, but it doesnt take too much away from the entire package.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
arkurzynski (2268) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014 Bottle shared by motortoddhead. Deep black pour. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, molasses, alcohol, mild roast malt, and faint green, earthy coffee. Sweet sticky molasses, vanilla, roasted malt, mild booze, coconut, and bourbon barrel. Mild to moderate smooth coffee at the end and in the finish. Could have used a ton more coffee. Lingering tacky sweetness. Ultimately smooth and tasty, but lacking the punch to really separate it from the original. Re-rate: the coffee used in the 2014 version really popped and the bitterness helped to temper the sweetness of the base. +1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Pour is black with a tight knit, tan bubbly head. Aroma is of coffee, bourbon, and some sweet malted barley. Flavor is a tad thinner than I thought it would be for the ABV but it is quite balanced and ends in a nice crisp hoppy finish. Lots of coffee in the body but the boozy undertones overwhelms it. Nice texture, and it gets better as it warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2012
Bottle, huge thanks to tkrjukoff. Pitch black beer with a small brown head. Coffee aroma, oaky, tar, cocoa, licorice, malty and sourish notes, roasted, a bit smoked, lovely balance between the coffee and the maltier feeling, some whisky, woody and with some chocolate. Coffee flavor, chocolate, quite malty after the first coffee attack. Cocoa, hop notes, sourish, some licorice. Alcohol is very well hidden, Milky notes, dark chocolate, the flavor just keep coming and every sip brings something new. The coffee is quite strong at first, but then allows this beer to go more to the malty chocolate side. Smooth finish with ash, coffee and chocolate. This is love in a bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2011
Bomber from a trade. Pours pitch black with a small brown bubbly hed. Aroma is fantastic; coffee, sweet, acidy, roasted malty, vinous, alcohol; fullbodied. Flavor is so good, alcohol, roasted, coffee, sweet, acidy, great base of malty, fruity ... Mmmmmm. Finishes coffee and sweet malty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alexsdad06 (9127) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle (2010). Pours black in color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is a wonderful black coffee, chocolate, splashes of caramel and well integrated bourbon notes. The flavor originally was the best coffee beer I had ever had. This has dropped ever so slightly, but it is still first class. Black coffee, chocolate, bourbon all high quality, all working seemlessly together. It is easy to forget that this is 13%. I wish this was constantly available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
2010 bottle, bottled march 10 2010. what a beer. the coffee has not dropped off or become acrid at all in this beer, its totally delicious and has mellowed just a smidge, i felt like the coffee was now more highlighted even. terrific stuff, bcs never fails really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours almost black not much of a mocha head. Smells and tastes of coffee, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, soy sauce, booze. light sweetness, medium bitterness, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter. Maybe it needs to age but kind of nasty for what I was expecting had coffee and bourbon taste, not that special liked the normal one and the vanilla was nice.

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