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RATINGS: 844   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Bomber, aged 9 months shared with Justin. Hell yeah. Pours coffee black with minimal auburn-brown foam, lacing up the glass. Aroma is pure bourbon coffee with leather notes and a touch of dark fruits. Starts out dark and strong, bourbon blast... then mellows through mid-palate before a final burst of coffee, toffee, caramel and a last whiskey burst. Beautiful, beautiful stuff. Very happy to have tried it. Thanks Norbert, for saving and sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Thanks to Enzofan. Rated in blind tasting. Poured dark brown/black with lasting tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, and roast on the nose. Sweet malt, bourbon, chocolate, coffee flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Shared with bmanning, Azurelimits, amyliz4, and hhanson at a recent tasting. A: Pours much like the regular Bourbon County Stout--rich black and quite oily with a nice, thick mocha head. S: Intense chocolate mocha espresso with quite a bit of bourbon coming through as well. Pretty strong vanilla presence along with roasted malt, oak, and molasses. T: The bourbon comes out a bit more, mixing with loads of dark chocolate and espresso. Some roasted malt and residual sweetness, but mostly the interplay between the bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. M: Heavy and viscous. The initial sip is quite a bit of alcohol heat, but the other flavors begin to take over as it warms toward room temperature. D: This is one heavy, intense brew. A bomber between 5 people was more than enough. Very tasty, although I imagine it’d be hard to finish even a 12oz. bottle alone. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-03-2010

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black body with a coffee off white head. Poor lacking and light retention. Chewy boozy etoh latent notes, modest warming. Espresso and chocolate notes, a light vanilla and whiskey tones. Bourbon sweet sugar with a strong hot finish. Surprised to see the ratings so high, its pretty messy. Not in my top 50.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle from Rando7. A dark black pour produces a thin tan head that gets pushed off to the sides. Minimal lacing. The aroma shows some charred and smoked malt, soft bourbon, dark chocolate, light oak, and vanilla. Nice. Flavors mostly follow suit. Lots of mocha and soft bourbon along with caramel, oak, and more of the charred smokey malt. The roasty notes are mild, not much bitterness to speak of, very slick and really a nice soothing sipper. The bourbon and mocha combine well and shine with everything else mostly complimentary. Very good beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerGod (5403) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle courtesy of GandGKevin. Opaque, dark brown body with a short brown head. Pretty brown legs on the glass as well. Aroma is simply wonderful! Lots of coffee, sweet and roasted malts, chocolate notes, vanilla and oak. This tastes just like a slice of chocolate cake. A very rich slice. Lots of coffee, roasted malt, sweet malt, big vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit and soft oak. Body is medium-full with a velvety carbonation, soft warmth and a pleasant chewiness. Finishes with more big vanilla, coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Nice stuff! I need more of this!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Bottle:   Black as night, very dark pour, thin brownish head, spotty lacing.   Pretty much what I expected for this 13% bruiser!   HUGE graham cracker and Bourbon aroma, vanilla and coffee round it out.   Smells like a definite Bourbon County in its richness, but with a twist of coffee.   Oh lordy, chocolate roasted malts, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla on the tongue.   This is a damn good!   Very smooth, warming, not biting nor overly hoppy for an Imperial Stout.   Just loads of graham cracker, start to finish.   Its like a damn coffee infused chocolate smore.   So friggen delicious!   Bottle says able to age up to 5 years, but as is its not hot and its just so damn tasty.   Sweet caramel and bourbon linger, graham cracker and vanilla.   Oh yeah, roasted malts and coffee too.   This one is pretty simple in its effort, and very flavorful in its delivery.   Bourbon, coffee, graham cracker, roasted malts, vanilla, and caramel really make this one up.   Its a sipper, but its also very smooth given its 13% ABV.   Full bodied, fairly slick mouthfeel.   I can’t smell/taste any faults with this one.   Just a great tasting beer that I now wished I had several to age.   Thanks to Pailhead for the bottle!


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1536) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2010
22 oz. bottle generously shared at Grape & Gourmet’s Holiday Open House. Pours black with a creamy brown head. The aromas are coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The flavors are as expected from the aroma but are wonderfully integrated and are met with a considerable amount of heat from the alcohol. The flavors surprisingly bring to the front more chocolate than coffee. All in all just a spectacular beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours very deep brown, nearly opaque, topped with a thin khaki head. Intense roasted coffee aroma, with strong background notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. Palate is super intense, there’s a ton of bourbon and a little more than a ton of coffee. Background notes of cocoa, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, and pepper add complexity. Dark fruit, oak and coffee linger. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms, and becomes a bit too intense. Thick, oily, viscous mouthfeel. I wish this came in a smaller bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Bottle courtesy of pantanap, thanks Kan! A black beer with a modest tan head. Nose is roast, bourbon, vanilla, booze, coffee, and wood. Medium to full body with an oily mouth feel and soft carbonation. On the sweet side, primary notes of vanilla, bourbon, wood, and heavy roast, secondary notes of caramel, dark chocolate, and coffee with a very light tobacco note. I enjoyed this more than the base BCS, I still find the bourbon a bit too dominating. Also, the coffee presence could be a little more pronounced.


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