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RATINGS: 930   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicagoís 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
suprchunk (2887) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2016 2015 version - horrible. 2 out of 5. Pours a jet black with a tan head. Head sticks around for a bit, leaves a good amount of lacing on the goblet. Smells great. Huge coffee, chocolate, raisins, malt, caramel, wood, and bourbon. Very complex and really entices the imbiber to go ahead and take a drink. Big malt up front. Finishes with some vanilla and coffee. Nice chocolate and caramel undertones. Everything seems to blend together like it is supposed to. Slight woodiness and a bit of a sweet bourbon taste, but not so much that you would pick it out at first. A little hot from the ABV, but very well hidden mostly. Coats the inside of the mouth like used motor oil, in a good way. The sweetness seems to dominate in this department, but it isnít so cloying that you donít want to drink more; ala DL. If I were brave and had a full day to recover, I could drink this all night. Might take a few wallets full of cash to pull off too. I really enjoyed this fine beer and look forward to many more releases. Hopefully this trend of on-offs comes to an end and they concentrate on the good stuff like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2011
Wow - I canít believe that back to back I prefer this right now over the vanilla. The beer smells almost like a chocolate brownie - the roasted malts with the coffee having dissipated immensely. The beer pours dark coffee black with a very small head. The flavor is so smooth with bitter but terribly smooth coffee notes that have a lot of chocolate shining through which I love! Alex gets credit for saying fudge brownie!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2011
#900!!! 750ml bottle shared with my brother and buddy. A deep dark pour with a thin brown head. The aroma is pretty boozy with hints of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is heavy, but oh so good. Pretty boozy but has good coffee bean and chocolate flavors, with malts as well. A damn great beer!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
bomber. Pours black with a nice brown head. Nose is of bourbon, coffee, vanilla and alcohol. Very similar to regular GI BCS. Taste is bourbon prominently with coffee in background. Was really hoping for more coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with alcohol noticeable. A bit sweet. I drank this bad boy by myself one night. Fortunately, I had the next day off as this one hit me with quite a buzz.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Rating from Black Cat version, 7/4/6/3/12 = 3.2, will update with the bottled version when I get to it in the backlog, as I have better notes on that one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (5108) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2011
Bottled. The aroma has boozy bourbon, a variety of dark malts, coffee and chocolate. Black coloured beer with a beige head sticking to the glass. The taste is quite bitter, has some sweetness, caramel, coffee, chocolate, hint of vanilla and raisin. Lots there. Bourbon alcoholic bite. Body is a bit less than full due to ageing on casks I guess. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours very black, dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, roasted malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle. Aroma has notes of espresso, oak, bourbon, molasses, roasted malts, dark dried fruits and a little hazelnut. Black in the glass with an almost fully diminishing tan head that leave almost no lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Alcohol is almost noticeable but covered well. Overall a very complex brew that integrate coffee very well with bourbon and stout. Very happy I had a chance to savor this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. This was meant to celebrate a Bears victory in the NFC Championship, but soon became an ale of despair. Deep opaque brown-black body, thin dissipating tan head. Nose of coffee beans and robust bourbon and buttery oak, round and thick. Big, inky body, a morass of coffee beans, roasted malts, burnt sugars, soy, vanilla, and alcohol, with plenty of wood. Plum/prune notes increase with warmth. The coffee notes definitely feature more prominently in this version than in the base beer. Very good, though I prefer the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (5172) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2011
22oz bottle thanks to inflatablehair. Pours out black topped with a small brown head. Aroma was so good tons of coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, and roast. Taste was just as good. With the coffee, vanilla, some bourbon, and the sweetness. If this had some more time I think it will be even better. Also just had it at the 4th IMP Stout tasting and it was very nice had mellowed a little.

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