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RATINGS: 795   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2267) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Whew! Sarious baar. These guys don’t mess around. The coffee is muted but there. Masterfully blended characteristics. Poured with a small, fine, light tan head and no lace. Aroma is heavy malt, licorice, light on the coffee, vanilla, bourbon, Flavor’s like aroma with the coffee coming out more, super rich complex blend of the vanilla, bourbon, oak, roast, dark, ripe fruits, and on and on and on. Body is luxurious and velvety. Finish is like flavor and surprising not as boozy as you’d think. Unbelievable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3015) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2010
22 ounce bottle at crizay’s house
Thanks to members of the Akron crew for bringing this up to finish up the tasting. Despite the heat it was a great compliment to a bottle of 2010 Dark Lord. In fact side by side I might have slightly preferred this. The bourbony aspects that dominate BCS are here but somehow the coffee balances it out well. Overall this is sure to be a hit with anybody that like their beers big and bold.

Aroma / Appearance - Deep and oily the black body was as sticky as you’d expect a 13% ABV base beer to be. Slimy sheets of tan lacing only added to the haze. Black coffee, used motor oil, and a shot of bourbon give this heat that is warmer than even direct sunlight on a summer’s day. Ash and smoke complete the chewy combination which you could dwell over for a very long time.

Flavor / Palate - Dense and oily the first sip immediately coats the mouth like drinking water from the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy and warm with a bitter kick the thickness is impossible to miss. I suspect you could stick a spoon in this and it would stand on its own. Sweet blackberries, anise, dark chocolate, and smoke beg for attention before the coffee finish slams them to the ground. This complicated imperial stout takes a well crafted world class beer up another notch. Maybe some day Ohio will repeal its 12% cap so this can make it across the border.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2013 22oz bottle, dated 3/26/10, #2110, courtesy of wavers1. thanks, baker! so this is my second go-round with this beer after my first bottle was dreadfully infected. and here we go...pours a thick, oily, jet black with a full, two-finger, mocha head that settles into a ring of dark beige lace through the whole glass. aroma is truly fantastic (we’re off to a good start this time) with big notes of oak, bourbon, and vanilla initially that evolve into dark chocolate, molasses, and rich, slightly charred coffee as the beer warms with subtle hints of dark cherry and toasted toffee softening the spicy nature of the bourbon. flavor is spectacular (damn i’m glad i gave this one another shot) with a massive, bittersweet, dark chocolate, fudge brownie presence up front that is quickly immersed in rich, roasted expresso which reminds me of a mexican blend with a hint of cinnamon and followed by notes of sweet toffee, vanilla, and smooth oak with smokey, mellow bourbon notes rounding out the swallow. palate is full bodied, velvety, and rich on the tongue with perfect carbonation and a slightly warming, roasty, chocolate-covered espresso bean finish. overall, one of the best coffee imperial stouts, hell, overall imperial stouts that i’ve tasted and i’m grateful to have had the patience and a great trading partner to allow this one a second chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pepsican (1447) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Black pour with a large tan head. Aroma is lots of vanilla, coffee, and toffee. Flavor is up front stale coffee, chocolate, banana, vanilla, molasses, and caramel. Big boozy finish, very rich. The coffee was pretty bad up front but worked well in the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Bottle purchased at GI Wrigley on 6/12/2010. Pours oily thick jet black with some dark mocha bubbly head. Big legs down the side of the glass. Aroma was, as expected, dominated by coffee giving off hints of deep dark chocolate and cherry, with some big vanilla notes as well. As it warmed, the molasses became more prevalent and offered a great balance to the roastiness.\ While I love BCS with a couple years of age, the BCBCS was absolutely perfect fresh out of the bottle. The nutty roasted notes really cut into the sometimes overpowering bourbon of regular BCS, but this brew is perfectly balanced. As it warmed, the vanilla really came forward as the coffee took a back seat for the finish. While this didn’t drink like 13%, it is no doubt a sipper. The big buttery mouthfeel was fantastic, and I only got slight burn from the alcohol. Overall, this was one of the best beers I have ever had. i’m glad I didn’t have to share the bottle and had no problem putting it away during the US. vs. England game. Well done, GI!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 Bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a deep black with ruby/brown tinge outline, and very thin tan ring around the glass. Aroma of strong bourbon and hot booze, with vanilla, chocolate, and espresso. Taste is very bourbony, with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and hot boozy aftertaste. Very small amount of carbonation and creamy medium mouthfeel. Doesn’t seem that much different to me than the regular BCS, but I love regular BCS, so that’s not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Thick black pour. Decent coffee aroma, though slightly stale. Some chocolate. Stale coffee flavor. Very sweet with a strong alcohol finish. Not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2010
Thanks a million to the Carolina Crew’s patron saint Josh for sending this our way - once again, we owe you big! What a hoot to pour this evil concoction after all the sours. Sludgy and potent, it’s unapologetic in its coffee chocolate syrup intensity. While I could do with a bit more prominent roasted coffee in the nose, at least GI went away from expectations with the strong vanilla notes complemented by coffee rather than overshadowed by it. Lovely silken mouthfeel, like the boozy milkshake served in Valhalla. Flavor was deceptively complex, sneaking in details - slight smoke, Kahlua, bitter char on top of the vanilla and bourbon - that render this more than the usual boozy imperial stout with an ill-considered addition. Loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2010
Thanks to Paul and Josh for sharing! Bottle pours black with tan head. Aroma is coconut, vanilla, booze, and some booze. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor was chocolate, booze, vanilla, booze, coffee, dark roast, and more booze. I am a big fan of some of the booze bombs, not all. This was a great one. Thanks Paul!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (6559) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bottle. Dark black pour. Nose is chocolate, coffee, oak, some bourbon, mild dark fruit. Taste is similar with a rich full mouthfeel. Fantastic brew.

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