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RATINGS: 770   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 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jayzz (321) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Aroma: the aroma is very welcoming. Its like a warmth is projected to the nose. Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, slight alcohol. Appearance: pours pitch black. Little head and little lacing probably due to the alcohol content. This is probably the beers weakest category Taste: the taste profile is easy and enjoyable... dark fruit, coffee, bourbon, slightly burnt wood, some licorice. Very inviting taste... no work to enjoy this beer. Palate: sticky, thick, and lasting. As i drink the beer one sip builds onto the next sip. Like the remnants of and earlier sip amplify the next sip. Overall: very enjoyable. I will drink this anytime i can find it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2013 bottle drunk 3/1/14 at Sunset Grill.
Lifeless appearance, dark brown, inky, perhaps not opaque due to no sediment in the bottom, but who knows.
Nose is buttercream. Itís intersting. Not rum-cooonut like I usually get from over-bourboned barreled beers, but still not quite right. Itís certainly sniffable and mildly pleasant but...
Wow, this is a lot of coffee. And a alot of malt. And not a lot of carbonation or balancing dryness.
Suffice to say, I drank a few sips, was asked by the bartender how it was (after he said, "Youvíe never had this before?!") and all I could muster was a halfhearted "Ya, itís great...". Needless to say, the intensely syrupy-sweet coffee and underattenuated maltiness was less than great.
Looking around, and embarrassed to walk away from the bar with a full glass, I poured most of my glass back in to the bottle while no one was looking, took one more sip of my glass and left the rest and walked out quickly. Iíd write this off to having a bad bottle but come on, was my bottle the underattenuated one in the batch? did my bottle alone not carbonate. This must be what all those people who got bad batches of Angels Share felt like. I feel robbed of my $17. No not reallly...just not a good beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wordsworth (131) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 2013 bottle poured into snifter. Pours a motor oil black with a khaki head that disappears quickly. Hardly any lacing. Aromas of coffee, oak, fig, bourbon, a hint of vanilla. Booziness on the nose. Flavors are lots of rich coffee, dark fruit, vanilla, smooth bourbon. The bourbon and coffee are the most prominent, and are perfectly balanced on a long finish. This is a crazy good beer. The label says it ages safely for 5 years, and I plan on testing that out. One of the best beers Iíve had, easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
penstemon (127) - - FEB 28, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours black and viscous with a brown head that quickly fizzles away. Aroma of cacao nibs, oak, coffee, dark dried fruits, toffee, slight vanilla and bourbon. Taste of sweet dark dried fruits - especially fig and raisin, coffee, oak, toffee, vanilla, cacao, hint of bourbon. Full almost oily mouthfeel, fairly light bitterness, alcohol extremely well hidden. So smooth, sweet, dark and complex. Coffee and oak are the last flavors to linger along with a residual slickness. Crazy good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhamp9 (1036) - Corinth, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Pitch black pour with a khaki head that fades fairly quickly. Great aroma, coffee beans with dark chocolate and vanilla. Taste has layers of flavor. Vanilla and bourbon are prevalent initially then chocolate, coffee, wood, and dark burnt sugar comes through. Finish has more bourbon and vanilla. Slick, full body. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pcstuck (64) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
12oz bottle poured into a teku. Amazing coffee nose, milk chocolate, bourbon and a slight vanilla. Very smooth. Do not get the alcohol burn you get with bcs. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and caramel. Outstanding variant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Poured a deep black with minimal head. The most amazing nose of coffe and stuff. In the mouth, there is a hint of heat, but in a pleasant way. A stellar beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Staffan47 (860) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2014
Flaska från 2013. Trade (thanks biggsbowler!). Svartbrun med ljusbrunt skum som lägger sig snabbt. Doft av bourbon, vaniljstång, kaffe och nyskuren chili. Baserat på doften så bara måste det vara chili i den här biran. Dock känner jag ingen chili i smaken, möjligen att jag kan inbilla mig en diskret hetta endast. Annars är det vanilj, kaffe och bourbon i smaken. Balanserad sötma och alkoholnivå. Ingen stickande spritighet som vanliga bourbon county kan ha nu för tiden. Växer för varje klunk. Nice. Delar med Hoffback och Christofer på GHs kontor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2013 12 oz Bottle. Tasted side by side with a 2013 BCBS. Pours black with just a slight tan ring for a head. Huge aroma of coffee, smells like my house after I just roasted some Sumatra to Full City in that it takes over everything else. Caramel and coffee dominate the flavor, very smooth. The clear winner of the variants tasting from this coffee fiend.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xBEERxNOLA (71) - - FEB 22, 2014
Appearance - black pour with no head. Aroma - sweet aroma. Mild coffee smell. A bit of a fruit smell. Much more prominent aroma overall than most stouts. Boozy. Mouth - thick and oily. Taste - sweet bourbon. Much more bourbon flavor than coffee. Gravity is hidden better than some barrel aged beers but still prominent. Overall - excellent BBA. I am not a huge BBA beer drinkers but it's excellent.

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