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RATINGS: 763   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1507) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JBPortland (654) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 22, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to NHhophead! Pours deep dark inky brown-black with tiny head. Nose is musty roasty coffee and dusty cocoa, subtle dark fruits and bourbon. Taste is creamy rich earthy coffee grounds, dark chocolate, plum, raisin, bourbon. Finish is rich round fruity bourbon mingling with dusty coffee, soil, vanilla notes. Well balanced. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leveejr (89) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Aroma= chocolate, coffee, slight fudge smell Taste is very similar with a nice thick, smooth mouthfeel. All in all very delicious beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoFi (1553) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2014
2010 bottle, Intelligentsia Black Cat, drank this 2013. Black with a brown head that disappears quickly. Aroma: coffee, green chili, licorice. Taste: licorice, chocolate pralines, toffee, bourbon, coffee. Full-bodied. Very tasty, but a fresher one would likely have a heavier coffee presence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1486) - Idaho, USA - FEB 20, 2014
12 oz bottle 2013 vintage- Pours pitch black with a one finger mocha colored crackly head. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, some dark fruits, appealing. The taste is roasted malts, coffee is a little more robust in the taste, chocolate almost taking a backseat as it should in a coffee stout. Licorice and leather are in there as well. For as big of a brew as this is this is velvety smooth, alcohol is well in check. Too bad itís AB-InBev, i might actually consider buying this again if it wasnít!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreamflower (565) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle shared with northropfrye on Valentineís Day. Beautiful dark colour. Aroma of toffee with hints of coffee. Lively on the palate. Rich coffee toffee taste with hints of raisin and bourbon candy. I absolutely loved this beer! Perfection!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
northropfrye (2140) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
2012 bottle. Thanks Brian, Bvery, for this one! Dark body with brown head, though quickly fades and not a lot of lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, not as a coffee forward as I imagined, which is fine with me. Bread, dried fruit, bourbon on the nose, even a bit of sharpness from the alcohol. Taste is rich chocolate and loads of bourbon - definitely more of these qualities than coffee. I wouldnít say itís boozy, but itís definitely assertive and a bit hot. Quite an excellent beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhgrantjr (417) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2014 I had been waiting for the regular BCBS and I landed this one too this year, and man is this beer good. This is easily the best coffee type stout Iíve ever had, and I like this more than the regular BCBS. Pours a deep dark black color, thick. Aroma is unbelievable: coffee, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. And the taste is great. I really think the coffee stout balances out the sweet bourbon taste of the regular BCBS really well. Probably the best combination of a roasted sweet-bitter taste Iíve ever had. If you ever get the chance to try this beer, donít pass it up. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1087) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Definitely at the high end of java-oriented stouts. Flavor is highly coffee. Yet still lets the base beer come thru. Super nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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