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RATINGS: 933   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Very black with medium brown head. Immediate coffee, hardwood and vanilla nose. First impression at Taste is the creaminess, almost milky sweetness, a bit of floral hops, a faint amount of alcohol and burnt sugar, a nice finish when a bit of dry closes things off and prepares you for the next sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (6843) - Utah, USA - AUG 8, 2010
650ml bottle from wavers1 in a trade
Appearance: Pours a thick black with a medium sized brown head, some lacing and nice legs coating the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, bourbon, woody, chocolate and coffee
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate with some hot alcohols present
Very nice Imp stout, I think it needed some more aging to mellow out the alcohols. But very good the way it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8110) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2010
650 ml bottle thanks to Craig- alias Sledutah. Pours a totally black color with a medium brown colored head. A sweet nose of coffee, milky notes, roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla. The flavor is very drinkable and tasty; huge milky roasted coffee, vanilla in the finish, roasted malts, and light bourbon. Very tasty and amazingly drinkable. A creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2010
(Bottle) Pours dark brown, black in the glass. Small, fast decreasing brown head. The aroma is fantastic - tons of yummy coffee and “round” bourbon. The coffee roast is almost gravel-like with notes of green bell pepper and other green pepper fruits. Typical bourbon tones - oak wood, vanilla and some coconut. Bit booze. The sweet and chocolaty malt blends well with the dry coffee. A whisper of over ripe “earthy” dark fruits. Some resinous hops alongside a touch of spicy brown sugar and wet tobacco. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet (almost cloying) and near medium bitter alongside a tiny, tingling acidic note. Tones of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, sweet soy, light dark fruits and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is oily and round but a bit too sticky for my liking. Buttery bourbon finish. Light carbonated. Near full-bodied. An enjoyable beer, too bad it is too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle at RBSG. Pours black, thin tan head, which reduces slowly to a pale tan ring. Spotty lacing. Nose is coffee, coconut, toffee, very rich and sweet-smelling. Somewhere between BCS and Peche Mortel. Bourbon notes in the nose on this version ae muted compared to the original BCS, as the coffee takes a stronger role in this than I would have thought... Flavours of coffee, much bigger bourbon character (There it is!), sweet roast, light hops towards the finish. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Black oily pour, thing offwhite head. Aroma is espresso, bourbon barrel notes, some vegetative notes, crisp green bean, not unpleasant. Flavor is huge bourbon barrel, cappuccino coffee presence, creamy and milky, immense. Good, but a bit underwhelming, I like the regular Bourbon County better. ReRate: The second bottle of this I had lost the wierd vegetative notes and took on a roastier, more intense coffee flavor. Much better than the original tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2010 Black pour with a very small light tan head. Aroma holds coffee, snap pea, a touch of butter, some wood and bourbon, and definite coffee presence. Flavor is fantastic- lots of chocolate and smoke, along with burnt wqod and cappuccino. Palate is creamy and drinks very smoothly. Excellent, but not as good as the original. I’ll give it time to warm up a bit and see if that changes though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Black pour with a thin beige ring. The aroma is oddly of string bean, charry roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and coffee. A tiny hint of diacetyl for me. Wooden bourbon vanilla also comes through powerfully. Huge alcohol presence with massive chocolate, espresso, and tons of dark sugars. Bourbon-vanilla is also very nice. The palate is thick and viscous; the hotness is huge but I can handle it nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - AUG 5, 2010
Bomber, huge thanks to Bryan for this. An opaque black beer with an avefage sized, frothy, mostly diminishing brown head. The aroma is moderately to heavily malty with notes of roasted grains, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly bitter. Very sweet with pronounced bourbony flavor. Thick mouthfeel, full body, average carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, heavily alcoholic. Basically this is a very good beer, great appearence, very strong aroma and flavourful, but if the bourbon were less prominent and the alcohol less noticeable this would clearly be an outstanding beer. The sweetness is maybe excessive for my liking, but it’s justified.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (17815) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle. Damn this is good. All the intensity of the GIBC with lots more coffee. Pours a pitch black oil with a medium, thick and creamy beige head. Tons of dark, roasted coffee in the aroma with some cocoa and alcohol. Flavor is rich, with lots of roasted malts, espresso and dark chocolate. Full bodied with average carbonation and a smooth, oily mouthfeel. Finishes sweet, lightly smoky and dry with lingering mocha notes. Delicious.

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