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RATINGS: 939   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Draft at Sheffields (Chicago, IL). Pours a dark opaque black pour. A decent frothy head sits atop, darker brown, dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are rich roasty coffee, espresso, vanilla, roasted malts and Bourbon spirit. This has a huge roasted coffee and espresso feel. Initial is roasted coffee, sweet toffee, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts, decent barrel, the coffee covers it up some, the Bourbon feel dies back a bit. Oaky. Chocolate chip cookies, biscuits, chocolate coffee cake, good roasty and coffee bitterness. The espresso element is stronger on the nose, more of a rich beer in the actual body. Roasty, bitter, a touch of smokiness (but not meaty), more ashy with good roast and coffee, a touch of heat from the Bourbon. More vanilla, more espresso in the finish and aftertase. Black Cat is a doozy of a coffee, strong and rich, and it is reflected in this beer. Rich roasty coffee, espresso, barrel, and chocolate chip cookies if I needed to sum it up with a touch of smoke and warmth lingering. Glad to have bottles of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Nose is full of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, slight sweetness. Flavors are the same as the nose as well as rich coffee flavors, roasted malts. Love the strong bourbon flavors. Slight boozy but not too bad. Also seemed a bit thin. Good brew overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13266) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, coffee, vanilla, bitter chocolate and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of coffee, bourbon, oak, bitter chocolate and roasted malt with a smooth dry lingering roasty coffee finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1764) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle, thanks Dak! Pours dark brown, with a light brown head. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, malt, and vanilla. Flavor is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, and alcohol. Creamy, heavy body. This is really top notch. I must have more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (2650) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2010
Smells like a super rich brownie with slight coffee tones and heavy vanilla and charred wood tones. Thick with a complex chocolate, roasty flavor with a finish of vanilla, coffee and wood...nice alc finish. Pure black with a ring of tan head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2010
650 mL bottle from Discount. Pours nearly jet black with generous tan head. Smells first and foremost of lots of bourbon with maple syrup, coconut, alcohol, and not to be forgotten coffee. Has similar flavors with the bourbon being the dominate force, but packs a pretty big alcohol punch. Semi-sweet chocolate finish with the lingering bitterness of coffee. Leaves a nice burn in the end. Probably needs to mellow a bit before I would call it great. Still really good though.

   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 (7019) - 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 (8397) - 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.

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