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RATINGS: 823   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mora2000 (5853) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. It was a great beer to cap off a nice day of tasting excellent sours. Bottled 3/26/2010. The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is ridiculously complex with notes of chocolate, soy sauce, oak, bourbon and coffee. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, toffee, a tad bit of soy sauce and some nice sweetness. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. I really thought this beer would be over hyped as new releases often are, but it wasn’t. A great beer and one of the best stouts I have ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Jet black pour with minimal tan head. Incredibly intense aroma with bourbon, smoke, vanilla, charred oak, big bitter espresso and boozy dark fruit. The flavor is a little cloying with notes of strong fermented dark fruit, loads of molasses, heavy char oak, smoky bourbon, soy, vanilla and alcohol. Creamy full body with soft carbonation. This is probably one of the best new bottles of the year!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2010
22oz – Deep black, creamy tan head. Black coffee and vanilla-oak-like aromas ride softer waves of bourbon and dry sweet chocolate. Very well balanced flavors of dark roast coffee and wood flavors round with softer waves of vanilla bourbon and drying bittersweet chocolate-coconut. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Awesome take on the original…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
big thanks to thirdeye11 for this one. poured pitch black with no head. vanilla, coffee, chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts, more coffee. palate is creamy, awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8897) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Black pour with mocha brown head. Nose is espresso beans, vanilla and baker’s chocolate. Taste is vanilla bean, espresso cream and dark chocolate with almonds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerman6686 (4672) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2010
This poured a Nice black velvet color with a tan head. Aroma was lots of espresso coffee beans, some light dark chocolate notes, some some bourbon and alcohol notes. Flavor was creamy espresso with some vanilla and dark chocolate mixed in. Mouthfeel was almost like a milk shakre, very creamy but not too cloying either. I wasn’t sure going in that this was going to live up to the hype but it certainly did and they knocked this one out of the park.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Bottle, courtesy jdubfl. Pours black, with minimal head and bright lacing. Nose is big on the coffee, with a nice warming alcohol sensation present, although overall, it’s nothing too crazy. Flavor is big on the booze and not nearly as decadent with coffee as the nose lead me to believe. Tough to drink. So boozy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Ladies and gentleman, we have ourselves a winner. I did not think I would come across a beer that was as impressive as Fulton’s War & Peace, but then came Bourbon County Coffee Stout... good Lord. Pours oily black and heavy. Like your high school girlfriend, the head is excellent. Nose is slight bourbon and mild coffee with obvious sweetness. Perhaps a hint of dark fruit, like fig. Taste. I need a moment here. Taste is superb. Simply as good as a beer can get. This beer is dense and no where as bourbony as the regular. The coffee, which is not that intense, seems to tame that and adds some sweetness to it. The coffee, bourbon and high alcohol are balanced perfectly. You would never guess this beer is 13%. One of my top 2 favorite beers of all-time. BA’ers are asking if this will reach #1. my answer... it better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Bomber from Princeton’s Pitch black pour, thin tan head. Aroma is very boozy, heavy coffee, some chocolate. Intense flavors, more alcohol, coffee and some bourbon. Finish is chocolate with some coffee notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours pitch black with a thick dark brown head the aromas are as amazing as BCS but with coffee taste is smooth as silk with robust flavors jumping out everywhere bourbon,vanilla,expresso roasted malts just a great RIS

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