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RATINGS: 793   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
Finally breaking into one of my bottles... Iíve had this on tap at Goose Islandís Stout Fest, then again last weekend at DLD...and now Iíve caved and opened up one of my bottles. Not sure what I can say that hasnít already been said - its truly THAT good... EASILY is one of the best beers Iíve ever had. Pours a lovely black with a very minimal amout of light tan head. The aroma is overwhelmingly good with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and espresso. Flavors match up to the aroma very nicely. Iím not a fan of the regular BCS because IMO the bourbon is too strong in that one, but here - the coffee notes balance out the bourbon perfectly and make this beer INSANELY drinkable. I really hope they make this again just so that more people have the chance to try it. OUTSTANDING.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2010
Pours deep black from bottle, with brown dissipating head. Aroma is thick bourbon, chocolate, and a nice espresso character. Taste is chocolate, bourbon, with a dark roast espresso that is subtle, finishing sweet and a bit bitter. Nice brew, wish it had more coffee, but it has so many good flavors. Delicious, creamy, and excellent. Canít wait to try after some age!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle split with AndyReynolds and others. Nice black beer with decent head that leaves some lacing.Someone say bourbon? Aroma, taste and palate were dominated by it. Coffee and chocolate follow up with some hints of vanilla and oak. Warms nicely and I start to get caramel and coffee flavor from it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benjiehorn (21) - Chicago, USA - APR 28, 2010
Thereís not much that I can say about this beer that hasnít already been said. Had it at DLD and itís absolutely phenomenal! The coffee really cuts down the bourbon sweetness of the regular BCS without being overwhelming or cloyingly sweet, and makes it much more drinkable. Makes me a little more eager for the Rare BCS and Vanilla BCS later this year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle tasting at DLD. Youíll have to forgive me for my less than thourough tasting notes... a drunk taster with a destroyed palate does not, a proficient rater, make! "Oh yum, all that is BCS, then perfect coffee." <--- Official tasting notes, lol. So glad I found someone willing to share this with me... a wonderful experience that I will be looking forward to again when it hits my neck of the woods later this month.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue.

Aroma: Prepared coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Spent coffee, prepared coffee, spicy hops and booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, spicy hot, a bit seperated.

Overall: Not nearly as good as original Bourbon County Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
Thanks to George, Black pour with a brown head. Aroma was rich, bourbon and coffee. Taste was amazing. the aroma leads you into believing its going to be great, the taste goes even further. Bourbon, coffee, Wow. Very chewy. The beer left a nice coating on the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (879) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
Pours a dark, viscous black with a small light brown head. The aroma is very similar to the regular BCS. The flavor is for the most part, but there is a lot of coffee bitterness in with the bourbon, vanilla, roast, oak, and chocolate. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2010
Poured by Jared @ Whiskey fest Black pour brown head with great lacing. Sweet vanilla, bourbon, syrups touch of lightly bitter coffee coming through in the aroma. A full creamy palate. The coffee mostly comes through in the aftertaste. A very nice compliment to the bourbon county still sweet first vanilla, a touch of chocolate & some syrups.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SrSilliGose (3260) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 Bottle shared at DLD by Bethís friend. THanks! Iíd say i like the regular BCS better than coffee BCS. But I like Coffee bcs better than vanilla bean bcs. those are the only 3 variations iíve had. This was solid. Very clean fresh coffee in the taste and aroma. Gotta get some bottles of this for myself. Iíd also like to try a larger sample of this when Iím sober. ... now have bottle. will rerate soon.

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