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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (896) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - APR 25, 2010
Bottle. Labled bourbon county coffee stout. Aroma is strong with coffee and bourbon. There are sweet and roasted malts in there with notes of dark chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Palate is chewy. Taste is sweet and brings out the coffee and the bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2010
Bomber from vbs purchased by awiseman and shared with brother Eric. Nose is straight up like a cup of coffee, with some sweetness. Pours sinfully dark with a deep tan head (just the way I like íem). I get lots of the sweetness of the original bourbon county, but as it starts to go down, I notice the coffee flavor with a combination of bitterness and sweetness. As always, smooth as silk as it rolls across the tongue. This beer is the holy trifecta of coffee, bourbon, and beer. Canít wait to see what a year can do for it..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1309) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 23, 2010
2010 Bottle. Pour is viscous and black with a thin ring of tan head. Aroma is loaded with coffee along with rich burnt brown sugar, maple bacon, roasted malt, light vanilla, and coffee ice cream. The aroma is intoxicating. I almost donít want to drink this because I fear that it will not taste as good as it smells. But of course Im going to. Flavor is also loaded with notes of roasted malt, brown sugar bacon, a nice amount of coffee (but not too much), faint vanilla, and light bourbon. Very well balanced and very rich. Much to my relief, it really does taste very similar to the way it smells. I need more of this; I think it is exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1920) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pour is black-brown, but looks more brown in light. This stout has a very quick bubbly head that dissapears just as fast. Aroma of coffee right away and very hot scents of booze. Taste is more the same very hot feeling of booze ( kinda wishin I would of waited on this one to share or even store) also coffee all around and coco as well. I feel that this is hot and sticky with a dry hot swallow. Let this one rest for awhile in the closet. It is Hot!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Stoutfest 2010. Too much of that sweet coffee flavor in here for me. Really intense coffee flavor that becomes almost like coffee syrup when paired with the high gravity BCS. Very good, and Iím glad the coffee was detectable, but I could use it a bit more subtle. Too me it interfered with the BCS and certainly becomes a different beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
last1standing (12) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2010
I canít stop drinking this aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!&# Best brew goose island has ever made dark rich bourbon flavor nice caramel finish. Perfection well worth da money for 4 pack. This is a must try for stout lovers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3421) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Sampled at FoBAB 09. Black pour with smokey looking head. Big, coffee aroma. A bit bitter, some dark chocolate and bourbon. Huge smokey coffee flavor, with lots of bourbon, but very smooth. Great coffee flavor from my favorite coffee place. Goose Island need to bottle some of these ridiculous offerings from FoBAB

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Rerate FoBAB 2009: Opaque with a small frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, prune, anise, hint of smoke and oak, earthy esters. The taste starts with a sweet chocolate and bourbon tone before a rush of coffee bitterness takes over. The finish displays just a touch of smoke and ripened fruits. The mouth feel is a tad thin but then again it is a coffee stout and barrel aged too, the alcohol is well hidden and it is smooth. Overall, a very enjoyable brew but you need to be a fan of coffee stouts to like this one methinks.
Original Rating: 12/31/2006 Total Score: 3.9 FoBAB 06:
Opaque body with an oily tears on the glassware. The nose detects coffee grinds of used Mocha Java, bittersweet chocolate, English toffee bar, prune, and quite an earthy overtone ester. The taste had major espresso overtones with some sweet fruit and chocolate background. The finish displays some anise and black pepper, smoked wood, and earthy qualities. The bourbon was hardly noticeable at all. The mouth feel is oily and lush, very smooth. The good brew but even for this coffee drinker it was a bit too much leaning towards the addition of espresso bean. Worth another try however.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2012 Sweet, its 10th rating. On tap at GI Clybourn. Pours black with a beige ring of a head. Oily chocolate and coffee malt aromas. Sweet malts, chocolate, cocoa, slightly charred, and without much bourbon. Finishes with bitter chocolate. Solid beer, keep up the interesting brews! 8/4/8/4/15 = 3.9 3/25/09

Honey Badger version. Wow wake me up with thus cup. Strong fresh coffee. Rich and delicious with chocolates and malts. Rich awesome coffee. Lots of chocolate and bourbon. Roasty bitter smooth beautiful. Never have coffee and bcs had a better relationship then now in my glass. 10/4/9/5/18

So Iíve had this beer a lot over the years: from the initial black cat coffee stout to random coffee variants, Bosq Lya, honey badger, and now Anjilanaka. (I think I missed Edlel Weisse) Thanks to Andrew for sharing his bottle of Anjilanaka.
2011 vintage bottled January 2012. Pours an oily black with a beige head that dissipates quickly, but hey thereís coffee in here. That aroma is unbelievable. Thereís coffee there, but wow there is so much in that coffee. It starts off with a lot of tofffee/caramel/rich syrups. The malty bourbon county rests within these notes. Then as it warms closer to room temperature that dark fruits: plums, a little cherry come out. So fín good. Balanced flavors a lot of the same notes, more wood, bourbon/alcohol. They arenít quite the same symphony as the aroma, but its hard to be perfect in all respects. I think the Anjilanaka coffee comes close to the Honey Badger, but not quite there. None the less, this is some amazing stuff. 10/4/9/4/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 9, 2009
On tap at GI Clybourn. Hmmm. Had two of these bad boys, about three hours apart (and nothing in between). Beer number one was killer - and what I based my rating on. Bottom line - this was the most COFFEE PREVALENT stout I have ever had. This isnít "just a little coffee". This is full on, your drinking your coffee cold and it is getting you happier. A great offering that I enjoyed. Beer #2 seemed a little over the top - so my recommendation is that this is far from a session ale.

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