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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2010
22oz bottle. Bottled on 3/26/10. Coffee on the nose is thankfully almost absent. Chocolate and vanilla. Fairly heavily charred malt. Melted dark Belgian chocolate. Fairly high grade espresso upon warming. Bourbon barrel presence is pretty tame on the nose. Pours nearly opaque with a quickly fading dark khaki head. Minimal lace left on the glass. Coffee is slightly ashy and stale on the palate. Plenty of vanilla and wood influence. Vanilla extract and chocolate. Fusel alcohol. Higher level of carbonation than the regular BCS which disappoints me. Lacks the velvety smoothness that I love in the BCS. Boozy, messy, hot, unrefined and a shell of the non coffee version.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Pours black as night with a small tan head with some nice lacing in my snifter. Aromas were amazing. Vanilla,espresso, chocolate,some cinnamon, dark fruits and a hint of bourbon. Amazing mouth feel. Velvet smooth and creamy. Bitter sweet to a nice roasted bitter finish. One of the best beers I have ever had. Please send some more to Mass Goose Island. A+++++

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thirdeye11 (5712) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
(22oz bomber bottled 3-26-10 #2050) jet black pour with dark tan lasting bubbles. Nose of cedar, good coffee, cream, bourbon, toffee, and sweet chocolate. Taste of chocolate syrup, vanilla, delicious coffee, nutella, amaretto, sweet almond. A very long duration, very flavorful, nothing is too much in this beer. Creamy with no hint of alcohol at all until it warms a bit. One of the best beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shigadeyo (3131) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010

Bottled on 3/26/10

5/06/2010: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout... Aroma: Cappuccino aroma; smells just like a Starbuck Frappaccino with some vanilla! Appearance: Extremely deep brown color; tan-colored head. Flavor: Rich vanilla and coffee flavor followed by creamy vanilla boubon with wet barrel undertones; wonderful blend of coffee, beer and bourbon; sweet, milk chocolate finish; this beer also tastes like moacha creme brulee; some nice alcohol vents through the nose. Palate: Medium-full to full body; smooth, milky, and mellow. Overall: One, if not THE best coffee-bourbon beers = DELICIOUS!!!

650 ml bottle (13% Alcohol by Volume; Bottled 3/26/10 2049; #201; Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso) shared by alexsdad06. Thank you, Brad! Rating #97 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (2782) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Served from the bottle at the Goose Island Invasion of Hop Leaf to a tasting glass with a black/brown, viscous pour, small ring and film of dark tan foam to the head, and light, spotty lacing. The aroma was immediately strong, dark roasted coffee that dominated some caramel sweetness, and the alcohol presence. The flavor added to these, a now warming alcohol, and steady hop bitterness. As the vanilla version enjoyed earlier in the evening, a nice bit of added complexity to an already excellent sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle from hopper. My 3 deserted island brews are bcs, angels share, and sculpin. Well, I think this is better than the original Bcs and therefore new to my list. Creamier and less boozy than the original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4559) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle, Bourbon County Coffee Stout. Black color with a large head, quickly settling in to a small cap. Monster bourbon aroma. Tons of vanilla. Oddly enough, the bourbon pulls back to a moderate level in the taste. Also oddly enough, a mild espresso flavor. Vanilla, sweet malt and light coconut. Very thick, full bodied. Almost velvety.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 28, 2010
2010 Bottle - Opened by inflatablehair, thanks!!! - Pours a dk dk brown, thick, with a small tan ring of head...aroma is massive cocoa, espresso, vanilla creme and barrel...flavour is pretty well integrated, it’s a mouthful of brute force, but tastes pretty darn good...very hot, mocha and vanilla, astringent coffe, bitter burnt wood, massive barrel...quite bitter and hot, but finishes creamy...wasn’t sure what to expect from this one given the fanfare, don’t go looking for nuance...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadMe (1401) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Thanks to Degarth for opening this one. A: Pours deep dark black with an average mocha colored head. Lite retention and no lace. S: Boooozy aroma, hints of acrid coffee, and deep roasted malt. T: Booze right from the start in the flavor as well. The coffee is there in a big way with mild vanilla and coconut flavors. Mild chocolate notes with a touch of dark fruit. M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, boozy. D: Not real drinkable. This one needs to be laid down for a bit. My only fear is that the coffee will fall out a bit. I will take my chances though as this one is way too boozy as is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7895) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Bottle marked 3/28/2010 with a big thanks to thirdeye11. Pours with a black body and a tan head that coats the glass. Aroma is thick, earthy, dirty coffee with bourbon, vanilla, fruit esters. Really strong and really good. Taste is really good with rich smoke, coffee, chocolate, good espresso and biscotti. Really viscous, rich and velvety! Excellent.

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