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RATINGS: 885   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2010
@PilsnerPeters Thanks j12601-22oz bottle-pours a brown head and black color that sheets the glass. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/coffee/molasses/ashy, some acidic hops, wood. Taste is sweet dark malt-roasty/coffee/molasses/ashy, some acidic hops, wood. Not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bomber. Pours virtually pitch black, looking quite thick and menacing. A small, smooth head of dark brown foam slowly gives way, settling to a thin film, leaving dense, glass staining sheets in its wake. The nose paints a portrait of intensity, booming from the glass with monstrously sweet dark chocolate and caramel malt notes, loaded with intense, roasty coffee, and smooth, vanilla laden bourbon. There is no mistaking the barrel influence here, as the bourbon seems just as prominent as it does in the boozy base beer. Flavors too are big, sweet, and bourbon driven. Dark, syrupy chocolate and scorched caramel malts are countered only by the bitter earthiness of the coffee roast. Wood and vanilla are again intense and boozy. The palate is downright thick, clearly heavy on sugars and big, sticky malts. Bourbony heat warms the gullet, lingering on the tongue for a good while. Overall, this stuff is downright tasty in very small quantities, but anything more than a few ounces proves to be overkill as the sugar quotient is just too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Black pour. Creamy, dense beige head. Aroma begins with heavy sugar, Bourbon, dark chocolate and peanut. A touch of tobacco and coffee. Amazing flavor, if a touch cloying. Big dense chocolate, tobacco, bitter coffee, and sweet Bourbon. Milky and creamy finish. Awesome stuff. Top notch coffee, bb beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4809) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2010
22 once bought at Lexington Beer Trappe. Pours a nice tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is very boozy. I’m getting memories of Dark Lord as I sniff. Taste is coffee, bourbon, booze. Sweet and maple. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Picked this bottle up at Binny’s South Loop after DLD. This is a bad ass beer. Black with a reddish brown head. Big and bold with espresso and booze. Rich palate with a long lingering finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1562) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
Goose Island does the expected by doing the unexpected - a new version of BCS. In this case the coffee gives the bourbon-heavy stout a certain poise and balance. I still register the buttery caramel-popcorn, and the exploding rays of toffee, coffee and rich malt. Dark fruits. Wait the coffee is more aromatic now. DUH. Very warming alcohol, an the fragrance of cocoa liqueur shows this aptly. Did I mention the look, it’s a deeply viscous black with espresso foam cap, Pretty huge body rests on the palate, heavily. But it;’s all elegance. How can you diss the BCCS?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7489) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bomber pours up deep dark brown with brown edges and tan head. It has a huge pulsing aroma that seems like a strobing discothèque tossing up bourbon, vanilla, coconut, oak and maybe a thin layer of fudge brownie. This has a massive aroma but I’m not getting any coffee. The taste is smooth rich dark roasted malts mixing with sweet molasses and chocolate yum and then blending into smooth sweet bourbony notes. It then rolls firmly into vanilla, coconut and then some oak flavor, Wow! The booze and coconut are assertive but doesn’t come close to swamping out the very tasty beer base of chocolate, rich dark roast and maybe coffee hiding out behind the big dark malt roastiness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3958) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
2010 Bomber shared by Odeed. Nose of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Black with brown edges and a medium cinnamon tan head. Flavor is vanilla, sweet chocolate, light expresso, and bourbony alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, pours black with red edges, no head, aroma is coffee, whiskey, and vanilla, flavor is dense chocolate, vanilla and coffee such as espresso, mocha ice cream, even waffles, malty silky finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2010
Shared by daknole. Pours a brown caramel with a tan head. Aroma is coffee bourbon roast chocolate. Flavor is chocolate coffee bourbon barrel oak tannins caramel. A bit better than regular bourbon county.

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