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RATINGS: 938   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   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
2014 Release - Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda
2015 Release - Intelligentsia Los Delirios from Nicaragua

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2010 Black oily pour, thing offwhite head. Aroma is espresso, bourbon barrel notes, some vegetative notes, crisp green bean, not unpleasant. Flavor is huge bourbon barrel, cappuccino coffee presence, creamy and milky, immense. Good, but a bit underwhelming, I like the regular Bourbon County better. ReRate: The second bottle of this I had lost the wierd vegetative notes and took on a roastier, more intense coffee flavor. Much better than the original tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 7, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2010 Black pour with a very small light tan head. Aroma holds coffee, snap pea, a touch of butter, some wood and bourbon, and definite coffee presence. Flavor is fantastic- lots of chocolate and smoke, along with burnt wqod and cappuccino. Palate is creamy and drinks very smoothly. Excellent, but not as good as the original. I’ll give it time to warm up a bit and see if that changes though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Black pour with a thin beige ring. The aroma is oddly of string bean, charry roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and coffee. A tiny hint of diacetyl for me. Wooden bourbon vanilla also comes through powerfully. Huge alcohol presence with massive chocolate, espresso, and tons of dark sugars. Bourbon-vanilla is also very nice. The palate is thick and viscous; the hotness is huge but I can handle it nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - AUG 5, 2010
Bomber, huge thanks to Bryan for this. An opaque black beer with an avefage sized, frothy, mostly diminishing brown head. The aroma is moderately to heavily malty with notes of roasted grains, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly bitter. Very sweet with pronounced bourbony flavor. Thick mouthfeel, full body, average carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, heavily alcoholic. Basically this is a very good beer, great appearence, very strong aroma and flavourful, but if the bourbon were less prominent and the alcohol less noticeable this would clearly be an outstanding beer. The sweetness is maybe excessive for my liking, but it’s justified.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle. Damn this is good. All the intensity of the GIBC with lots more coffee. Pours a pitch black oil with a medium, thick and creamy beige head. Tons of dark, roasted coffee in the aroma with some cocoa and alcohol. Flavor is rich, with lots of roasted malts, espresso and dark chocolate. Full bodied with average carbonation and a smooth, oily mouthfeel. Finishes sweet, lightly smoky and dry with lingering mocha notes. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Huge thanks to Mike. Sprinkle you are the man. This beer smells awesome, almost like shoe leather. Huge plum earthy sweet smell. Taste is sweet as molases and coffee. Nice medium mothfeel velvety smooth. carbination is a bit more than I expected. This is better than 2010 DL IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3/20/10 bomber from dak on 6/6/10. thick brownish black pour with a small tan head. tons of bourbon and spicy peppers hit the nose first... followed by coffee, chocolate of the dark variety, roast and booze burning. the flavor is super chocolate-y, rich coffee, roast and bourbon spicy. thick, full bodied and a nice sipper. it definitely should not be in a deuce bottle. luckily there are others to gladly help out the cause. 8/4/8/4/16/4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Aroma is amazing, huge jalapeño smell, with hints of espresso and bourbon. Taste had too much bourbon, coffee is masked and can’t shine. Almost a shame. Give us coffee night stalker!!!!!!!&

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Pours deep coffee brown with a small tan head. Nose has a nacho/ jalapeno spice with big bourbon notes. Fairly hot on the palate with big coffee and spice notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Pours black and fizzy, with a tan head that completely diminishes almost as soon as you’re done with the pour, leaving the beer looking like cola in the glass - doesn’t have the viscous appearance you expect from an IS so strong - rich espresso in the aroma, with a nice balance of bitterness and earthy roast - a bit of charred wood, bourbon and vanilla - strong, syrupy toffee sweetness - moderate carbonation in the mouth, with a "tight" fizziness against reminiscent of cola - very sweet flavor, with some toffee and creme brulee/caramelized/burnt sugar character - coffee is present, but tastes more like an earthy, raw bean kind of flavor - again, lacks the thick body that encourages slow sipping, which is what you want in a beer like this - moderate bourbon, vanilla bean and char - sugary soda-like sweetness long into the finish - once it reaches room temp, it tastes very boozy, pretty much like straight up bourbon - seriously overrated.

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