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RATINGS: 936   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle at RBSG. Pours black, thin tan head, which reduces slowly to a pale tan ring. Spotty lacing. Nose is coffee, coconut, toffee, very rich and sweet-smelling. Somewhere between BCS and Peche Mortel. Bourbon notes in the nose on this version ae muted compared to the original BCS, as the coffee takes a stronger role in this than I would have thought... Flavours of coffee, much bigger bourbon character (There it is!), sweet roast, light hops towards the finish. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
Bottled. Tasted blind # 19 @ Papsoe 21. august 2010. Pitch black coloured. Small brown head. Aroma: grass, vanilla, alcohol, roast, liqourice. Flavour: Bourbon barrel, vanilla, roast, medicin, liqourice, alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Roasty sweet bitterness in the end. Heavy alc. bite on lips and palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2010
22 oz. bottle. thank you madvike!! bourbon in your face light coffee world class stout. pitch black light head, full bodied. everything you want in bourbon coffee stout. hard to believe the high production numbers on this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1181) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle shared by Duffmansw. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma was boozy with prunes, sweet coffee, roast bitter chocolate cherry brownies. Pallet was very good carbonation with medium body. Overall very very good. Glad I finally got to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Served from a 22 oz oz bottle from awiseman01. The appearance is a beautiful viscous flat black. The aromas pour out wonderful espresso and bourbon a beautiful combination. The flavors are bourbon in the front with the espresso hanging on the tongue for a long finish. Great dark chocolate, vanilla notes, chard barrel, as well. Not too hot at all very dangerously drinkable, definitely warms the stomach. The mouth is full bodied and smooth. Fantastic brew!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottled om 03/26/10. Pours to a pitch black body with a super dark brown head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma can be smelled from afar. Sweetened condensed milk brownies with chocolate, medium char, subtle marshmallow, and light coffee. The flavor is very nice. The coffee balances out the sometimes boozy character that BCS has. It also makes it easier to drink a "fresh" bottle much sooner. Rich charred marshmallows, chocolate brownies, and subtle coffee. Vanilla and bourbon components. The palate is silken but creamy with a hefty but very clean alcohol warming. There’s something that comes off as "alcohol", but unsure if that’s simply the coffee blend or if the coffee makes the bourbon noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (5635) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2011
22oz bottle thanks to inflatablehair. Pours out black topped with a small brown head. Aroma was so good tons of coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, and roast. Taste was just as good. With the coffee, vanilla, some bourbon, and the sweetness. If this had some more time I think it will be even better. Also just had it at the 4th IMP Stout tasting and it was very nice had mellowed a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2008
Rich black pour with just a wisp of tan head. Dark roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate, fennel, and Bourbon greet the nose. The coffee dominated the flavor with only subtle notes of Bourbon, nuts, and chocolate. Much enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1840) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle from portableparty (Thanks Jeff!) Dark black pour, very little carbonation and a strong aroma of bourbon and chocolate. Flavor starts out with sweet espresso, then extremely strong bourbon, vanilla and finished a very boozy, warm and with a nice lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. People (like me) who love a good boozy imperial stout will love this. I’m going to have to search out another bottle, as I imagine this will be even better in a year or two down the road.

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