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RATINGS: 919   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   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 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 (1778) - 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 (2017) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle. Pour was near black with a strong pungent aroma of smooth coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and light caramel. Flavors were so well blended, truly. The coffee balanced out so well with the malt while the 13% alcohol was barely noticeable. This was a sipper, but a very fine one at that. A superbly done brew. Nice job!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Thanks for sharing bro! This one pours out a viscous black color with medium light brown head. Aroma is of intense vanilla, light wood, bourbon, rich chocolate and notes of french roasted coffee. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, light oak, french roast coffee, light chocolate and light molasses. This is a thick potent motha of a beer, but is delicious and hides the alcohol oh so well. To me, it seems a like like Founder’s KBS which is definitely a good thing. Loved this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source. One finger dark mocha brown head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing. Deep roasted malt aroma with lots of silky dark chocolate, roasted coffee/espresso bean, alcohol heat and toffee. There’s also a slight nut presence and this is all perfectly balanced by a nice bourbony, earthy oak character along with some slight vanilla. The chocolate, roasted dark malt is very prominent in the nose but the other notes provide a nice complexity that makes this beer smell amazing. Chewy medium body with lots of silky dark chocolate malts, hot bourbon, deep roasted coffee/espresso bean, toffee and nut. Very roasty up front with a prominent roasted coffee/espresso flavor followed by the silky dark chocolate notes and a very prominent bourbon presence that lingers into a long sweet dry finish. The heat from the beer is mostly from the bourbon barrel and overall, at 13% the ABV is decently masked. The bourbon barrel also gives off a touch of vanilla that adds to the silky chocolate notes, balancing out the hot bourbon/alcohol and deep roasted coffee notes. Very well balanced and very tasty but this beer is just a bit too hot at this stage and will only improve with age. Recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pours a dark black with a very small head that fades quickly. The aroma had bourbon, chocolate, and coffee roast. The taste had bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee roast. Not as much coffee as I was expecting but it is mixed in with all the other flavors. I think the roasted coffee helps balance out some of the sweetness of the "BCS" and it is a smoother brew than the regular version. I do like this one better.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leafs93 (1987) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
Pours a coffee oily black. Aroma is woody, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is coffee and chocolate undertones. Very smooth and enjoyable. Heavy mouthfeel with alcohol warming sensation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2010
HUGE thanks to Chris for sharing this! A- Dark brown, nearly black body with some red hues shining through. Pours with a dark brown foamy head that fades somewhat quickly to a thick collar. No lacing left behind. S- Lots of bourbon with vanilla, toffee, caramel, and some roasted malt. T- Overall impression of the flavor is very sweet and slightly boozy. Flavor is a lot like the nose. Roasted chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toffee-pretty consistent throughout although the finish is pretty hot and astringent with a big alcohol heat. P- Soft carbonation with a thick, syrupy body. Very smooth O- This is an awesome well put together, well balanced stout. Its still a bit too hot-but it will probably be unstoppable with 1 yr on it. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (3263) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2015 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 huge alcohol presence. The flavor added to these, a now warming alcohol, and strong but steady hop bitterness. As the vanilla version enjoyed earlier in the evening, a nice bit of added complexity to an already excellent sipper. Recently capped off a local tasting session with a bomber bottle of 2012 Intelligentsia La Tortuga poured to snifters. Add a persistent, leggy coating on the glass to the initial review. Sweet toffee & caramel, bourbon, barrel notes, rich coffee, with strong cocoa toward the front. Full bodied, heavily boozy, continued sweetness, syrupy & sticky. Wow!

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