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RATINGS: 934   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 Chicagoís 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

lebshiff21's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2011
Pours viscous black with thin swirling brown head. Great mouthfeel. Nice mix of coffee and sweet smokiness from the bourbon barrel. A good all night sipper.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
thornecb (5400) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 22, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2016 Infected bottle: 17/SEP/15 1351. Pours a crackling cola head (uh oh) into a snifter. Head quickly recedes to hug rim. Sour chocolate and espresso aromas. Dark soy, molasses and sour hot overripe plums upfront turning to espresso in the lasting finish. I wanted to try and rate like it was from Jolly Pumpkin, but only bumped it up slightly, but ultimately a drain pour.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
ZodiacM (757) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2016
As expected this bottle is infected: 17/sep/15 1840. Sour in nose and mouth, still some hints of coffee and chocolate. Sad, but Iím sure my next try will be a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (3351) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle. Tasted blind. Thanks, Mike. Nose of alcohol fumes, scorched coffee, whiskey barrel, and vanilla. Dark translucent brown, slick. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, with a smooth sweet hot finish. Medium-heavy body. Pleasant, but the coffee is a bit too ashy and rough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
It is still better than 90% of the stouts, but I much prefer the original BCBS. Roasted coffee flavor kills the beauty of the original BCBS. Thatís just me saying.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Arthaey (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2016
Fantastic. Tastes (and smells!) very strongly of bourbon barrel & alcohol. If I *had* to complain about anything, it would be that it seems just a hair overcarbonated for my preferences.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Fashawn (583) - ITALY - APR 21, 2016
2014 vintage. Full Coffee Aroma, Plenty of coffee, little oakiness, vanilla, light burnt Sugar and red fruits. Very complex aroma, full of coffeeís sourness, impressive. Pour black with Mocha head, first Sip was a sweet iced coffee followed by sweet vanilla, some chocolate, but a very sweet oakiness hint. Vanilla is gentle and sweet, the beer was creamy, full boadied, plaesant on the palate little sticky. Umbelievable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markducommun (859) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2016
Deep cloudy, brown. Vanilla, some bitterness, more sweetness. Medium body, good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
geologyguy (1270) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2016
Smell is amazing...sweet caramel smell with the perfect alcohol amount and a hint of leather...wow...can you guys make a candle?! Taste is so smooth, even for high alcohol....canít barely taste it...sweet but not too much...complex taste...some oak perhaps...diverse and changing...slightest burn of alcohol on finish...wonderful

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (714) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2016
2013 bottle. This was pretty much the richest thing Iíve ever had -- the Bourbon County sweetness, chocolate, and roast are all there, and the coffee is still pronounced, even after 2 years. Itís silly how tasty this beer is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PotjeBier (2619) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2016
Tap @ Beer Temple, at Goose Island Migration week, with Markoijelena and Zlotta (a.o.). 2014 edition. Black color. Dense brown head with reasonable retention. Aromaís: coffee, dark chocolate, roasted, sweet, vanilla, some red fruit. Retronasal there more (ground) coffee, mocha, sweet, vanilla, light red fruit. Flavor is moderate to full sweet, roasted. Strong alcohol feel (but not overly so). Rather full bodied. Long finish. Became soooo much better after warming up....

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