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RATINGS: 946   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicagos 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

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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1843) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle of the 2013. Colour...certainly black, with a wisp of a tan head. Nose...redolent of coffee with mocha and cocoa powder. Palate...thinner than I imagined but that doesnt prevent the flavour from coming through. Coffee is of course at the forefront but it is not "in your face" like so many coffee stouts (and Im not a coffee drinker). Theres dark chocolate here and chocolate fudge cake with choco-coffee ganache. The finish is smooth and velveteen and I have a feeling that the coffee helps temper the high ABV.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1823) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Pours an opaque, nearly black with a short-lived dark tan head. Rich, dark woody aromas and light notes of fresh coffee. Thick, smooth and chewy. Very rich brew. A lot of vanilla, bourbon, oak, and sweet cherry and fig. Not much coffee. Addendum: as the beer warms, I note a lot more coffee

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (1822) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours a pitch black with a small tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of gourmet coffee, roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, and a little booze. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of some tobacco notes and some cold brew iced coffee flavors. Has a full body with creamy, oily mouthfeel, and a moderately bitter, long finis. Overall, a very nice imp. stout that is just as good as original BCBS and features coffee from one of my favorite roasters nicely.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2010
A-pours a dense black liquid with a dark coffee colored head S-very coffee forward, espresso with some nice vanilla. roasted malts, notes of oak and bourbon. sweetens in the back, caramel, anise and a touch of dark fruits. lots of sugar and very sweet aroma. T-this is quite tasty. lots of refined espresso, notes of vanilla. roasted malty goodness, dark chocolate, bourbon, oak. molasses behind, hint of anise and light malt sweetness in the back. M-huge, smooth, a little grainy on the palate in the back, velvety and chewy with lots of carbonation and a good bite at the finish. D-this has a great balance, quite coffee forward and a lot of sweetness. the barrel is light but still present. very good beer and hides the huge abv quite well.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue.

Aroma: Prepared coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Spent coffee, prepared coffee, spicy hops and booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, spicy hot, a bit seperated.

Overall: Not nearly as good as original Bourbon County Stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1802) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Black as night with brown highlights around the top edge of the glass.Nice dark brown head that fades fast.Awesome aroma of coffee,booze,vanilla,chocolate,and roasted malt.Flavor is much of the same with a slight sweet cloying finish.

4.2
   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, bakers chocolate, fennel, and Bourbon greet the nose. The coffee dominated the flavor with only subtle notes of Bourbon, nuts, and chocolate. Much enjoyed this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Bottled November 15, 2013 (2 months old).
Appearance: The body is pitch black with a dense and short brown head that sinks into the body quickly, but leaves a dense coating. Very nice looking stout.
Aroma: The aroma is strong of earthy and mildly astringent coffee, hints of bourbon, smoke and coconut back this with a vanilla cake presence. The aroma is quite nice, good strength though not as expressive as I remember it last year.
Taste: The intro is a mild of bourbon, quickly the flavor becomes strong of coffee and syrupy chocolate. Coffee dances on the palate throughout while stepping aside for a bourbon heavy finish. The finish lingers of roast and dark chocolate.
Palate: Thick and chewy, I love the thick viscosity of this.
Overall: From memory the 2012 release wins for me. I found it bolder and more complex and less boozy. This is a great beer still.

Previous Ratings: Ar: 8, Ap: 4, Ta: 9, Pa: 5, Ov: 18 = 4.4
Bottled November 12, 2012 (2 months old).
Appearance: The body is pitch black and only a thin brown coating escapes the body before being sucked back down with only a very thin ring remaining.
Aroma: Earthy roasted coffee comes to mind first with a dark chocolate backing, very light barrel notes, only a light vanilla and subtle oak. The aroma is fantastic, it reminds me a tad of Kahlua.
Taste: Oh boy this is wonderful, very complex with an earthy roasted coffee intro with slight wood flavors, the mid-taste adds sweet chocolate syrup with some vanilla that leads to a slight bourbon on the finish with sweet syrupy chocolate. This is phenomenal, everything is blended so well together.
Palate: Thick and syrupy, touch of carbonation.
Overall: Best thing Ive drank all year, one of the best beers Ive ever had. This is much better than Bourbon County Stout to me and well worth $20 a bottle. Oh boy this is good, my only regret is that I dont have fudge to eat with this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1794) - Maryland, USA - OCT 6, 2013
Location/Date:2012 Bottle on 10/3/2013 split with Dave, Ben and Jordan..

Appearance: Pours a black opaque.
Aroma: Aroma of roast, coffee.
Taste: Roast, chocolate, coffee
Palate:Medium body, slick, lingering aftertaste.

Summary: As always, really enjoyable. I liked the coffee aspect. Tasty.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
MacBoost (1791) - Penfield, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Pours a used oil black, thick and oily with no head. Aromas of booze, bourbon, coffee and roast. Taste is dry and boozy with a heavy barrel taste. Coffee and hot finish. Mind blowing.

RE-RATE: This is just coffee infused macro swill for dorks.


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