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RATINGS: 960   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 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

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4.7
Mark_Eck (1948) - - JUL 27, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are large coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and very thick.

4.4
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2010 Big thanks to Dan for sharing a bottle. Pours extremely dark brown out of the bottle and sits black in the glass with only hints of mahogany showing through the edges. There’s a small bubbly tan head that recedes very quickly to a small collar. The aroma is massive though not extremely different than the normal BCS. There is plenty of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and, of course, bourbon. The espresso is present but it’s not nearly strong enough to be the dominant aroma. Think BCS with a hint of coffee. The taste is more of the same. It’s got a sweet molasses and chocolate sweetness up front with some heavily roasted malts and bourbon and vanilla in the finish. The coffee comes out more as it warms up and shows up mostly in the finish. The mouthfeel is completely decadent, nearly perfect - full bodied but with enough soft carbonation to keep things from getting too syrupy. Velvety. As a coffee beer fanatic, this one doesn’t exactly knock my socks off, but as a beer lover it’s fantastic. I can’t say that it’s a major deviation from the base beer but, why mess with a good thing I suppose.

4.6
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2006
An opaque and impenetrable inky pool of midnight brown lies underneath a dark tan wrung that dances at the edges of the glass. Unsweetened chocolate slabs and a profoundly rich French roast aroma beat the shit out of the nose, and there’s not much time to recover before it’s followed up by dark chocolate truffles infused with caramel, Godiva coffee grinds and flame licked oak planks. Full-bodied, flavorful testament reaps darkly and fluidly throughout the palatary playing field. Dove dark chocolates melt unto caramel-integrated French roast coffee (and by “roast” we mean “roasted to smithereens.”) Burnt brownies aid the eurhythmic sequence and then get pressed on countertops to extrapolate previously spilt espresso grinds. Licking those grinds off the bottom of the brownie generates a dark, bitter coalescence to the tongue. Quite a jolting wake up cup, ensnaring the palate at its most vulnerable state. Sweet cream and lactic chocolate are pulled to a halt with the dense, gooey fudge layer. Tonsil cribbage at its most aggressive state. Boozy caramel wraps around Scores bars, and milk duds with bourbon-infused centers. Vibrant French silk pie with a coffee grind crust see us out while a gentle, gooey, caramel sweetness close up shop in the end.

4.2
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is loaded with coffee, roast, chocolate, coffee, bourbon and oak. Flavor is creamy with tons of toffee, coffee, vanilla, bourbon, molasses and chocolate. Great great beer!

5
ebone1988 (1918) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Aroma is bourbon barrel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, coconut. Appearance is black, light brown head. Taste is chocolate, coffee, sex, oh my god. Mouthfeel is perfect, cannot detect booze, fantastic. Oh my god. Overall, so so so so so good.

4.2
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2010
this is, simply stated, ambrosia. delicious creamy roast, warm and boozey, licorise, molasses and a touch of prune. thick creamy mouthfeel and some tartness. finishes hot and boozey.

1.5
MacBoost (1898) - Victor, 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.

4.6
kathouse (1890) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Very well rounded aroma with coffee, caramel, and toasted malts. This is "D" Liceo us stuff. Alcohol is certainly apparent but you won’t care since the heavy body more than makes up for that. Top 10 for sure.

4
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Dark thick pour with a dense head. Aroma has tons of heavily roasted coffee and espresso. Lots of dark roasted malts and a touch of bourbon and wood. Flavor is slightly on the harsh side compared to the regular BCS. Maybe I just don’t prefer coffee flavor to the vanilla aspect in the regular. Still pretty smooth overall and definitely a nice stout.

5
andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
Enjoyed on tap at Goose Island Clybourn at Rare Stout Night, which is part of the Chicago Craft Beer week. Appearance pitch black with no head...like coffee. Aroma of mocha, coffee, chocolate, and bourbon, super rich black coffee flavor. Taste less alcoholic than regular BCS, very rich but not too rich, mainly coffee but it also enhances the chocolate greatly, you can still get the bourbon in the mix. I typically would give the appearance a 4 but since the taste should be an 11, app will get a 5 which makes this the 2nd perfect beer I’ve ever had. BCS can’t get better than this, beer can’t get better than this.


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