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RATINGS: 951   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiery_1 (584) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
Side by side vertical of 2015 & 2016
500ml bottle @ Craig Bay. 2016 Vintage
Pours a black with almost no head. Nose is rich with ample coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses throughout. Flavour is also rich and yummy. That sweet bourbon fudgy goodness with a nice coffee kick with hints of vanilla and molasses. Very enjoyable brew!

500ml bottle @ Craig Bay. 2015 Vintage
Pours black with a very active brown head. Nose is sour, coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. Sadly this bottle was of the infected bottles. My last bottle of this one was not. There is clearly a sourness and active carbonation that should not be present. This resulted in a drain pour as the mix of it all did not mesh well. I understand certain bottles were infected. Too bad I hit a 50/50 infection vs not.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (2025) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Nice addition to the original. Aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Thick and black. Heavy and smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (3392) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
Pours black with almost no head. Aromas of chocolate, muscovado sugar, roasted coffee, roasted nuts, muscovado sugar, oak. Taste is chocolatey with pronounced coffee notes abd light vanilla with oak character. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily with medium body and low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (3082) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
Pours black with low brown head Aromas of coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, dark fruits, dried fruits Taste has notes of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, dades, raisins, dried fruits Mouthfeel is creamy, warming, sweet , wee bit sticky with average carbonation, medium bitterness

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (1992) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2017
33cl bottle at home - 2013 vintage. Very dark brown pour with a thin and fizzy tan head that disappears quite quickly. Notes of bourbon, burnt caramel, brewed coffee and just a hint of roasted coffee beans, plus toffee. Quite sweet up-front, but a roasty coffee layer follows right after. Smooth texture, low carbonation. It reminds me of KBS in some ways, just more bourbon-forward. I need to try this fresh - it feels a bit thin and the coffee faded. A world class beer, anyway.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
john44 (2646) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2017
Keg Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2015, Parsons Green, London in July 2015 - Opaque Black in colour. Medium Brown head. No lacing. Aroma of coffee and vanilla. Very Malty; lots of espresso coffee, dark chocolate, roasty malts, vanilla, caramel, more coffee, hint of bourbon. Thick, dense and rich. Hoppy. Sweet coffee and chocolate roasty malty throughout. Wow!! Enjoyed this a lot. Terrific coffee Impy Stout! (2015-07-02)

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
treign (30) - Bend, Oregon, USA - JAN 6, 2017
Poured from a growler from Growler Guys East in Bend. Pours a beautiful inky black with a thin beige head. Nose is loaded with bourbon as well as toffee, vanilla, and caramel. Not a lot of coffee but a hint. Taste is a perfect combination of bourbon and dark roasty malts. Buttery toffee, vanilla, chocolate come through too. Again not too much coffee which is perfect for me. Thick oily texture you would expect from an imperial stout. This is a delicious beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (1524) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2016
Bottled 10/29/14. Pours pitch black, tan head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Coffee clearly faded a lot. Molasses on the back end. Flavor is roasted, earthy, coffee beans, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, nice coffee bitterness finish. Coffee faded a lot but its there more than OG BCBS. Good. As good as any BCBS variant Ive had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scotty001 (563) - Portlethen, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roast malt, a little coffee and dark chocolate, dark alcohol soaked fruit. Full body, flavour as the aroma. Could have been a bit more coffee-ish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coachd (697) - Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2016
2016 BCS w/Intelligentsia Flecha Roja coffee. Dark roast coffee aroma with a bit of lactose sweetness and some base-beer BCS characteristics showing through. Very dark brown color with no head. Tastes much smoother than it smells. Creamy and slightly sweet turns into sharp roast, with an aftertaste that is slightly boozy. Silky smooth palate, extremely well done overall. This is the best rendition of coffee BCS that I have had.


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