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RATINGS: 956   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (2196) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2013
22oz bottle from JMRSN. Reviewed from notes. A: Fizzing pour yields an obsidian black body with a geyser turbulating the middle of the surface. Theres an acceptable ring of dark mocha colored head, and legs leave a brown stain on the glass. N: Loads of vanilla and caramel. Bourbon and wood are pronounced. Chocolate cake with a touch of soy sauce. Theres a touch of espresso. Alcohol soaked raisins. T: Raisins, vanilla, chocolate, and a coffee acidity. Some roast, but this is mostly sweet with a little spice like that of rye whiskey. Some salt. M: Coating and yet some wateriness at the end. Lots of alcohol. O: I expected more coffee out of this vintage. This also has a quality I dont recall from the 2010 vintage, and as such, its good, but its not the best of the lineup. Still worthy.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pablothirteen (38) - - APR 2, 2013
bourbon county stout with coffee flavors.... basically tastes as advertised.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
2012 bottle. Very similar to the BCBS rating I have. Phenomenal nose of fresh coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and some roast. Taste follows the nose with some vanilla sweetness as well. Outside of Vanilla (and I guess Rare) this is my favorite variant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (8812) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2013
bottle shared by mr. hoppypocket, thanks! pours inky black with a small dark crema, some retention. nose is mostly filled by bourbon, toasted and burnt coconut, booze and vanilla. some coffee seeps through at first sip for a bittering short to medium long coffee finish. dark roasted malts, some burnt notes, woodiness, smoke. cloying dark molasses. soft carbonation, medium to full body, sticky. no subtlety here.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (7938) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle - thanks Jeremiah! Pours opaque black with a small brown creamy head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is very rich with notes of coffee, bourbon, dark roasted malts, and molasses. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, lightly bitter, some chocolate. Definitely bourbon BA, but it is not overpowering. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Very very nice. A light warming finish is the only way that the 13% ABV makes its presence felt.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (539) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Thanks bytemesis for sharing! Black color, decent head for a stout, nice and sticky on the glass. Rich aroma, molasses, figs. Flavor is also rich up front, chocolate, molasses or syrup, nuts, and coffee roast rising in the finish. Some alcohol from the bourbon finish. Excellent brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle at home. Pour is deep, viscous black with a frothy brown head and good legs on the side of my snifter. Big bourbon, cocoa, oak, a hint of vanilla, green coffee, light soy, raisins, toffee, and brown sugar in the aroma. Taste is big coffee - but more like fresh green coffee, as I am picking up light pepper notes - chocolate, oak, whiskey, espresso - a hint of vanilla through the sweet middle - caramel, figs, and candi sugar with a light alcoholic burn on the finish. Slick/syrupy mouthfeel with medium-to-soft carbonation. The alcohol in this one isnt overpowering and I dig the coffee variation, more than the original, although, I would have liked to see a more restrained use of coffee, as it is a little too much on the green side. Still an awesome stout!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Minderbinder (3460) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle 22oz. Pours blac with low beige head. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, wood, alcohol, bourbon. Pretty complex. Palate: Oily. Full bodied. Overall: Quite impressive, a very good and serious beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5895) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2013 Bottle (22 oz) 2012. Shared by Hoppypocket, thanks! Black with almost no head and a slight beige lacing. Aroma is intense with coffee, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Taste is moderately sweet with strong notes of coffee, caramel, roasted malt and a slight bitter finish. Smooth, oily and slight dry (from the coffee bitterness) mouthfeel. Heavy body. Warming alcohol. Rich and complex beer with a good balance between coffee and bourbon. Nice RIS.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (3859) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Bottle generously shared by David, thanks a lot man! Pours deep black with virtually no head unless you count that brown ring. Aroma is a full on bourbon attack backed by a coffee rush. Intense and challenging. Taste is medium sweet with flavors of coffee and again BOURBON. A really nice sipper, it reminds me of a more intense BA Pch Mortel really. Id drink that on a regular basis!


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