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RATINGS: 952   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (7607) - 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 (537) - 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 (5758) - 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 (3632) - 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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours ink black with minimal head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and a hint of roast with some vanilla. Taste is deep coffee, bourbon, and molassis. The coffee is exceptionally well blended. Drinks beautifully. Great Beer and 100% worth its hype.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dpaquet (420) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 Pours a pitch black with minimal head. Aromas of Roasted coffee, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is full of coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, lots of bourbon, roasted malts and a faint green peppers. Full mouthfeel and low carbonation. A slow sipper. A great one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (1162) - - MAR 20, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2013 Pours black, very thin swirly beige head. Nose is bourbon, wood, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Taste is bourbon, wood, dark chocolate, espresso. Coffee is much more subtle than I expected. Full mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2012 vintage thanks to HopsHopenstein. Dark black color, no head whatsoever in either glass. Wonderful coffee smell off the bat with only the slightest note of bourbon. Flavor was good coffee, slight hint of chocolate and vanilla. This was a good beer but anything more than a couple ounces and its just a chore to finish. There is a huge astringency from the alcohol that comes over your tongue in a wave after each sip. Its just too damn strong. If this was around 9% it would probably be amazing. Serving type: bottle 03-07-2013 01:58:38


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