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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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4.6
   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 (1161) - - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
podey (637) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Tap at Manchester Pub NYC. Pours murky brown with mocha head. Strong aroma of bitter espresso. Taste is of coffee and chocolate with a strong bourbon aftertaste in the finish. Boozy licorice finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle at home, big thanks to Michael from PDX for gifting me this one, 2011 vintage @14% ABV Intelligentsia Anjilanaka.. Pours mid black with a tan head that soon clears to a few small bubbles atop the glass. Nose is dark roast malts, big coffee hit, earthy tones, dusting of cocoa, mineral notes, touch of booze. Taste comprises roast malt, brown sugars, coffee, molasses, leather, wood tones. Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey in the finish. Good Imperial stout, I like a big coffee hit, the alcohol is very well integrated in this one, a little too sweet to be a great in my book, the sweetness needs tempering a little.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Ok, not great but OK. Predominant smell of Coffee and chocolate married from the wood. Coffee is the dominant flavor with bourbon following close behind. Out of all the variants I have tried this one is on the bottom of the rung for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (2046) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle at portablepartys tasting. Pours the same viscous black but this time with some definite coffee on the nose and in taste. My least favorite of the variants but still good.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ericular (971) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 2014 Release Update - Fresh as last time. This is much heavier on coffee. This needs some age. Age this at least a year, or youre not doing it justice.

2013 Release - Aged 1 month in bottle. Thanks to ryanfolte for the trade! Pours dark brown with short lived brown head. There is a great coffee bean aroma in the forefront while the head is around, but after that it blends perfectly into the mix with oak, vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Taste is much of the same, with vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, and wood. Not being a coffee fan, the amount of coffee in this is ideal. The reason this is better than BCBS is the hint of coffee balances the sweetness inherent in the beer. Palate is amazing - very thick and rich. Aftertaste is the best, with the rich sweetness of the bourbon mixing with the coffee. Way too drinkable for 13%.

2012 Release - Aged 4 months in bottle. Pours jet black with small brown head and decent lacing. Aroma is cocoa, oak, licorice, vanilla, bourbon, malty, sour - its intoxicating. Taste follows suit and is sweet roasted malts and vanilla with molasses, alcohol heat, and a lot less coffee than I expected - its barely detectable. Palate is creamy and thick, pushing the limits of being just a little too sticky sweet. Overall this is the total package of depth, flavor, and alcohol. The biggest surprise is how this was light years better than the normal BCS, despite having similar characteristics. 10+4+10+4+19 = 4.7

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RABinCO (1508)
- Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours viscous black. Barely any head. Big, fresh coffee aroma with big hits of chocolate. Taste is fresh, dark coffee with dark chocolate. Not overly sweet. Blows regular bourbon county away.


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