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RATINGS: 958   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineedbeer (2132) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2010, 2011 and 2012 bottles. Numerical rating reflects the 2012. Aroma: The 2010 has lots of green bell pepper and vegetable notes in aroma. No coffee at all. 2011 has hints of green pepper, but also some coffee aroma. The 2011 also has some nice chocolate aroma. 2012 has nice coffee with balanced chocolate and roast; no noticeable green pepper. This beer is much better fresh. Light alcohol spice an a touch of anise. This is really nice. They all pour dark brown, almost black with light brown notes on the edges. Pours with a mocha head that quickly recedes to the edges. Medium legs and no lacing. Flavor: 2010 still has a bit of a vegetable note but I can still pick up a bit of coffee, but very light. Roast is fairly noticeable and there is light chocolate notes. Alcohol is present with a bit of spiciness. Medium low astringency. 2011 has a lot more coffee flavor and almost no green pepper. A really nice chocolate flavor to the 2011 with some secondary roast notes. 2011 also has some nice sweetness to it that 2010 was lacking. 2012 has some great milk chocolate sweetness. A nice coffee flavor with a bit of roast. Some alcohol spice to the flavor in the finish; this is the only thing that the older vintages have done better - the age mellowed the alcohol heat. Medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Medium alcohol warmth. Low to medium low astringency. Medium high alcohol heat b Overall a really good beer but it doesn't get better with age. The vegetable quality that develops really isn't good. Probably not as good as the hype. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Big bold aroma coffee is subtle under big bourbon and roasty aromas... Pitch black smaller tan head... Big big flavor, roasty bourbon coffee flavor, massively full bodied... Lingers a bit sticky.... Awesome...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sonnycheeba (5907) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown withbthin, fizzy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, smoke, coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, raisins, and oak. Flavor is rich roast malts and coffee with good chocolate and dark fruit flavors and a hint of vanilla; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pw313 (3) - Macomb, MI, - JAN 11, 2013 does not count
idk what to say.....this beer lives up to the hype. definitely drink at room temp to get the full complexity and taste of this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobertDale (6319) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Ken! Pours coal black with a small reddish tan head. Aroma of roast, bourbon, dark fruits, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, bourbon, roasted coffee, dark fruits, vanilla, and cream. Very, very smooth and creamy. Just plain delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Pours jet black. Aroma is heavy on the oak barrels with coffee, vanilla, and dried fruit. Taste is heavy on the dried fruits with the sweetness showing through immediately, light on the coffee, and boozy as expected. Palate bomb from the high ABV which again isnt a surprise. Great, complex beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Gorgeous coffee nose, lots of fresh roasted beans, nice bourbon notes, chocolate, toffee, sweetness, light dose of alcohol, rich and inviting. Pours jet black, light brown head lingers only briefly then dissipates completely. Flavor is dominated by rich chocolate and coffee - cake and cocoa, silky smooth coffee, toffee and molasses, well-integrated barrel character with bourbon and a very faint touch of oak coming through. The alcohol is very well hidden - just a touch of warming on the way down. There is some balancing bitterness, but overall the flavor profile skews towards the malts, coffee, and barrel. Sweetness is just right, chocolate cake-like, but not distracting. Full body, low-medium carbonation, silky and smooth. World-class brew, delicious!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (3663) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Chilled brown bomber poured into a snifter at a JStax tasting. Pours black with no head. Very little lacing, medium body, low carbonation, and strong coffee aroma. Taste is strong nice coffee, roasted malt, bourbon, and vanilla. Pretty good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DirkSalmon (2) - Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
Just the aroma was enough to fall in love with this stout. It only got better from there. Pricy but worth every penny.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (13056) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is earthy and spicy coffee with dark chocolate and roast malt, dates and prunes. Flavor is malt dominant with earthy and spicy coffee, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness, alcohol warmth and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.


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