RATINGS: 952   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (2014) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2012
bottle at local tasting. pour is black with tan head. aroma of lots of coffee and bourbon. taste reminds me of kbs but more bourbon and bigger coffee taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
humlelala (1353) - DENMARK - SEP 22, 2012
(65 cl bottle courtesy of jnorton00 - big cheers!; 2011/12 vintage) Pours black with quickly fading tan head. Good lace. Aroma is used coffee grounds, vanilla, chalk and a bit of bourbon barrel. Soft carbonation, smooth, velvety and oily texture, full body and a sweet and warming finish. Flavour is a more pleasant and roundes version of the aroma where the coffee plays up well to the sweetness, the roasted malt and the vanilla. Girlfriend says "Its very syrupy and boozy."

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
MacBoost (1816) - Penfield, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2014 Pours a used oil black, thick and oily with no head. Aromas of booze, bourbon, coffee and roast. Taste is dry and boozy with a heavy barrel taste. Coffee and hot finish. Mind blowing.

RE-RATE: This is just coffee infused macro swill for dorks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1663) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2012
So stoked to find a 2010 bottle of this at Bierkraft. Pours black, with dark brown edges, and a small tan head. Aroma is, as expected, rich coffee-infused bourbon. A bit of dark fruit makes it sweeter, and the coffee counters that well. Tons of vanilla -- like someone dumped a significant quantity of vanilla extract in. Boozy, even after a couple of years -- seems like it would take forever to kill off the burn in this brew. Bourbon and oak hit you up front, with brown sugar and vanilla (maybe some good rum), and the coffee moves in toward the finish. Totally delicious, but this will definitely knock you back. The coffee is a great addition.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1467) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2012
A-- Poured dark cola and settled black. A few gurgles of head here and there but otherwise just some ordinary bubbles that made up a thin collar. S-- Oak, vanilla, bourbon and soft coffee. Not as big as CBS had. Very sweet nose. Alcohol very present. T-- Devoured by sweetness and barrel. Waves of sugar just eat this up. More like diabetes on a barrel. M-- Full, rich and low carbonation. Where is my insulin shot?? Just way above the top in sugar. Coffee is secondary as the sugar just attacks this beer and makes it overly sweet. Alcohol is quite obvious. O-- Tough to drink and enjoy unless have had several beers already. Just a task to drink and overly massive for the sake of being massive. Will avoid the base beer when possible as too sweet for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbruner (4415) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle shared with stevencon. Opaque black, head when swirled that is darker brown than most porters. Aroma is bourbon, and a wood that probably comes from the bourbon aging. Taste still has some coffee after the two plus years it has been cellared. But other notes are sweet vanilla, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon. The booze is really strong in this, but surprisingly well balanced for it?s intensity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stevencon (518) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2012 bottled? 3/36/10 dark black pour with tan head. aroma of bourbon, wood, booze, roasted grains. not much coffee aroma (atleast for a beer labeled as such.) Taste was smooth bourbon, booze, wood, roasted grain with a slight bitter finish. Taste had both vanilla and grain. exceptionally balanced. Some taste of coffee, surpising for the age and the other additions. Overall even after 2.5 years the beer still had a coffee character, lots of bourbon and high abv stout. This beer is still tasting great but might not have much coffee in a year from now. I saw drink it soon because it is great right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (4674) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Bottle courtesy of stevencon - 3 year old. Black pour. Big bourbon aroma. Tastes are chocolate, vanilla, wood, boozy, caramel/toffee. Great. Warm. Leather. Very very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle. Dark as a beer gets. I could really taste the coffee in this one. Surprised on how much it overshadowed the bourbon. Still very tasty. We had the 10 and 11, with a mutual agreement of the 11 being better. No surprise

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChadPolenz (1763) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Ive always thought Goose Islands world famous "Bourbon County Brand Stout" was a little overrated and I can name many imperial stouts I consider superior. Well, apparently all this beer was missing was a bunch of coffee added to the recipe because it went from a by-the-book imperial stout to a pretty amazing imperial coffee stout.

I received a 22oz bottle in a trade with a friend (thanks, Joe!). I split it with a friend. We each poured it into tulip glasses.

Appearance: Extremely dark black body, completely opaque (is an understatement). Forms a small, dark brown, fizzy head which evaporates almost as quickly as a soda and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong coffee aroma for sure, like a pot of coffee sitting on the burner. Certain alcohol sweetness as well like a rum or Kahlua.

Taste: Theres two ways to look at this beer: is it an imperial coffee stout or is it an imperial stout plus coffee? It may seem to be splitting hairs but there definitely is a difference. While this beer, GIBCBCS, is indeed robust in pretty much every way, I can honestly say Ive had other beers with more pronounced coffee flavor - imperial or otherwise. This is more accurately described as Kahlua - the beer. Theres a strong sweetness throughout the entire palate, a simultaneous combination of vanilla extract and bakers chocolate. Rich sweetness plus noticeable bitterness from coffee and chocolate.

Theres not much to describe in terms of the usual beer attributes of hops and malts. Well there definitely is a prominent roasted malt flavor, especially through the middle. Then as it finishes theres a strong burst of gentle warmth, slight dryness and additional sweetness. Whats remarkable is how clean the beer finishes with very little aftertaste. The alcohol definitely works with the palate but upstages the genuine imperial stout quality a tad. Not that I mind because in the end youre left with an absolutely delicious, complex and very satisfying beer. I can only see this improving with age.

Drinkability: I drank GIBCBCS on a hot summers night and I have to admit that it was actually a little refreshing for the first moment or two. Much like how an iced coffee would be even though theres bitterness and sticky sweetness to it. The body is much thinner than I was expecting and quite tepid as well . It goes down extremely smooth and has no cloying aftertaste (I wouldve been okay with a coffee, chocolate or vanilla aftertaste, though).

The 14% does make itself known as there is significant heat on every swig, but it didnt overwhelm me or fill me up at all. Id drink this beer all the time if it were reasonably priced and readily available. As a special occasion beer it definitely does the job, though.

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