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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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UDBeernut (2871) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
bottled on 11/12/12 split with family. Pours jet black with tan head. Nose of bourbon, booze, and roasted coffee. Whiskey sweetness compliments the coffee more than expected, chocolate, oak, and vanilla on the edges. Silky body, YUM!


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (1403) - Bled/SF, - APR 16, 2017
From mobile phone notes: bottle 0.355l, Release 2014 with 12.6% abv. in City beer SF in the end of january 2017 (only 14$!): pours black oily, opaque with creamy tiny brown head which transforms itself to a ring around the glass. Aroma: roasted grain, intense chocolate, coffee, cacao, vanilla, coffee nibs, bourbon. Flavour follows aroma in intensity. Coffee flavour somehow faded out, but still all ingrediends are perfectly blended. Finish is dry, slightly astringent due roasted grain and coffee, body is thick, carbonation is smooth, carbonation is low.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yourilevesque (1758) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
Vintage 2014. Un immense merci Marc-Andr pour le partage de cette sublime bire. Aucune mousse, filme huileux de surface. Robe noire, opaque mais tonnamment pas lourde du tout. Le liquide valse plutt lgrement dans mon verre. En y plongeant mon grand nez propuls par lexcitation, je reois au visage une chaude attaque de caf africain, lger comme tout et comme sil avait t infus la veille. Le caf est encore aussi riche et structur aprs tout ce temps? Cest prodigieux! Je respire encore recherchant la base de cette bire que jai d visiter au moins 50 fois dans ma vie et je ne la trouve nulle-part. Voyons donc! Allez, on ouvre la Stout 2014 pour les comparer cte--cte! Cest une autre bire. La structure nest pas la mme. Cest autre chose totalement. La caf est dune douceur et dune souplesse alors que le stout est liquoreux et riche. Du ct du caf, je ne sens aucunement lalcool. La structure du caf est ce point complexe que le reste nest que faire-valoir sa splendeur. Des notes de bourbon trs dlicates, un lger caramel blond. Trs trange cette impression que cette dclinaison de la Bourbon County de plus grandes affinits avec la Barley Wine quavec la Stout. On ouvrira tout de mme pas une Barley Wine pour comparer tout de mme. Restons raisonnables et contentons-nous dadmirer ce chef doeuvre qui ntait peut-tre pas meilleur frais. Du trs grand art!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ahuth (493) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2017
16. Bottled. Pours black not much of a head. The A late is thick and creamy. The taste is bourbon county sweetness with a big coffee bite. Awesome variant and I feel is better than the base BC. Awesome job

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2682) - JAPAN - MAR 4, 2017
Decadent though slightly acidic and stringent on the finish. Rich, smooth oily body. Toasty mocha finish.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MCShann (18) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2017
This beer is not for amateurs. Thick and viscous, heavy on the coffee and deep in flavor, your taste buds will either succumb to its massive flavors with delight or be so overpowered you will cringe at even hearing the name "coffee stout" in the future!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiery_1 (795) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
Side by side vertical of 2015 & 2016
500ml bottle @ Craig Bay. 2016 Vintage
Pours a black with almost no head. Nose is rich with ample coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses throughout. Flavour is also rich and yummy. That sweet bourbon fudgy goodness with a nice coffee kick with hints of vanilla and molasses. Very enjoyable brew!

500ml bottle @ Craig Bay. 2015 Vintage
Pours black with a very active brown head. Nose is sour, coffee, bourbon, and chocolate. Sadly this bottle was of the infected bottles. My last bottle of this one was not. There is clearly a sourness and active carbonation that should not be present. This resulted in a drain pour as the mix of it all did not mesh well. I understand certain bottles were infected. Too bad I hit a 50/50 infection vs not.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (2171) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2017
Nice addition to the original. Aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Thick and black. Heavy and smooth.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (3484) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
Pours black with almost no head. Aromas of chocolate, muscovado sugar, roasted coffee, roasted nuts, muscovado sugar, oak. Taste is chocolatey with pronounced coffee notes abd light vanilla with oak character. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily with medium body and low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kryon (3168) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2017
Pours black with low brown head Aromas of coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, dark fruits, dried fruits Taste has notes of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, dades, raisins, dried fruits Mouthfeel is creamy, warming, sweet , wee bit sticky with average carbonation, medium bitterness

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (2197) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 29, 2017
33cl bottle at home - 2013 vintage. Very dark brown pour with a thin and fizzy tan head that disappears quite quickly. Notes of bourbon, burnt caramel, brewed coffee and just a hint of roasted coffee beans, plus toffee. Quite sweet up-front, but a roasty coffee layer follows right after. Smooth texture, low carbonation. It reminds me of KBS in some ways, just more bourbon-forward. I need to try this fresh - it feels a bit thin and the coffee faded. A world class beer, anyway.


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