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RATINGS: 957   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.23/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicago’s 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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4.7
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/25/2012. Bottle says 14.3%. 22 oz bottle poured into an adorable little goblet. A: Pours a pitch black color. Much like regular BCBS, the dark tan head fades away to nothing in little time. Nice alcohol legs. S: Smells quite similar to BCBS, with bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, cream, and brown sugar...right up until rich, exquisite black coffee makes itself known. This is such a joy to inhale, even over regular BCBS. Wow. T: It’s BCBS with coffee. No, that doesn’t sound terribly descriptive, but the coffee used is completely fabulous, and plays perfectly with the big sweetness and decadence of the base beer. Tiny little subleties of cream, vanilla, hazelnut, dark fruits, bourbon, and rare (just kidding about that one) give it real enjoyability factor. A little booze pops up in the finish, but not nearly enough to suggest it’s 14.3%. This one will completely wreck me in the morning... M: This doesn’t seem to feature the syrupy heft of the base beer. Rather, it’s drier and thinner, featuring carbonation that seems to be a bit more vibrant. Still an amazingly sticky and viscous coffee stout. The flavor intensity and finishing booze still suggests one to ’sip’. Actually, I kind of prefer the feel of this over standard BCBS. O: I didn’t think this would be much better than BCBS - but I was wrong. Even though it’s quite boozy, it’s one of those offerings where the intense flavors render that problem moot. I’d even say it lives up to the hype. Good luck killing a bomber solo if you’ve already had a few drinks tonight, though...my body is saying ’no’ but my tastebuds are saying ’fuck yes!’


4.3
AdmiralVernon (1187) - SWEDEN - MAY 19, 2017
2013 A: Pitch black with a thin light brown lacing N: Chocolate, coffee (still!), bourbon, vanilla T: Vanilla, bourbon, coffee, chocolate O: Wow... Really impressed that the coffee is still so present! Really nice one!

4
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2017
Chocolate, Bourbon, Roasted Coffee, Light cherries. Didn’t like this as much as some of the other BCBS variants. Cheers!

4.5
klm1 (1501) - 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
yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
Vintage 2014. Un immense merci à Marc-André pour le partage de cette sublime bière. Aucune mousse, filme huileux de surface. Robe noire, opaque mais étonnamment pas lourde du tout. Le liquide valse plutôt légèrement dans mon verre. En y plongeant mon grand nez propulsé par l’excitation, je reçois au visage une chaude attaque de café africain, léger comme tout et comme s’il avait été infusé la veille. Le café est encore aussi riche et structuré après tout ce temps? C’est prodigieux! Je respire encore recherchant la base de cette bière que j’ai dû 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 côte-à-côte! C’est une autre bière. La structure n’est pas la même. C’est autre chose totalement. La café est dune douceur et d’une souplesse alors que le stout est liquoreux et riche. Du côté du café, je ne sens aucunement l’alcool. La structure du café est à ce point complexe que le reste n’est que faire-valoir à sa splendeur. Des notes de bourbon très délicates, un léger caramel blond. Très étrange cette impression que cette déclinaison de la Bourbon County à de plus grandes affinités avec la Barley Wine qu’avec la Stout. On ouvrira tout de même pas une Barley Wine pour comparer tout de même. Restons raisonnables et contentons-nous d’admirer ce chef d’oeuvre qui n’était peut-être pas meilleur frais. Du très grand art!

4
Ahuth (568) - 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
jonno (2751) - JAPAN - MAR 4, 2017
Decadent though slightly acidic and stringent on the finish. Rich, smooth oily body. Toasty mocha finish.

4.4
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
fiery_1 (927) - 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
kevinator (2176) - 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
ansalon (3792) - 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.


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