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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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (14292) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with a moderate creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, licorice and coffee bean with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Heavy bourbon woody and coffee flavor with a heavy sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (11028) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2015 Re-rate (12/1/2013)
Bottle... This beer rocks!... GIs affiliation with AB has apparently made this a better beer. More coffee. Less sugar. World class!

Original rating (5/23/2010) - 3.8 -
Bottle Pours crude oil black with a small, creamy, deeply tanned head. The bouquet is a wonderful marriage of vanilla, coconut, deep-roast coffee, dark chocolate and black tea with a rumor of maple syrup. Full-bodied with a motor oil mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor is sweet; too sweet. Otherwise, its simply a mocha version of regular ol BCS. Sweet chocolate and coffee finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (5063) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle, Bourbon County Coffee Stout. Black color with a large head, quickly settling in to a small cap. Monster bourbon aroma. Tons of vanilla. Oddly enough, the bourbon pulls back to a moderate level in the taste. Also oddly enough, a mild espresso flavor. Vanilla, sweet malt and light coconut. Very thick, full bodied. Almost velvety.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2010
What can I say about this beer. Its great. I love BCS and couldnt wait to try the coffee version. The black cat integrated the coffee really well into the BCS I thought. Still has plenty of vanilla notes and bourbon, with a nice dose of coffee thrown into the mix. Not as sweet as the vanilla, but still a good amount of sweetness. I thought they pulled this off really well. I wish it was more readily available. Cant wait to rate this again. I expected this to be awesome and it was.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (2163) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Excellent stout. Lots of refined coffee flavor. So many coffee stouts turn into iced coffee as beer. Much like BCS has a strong bourbon flavor that doesnt dominate, BCBCS has a strong coffee (and bourbon) flavor that is strong but works with the dark roast flavors rather than against them. Actually, my favorite part of this beer is the strong vanilla flavor. Great oak flavor, too.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blutt59 (6560) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, pours black with red edges, no head, aroma is coffee, whiskey, and vanilla, flavor is dense chocolate, vanilla and coffee such as espresso, mocha ice cream, even waffles, malty silky finish

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
Goose Island does the expected by doing the unexpected - a new version of BCS. In this case the coffee gives the bourbon-heavy stout a certain poise and balance. I still register the buttery caramel-popcorn, and the exploding rays of toffee, coffee and rich malt. Dark fruits. Wait the coffee is more aromatic now. DUH. Very warming alcohol, an the fragrance of cocoa liqueur shows this aptly. Did I mention the look, its a deeply viscous black with espresso foam cap, Pretty huge body rests on the palate, heavily. But it;s all elegance. How can you diss the BCCS?

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Black pour. Creamy, dense beige head. Aroma begins with heavy sugar, Bourbon, dark chocolate and peanut. A touch of tobacco and coffee. Amazing flavor, if a touch cloying. Big dense chocolate, tobacco, bitter coffee, and sweet Bourbon. Milky and creamy finish. Awesome stuff. Top notch coffee, bb beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole -- many thanks!! Really looking forward to the others in the series. Pours like roasted coffee with legs. Smells oddly spicy with lots of red pepper in the nose. Tastes of espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Chocolate syrup lingers on the back of the palate. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (10574) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Big thanks to my PUBN Sergeant-at-Arms for this one. Pours onyx with 2f brown head. No light through this one. Nose is oaky woody bourbon, dark malt, raisins, molasses. Tastes rich, dark malty, earthym with big boozy oaky bourbon, raisins, cacao, some rauch and cognac. Late heat, and this one successfully transverses the beer/spirit boundary. But for th grace of the flying spaghetti monster, I may have never had the chance to try this one, and I will celebrate by eating lasagma tomorrow.


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