Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.59/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
8/23/2012 bottling had on 10/14/12. Served barely cool in a tulip.
8/23/2012 bottling had on 05/01/13. Served barely cool in a tulip.
Scores a combination of both.
A - 4.25 - Thick, viscous black. Not even a flashlight will put a dent in it. Brown fizzy proto-head that dissipates almost immediately. A nice enduring head would score better.
S - 4.75 - Strong chocolate fudge, wood, and the malty sweet smell of a sweet-glazed breakfast cereal like the Sugar Smacks of old. Hint of coffee with agitation. Initially sort of winey, but after agitation, some bourbon. Smells great. Smells mature and composed. 2013 tasting - Chocolate. Caramel. Something like malty chocolate graham cracker pie crust. A little vanilla. Bourbon. Wood. Fantastic.
T - 4.5 - Nice bourbon and wood. Creamy smooth chocolate and even some caramel. I had heard it was a boozy mess when young but it's coming across pretty smooth and well integrated to me. Lots of people are mentioning dark fruits, but I'm not able to isolate those myself. There's barrel wood and bourbon on the exhale, with some char as a lingering aftertaste. 2013 tasting - Chocolate pudding. Faint cherry. A bit of bourbon. Wood less evident than last year. Not getting any coffee this time and the char is very subdued. Malty chocolate booze exhale. Cherry brownie aftertaste. Fantastic.
M - 5.0 - Thickest I've had and a pleasure in the mouth. Pudding-like. You wouldn't think it could get this thick. Super velvety and smooth. 2013 tasting - Heavy puddinglike body. Ends a bit sticky. Fantastic.
O - 4.5 - It's a lot smoother and subtler than I expected and not as complex on the palate as I was expecting. I've come to expect a bit more char out of my imperials. I would almost say it is very well balanced at the expense of complexity - everything comes together so well that it's harder to perceive the different layers. It's pretty easy drinking in terms of not being so intense that it makes you put the brakes on, but it does pack a nice wallop on the buzz front. Very nice. 2013 tasting - Fantastic. Even better than when I had it closer to fresh. Such rich brownie chocolate offset by enough booze to stand up to it, with a touch of cherry something, all in a malty baked goods environment. Manages to be subtle and balanced while being so rich. Fantastic.
Serving type: bottle
10-15-2012 02:03:26 | More by BrownNut
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