Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.74/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Lovely dark motor oil black brew. Thin but present dark brown head, quickly fading to an oily sheen. Absolutely lovely looking beer.
The bourbon smell is tart and overpowering at first. Cocoa and coffee come through afterwards, as well as vanilla bean (in order of strength). Wheat and malts. Just a hint of sharp tartness, not unlike grapes, but much more subdued than in other stouts.
Taste is much smoother than the aroma. Creamy and milky, with more individual tastes than I can figure out from a single taste. Sweet and grainy bourbon, but so much more subdued than in a lesser barrel-aged beer; creamy chocolate; vanilla bean and oak; barely noticeable hop bite.
The bourbon comes in on the initial flavor, and comes in again on the back end, wonderfully book-ending perfectly smooth chocolate malts.
Thickest, fullest mouthfeel I think I've ever had. Absolutely chewy. Very warm; there's no avoiding the fact that this beer clocks in at 14.2%, but it's done phenomenally well. Tiny sting from carbonation; it lends a very necessary balance to what is otherwise a silkily smooth and creamy dessert.
I honestly did not expect to be this impressed, because I don't like bourbon. Its influence is undeniable, but instead of overpowering the stout flavors, it really does complement them perfectly.
This is the only beer to enjoy over an evening, and to be enjoyed slowly and lovingly. I can't believe how well-made it is; it may not be my favorite stout right now, but it is the best.
Serving type: bottle
12-02-2013 22:41:51 | More by Roguer
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