Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.45/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Been so long since I've opened one of these. 4PM on a Tuesday afternoon? Why not? 2008 bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
The pour is a deep, dark brown - not quite black, but pretty close. A small tan head forms, recedes to a collar almost instantly. This beer pours as thick as any beer I can think of. The pour is almost whisper quiet, indicating ridiculous viscosity. Like a glass of used motor oil.
Smell is fantastic. Leather, tobacco, and an oak and smoke background. A little boozy, but not to the degree that the ABV would indicate. Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Very complex, very inviting.
The taste is divine. The tobacco leads, with leather not far behind. The bourbon is noticeable, but contributes more in flavor than it does in booziness. This beer has done well over the last couple years of aging... I'm glad I have more. Espresso, molasses and brown sugar round the taste out. This is slightly sweet, but not nearly as much as other imperial stouts.
Mouthfeel is great. Thick, oily, sticky. This beer, despite being massive in flavor and in alcohol content, is still very drinkable (all things considered). It's a sipping beer to be sure, but damn, I wouldn't mind having a couple of these in a night.
Excellent beer. Highly, highly recommended.
***Edit: As the beer warmed further towards room temperature, some booze and a bit of unwanted astringency manifested itself. Taking off 0.5 for both mouthfeel and drinkability. Still highly recommended.***
Serving type: bottle
09-08-2010 00:08:05 | More by davod23
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