Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by eclipse54:
4.43/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
*First time combining multiple vintages of a brew for review, so hopefully this isn't too far off center format-wise.
(Current review from 03/10/2012)
A 12 ounce bottle of the 2011 batch, generously sent by FluffyMcTingle; thanks again man! Bottled 11/2011, and consumed tonight via DFH signature glass.
A - 4.0 - Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a thin veil of dark chocolate colored head. The head fades almost immediately to a ring around the edge of the glass and bubbly legs scattered across the surface.
S - 4.5 - The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, oak, toasted marshmallow, and brown sugar.
T - 4.5 - It tastes of caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, dark chocolate/cacao, bourbon, and burnt sugar. There is an alcohol presence near the end.
M - 4.0 - Mouthfeel is thick, and this once coats every inch of the palate. Syrupy texture, resinous finish, and warming alcohol sensation throughout.
O - 4.5 - Overall, a delicious stout that brings out the best of the barrel treatment.
Final Weighted Score: 4.43
(Review from 11/20/2011)
A 12 ounce bottle of the 2009 vintage sent to me by inlimbo77; thank you very much for this one! Bottled on 11/12/2009, so this is very nearly two years old at this point. Poured into a Deschutes tulip glass...
A - 3.5 - It pours a richly black body with dark caramel hues near the surface; this transitions into a similarly colored head. Head development was minimal, not surprising given the high alcohol content (and a strange bottle-opening occurance). Regardless, a ring of coffee-colored bubbles and similar patches dot the surface of the liquid. Lacing is nonexistent.
S - 4.5 - The aroma is of toffee, bourbon, oak, hazelnut, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, and alcohol. Really a phenomenal nose here, and very inviting to those who seek the bourbon-aged effect.
T - 4.5 - The taste is similar with toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, almond, and alcohol all blending together beautifully. It is quite reminiscent of a stout blended with an English barleywine, which is fine by me!
M - 4.0 - The mouthfeel is very good as the carbonation lifts the rich texture off the tongue and accentuates some of the finer flavors. The finish is great, but the alcohol really comes through in the end with a bit of a burning sensation. No doubt that this is 13% here.
O - 4.5 - Overall, a well crafted, delicious offering that I will certainly need to acquire more of.
Final Weighted Score: 4.40
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2012 00:26:04 | More by eclipse54
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4.78/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours thick like molasses and solid black in color. Head is thin tan and retains nicely.
Smell is incredible, some dark red fruity notes are forward before a nice bourbon and oak aroma cut through the fruity esters. Rich toffee malt with subtle aromas of toasted marshmallow and more fruity esters finish.
Taste follows the nose and is just as good. Dark fruity lightly sweet flavors are forward along with a light bourbon presence and a dry oak flavor. Rich toffee malt finishs along with some light toasted marshmallow flavors in the finish.
Mouthfeel is great. Thick body and mild carbonation keep this a perfect sipping beer. Hits all points, sweet sticky dry lightly bitter, anything you could ask for from a great stout
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 23:10:32 | More by Fcolle2
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