Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.7/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to BA BanditBrewingCo for the sample. 12 oz. twist-off longneck, bottled 11/12/09. Brewed with two-row, Munich, chocolate, caramel, roasted, and debittered black malts; hopped to 60 IBUs with Willamette and aged in a bourbon barrel. No sound upon opening - hope it's carbonated. Pours black with just a hint of tan collar and no hope of lacing or head retention at this ABV. Very aromatic, with vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, stewed raisins/prunes and perhaps some minty rye from the bourbon. Excellent, but I wish it had a bit more stout character. It is in fact carbonated, and tastes very rich, a little sweet, with notes of burnt caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, bourbon, spicy oak, peppery ethanol, blackberries, black cherries and raisins. You can just barely find the stout beneath, but it yields roast, dark chocolate and a moderate bitterness. Very thick and viscous on the tongue, lightly-carbonated, quite drying, tannic?, chewy and almost syrupy with a long finish. Even after two hours and nearly flat, the mouthfeel is still fine. Very highly-concentrated and quite complex, with lots of bourbon (wet barrel?) and an effortless drinkability. Almost more bourbon than stout, but this is a wonderful beer that deserves its reputation and could probably age for a decade or more.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2011 21:48:36 | More by mmmbeer
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