Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.88/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Couldn't wait and had to pop one of these bombers today. Poured into a Duvel snifter.
A: Thick and deep brown black as it filters into the glass. Head forms quite readily, a ruby brown inch thick number that lasts suprisingly long considering the booze content in this beer, really adds to the anticipation of this beer.
S: This is the embodiment of an imperial coffee stout. At first there is a massive punch of super dark, super fresh coffee beans like walking into a room full of fresh ground coffee then it gets woody, the bourbon barrel character shining though and coupling up with the coffee aromas. Rich dark chocolate, molasses mixed with vanilla bean.
T/MF: First and most apparent impressions on taste: you get the barrel character right away with a little bit of closing heat. Loads of coffee, rich, dark and deeply bitter. As the beer gets warmer the bourbon aspect becomes far more apparent. While initially the wood of the barrel was detectable, now with some warmth the stuff that used to be inside can be distinguished. Feel is silky smooth, softly carbonated, feels like velvet cake on the tongue with traces of heat in the finish and a lasting dryness. Nothing cloying, nothing over the top, like I think the normal Bourbon County can be guilty of when it's young, this beer is near perfection in a bottle.
D: Like I said this beer is near perfection. I will never really understand what exceptional means when it comes to the appearance on a stout, I feel like it's more of a judgment call/ depends on how you are feeling that day when it comes to beers of this caliber. A bit hot in the finish, can't wait to see how this beer develops. Love love love the fact that this beer is readily available and is not hoarded like KBS, easily on par and maybe even passes it in terms of coffee barrel aged beers. A beer to be sought out for sure!
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2010 03:48:59 | More by bluemoonswoon
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