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Ghost Pepper Bourbon County Brand Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ghost Pepper Bourbon County Brand Stout
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 25
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial Stout aged in 10-16 year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with an infusion of ghost and ancho chile peppers.

(Beer added by: AgentZero on 10-16-2011)
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Reviews by Siggy125:
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Siggy125

California

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this from a growler at the 50/50 Eclipse release gig. I didnt get the name of the young guy sharing it. Whoever you were, thanks dude!

Very dark blackish brown with red tinges in the glass. Very light carbonation, maybe from the time spent in the growler.

The typical bourbon bite found in most Bourbon County brews was a bit subdued and blended with the tastes of burnt baking chocolates and roasted peppers. Being that ghost peppers are so damn hot, I cringed a little as I swallowed but the flaming sting that I expected was actually quite pleasant. Dont get me wrong, there was plenty of eye watering peppery goodness but balanced very nice with the roasted anchos.

Not usually a big fan of peppered porters or stouts, but I quite enjoyed this one. Wish it was bottled so I could pursue some of it.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2011 01:48:11 | More by Siggy125
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I thought this beer was fantastic! I was lucky enough to try this at the Eclipse Party recently. It has a very dark chocolate nose, that also comes with a bit of smokiness. When tasting this I was blown away. The peppers take a lot of the cloying sweetness Bourbon County usually has, and then imparts a really nice smokiness. The beer also had a nice dark chocolate and roasted components. The Ghost Pepper also adds a nice spicy component as well. For the mouthfeel, it was thick with some medium-low carbonation. Overall, from what I remember, this beer was almost like having a rich, dark mexican hot chocolate. This Bourbon County was definitely fantastic, this is something I would love to emulate. I also must add that when the beer hits the back of the throat you do get a nice spicy burn sensation.

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Ghost Pepper Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
97 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.