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Candy Cane Bourbon Russian Imperial Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Candy Cane Bourbon Russian Imperial Stout
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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 13
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jegross2 on 12-24-2011)
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Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at the Clybourn brewpub.

An imperial stout brewed with peppermint and aged in Elijah Craig 18 barrels. Right on. It pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises whiskey, roasted malts, mild peppermint, and oak. The taste really ups the whiskey ante, adding some bitter oak, roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate for good measure. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a damn fine barreled stout, and the mint serves as a nice garnish of sorts. Good times.

TMoney2591, Dec 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Hopmarc, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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tfidler, Dec 23, 2012
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FullObs, Aug 23, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Candy Cane Bourbon Russian Imperial Stout from Goose Island Brewing Company.
Score: 94

Fresh tap pour at the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub served in a 12 oz snifter glass. 9% ABV

Appearance: Thick, get black body. 100% opaque -- no light cuts through this one. Pours with no head other than a thin tan ring around the glass (see image to the right). Average lacing. 4/5

Smell: Light bourbon and molasses. Maybe a little maple. Some sweet figs. A little brown sugar and vanilla. Light booziness too. Not detecting lots of peppermint in the nose, but I'm enjoying what I smell. 4/5

Taste: Wow. This is very smooth and complex. Peppermint, dark unsweetened chocolate and bourbon without the alcohol bite hit up front. Some sweet tobacco too. Peppermint candy spice kick really "pops" on the mid-palate like a pop rocks candy (only much more subtle). Mellow bourbon, light marshmellow and fig finish. Increasing molasses sweetness on the mid-palate as the beer layers. This one rivals King Henry in terms of flavor. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and perfectly carbonated. Finishes sweet. 4.5/5

Overall: An absolute must try Russian Imperial Stout with a peppermint twist. This beer is part of Goose Island's toy drive special release series for the holidays and is only available at the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub while supplies last. Well worth $9. I really wish they bottled this one (or at the very least, would let me take home a growler of it).

Recommendation: Beer geeks absolutely must seek this beer out before the tap runs dry. Casual beer drinkers should enjoy this one too.

Pairings: Warm chocolate cake

Cost: $9 for a 10 oz pour.

jegross2, Dec 24, 2011
Candy Cane Bourbon Russian Imperial Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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