Bourbon Goodnight Bodacious - Short's Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +5.5%
Bourbon Barrel Aged Goodnight Bodacious - offered on tap at Ashley's in Westland for the Shorts vs. Greenbush "throwdown" of Champions. As a lover of the original Goodnight Bodacious, I was very excited to learn that Shorts would be offering a barrel-aged version at this event. It pours pretty sludgy and completely black with a frothy, tan-colored foam head that has decent retention and leaves just a bit of lacing behind.
At first, the beer was served way too cold and it didn't have the "oomph" quite like I was expecting/hoping. But after letting it warm up for about 30 minutes or so, my expectations were finally met. Lots of smooth, bourbon-soaked oak aromas that mesh with sweet, creamy chocolates. Woody, nutty, rustic, and boozy, with a solid amount of vanilla on the back-end. I keep thinking "coconut", too, although it's not prominent enough for me to say for sure.
Quite pungent and strong on the nostrils, and the bourbon barrel aging is definitely noticeable. The tap handle was mislabeled as just the original Goodnight Bodacious and people were questioning whether or not it was barrel aged. One whiff and my concerns were washed away. It seems that much of the hop character from Goodnight has faded and what's leftover are mostly the "stout-y" characteristics. What do you expect after barrel-aging, though?
The first sip is met with an unexpected amount of dark-fruit sweetness that's quickly washed away by a collaboration of chocolate and barrel. Heaps of smooth, milky cocoa blends into a savory amount of heavy oak, whiskey (more so than bourbon, seemingly), wet wood, and some faint vanilla in the finish. Very nice integration of the barrel flavors as to not overpower everything else, but still come through so robust and strong.
Surprisingly enough, the hops are actually damn powerful on the palate, despite going completely under the radar in the aroma. They provide an ashy bitterness and even a lightly citric character that, if nothing else, provides some balance and another level of complexity. The more this warms, the more the finish tastes like dark fudge and bourbon soaked oak-chips. I even get a little bit of maple syrup, but maybe I'm just imagining shit now. Nice mouth feel on this one - big, thick and creamy while still retaining a solid amount of carbonation.
Very awesome offering from Shorts - as I mentioned before, I was a big fan of Goodnight Bodacious, so I was very excited to give this one a try. I'd like to see them bottle it, although I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't. But they definitely should. Very good barrel integration while maintaining the flavors well from the base beer.
05-13-2013 11:55:51 | More by tectactoe
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
big thanks to zaphog for hooking this in a LNBA BIF. enjoyed from a mystery brewing tulip.
a - brew poured watery black with a thin mocha tan fizzy head that fizzled away rather quick leaving some lacing skin on the glass and some fiz islands on the surface of the beer.
s - nice chocolatey roast with some decent hopping. smells like a hoppy stout, which i dig.
t - the hops jump up and slap you in the face 5 times before you swallow your first gulp. yowza...then a big tsunami of roasted malt. black ipas are an interesting breed and this one is a double ipa. as advertised a double ipa with some big roasted malts as the backbone.
m - medium to full bodied, but far from chewy. juice like fullness. coats my mouth in bitterness.
o - overall this is a style that is usually a miss for me. there are a few that i really enjoyed (wookey jack, either/or, 5 yrs later, etc) and this one is on the spectrum of the ones i enjoyed, but doesn't hang with the ones i mentioned in my opinion...but this is better than a lot of offerings for this style that i've gotten to try.. definitely worth a try if you get the chance.
04-16-2013 03:23:15 | More by cosmicevan
Bourbon Goodnight Bodacious from Short's Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.