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

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Siggy125:
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4.32/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Michael/Sean.

Pretty typical BCS appearance, pouring a viscous dark brown with little head. The nose is crazy, with a huge ghost pepper character that singes the nostrils and nearly drowns out the normally intense bourbon aroma of BCS. It's a bit chocolatey, and decidedly rich, but ghost pepper really steals the show here. The palate displays a bit more balance, though the intense pepper flavor is still fairly dominant. The heat, interestingly, is pretty heavy up front but doesn't linger too much, which is nice. The pepper comes off as spicy, smoky, slightly vegetal but thankfully not overly grassy and green as some chili beers do. The BCS foundation does a decent job of supporting the huge ghost pepper flavor, though again, the bourbon seems quite toned down here, with big chocolate and molasses flavors providing most of the foundation. Really a nice beer, not one I'd ever want to drink a ton of, but more than just a novelty drink.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special brew brought to West Lakeview Liquors by John Laffler complete with John Laffler crazy pepper drawing. 2010 BCS aged with 1 ghost pepper per 5 gallons. I was quite skeptical, as the Ancho BCS I had was nothing I cared for.

A - Bourbon county always has a pretty distinct and uniform look. Black beer, brown head, some minor spots left on the side.

S - Smells great. Unlike a lot of the BCS series, the bourbon takes a bit of a back seat to some other flavors on this one. Pepper is sharp, and blends with the chocolate to give almost a peppermint smell on the end.

T - Amazing. BCS is there, but it's a very different beer than a lot of the variants. The Ghost pepper adds a lot of kick on the end, making this one a sipper. Nice heat and flavor, but it's still a sweet beer, with the bourbon once again being less prominent than other variants. Sweet, sharp, almost peppermint taste on the end. I am shocked at how good this is. The heat also makes this one less boozy than BCS can be.

M - Smooth, full bodied, great BCS feel.

O - This beer is shockinly good. Definitely the best Ghost Pepper beer I've ever drank. Mr. Laffler said he tasted this beer and immediately decided it was going to festivals. If you get a chance to try this, you really shoud.

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at FoBAB.

A: appearance is identical to the rest of the BCS family, pitch black, thick, brown head, decent retention

S: mellow vanilla, oak and bourbon come through, the peppers are very prominent in the nose which is new for me in regards to pepper beers, some smokey quality as well

T: front is all chocolate and vanilla, by the middle, you get stiff pepper heat, reminds me of cayenne and ancho (I have never actually tasted a Ghost Pepper) , the heat balances the boozieness and sweetness of BCS beautifully. Delicious! This one is quite a bit spicier than the Ancho Chili variation of BCS.

MF: again-- identical to the BCS family, thick, mellow carbonation

O: this is probably my favorite variant of BCS so far behind rare, the balance is incredible and the pepper is well integrate

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried from a Growler at the Eclipse Party, Dec. 8th, 2011.

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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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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