Violet Hour Manhattan Bourbon County Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in a 2nd use Heaven Hill bourbon barrel (10-16 years) that was previously used to aged barrel-aged Manhattan cocktails.

Added by MasterSki on 11-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2012 hand bottled 12oz from a good friend that shall not be named.

Fucking incredible. Just absolutely amazing.

Smooth bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits: plum, figs, cherry, blackberry. Like bourbon county but much more heavy handed on the cherry. Still a decent amount of alcoholic bite despite its age. Shockingly good carb for being so old and hand bottled.

Bittersweet: So, so good but it will never happen again. It's a damn shame.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Taste on 8/10/13. Got a hefty 5-6oz pour at the Goose Island booth. This entry is for personal recordkeeping.

As with all the other BCS variants I've ever had, this one looks just about the same. Big black body, thick, viscous and pours with a <1cm mocha head that disappears in a hurry. Leaves a big black liquid in the glass, and leaves a lot to the imagination. The nose is a sweet combination of strawberry (at least I thought so) and floral scents with the same Bourbon County Stout roast malt backbone showing deep rich chocolate, marshmallows, a bit of coconut, some oak and a bit of sweet bourbon. The taste follows through, though unlike the nose it showcases the Bourbon County Stout base more so than the Manhattan cocktail character. The mouthfeel is typical Bourbon County Stout, although I thought it was a bit thicker and more viscous than I remember BCBS ever being. Carbonation is light. Aftertaste is strawberry, bourbon and dark chocolate. Great combination, comes together very well and stays that way even as the beer warms up. Hope to drink this one again someday.

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Violet Hour Manhattan Bourbon County Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 42 ratings
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