Monday, May 26, 2014

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

The Goose Island Brewery is in Chicago, Illinois. This is one of their famous Bourbon County brand stouts aged in bourbon barrels. This one is brewed with local Intelligentsia brand coffee beans. This one was bottled on November 15, 2013. 

The beer pours a densely opaque black, with just a small translucent halo of very dark brown around the edges when held to the light. There is a very short head of brown foam. The aroma is coffee forward, bourbon, sweet, almost a maple syrup effect; like a very sweet, very strong coffee with cream, a splash of bourbon, and a touch of vanilla. The taste follows the aromas exactly, hitting all the beats of the aromas, adding some dark roasted malt notes, and a touch of oak, some rich nuttiness, almost hazelnut, but mostly being like that amazing boozy coffee drink. The mouth is full, round, thick, but not heavy. There is a bit of heat from the booze. Elegant, nay decadent, this is damn fine.

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