Thursday, November 27, 2014

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout - 2012

This is the 2012 vintage of Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout. It is a 15.0% ABV stout aged in bourbon barrels.

The beer pours deep black and viscous. There is a short and relatively thin head of brown foam. The aroma is bourbon whiskey, vanilla, oak, dark molasses, and some dark fruits, with a background of deep, rich, mocha coffee. Now, I don't mean black coffee type aromas, but the kind of aromas if you were inhaling an Irish coffee or a coffee with Bailey's in it. The taste follows the aromas, full of bourbon and dark notes, coffee, dark cacao, dark fruits, dark molasses, and then that creamy coffee filled with booze. The beer is sweet, but never too sweet. The alcohol is very warming, but not too hot. The beer drinks very smooth and rich, with very little carbonation. The aftertaste is like eating the best raisin ever immediately after a sip of fine bourbon, which you poured as you finished your coffee.

This is pleasant all around, just what I was craving on this cold and snowy Thanksgiving. 

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