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Bourbon County Stout (270 of 1001)

Rating: 4.85

It’s finally time, a special beer now to mark the 1000th review I have uploaded to this blog and what a beer it is, a 2012 bottle of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout that I managed to pick up in York late last year. This is a bottle that I had been aiming to drink some time ago but decided to keep holding off and as my 1000th beer drew ever nearer I though what better way to mark the milestone than with this one. Coincidentally, this one was originally brewed by Goose Island back in 1992 to mark the 1000th batch brewed at their original brewpub. The beer will also the the 270th from the 1001 beers list meaning that rought 1 in every 3.7 beers I’ve reviewed here is from the 1001 list, not too shabby I guess. Anyway, this one is a huge imperial stout that has gained pretty much universal acclaim and is currently ranked as the 18th and 19th best beer in the world on the RateBeer and BeerAdvocate websites respectively; not a bad beer then.Released annually in November despite strong demand for it year round, I’m sure this will be an excellent beer and I can’t wait to crack it open now.

Bourbon County Brand Stout

Appearance (5/5): Pitch black and opaque in colour, this one is as dark as night and topped with a dark beige head that is about a quarter centimetre tall and disappears as fast as you would expect from a 15% abv. beer, it eventually settles as a tiny bit of lacing around the circumference of the glass.
Aroma (9/10): Tonnes of bourbon and sugar on the nose initially, this one is incredibly strong right from opening the bottle with huge amounts of alcohol coming off it without it seeming too overpowering somehow. I got a fair helping of coffee as well, probably not quite as much as I’d been expecting but it is fairly abundant and noticeable. Some chocolate and vanilla come through as well with a little oak in there as well but this doesn’t seem quite as strong. It seems boozy and it’s definitely the bourbon that dominates, a very nice beer.
Taste (10/10): This one matches the nose very with with a huge amount of bourbon, sweetness and sugar coming through and giving the beer a very boozy taste without it overpowering. I got some faint coffee coming through with some medium strength chocolate soon after that, there was some faint bitterness as well though. Again the vanilla and oak came through with some darker, ripe fruits such a prunes, raisins and cherries making themselves known too; wonderfully complex and one that tastes great from the start.
Palate (5/5): Full bodied and silky smooth with a very creamy feel to proceedings and tonnes of flavour. Some faint bitterness does come through but is the sweetness that dominates with some strong, boozy parts to it. Despite the huge abv. this one was very well balanced and frighteningly easy to drink; an instant classic.

Overall (19/20): A big beer is every sense of the word, this one was absolutely huge and in your face from the second I opened the bottle. I was worried going into this one that the hype might have ruined it for me or oversold it some but not at all, this one was almost perfect and up there with Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA as the best beer I’ve ever tried; not a bad way to make beer number 1000 on this blog then. The flavours and smell were wonderfully complex but fell short of being overpowering, the taste in particular being a real treat. Amazing stuff, I’ll definitely be picking up another couple bottle of this when I next see it in the UK; just incredible.

Brewed In: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Brewery: Goose Island Beer Company
First Brewed: 1992
Type: Imperial Stout
Abv: 15.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: House of Trembling Madness (York)
Price: £7.80

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  1. February 11, 2016 at 08:16

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