In this limited edition beer run, we are going to sample out a beer that makes Black Friday Shopping different after Thanksgiving Day. I am talking about the run of beers that are released around the country by Goose Island Brewery. This one is their Bourbon County Coffee Stout. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this brewery. If you have not, please, read those posts to get up to speed with this brewery. Let us get into the beer.
It has a jet black color without a head on this stout. The smell is a heavy coffee notes. The taste is a heavy coffee with bourbon notes. The aftertaste is chocolate with hints of coffee. It is a sipping beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.gooseisland.com):
Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. This world class roaster puts the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with a different coffee from our friends next door each year. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years.
2013 Release – Intelligentsia Los Inmortales 2012 Release – Intelligentsia La Tortuga Beans 2011 Release – Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans 2010 Release – Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans
Style: Imperial Coffee Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels Alcohol by Volume: 13.4% International Bitterness Units: 60 Color: Midnight Hops: Willamette Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Debittered Black Coffee: Intelligentsia La Tortuga Beans
Preferred Glass: Snifter Food Pairings: Flourless Chocolate Coffee Cake Cheese Pairings: Capriole Bourbon Chocolate Torte Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle up to 5 years
Limited Release Bottles: 12oz Draft: 1/6 bbl
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing out, Goose Island is heading into the right direction now since being took over by evil empire. I never doubted any of their products and I still look at them as craft brewery. I like the fact they are putting out more and more of Bourbon County Stout into the markets. It is still limited but it is expanding. I love the no balance of these stouts. They are designed like that and Goose Island was the first to the party to do this type of beer stytle. Some little craft brewery in Europe can stop being jealous of this brewery. I love the heavy coffee notes and how bourbon does not overpower the coffee stout part. If you can get a bottle, this is a must try for a craft beer drinker. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser