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Beer #128 – May 10, 2010: Bourbon County Stout

July 5, 2010

Beer: Bourbon County Stout

Brewery: Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, Illinois

Style: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: Unknown

Availability: Cool/Cold-Weather Seasonal (i.e. not brewed in Summer)

Glassware: Brandy Snifter

Strength: 13.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Rich, warming, strong and enjoyable  as a slow-sipper.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Deep walnut-black with a tan head

Aroma: Bourbon and butterscotch

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy thick with a creamy carbonation

Taste: Whoa!  Is this beer or bourbon I’m drinking?!?  An initial sweet bourbon flavor melds into a middle of earthy and sweet milk chocolate, tangy raisin, and buttery butterscotch. It finishes with a warming alcohol note and mild bitterness like unsweetened chocolate.

Pairing: Just pour into a brandy snifter and enjoy all on its own, or from what I understand, a good cigar if you do indulge.

Trivia: Barrel-aging may seem like a new craze in the beer world, but is actually among the oldest methods of storing and preserving beer (think of the annual tapping of the wooden keg at Oktoberfest in Munich).  What is new these days is the intentional use of barrels previously used for other beverages, whether hard liquor like bourbon or whiskey, or wines such as Pinot Noir or Chardonnay.

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