Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (2008 vintage)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Drank a 2008 vintage bottle sent to me from a fan.

Appearance: Absolute pitch black body. But it forms absolutely no head and leave no lacing on the glass. WTF?

Aroma: pure black licorice. Some dark cherry and woody notes plus mild booze aroma.

Taste: just like the nose it’s all black licorice up front. In the middle there’s cherry and plum and finishes with a slightly chocolate and coffee aftertaste. As it warms the booze becomes more prominent and gives the beer a smokey, woody taste. Eventually, the beer tastes entirely like bourbon. I drink beer because I like beer, if I wanted bourbon I’d drink bourbon!

Mouthfeel: surprisingly tepid and tame (which is fine by me).

Drinkability: for such an intense beer I was surprised I could drink it in gulps rather than tiny sips. As it warms it does become a total sipper, though. 13% ABV starts to make its presence known with plenty of heat on the finish.

Overall: I’m impressed such a big beer can be so palatable, but at the same time I’m a little disappointed this beer didn’t live up to the hype. It’s a good beer, just not world class.

Grade: 8/10