Bourbon County Brand Stout

Heavy.

Man, here’s an ambitious beer.  Let me start by saying it DOES NOT go well with White Castle’s.  That being said, Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout is opaque black with a sparse head but plenty of carbonation.  The head has an almost olive green cast to it, which is interesting.  Take a big whiff and you’ll notice, in this order, alcohol, port wine, cognac, vanilla, licorice, caramel and butterscotch.  I’m exhausted.  The beer has a smooth, creamy texture and its taste is complex and strong, but only strong in that it is the culmination of many smaller, subtler tastes, such as scotch, vanilla and heavy cream.  At 13% ABV it starts a small, smouldering fire in the belly.  This is called a stout, but to me it’s a long way from being beer, it’s almost a liquer.  This is a drink for sipping and savoring, and it would be easy for 3 people to split a 12 oz. bottle.  At $21.99 for a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottle, sharing it is almost an economic necessity, but I’m worth it, and so are you.  This is a brew that will impress your friends and delight your enemies.

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