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Bourbon County Brand Stout 2015

 
RATING
98

 This year's release of Goose Island’s iconic bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout lives up to the anticipation (its most dedicated fans line up in the early morning hours of Black Friday, when it is released nationwide). There’s plenty to savor in the aroma alone: the barrel imparts rounded oak and vanilla scents, backed by cocoa powder, coffee roast, leather, black cherry and even a whisper of sweet cigar smoke. A full-bodied sip washes layers of vanilla bourbon flavor to all corners of the mouth, and though it’s hefty with the stout's dark Belgian chocolate, tobacco and peanut shell, lighter tones of plum and toasted coconut flash underneath and keep the beer lively. A 13.7% ABV leaves a warmth in the throat, while lingering flavors of caramelized marshmallow and sticky vanilla remain on the lips after the swallow.

 

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