Quick Review: 2016 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

My thoughts on chasing whales are documented.  I’m not a fan of the concept, but after drinking my first Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, I understand the impulse.

My very own BCBS bottle

My very own BCBS bottle

First, it looks scary in the glass.  It is a dark brown almost black color and looks viscous.  It is like a glass of old used car oil.  As soon as you crack the bottle cap you get the nice aroma of the barrel aging.  I don’t like saying bourbon, there is that, but it is the accumulation of the aging that you smell.

Where this beer wins is the taste.  The first thing I got was chocolate with big alcohol heat.  As I drank more I got more of the vanilla and caramel tastes along with a plum/dark fruit taste.  Then at the back end, there was even more alcohol heat.  However, for as much alcohol as you taste and the ABV of 15% it is ridiculously smooth.  Almost easy to drink.  It actually reminds more of a chocolate based cocktail except a lot thicker.

I’m still not going to camp out or wait in line for this to come out next year, but I will do what I can within reason to snag another bottle to drink.

I did this review as quick as I could so I was still sober enough to get the words out and in some kind of readable order.