Everyone who knows me knows that stout is my beer of choice, and my non-alcoholic beverage of choice is a nice, bold, roasted coffee. When I first saw Goose Island Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Stout, I was as giddy as a woodpecker in a lumber yard!
This is one of the very few beers to receive an overall 100/100 on RateBeers.Com. I had the pleasure of having a bottle for myself over at Sergios World Beers, and let me say that you get what you pay for. I spent $15 for a 22 ounce bottle of 15% alcohol and I was done. ONE AND DONE! It would have costed me twice as much in Bud Lights to get the sexy that I got from this Imperial.
Brewmaster Greg Hall put his heart and soul into this beer, and had this to say:
“I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation we brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born-A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with a thick foam the color of bourbon barrels. The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said that it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it.”
Smells of coffee grounds, chocolate, and bourbon. Great black pour with brown head. Good mouth feel. Amazing taste balance of coffee, bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt.
This is definitely one of the finest beers I’ve tasted, and I feel like I can give it one of my only 5 ratings