Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Bourbon County Brand Stout 2013
I was recently approached by the PR Agency representing Goose Island and their new Ten Hills Pale Ale. A few exchanges, a few questions, and one thing led to another. Next thing I knew, I had a few bottles of the pale ale AND some other gems, including the soon-to-be-released 2013 vintage of Bourbon County Brand Stout. I have never tried any version of this beer, and they've been brewing it since 1992, so it's about damn time.
Anyway, if you don't know, this is on the super-short list of most beer geeks. The label is simple and elegant, black and white with gold accents. As with most of their premium beers, it is suggested that this beer can develop in the bottle over 5 years. 14.2% alcohol.
Chocolate and brown sugar and vanilla and bourbon and oak aroma, rich and delicious! Oh, wow! Cream-a-liscious. Caramel flavors are so beautiful and luscious. Decadent deliciously sweet chocolate. And the coffee flavors are absolutely perfect.
The alcohol is definitely not missing, though it feels nowhere near 14.2%. It really makes the vanilla pop and intensifies all the other flavors. It makes the lips a little tingly and puts some heat in the chest too. Nice body, low carbonation but not flat, just right. Great balance and not too sweet.
Lightly hot and I bet a year would take some of that edge off. This was an excellent beer worthy of all the hype and praise. I will be grabbing a four pack when it enters my Florida market soon and giving that aging theory a try.