So last night (1/4/2015) I had the honor of trying the current #12 on BeerAdvocate’s top 250 beers, Goose Island’s 2015 Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, a 12.4% Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels from the Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago, Illinois, USA). Since Anheuser-Busch InBev owns more than 25% of Goose Island (they actually own 100% of Goose Island according to wikipedia), they are now considered a non-craft brewery. Vince at Habersham Beverage (Savannah, Georgia, USA) had set one aside for me to pickup after I got back from Cayman.
Goose Island’s 2015 Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout came in a 1 pint .9 fl oz Goose Island Bourbon County Brand bottle with no front label and all the information either on the back label or a larger than normal bottle neck label with a “wing” coming off of it. Goose Island provided the bottled on date which read 17/SEP/15. The way the Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout works is each year Goose Island chooses a different coffee from Chicago next-door-neighbor Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. The 2015 version used Intelligentsia Los Delirios coffee beans to make this beer.
According to Goose Island’s website, Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout was brewed using 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, and Debittered Black malts; and Columbus hops. This beer is listed as midnight in color with 60 IBUs (International Bitterness Units). I feel I should also mention that both BeerAdvocate.com and ratebeer.com have given this beer a perfect score, 100 out of 100. Below is the commercial description for Goose Island’s 2015 Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout:
“Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. This world class roaster puts the same passion askill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with a different coffee from our friends next door each year. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years.” – Goose Island Beer Company
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