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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Ancho Chile

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Ancho Chile
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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 4.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Dried poblano Peppers, called Ancho chilies, are added to the Bourbon County Brand Stout to add a level of smoke and heat to the rich body of the Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Draft sample at FoBAB 2010 from old notes. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have the usual BCS goodness with the addition of some fruity pepper that allows for a growing peppery heat, roast, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wood, very solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aasher (113) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2011
I tried this several times at Goose Islandís Stout Fest in early March. Reviewed from notes. I was really, really looking forward to trying this and it didnít disappoint. Like all Bourbon County beers it arrived a thick, oily midnight black with no head at all. The darkness allowed zero light to pass through. It coated the glass when sloshed around. It smelled of sweet bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and had just a slight hot chili spiciness to it. Just sniffing on this one made me smile. The flavor was very, very appealing. Unlike the Cherry BCBS that I tried right next to this, the Ancho Chile wasnít cloyingly sweet. It featured a nice mix of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon and subtly spicy chile. It was just so interesting. Another thing I appreciated was that the pepper didnít burn at all or linger too long. It was just right. It was exceptionally smooth and coated the palate and had an excellent permeating flavor. This is probably my second favorite of the Bourbon County beers, behind only the Coffee. What a beer, I really, really hope they bottle this. Iíd be interested in seeing how this beer would age over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
on tap at Sheffields... one of the weakest bcs variants to date... the chile is too prominent but even if lighter doesnít add anything... a hint of vanilla tries to bring this in but just doesnít

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
FoBAB 10. I dearly hope this gets bottled! This might be my favorite of all the BCS variations, with Rare and Rye in a close second. The fruitiness of the ancho and poblano is amazing, perfect amount of heat, really this is something else!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Sampled at FoBAB 2010. Black oily pour with light tan head, Aroma of bourbon, some earth. Bourbon definitely present. Flavor starts with a rush of bourbon but ends with a nice chile burn. Love the chiles in the finish. Easily one of the highlights of the festival. Absolutely awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Sample @ FoBAB. This was one of the first beers I had. Pours dark black with tan head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, and only slight chilies. Tasted a lot like normal BCS, which is always great, but with just a little added heat. I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2010 sampled at FOBAB 2010. glad i didnít miss out on it this time around... pours a dark, oily solid black pour with light reddish brown hues towards the edges of the glass and topped off with a thin beige head... aroma was mostly vanilla and bourbon, heavy on the latter with a light chile pepper undertone... flavors much resembled the base bcs in nature with a medium degree of ancho pepper back bone which added a spice mild heat as it is consumed. nice smooth slick body. enjoy the added punch from the peppers. i think i still like vanilla better but this is solid all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (9380) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small tan head. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, dried chili pepper, roasted malts, dark chocolate, tobacco, earth, smoke, and molasses. Full-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a spicy, roasty, boozy mouthfeel. Pretty good amount of hot alcohol, which seems to work with the chiles to fire this thing up. The spice really stands out and I love the way it goes along with BCS, which is already a fantastic bourbon barrel impy stout. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Sampled at fobab 2010. Pours black just like BCS with a creamy deep tan mocha head. Aroma is very sweet vanilla chocolate oak, some almond nuttiness, super rich and roasted. Flavor starts very sweet rich oaky vanilla, bourbon, still not a l lot different than regular BCS. Towards the finish though it picks up a pepper spiciness that is just perfectly balancing with the rest of the rich malt and cocoa, vanilla and oakiness. Creamy finish with the pepper still lingering in the throat. Full sticky body and a soft carbonation. I love this beer, though I donít think I can put it higher than a nice 2-3 year aged regular BCS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2010
FoBAB 2010: Opaque with an oily appearance and some creamy tan head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, coke cola, lime, roasted pepper, charred and smoky oak, walnut, chocolate, and earthy tobacco. The taste starts with sweet chocolate and a smoky component before a nice smack of bourbon brashness and snappy finishing chile really wakes up the palate. The heat was about perfect, enough so you know you are drinking a beer with spice added but not so much it overpowers the stout character. Oily, lush and warming mouth feel. Delivers on what it promises, a rare pepper beer that does not shy away from flavor! 2nd best of the fest.

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