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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Ghost Pepper

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Ghost Pepper
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 4.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
Imperial Stout aged in 10-16 year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with infusion of ghost and ancho chile peppers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9143) - Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Draft sample at FoBAB 2011 from notes. Pours black with a medium sized dense dark tan head. The nose is all the goodness that is BCS, heavy chocolate malt, bourbon, vanilla, wood, with the addition of peppery heat. The flavor has the same decadent blend of chocolate, roast, bourbon, vanilla, wood and touches of coffee with more growing peppery heat. Mouth fell is spot on; viscous and smooth; full bodied, lingering peppery heat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhiner41 (189) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Great beer. Had it on high gravity Friday at Brixies in Brookfield, IL. Same subtle notes of Carmel and chocolate, coffee on palate. The difference is the ghost pepper heat in the finish. Instead of the alcohol burn there is a note of heat that is more even and lingering on the palate. Great winter warmer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2012
FoBAB 2011: Near opaque with a small frothy head. The aroma has notes black strap molasses, ashy wood, roast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, and slight leathery notes. Very faint nose of the chilies and some grassy esters. The taste has a big WOW factor, lush heavy dark malts, big sweet dark fruits and espresso like bitterness is counter balanced by an almost perfect among of heat and spice from the peppers. A party for the palate! The mouth feel is initially oily and lush, goes slightly ashy and warming before that LONG but never overpowering heat last forever and a day. This is simply outstanding but was not even my favorite at FoBAB... that would be the next beer I rate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2011. Pours an opaque coffee black with a thin brown head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is coffee, dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and some spicy chili stinging my nostrils. The flavor is coconut, vanilla, coffee, dark chocolate, and an aggressively spicy finish. The body is full with average carbonation and a long oaky vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, and quite spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Sampled at FoBAB 11’ and found to be solid but underwhelming. I was expecting a lot more pepper kick, and really only noticed the pepper in the back of my mouth and throat. To be fair the pepper was noticeable in the nose, and you can’t go wrong with BCBS as a base, so it’s a good beer just not amazing IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Draft at WLV BBQ Black with a beige head. Sweet with a mix of roast malts and green  hot peppers. Thick body. Spicy hot flavors. Green flavors spicy but really not overwhelming. Apparently one pepper is all that you need Spicy peppers so delicious and awesome. 8/4/8/4-17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Tried at FOBAB in Chicago 2011 (Thanks Pawola for the ticket!). The ghost pepper really doesn’t distract from the great qualities of BCS, and in fact, only add on to them. Its really just like BCS with a twinge of heat, which builds up through the finish and lingers nicely. The wood and chile aspects almost come together as smoke. This smoky/spiciness combines well the the expected bourbon, vanilla, mocha, and subtle fruitiness in BCS. As it warms, the pepper slowly becomes more prominent, but overall, there’s just the right amount in my opinion. A real treat to have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
draft at WLV BBQ. Pours dark brown with no head nose of dark raisin honey ash, vanilla, bourbon. flavors dark raisin, pepper, good heat, chocolate, bourbon and long long pepper heat finish. awesome brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5866) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
I got a taste of this at the Bistro Barrel Aged fest last month from a generous soul. Thanks whoever you are! This pours black with a tan head. It looks like BCS for sure. The aroma is very hot with lots of chile heat (I’m not a chile expert) fudge, and hints of bourbon. The flavor was the same. The dense maltiness and alcoholic sweetness from the bourbon tames the potent chile flavor, but it still comes through pretty strong. Not throat burning though, mostly green chile flavor with a bit of a kick added to a very strong alcohol presence. I really liked this a lot. It kind of blew away all but 2 or 3 other beers at the fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
FOBAB 2011. Pours a black colored body with a creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is mostly the Bourbon County base with lots of sweet chocolates, rich toffees, and bourbon with some vanilla and roasts. The pepper is present but light with a touch of heat. Flavor is really nice. Again, lots of the Bourbon County base with chocolate, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and oak up front with a real nice roast. The pepper heat really comes on at the end and has a bit of a smoke twang to it. The heat grows in prominence, but never becomes too much while blending with the roasts and sweetness of the base nicely. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and a light-moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty cool beer. The pepper really adds a nice complexity. Some smokiness to the heat that comes together with the wood and roasts while blending with the sweetness of the base. A highlight of the fest for me.

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