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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Ghost Pepper

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Ghost Pepper
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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Imperial Stout aged in 10-16 year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with infusion of ghost and ancho chile peppers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Sampled from the tap at 2011 FOBAB. Poured black with a dark brown head that started and remained at the edges. Aroma had notes of bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt and dark chocolate, with a bit of backing pepper burn. Flavor begins with typical bourbon county flavors, bourbon, roasted malts, dark chocolate ect., but has a really nice amount of heat in the finish that adds a nice complexity. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6037) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Sampled on tap at FoBAB 2011 (Chicago, IL). Pours a pitchblack thick pour with a rich darker brown head, dies to film and laces well. Aromas are rich toffee and roast, touches of earthy and spicy ghost pepper, cocoa, bourbon, molasses, chocolate chip cookies. Vanilla. Initial is full on the palate, cocoa and roast run into sweet caramel and toffee.. They move onto battle a slow earthy pepper burn. Enveloping the palate with flavor, touches of oak and Bourbon, spirit, and gentle silky wonderfulness. Backend is a gentle growing heat, toffee, vanilla, and gentle kisses of barrel. Heat grows slowly but assertively, a bit sweet but a very unique treatment offering a pepper fanís bounty. Very nice, Laffler and Co.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4806) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On tap (FoBAB 2011) : The flavor consists of chocolate, maple syrup, vanilla, and a touch of spice from the pepper. It pours dark brown with no transparency and small thin tan ring for a head. The flavor starts with chocolate, lighter maple syrup than regular BCS, and vanilla. The finish has bourbon and some pretty good pepper spice/heat. Itís medium to full bodied with mild carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Overall, the pepper heat really compliments the chocolate well and really cut through maple syrup presence. While this was my favorite of the fest, the chocolate and maple syrup combination is why I like BCS so much and the pepper heat took away from that. Though it was very tasty, I wouldnít choose it over regular BCS. I would also venture to guess that while I can drink a full bottle of BCS, I think a full bottle of this would wear on me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2011
draft... dark sky black, oily, dark tan head, not much head, thick beer... I like the aroma its balanced for having a ghost pepper, lots of spice you can tell this is going to be hot, but lots of bourbon manages to balance this out mostly... my first sip Iím loving this, smooth, peppers but not hot lots of chocolate, sip 3 Iím struggling, gets hotter as you go, tough to drink a lot of this, fell victim to the 5am heartburn like several others as well... tread lightly on this, ouch

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Growler thanks to nerd on BA. Black in color with a very small tan head. Roasty and chocolatey aroma with dark fruit and peppery heat. The flavor has roast, dark chocolate, menthol, bourbon, and big chile heat on the finish. Spicy hot palate with full body and low carbonation. Really solid. Iím a fan. Eat it, hot pepper haters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Draft at FoBAB 9. I was a bit scared at first at what this was going to do to my palate, but it wasnít bad at all. Pours a deep black with a brown head, like Bourbon County. Nose is lots of barrel, vanilla, green pepper and a fruitiness. Some smokey notes come through as well. On tasting, burly Bourbon County coupled with a smoke ancho note. Fruity pepper notes start to grow and it builds to a slow burn. Definitely plenty of integration and it works phenomenally well. Really great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3370) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at FoBAB 2011. First stop. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, bourbon, spicy pepper and heat. Flavor has a moderate amount of chile in the forefront. Bourbon, chocolate, and a creeping heat in the finish. The heat gets pretty incredible, Full bodied. Creamy. This was a really awesome beer to try once. But, outside of a small sample I donít think I could drink a lot of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2011
had and consumed on two different occasions: 1) kristinaís pig roast courtesty of laffler and then 2) fobab 2011... pours an inky mostly opaque silky black hue, mostly impenetrable, but some reddish brown tints towards the edges of the glass. head was minimal in the pours i had, perhaps a very barely noticeble flimsy light beige film... aroma was cola-like at first chocolates, caramel, and toffee. as the beer warmed, more of the centralized pepper essence began to reveal itself. an underlying bourbon note also meshed well with the aforementioned.... flavors were solid, an improvement from the nose, with a silky yet full mouthfeel filled with bourbon, vanilla, wood, and the peppers which were slow to surface at first but then offered a slow burn through the middle and finish. i enjoyed this one but i tend to enjoy pepper infused brews and this one is no different, at least for me.

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