Friday, July 25, 2014

Beer Review: Weller Bourbon County Brand Stout -- missing beer pic/deets

Reviewing the Weller Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Company out of Chicago, Illinois. Details on this beer are currently tenuous, though Goose Island did say that this beer was aged for two years in Weller branded bourbon barrels. Some at the barrel warehouse event speculated that this beer might be the new "Rare."

Score: 96

Tap pour served in a Goose Island branded plastic cup and enjoyed on 05/18/14 at Goose Island's Chicago Craft Beer Week barrel warehouse event.

Appearance: Traditional bourbon county appearance. Inky black body, with a thin layer of mocha head. Poor lacing and retention, but big oily legs. Swirling the beer browns the plastic cup nicely, a familiar sign of Bourbon County's heft. 4.75/5

Smell: The nose is quite boozy and has a prominent fusel character that reminds me more of whiffing a dram of scotch than a wheat whiskey. Mixed among the booze is chocolate, oak, butterscotch and sweet whiskey caramel. A little vanilla too. The nose has some really nice pieces beyond the upfront alcohol singe of the nose hairs, but it is quite rough around the edges. 3/5

Taste: The taste is substantially smoother and better integrated than the nose. The upfront flavor is an explosion of fudgey chocolate brownies, followed by vanilla, wood, sweet caramel, coconut and a kiss of graham cracker. Quite incredible. No biting alcohol sting here, but a nice lively bourbon character is present. Excellent, lasting finish. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, spot on low carbonation for the flavor profile and heft of this brew. Creamy mouthfeel, with bold, mouth-coating flavors. Sweet, but not cloying. The alcohol character here helps cut through the sweetness and aids the drinkability relative to regular Bourbon County. 4.75/5

Overall: Outside the nose, this beer was elite. Imagine a fudgier Bourbon County, with a ramped up fudge factor. Unfortunately, the nose was a bit of a mess -- at least from this keg.

Cost: Unknown (pour included in ticket price).

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