I first reviewed the 2015 version. No gusher on opening and no infection, THANKFULLY! Maple syrupy color. Coffee on the nose. Coffee and barrel on the taste. Sweet, no bitterness of coffee. Well balanced. Super tasty.
Look 9 Aroma 9 Taste 10 Feel 8 Overall 9 for rating of 9.3
Above rating is for the 2013 version I had today. It's higher rated because the stronger sweet bourbon notes on the smell make up for less coffee, and it's an extremely smooth and very easily sippable barrel aged beer.
Poured opaque into my new snifter glass (T\thanks Ed) with a minimal brown foam. Retention and lacing will minimal as well.
Aroma is standard Bourbon County underneath a solid layer of coffee. Smooth coffee that accents the beer well, becoming the focal point without over whelming the rest. Bourbon, oaky, roasted malt, dark fruits, and more all sit in the glass.
Taste is bourbon with the coffee, sweet, and oak solid in the finish. Dark fruits and roasted malt make their presence known also. The alcohol is there but more subdued than a fresh Bourbon County Brand Stout.
Huge body that coats the cheeks and gums. Carbonation is minimal, just as it should be. Creamy.
A great spin on the base beer that I think is better than the base. The complexity of coffee, including the aroma and taste, are perfect for this beer. This was actually my second bottle, having had my first when released; drink now rather than later as the coffee is already starting to leave. Enjoy!
Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicago's Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. They put the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with Black Cat Espresso beans from our friends next door.