Beer 357/365 – Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (2006)

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 13.0%

Purchased at: Won it in a BIF on BeerAdvocate.

What makes this beer different: Surprisingly not as much bourbon as I expected, good stuff though.

Will I be drinking this again: Doubt I would ever be able to get my hands on this again.

Grade: A

10/31/2010: Had this little guy sent to me a few months back. I won a Super Bowl block poll, where the winner gets 48oz of beer from everyone else. Well there were 10 people total in the poll so I got 432oz of free beer, pretty awesome if you ask me. Someone was amazingly gracious by including this beer in one of the boxes that I received.

The nose is not nearly as boozy as I expected, the first thing I get actually is dark fruits, and some chocolate. Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate are the two headlining flavors. Smoke, char and vanilla make a bit of an appearance as well. Bourbon is there but not nearly as much as I expected. I’m sure the 4 years of age helped mellow it out a bit. That being said it is still boozy, just not bourbony boozy if that makes any sense. Mouthfeel is right down the middle which I think is perfect for this style, although the age obviously contributed to the lack of carbonation. Overall this is a great beer, the only thing that kept it from being an A+ was the fact that the booze could have been a bit more mellow, especially for a 4 yr old stout.

Picture of the day: Dear Public Toilets.

Beer 261/365 – Goose Island Nut Brown Ale

Goose Island Nut Brown Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 5.2%

Purchased at: Siciliano’s Market – Grand Rapids MI

What makes this beer different: Very flavorful for a brown ale

Will I be drinking this again: They are retiring the beer, so probably not.

Grade: B+

7/27/2010: I remember reading somewhere that this beer is being retired by Goose Island. Sad because before I even knew much about craft beer, this was one beer that I could easily recognize. I guess with the big beer fad going on lately they decided to focus on higher ABV beers.

Goose Island Nut Brown has a nice toasty smell, with some brown sugar in the mix. The flavor is really good; nutty, caramel, roasty, and I am even getting a little bit of chocolate in the finish. Very drinkable. Average mouthfeel and carbonation for the style, although admittedly I could never pick out the difference between an English/American Brown Ale as far as styles go.

Picture of the day: This chick needs a reality check.

Beer 239/365 – Goose Island Matilda

Goose Island Matilda

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 7.0%

Purchased at: Sent to me by Kevin from Denver.

What makes this beer different: The style to me is right between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I need to find more, only have one left in the basement.

Grade: A

7/5/2010: Its been a while since I have popped open a Belgian from the basement, so I figured it was time. I went through a bunch early on in my 365, but I then realized it was getting pretty expensive to maintain this habit. Which is why lately I have been drinking a lot of $2 beers.

Matilda smells a little tiny bit funky, and some sweet caramel. This is probably the most flavorful BSPA I have ever had, and as you can see it is probably one of the darkest also. This beer is supposed to be a tribute to Orval, but its not nearly as funky as Orval, and it is much sweeter. A lot of sweet candy flavor, caramel/pale malt, with a little tiny bit of funk in the background. Just enough to let you know its there. The mouthfeel is on the full end for a Belgian Strong Pale. Very good and unique beer. If you have access to this beer go out and try it.

Picture of the day: This is embarrassing.