Beer 272/365 – Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 13.0%

Purchased at: Traded for about 5 of these.

What makes this beer different: One of the few beers with massive amounts of hype, that went above and beyond that hype.

Will I be drinking this again: Four more bottles left! Going to let them age for a bit though.

Grade: A+

8/7/2010: Today is my 28th birthday, so I wanted to be sure to crack open something good from the cellar. This beer (better known as BCBCS) was just released this year, and shot all the way up to #2 on the BeerAdvocate Top 100. It now settled in at #24, which still isn’t too shabby. I got to try a small 1oz sample at a tasting a few months back, and it was love at first sip. I knew I needed to trade for as many of these bottles as possible, especially since this is my favorite style of beer as well.

Have any of you ever had straight up espresso? Thats what BCBCS smelled like to me, only with a shot of bourbon in it. The first sip completely coats your mouth with flavor, and it stays this way until about an hour after finishing the beer. Not sure how many of you have had the regular Bourbon County Stout, but this beer is better in that the coffee cuts right through that bourbon harshness. It makes coffee the star of the show, and bourbon plays the secondary role. The “third level” flavors are creamy chocolate, vanilla, and a little bit of dark fruit. The mouthfeel is THICK and amazing. This goes down way too smooth for a relatively fresh Imperial Stout, especially with an ABV of 13%. In my opinion, this beer has exceeded the hype. If you like stouts this is a must drink.

Picture of the day: This chick needs to just trust her instincts.

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 233/365 – Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale

goose island 312 wheat

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.2%

Purchased at: Siciliano’s Market – Grand Rapids MI

What makes this beer different: Lots of honey for a Pale Wheat Ale, but little to no hops in the mix.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes I actually liked this one a lot.

Grade: B+

6/29/2010: In case you missed it, President Obama recently settled a World Cup bet with Prime Minister David Cameron of England. Each respective leader bet that their team would win in their recent world cup match. The game ended in a tie so they decided to still make a trade off. Obama gave the Prime Minister a “312 beer,” and David Cameron gave the President a bottle of Hobgoblin. Kind of disappointing that The President called it “312 Beer,” but still cool to see craft beer in the hands our commander in chief.

Similar to many other Pale Wheat Ales, there is not a lot of smell going on with 312 Wheat. Smells like a typical wheat beer, just very subdued. I might be crazy for thinking this, but the first non-wheat flavor I got was honey. I actually had my roommate taste it as well to be sure I wasn’t crazy, but he right off the bat without me suggesting it said he tasted honey. Weird because out of all the reviews I read on BeerAdvocate, no one mentions honey. Oh well I guess thats what makes beer tasting fun right? Very subjective. Anyways not a whole lot of other flavors going on here, a tiny bit of hop presence but not much. Its very light bodied, which is okay because I am drinking this right as I got home from my adult league soccer game. Very refreshing. Overall its a good beer, its just missing something.

Picture of the day: See Cara, this is why I won’t go watch twilight in the theaters with you. haha.

Published in: on June 29, 2010 at 8:08 am  Comments (3)  
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Beer 119/365 – Goose Island Honkers Ale

Style: English Bitter

Purchased at: Sicilianos Market – Grand Rapids MI

What makes this beer different: Not very bitter for an English Bitter

Will I be drinking this again: If I’m ever in Chicago yes.

Grade: B+

3/7/2010: I remember passing on drinking this on tap last time I was in Chicago, why? I don’t know. It seems to be very popular as it was on tap at every bar we stopped at (this was over a year ago before I rediscovered my love for craft beer).

Honkers Ale is my first “English Bitter.” With a style named English bitter you would expect a lot of bitter hops right? Well I didn’t really get that from this beer. Which is weird because a lot of the reviews on this beer say its perfectly balanced… Maybe I got a goofy batch? Anyways the smell is very hoppy, but the taste is not. The taste is almost like a sugar candy, very malty, with some hops in the background. I would say the mix was 75% malty flavor, and 25% hops. A lot heavier than I thought it would be for a beer with 4.2% alcohol content. Overall a pretty decent beer, a bit too sweet and not really what I was expecting.

Picture of the day: Kanye West hates hugs.

Published in: on March 7, 2010 at 10:09 am  Comments (3)  
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Beer 76/365 – Goose Island Christmas Ale

Style: American Brown Ale

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: Its just average

Will I be drinking this again: Prob not

Grade: B

1/23/2010: Damn I just realized I have a good bit of Christmas Beer I still need to get through. Anyone else notice you get a backlog of beers pretty quick during the fall and winter months? It’s like I am a squirrel stocking up for a long cold winter or something, and beer is my only means of survival.

Overall this beer is pretty decent, but to me I want a Christmas beer to smell/taste “Christmasy.” The smell was mostly caramel malt, and a bit of alcohol. The taste was a typical brown ale, but no signs of actual Christmas type spice. Also the alcohol was not masked very well, kind of surprising for a 5.60% beer. Pretty average all around. At the price I will probably not be drinking again.

Funny Picture of the day: Sooo thats what happened to the dinosaurs?.

Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 9:30 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 67/365 – Goose Island Oatmeal Stout

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Purchased at: Sicilianos Market – Chicago, IL

What makes this beer different: Pretty typical Oatmeal Stout

Will I be drinking this again:Hard to find ’round these parts so probably not.

Grade: B+

1/14/2010: I can’t believe this if the first beer out of 67 that is an Oatmeal stout, especially because stouts are my favorite style. This is also my first bottled beer from Goose Island so I am pretty excited to try it. I do have a Bourbon County Stout aging in the basement, the temptation to crack that one open is strong.

Overall this is a pretty typical oatmeal stout. Smells like bittersweet chocolate and oats, the taste is slightly roasty, some bittersweet chocolate, creamy oatmeal, and a bit of vanilla. Very creamy mouthfeel. My only complaint with this beer is that about halfway down the alcohol starts to jump out at you a little, which is odd for a 5.1% alcohol beer.

Funny Picture of the day: Not sure what this kid said, but it must have been insulting

Published in: on January 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm  Comments (2)  
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Beer 56 – Goose Island Smoked Dunkelweizenbock

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Style: Weizenbock

Purchased at: Goose Island Clybourn

What makes this beer different: Mmmmm liquid bacon

Will I be drinking this again: It’s pretty rare so probably not (but I would)

Grade: A-

1/03/2010: Drank this one while at the pub in Chicago this past weekend. Very cool little set-up, but the bar was impossible to find even with a navigation. Either way we made it in and I always try to get something you cannot get bottled, and a dunkelweizenbock looked like it fit the bill. Plus I’m not sure I have ever had a beer served in a goblet that I didn’t like.

You know how your house smells like bacon even an hour after you cook it? Well this is what this beer smelled like. Its like liquid BBQ, but it wasn’t over powering. The first few sips were pretty intense smoked pork type flavor, but about halfway down you started to really get a nice caramel aftertaste. Almost like a Honey Baked Ham. For those of you who have never tried a smoked beer like this it might sound nasty, but trust me it was damn good. Especially if you are a meat eater and not a PETA prick. I swear they are the worst group of people ever to form in human history. Anyways in closing, for some reason the mouthfeel of this one almost reminded me of a Belgian, possibly a bit of belgian yeast was thrown in?

Published in: on January 3, 2010 at 10:54 pm  Comments (1)  
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