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Review of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout (2012)

Hello everyone. For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the 2012 version of the Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout produced by the Goose Island Beer Company located in Chicago, Illinois.

There really is no reason for me to bore you will small talk about this beer or this brewery. I’ve had it before and it’s great, but I’ve never reviewed it so it was about time I did so.

Let’s check out the website, gooseisland.com, for the commercial description.

Everyday Goose Island smells the wonderful coffee roasting next to our brewery at Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea. This world class roaster puts the same passion and skill into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. This excellent stout is made with a different coffee from our friends next door each year. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years.

Let’s sip.

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This beer came in a 22 oz. bottle and it packed an ABV punch of 14.3%.

It poured black as night, thick and viscous. No highlights dared tried to peek through this liquid. It formed a small, but creamy and smooth tan head. The retention time was minimal as was the lacing, however a ton of clear alcohol was left clinging to the sides of the snifter when I tilted it from side to side.

The nose was beautiful. A magnificent waft of booze and wood. Hints of vanilla, sturdy coffee/espresso notes, alluring licorice and “baseball glove” leather. Some sweetness came through by way of some light chocolate and even a touch of caramel. Wow!!!! Complex and wonderful. Truly a world class aroma.

The taste released a delightful flavor of smooth and creamy chocolate at first. It was quickly followed by the embossed alcohol, remarkable leather and salient woodiness. It even tasted the slightest bit burnt. Deeper into the experience the bitter coffee began to take hold. It was buried in the profile at first, yet once it was allowed to sit and breathe it really became more harmonized and tasty. Some vanilla was noticed, although it was a little on the lighter side. Still, very well balanced, complex and proportioned for such a big beer.

The mouthfeel was full bodied. Smooth, dry, creamy, chewy, thick and slick. The carbonation was on the lower side of course, but a beautiful and welcomed warmth was felt from the initial sip until long after the swallow. The palate was absolutely drenched with goodness after each intake.

Well guys… This is a great beer. A perfect sipper to take the chill off the long, cold, Winter nights. It’s “big”, so the drinkability is not all that great. It was an “all nighter” for me, but if you’ve got the time to sit, let it develop and contemplate all that you are experiencing it becomes a great and sublime experience. Of all the variations of the Goose Island Bourbon County Stouts out there I believe that the Brand Coffee Stout is my favorite. I enjoyed it fresh because of the coffee notes, but it can be aged for a little while as well. I wouldn’t think for too long though because I’m sure those espresso tones may diminish somewhat. Either way, if you have yet to try this beer, pick up a bottle the next time you see it. I’m sure that you will find it delightful.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone. I really appreciate it.

Until next time. Cheers.

Score: 4.6 out of 5

Grade: A+

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Country: USA, Goose Island

 

Review of Evil Twin/Omnipollo Russian Roulette

How’s it going guys?  Thanks for checking back in on another craft beer review.  This time I’m going to be trying a collaboration beer.  It’s the Evil Twin/Omnipollo Russian Roulette produced by both Evil Twin Brewing located in Valby, Denmark and the Omnipollo Brewery located in Stockholm, Sweden.

A commercial description can be found from both brewers websites, eviltwin.dk and omnipollo.com.  Let’s take a look at them.

First from Evil Twin:

Congratulations, you have just managed to get your hands on Russian Roulette – a rare kind of collaboration between Evil Twin Brewing (Denmark) and OMNIPOLLO (Sweden).

This beer would best be described as an IPA with a twist. A twist that will reveal itself first after you “bust some caps”. One thing remains sure however, if you like hops and the lush texture of a well crafted beer this will have you smiling as you face your destiny.  Good luck.

From Omnipollo:

Russian Roulette is a collaborative effort between Omnipollo and Evil Twin Brewing. In short; we met in Copenhagen on a cold day in January, brewed a beer each — an IPA and a black IPA — at Amager Bryghus, and sealed them in identical bottles. Bust a cap and face your destiny.

Let’s pour.

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This beer came in a 16.9 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 7.1%.

It poured black with only the most faint glimpse of ruby showing through when held directly toward the light source.  The head produced was gargantuan from a fairly aggressive and unprofessional pour by me.  It was khaki colored, soft, fluffy, a touch rocky and rather creamy.  The retention time was superb and the lacing looked very nice too.

The nose released a fairly prominent waft of pine along with a tone of orange citrus.  Hints of mint and earthy hops as well.  Some light roastiness and breads too.  I even got the most feeble tone of chocolate also.  It smelled pretty good I thought plus it was relatively complex.

The taste seemed to be more roasted than it was in the bouquet, however the hop profile was still very conspicuous. Again, it was minty and piney with just a smidgen of citrus.  The chocolate was noticed again too and I also got a touch of coffee.  That may have just been the trace of roastiness I was tasting.  Not for sure about that. Either way, it lent itself to a relatively bitter profile.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry and smooth, but with a slight chalkiness from the malts.  A touch of warmth was felt and the carbonation was of medium strength.  A solid amount of flavor was left on the palate for me to enjoy between sips.

Overall, I found this to be a very sturdy beer.  Even though Black IPA’s are not really a style that I’ve traditionally gravitated toward… I thought this one was pretty good.  It was a very easy drink and definitely worth a try if you can get a hold of a bottle.  Especially if Black IPA’s are your thing.  The Evil Twin/Omnipollo Russian Roulette should not be overlooked in my opinion.  Give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.85 out of 5

Grade:  B+

 

Review of Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge

Hello again everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge brewed by Brouwerij Bockor N.V. located in Bellegem-Kortrijk, Belgium.

This will be my first beer ever from Brouwerij Bocker and from all I’ve heard they brew some really great stuff.

Let’s get to the website, bocker.be, and see what kind of information we can drum up about this particular beer.

Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge is a Flemish Sour Ale, red in color with a beguiling balance of malty sweetness and acidic sharpness. It is made from spontaneously fermented and barrel-aged beer of at least 18 months in age. The beer is cooled overnight in a large, shallow metal vessel called a coolship and then fermented and aged in large oak foudres which are made in France and assembled on-site at Bockor.

I’m ready for a sip or two.  How ’bout you guys?

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This beer came in an 11.2 oz. bottle and it had an ABV of 5.5%.

It poured fairly clear with an extremely deep ruby color and a very, very light tan head.  It formed to a nice size. It was a touch fizzy, but rather smooth.  The retention time and the lacing were somewhat slight, but it still looked pretty good standing in the glass.

The bouquet was great!!!  Hints of soured cherries with undertones of wood.  Tones of vinegar and slight wafts of musty barnyard too.  Some earthiness, yeast and bread began to develop as the brew warmed a little.  It could have just been me, but I even thought I smelled a meager amount of chocolate.  I wasn’t expecting that.

The taste popped with those sweet and sour cherries.  Quite wine like.  They weren’t overly tart or acidic, however they definitely made the lips pucker a bit.  Some woodiness really helped balance the vinegar and sourness most commendably.  On the back end I picked up on savors of ripe red apples too.  Very, very nice.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, refreshing and kind of sharp, but mostly smooth at the same time. The carbonation was fairly lively, which helped contribute to a very long finish.  Tons of flavor was left drenching the palate long after each sip.

Well, I felt that this was a great beer.  Most definitely a beer to try if you favor the Flanders Red Ale style.  It had a super drinkability too.  It went down with remarkable ease.  I believe that it could be enjoyed at anytime of the year, but I’d probably enjoy it best during the Summer.  Either way, I’d have no trouble drinking it no matter what time of year it was offered.  That’s about all that needs to be said really.  So, pick up a bottle of the Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge and enjoy.  Let me know your opinion when you do.  I hope that you appreciate it as much as I did.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I’m grateful.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.4 out of 5

Grade:  A

 
 
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