Goose Island 2017 Bourbon County Goose Island Reserve Brand Stout
95 Points

Only available in Chicago and Kentucky, this Reserve bottling of the iconic Bourbon County Brand Stout was aged in 11-year-old Knob Creek Bourbon barrels. It's very similar in profile to the non-reserve bottling, with robust notes of roasted malt, cocoa, burnt vanilla sugar and espresso throughout, but with an overlying smoke and char character that dominates the nose and finish. It's warm and filling, with enough carbonation and a spicy kick to help keep the palate from feeling too heavy. Forward in peppery and sweet-smoke-oak notes at the moment, this is a bottling that should mature well over the medium-term, so don't be shy about cellaring it for another 3¬–5 years for added depth, harmony and complexity.

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  • Rating
    95
  • Alcohol
    14.8%
  • Bottle Size
    16.9 oz
  • Category
    American Double/Imperial Stout
  • Date Published
    12/31/2017
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
Lauren Buzzeo
Managing Editor, Print, and Tasting Director

Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon. Reviews beers.

Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association). Email: lbuzzeo@wineenthusiast.net.
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