Daylight conserving time is right here, its undesirable bags packed with 5 p.m. sundowns as well as a prospective sales pitch for breweries. Dark days should have dark beers. It’s advertising and marketing magic for royal stouts, those boozy heavyweights turning haymakers full of coffee as well as chocolate, decadent sips for cranking our interior thermostats. And autumn’s most ballyhooed bruisers are Goose Island’s Bourbon County stouts, a yearly practice that goes back to the very early ’90s.
Back after that, Goose Island flouted convention by maturing a royal stout in fresh cleared bourbon barrels. The perky method was groundbreaking after that, yet today it’s well-trod ground. Bourbon barrel–aged stouts are marketed by breweries tiny as well as large, inconveniencing to stand apart in the boozy darkness.
Goose Island is striving to distinguish in 2020. The business’s slate of Bourbon County variations numbers 7 deep, beginning with the front runner. It’s skilled in various bourbon barrels from Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace, as well as Heaven Hill, a fudgy vanilla reward.
It’s strong things, abundant as well as tasty in all the anticipated metrics. But that’s table risks for this classification of beers. Breweries needs to constantly up the stake, be it in rarity or taste, to stand out as well as bank card. Goose Island accommodates the pay-any-price enthusiast established with selections matured in barrels which contained Old Forester Birthday as well as W.L. Weller bourbons, 2 these days’s even more desired brand names. On the various other hand, the Proprietor’s launch is influenced by spumoni as well as preferences like Maraschino cherries as well as the guarantee of future tooth cavities.
My taste are prejudiced, though. I care neither for sweet taste neither the cinnamon, sugar, as well as apple tastes of the wheat a glass of wine called Caramella. I do like coffee, mainlining chilly mixture as well as cortados all early morning, priming me for Special #4 as well as its shot of Intelligentsia Coffee as well as syrup. It was respectable, yet likewise quite by the publication. Coffee. Beer. It’s a suit made in our anticipated suggestion of paradise.
Instead, I’d choose to constantly twist via the spectacular miasma of Kentucky Fog. It looks for taste motivation inside the London Fog, an Earl Grey–instilled latté cost Starbucks. The bourbon-barreled stout is mixed with clover honey as well as Earl Grey as well as black teas. There’s a gently flower scent, brilliant with lemon as well as grapefruits as well as stabilized by honey, a strapping stout that consumes active as well as stylish, a sumo wrestler with the capability to powerlift as well as pirouette.
Kentucky Fog is the dreamiest stout I’ve drunk all year, evidence that darkness can be light as well as wonderful. This variation will certainly match everybody to a tea.
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