Bourbon County Brand Stout
Brewer: Goose Island Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Goose Island’s Bourbon County Stout was the beer that launched the craft brewing’s interest in barrel-aged beer when it was introduced in 1992. Its complex blend of roast, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon flavors is still the measuring stick against which all barrel-aged stouts are compared. Goose Island brews the beers specifically for barrel aging and boils it for upwards of five hours to increase the beer’s strength when it ferments. The barrels age 8-12 months in a warehouse with only loose temperature control, so seasonal temperature changes make the wood expand and contract, pushing bourbon and vanilla flavor out of the wood and pulling the beer further in.
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