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Bourbon County Stout – Goose Island Beer Company/Anheuser-Busch-InBev (2012)

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Goose Island Beer CompanyBourbon County Brand Stout is a bourbon barrel aged stout from this Chicago, Illinois brewery. In 2011 Anheuser-Busch/InBev purchased full control of Goose Island from Craft Brewers Alliance (Kona, Red Hook & Widmer Brothers). That sort of takes them out of the craft beer frying pan and puts them into the macro brewery fire. On the bottle Goose Island suggests that this beer be cellared for no longer than five years. Being a little anxious we cracked open this bottle soon after purchasing it. keep reading...

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January 6th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Ten FIDY – Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery (2011)

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Oskar Blues Ten FIDY Imperial Stout is big beer and we had the pleasure of enjoying it on tap. The version we sampled was aged over a year originally being kegged in 2011. The brew pours a thick, dark black with a creamy saddle color head that sticks around even after you start sipping. The aroma is dominated by alcohol and chocolate, with hints of vanilla and coffee coming though. Subtle cherry and maple are also present and there is a brightness that has notes of fresh cream to round out the scent. For a strong beer in both smell and appearance, the taste is restrained and well balanced. Ten FIDY is medium bodied i and the mouthfeel is smooth, with several flavors working in harmony. Up front, there are coffee and roasted notes with subtle hints of vanilla. This gives way to a sweeter maple flavor and the sip ends on a semi-dry, bitter note. Alcohol is present in the taste but it is not overwhelming. Aging this brew for a year seems to have tamed the alcohol a bit and also subdued so of the 98 IBUs. This is another beer that would be great around a fire with a few close friends. keep reading...

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January 5th, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Black Tuesday – The Bruery (2012)

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The Bruery Black Tuesday is the next beer on our journey of 12 beers (of Christmas) in six days. This is one beer we were looking forward to trying at some point in the future. We thought we would have a tough time tracking down a bottle and may have to resort to black market trading and some Indiana Jones level hijinx. Fortunately for us (very fortunately) we happened to have a very generous friend share a bottle with us this holiday season. Frank, the BLC team thanks you very much. keep reading...

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January 4th, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Imperial Porter – Southampton Publick House (2011)

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Southampton Imperial Porter Aged 1 one year

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Since we were on the topic of Southampton Publick house in both good (fall fun) and bad (canceling the 2013 Russian imperial stout release), it seemed like a good time to pop open one of their beers. In the depths of the Beer Loves Company cold storage units (which are guarded by a Black Unicorn) we happened to have an aged bottle of Southampton Imperial Porter. Imperial (Baltic) porters are perfect for this lull between fall and winter, so into our glasses it went.

This 2011 brew is a deep, opaque black with ruby hues that appear when the light hits it. There is a small tan head that quickly settles down, leaving what looks like an oil slick on top of the liquid and a tiny bit of lacing. Dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), sweet malt and alcohol all come through in the scent, which is a bit on the strong side although it balances nicely. The sip is a bit more complex. It begins with a touch of a bitterness but before you can adjust to that, sweet dark fruits come rushing in. These flavors are then quickly whisked away with a dry finish and the bitterness from earlier returns in the aftertaste. A faint coffee taste is left in your mouth which is odd since there is not a coffee/cocoa presence throughout. It does seem like aging this for a year allowed the flavors to develop and intensify while bringing an overall lighter presence to the brew. We will buy a fresh bottle this year to compare. All in the name of science, of course. keep reading...

Written by A+K

November 29th, 2012 at 10:16 pm