Thursday, December 12, 2013

Game Day Beer Review: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale

The Location: The farlieonfootie corporate office, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The Date: Sunday, December 8th

The Time: 5:01pm, Eastern Daylight Time

The Weather: 75 degrees, air conditioned environment.

The Scene: Arsenal vs Everton on a televised replay. Co-workers off doing whatever it is co-workers do, while the boss catches a late afternoon recap of the day's action, feet on desk.

The Music: Whatever She's Got, David Nail

The Beer: Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale, Goose Island (12.10% ABV)

The Taste: The booze is eminently smellable, indeed almost all-enveloping, as soon as the beer is poured. The nose also mixes the scents of vanilla and bourbon into the action. BCB Barleywine has an oily mouthfeel due to its high ABV, but it offers decent carbonation. We tasted dark chocolate, butterscotch and bourbon, with some sweet malt and toffee also present asnd accounted for. Make no mistake about it: this is a big beer, and it warms your insides as it goes down.

The Feel: A great game deserves a great beer.

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