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    Goose Island...

    Beer Pairing Event featuring Goose Island today at Wegmans.....stopped in for a late lunch after the Trexler Town Velodrome Bike Event today.....couldn't believe our luck at finding the Beer Event...pretty amazing stuff....they featured the following:
    Sophie
    Matilda
    Honkers Ale
    312 Urban Wheat Ale
    Pere Jacques
    Pepe Nero
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    Their Country Bourbon Stout is one of my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Their Country Bourbon Stout is one of my favorites.
    Yes, that is the only one Iíve tasted from them, and itís one of my favourites. Good schtuff!
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    Goose Island will become more and more available. They are increasing the production of their flagship beers at Anheuser Busch facilities now.

    I do enjoy matilda quite a bit, and find Pepe Niro also very nice.
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    FYI, they won Gold in the IPA category at GABF. One of the most contested categories in the event. They were also one of the more popular booths.

    Good for them.
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    Goose Island is a fantastic brewery, you're safe buying any one of their beers. I've been trying to get my hands on one of their barleywines for a couple years now, looks like I'm going to have to trade for some.

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    Goose Island is good stuff - before it was available in Memphis I used to bring it home in my carry on bag (pre 9-11 of course)
    We have it everywhere down here now - life is good
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    The only ones we've been getting here is the 312, IPA and Honkers. The Honkers is the only one I really like so far. 312 I was expecting more heffeweis, but wasn't so much so I was bummed. I was never a big fan of IPAs so it was an uphill battle for that one.

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    So i found a bottle of the 2013 Bourbon County barrel stout today. Man is it good. I haven't had much luck with barrel aged stuff either. I would love to try one of these with some age on it, but I don't think I could hold onto a beer for a year or two. I'd been skeptical about Goose Island for the past 10 years because I lived in Chicago when I first discovered GI, and all the bars had Honker's and that 312 Wheat. I don't like either of those at all, so that was my impression of the brewery. This Christmas I had their holiday ale and enjoyed it a lot, and now this Bourbon County stout. I'll be quicker to experiment with them from now on.

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    If you like the GI bourbon stout try KBS by Founders brewery when it comes out. Every bit as good if not better.

    And don't look for "barrel aged", look for "bourbon (or whiskey) barrel aged". There is a huge difference.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    At $27/4 pax, I wish the BourbonStouts are more affordable.


    14.2% ABV, OMG.

    Delicious it is.

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    I used to work at one of the Goose Island microbrewery locations before they got bought by Anheuser Busch. Great place to work and great beer. Their Bourbon Stout is killer as is their IPA. They used to do an Imperial Stout that was like magic in a glass. Only available as a seasonal, but thick like oil in a glass and really high in alcohol content. Made for truly monumental and horrendous two day hangovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starkm32 View Post
    At $27/4 pax, I wish the BourbonStouts are more affordable.


    14.2% ABV, OMG.

    Delicious it is.
    KBS is a little cheaper (at least where I am). Usually $20 a 4pk.
    Goose Island has never been available where I am until last year and I have never seen their BCS here. Only ordered it online and also got it as a gift once. So I can't compare the local price.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Imperial Stout! if it is anything like their Bourbon,
    "Will work for Imperial Stout!".

    Gotta be a squeaky wheel, & get my local packy to Carry it. Yum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    KBS is a little cheaper (at least where I am). Usually $20 a 4pk.
    Goose Island has never been available where I am until last year and I have never seen their BCS here. Only ordered it online and also got it as a gift once. So I can't compare the local price.
    I paid $4.50 for the bottle of GI Bourbon Stout. Sounds like I got a great deal. Best go back and buy a few more. I figure at 14.4 abv I'm essentially getting two bottles of 7.2 beer. We don't get Founder's in Oregon. I've had the regular Founder's breakfast stout. If I ever see KBS, I'm buying it.

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    Chatted up the local packy. Seems he DID have the GI Imperial, but is out of it.

    Does stock the GI 3 Craft Ales 12 pax.

    Honker's. Ten Hills. IPA.

    They were OK, average ( could be, because they were "Brewed and Bottled" by GI, in "Baldwinsville, NY". Go figure. ).

    Perhaps I had too high an expectation after slurping up the Bourbon Stout....

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    Quote Originally Posted by starkm32 View Post
    Perhaps I had too high an expectation after slurping up the Bourbon Stout....
    I've read many times that the best GI stuff is all specialty...like the Bourbon County varieties and some of the special Belgian attempts. The regular GI stuff is pretty pedestrian in my experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starkm32 View Post
    At $27/4 pax, I wish the BourbonStouts are more affordable.


    14.2% ABV, OMG.

    Delicious it is.
    wow, that is cheap. the GI Bourbon County goes for $14.00 per bottle in SoCal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    wow, that is cheap. the GI Bourbon County goes for $14.00 per bottle in SoCal.
    His $27 a 4pk is for 12oz bottles.
    I am guessing your $14 a bottle is for 22oz bottles which put them very close in price.

    If it is $14 for a 12oz bottle then I would say it is a damn good beer but not that damn good.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    My 2Ę, as well.

    For the $16 shelled out for the " Classics", aye couda have my daily ( liquid ) bread in 2 ( two! ) yummy Bourbon Stouts......

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    His $27 a 4pk is for 12oz bottles.
    I am guessing your $14 a bottle is for 22oz bottles which put them very close in price.
    Yeah, I'm paying $4.50 for a 12 oz. bottle. Just went and bought 3 more today!

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    Cheers!

    On a positive note, we can get a 4 pax of Resin (9.1 ABU) from Six Point Brewery (Brooklyn) here in Taxachusetts for a mere $9.99! Hi Res (11.1 ABU) for a tad more, $11.99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    His $27 a 4pk is for 12oz bottles.
    I am guessing your $14 a bottle is for 22oz bottles which put them very close in price.

    If it is $14 for a 12oz bottle then I would say it is a damn good beer but not that damn good.
    $14.00 for a 12oz bottle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    $14.00 for a 12oz bottle.
    Sounds like you've got too much of a supply of beer snobs in your area because the demand has really driven prices up.

    Edit: Is that for the 2013? I could see it if you were buying earlier years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Sounds like you've got too much of a supply of beer snobs in your area because the demand has really driven prices up.

    Edit: Is that for the 2013? I could see it if you were buying earlier years.
    I am pretty sure, yeah. I will have to check when I get home and see if there is still a price tag on the bottle. But yes, there are a number of Craft Beer lovers and bottle collectors here in San Diego, so when stuff like this hits the shelves it goes quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    If you like the GI bourbon stout try KBS by Founders brewery when it comes out. Every bit as good if not better.

    And don't look for "barrel aged", look for "bourbon (or whiskey) barrel aged". There is a huge difference.
    I don't think KBS is better. In fact, I can't possibly wrap my head around the hype that is KBS. The coffee in it is a bad addition, IMO. Tastes like earthy, stale coffee grounds. I've had it probably 10 different times and each time I think it would be better without the coffee. Disclaimer: I think most coffee stouts are a waste, because coffee should be consumed fresh and is every bit as delicate as hop aromas. I also think Bourbon County Coffee isn't very good unless very, very fresh. Alesmith makes some great coffee beers though that seem to survive cellaring much better than others.

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    wow, that is cheap. the GI Bourbon County goes for $14.00 per bottle in SoCal.
    That is stupid. Texas wine or elsewhere?

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Yeah, I'm paying $4.50 for a 12 oz. bottle. Just went and bought 3 more today!
    That is a great deal, and slightly better than the cheapest I've seen it. I bought two cases at $24/4 pack, so being able to buy them at $4.50/bottle would've saved me just about $70...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    Alesmith makes some great coffee beers though that seem to survive cellaring much better than others.
    Alesmith will not disclose their process(I have asked, more than once), I wonder if their method for getting the coffee in the beer is vastly different than others.


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    That is stupid. Texas wine or elsewhere?
    Somewhere else, and it is not that stupid, most 22oz Barrel Aged Stouts are $28.99 - $32.00. So a 12oz Beer at half that cost is about right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    I don't think KBS is better. In fact, I can't possibly wrap my head around the hype that is KBS.....
    Well, taste is subjective and I can certainly see why somebody could prefer one over the other. They are both excellent beers and happen get the same rating at Beer Advocate.


    That being said KBS was named the the #2 beer in the world one year and the #4 beer in the world another year and Founders was rated the #4 best brewery in the world two years in a row by Rate Beer.

    So I suppose it is all hype. I mean what would I know.

    (FYI, I was a fan of KBS long before ever knowing any of these ratings so my tastes were not swayed in any way by "the hype".)
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    Had me a second bottle of the Bourbon Stout last night. Was shocked at how much different it tasted from the first bottle. Much stronger whiskey flavor. Almost too hot for my tastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klurejr View Post
    Alesmith will not disclose their process(I have asked, more than once), I wonder if their method for getting the coffee in the beer is vastly different than others.




    Somewhere else, and it is not that stupid, most 22oz Barrel Aged Stouts are $28.99 - $32.00. So a 12oz Beer at half that cost is about right.
    Alesmith makes their coffee beers with the assistance of a staff coffee aficionado (and possibly ex barista? I can't remember), and they have a lot of interesting methods to experiment and find out the best way to add it. One of the brewers is a buddy and we chatted about the process while sharing an experimental BA Speedway at his house

    And I said the price of BCBS is stupid because that's FAR above MSRP for the beer, and far above what you pay at your average store in the state. MSRP for the beer is a good deal in the scheme of things, and it should stay that way to help bring the stupid prices of other beer down (BA Old Raspy, Eclipse, etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Well, taste is subjective and I can certainly see why somebody could prefer one over the other. They are both excellent beers and happen get the same rating at Beer Advocate.


    That being said KBS was named the the #2 beer in the world one year and the #4 beer in the world another year and Founders was rated the #4 best brewery in the world two years in a row by Rate Beer.

    So I suppose it is all hype. I mean what would I know.

    (FYI, I was a fan of KBS long before ever knowing any of these ratings so my tastes were not swayed in any way by "the hype".)

    No offense, but a vast majority of the reviews on BA are written by people who can't discern flaws in a beer. Reading a bunch of the reviews will reveal that.

    Either way, I don't mind being an outlier since that means I'm not caught up in the hype train that hits the midwest. And hype often drives reviews, not unilateral comparisons with other similar beers.

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