Refusing to be dragged out on Black Friday so you can nurse that Thanksgiving hangover with more beer is normal, but there’s one line you might want to get off the couch for. Chicago craft beer company Goose Island has succeeded in creating a shopping line that men finally want to get behind (more than 500 people waited in line last year). For its fifth year, one of the largest barrel-aged beer producers in the world will release its exclusive line of barrel-aged beers in nine different cities on November 28 with special beer-centric events. Its Bourbon County Stout line features bold flavors including coffee, barleywine, vanilla rye and a special release just for its hometown. This year, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and San Francisco are the nine lucky cities where Goose Island will hold its Black Friday events, but Bourbon County Stout will be available in all 50 states. The couch isn’t going anywhere guys, but this beer is.
Bourbon County Brand Stout
What makes Bourbon County Stout’s taste so unique is the time and unpredictable weather conditions the beer experiences in the belly of the bourbon barrels. The combination of extreme heat and cold in Chicago allows the barrels to expand and contrast, producing bold flavors like the Bourbon County Brand Stout—the original barrel-aged beer that develops in the bottle for up to 5 years.
With hints of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla and caramel, the unique smell will appeal to all of your senses. It’s a balanced combination of sweet and smoky. And you can practically taste the heat of the sweltering Chicago summers that dries up and ages the bourbon in the barrel.
Bourbon County Brand Barleywine
An English-style barleywine that’s aged in third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon is a fan favorite. And it’s 12.1 percent alcohol—your tongue might feel numb after a bottle or two. It’s a hearty and complex bourbon beer that can be paired with a Thanksgiving dessert, like chocolate pound cake.
Where a good number of breweries have screwed up the taste of barleywine by making it intensely bitter, Bourbon County Barleywine hits the perfect middle of sweet and subtle. After a couple sips, you can even get a hint of the dates, courtesy of the bourbon cask.
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
Every year Goose Island makes its stout with different beans from around the world, ensuring that each bottle has a unique flavor profile with every release. The brewery sourced coffee beans from Rwanda for the 2014 edition. But this isn’t another lame attempt at a coffee beer—it contains 14.1 percent alcohol. The stout is smooth with hints of chocolate and caramel, that would make for a great after-dinner drink.
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