mordicai caeli (mordicai) wrote,
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Rare Beast.

They made 940 cases of the Goose Island Bourbon County Rare, & I got the (hand-numbered) 1,747th bottle of it, packaged on November 11th, 2010. A few weeks ago at Beer Table we were lamenting the (probable) end of an era, with Goose Island being bought by Anheuser-Busch & their brewmaster quitting, when I decided to take the plunge & pick up a bottle of their top of the line stuff. I adore Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, so I figured I'd be all set for the Bourbon County Rare. The beer was priced at $75 on the menu, but Beer Table's take-out prices are really reasonable; they sold it to me for $50, & when I checked online, Goose Island sold it for $45. Last night I thought there'd be no Television Night, but Lily's dog was magically better thanks to the vet & some hefty antihistamines, & while David & Maggie were late, they did eventually come over for a present exchange. I took the occasion to crack the bottle open. First, let me say: I am almost to the point where seeing "ages in the bottle for up to five years" makes me go "maybe I should lay this bottle up for a...special occasion." I feel like that is a hallmark of hardcore grown-up-ness, when you've got a bottle of alcohol you save for the right moment. Ideally, I would have liked two bottles; one to drink now & one to forget about for a few years. How was it? Dreamy! In all honesty, let me say that I don't think it was all that different-- to me-- than the Bourbon County Stout. It had more apparent alcohol on the nose-- like a hammer-- but a very similar medley of raisins & chocolate &...well, bourbon. I think aging it to mellow it out might take the Rare to a whole new level, though. Still, utterly wonderful. Black as the engine oil in Glastonbury Grove! After that we drank some Kings County Distillery Corn Whiskey Moonshine. It smelled a lot like tequila, & tasted...well, smooth, for moonshine. Not so smooth that we didn't all agree to mix it with some gingerale, though.

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