From the Goose Island Brewery, Chi, IL. The one-thousandth batch recipe from the original brew-pub at 1800 North Clybourn. Aged 100 days in bourbon barrels.
12 ounce long-neck, 11% ABV, bottled 01/05/05. Label touts an ageable duration of 5 years.
Deep black, syrupy color with the darkest, red-brown head I've ever seen on a beer - a deep cherry wood color that settles quickly to a good collar.
Creamy vanilla and earthy clay notes in nose. Some chocolate and a mild oakiness.
Vanilla and chocolate notes that are immediately over-run by spicy alcohol flavor with a definite bourbon character. Finishing in an oaky whiskey aftertaste and lingering earthiness and chocolate.
Since the flavor on this beer seemed to beg for something sweet and chocolate, I had a small bite of Austrian milk chocolate at this point (less sweet in style than US milk chocolate). The chocolate seemed to subdue the bourbon notes of the beer some and bring out a more roasted malt flavor.
Heavy body with a velvet smooth mouth-feel, finishing very dry.
This is a very flavorful beer, very big - best savored on a cool or cold evening...very slowly - not for the timid.