I picked up a 4 pack of Goose Island Pepe Nero and am anxiously awaiting trying it. The Bourbon County Stout is definitely at the top of my list of beers that I want to try. The store I bought the Nero from actually had a bottle of the Rare Bourbon County, but it was $100 for a 750ml, a tiny bit out of my price range.
The beer I am really keeping my eyes on is the Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, which from what I can find will be sent from the factory around March 16. Something tells me it is going to be impossible to find though, but I guess I will have to see. I enjoyed the normal breakfast stout, but it isn't something I would go out of my way for. I am wondering if the bourbon aging will take it from meh to awesome though.
Has anyone else here tried it?
I like most of Goose Island's beers. They do a good job with the Belgian style inspired beers in their line up, but their Bourbon County Brand Stout line is probably what they are best known for. The regular Bourbon County Brand Stout is a bit too hot for me fresh, but smooths out into a thick smooth stout with a year or more on it. The Coffee version just came out as well, but I haven't had a chance to try it.
Kentucky Breakfast Stout is very good, but I hear it has been hard to get due to all the hype surround it and craft beer in general lately. It is better than the regular Breakfast Stout with how the barrel aging softens up the harsher edges of coffee with some earthy barrel notes and sweeter vanilla. Very tasty.
Edited by daigo - 3/2/12 at 3:05pm