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GOOSE ISLAND BOURBON COUNTY VANILLA STOUT

On tap at Plank Pizza, passionately designed Madagascar vanilla bean version of famous bourbon-aged Imperial Stout really is decadent. Creamily rich vanilla sugaring informs fudgy dark chocolate mass. Light bourbon sweetness glides into luxurious chocolate-vanilla sludging. Luscious crème brulee, milk chocolate, toasted coconut, marshmallow, hazelnut coffee and Graham Cracker illusions as well as latent burgundy licks contrast tarry hop-charred bittering at bold dessert finish.

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GOOSE ISLAND BOURBON COUNTY BARLEYWINE AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS – 2017

Elegantly suave 2017 barleywine aged in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels (14.4% ABV) really soothes the nerves. Sweet bourbon vanilla sugaring coated by brown chocolate syruping picks up candied cherry tartness and pureed orange bruise. Mild cognac, sherry and burgundy wining regales bourbon booziness. Oaken charcoal bittering (and crisp tobacco roast) underscore cherry chocolate-caked finish. Marvelous.

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GOOSE ISLAND BOURBON COUNTY STOUT – NORTHWOODS

On tap at Morris Tap & Grill, opulent bourbon-barreled Imperial Stout (13.2% ABV) utilizes syrupy blueberry juice and marzipan-like almond extract to concoct (nearly cloy) dark chocolate dessert treat. Super-sweet blueberry brandy, blueberry puree and blueberry amaretto illusions gain sugary rum-spiced cherry coughdrop stickiness for chocolate-fudged sweet-toothed liqueur.

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GOOSE ISLAND HALIA FARMHOUSE ALE

On tap at Plank Pizza, interestingly hybridized wine-barrel aged saison (with camouflaged 7.9 ABV) offers contagious brettanomyces-soured peach overtones to vinous white grape frisk and lemon-rotted orange, apricot, pineapple, gooseberry and tangerine tartness. Mild herbal perfumed citrus niche and residual lemongrass stint counteract musty barnyard rusticity just below dried peach adjunct.

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