Goose Island Stout Finished
Heaven Hill Distillers
Peggy Noe Stevens
Nose: Bright chocolate-marshmallow and graham cracker. Some deep grain and brioche. A creamy coconut pie with butterscotch and wreaths of honey.
Palate: Fresh white pepper that is cool and even. Lively sweetness with a toasted marshmallow and slow smoked savories. Anise and ginger follow.
Finish: Sweet, but clove kicks in at the last minute and evens out the playing field of flavors.
Comment: A s’more in a glass, hold the milk and add the splash.
Nose: Corn pudding, citrus, and a little yeastiness. Gradually, mocha emerges in a chocolate-forward note.
Palate: Chocolate-covered graham cracker which slowly changes to nutty caramel. Cinnamon and allspice dance about on the tongue, too. The different flavors merge well.
Finish: Caramel gives way to dry oak tannins in a medium-long finish.
Comment: Good balance here. Let it take its time in the glass and be rewarded with more fruit and baking spices.
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