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Bourbon County Rare AND King Henry – My final video review

This is my last review!

This is the Snobby Beer review of Bourbon County Stout Rare and King Henry from Goose Island Brewing Company in Chicago, IL. Bourbon County Rare was aged for almost 2 years in Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year barrels. Once the barrels were emptied, Goose Island brewed a batch of barley wine called King Henry to fill them.

From the Goose Island website:


“Brewer’s Notes:
This stout was aged for two years in the finest old barrels Goose Island used in its 18 years of bourbon barrel-aging beers! A true rarity—savor and share it only with those you hold dear, as it will never be made again.

Recipe Information:

Style: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 13%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Color: Midnight
Hops: Willamette
Malt: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roast Barley, Debittered Black
Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Snifter
Food Pairings: Flourless Chocolate Coffee Cake
Cheese Pairings: Capriole Bourbon Chocolate Torte
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle up to 5 years “

King Henry:

“Brewer’s Notes:
Aged in bourbon barrels, King Henry is a burgundy hued English-style barleywine with aromas of vanilla, oak, and dark fruit. Caramel and toffee flavors blend together with bold notes of bourbon delivered in a smooth body followed by a malty finish. No matter the occasion, King Henry promises a regal drinking experience.

Recipe Information:

Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.4%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Color: Burgundy
Hops: Pilgrim, Styrian
Malts: Pale, Caramel 120, Crystal Wheat, Dark Chocolate

Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Snifter
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle up to 5 years”

Questions? Suggestions? Let me know what you think! Grab a beer and leave a comment.

It’s been real.

It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing that I will no longer be producing video reviews. It’s time to say goodbye. This probably isn’t a complete shock seeing how I haven’t posted one in nine months. Rather than just have this little blog fade out into obscurity, I decided to make a post that might give some insight into the decision to let Snobby Beer go. I’m going to be completely honest with this post. Here’s why I’m giving it up:

  1. It’s not fun anymore. Back when I first started doing the Snobby Beer thing, I was a complete novice. I was a casual beer drinker who wanted to get a little bit more out of the money I was putting into what I was drinking. As time went on, I was getting caught up in making sure I had the newest and rarest beers. I was spending too much money on beer that would end up just sitting in my closet. I traded with people from all across the country to get the next dust-collecting “whale” of a beer. It got old, and somewhere along the way I lost the spark of finding and sampling new and interesting beers. I’m at a point now where I just want to drink a good home brew or session beer, not a mega-rare-barrel-aged-imperial-whatever. Plus, making a video review takes a lot of work on my part, and sometimes it felt like more trouble than it was worth.
  2. It takes free time, which is something I really don’t have. This year, I co-founded a creative agency and have been working nonstop. I am doing video production well over 40 hours each week.
  3. I don’t want to stop enjoying beer. The last thing I want to do is get burnt out on something as easy as drinking beer. Chasing beers to review is an expensive and time-consuming hobby. I don’t want to get jaded.
  4. Writing is funner and easier. I enjoy writing “articles” about whatever I am into at the time. I have been working on stuff for Dayton Most Metro, and I tend to have a lot of fun with what I write there.

Thanks to anyone that actually watched the videos, and thanks to all the people who helped out over the years. It has been a lot of fun drinking beer on camera. I will still be writing silly little beer articles for Dayton Most Metro, so keep your eyes peeled for them. I might still have some updates and written reviews from time to time, but I will be shifting my focus away from this blog for the most part.

Look for my final video review coming soon.



- Max

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Please take a moment to read the thread and consider donating to the family. For $20, you can have your name entered into a raffle drawing to get a box of beer (there are dozens of boxes available. Snobby Beer is contributing a box for the raffle, and believe me when I say that the boxes for raffle are outstanding.

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Down to business: this beer is Kuhnhenn’s Barrel Aged Solar Eclipse. Clocking in at a whopping 18%, this beer has “aged well” from the time it was brewed according to the label. Kuhnhenn is one of my favorite breweries because most of their beers are huge. Like, above 13% huge. Sure, they have a normal lineup of smaller beers, but they are known for producing a bunch of gigantic beers on a regular basis that almost always satisfy their  fans’ taste buds (including mine). I’ve never had this beer, and I am super excited to try it.


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Please consider backing this project and/or sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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