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A super-rare beer is launching in London this Friday

David Clack

This Friday, November 25 is Black Friday, that happy annual tradition that sees normally good-natured people karate-chopping each other in the throat for the chance to cash in on one-off deals and heavy discounts.

For London's beer people, it's normally a time to kick back with a nice brew and observe the madness from a safe distance. But not this year, for it also sees an extremely limited release of Goose Island's famed Bourbon County Stout; a rich, dark, dizzyingly powerful brew that's normally only available in the States and has won more awards than you've had cold pints.

If you've been lucky enough to happen upon a sample during one of its festival appearances, you've probably already pitched your tent ready for Friday's big release. If not, here's what you need to know about this most decadent of brews.

Stout? Mmm, I do like a Guinness!
You’ll love this, then – it’s the undisputed king of dark beers. Previous years’ batches make up five of the top ten rated beers on beer-rating app Untappd.

Sold, make mine a pint.
Er, it’s 13.8% ABV, so that wouldn’t be wise.

Christ alive, why so strong?
It’s aged in old Bourbon barrels, which peps it up a bit.

Fine, I’ll take a bottle.
See you in the queue then – it’s an annual special, with a very limited release. Only 100 bottles will be available in the UK.

Well, they do say good things come to those who wait.

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout will be available exclusively from Clapton Craft in Kentish Town on November 25 from 11am, priced £20 per 500ml bottle.


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