1. Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
The brewery: Chi-town's Goose Island was one of the first breweries to allow generous tastings during tours starting back in 1988.
The beer: Originally brewed in honor of their 1,000th batch of beer.
From the judges: "If there were a Mount Rushmore of beers, Bourbon County Stout would be Abe Lincoln. Goose Island upped the BCBS ante in 2010 by adding coffee to the mix, which takes the otherwise-already-crazy-awesome beer and kicks it into flavor overdrive. Despite the many variants Goose rolls out yearly, the coffee version is our preferred style... if you can find it." - Karl Klockars and Ryan Hermes, Guys Drinking Beer
Special thanks to our judges:
Pat Fahey (exam master of the Cicerone Certification Program), Sean Paxton (The Homebrew Chef), Dan Becker (The Full Pint), Joe Sixpack (Philadelphia Daily News), Karl Klockars and Ryan Hermes (Guys Drinking Beer), Keith Villa (Blue Moon), Russ Phillips (Craft Cans), Ashley Routson (Drink With The Wench), D.J. Paul (Brewpublic), Michael Kiser (Good Beer Hunting), and Brad Ring (Brew Your Own Magazine).
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food/erink team and finds it interesting that both stout and portly are synonyms. Follow him to more not-quite-clever-enough observations on Twitter at @Dannosphere.