Top 10 Sipping Beers
Originally released in 1992 to commemorate Goose Island's 1,000th batch of brew, this imperial stout is widely considered to be the first mass-marketed beer to be aged in bourbon barrels.
Over the years, it has garnered a cult following and is released annually on Black Friday, when true aficionados skip the department store lines and instead head to their favorite craft beer store. Its opaque black appearance and thick foam head are joined with an intense aroma that is a mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. At 14.4 percent ABV, it certainly qualifies as a sipping beer. The stout pours rich, thick and chewy, and must be savored slowly in order to appreciate its complex flavors of sweet chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits and pronounced bourbon.