I chose to wrap up my food and beer pairing experiment with Goose Island’s Bourbon County, not only because its personally one of my favorite beers, but because I find it fascinating that Goose Island actually pioneered the now so highly sought after bourbon-aged beer.
Every year on Black Friday, Goose Island is known to release their batch of Bourbon County Brand barrel-aged selections. Holiday shoppers set their alarms early to be one of hundreds who stand in line for one of these most beloved drinks of the season, that in the past has been sold out in hours.
Just when you think this beer cannot be more heavenly, we add chocolate to the mix! A liquid as dark and dense as Bourbon County impeccably reflects this moist Double Chocolate Soufflé. The Soufflé is even elevated by the intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel of the beer.
I am personally highlighting Bourbon County Stout specifically, but below are 6 more mouthwatering flavors that have been added to Bourbon County line through out the years.
- 2 1/2 oz of unsweetened chocolate
- 1 tablespoon of Bourbon County Stout
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 oz of semisweet chocolate
- 8 chunks of semisweet chocolate
- 1/3 cup of heavy cream, warm
- 5 egg whites
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat the soufflé cup evenly with butter and sugar. Use no more than one tablespoon of butter and sugar for all cups.
- Melt all the chocolate, except the chunks in a double boiler over low heat or in a microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds. Add the warm cream, Bourbon County Stout, and stir well until completely combined. Allow to cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and half of the 1/3 cup sugar until combined and add the chocolate. Mix until smooth and set aside.
- In separate bowl beat egg whites until frothy or at a soft peak. Add remaining sugar and beat until whites form glossy harder peaks.
- Using spatula, gently fold 1/3 of egg whites into chocolate, then another third and when well combined remaining third. Fold until well combined.
- Place two chunks of semisweet chocolate in the center of each and bake for 7-10 minutes, until puffy. Serve immediately with powdered sugar or accompanied by whipped cream.
- Wash down with a Goose Island Bourbon County, no better way to end a meal!