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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.

This entry is for original FoBAB and festival entries, 2010 Bottling, and some special events. For the NEW Vanilla entry please see "Vanilla Rye"

GothGargoyle's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GothGargoyle (2105) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - OCT 1, 2012
Thanks to Vaiz for the trade. Black with a small beige head. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, raisins. Slick and creamy mouthfeel, rich, sweet and complex on the palate. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, hint of bourbon, touch of oak. I think this beer is worthy of the hype.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1974) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2016
I don’t know where my ratings for this got lost in the shuffle. Needless to say I tried this beer many times fresh but wouldn’t go near it now. Nice load of vanilla, sweet and decadent. One of the best variants at its peak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (1238) - Hammel, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle shared with Desverger. Thanks Reuben. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon. Full body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Nice roasted finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Desverger (6612) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle 2010, massive thanks to Colin, shared with Niller, Hammel, DK - black coloured pour with a beige to tan covering. Aroma and taste is roasted dark malty, with intense chocolate, some gorgeous vanilla laced throughout this, kokos flødeboller, bourbon infused wooden nuances on the palate, this beer sings out. Immense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2060) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Draft to taster at FoBAB 2015 pour opaque black with mocha head. Nose vanilla, light roasted malt, bourbon. Taste vanilla, light roast, chocolate. Had this late in the evening and still was very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5875) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2015
Bomber: Thanks Theydon: Served in a large taster: Black beer. Small brown head. Intense thick rich sticky aroma of soy, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, sweet tar, sweet roast, chalky, Flavour is immense, jesus christ (and I am not even religious) this is goood))) Intense, seductive, thick, fullfilment, rich, completely out of this world! So viscous, uber balanced sweet tints... Amazing! Roasty, bourbon, fudge, dark candy, alcohol, etc... Ridiculous! Aftertaste was roasty, chocolate, fudge, bourbon, bitter, etc. So delicious! Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, full bodied... What an enjoyment what an enlightment... Amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (945) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2015 Sample at Rare Day. Aroma is much like regular, sweet malt, vanilla, nice. Appearance is black, brown head, thick. Taste is sweet malt, some booze, vanilla on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick, great carbonation, wonderful. Overall, this is very impressive, but I am sure it fell off slightly from it’s former glory.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
One2remeber (245) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottled 11.05.10. Mocha head quickly dissipates. Explosive malt, syrupy chocolate, hickory, decadent dark chocolate mousse cake. Tannins are low key, but add character/complexity. Not just mouth coating, but body numbing after a couple sips. Vanilla character shows no alcohol presence a fresh addition would show or especially an extract. Drinks more like a wine, slow sipper, enjoying the experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (1808) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
From notes. Shared at a BCBS tasting put on by Brian Winters. Thanks! This was just amazing. Thick oily black pour with a dark khaki colored ring and no lace. The aroma is the only fault, just because you can pick up that this one is a little older. The natural vanilla is a bit faded, but I like it over the sweetness of the Vanilla Rye. I like it a bit better, but I do wish that the vanilla was a little more prominent. The other flavors are there. Molasses, dark roast, heavy dark fruit, and just a hint of faded vanilla bean. The flavor is where this makes up so much awesome ground. It’s like BCBS with a nice legit vanilla character. I will say that the smoothness is a lot better here than I was hoping. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a great bourbon and vanilla character. The aftertaste is lingeringly vanilla booze with a hint of dark fruits and a touch of bourbon heat. This was such a good brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zchall23 (12) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
bourbon vanilla chocolate marshmallow; need I say more? Smells just as it tastes. Much more balanced than vanilla rye, and one of the best beers I have ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (896) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Smell is bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Tastes like a smoother version of BCBS with vanilla added. Thick and smooth.

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