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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 508   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"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2500) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshare 11.0 Thanks to Motherbrother. Pitch black pour with tiny tan lacings. Nose has light soy, vanilla, light roast and caramel. Taste has sweet vanilla, caramel, smooth, light roast and some malty sweet notes. Drinking real nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hamirubi (564) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2015
Sample in a little snifter, from a 2010 bottle at the Leuven Innovation Beer Festival (25 V 2015). I am very glad to have been one of the few festival members to try the only bottle Goose Island brought along. OK, this is not much different from the "Vanilla Rye" version, yet the age of the bottle makes this 13.0% in alcohol edition somehow fuller bodied than the 14.2% edition. The barrels are different too: bourbon instead of whiskey. Yet the general flavours and taste are similar. Think of a stout with a clear sugar and vanilla balance. Add some chocolate and even caramel flavours, and you have a thick, oily stout with portwine notes and... well... a distinctive ice cream touch. Erm... I love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1696) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2015
2010 bottle thanks to my man, MotherBrother @Dangerous Bottleshares #11!! Had this long time ago, very excited to try this again!! Pours a pitch black with a small, brown head. Aroma has lots of vanilla, very roasty, sweet licorice, very explicit bourbon notes, chocolate, some alcohol, cake and milk cocolate. Taste is sweet and oily, and with huge vanilla, booze, roasty finish, slight salt. Oh my! The aging suits this very well!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 10, 2015
2010 Bottle from drinkstore, shared@nhc brewcon15
it was high time I cracked it open but now I wish I’d bought more! Rich, decadent, smooth, vanilla, gentle caress of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, toasty so smooth, syrupy warming vanilla spice, fragrant, never cloying, delicious

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3486) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2015
UPDATED: APR 27, 2016 April 10, 2015. Bottle at home. Rating #2000.
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet and quite boozy with bourbon, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, chocolate, dried fruits and light coffee notes. Taste is sweet bourbon, vanilla, toffee with dried fruits, vanilla, chocolate and warming alcohol in the finish. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Fairly sweet with strong vanilla and slight caramel and burnt sugar. Quite a supper but exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting, a 2010I believe. Lots of chocolate and a lot of vanilla as well. Full, rich flavor. One of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4146) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2015
2010 bottle. Dark beer with very little by way of a head. Rich bourbon and vanilla bean nose. This is still really hot. Lots of bourbon just dripping with over ripe fruit and long french vanilla ice cream finish. This is a sweet syrupy beer that still has lots of booze in it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scola729 (37) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Somehow scored this in 2014 in Chicago weeks after it being available. Love the vanilla touches ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3949) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle @ the Epic Bourbon County Tasting. Pours a pitch black beer with a small ring of brownish head on top. Aroma has massive bourbon notes, licorice, roasty touches and hints of vanilla. Flavor is simply amazing, loads of bourbon and vanilla, even after all these years. Very soft, alcohol has mellowed out a bit. Flavor has stages of bourbon and vanilla combined with some boozyness sometimes, but all very pleasant and in great balance. Very good stuff!!

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