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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 494   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10210) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2011 (Rating #6400)... Bottle… Tampa “Farewell to Sebletitje” TastingThis beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. This doesn’t smell an awful lot different than traditional Bourbon County Stout to me. Sure, I’m picking up some vanilla, but not much more than what the untreated version offers. Throw pretty much any imperial stout in a toasted or charred bourbon barrel and you’re going to get a vanilla nuance. I don’t know if there weren’t enough vanilla beans added or if the time the beer spent with the vanilla beans was cut too short, but I’m a vanilla fanatic and wanted more of a stand-out vanilla component in this beer, but that’s not really evident here. Ultra full-bodied with a motor oil mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The flavor is very bourbony and here’s that blast of vanilla I was looking for. Also, plenty of sweet mocha, burnt malts and essence of bourbon. No overbearing bourbon or alcohol heat. Carbonaceous, bittersweet, crème brûlée finish. Very, very nice, but I’m deducting a couple points due my disappointment there weren’t more fresh, sticky vanilla beans in the nose. World class imperial stout shared by juiceisloose. Thanks, Justin!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (6516) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2012 Bottle split with streets at rattle n hum. Pours a pitch black with no head, no lacing. Weird because the regular and the rare had nice lacing. Aroma is vanilla and alcohol. Mouthfeel is slick with notes of vanilla and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (8022) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2011
Bouteille partagée avec Markwise. Phenomenal beer, cheers Mark. De couleur noir huile de moteur, mousse est epaisse moka. Arôme est superbe de vanille et bourbon, malt etc caramel, avec des éléments de chocolat. Le point positif de cette bière c’est l’énormité de la vanille qui est franchement bien placé sans pour cela ruiner le tout. Au palais, les mots sont faibles pour glorifier une telle concoction. Vanille et bourbon sont bien là, la vanille ressort nettement plus que d’habitude sur les autres bières en tonneaux de bourbon qui présentent déjà un peu de note de vanille. Note de moka, café au lait, malt grillé aspect bois de chêne, butterscotch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4882) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Thanks to Tooch4321 for this one in trade. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is huge vanilla, booze, chocolate, s’mores, coffee, and bourbon. Flavor is similar with huge vanilla and s’mores. This tastes like a bourbon county that has been aged for a year or two. Medium to full bodied and very Mallowy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2386) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bomber. Black body. Limited brown head, rapidly diminishing. Full aroma of vanilla, oak, bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruits, licorice. The flavor is heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately to heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Full body, sticky texture and fizzy carbonation. Lots of vanilla on the back of the tongue in the finish. Just like bourbon county stout, there are complexities here that are enjoyable. Unlike bourbon county stout, heavy, syrupy sweetness bullies any subtle characteristics this beer may have. Even the fizzy carbonation is not enough to scrape the cloying sweetness from the tongue. Off-balance for my tastes. Too bad. Great aroma, though. Thanks for sharing wnoble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
thewolf (11589) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle @ Oz’n’NZ tasting 2011. [thanks feldthaus]
Black as coal, not real head. Aroma has sweetness, sugar, vanilla, cold coffee, light bourbon. Low carbonation, fat and oily palate. Flavour is heavy alcoholic, sharp in its overwhelming sugary sweetness. Lots of vanilla. Almost impossible to drink with the intense sweetness. Lots of chocolate and mild coffee in the back though. Too much sweetness, too one-sided and too alcoholic. Why are all strong stouts incredibly sweet?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
bottle(thanks to Danny!) at my leaving FL throwdown(17Dec10)pours black with a mean looking rocky brown head. Aroma is lovely. Vanilla, oak, bourbon, very sweet smelling. Very sweet flavors, the vanilla seems to bring out more sweetness to me, to a point that it’s not as roasty and balanced as the regular version. The wood takes a backseat as well. Sweet sticky bourbon and vanilla coat the tongue and linger for minutes. Good, but a tad sweet for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Enjoyed at Dasilkys with Jonno visiting from Down Under. Let this fucker warm up. Huge big warmth in the mouth. Rich sweetness. Vanilla balances nicely with coffee/cocoa strength of the brew. Rather light mouthfeel for such a big brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (15649) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle thanks to Yan and Mes. Black. Lasting tan head. Intense aroma vanilla intense. Intense in mouth. Oily. Way too hot on finish. Too much and too hot. Good in very smal doses

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle courtesy Josh - thank you! Slick and oily appearance with a tiny halo of tan foam hugging the edges of the glass. Light but steady carbonation. Aroma is big, wet bourbon, vanilla, sweet malt, and some lingering raisin through the end. Very thick and smooth feel in the mouth. Taste is bourbon up front followed by vanilla and a dominant sweetness/raisin flavor with the bourbon coming back toward the finish and finally lingering alcohol. As the beer warms I get some chocolate in middle of the taste. Definite sipper with the sweetness distracting somewhat from the bourbon. Good beer but I prefer both the regular and coffee over this version.

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