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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2010 bottle. Aroma has big notes of roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, molasses, chocolate, espresso, sweet dark dried fruits. Viscous black hue with a small fully disappearing brown head. No lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium/heavy bitterness. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Medium cloying finish and noticeable alcohol burn. Overall a very rich and intense beer. A little too sweet and cloying for me to really enjoy all those aromas but overall not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Black pour with a creamy tan head. Big roasty aroma with toffee, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is great, with all of the above and the vanilla really coming through. Creamy on the palate. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Defreni (2996) - Husum, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2011
Flaske: Kulsort øl med et mokkabrunt lille skumhoved. Duften er ekstrem chokolade ifølge konen. Jeg har enorm bourbon med vanilie der minder om chokolade. Smagen er pungent af sødme og bourbon. Næsten for meget men alkoholen og en god humling bringer balance i øllen. Kunne godt bruge en tand mere lagring. Årgangen er 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2011
dark brown, thin tan wispy swirls. Bit of burnt nose, light vanilla and light wood, not the depth of Rare. flavor BIG step down, very sweet, no barrel flavors, bit of wood and coffee grinds through finish. No cake palate or clinging body, bit green in finish. Not like the Rare, more flavor heat in finish than Rare and less nuance given the over-sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle compliments of fear025. Took to hophead22s big stout tasting did a vertical of all BCS brews including night stalker. Poured a dark black with off white thin head. Aroma was tons of bourbony alcohol and vanilla beans. Taste was boozy hot vanilla with chocolate goodness that burned slightly going down. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
decaturstevo (5757) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Bourbonbarrell, vanilla, and choclate nose. Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, a very complex beer. Medium/full bodied beer. A real wow beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2860) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle procured from the Microbar, Manchester. Black as a very dirty coal shed with a deep tan head, lasts ages. Big aromas of licorice, vanilla, dark fruits, coffee, sweet spices, star anise, soy sauce and caramel. Yum! Tasty flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice, dates, walnuts, burnt caramel and a little aniseed. Rich, sweet mouthfeel. Huge alcohol burn. Sweet, malty finish. Warming. Bloody excellent stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8074) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Tasted at the big “SeaBass has got to go” tasting courtesy of juiceisloose. Pours deep amber with almost no head to speak of and some modest legging up the side of the glass. The aroma is burnt malts, oak like spices, a modest level of vanilla and then moving into booziness. The taste begins in a great way with molasses and unmistakably rich vanilla as well as moving toward mildly burnt notes, dark roasted malts, black strap molasses and kind of bourbon coated fudge brownie = YUM.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
A: The pour is almost black with a smallish tan head. S: Certainly a lot of vanilla notes, as you would expect, but there’s an incredible maple syrup character to it. Tons of bourbon and chocolate, and booze. T: Very sweet, mostly chocolate and vanilla. There’s an undertone of oak flavor that provides a touch of spice. Lots of bourbon and alcohol that is warming on the palate. Again, some maple flavor, but not quite as intense as on the nose. M: The body is full with a low, smooth carbonation. D: As boozy as it is, this is dangerous stuff. A really great flavor and very, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2896) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours all black. Sweet, vanilla dominated, aroma. Notes of caramel, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Lots of vanilla in taste! Bourbon vanilla notes and also some notes from the fresh vanilla beans used for this brew. The result is a mellowed out version of the original Bourbon County Stout. Still a good beer! Very smooth texture.

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