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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 485   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1429) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
651mL. The pour is jet black ink with not much of a head. Here the big sugar content causes the beer to stain the glass like Dark Lord rather than produce big legs like BCS Rare. The aroma is the same as the Rare up front: raisins, dark fruits, licorice, fruit cake. But moves along to more licorice and something grape-like rather than morphing into something greater. The taste is sticky sweet, what is trying to creep out as spicy alcohol is muted. Little but present alcohol warming. Palate is thick, oily, but does not come across as superlative like some BCS varieties and vintages. Seems fizzier and less robust. I definitely prefer regular two year old BCS.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Big thanks to Dosbeerigos for sharing this. A perfect imperial stout. Aroma is slightly boozy with a good amount of vanilla bean and cream. Appearance is pitch black with a small brown head, good lacing. Taste is slightly sweet and boozy. Ton of vanilla with hints of milk lactose. Incredible.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdtm82 (1004) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 Bottle; all round tastings @ Euston Tap, thanks to Nate Aroma is bitter espresso; cream, coffee and chocolate. Taste is oak, wood chips, vanilla, ctirus big US hops, mocha, rich syrup source, dark Belgian chocolate and a lot bourbon booze flowing through. Bloody awesome and one for the fire on a winter night. Just a tad too aggressive for me but I think I was pissed by the time I had this. Re-Rate, 19th January 2010 @ The Rake, Borough Market Bottle; bomber. Opaque black in colour, mocha lacing. Aroma is espresso, vanilla, oak, burnt toast, marzepan and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, Belgian truffles, Devonshire cream, sharp penetrating velvet, big bourbon, oak, wood chips, roasted malts, sticky toffee pudding and big booze but so well measured and balanced. Damn this is a world class beer . 10 4 9 4 18 4.5

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a thick, dense, deep black with a moderate dark brown head that lasted through the first two sips and left scant lace. The aroma is simply exquisite with ample vanilla, bourbon, caramel, oak, and chocolate. Just amazing. The flavor is similar to the aroma and is filled with delicious vanilla, bourbon, caramel, oak, chocolate and coffee. There is some definite booziness at the finish and noticeable alcohol warmth, but I think that enhances this beer given its richness and depth. Reminds me in some ways of a fine liqueur. Full bodied with a dense, silky mouthfeel. This is delicious. Virtual perfection.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (13518) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2011 Bottle at Euston Tap. Big thanks Nate. Oil black pour, beige head. Huge caramel, brownie, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol on the nose. Insanely rich flavor, plenty of bourbon, brown sugar, more caramel and vanilla, rich chocolate cake. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Lots of warmth to finish, slight sting, mocha, beany vanilla, bourbon. So, so good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Pours black with a light tan head. Aroma is chocolate with strong hints of vanilla. Also has a strong aroma bourbon. Strong bourbon flavor. Thought the vanilla would stand out more in the flavor. I believe I will age my other bottles to see how it effects the taste. Still a very excellent beer when drinking fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4605) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Pours a deep black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, loads of fresh vanilla beans, light oak, coffee and roasted malt along with some caramel. Flavor was much of the same. The vanilla lends so nicely to the roasted/chocolate/coffee notes of this beer. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Thick motor oil pour. Light carbonation. Aroma of bourbon. Cream and vanilla notes, though vanilla doesn’t really show through any more than other BCS’s. Cloyingly sweet. Hot with strong alcohol finish. Roasty notes. Lots of vanilla on the finish and aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a one finger frothy mocha head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of lacing left behind. Aroma-WOW!! An amazing combination of sweet bourbon, silky chocolate malt, oak, vanilla, toffee and hazelnut. There is a lot of bourbon in the nose but it is amazingly balanced by the other characteristics. Chewy medium body with a huge blast of hot sweet bourbon up front that lingers throughout into a chest warming finish. Although the bourbon is prominent it is excellently balanced by the silky chocolate malt, toffee, coffee bean and vanilla notes. Complex with some oaky character that adds to the vanilla flavor. The vanilla beans really smooth things out making this beer dangerously drinkable. There is some nice heat but overall the 13% ABV is very well masked.

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