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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla

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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle shared at Paulís Thanksgiving weekend bash. Poured a thick oily body leaving tons of oil on the side of my CCB snifter coupled by a small foamy biege head. Aroma had some alcohol heat but still was able to win me over. Notes of vanilla, roasty malts, toast, burnt malts, tar, vanilla tobacco. Fuller bodied with strong carboantion for a stout. The flavor is great with a combination of burnt malts and sweet vanilla but the vanilla seems just a tad artificial. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (615) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Bomber, shared once again by Justin. Pours an opaque, but almost shiny, black. As with the coffee stout, the foam is amber brown and thin, lacing the sides of the glass. Aroma is straight booze and vanilla. Taste is consistent with the aroma, booze and vanilla, turning to cinnamon and toffee, finishing with a mildly bitter tree bark and espresso mixed with vanilla blend that is abolutely perfect. Different from the coffee, which I prefer, but just as high quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dyetube (1157) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2010
This beer pours a deep black with a medium tan head. The aromas are chocolate, coffee, and al Ohio. The mouthfeel is bitter and thick. What a great beer. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Big thanks to a generous BA for this bottle. Pours extremely dark brown out of the bottle but settles in pitch black in the glass. Thereís a small bubbly mocha head that recedes quickly to small collar. The aroma is fantastic and very similar to the regular BCS. There is a ton of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder and dark fruits. The bourbon is definitely more subdued than in a fresh BCS bottle with the vanilla mellowing it out a bit. The taste is a notch better than the aroma for me and the vanilla comes out more, especially up front. The backbone is heavily roasted chocolate malts with some tobacco. The bourbon is heavy in the finish with oak, vanilla and alcohol. The mouthfeel is completely decadent, like dessert in a bottle. Thick, creamy and full bodied with soft carbonation with a pleasant burn going down. As with the coffee version, itís pretty tough to top the original BCS for me but itís still a fantastic beer. The vanilla mellows the bourbon and might make it a little more drinkable than the original.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a slick oil black color with a medium mocha head that fades to nothing. Aroma is heavy vanilla bean, bourbon, light chocolate, and dark roasts. Taste is much the same - very smooth and drinkable for the high abv. Canít go wrong with any variation of this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1135) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Pours a thick, oily, brown color with light brown foamy head. Aroma is of bourbon, raw alcohol, chocolate, vanilla, wood, coffee and roasted malt. Ah, what a delight. Taste is everything the aroma is and more. This is like some decadent desert that you just want to savor every single bite. The alcohol is well hidden and the mouthfeel is full bodied and well balanced. Delish!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Black, moderate lacing. Low carbonation. Intense, off-the-hook vanilla nose. Bourbon aroma closely follows that. Vanilla flavor is out of this world. You can call it a vanilla bomb, but I donít consider that a bad thing. Chocolate and coffee supporting notes are subdued and blend in with the rest of the palate perfectly. I could sit here and smell this beer all night, itís so damn seductive. I think I smelled it for 5 minutes before I even took my first sip. Iím afraid to let this bad boy age lest any of that vanilla fade, so I think this is coming with me to my Christmas dinners.

From sample pour at local December 2010 tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Sampled at an East Side Bottle Liberation Society tasting. What a beer! Tasting this was a complete beer drinking experience. The pour is like well used oil with no light coming through. The aroma reeks of bourbon and the alcohol can be felt evaporating on the nose and in the mouth. The alcohol was my only draw back with this beer. Huge and wonderful flavors of dark fruit, bourbon, wood, and just so much more. This might be the thickest beer I have ever had. One of the few beers that left me in awe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 3, 2010
22 ounce thanks to Jarrett. Basically, we are getting the BCS with vanilla. Thatís about the best description I can give. The vanilla is extremely tasty and balances so well with the rest of the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Pours a a dark redish black with a thin tan head that dissapears quickly. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate and slight vanilla. This tastes alot like the original BCS, but the bourbon flavor is a little mellower. The vanilla flavor comes through more as the beer warms. Dessert in a glass!

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