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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 497   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dodgrblu (692) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Shared 22 ounce bottle courtesy of Twelve Rounds Brewing, nice bourbon aroma and flavor, bourbon executes control over the vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1369) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Poured from a bottle at a Migration Week event; I assume this has been properly cellared. Aroma has a slight vanilla note, but the vanilla has definitely faded from where it was even 2 years ago. Moderate bourbon note with light roast and nice chocolate notes. Some light oak character. Pours a tar black color with a small, dark mocha head that recedes quickly to the edges. Light lacing and fairly long legs. Flavor is similar to the aroma with a very faded vanilla presence. Some moderate sweetness with nice roast character. Moderately strong chocolate with quite a bit of bourbon and light oak notes. Medium bitterness with some oxidation creeping in. Very little alcohol spice notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has definitely thinned compared to fresher Bourbon County. Medium low carbonation, low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer, but definitely a shell of its former self. I like that it has thinned out and the alcohol has mellowed, but there is almost no vanilla left in this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7884) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"as with the regular version, a little sweet and hot, but otherwise delicious. not better imo than the base beer, so not worth the extra coin, but very good nonetheless. big on the vanilla, which BCS already was, so i was already wondering to the point of more vanilla. tasty, but ever so slightly sweeter than BCS, which is overkill. smooth as hell, though."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1294) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 29, 2014
22oz bottle pours oily black with small tan head. Nose is very hot and boozy, some dark fruity bitter dusty cocoa and chocolate. Taste is a bit thin, kind of average dark fruity bourbon spice, some chocolately oak. The nose is actually a bit harsh. Not a lot of vanilla is detectable. Finish is boozy spice chocolate and some oaky cream cocoa, dusty chocolate, hints of vanilla. Unfortunately this was clearly way past its prime. Still enjoyable but not on the elite level one would hope for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2793) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to JBPortland ! Pours a silky dark burnt umber color with a finger of quickly fading khaki foam. Nose is a blend of deep dark burnt cocoa with hints of bourbon and vanilla. The palate follows with lots of boozy burning bourbon and shallow vanilla bean accents. Super boozy with lots of dark cocoa, gooey chocolate and lingering bourbon heat. Glad to have tried it but not worth the hype at this point in its life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2014
2010 vintage. Poured a black color with a small sized off white head. Roast, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, wood, some more vanilla and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (3728) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Taster at Zeebra II. Pitch black pour, small dark brown head with okay retention. Almost no lace. Aroma of bourbon, quite some of vanilla, alcohol. Great taste, lots of vanilla in there, a bit boozy, cloying sweet but still makes you want another sip and fast. Full body, a bit high on the carbonation, very sticky on the palate. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4554) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle share. Thanks Dustin! Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, malt, and fruit. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Bottle held up very well all things considered. It was amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyit (3671) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2014
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of raisins, sweets, spice, port, vanilla, coconut, rum and prunes. A flavor of vanilla, coconut, rum, alcohol, prunes, raisins, dry and liqurice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17716) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle. Almost completely black color, dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, dark espresso. Taste is more vanilla and rich unsweetened cocoa. Tasty.

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