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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon

 (RETIRED)
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RATINGS: 466   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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"


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (2014) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle: Inky black body with almost no head at all on the pour - just a timid, light-tan ring that outlines the edge. Aroma has the Bourbon County sweet signature bourbon, oak, & melty chocolate, only this time thereís more of a sweet, vanilla saccharine presence, rather than just your normal barrel vanillin. Brown sugar, molasses... lots of bourbon. All the usual Bourbon County suspects are there. Taste is much the same; heavy bourbon with a mixture of sweet vanilla, brown sugar, dense cocoa fudge, & mild oaky tannins throughout. Itís very warm... almost hot, even, & maybe more so than some vintages of the original Bourbon County. More bourbon, vanilla, & some deep fudge in the finish. Huge, sticky, thick mouth feel. Very nice, awesome take on BCS, although I donít believe itís worth what it takes to get a bottle now.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpongeRuiner (745) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Thanks tectactoe for getting this one together. Fantastic smell. Was really looking forward to this one. Perfect feel. Really good stuff. Definitely one of the best Bourbon County.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2410) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle gift from SJ , Goose Island night. Another winner from this brewery. Canít believe it is retired as we had two bottles? Nice roasted, vanilla, nut, Earth and chcolate flavors. Well blended with a nice strong vanilla bean and honey finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
This is up there as one of the best iíve ever had. Bought at Systembolaget as a limited release a couple of years ago.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rood (32) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2014
Big thanks to BelgBeerGeek for sharing this one. If you want to smell & taste hazelnut, praline, chocolate, cocos, vanilla, bourbon, honey, caramel, this is your beer. Not very complex but mouthfeel is good and has a great aroma & taste. Praline in a glass.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (5482) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle (65 cl) from Systembolagetv via a collueage. Black with small dark beige head. Intense chocolate and coffee roasted aroma, som soft vanilla and barrel notes. Full bodied, oily an viscous. Sweet with medium bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abio (1616) - Waasland, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2014
Rating 1501. Very dark brown, almost pitch black. Less siropy as expected. The vanilla gives a nice touch to this brew. Combined with the coffee and chocolate, this one is really like tasting a dessert. I like it for sure. 2010

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7912) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Draft from TJís summer 2013. Poured dark black with brown head. Nose was oaky bourbon, dark malt, ample vanilla, molasses. Tasted rich, roasty dark malt, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and cacao. Complex and delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2014
22 oz. bottle won at Binnyís raffle (Clayborne across from G.I.) after the BCBS release on Black Friday. Color has a coating of oily irradiance over the tope of the stout. Coats the glass with a oily residue. Nose is light traces of vanilla bean, chocolate and booze. The flavor is an exact replica of the aroma. I feel like the booze is out of place after after 3 years of age. Texture is oily and silky. Donít get me wrong itís still good however, the vanilla has got to be much tamer then it was at release or 18 months ago. Wish I would have had this 18 months ago. Overall I enjoyed it like every other BCBS, top notch even after 3 years old.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pous black, no head Smell boozy raisin, red fruit Taste sweet vanilla, very sweet, bit of roast, smooth and sugary, huge vanilla flavor Smooth as hell, medium body Sweet, still very good


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