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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla

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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Draft from TJ’s 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 (2948) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2014
22 oz. bottle won at Binny’s 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. Don’t get me wrong it’s 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 (1394) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1036) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
22oz bomber frank on new years eve. pours a dark oily black with zero head. big vanilla and bourbon aroma and taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Bomber thanks to i don’t remember who. Big bold roasted malt with big vanilla. Really big vanilla. Big licorice notes. Nice molasses. Light alcohol. Taste roasted malt with vanilla. Lots of vanilla and molasses. Finish lots of vanilla and light alcohol. Finish some ashes and some vanilla and molasses. All in all a big beer with no subtleties. Still fairly tasty and pretty interesting, Nice persistent finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rxeight (1190) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Thanks Jeremy. Bourbon aroma. Lots of bourbon with a strong vanilla taste. This is a lot of vanilla in there.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fin (7254) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2014 Bottle courtesy of Colin (Theydon Bois) cheers my friend! consumed at my dads, Kilburn, Derbyshire, Tuesday 24th December 2013 (Christmas Eve) Pours black, like an oil slick with a small beige head. Oh my what a nose, coffee, milky chocolate, bourbon and vanilla, love the vanilla and what it adds to this beer, its great. This is wonderful a simply massive chocolate hit in the mouth wave after wave of chocolate and tons of vanilla. This is super indulgent, no..hugely indulgent, dad, Loz, Toni in fact all of them love this. Its rich, thick and has masses of chocolate and the vanilla is marvellous, thick in the mouth, you simply do not want this beer ever to end. There are tons of imperial stouts some of them I feel are overated, this is top draw and deserves all of the plaudits, amazing stuff! What a beer can’t thank Colin enough, cheers Colin! A8 A5 T10 P5 Ov18 4.6

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1477) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottled 05NOV10 Pours BCBS inky black with little mocha foam. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, mostly vanilla, and some dark and sweet malts. Flavor is plenty of vanilla, cocoa, and roasted malts and some bourbon. The beer reminds me of a vanilla porter I brewed once, not a diss, it was nice, but the vanilla was too much, way too much. Medium bodied with subdued carb and a surprisingly dry finish. This beer is nice, but I really don’t see myself drinking the other two bottles I have without motivation. Meh, not nearly close to the world class folks are pimping on this one. Then again, I can’t speak to the fresh version. Serving type: bottle 06-28-2012

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
berntholer (801) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
beige head disappears without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma of praline, nutella/hazelnut, vanilla, sweet. taste like aroma with slight bitter finish. dense body, soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (1145) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
Pours a dark brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma is full of vanilla, caramel and bourbon (but a lot less intense than the regular, at least that is what I remember). Taste is indeed ridden with vanilla, chocolate (the milk variety) and light coffee/roast. Mouthfeel is silky and hot but a lot less than I expected. Intense and great, this is another hit in the serie!


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