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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 508   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"

_angst_'s rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (4500) - Göteborg, - JAN 27, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Bomber courtesy of AndySnow. 2010 vintage. Such great generosity, have never met the man and yet he sends me a Christmas present containing a bottle of this beast. Pours blacker than black with a thin fizzy dark chocolate brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace worth mentioning. Smell is huge, sweet and malty with roasted malts, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut, bourbon, high quality dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, vanilla beans, toffee, alcohol and hints of peppery hops. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, vanilla beans, creamy toffee, bourbon, coconut, vanilla fudge, minerals, wood, oily pine and sweet liquorice candy. Mouthfeel is soft, silky, creamy, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, bourbon, toffee, alcohol and vanilla beans. A great smooth and creamy beer. Very happy to have tried this. Thank you Andy!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - AUG 13, 2016
All I can say is wow. Perfectly balanced and right into my taste buds wheelhouse. Powerful vanilla and chocolate. Smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (848) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2016
A: Pitch black with a thin brown lacing. N: Toffee, coffee, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla fudge T: Salty caramel, bitter chocolate, coffee candy O: Very nice stour even if the vanilla is a bit hard to find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vtafro (6666) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle. Black pour. Vanilla, bourbon, oak aromas. Flavors are straight vanilla, oak, bourbon and sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zita (6121) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
vintage2010:sweet vanilla aroma,black, brown foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice "fat" finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (8410) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Vintage 2010. roasty, bread, alcohol, vanilla, woody, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, black, thick feel, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHSRanders (2006) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle. 2010. black color with virtually no head. Aroma is roasted malt with strong notes of licorice. Nice spicy flavor. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13147) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle vintage 2010. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Bourbon very present. Heavy bitter long bourbon finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2016
I don’t know where my ratings for this got lost in the shuffle. Needless to say I tried this beer many times fresh but wouldn’t go near it now. Nice load of vanilla, sweet and decadent. One of the best variants at its peak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (1430) - Hammel, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle shared with Desverger. Thanks Reuben. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon. Full body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Nice roasted finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Desverger (8293) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle 2010, massive thanks to Colin, shared with Niller, Hammel, DK - black coloured pour with a beige to tan covering. Aroma and taste is roasted dark malty, with intense chocolate, some gorgeous vanilla laced throughout this, kokos flødeboller, bourbon infused wooden nuances on the palate, this beer sings out. Immense.

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