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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 501   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (4038) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2015
2010 bottle. Dark beer with very little by way of a head. Rich bourbon and vanilla bean nose. This is still really hot. Lots of bourbon just dripping with over ripe fruit and long french vanilla ice cream finish. This is a sweet syrupy beer that still has lots of booze in it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scola729 (37) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 Somehow scored this in 2014 in Chicago weeks after it being available. Love the vanilla touches ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrHangover (3716) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle @ the Epic Bourbon County Tasting. Pours a pitch black beer with a small ring of brownish head on top. Aroma has massive bourbon notes, licorice, roasty touches and hints of vanilla. Flavor is simply amazing, loads of bourbon and vanilla, even after all these years. Very soft, alcohol has mellowed out a bit. Flavor has stages of bourbon and vanilla combined with some boozyness sometimes, but all very pleasant and in great balance. Very good stuff!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmgreenuk (6733) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Sample at the Bourbon County tasting, De Molen. Poured a deep mahogany with a frothy broken tan head. The aroma is rich roasted malt, vanilla, light alcohol liqourice. The flavour is moderate sweet, light bitter with a smooth, rich sweet roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, woody, alcohol bitter palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation and a rich oily mouthfeel. Superb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2115) - GREECE - DEC 29, 2014
650ml bottle shared at home, thanks Thanasis!! Black color with beige head. Aroma is full of vanilla, light chocolate, wood, bourbon - alcoholic. Taste is sweet, same as the aroma, vanilla chocolate and bourbon alcoholic. Medium to full, silky sticky body with soft carbonation and alcoholic coconut finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Art (2838) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pours a dark black brown with a slight medium brown head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of light cocoa, vanilla, bourbon booze, toasted nuts, light coconut. Definitely all well melded together. This is the aged bourbon county I have grown to know but with a light amount of vanilla. Tried this side by side with vanilla rye and they are totally different beers. This one has mellowed out while the rye is bold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (2047) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle shared big thanks to artmcd8. Poured thick black with min to no head. Aroma light bourbon vanilla char oak real smooth. Min carb thick bod. Nice classic boozy BCBS taste with mellow vanilla marshmallow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bnielsen13 (259) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle shared by deyholla at steasy66 house. Pours black like oil with a minimal tan head. Aroma is sweet, strong bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is the perfect blend of sweet, bourbon, vanilla, marmallows. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thomashall (600) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2010 bomber...big thanks to Derek for bringing this! Pours thick jet black with no head. Strong bourbon aroma with sweet notes mixed in. Pick up the vanilla in the smell and taste. Really smooth and rich. Amazing beer...so glad I got to try this!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (2672) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle shared at Steazy’s by Derek - thanks!!! Dark black pour. Big boozy and vanilla nose and again in the taste. Yummy. Loving this.

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