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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3526) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle, 2010 with lots of thanks to Kraddel! Pours opaque black with a small dark brown head that dissipates slowly with good lacing. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet, light bitter, rich vanilla chocolate with some sporty booziness - bourbon? Light astringency as well. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Fairly hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (423) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
2010 bottle shared with bytemesis, thanks! Black pour, small brown head. Prominent sweet vanilla aroma, chocolate/roast. Sweet flavor, cherry, vanilla, bitter roast, cocoa, boozy. Tasty for sure, alcohol tends to quickly drive out the interesting flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerardgathier (397) - - MAY 8, 2014
Backnote, had this beer at the zeebra extreem beer festival 2014. superb beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJvd (923) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2014
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is strong bourbon, vanilla, some roasted malts, coffee and alcohol. Taste has coffee, vanilla, some dark chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. Full body, soft to medium carbo. Quite sweet, but still nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarcoDL (2398) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Amazing beer. Combines the roastedness of the cacao and coffee with the smooth vanilla of the bourbon and fresh vanilla. Has some notes of cinnamon and sweet nuts. Simply brilliant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bosbouw (1406) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een volle bruine kraag. Ruikt vanille, crème, zoetig. Smaakt vol, vanille, crème alcohol. Goede nasmaak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Abijen (1540) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a pitch black beer with a good tan brown head. Smells bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. Tastes vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and silky. Low carbo, medium body and a oily texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Very good, vanilla balances out the bourbon again. A little better than teh coffee version and a little less good than the cherry, but all things are pretty good here. Vanilla only lightly evident. Bitter finish, some dark chocolate and coffee. Served in a custom-made plastic Goose Island shot glass. Full disclosure - I was bribed with t-shirts and free glassware last night though none of it affected my ratings...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (1896) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2014
Rationed out from a bottle at ChurchKey. Jet black with tan head. Aromas of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, a bit of dark chocolate. Full body with a dry finish. The vanilla has held up pretty well, would love to see them re-brew this sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Homer321 (2152) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2014
bottleshare thanks to DexterCat. Nose is only slightly more vanilla than regular BCS. Taste is mostly chocolate with moderate vanilla. Seems a bit sweeter than regular BCS. alcohol is well hidden. Pretty good but I guess I just don’t understand the hype.

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