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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 505   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 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2759) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2011
Colour is black, head is very small. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, toffee and liquorice. Thick and smooth mouth feel. Flavour is bourbon, liquorice, oak and chocolate. Finish is hot and boozy, but in a balanced way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (8561) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle. Low and quickly disappearingt light brown fluffy head. Pitch black body. Coffee wood vanilla liquorice aroma. Coffee liquorice choccolate vanilla sweet smooth and pleasant but with bitter notes as well. Low carbonation. Long sweet aftertaste Yum yum. I would never have guessed on such a high alcohol content. Very well balance between the sweet and the bitter notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 24, 2011
This is perverse. An insanely perverse beer and I am ashamed to admit liking it. Itís like listening to "Never Gonna Give You Up" on the radio, and you cannot stop yourself from slightly dancing. Itís like watching Extreme Home Makeovers and being really touched by the whole scenery. Itís like liking Dan Brownís books. Itís like actually liking a beer more than last yearís batch. tís like thinking Jean claude Van Damme is cool. Itís like a homo-erotic fantasy involving David Beckham. Itís like dancing with your mommy thinking "this is fun". Itís like really liking George Michael. Itís like eating hot dogs at a wedding. Itís like hating Orval.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bomber. Pours as black as my ex-wifeís soul with a thin tan head. The nose is dark fruits, burnt malt, bourbon, dark chocolate and vanilla. The taste is vanilla upfront with dark fruits, milk chocolate, roast and coffee. This has a subdued barrel compared to the regular version and much sweeter - the sweetness must cut down the bourbon. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Very good but not sure I like it more than the original. Iíll have to try Rare next to see how it compares.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle (2010). Blakc-Balck with a bowrn tohn ahed. Fantastich chocolate-vinaally aroma. Quite alcoholic. I lŚve it. Yes man. Iím drunk. With an s. It is so smooth, i love it. Sweet and strong. Cannot write more - got to drink... this is so lol... Did you know that... Hey wiat a minute- why is it called bourbpn country . whatis the countra about?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7006) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
22oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with a thin, tan head. Big vanilla nose, coffee, chocolate, booze, sweet. Flavor has a ton of vanilla, coffee, brown sugar. Full bodied, sweet vanilla finish. WAY to much vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - NÝrresundby, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a pitch black color, with a small fastly dissapating tan head. Aroma is of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, coffee, slight amount of vanilla, alcohol and some liqourice. The flavor is really big and complex with roasted malt, coffee, liqourice dark fruits, bourbon, bourbon soaked raisins, vanilla, booze, roasted malt and some faint dark chocolate. The body is full with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a really big and complex brew, really a treat. Age this for 1 year+ and it will probably become even better.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Sampled at Nashville Beer Summit 1.22.11 - Pour is not surprisingly very dark and thick. Great nose of port, dark fruit, vanilla, butter, butterscotch, bourbon, whiskey, and oak. More notes of chocolate and coffee upon tasting. Mocha. Malt. Great finish. Alcohol is well hidden for such a giant beer. Good integration of flavors despite the heavy handedness of the bourbon barrel. Complex as can be. Wonderful beer. Nice treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 bottled on 11/05/10 poured a black in color with little head and a somewhat still look. aroma has bourbon, more of a malted body than the other versions, woody vanilla, and some roast. mouth feel is thick but the carbonation could be a bit more. flavor has some initial heated bourbon and the vanilla is more on the heavy barrel side than the fresh sprigs but it does smooth things out a bit. the malted side stands out more for me here than in other versions and there is lots of molasses flavor and texture. it is the the least crushing of the versions so far and considering the alcohol it is not overly boozy. overall I was hoping for more of a raw vanilla thing and it comes off as a heavy barrel side instead, however the beer is smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5378) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Pours very dark brown with a small dark tan head. The aroma has very roasty malt, smooth bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, cream, oak and some heat. Medium / full body thatís smooth and rich with fairly soft carbonation. The flavor starts with dark roasty malt thatís offset by sweetness and vanilla, smooth bourbon, chocolate and warming alcohol. The finish has some dark fruit and earthy hops. There is a lingering taste of roast, vanilla and warmth. Really nice impy stout.

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