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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"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2383) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2011
650 ml bottle courtesy of guyinchicago. Thanks Chuck. Pours an opaque black color with a small brown head that immediately disappears. The aroma is strong with bourbon whiskey and a bit of cocoa. The taste, like the aroma, is dominated by bourbon whiskey, besides whiskey I get anise, mocha, black walnuts, vanilla and burnt toast. The palate is thick and syrupy with soft carbonation. Finishes impossibly long and semi-sweet. Overall: This exceeded my already sky-high expectations. very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2011
Bottle 500ml at 1337 beer#5. Pours black with very small brown head. Aroma is cocoa, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, coffee. Taste is medium to very sweet, medium bitter. Full body, oily to thick, soft to average carbonation. 26022011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (2389) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2015 This beer aims at your soft "vanilla-spots" with a base in the legendary bourbon county . And that is basically what this beer is. A bourbon county stout loaded with vanilla. Ofc I like it? Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, huge vanilla and some roasted malts. Taste add some warming alcohol and a bit of liquorice and dark dried fruits.In short: Bourbon County plus tons of vanilla!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2829) - 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 (8883) - 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 (232) - 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 (7560) - 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.

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