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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 497   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 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3608) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan haze. Nose is dark chocolate, coconut, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Silky medium body with a tang. Taste is woody bittersweet chocolate, French roast and bourbon. The vanilla adds earthy and smoky touches but not much sweetness. A bit hot right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7604) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Rating 2,700. 22 ounce bottle. After having the rare, this was a nice test. Pours a totally black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is massive bourbon, roast, vanilla and smoke. The flavor is heavy and intense; heat, roasted malts, rich bourbon, woody. As it warmed later it had much more vanilla. Sweet and very damn good. I’m convinced, these BCS versions are amazing. The rare was on another level though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (6257) - Utah, USA - FEB 13, 2011
22oz bottle shared by Doug, thank
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and some light lacing with good legs left on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Dark malts, dark fruits, vanilla and some hot alcohols
Taste: Smooth and silky mouthfeel of roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla and bourbon
This was a very good beer, smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (3734) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2011
11-FEB-2011, Bottle @home with Ulkløbben, from "Fish & Beer". I am entering this rating the day after with the remains of the bottle in my glass. Still a perfect stout after being open a day. Right now sipping this bourbon monster - wauw this is good beer. I loved the "ordinary" version and this is at least equally good. Black, black, with that yellow’ish rim. Low brown head. Bourbon... ...Vanilla? Well today it is evident, but yesterday I was not so sure. That is an accomplishment. No in-your-face vanilla, but just an addition to a fantastic brew. Sweet, but not too sweet - at least for me. Morten thinks it is too sweet. Very bourbon-centered. Extremely complex. New roasted elements keeps appearing. And the bourbon just continues with that ever present alcoholic twist. My mouth loves this pucking sensation. Loooooooooong finish. What can I say, Very close to a 5. Look is a bit too dull for 5, but almost there. In my top 5, mayby top 3?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8857) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Big, thick, oily black pour, thin tan head that dissipated completely after a minute. Aroma is not too different from regular bourbon county, but has a touch of extra vanilla, surprise! This means notes of big bourbon, cocoa, coffee, roast, touch of dark fruit, and vanilla. Taste is delicious mix of bourbon and chocolate, some coffee and roast, finishing sweet from the bourbon, and finally the vanilla comes in at the end and draws out the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
Undoubtedly a black and viscous pour, however it seems a touch lighter in pitch than the original and the coffee edition - certainly there’s more colour edging round the glass. Also, there’s less head, just a quick fizzle. But the nose is unmistakably Bourbon County with severe tones of vanilla, whisky and wood - and, it must be said, alcohol. But this is a big beer and the heat suits it well. In the mouth there’s a strong liqourice profile, which sits on top of the cask-wood and coffee/chocolate; though the vanilla is downplayed. It’s there, sure, but not so much more than the original. What it does offer is a more lactic taste and a sweeter one, almost like a mocha. And this extra sugariness is felt in the mouth, making this the stickiest of the three editions. The alcohol of the nose is softer in the mouth but you can easily feel the warmth it gives. On the finish a twist of bitterness arrives and almost a yeast or cellared dankness too. But mainly it’s a slow progression of the bourbon vanilla sweetness. This really reminded me of Lost Abbey’s Angel’s Share. So, a rock solid stout, one that will be superb after three years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1852) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle, thanks for sharing wavers1! Pours like ink pitch black with no head but great legs. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, bourbon, coconut, oak, and yes, vanilla. Flavor is that of regular bourbon county, lots of chocolate/coffee/bourbon, dark fruit flavor with you guessed it, vanilla. Was a bit hot. I think I prefer the original, but I’m holding out for rare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2011
22 oz. Bomber. Pitch black with a light head. Great bourbon taste and aroma. Lighter on the vanilla than I expected. Great beer though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1741) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle, thanks John. Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruit, Very powerful. Flavor is vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon, roasted malt, smoke, alcohol, and dark fruit. Sweet, but for, in a good way. Heavy body. Another amazing variation of Bourbon County.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2011

Bottle 650ml.

Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark roasted, coconut, wood, vanilla, alcohol, moderate bourbon. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, chocolate, vanilla, brown licorice konfect, wood - tobac notes. Body is medium full, texture is creamy and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20110129]

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