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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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"


4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1847) - 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.

4.1
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zathrus13 (1736) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (38879) - 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]

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1218) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle, as pictured. Pours jet black with minimal head. Very little carbonation. Smells pretty much like you’d expect...hardcore vanilla. Exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Very boozy, as expected. Extremely good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (23500) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle at Sune. Pitch black coloured with a small beige ehad. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate, dried fruits and liquorice with notes of coconuts and bourbon. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, dried fruits, alcohol, bourbon and liquorice. Sweet and roasted finish. Nice, but too sweet.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
sunevdj (3479) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2011
Pours black wih a beige head. Smells of almonds and bourbon. Super-over-sweet lots of cocoa and lakridskonfekt aromas. So sweet it makes it cloying and slightly nauseating. The good thing: Bourbon aromas. Also lots of candy aromas. Full to heavy bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. Long very sweet finish. Unbalanced. DNF

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14464) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2011
Bottle at Sune’s. Black - brown head. Oily. Bourbon. Sweetness. Fruity. Coconut. Raisins. Salmiac. Pepper. Lakridskonfekt.....Alcoholic and sharp finish. Lovely.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fastpass17 (2) - USA - FEB 4, 2011 does not count
There was no head at all, deep mahogany to black in color, thick and viscous. The aroma is filled with molasses, raisins, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and alcohol. The taste is filled with wood, bourbon, a strong french roasted coffee, and then some vanilla towards the end. In the mouth there is noticeable alcohol heat, clings to the palate. No need to over indulge this one it warms up in the glass nicely.


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