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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 494   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1171) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle compliments of fear025. Took to hophead22s big stout tasting did a vertical of all BCS brews including night stalker. Poured a dark black with off white thin head. Aroma was tons of bourbony alcohol and vanilla beans. Taste was boozy hot vanilla with chocolate goodness that burned slightly going down. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
decaturstevo (5527) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Bourbonbarrell, vanilla, and choclate nose. Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, a very complex beer. Medium/full bodied beer. A real wow beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2525) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle procured from the Microbar, Manchester. Black as a very dirty coal shed with a deep tan head, lasts ages. Big aromas of licorice, vanilla, dark fruits, coffee, sweet spices, star anise, soy sauce and caramel. Yum! Tasty flavours of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice, dates, walnuts, burnt caramel and a little aniseed. Rich, sweet mouthfeel. Huge alcohol burn. Sweet, malty finish. Warming. Bloody excellent stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Tasted at the big “SeaBass has got to go” tasting courtesy of juiceisloose. Pours deep amber with almost no head to speak of and some modest legging up the side of the glass. The aroma is burnt malts, oak like spices, a modest level of vanilla and then moving into booziness. The taste begins in a great way with molasses and unmistakably rich vanilla as well as moving toward mildly burnt notes, dark roasted malts, black strap molasses and kind of bourbon coated fudge brownie = YUM.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
A: The pour is almost black with a smallish tan head. S: Certainly a lot of vanilla notes, as you would expect, but there’s an incredible maple syrup character to it. Tons of bourbon and chocolate, and booze. T: Very sweet, mostly chocolate and vanilla. There’s an undertone of oak flavor that provides a touch of spice. Lots of bourbon and alcohol that is warming on the palate. Again, some maple flavor, but not quite as intense as on the nose. M: The body is full with a low, smooth carbonation. D: As boozy as it is, this is dangerous stuff. A really great flavor and very, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2593) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours all black. Sweet, vanilla dominated, aroma. Notes of caramel, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Lots of vanilla in taste! Bourbon vanilla notes and also some notes from the fresh vanilla beans used for this brew. The result is a mellowed out version of the original Bourbon County Stout. Still a good beer! Very smooth texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rustyham (1807) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Appearance is pitch black, but totally flat. Aroma is very smooth, sweet molasses and bourbon. Bourbon flavor is very saturated through the beer, not just lightly floating on top. the added vanilla is very subtle, like you can’t really taste the vanilla, but you can definitely tell is was smoothing out the rough alcohol notes that would otherwise be there. Thanks to Illinismitty at the Nashville Beer Summit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Had a taste of this a Rattle n Hum with the Fairfield crew + Dad and Baby Streetsie. The vanilla makes this overly sweet... unnecessary to add vanilla, the bourbon gives off the perfect amount already.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SudsMcDuff (7096) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2011
big thanks to Paul for bringing this to our tasting .. . black, low sturdy lacing .. . aroma of vanilla, burnt sugar, espresso, and magic beans .. . velvet mouthfeel and quite complex, a very fun brew that i’d love to be able to sit with by a fire burning evidence .. . very good stuff! .. . That John Denver’s full of shit, man! ..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2596) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle at Monks Porterhouse. Pours black without any head. Great beer but the vanilla gets a bit excessive.

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