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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla

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RATINGS: 462   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Thanks Jim for setting me up with this! A- Body is a nearly opaque dark brown nearly black hue. Pours with a very small dark brown head that quickly fades completely. No lacing is left behind in the glass. S- Nose is hot and packed with bourbon sweetness and astringency. Behind this is vanilla, dark chocolate-the oak is there but it is very hard to detect. T- Flavor is much more balanced than the nose. Vanilla and bourbon sweetness upfront with a nice, rich, chocolately backbone as well as soaked oak components. The sweetness and a slight bit of alcohol astringecy kick in for the finish. Vanilla, chocolate, bourbon sweetness, and a bit of alcohol heat linger. M- Low to medium carbonation and a thick velvety body. D- This is a very good stout overall. Its sweet and hot in alcohol. I would think of this as more of a dessert beer than anything else. Right now-the bourbon is the highlight. I’d like to get ahold of another bottle and let this age for a bit-as regular bourbon county blossoms after about 2 yrs or so. As with most stouts-this one gets better as it warms-the complexity really shows. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-02-2011 01:29:47

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (733) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours thick black with wafer thin tan head that fades rapidly to a ring. Aroma bourbon coffee, chocolate. Taste bourbon, vanilla, a bit of chocolate and malts. Palate thick and a little sticky, minimal carbonation. Nice finish of bourbon and vanilla. Alcohol very evident. I liked this one more than the regular BCS but not as much as the coffee. The vanilla adds a nice flavor element, the palate is smoother and seems to moderate the alcohol hotness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle shared by DalzAle (thanks Greg). Pour is oily black brown with a reddish head that fades quickly. Aroma is sweet boozy. Taste is very boozy bourbon with sweet suryp feel and licorice and burnt textures and some vanilla.Palate thick and suryp with a boozy dry finish. I liked this just as much as the rest of the bourbon series, but was not blown away with all the hype!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1975) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle. Dark black pour, no carbonation and an aroma of bourbon/chocolate. Flavor is also rich boozy dark chocolate, tons of bourbon and a sweet and rich vanilla aftertaste. Really good and well priced at $13.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bomber, 2010 batch. Pours black with a very thin tan head that rapidly dissipates. Aroma is coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is also coffee, bourbon and vanilla. Great beer. Looking forward to letting my other bomber age; think it should be a little smoother.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5536) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
(22oz bottle 2010 vintage) near black, very little dark tan head. Nose of espresso, big vanilla, bourbon, sweet chocolate. Taste of bigtime vanilla, sweet fudge, smooth, bourbon, espresso. Thick body, over-carbonated. Great beer, not as good as coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2010
22oz bottle. Short rating (I’m still at work). Big, sweet, caramel, butterscotch, coconut and vanilla aroma. A touch of bitter chocolate. Pours a thick, opaque black with a thin film of dark khaki atop. Flavor is very, very sweet. The addition of the vanilla does not better the base beer at all. Tons of butterscotch, melted caramel, coconut and vanilla sweetness. A hint of ashy and charred malt on the backend attempts to balance out of the sweetness, but mostly fails. Slick, sticky body with a hot, boozy, sweet finish. Meh...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Pours black with a thin off white head. Huge vanilla aroma dominates, but you can still pick up the roast, chocolate, and bourbon. Mouthfeel is is thick and creamy. Flavor is also dominated by the vanilla, with a little hotness from the bourbon. Chocolate, and roast flavors are very subtle. Enjoyed this very much, but would love to taste it again with some age on it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4742) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Courtesy or rayl101

Bottle: The aroma is BCS with some light vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small brown head. The flavor is BCS with a light-moderate vanilla presence that really brings out the maple syrup component that I really like in regular BCS. While the vanilla brings out the maple syrup of BCS, it adds a some extra sweetness which is a tad too much. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. I’m a sucker for BCS, so I dig this as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Courtesy of rayl101. Black, no head, oily, growing legs. Decent aroma, vanilla, bourbone, chocolate. Flavor is overwhelming vanilla and syrup character. Cloyingly sweet. Sticky sweet mouthfeel.

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