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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla

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RATINGS: 459   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (1944) - 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.

4.3
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5479) - 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.

3.3
   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 (Iím 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...

4.2
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4572) - 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. Iím a sucker for BCS, so I dig this as well.

2.8
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Very sweet, vanilla dominated nose, lots of bourbon, lots of roast and chocolate. The taste is massively sweet, cloyingly so, shittons of vanilla, lots of bourbon, lots of syrup, truckloads of chocolate and coffee. Just nasty stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobvenekamp (12) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Bomber - Pours thick and black with hints of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Definitely has that typical B.C. flavor, but the vanilla beans subdue the alch burn. Thick and oily mouthfeel with big time bourbon and vanilla flavors. An awesome part of the B.C. family, more drinkable as a fresh bottle than its non-vanilla counterpart.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - DEC 27, 2010
Pours black coal with a tan head that dies quickly. Soy, chocolate, maple with wine characteristics in the nose. Rich chocolate, vanilla, maple and finishing alcohol in the mouth. Really smooth with no prickles except for the alcohol heat, which is kept well in check. Would age beautifully. Get maltesers here too. Big thanks to DaSilky for this one.


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