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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1251) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 29, 2014
22oz bottle pours oily black with small tan head. Nose is very hot and boozy, some dark fruity bitter dusty cocoa and chocolate. Taste is a bit thin, kind of average dark fruity bourbon spice, some chocolately oak. The nose is actually a bit harsh. Not a lot of vanilla is detectable. Finish is boozy spice chocolate and some oaky cream cocoa, dusty chocolate, hints of vanilla. Unfortunately this was clearly way past its prime. Still enjoyable but not on the elite level one would hope for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2737) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle shared thanks to JBPortland ! Pours a silky dark burnt umber color with a finger of quickly fading khaki foam. Nose is a blend of deep dark burnt cocoa with hints of bourbon and vanilla. The palate follows with lots of boozy burning bourbon and shallow vanilla bean accents. Super boozy with lots of dark cocoa, gooey chocolate and lingering bourbon heat. Glad to have tried it but not worth the hype at this point in its life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2014
2010 vintage. Poured a black color with a small sized off white head. Roast, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, wood, some more vanilla and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (3423) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Taster at Zeebra II. Pitch black pour, small dark brown head with okay retention. Almost no lace. Aroma of bourbon, quite some of vanilla, alcohol. Great taste, lots of vanilla in there, a bit boozy, cloying sweet but still makes you want another sip and fast. Full body, a bit high on the carbonation, very sticky on the palate. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4414) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle share. Thanks Dustin! Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, malt, and fruit. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Bottle held up very well all things considered. It was amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyit (3620) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2014
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of raisins, sweets, spice, port, vanilla, coconut, rum and prunes. A flavor of vanilla, coconut, rum, alcohol, prunes, raisins, dry and liqurice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (16791) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle. Almost completely black color, dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, dark espresso. Taste is more vanilla and rich unsweetened cocoa. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jw0406 (935) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2014
22 oz bottle pours a dark black color with a tan head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt. Full bodied amazing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle, 2010 with lots of thanks to Kraddel! Pours opaque black with a small dark brown head that dissipates slowly with good lacing. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet, light bitter, rich vanilla chocolate with some sporty booziness - bourbon? Light astringency as well. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Fairly hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (524) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2014
2010 bottle shared with bytemesis, thanks! Black pour, small brown head. Prominent sweet vanilla aroma, chocolate/roast. Sweet flavor, cherry, vanilla, bitter roast, cocoa, boozy. Tasty for sure, alcohol tends to quickly drive out the interesting flavors.

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