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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla

 (RETIRED)
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RATINGS: 442   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.


jbrus' rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, - NOV 14, 2011
Bottle@DRbM. Very intense aroma of bourbon and vanilla, very alcoholic. Opaque, light brown head, fair lace. Very sweet, loads of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, hint of coffee. Full and soft body. Complex and balanced.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1263) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Shared with S&G. Many thanks tderoeck for leaving me some in the bottle to taste! Already had this once before, but rated it now. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam. NOSE: vanilla all the way, coffee, bourbon, alcohol. TASTE: bourbon, vanilla aftertaste, easy drinking in a way, long lasting taste. Very good, coffee, alcohol and mocha.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Experiment_Ale (650) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2014
At Stephenís house during GABF 2013, dude canít hold his liquor. Aroma is huge smooth roasted malt bite, dark fruit, plumb. Taste is chocolate, medium vanilla notes, amazingly smooth malt, big bold flavors that are super smooth and very savory. This is a delicious brew. Worthy of the hype.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Maarten1993 (194) - - MAR 29, 2014
Drank during an awesome tasting at Thijsí place 28-3-2014. This was the final beer of the evening. Save the best for last they say!! Great beer. Sooo complex, rich and deep. Magnificent vanilla, cocos and bourbon taste. Great!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheresyourball (445) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with only a small beige head. Nose is vanilla, molasses, vanilla, chocolate. Flavor is sticky sweet, with caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Full mouthfeel. Ridiculously good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (631) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Tasted at Goose Island Southern Migration. Reminds me of classic Bourbon County, but dominated by vanilla. Least favorite of all the Bourbon County Variants. Its like Ringo, in that, its still a damn Beatle. Bottle - The Argosy - Atlanta, GA

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Eviva (18) - GREECE - FEB 26, 2014
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, slight alcohol, and roasted malt. Smells absolutely fantastic. Taste starts off with a ton of vanilla flavor and chocolate. The bourbon flavors of the base beer arenít as strong, but they do blend it well with the vanilla. Mouthfeel is sticky and thick. Sharp alcohol bite after each sip. The vanilla didnít come off as overpowering, it just made the base beer even better. Just perfect!!!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tectactoe (1167) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle: Inky black body with almost no head at all on the pour - just a timid, light-tan ring that outlines the edge. Aroma has the Bourbon County sweet signature bourbon, oak, & melty chocolate, only this time thereís more of a sweet, vanilla saccharine presence, rather than just your normal barrel vanillin. Brown sugar, molasses... lots of bourbon. All the usual Bourbon County suspects are there. Taste is much the same; heavy bourbon with a mixture of sweet vanilla, brown sugar, dense cocoa fudge, & mild oaky tannins throughout. Itís very warm... almost hot, even, & maybe more so than some vintages of the original Bourbon County. More bourbon, vanilla, & some deep fudge in the finish. Huge, sticky, thick mouth feel. Very nice, awesome take on BCS, although I donít believe itís worth what it takes to get a bottle now.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SpongeRuiner (561) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Thanks tectactoe for getting this one together. Fantastic smell. Was really looking forward to this one. Perfect feel. Really good stuff. Definitely one of the best Bourbon County.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2305) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle gift from SJ , Goose Island night. Another winner from this brewery. Canít believe it is retired as we had two bottles? Nice roasted, vanilla, nut, Earth and chcolate flavors. Well blended with a nice strong vanilla bean and honey finish.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MattiasA (612) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
This is up there as one of the best iíve ever had. Bought at Systembolaget as a limited release a couple of years ago.


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