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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"

Palme's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Palme (3603) - Bergen, - JAN 17, 2012
0.65l bottle from Ølbutikken shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew. Have been looking forward to this for quite some time now. Actually had a couple of dreams about opening this one, so this is hopefully going to be great! It pours this deep deep dark - near black - body with a medium sized quickly sideclenshing chocolaty head. The aroma? Oohh, the aroma. Just fantastic! Roasted sweetness topped with vanilla, bourbon, wood, dark sweet Belgian chocolate, caramel, rum raisins and tones of dark nuts. Just amazing. The carbonation level is average to soft and it has a fantastic thick, rich and chewy mouthfeel. The flavors? Oh, the flavors.. It’s just so concentrated and almost unrealistic. Chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, alcohol, roasted dark goodies, concentrated dark dried fruits and the aftertaste? Don’t get me started on the aftertaste! Warming as hell with a fantastic dark and chocolaty vanilla mindblowing experience. What a beer. What a beer. 30.12.2011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (1246) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2015
From notes. Shared at a BCBS tasting put on by Brian Winters. Thanks! This was just amazing. Thick oily black pour with a dark khaki colored ring and no lace. The aroma is the only fault, just because you can pick up that this one is a little older. The natural vanilla is a bit faded, but I like it over the sweetness of the Vanilla Rye. I like it a bit better, but I do wish that the vanilla was a little more prominent. The other flavors are there. Molasses, dark roast, heavy dark fruit, and just a hint of faded vanilla bean. The flavor is where this makes up so much awesome ground. It’s like BCBS with a nice legit vanilla character. I will say that the smoothness is a lot better here than I was hoping. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a great bourbon and vanilla character. The aftertaste is lingeringly vanilla booze with a hint of dark fruits and a touch of bourbon heat. This was such a good brew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zchall23 (12) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
bourbon vanilla chocolate marshmallow; need I say more? Smells just as it tastes. Much more balanced than vanilla rye, and one of the best beers I have ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (670) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Smell is bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Tastes like a smoother version of BCBS with vanilla added. Thick and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Staffan47 (894) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2015
Midsommar 2015 i Nolsterby. Årgång 2010, flaska som Randall lämnat (thanks!) Delikat och balanserad bourbon. Flytande mörk choklad. Alltid kul att dricka historia. Svaga lagringstoner som troligen inte vinner på längre lagring. Rund och len.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Klimaet (842) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle shared @ Dangerous Bottleshares #11. Big fuckin thanks to MotherBrother for bringing this! Been wanting this for so long. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. Aromas of vanilla, dark chocolate, milky chocolate, chocolate fudge, caramel, roast, lots of barrel notes; bourbon, oaky notes. Taste is sweet, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roast, fudge, roasted coconut, vanilla, light licorice, oaky notes, dry finish. Damn, this is good!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (835) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2015
Shared with the Dangerous Crew. Pour that characteristic BCBS inky black, brown/reddish hue, alcohol lacing, with a small khaki head. Aroma on this bad boy has plenty of vanilla, slight coffee, some brownie/cake like goodness to it. Chocolate fudge, and surprisingly roasted considering the age. Yes, plenty of wood/oak and barrel. Taste is pretty sweet, with some very well balancing bitter notes. Medium - semi full bodied, with a semi flat carbonation, that sparkles ever so slightly on the tongue. Some faint oaky tannins somewhere in this. I can’t thank my friend Brian a.k.a mr. Boogy enough for letting me have a go at this sob. Thanks buddy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (1492) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshare 11.0 Thanks to Motherbrother. Pitch black pour with tiny tan lacings. Nose has light soy, vanilla, light roast and caramel. Taste has sweet vanilla, caramel, smooth, light roast and some malty sweet notes. Drinking real nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hamirubi (346) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2015
Sample in a little snifter, from a 2010 bottle at the Leuven Innovation Beer Festival (25 V 2015). I am very glad to have been one of the few festival members to try the only bottle Goose Island brought along. OK, this is not much different from the "Vanilla Rye" version, yet the age of the bottle makes this 13.0% in alcohol edition somehow fuller bodied than the 14.2% edition. The barrels are different too: bourbon instead of whiskey. Yet the general flavours and taste are similar. Think of a stout with a clear sugar and vanilla balance. Add some chocolate and even caramel flavours, and you have a thick, oily stout with portwine notes and... well... a distinctive ice cream touch. Erm... I love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (1004) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2015
2010 bottle thanks to my man, MotherBrother @Dangerous Bottleshares #11!! Had this long time ago, very excited to try this again!! Pours a pitch black with a small, brown head. Aroma has lots of vanilla, very roasty, sweet licorice, very explicit bourbon notes, chocolate, some alcohol, cake and milk cocolate. Taste is sweet and oily, and with huge vanilla, booze, roasty finish, slight salt. Oh my! The aging suits this very well!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (4200) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 10, 2015
2010 Bottle from drinkstore, shared@nhc brewcon15
it was high time I cracked it open but now I wish I’d bought more! Rich, decadent, smooth, vanilla, gentle caress of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, toasty so smooth, syrupy warming vanilla spice, fragrant, never cloying, delicious

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