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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2011

Bottle 650ml.

Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, dark roasted, coconut, wood, vanilla, alcohol, moderate bourbon. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, chocolate, vanilla, brown licorice konfect, wood - tobac notes. Body is medium full, texture is creamy and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20110129]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2011
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a dense tan to brown head. Aroma is dense dark malty and vanilla smooth. Dark roasted malty, light vanilla and toffee to creme bruleee caramelish. Bitter and dark roasted malty. Sweet, stick and yet dark roasted malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (34310) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2011
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has strong notes of chocolate, wood and vanilla, as well as medium notes of bourbon, coffee, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate, and wood, as well as medium notes of bourbon , vanilla, and coffee, leading to roasted, alcoholic, and woody finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2011
Bottle at Sune. Pitch black coloured with a small beige ehad. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate, dried fruits and liquorice with notes of coconuts and bourbon. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, dried fruits, alcohol, bourbon and liquorice. Sweet and roasted finish. Nice, but too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 3, 2011
Bottled@omhpertasting. Quite much pitch black colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is vanilla, some alcohol, wood, roasted malts, liquorice and some pleasant smoked notes as well. Flavour is a mix of the same in a very pleasant balance. Also some mild chocolate and coffee in it. Brilliant vanillabomb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of Dedollewaitor. Pours a thick black with only the tiniest beige head. Lovely sweet Bourbon aroma - and sweet licorice allsorts. Solid body, low carbonation, sweet roast and lots of vanila with a ton of Bourbon notes. A little alcohol burn in the finish. Very sweet bordering cloying. 290111

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23426) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2011
Bottled. Very black, no head. The aroma is huge on vanilla and milk chocolate. Monumentally full bodied with dense, slick, packed mouthfeel. Bourbon and vanilla unsurprisingly mixes with chocolate and tar in a concentrated blend. Warming peppery finish. Edgeless and focused, not really complex, just intense and with a focus on exactly the flavours that is immediately likable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23005) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and vanilla aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and vanilla flavor with hints of bourbon. Has a roasted malty chocolate and vanilla finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22055) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
26th December 2010
Opaque black brown beer. Short lived frothy tan head. Light airy palate, slightly soft. Soft dark malts, mild minerals. Nicely judged bourbon- strident but not dictatorial. Vanilla sweetness smooths and softens. Undertone of coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21575) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2011
Bottle at home ... dark black ... thin tan head ... vanilla ... little alcohol ... roast malts ... dark chocolate and bourbon nose ... sweet roast ... vanilla .... big chocolate ... big roast ... soft body ... vanilla pod ... bourbon coconut linger ... quite a big alcohol finish

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