Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 514   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"

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (8548) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Vintage 2010. roasty, bread, alcohol, vanilla, woody, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, black, thick feel, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHSRanders (2037) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle. 2010. black color with virtually no head. Aroma is roasted malt with strong notes of licorice. Nice spicy flavor. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13828) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle vintage 2010. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Bourbon very present. Heavy bitter long bourbon finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2159) - Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2016
I dont know where my ratings for this got lost in the shuffle. Needless to say I tried this beer many times fresh but wouldnt go near it now. Nice load of vanilla, sweet and decadent. One of the best variants at its peak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (1650) - Hammel, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle shared with Desverger. Thanks Reuben. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma and taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon. Full body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Nice roasted finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Desverger (10576) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle 2010, massive thanks to Colin, shared with Niller, Hammel, DK - black coloured pour with a beige to tan covering. Aroma and taste is roasted dark malty, with intense chocolate, some gorgeous vanilla laced throughout this, kokos fldeboller, bourbon infused wooden nuances on the palate, this beer sings out. Immense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2579) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Draft to taster at FoBAB 2015 pour opaque black with mocha head. Nose vanilla, light roasted malt, bourbon. Taste vanilla, light roast, chocolate. Had this late in the evening and still was very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6472) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2015
Bomber: Thanks Theydon: Served in a large taster: Black beer. Small brown head. Intense thick rich sticky aroma of soy, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, sweet tar, sweet roast, chalky, Flavour is immense, jesus christ (and I am not even religious) this is goood))) Intense, seductive, thick, fullfilment, rich, completely out of this world! So viscous, uber balanced sweet tints... Amazing! Roasty, bourbon, fudge, dark candy, alcohol, etc... Ridiculous! Aftertaste was roasty, chocolate, fudge, bourbon, bitter, etc. So delicious! Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, full bodied... What an enjoyment what an enlightment... Amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (1769) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2015 Sample at Rare Day. Aroma is much like regular, sweet malt, vanilla, nice. Appearance is black, brown head, thick. Taste is sweet malt, some booze, vanilla on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick, great carbonation, wonderful. Overall, this is very impressive, but I am sure it fell off slightly from its former glory.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
One2remeber (247) - Bucktown, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottled 11.05.10. Mocha head quickly dissipates. Explosive malt, syrupy chocolate, hickory, decadent dark chocolate mousse cake. Tannins are low key, but add character/complexity. Not just mouth coating, but body numbing after a couple sips. Vanilla character shows no alcohol presence a fresh addition would show or especially an extract. Drinks more like a wine, slow sipper, enjoying the experience.

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