Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Vanilla Bourbon Barrel

Serve in Snifter


on tap


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbastard (843) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2011
I cant believe things can get better! Thanks again Dave! Rich chocolate carmel bourbon nose. Very full and smooth mouthfeel. Whiskey vanilla well balanced creamy taste. Not too sweet, some roasty bitterness at the finish. Alcohol shows up, to my pleasure. this beer is everything and then some. the vanilla really adds the final complexity to a really great beer. The bourbon does not over power the rest of the flovors

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2011
(22oz bottle courtesy of Alpar!). Pours black with khaki head. Lots of bourbon, caramel and some vanilla. Taste is sweet with lots of bourbon, but not overwhelming, and a little alcohol bite on the end. The alcohol is noticeable in the warmth that you feel in the throat and chest. Full bodied with creamy, slick texture. Finish is smooth and the vanilla becomes more noticeable. Awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4559) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Black colour, beige head. Pours oily and viscous. Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa, lots of vanilla. Flavour is sweet malts, lots of vanilla, roastiness, molasses. Great aroma, but the flavour is a bit too sweet and too heavy on the vanilla,otherwise superb drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JohnRMurdoch (4739) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2011 Bottle from Bullit. Vanilla & cocoa aroma. Almost black colour. Very strong rich vanilla coffee flavour. Lingering sweet spicy aftertaste. Smooth. Not for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11655) - Sborg, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2011
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense dark brown head. Lastning. Aroma is full of impressions like, liqourice, roast, sweetness, caramel, brown sugar, wood, vanilla, marzipan, slight alcohol, some coffee and I could actually go on an on. Flavour is not as immense as the aroma in my book. Liqourice, roast, vanilla, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, molasses, cocanut, alcohol, vague soy sauce. Quite full bodied. Ends on a roasty smooth bitterness with a chocolaty alcohol bite. This is a treat, which is delightful to enjoy while watching Barcelone vs. Arsenal.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2011
22oz bomber, bottled 11/5/10, courtesy of tim and thomas on BA! thanks, guys! pours a gorgous, oily, slicky black with a thin, one-finger, dark mocha head with nice retention and smooth, oily lacing. aroma is absolutely fantastic, like no beer ive ever smelled before, with massive notes of authentic vanilla, im talking nougat, icing, cake, and beans layered beautifully atop the smooth, base bourbon county notes of oak, bourbon, dark chocolate cake, and subtle roast with hints of toasted coconut, brown sugar, maple wood, and brandied figs. flavor is amazing as well with the sweet, woody, vanilla and coconut notes beautifully complementing the charred oak, dark roasted malts, and bitter chocolate notes of bourbon county with the spicy bourbon provinding great balance at midpalate with dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, and date emerging on the finish. palate is full bodied, perfectly carbonated, and has a superb balance of sweetness, roast, and woody, bourbon spice that can get lost in many over-the-top barrel aged imperial stouts. overall, this treatment of bourbon county trumps the coffee and leaves me salivating for the rare sitting in my cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7921) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle thanks to Marissa (marked 11/05/10). Pours with a black body with a small tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, tons of vanilla, some salinity, chocolate, maple and barrel. Flavors of raisins, vinous, port (in the finish). Big and sweet, hot and syrupy. Burnt cotton candy. Viscous and hot with medium bubbles. Very sweet. Very tasty, but I prefer the regular version to this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan haze. Nose is dark chocolate, coconut, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Silky medium body with a tang. Taste is woody bittersweet chocolate, French roast and bourbon. The vanilla adds earthy and smoky touches but not much sweetness. A bit hot right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8930) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Rating 2,700. 22 ounce bottle. After having the rare, this was a nice test. Pours a totally black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is massive bourbon, roast, vanilla and smoke. The flavor is heavy and intense; heat, roasted malts, rich bourbon, woody. As it warmed later it had much more vanilla. Sweet and very damn good. Im convinced, these BCS versions are amazing. The rare was on another level though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (7374) - Utah, USA - FEB 13, 2011
22oz bottle shared by Doug, thank
Appearance: Black with a medium sized tan head and some light lacing with good legs left on the sides of the glass
Aroma: Dark malts, dark fruits, vanilla and some hot alcohols
Taste: Smooth and silky mouthfeel of roasted malts, dark fruits, vanilla and bourbon
This was a very good beer, smooth and easy to drink.

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