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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Vanilla StoutBourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.73%

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.

(Beer added by: rudylaw on 11-08-2009)
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4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brew: Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout

Intro: 22 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Dark black, opaque. Ample head with good retention. It looked creamy when poured into the glass. It caused anticipation to build for the first smell/taste. It’s one of those beers where you can just tell it’s going to be good just from the appearance.

Smell: Rich malts, chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon, and alcohol with the vanilla shining through. At 13+% ABV you can’t hide the alcohol but there is a host of fragrances that come through. The anticipation builds. It is a VERY inviting brew.

Taste: BINGO!!! Game over! The Holy Grail has been found! WOW!! This did not disappoint, in fact it exceeded all I’ve heard about it. You taste alcohol but not overpowering. There is sweetness but not cloying so. A perfect balance IMHO. This beer does it for me. The bottle was removed from the fridge and allowed to warm for an hour before tasting. This allowed the vanilla to really stand out.

Mouthfeel: Creamy coating that lasts throughout. Just adds to the pleasure.

Overall: As I said, GAME OVER!! It has been found. It’s #1 in its class so far. I haven’t given a perfect 5.0 rating to anything because I figure I haven’t found it yet and don’t know what’s around the corner, but this is as close to perfection that I have found so far. Do yourself a favor; if you like stouts… seek this beer out. You won’t be disappointed.

NOTE: I've only had this one bottle of Vanilla but it's still there and not breaking down. I've had the regular black label, the coffee (2 or 3 years), the Backyard Rye, Proprietor's, and Rare but this one is a personal favorite of mine. Even more so than the Rare.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 15:09:57 | More by heysuz
Photo of dar482

New York

4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At a Bourbon County tasting, this was my favorite of the bunch, including Rare. This beer is very much Bourbon County, but with a smooth flavor. What vanilla does is it adds some sweetness and rounding flavor, which in generally compliments the beer instead of being a prominent flavor.

On the finish, you push towards a vanilla sweetness. The beer is still drinking extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:12:20 | More by dar482
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New York

4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black and viscous, as expected. Poured with a bit more head than standard BCBS, and it was a nice dark brown 1/4 finger that collared quickly. The head is noticeably darker (brown) than standard BCBS.

Smell: Bourbon, fudge, vanilla, dark fruit. It's all there. I'm getting more chocolate and vanilla than standard BCBS. The vanilla really got HUGE once the brew warmed a bit.

Taste: Everything I like about standard BCBS, but with noticeable improvements.

1. There is more chocolate and of course vanilla going on.
2. This drinks very smooth, despite the abv and of course it's less abrasive than newer vintages, as expected.
3. The end of the drink is so smooooth, it is ridiculous; it has a vanilla element in the finish that is of course novel. I remember one reviewer said it was like standard BCBS, but then taking you off into a marshmallow wonderland...I see what he means. There is a kind of marshmallow smoothness that glides you down into such a pleasant aftertaste, with hints of cocoa remaining after the vanilla wave washes over. The end of the drink really is akin to the aftertaste of drinking a hot cocoa with some marshmallows in it. The Bourbon takes a back seat to the extra chocolate and vanilla, making for a supreme blend of drinkable delectability.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with a bit more carbonation than standard BCBS, you can feel the extra bubbles tickle the tip of the tongue. This is a bit less viscous than standard BCBS, but is not thin by any means. Extremely drinkable. I guess you can take off .25 because it's not Hunahpu.

Overall: Does it live up to the hype? Can anything match up to such a sacred billing? This is certainly easy to distinguish from standard BCBS; it's all in that wonderful aftertaste that carries you off to a far away land. I'm sure the vanilla punch was more assertive fresh, but I can't say this is drinking bad. In the only form I've gotten to taste, it was still outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 00:50:13 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally popping this while….. all by my lonesome……. in my basement.

Served in a Schlafy tulip.

A: Poured a vicious, inky black color, without much head, but BA brews aren't about head anyway. Dangerous!

S: Goddam this was awesome. Definitely got the signature BCBS profile along with something else….. not sure if I would have tagged it as vanilla in a crowd.

T: The finish had much more of a nutty, candy-like flair compared to the other permutations of this one. Perhaps time made the in-your-face vanilla subside? Still, I got coconuty bourbon in spades.

M: Thick, but not into Dark Lord territory. The prickle was only ever so slight and there was no lacing.

O: This was my least favorite of the BCBS permutations, but it was still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 03:04:26 | More by Chaney
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4.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010, first bottling.

Appearance: Pours out looking oil thick and dark black and without much head, but what head there is is deep, dark khaki. Not much head retention or lacing, but plenty to know that the carbonation has held up nicely. Really impressive legs on this one on another note.

Smell: Really nice. Both bitter and sweet dark chocolate notes, light roast and char, heavy vanilla, some oakiness, and both bourbon and light oxidation in the background. At this point the bourbon has been mostly converted over to sweet vanilla notes.

Taste: Very similar to the smell. Sweet dark chocolate, present but light roast and charred notes. A large helping of sweet vanilla which has clearly been accentuated with the years of aging. A bit of barrel character remains, and the oxidation is slightly more prevalent on the palate than on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Extremely full body with a perfect level of carbonation. One of the heavier bodied stouts I have had. In truth I probably should have had this opened and consumed 1-2 years ago, but alas for the big backlog of beers I had around to drink. The light amount of oxidation did not hurt it much, if any. In fact I would probably prefer this small level of oxidation to the intense heat of a fresh Bourbon County Stout. And the years of aging has really helped the drinkability of the beer. Drinks to, if not a touch under 13% ABV. Overall, one of the better stouts I can remember having.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 03:56:07 | More by zhanson88
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a 22oz bottle at a whale tasting yesterday, 7/13/2013. Thanks Rob. Poured into a Bourbon County snifter.

Mostly it tasted like Rare did- creamy, decadent, but there wasn't as much vanilla. Basically it displayed the age on the beer as it would be getting close to 3 years old at this point; it had a fantastic, creamy mouthfeel and tasted like Bourbon County. I didn't get much raw vanilla, however which was a bit disappointing as Rare seemed to have more of the vanilla flavour (probably from the barrel). Makes me wonder if most of the natural vanilla flavours had already faded away. Despite this, this is still a great beer.

Updated review: had this again courtesy of Doug. Poured into a Central Waters snifter today, 10/4/2013.

Pours an opaque, black body with fairly minimal, tan head that drops fairly quickly, leaving a simple black liquid in the glass. Smells decadent, chocolatey with a lot of sweet bourbon and oak. It smells like I remember it from the previous time I reviewed this beer. Not much vanilla in the nose. Now this is where the money is at. Tastes so chocolatey, decadent and sweet at the beginning with a nice but not overwhelming dash of bourbon.. and this time, I definitely get a nice raw vanilla flavour on the back-end. It is really fantastic. Mouthfeel is so full bodied, creamy and slick. Just the same as Rare and Vanilla tasted back in July. I don't really have to expand on this- BCBS variants just have the best mouthfeel you can ask for in stouts.

Overall- I'm glad I got to try this again. So sweet and full of real vanilla flavours. I suspect that the other bottle of Vanilla just wasn't cellared as well as this one; either that or having just had Rare right before Vanilla was a bit of an unfair situation. Either way, this beer is drinking delicious right now. Thanks for bringing this one Doug!

Another re-review today, 2/22/2014. #2 in the lineup of BCBS Variant night, behind Rare. Poured into an original Bourbon County Brand Stout glass. Thanks Chad! So basically, this is an incredibly delicious beer where the vanilla has integrated extremely well into the base Bourbon County Stout. Perfect mouthfeel and incredibly complex and flavourful- vanilla, chocolate fudge, milk chocolate, a bit of espresso, cane sugar, subtle toasted coconut, some oak barrel flavours- this is probably the best Bourbon County Stout variant ever made in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 07:18:13 | More by Stevedore
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4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! An aggressive pour of this pitch black beauty yields only a half finger of caramel colored head that fades quickly with decent lacing. The nose is huge with tons of chocolate fudge and bourbon up front, along with hints of cocoa, oak, brown sugar, caramel, leather, and espresso. Sadly, most of the vanilla has faded, but it's still there. With that said, it's definitely not gone from the taste! Huge vanilla, oak, and chocolate fudge. All of that is nicely complemented with hints of espresso, cocoa, tobacco, black cherry, walnuts, and molasses. The mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth and creamy. It coats the mouth with pure decadence and is incredibly drinkable for a 13% ABV beer. There is a great subtle warming on the finish, but the booziness that's sometimes present with Bourbon County beers is non-existent. Overall, this was pretty darn close to perfection. Rich and flavorful like all the Bourbon County beers, but without the heat and booze. Thanks again to Evan for making this possible!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 16:43:30 | More by beerdrifter
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New Jersey

4.86/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cracked this open to celebrate my good friend's engagement on 12/2/13!

A- Pours a used motor-oil thick black with brown hues at the edges and a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a collar. Beautiful alcohol legs are visible when swirled.

S- The smell is very boozy to start, followed by smooth bourbon, caramel, raisins, dates, figs, vanilla, and a bit of black licorice. Just astoundingly wonderful and complex!

T- The flavor basically follows the aroma to a T, with big bold flavors cascading all over the palate! There's dark chocolate and roast flavors not detected in the aroma that just add to the incredible complexity. The bourbon barrel, vanilla, and sweet dark fruits (mostly figs and dates) are the big players here, but there's plenty else going on, with caramel molasses, brown sugar, licorice, and other previously mentioned flavors. Extraordinarily complex and delicious!

M- The mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and smooth. A little boozy heat, and a long lasting aftertaste.

O- This is just a fantastic barrel aged stout! Certainly one of the best ever made! It's hard to find any flaws outside the appearance!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:16:12 | More by SadMachine
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - damn near black no head, no lacing, looks thick.

S - Sweet vanilla and sweet boozy bourbon, chocolate

T - lots of chocolate and booze up front, a monster vanilla wave follows and the finish aftertaste is a but over boozy. Aftertaste leaves a highly carbonated effect on my tongue as well. Decent burn too, I have to think this should sit 3+ more years.

M - Full bodied, great mouth feel initially, I think its just the boozy ness giving the allusion of carbonation
Can't be certain.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 00:10:35 | More by MacQ32
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I did this review only so that I can think Chris for being such a great trading partner. You seriously rock. Thanks so much!

Amazing brew as expected. The best drink that I've ever put into my mouth! There is still some vanilla on the nose. The finish is long caramel...

This review is for 2010 BCBS Vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:23:35 | More by adamdarcy
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5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle at the DC Goose Island Migration Event, at both Churchkey and Meridian Pint.

A: Black as night, like every stout ever made. Imposing. Very thin mocha head. Great lacing.

S: Ridiculous. Mellow vanilla notes, BCBS bourbon notes, incredibly complex. Maple? Smells like Utopias from the bottle.

T: OMFG. Have you even had BCBS? I want you to take that incredible flavor you know and love, but you know that kind of sweet imbalance that happens at the end of regular, fresh BCBS? I want you to imagine pillow-y vanilla/marshmallow flavors picking you up, balancing everything out, and carrying you off into vanilla Wonderland.

M: Thick, chewy, ridiculous. Everything you love about Bourbon County, and everything that makes you wonder "how do they make a beer taste and feel like this?"

O: I never thought I would have this beer, and between the two DC events, I had almost a full 22oz bottle to myself. I couldn't stop ordering it. This is the best beer I've ever had. Bar none. I've had every single BCBS variant, including Rare. This blows them all away. I hope I get to have it again someday.

I don't want to be that guy, but seriously: give up on trying to find a bottle of Rare for yourself and track this down. I had King Henry alongside this beer, and it made KH taste thin and diminished its bourbon flavors. In fact, there were four of us, and everyone agreed: better than Rare, better than KH, better than Bramble/Cherry Rye/Coffee. Unbelievable, 5/5, my only perfect review.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:15:29 | More by nihiloexnihil
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4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC. Vintage 2010.

Dark black walnut body, with a super dark mocha brown colored head with a good collar. Very nice and dark and aggressive.

Classic BCBS molasses bouquet on the nose, with a slight vanilla that hints at creamy carnation milk sensing sweetness. Good tobacco hinting nose and sticky roasty malts to match. Winning combination.

The first thing on first sip that is unmistakable is the texture. It's so incredibly creamy, so slick and full and rich like velvet. Vanilla notes in the palate though are really not noticeable, but I wonder if it has really contributed to the feel of the beer. Thick chocolate dark ganache rolls over the roof of the mouth while drinking. Hints of coffee with creamy texture giving to a thick roasting warmth and huge depth.

It seems to have lost a bit of the vanilla angle on the palate, but it delivers in so many other ways it really doesn't matter. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 23:51:07 | More by smakawhat
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4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted blind at a horizontal including Vanilla, Rare, Cherry Rye, Bramble Rye, Coffee and an '09 Bomber. Poured into a snifter at approx 55 degrees. Reviewed from blind tasting notes.

A- Pours with essentially no head whatsoever, looks thick and viscous. No carbonation apparent.

S- You can smell some vanilla on the nose as well as some dark fruit and caramel. Some bourbon as well.

T- Tastes of caramel, bourbon, some cherry and oak as well. Tons of chocolate with a very minimal amount of vanilla.

M- This had the thickest, most rich feel of the 5 we tasted. Like an oil slick in your mouth. Very little drying quality, but enough to balance the sweetness from the malt and vanilla.

O- This was the 1st in our lineup to taste. The vanilla was certainly not as apparent as we had expected from other vanilla beers (BAVDL and others) so it was a little underwhelming. Our group at first thought this could be the '09 bomber, but ended up going back and switching it to vanilla once we tasted all 5. The nose and thick/richness were the parts that made it clear this was the vanilla, although it definitely wasn't there in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 22:50:17 | More by justforrazors
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4.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bottle poured into a Bourbon County Snifter. Bottled on 11/05/10. Huge thanks to kdmcguire10 for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark black with a 1" frothy tan head that recedes to nice creamy cap and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Vanilla over chocolate and caramel with a nice whiff of bourbon.

Taste: Very nice twist on BCBS, big Vanilla as expected, the bourbon is still pronounced adding it's own oaky component. Tremendous depth so much vanilla and caramel added to the roasted malt chocolaty flavor. All that turned up with the flavor of bourbon. As it warms the flavors continue to expand and deepen.

Mouthfeel: Lush and creamy and still carrying some heat from the bourbon.

Overall: One of the single best barrel aged stouts I've had the pleasure of drinking. I was lucky enough to have this whole bottle to myself and experience this beer as it warms, The best of the Bourbon County family I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 18:29:01 | More by BobZ
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Alberta (Canada)

4.79/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Nearly jet black, mahogany edges, a few dozen bubbles rise and fall quickly. Classic BCBS appearance, seems lighter than 2011/2012.

S: Holy moly... Fresh 'fleshy' vanilla beans (doesn't smell like extract, actually smells like a pod). Deep molasses, cocoa and fudge. Smells very similar to regular BCBS but everything is smoother and better integrated. The vanilla character is definitely there. This is perfect.

T: This for me is the perfect incarnation of BCBS - has all the things I love about regular BCBS but everything seems better integrated and more 'sophisticated'. Sweet but not cloying, mineraly, a tiny bit of booze.

My favorite variant of BCBS, haven't tried Rare yet and probably never will. I can't say whether its the vanilla beans or the age (2010) that make this variant so special, either way it is positively breathtaking.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 15:05:39 | More by mattsander
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4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Many, many, many thanks to dsal89 for sending me this bottle. I never thought I'd have the chance to try this gem.

Black. Sexy.

Easily the best smelling Bourbon County beer I've encountered. Mellow sweetness, really showcases the vanilla bean. Caramel, fudge... the bourbon presence is really subdued in the best kind of way. Toffee, Kahlua, super mellow compared to its brethren.

That classic BCBS bourbon profile makes itself known on the palate. Subtly sweet with layer after layer of oily vanilla bean and caramel candy. What an awesome twist on an already incredible beer. Fuck me running.

Thanks Dan!!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 19:05:33 | More by yamar68
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a great house today, time to celebrate! Big thank you to mrbubbler for getting this to me around a year and a half ago. Drank alongside a 2010 BCBS to compare.

Appearance. Pours a thick dark brown, black in the glass and topped with a half finger of dark tan head that fades to a thick skim and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Sweet woody bourbon and molasses and a little maple syrup (surprisingly). Not a ton of vanilla besides the oaky bourbon which is also surprising. Not a big difference between the 2010 base beer and this except for the maple and a little more wood in the vanilla version.

Taste. Big vanilla and again some maple! Lots of woody bourbon but with very little heat. Smooth dark malts and some molasses, then the rich dark chocolate kicking in at the finish. Nice. Taste is quite different when compared the 2010 BCBS with the vanilla coming through in and almost marshmallow-like way.

Mouthfeel. This is where BCBVS shines most imo. Thick, rich, and velvety smooth. Low carbonation that is so soft and fine its hard to distinguish immediately after a sip.

Overall. Fantastic stuff. I don't think I'd trade half my cellar for it which seems to be the going rate these days, but it is a damn fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 02:24:21 | More by Rutager
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4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Bottled bourbon county has that fizzy head and is overall not attractive, on tap this thing looked amazing. Creamy mocha head with great lacing and that lasted throughout. Poured out pitch black.

S: A lot of vanilla still left. Blends perfectly with the base beer. The fusion of vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate create a nice cinnamon and hazelnut spice. Very sweet - like chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. The bourbon is more balanced and some of the caramel is lost, but still has that nice heat.

T: Incredibly rich and smooth. A lot of vanilla that makes for a smoother, sweeter experience - enhanced milk chocolate. Strong bourbon caramel heat and some oak. Really fantastic

P: Rich, smooth, delightfully soft carbonation. Full body that gets syrupy after a while.

O: An incredibly decadent, sweet, desert beer. Amazing vanilla blend - definitely has not faded in the keg. Overall has held up amazingly with age.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2013 20:10:59 | More by timc100
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'd been sitting on this bottle for a while, but once I got the official Bourbon County goblet, I decided the time had come to pop this one open. Looked like a typical BCBS, dark brown-black--might as well call it black--with a small tan head that receded to a ringlet. Some oily streaks on the glass, but no real lacing, as would be expected. Dark roasted malts in the nose, semi-sweet chocolate, bourbon; traces of vanilla, but this aspect was almost completely faded. Taste of roasty malts, thick, notes of coffee and chocolate, bourbon-soaked wood, with a slight vegetal vanilla presence, that I'm sure was stronger when it was fresh, but had by now faded to a background flavor. But it was still BCBS and it was still good. Still quite hot with booze even after about 3 years of aging. Full body, and a good sipper. Nice overall, but I really think the original BCBS is still my favorite of the bunch.

I still have a Rare to pop one of these days though.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:02:08 | More by Rifugium
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4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice black color, as it should. The head retention is thin and lacing is thin. The smell is actually of cardboard right now. It's not bad, but it reminded me of boxes with a subtle vanilla aroma. The taste is still awesome, plenty of vanilla left in this bad boy! Very nice flavors in here. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Overall it's awesome and so glad to try it! Despite the smell, the flavors do the justice! Very good!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 01:40:17 | More by Knapp85
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4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Mikkeller bar before 2012 S&B and CBC. One of the highlights of a fantastic beer week!
A: Dark, black, opaque. Very thin off-white head with a low retention.
S: I got vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak upfront. Smooth and deep with a woody character. Wonderful smell!
T: The taste is quite intense with chocolate and vanilla. Woody with some acidic notes from the oak. A bit of alcohol in the aftertaste but nothing disturbing. Great!
M: High bodied, smooth, sweet, still very drinkable.
O: A very very nice brew. The vanilla gives some smoothness to the already very enjoyable base beer, and melts gracefully to this awesome bourbon beer. One must have!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 16:42:33 | More by Fux
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4.24/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2010, opened at our Bourbon County tasting yesterday.

A: Classic Bourbon County appearance. Deep black with some dark brown edges, no head, retention or lacing.

S: Bourbon soaked oak, dark chocolate, fudge, and a little bit of vanilla the more this warmed up. Surprisingly not that much different to regular BCBS.

T: As this beer warms and opens the vanilla comes out a bit more. Touches of vanilla beans, dark chocolate, plenty of warm and sweet bourbon, oak.

M: Soft carbonation, medium to full-bodied with a very oily and coating texture.

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed in the lack of vanilla in this beer. I would have loved to try this one fresh but it wasn't all that different than regular BCBS. Certainly not worth giving up what you'd have to for it at this point.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 15:00:13 | More by ShanePB
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.91/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

650ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin... 2010 vintage

My 1000th beer on Beeradvocate so i thought i'd make it something special...

Poured blacker than black even when held up to the light... Dirty mocha brown head poured quite loose and fizzy and faded very quickly to just a ring around the edge... very little lacing..

Aroma - Very strong sweet oaky bourbon to the fore straight away, very woody and earthy, lots of fresh vanilla, roasted malts, hints of tar, cigar smokiness, rich stewed dark fruits (blackcurrents and prunes), molasses and burnt brown sugar, alcohol is pretty noticeable, butterscotch, fresh black pepper

Taste - Tons of roasted and charred malts mixed with strong molasses / black treacle sweetness followed closely by warming bourbon, lots of vanilla, liquorice, defnite cigar / tobacco smokiness, rich dark sweet fruits (prunes, figs, raisins, blackcurrents), very earthy, espresso, soy notes, alcohol definitely comes through, dark chocolate...

Feel - Rich, thick and syrupy... very full bodied.. suprisingly drinkable for a 13% brew although you definitely notice the alcohol after one bottle..

Overall - An exquisite and incredibly full flavoured stout and one of the best i've ever had... highly recommended. I do have to say though that it isn't a great deal different from the regular BCS and at 20 Euro a bottle not something i'd be buying too often...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 14:54:01 | More by mdagnew
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New York

5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Traded for this beer almost a year ago... finally decided to break down and pop it open.

A: Deep black, slight tan head.

S: Chocolate, bourbon, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla.

T: Bitter chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, lingering sweetness. Caramel/toffee notes and lingering heat.

M: Thick bodied, nicely carbonated.

O: I've loved every Bourbon County variant I've had, but this is the best yet. It might be the best beer I've ever had. It's going to be tough to get another, but it will definitely be worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:59:57 | More by vonnegut21
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Yukon (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- Big fudge aroma, lots of vanilla, bourbon, and more chocolate.

T- Rich chocolate, lots of vanilla remains, fudge, and bourbon.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Thick and creamy mouth feel.

O- I have had this a few times at tap takeovers over the past 2 years, but this beer is still Amazing!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 20:43:58 | More by kawilliams81
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