Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4.13/5 rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 22oz brown pop top with beautiful, classy label. Bottled 11-5-10, we split this into two oversized Waterford chardonnay glasses.
Appearance: Pours like motor oil, viscous, dark, and evil. For all of about 20 seconds, a dark tan creamy cap sticks around, but the abv level soon overpowers it, and all that's left is a thin mocha ring.
Smell: Intense. Lots of chocolate, tons of fudgey brownie batter, some substantial (but not over the top) bourbon booziness. This is really quite rich and wonderful. In fact, there's far more chocolate in this beer than in a lot of 'chocolate' beers I've had.
Taste: Still quite a boozy bite on this, even after a year. The alcohol is not harsh, but it's still pretty hot. Cherry-chocolate notes up front, with a dry cacao finish. Not much in the way of hop bitterness, but the alcohol and the roasty bitterness keep this beer nicely balanced. It's a touch hot, but it's not over-the-top, especially at 13% abv. It definitely shows its best near room temperature.
Mouthfeel: Rich and full
Overall: If this beer tasted just like it smelled, this might be one world-class brew. As it is, it's a bit boozy, and the flavors aren't quite as amazing as the aromas, but this is one damn fine beer. Easily worth the $11.99 I paid for it.
I'd score this a 93, just into the solid A range.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2011 02:53:44 | More by BedetheVenerable
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