Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +5.7%
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 fresher 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
District of Columbia
4.05/5 rDev -11.4%
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
4.53/5 rDev -0.9%
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
4.75/5 rDev +3.9%
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
Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
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