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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 1,196
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 5.44%
Wants: 1,522
Gots: 430 | FT: 14
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Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudylaw on 11-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

2010 vintage. Bottled 11/5/10.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, tons of vanilla aromas, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same but really vanilla forward with an alcohol kick and woody finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an absolutely fantastic smell and great flavor that make it dangerously drinkable for its ABV. (743 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dreadnaught33 for sharing this at a recent tasting. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head and a few legs on the side of the glass. The nose brings forward quite a bit of strong vanilla character. Really incredible. Also there is a good dosing of bourbon plus some chocolate. The taste further enhances the vanilla with the bourbon and chocolate making up the background with a bit of booze. Fairly full body with a great vanilla presence and not all that boozy. Really nice and smooth. I will certainly be having this again. (558 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (448 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Following on the heels of Bourbon County Brand Stout and the Coffee'ed version, the wholesome goodness keeps on comming with the Vanilla. Amplified sweetness, richness, and smoothness all come to the forefront for the most succulent of stout.

The monsterous stout pours an oily-inky and truly viscous pour of blackness with brownish legging. Formitable early head formation falters underneath the enormous gravity and alcohol of the beer. Completely opaque, the beer draws you in with most seductive of intent.

Mouthwatering aromas of bitter cocoa, espresso, burnt toffee, maple syrup/brown sugar, and unmistakable bourbon (boozy woods with vanillans and caramels). The warming beer emits scents reminescent of cherries, red licorice, raisons, dates, and figs.

Sultury flavors of chocolate waifers, creamy vanilla, molasass, and sweet bourbon blend together for a flavor that reminds me of the Kentucky popular Bourbon Ball candies. Walnuts, robust coffees, and port-like fruitiness continue to contribute new layers of flavors with each and every sip- all wrapped in the vanilla envelope. Increadibly strong in flavor, the sweetness of malt is seemingly amplified by the vanilla and reduces the roast flavor to that of strong coffee and less like true espresso; helping with the harsh roast but causing heavy sweetness.

Ultimate fullness, richness, and oily- stouts just don't get bigger. The beer coats the mouth similarly to heavy sweetened fortified liquors like cognac, port, or honey liquors. Sweetness masks the alcohols, allowing for a high level of drinkability despite its alcohol content. Very warm, but never harsh, the beer is a true desert with each sip and gives a long bourbon/chocolate linger time after time.

Without a doubt, these Bourbon County Brands are my preferred stouts as they give all the complexities needed for world class Stouts and in varying intensities for a seamless procession from the decant 'til finish. (1,946 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon is dominated by more vanilla then in the regular version. Taste is a nice mix between loads of vanilla with some bourbon and light nutty flavour. Body is full with nice creamy texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very complex with nice vanilla undertones. It is also well balanced and vanilla doesn’t’ overpower the while thing. (491 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04-05-2012: This beer has aged fantastically. It's great stuff at this point. Increasing my score from 4.2 to 4.5.

Bottle opened by dabecassis at a recent tasting. Thanks, Dobby.

Syrupy dark brown with a black center, typical of the Bourbon County series. Low carbonation, very viscous, with oily legs clinging to the glass after each sip.

Smells like french toast covered in booze. There's a huge vanilla character that reminds me of custard or creme brulee. Plenty of bourbon too, along with caramel and cocoa. This is ridiculously decadent and sweet.

Tastes like dessert. Bourbon and caramel candies, vanilla beans, pot de creme. Syrupy on the tongue, incredibly sweet; where the coffee in BCBCS added balance, the vanilla in BCBVS only serves to highlight the sweetness. It's very enjoyable in small quantities, but the richness and alcohol wear on the palate after a single pour. The finish makes me think of vanilla bean french toast drowned in maple syrup.

This is very good in small quantities. 12 oz bottles would have been a better idea for this beer. (1,066 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky pour into a Matilda glass at Smallbar Fullerton, available for one night during Chicago Craft Beer Week, for the Beermapping/HopCast Rare Beer Night.

Black body, dark tobacco stained foam rings the edge, and forms a yin yang swirl when agitated. Not much lace, only random spots here and there. Glassy black obsidian surface. It's not as sticky as regular Bourbon County.

Heavenly aroma of vanilla bean ice cream, some sweet whiskey far in the back. It's mellow and confectionary. Very smooth with no harsh edges. The vanilla is prominent, yet integrated. Woody oak, brown sugar, and related bourbon elements.

Rich, decadent flavors of vanilla fudge brownies soaked in bourbon. Mellow barrel character manifests greatest at the end with traces of dry oak. In the middle it's all charred malts and bakers chocolate, wrapped in a vanilla blanket. Finish lingers forever.

By now BCS is a welcome household name, you know it's going to be smooth and rich no matter what. Additional aging takes the edge off the original, much like the recent coffee incarnation. Could have had more, but the 1/6 barrel blew before I could have another... (1,146 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly, fluffy foam. It had some nice retention and left soapy trails of lace on the snifter.

S - It smelled strongly of vanilla! Wow, so much vanilla with hints of cola and roasty malt.

T - Of course, it tasted of vanilla. Good chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, caramel and booze.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very, very smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a potent alcohol punch.

D - This is a really great tasting beer and a nice spin on the BCS brand. (543 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am thrilled to finally be able to try this one. Long, long time I have waited to be able to type up this review, but alas, the beer has finally been enjoyed!

The pour was black as night with a deep, dark color that no light could penetrate. Nice chocolate head of about an inch came up initially but then settled down to a bare top that just looked like an evil pit of doom The aroma was rich with blackstrap molasses,vanilla beans,hints of alcohol and a ton of roasted malts, interesting, I must go in fora closer look. The flavor was equally as rich, dare I say wonderful Super sweet notes here of vanilla, molasses, hints of oak and a touch of almost bourbon as it warms. This was an amazingly complex beer. Super full bodied with that huge feel that you really only find in the best of the RIS's, you know what I mean. A huge beer that you know is every bit as strong as you thought it would be, but for some reason is just soo damn smooth, you just cannot stop drinking it. Wonderful, simply wonderful.

Overall all I can say is I am glad I could finally try this beer. I have been waiting forever to tackle this one, it has been a good day. (1,149 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Steve for sending me this one. I will certainly be returning this generosity.

A: The pour is almost black with a smallish tan head.

S: Certainly a lot of vanilla notes, as you would expect, but there's an incredible maple syrup character to it. Tons of bourbon and chocolate, and booze.

T: Very sweet, mostly chocolate and vanilla. There's an undertone of oak flavor that provides a touch of spice. Lots of bourbon and alcohol that is warming on the palate. Again, some maple flavor, but not quite as intense as on the nose.

M: The body is full with a low, smooth carbonation.

D: As boozy as it is, this is dangerous stuff. A really great flavor and very, very enjoyable. (693 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Big ups to VDubb86 for sharing this bottle with his destitute homeboy!

I'll be honest: both the normal BCBS and the BCBCS were kinda both letdowns for me. My fingers are crossed for this iteration. It pours a nice obsidian with just a bit less than a finger of dark-ish ecru foam. The nose reminds me a lot of the other Bourbon Counties, with a helluva lot o' bourbon, oak, molasses, roasted malts, chocolate syrup, blackened pretzels, and caramelized caramel. This time, though, a very nice sacred vanilla river runs straight to a sunless sea (I mean, it is pretty damn dark, folks). The taste is very similar, with the oak really pushing its agenda across the table. The vanilla is definitely there, but I was hoping for something to really cut the bourbon down a bit more. Its inclusion, though, is a big boost, pushing this guy above his normal and coffee cousins. A strong ridge of burning alcohol, though, rings my tongue, precluding full enjoyment. The body is pretty hefty, with a tinglingly light moderate carbonation and decidedly chewy feel. Overall, as can be easily gleaned from above, I found this to be rather better than the other two iterations I've had thus far. It still falls a bit short of epicness, but it is indeed a fine bit o' stout. (1,301 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We opened this during the stout tasting this past weekend. Poured into a Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a small layer of off white head. The head goes away completely.

Smell: There is a ton of sweet vanilla in the nose. Once you get past that, you pick up some roast and warm alcohol, but the vanilla dominates.

Taste: This is a really sweet beer. Still pretty hot even with some time in the cellar. The sweet vanilla taste definitely dominates, but it goes well with the bourbon.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The vanilla really dominates this beer, but I love it. I would have this as many times as I can get my hands on it. (708 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super dark black colored beer with a light fizzy darker colored head.

Nose has some vanilla, lots of dark roasty malts, light coffee, plenty of roast, a little syrupy caramel, light chocolate, toffee, light oak, creamy chocolate.

Taste: Vanilla! Wow vanilla, very rich, some creamy chocolate, roast, a bit of molasses and caramel, bourbon, oak, chewy dark malts, bit of oats, some warming tingly booze, slight bitterness from roast and touch of earthy fluffy hops, and some sweetness.

Mouth is medium to heavier bodied, fairly smooth and rich, warming tingly booze, decent carbonation.

Drink is not the best, but not too bad, some warming and tingly booze, sweet, fairly thick and almost syrupy. (699 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (906 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at November's BA meetup. Served in a taster glass.

A - Pours with a quarter-finger of dark mocha foam that settles to a thin ring and a patch of filmy haze on top. No lacing, but nice legs. Body is unsurprisingly pitch black. Head size fluctuated throughout the night as the CO2 tank was tweaked.

S - Huge chocolate and dark roast character, plenty of bourbon, and lots of oak. The vanilla element is somewhat subtle in the nose, but thankfully this doesn't smell like someone poured extract into the barrel - still I thought it could use a bit more. However, when the base beer is extra-aged Bourbon County Stout, it still smells quite excellent.

T - The taste however has plenty of vanilla bean mingling with massive chocolate cake, fudge, and other decadent deserts. I think the extra time has helped because this is better than when I had it at the Sheffield's tap takeover. Finish is sweet but never cloying. Less obvious bourbon and oak here.

M - This has a mouth-coating, slick, viscous, body, but finishes dry and tannic.

D - The vanilla has certainly attenuated the tannic finish a bit, which increases the ease of consumption. However, unlimited refills of this was probably a bad idea. I had a pretty nasty headache when I woke up this morning. (1,268 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #900!

From 12/21/10 notes. Noticed this on the bottle list at Rattle n Hum in NYC and asked the waitress, who said it was sold out. We ended up getting a second waitress who said they may have some and after digging around for 10 minutes, she was able to find a bottle for us. Was very excited for this one.

Bottles on 11/06/10. Bottle #0855.

a - Pours a dark, jet black color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks like the normal and Coffee BCS.

s - Smells of vanilla, oak, and bourbon mostly. While it smelled good, it didn't blow me away and it didn't seem to have much more to it than those 3 elements. Some very light fruit and chocolate as it warmed up.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel malts, toasted malts, and coffee. I thought the taste was very smooth thanks to the large vanilla taste, and was a lot better than the nose. The vanilla really helps this beer from being too hot.

m - Full body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink for 13%. Great mouthfeel.

d - Overall this was a very enjoyable and world class stout, but I was slightly disappointed. I love vanilla and loved the normal and Coffee BCS, so had big hopes for this one, but I would rank it third on that list. That being said the taste is great and complex, and it's hard to believe this one is 13% ABV. Would definitely love to have again. (1,404 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer shared at a recent tasting by dreadnaught33 Beer served in a Russian river wine glass.

Beer is black / dark brown with a thin tan head of small bubbles, minimal lacing but some legs. Low carbonation.

Aroma is bourbon with some malt sweetness and at the very end a hint of vanilla...clearly vanilla and not oak.

Beer is sweet up front, not hot but quite a lot of liquor character, the vanilla and more sweetness sneaks in from the back of the beer. Quite pleasing way to finish. Overall I don't have much to say about this beer. It tasted almost identical to the BCBS, which is an awesome beer, but this one had a little more vanilla on the finish than the original. It wasn't a vanilla bomb like Darklord can be, it wasn't aggressive on the palate but I guess that's what you would like / expect. The idea that you can age this for 5 years is a little laughable though, this is brand new and you can barely find the vanilla. After 5 years, you'll barely be able to find the bourbon. Don't age these, just drink them. (1,024 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light head, hardly and at all. Color is pretty much black. A swirl of the beer leaves legs running down the glass. Pretty thick stuff.

Aroma: Vanilla, bourbon, sweet chocolate, rich flavors, roasted malts, and dark fruits. The vanilla and bourbon are huge in this beer. Pretty awesome flavors.

Taste: A lot more dark fruit here in the taste. The bourbon and vanilla are awesome. Very rich and roasted. Oak and chocolate shows a lot. A warming beer, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Very warming, smooth, creamy, and syrupy. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some bourbon notes.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable. Both times I have had it, I have pretty much slammed my glass. Top notch beer. Near as good as vanilla bean dl. (777 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes. Thanks to Jay for opening. Been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time!

A: Pours black with a dark tan head, a little less than a finger in height. Not much retention and decent lacing. Next to the other versions of BCBS, hard to distinguish any of them. Pours rather viscous.

S: Sweeter than the other versions, vanilla right away, the vanilla bean intensifies the vanilla that would normally be there from the bourbon. A little bit of roasted malt, oak, and a definite booze presence, but not in a bad way.

T: Wow, tons of vanilla. Wasn't sure how strong the flavor was going to be based on age of the bottle, but if the vanilla faded at all, I can only imagine what it was like fresh. There is a little bit of bourbony oak, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt as well.

M: Full bodied, but very smooth. The alcohol on the aroma doesn't really manifest when you drink it.

O: Fantastic. Extremely drinkable for 13%, love what the added vanilla brought to this beer. Would love to drink this one all of the time. (1,050 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the vanilla with a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes also coming through. Overall, the beer smells very nice.

The flavor is just as good and maybe even a little bit better. I get a lot of vanilla as the primary flavor, but the chocolate compliments the vanilla very well. There is also the roasted malt and a little bit of oak in the flavor.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Overall, not as good as the coffee, which is one of my favorite beers of all time, but I enjoyed it more than the Rare and the regular BCS. (646 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep black with a thin, beige head that fades quickly, leaving no lacing.

S: Alcohol, roasted malt, bourbon, and vanilla (a welcome addition).

T: Unsurprisingly, the vanilla version of Bourbon County Brand Stout is much like the original. The same bold bourbon, chocolate and roast flavors are alive and well. The vanilla is a welcome addition, but I wish it had a larger presence in the beer. The vanilla adds a touch of sweetness, and doesn't really reveal itself fully until the finish. I do prefer this to the original, but don't think this is as remarkable as the coffee version. Overall, very well done and enjoyable.

M: I would really like to try this beer on draft, as it would very likely have an increased carbonation level, enhancing the overall feel. The feel is sticky, sweet, viscous, and chewy with vanilla and alcohol prevalent in the finish.

D: The sweetness and heat are prominent throughout, though the beer is very well done, no doubt. I hope the vanilla doesn't fade too much with age, because if it doesn't, this brew would be fabulous after some quality time spent in the cellar. (1,111 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick, dense, two finger thick, richly brown colored head. The beer is opaque and almost midnight black. The aroma smells more of Bourbon than vanilla; there is vanilla aromatics, but it is not so expressive that I wouldn't attribute this to the Bourbon / oak influence. The nose gets a bit boozy as it warms up, though it doesn't quite get to point of coming off as harsh. The stout aromatics play a secondary role to the huge Bourbon aromatics.

Beer is thick, viscous and rich as it rests on the palate. The flavor of vanilla is most definitely here though; smooth, creamy and vanilla mixes with big Bourbon notes. The Bourbon character provides lots of toasted coconut and smooth spiciness up front, but gets hot, boozy and a bit harsh in the finish. The malt character is somewhat secondary, but contributes big time to the heft of this beer; rich notes of dark chocolate, sweetened coffee liquor, and an ample roast character are all present, but play more supporting roles to the dominant Bourbon and Vanilla flavors.

A 13% abv beer is just too big for this kind of treatment; a 13% beer is already going to be a bit boozy, but Bourbon barrel aging only accentuates this and that has most definitely happened here. Certainly an enjoyable beer, but it has really made me realize that I like less and less the hot, boozy, harshness that comes out in beers that are too high in strength. I also think that drinking order might have an effect on my perception of these beers; my original rating of regular Bourbon County Stout was made after a night of enjoying a couple other beers, and other times that I came back to it I always found it a bit boozy, but didn't update my rating. For this vanilla interpretation, this was my first, and only beer of the night, and the boozy, hot alcohol was a really hard thing to ignore as I drank this beer. This is certainly not a bad beer, and I would enjoy it as a night cap in small amounts. (1,937 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into a duvel snifter with oglmcdgl and sour, thanks for the tick!

A- Vanilla bourbon pours out a dark black color thats fairly dark. Got a nice spread of cream colored foam that had some tannish in there about a inch up. This faded into nothing over time just like regular BCS and coffee. No lace.

S- A really powerful smell here, Im quite digging it. Blast of vanilla beans up in my nose, cream, cocco, chocolate and of course that lovely bourbon, roast on the end, a smeller here.

T- Oh, it's on. BCBVS pushes the boundaries of sweet vanilla without being cloying. Vanilla and cream, chocolate in the back, roasted malt. I kinda get a Older Viscosity taste out of this, only bigger. Bourbon after all of that, alcohol, nope!!

M- Like said above, this really is not hot. Perhaps im always skewed by having too much regular BCS from 08, that was a hot year. Vanilla is a big viscous beer that is full, sweet but not jumping off the roof. Carbed up but smooth, not bitey.

D- A sipper, but smooth enough to take down the hatch quicker if needed. The tameness of the heat brings me in and the blend of flavors keep me coming back. (1,132 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by siege06nd. 22oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. It poured pitch black with a thin, creamy, tan colored head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is rich with vanilla, dark chocolate, oak and bourbon. The vanilla is really nice in it, not overpowering and well integrated. Very smooth, slightly hot but overall very nice range of flavors.

The taste shows a great mix of chocolate and vanilla throughout. Some brown sugar and bourbon compliment it very nicely. Still a little hot but the vanilla an chocolate mix feels about perfect at this point. I loved how well the vanilla complimented it.

The mouthfeel is thick and a little syrupy with low carbonation. I love the mouthfeel of all of the BCS variations. Overall I thought it was a fantastic beer and I really loved what the vanilla added. Everything really came together exceptionally well in it and the flavors all complimented each other very well. Awesome beer overall. (961 characters)

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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
97 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.