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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,046
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 1,434
Gots: 378 | FT: 13
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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4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

ShanePB, Mar 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

baybum, Mar 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

GhjBAR, Mar 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Gonzoillini, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
4.91/5  rDev +7%
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...

mdagnew, Mar 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

vonnegut21, Mar 17, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

kawilliams81, Mar 06, 2013
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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,046 ratings.