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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 8.5%
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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 Gushue3
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

100th review, notes from ACBF

A- black as night with large headthat yields small brown chocolately lacing around the tasting cup.

S- nice big barrel scents like reg Bourbon County with a hint of vanilla.

T- awesome. This was my first drink of the day. Perfect amount of vanilla. I wasnt sure of how vanilla-y this would be but the balance of vanilla and regular stout is perfect.

M- heavier mouthfeel that felt about right for the beer. Carbonation was medium to lower. Excellent

O- this beer was fantastic. Im sure if i had a bottle to review some of the 4.5s might make it to 5s. Excellent neer that lived up to my expectations.

Photo of BeerMaverick
4.97/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at ACBF in 2 oz. cup (reviewed from notes).

A - Pours an extremely dark and viscous syrupy liquid with almost no head (due to small cup). The head that is present is light brown. A beautiful thing to withhold.

S - Smells like fresh coffee beans, a chocolate milkshake, bourbon, and vanilla ice cream...the most pleasant aroma in a beer I've ever experienced next to KBS.

T - Holy shit...strong mocha, coffee, and chocolate notes backed by a bourbon undertone. Some hops, but the malt and other flavors I mentioned are the most dominant and thank god for that. The alcohol is definitely present as well. This beer is clearly on the sweeter side.

M - The thick and creamy beer coats the mouth in bliss. Extremely full-bodied and addictive...too bad it's retired.

O - This is possibly the greatest beer I have ever had. Soooo much flavor in such a little sample...I wish I had more of this stuff. It is extremely smooth and although the alcohol is detectable, it won't turn you away.

Photo of tripelhops
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black as night without stars, just as expected for this type

S - bourbon with touches of vanilla and oak, but these touches come through so the bourbon is not so overwhelming

T - the vanilla comes through a little more than the bourbon on the taste, but dark and roasty, just a touch of chocolate

M - very think

I have not had the regualr version, but know the Foudners KBS's bourbon was a bit overpowering for me, although I think that will grow on me. the vanilla in this helps to offset the strong bourbon and makes this really enjoyable for me, who's not a huge burbon guy.

Photo of DCon
4.32/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed & Split a Bottle of this with a friend from the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO. Poured from the Bomber into a Non-Labeled Snifter and has a Bottled Date of 11/05/10.

Appearance- Has the darkest black body you can ever see, so the carbonation cannot be seen. Has a 2 finger of dark brown head that stays around through the first couple drinks but then is shot. Has nice lacing on the sides.

Smell- Can definitely smell vanilla in here but the most noted smells were the oak, alcohol, and smoked aroma. Made my way back to the glass with my nose many times! Fantastic.

Taste- A very burnt/smoked beginning starts this drink out and the alcohol flavor is very dominant! The vanilla taste is nice and of course can't come out because of the alcohol but makes for a great search for more attributes. Sweet and enjoyed thoroughly!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Full Viscosity, and is very thick. Leaves vanilla/strong stout tastes on the palate.

Overall- It wasn't my idea to split this but hey, its a strong ass beer. While not know what the original Bourbon County Stout entails, this Vanilla one was fantastic! Such great attributes, I would drink anytime! This only problem is that you can't have much of this and after one glass, not sure I could have a second. Will be keeping a close eye out for more Bourbon County Stouts.

Photo of Alpar
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at The Happy Gnome during craft beer week in Minneapolis, MN.

A: Darker than regular BCBS but not too dark. A bit of carbonation surrounding the outer perimeter of my 5oz pour.

S: If heaven served a beer this would be it. DAMN this is outstanding bourbon, strong (non artificial vanilla bean) that just makes you smile and imagine what it will taste like.

T: I hate to say this but this is the second best vanilla barrel aged beer I have had. Don't get me wrong it's wonderful and lives up to the hype but it is not as complex as I thought it would be. Big vanilla and oak flavors that follow suit with the malt and bourbon.

O: This is more than worth seeking out. Pretty hard to trade for these days but if you haven't had it and are a vanilla barrel aged fan you need this in your life. Happy I still have a few bottles to sit on and open with friends in the years to come :)

Photo of JoshVandy
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Whole Foods-Lincoln Park on May 21, 2011.
About 10oz. into a Goose Island wide mouth glass.

A- Pours almost completely black, with a small trace of dark brown head before disappearing. It looks like its other Bourbon County siblings, which is expected.

S- Absolutely insane vanilla notes come through immediately, almost overpowering the other scents. Letting it warm in the glass, I get some more appropriate bourbon and malt notes. I love the smell of this beer beyond words.

T- Delicious vanilla up front, although it's not in your face like the nose was. More mellow bourbon notes also come through, followed by a slight heat from the alcohol. A touch of toasted chocolate malt makes an appearance as well. The sweetness of the vanilla balances out the bourbon beautifully.

M- Perfect carbonation, with a thick and slightly chewy body. Coats the mouth and throat with rich flavors, leaving me wanting more after each sip.

O- The vanilla shines in this beer, which adds just enough sweetness to the harsh bourbon notes from the barrel to balance the flavor wonderfully. The heat from the alcohol is barely noticeable for such a big and young beer, and I can only imagine it'll get better with some age. One of my top beers to date.

Photo of Reaper16
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap @ The Foundry, Kansas City, MO, into a snifter

Pours a super-pitch-black color. You can't ask anything else from the thick looking, inky body of this beer. Dark khaki head sits at a finger and a half, and it looks frothy and lovely. Surprising head retention too, given how alcoholic this beer is. The only reason that it doesn't get a 5.0 is because it doesn't measure up in head activity from the few 5.0 appearance imperial stouts I've had. Great looking beer.

Let me preface this paragraph with the following point: I'm known as a hater on Southern Tier's "candy" imperial stouts. I find Choklat, Creme Brulee, etc. to be terrible, cartoonish novelties of beers. They're tasty, sure, but they are artificial and overdone. Having said that, this beer smells how Southern Tier Creme Brulee SHOULD smell if Southern Tier were interested in brewing honest beer. BCBVS explodes with baked goods aromas. It's like an entire pasty kitchen and/or bakery lodged itself into my nose. The key difference is that these aromas are coming almost exclusively from malt. See, the vanilla isn't dominant on the nose. It's there, but it's natural sweetness works to inform the malt profile, not overtake it. If you've smelled aged BCBS then you know what to expect. Tons of chocolate malt and coffee, and barrel flavors. The bourbon is not shy here; if anything threatens to upset the beer's balance it is the amount of bourbon. Ultimately, this beer remains a balanced, delicious little beast. There should be a candle of this beer. AB-InBev: get on it.

The vanilla is actually what I would call "subtle" on the palate. It's there, but it gets obscured a bit by all of the barrel flavors. Barrles usually give off vanilla extract flavors anyway, so these strong barrels work to cover up a bit of the nuanced work that the real vanilla is doing here. The bourbon flavors especially try to overthrow this beer's more delicate tastes. Thankfully there's a massive, chocolatey malt bill to eat up lots of the bourbon flavors. I want to give this beer a 4.5 for taste, but I'm not sure that I can. It is too young, too imbalanced between barrel flavors and more nuanced malt flavors, to be truly excellent. This beer tastes really good, but it could be better.

The mouthfeel is doing everything that you ask of it: it has a decided thickness, is sticky to the lips, and dosn't feel too carbonated. Actually, a bit more carbonation might have helped to tone down the bourbon. Overall, this is a damn good imperial stout. It needs some time to work out the balance kinks, but this also happens to taste awesome right now. Lots of blunt-force, raw flavor, but the beer lacks for nuance. I'm extremely happy that The Foundry (quite possibly the best beer bar in KC; I love this place) was able to get a keg of this in to celebrate American Craft Beer Week. I really wish I had a bottle of this to store away for a few years. Lovely beer.

Photo of zeledonia
4.92/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lucky me. Stumbled upon this on-tap at the Happy Gnome for MN Craft Beer Week.

Pours black, rusty brown at the edges, with a minimal dark tan head. The head is small, but what's there stays around, and it has good sticky lacing.

The nose is bourbon and a strong hefty dark malt presence. There's an oaky sweet vanilla richness that makes the smell much fuller and less sharp than regular BCBS. I find this to be quite a bit smoother as well. Shockingly little alcohol in the smell.

Wow. This is freaking delicious. The bourbon is there, but it's very well balanced, and incredibly smooth. The whiskey flavor is sort of riding on top of the strong malt backing, rather than bashing through it as is the case in so many barrel-aged beers. Chocolate is the dominant flavor from the malts. The vanilla is there, as in the smell, mostly as a full richness, rather than as an independent flavor. I'm having a hard time capturing just how good it is. Put it this way: take the best of (1) bourbon, (2) big strong malty stout, (3) vanilla. Then blend them all together. But the whole is better than the sum of its parts. And that 13% alcohol? Tastes like it's half that.

Thick, sticky, syrupy, and clingy. Holds the flavors in the mouth so well. Heavy, with medium-low carbonation.

This beer is amazing. I had to revise my review of regular BCBS down after drinking it. Wow. Makes me very sad that it is unlikely to ever be brewed again. I tasted it alongside BCBS, and the difference was striking. This is so much smoother and better balanced, that it makes regular Bourbon County seem mediocre by comparison.

Photo of craytonic
3.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark pour with a dark tan head

Smell: Vanilla dominates, with touches of oak and bourbon

Taste: Again, vanilla dominates. Sadly it is more of a fake, manufactured vanilla than a true vanilla bean. Perhaps a touch of coconut also and some chocolate and coffee. Also some bourbon and oak.

Mouthfeel: Thick and coating.

Overall: Huge vanilla presence, but more alcohol and vanilla than good vanilla bean.

Photo of boomer31
4.26/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Happy Gnome during craft beer week. Taken from notes

A - Pours the typical rich black though no head to speak of. Not as beautiful as when poured from the bottle.

S - Nose is a nice balance of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla, though I was expecting more vanilla. Not one over powering the other, great balance.

T - Bourbon and chocolate meld with the vanilla allowing a hint of coffee to peak thru towards the back. A touch of heat but again nice balance. The vanilla seems to bring out more chocolate and bourbon rather than a load of vanilla. Very nice

M - Very low carbonation, almost flat. Rich and sweet but it kept me going back for more.

O - Overall a great beer. Not sure how this stands up to the coffee version which I loved but a solid bourbon beer for sure. I'd love to grab a bottle at some point

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my sniftner, this stout pours a dark abyss with a medium tan capped head that quickly bubbles back to nothing.

S: The aroma is very deceiving, I expected a ton of Vanilla, but I got a mix of amazing notes of chocolate, oak like vanilla, coffee, toffee, and with the amazing bourbon presence that refuses to stand in the background no matter what version of BCS Goose Island wants to brew.

T: So the big question is what has the vanilla done for this brew? Well it's brought BCS' usual notes of chocolate, coffee, and toffee together to taste like a fresh baked Milano Cookie. Perfection in a glass, the vanilla is consistently evident, but never too dominate.

MF: Unlike some bourbon barrel beers, this stout still has maintained it's creamy, thick body. Almost a 5.0.

Overall, I've had all of the BCS versions. Coffee takes it for me, but this one was a very close second.

Photo of beerpirates
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottel poured into my tastinglass @a tasting with some awesome BA's -:)
Had this side by side with the BC rare

A - Black body with a big tan head at first that quickly runs away.

S - Sweet, bourbony, sweet , a light roast and vanilla. Really sweet smelling and a really nice aroma typical of other RIS's but with a bourbony bite. Really this thing smells top notch.

T - I really like this. The base beer is still present in the flavor giving a nice roasty almost coffee like flavor in the finish. Big smooth bourbon notes up front. Sweeter than normal BCBS. The vanilla is present and prominent but I always thought regular BCBS had a nice vanilla flavor to it as well.

M - pretty heavy, sticky on the lips. Basically what a big stout should be.

D - Really not too difficult to drink for the ABV.
Nice and very rich , very well done !!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to Alex for sending me one of these as an extra of all things! I'd half given up on it, and then there it was! I split this with John last weekend.

Black with a dark brown head that falls off to a ring leaving no lacing, this is on par for BCS. It does have nice legs, though. The nose is an unabashed blend of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. The vanilla character is particularly unique in that is rather rich and complex, having an almost earthy component. Being a BCS variant, it has a nice blend of roast and cocoa. Woodier and oakier than BCS, and definitely more so than the coffee BCS that I had a couple of nights back

The palate opens with a HUGE vanilla blast, super intense, with plenty of boozy, bourbony heat. The raw heat of a fresh BCS is present, with the vanilla dialed up a few notches. Rather oaky with some barrel tartness and tannins present. The tannins really dry out the beer, especially with the booze on the finish that makes this seem drier and thinner than it is. Despite that, there's no mistaking this for anything but a full-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The finish has bourbon and vanilla, with some chocolate. An intense beer all-round, very enjoyable, though it is a bit much. Still, I'm very thankful for the opportunity to try this, and would love to revisit it when it has a year or more on it.

Photo of deebo
2.35/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Black as night without any sign of head
S-Vanilla and playdoh aroma, some alcohol bite
T-Vanilla and bourbon is the strongest flavors tasted. No hop character. A vapor like ethanol bite is also very present. Taste is more 1-dimensional as compared to the BCS I had. More vanilla is tasted towards the bottom of drink.
M-Not as thick as BCS, but mouthfeel is very heavy.
D-Obviously a sipper. This is hard to drink, alcohol bite is distracting.
O-Too much like a whiskey and not enough like an Imperial stout. 13% ABV but drinks like it is 20. Could be improved if this bite was reduced.

Photo of funkybuddha
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

These guys at Goose Island have mastered the bourbon barreled beers! The nose is an explosion of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted goodness.

I had the opportunity to drink this one along with the regular bourbon county and the bourbon county rare and I have to say, this one was by far my favorite. I also happened to love the other two, so that tells you much I loved this one.

Grab this one if you can!

Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle thanks to Gingermanstv!

2010 Vintage into a Snifter Glass

A- Pours jet black with a thin less than a finger brown head that doesn't stick around. Not much head retention but leaves some sexy legs on the side of the glass.

S- Really strong oak and musty wood up front with tons and tons of vanilla notes to follow. Right behind it is the famous BCS bourbon and some slight alcohol as it warms.

T- Really sweet vanilla and oak up front that is quickly overtaken by the strong bourbon characters and alcohol. All of the regular flavors from BCS come into play as well but or really toned down and overtaken by the sweetness of the vanilla. Which towards the end of the bottle kind of became to much

M- Full rich and creamy body with moderate carbonation and a nice wet finish that coats your mouth and sticks with you.

SkÅL!

Photo of trodersark
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tulip.

I must say, I think I've tasted perfection. BCBVS pours a dark chocolate black, much like its sister BCBCS. Pours with a small head that quickly dissipates. When going in for a smell, this beer reeks of Vanilla and bourbon. You can also notice a hint of smokiness, maybe a peppery touch, and malt. At first sip, bourbon explodes in your mouth, along with the vanilla. To be honest, those are the two major tastes in this brew. I couldn't really taste much else besides malty goodness that goes along with it. Excpetional mouthfeel. You can taste this beer in your mouth long after you're done drinking it. In terms of drinkability, I could drink this beer forever. Excellent stuff!

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Graciously shared by Dyan last night.

The BCBVS pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. This beer looks like it has seen some extensive barrel aging (which I assume it has). This beer looks pretty good, but then I took my first sniff. Good lord! On the nose I get considerable vanilla (to no great surprise), milk duds, milk chocolate, light coffee and bourbon. There's actually a fair amount of bourbon aroma in this beer, but with everything else going on, it just isn't all that noticeable. The flavor profile generally replicates the nose in this sweet stout, but the amount of vanilla in this beer is just over the top. I suspect the vanilla flavor may subside given time, and certainly air contact in the glass softened the vanilla flavor as well, but still.... there's no getting around the fact that the vanilla takes center stage in this excellent barrel aged stout. At least right now, it's a bit much. Mouthfeel is full, soft, creamy and just very, very smooth and long. Drinkabilty is pretty good, and I was impressed by how well this beer integrates the alcohol into the flavor profile. Certainly you can tell this is a big beer, but the beer is not heavy or hot on the palate.

Excellent beer, there's no denying that. On the other hand, rich as this beer is, I can't even imagine drinking an entire bomber of this. This is definitely a beer to share with friends....

Photo of bonkers
4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to steve8robin for this, Secret Santa 10. I had this over easter and shared it with friens, poured into multiple snifters. The pour is pitch black, thin tan head. The aroma is a wonderful mix of booze, vanilla, oak. The flavor is very heavy on vanilla, melding perfectly with the bourbon, chocolate, and oak flavors. It has a lingering finish with lots of vanilla. The beer is thick and has good carbonation. This is a homerun, even the nonbeer drinkers liked this. The vanilla makes this dangerously drinkable, my favorite of the Bourbon County series.

Photo of wino47
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers of 2010. Pours jet black from the bottle with a nice head and good lacing. Aromas of vanilla and bourbon dominate the nose and flavors follow through on the palate. The vanilla doesn't overwhelm the other flavors with notes of bourbon and dark chocolate coming through. Great creamy texture without being too heavy or sweet. The finish is a little boozy but I'm sure with a little time the bourbon notes will be tamed, can't wait to try this with a year or so of age on it.

Photo of Mavajo
2.6/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance is typical for the style and the series. Dark body, tan head. No lacing.

Aroma is big bourbon and vanilla. The taste, however, is where the wheels start to really fall off. Total overload of bourbon and vanilla, to the point that it's acrid and unenjoyable. Boozy, sweet mess. Vanilla extract flavor that stings the sides of your tongue. Some roastiness behind all that.

Mouthfeel is good. Slick and smooth.

All in all...yeesh. Didn't like this one. I like regular BCS, and the coffee iteration was one of the best beers I've ever had -- but this one is just a mess on the palate. The vanilla is totally overdone and interacts pourly with the bourbon barrel aging.

I think this beer gave me diabetes. In fact, if I was an alien from some faraway planet, and my primary form of sustenance was sweetness -- I think I would still need an insulin shot to drink this. In fact, this beer should come with an insulin shot. I think I need a bottle of Creme Brulee and a bottle of Dark Lord to try to dilute the sweetness some.

Not a success. Perplexed by the A rating on this one. Reputation has got to be a major factor in that.

Photo of mulder1010
2.6/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a tulip. Thanks to Nicks6217 and Forgetfu for the bottles. Shared with Mr Kennedy

A-- Straight black. Very straightforward. No light penetrating this puppy at all. Very short lived dark mocha colored film. Even on swirling just got film and film only. Very thick looking and a little syrupy.

S-- HMMM...Vanilla?? That would be correct. Lots of vanilla. Vanilla Extract, Vanilla pods, vanilla candle. If it is vanilla it is in this. Some dark chocolate and a bit of the bourbon barrel but this was massive vanilla.

T-- Chocolate, bourbon, and more vanilla. As it warmed it just became overbearing vanilla to me.

M-- Really thought I was at times drinking Vanilla Liquor (Navan) at times. Just extremely syrupy and sweet. Had a bit of milk chocolate feel in the middle of my mouth and it smoothed out some but just got so much vanilla I just struggled with it. Not a lot of the barrel taste at all and at times it reminded me of BA Victory at Sea but much sweeter.

O-- Was not a fan at all. Too syrupy and sweet for me. At times all I got was vanilla. No base beer and very little barrel. Just a lot of vanilla and more than I needed for a night. Did I say really boozy?? Guess not. Not a big fan at all.

Edit: A week later I hate the beer more. Not sure why I gave it a C rating when I just totally did not like it at all.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.97/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing! This one is poured with a small head, but there is a good rim of bubbles atop the black body.

The aroma is full of chocolate and vanilla (surprise). A touch of wood is noticed slightly.

The taste is sweet with malt and chocolate flavor. The vanilla doesn't seem much more noticeable than other barrel aged beers, but it is there. The finish is heavy and sweet.

The body is thick and syrupy; the mouthfeel is almost creamy.

I like this one a lot. It is, like other Bourbon County beers, heavy. Delicious though.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Grant. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a thick oily looking black body. Poured it aggressivly right down the middle and got a thin layer of dark mocha colored head. It settles down right away leaving a shimmering black mass sitting in my glass.

Shockingly enough, this has a lot of rich vanilla in the aroma and sweet bourbon. Chocolatey smells wafting away with a surprising aroma of mint rounding it out. Bits of wheat a vegatable in background of the aroma. As I immagined, this one smells sweet. Start to finish this one has tons of bourbon and vanilla. It's sweet, but not overly. Bourbon and vanilla are really the front runners here, but it has nice complimenting cocoa, and toffee flavors. A little bit of floral hops are noticable, just enough to compliment this one though.

This beer is thick, rich and very full bodied. Smooth with soft carbonation. A little sticky, but it doesn't surprise me at all. Overall, this is quite the treat. Sweet and tastey. I feel like the variations of BCS are better than the original. I think they drink better and complimenting flavors really seem to help tone down the bourbon. This is a little sweet and heavy on the booze so I don't recomend going at this one alone. Great one to share though.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter; 2010 vintage, bottled on 11/5/10, batch 0855

Pours a deep chestnut brown, near ink black, with a dirty sand color cap that rises to form a thin layer and then disappears almost immediately.

An overwhelmingly sweet aroma with loads of bourbon. Sweet milk chocolate with some mild roast buried underneath all this bourbon. Vanilla is paramount here with bourbon a close second.

Whoa. Bourbon and vanilla, sweet luscious milk chocolate, roast, and a good amount of ethanol heat throughout. Much like its brethren, this guy is not bashful. Amazingly sweet, rich and boozey. This is a big boy stout.

A big, huge body that is viscous and lush. The heat from the ethanol is unrelenting. Therefore, it drops a bit of drinkability points. At 13% this guy is to be respected, and it lets you know that quickly.

Overall, I found this to be a wonderful stout. The vanilla beans are only accentuated from the vanilla imparted by the barrel aging and the bourbon is what you look for in one of these beers. Big and bold and a joy to put back.

Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.