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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,129
Reviews: 398
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 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.

Photo of vkv822
4.27/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a milk chocolate colored head.

The aroma is of bourbon upfront along with a fair amount of vanilla and oak in the back.

The bourbon and vanilla are very well balanced, and thankfully allows the vanilla to come through more in the taste than the aroma.

The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, with average carbonation.

I really enjoyed the addition of vanilla, I think I favored this over the Coffee version, though I don't remember if my scores reflect that sentiment. It was a nice change-up from the standard bourbon and/or coffee stouts.

Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.87/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opened this in celebration of my 32nd bday...what a present to myself.

A-Dark as the back of a cave...no head.

S-BOURBON and VANILLA...all over. Sweet smelling.

T-First flavor present is vanilla..big vanilla...followed by big bourbon...they work so perfect together. GI nailed this blend. Chocolate flavor comes through but for me the presence of the bourbon and vanilla dominated all else...which in this case is a positive. Lots of heat here however...the bourbon...like I said is strong...I would love to get more bottles to allow them to age...see how it progresses.

M-If the beer has one weakness...it would be here but I am rating it a 4 still...the heat is high...the smoothness is there but this is a dense big beer high on bourbon flavor...no carbonation which works great.

D-As much as I loved this beer...and dear god I loved it...I could not drink a great amount...maybe a nice pint...it is hot and heavy...and great.

Photo of tbeckett
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle at Ol Baren. From notes.

A - Black and opaque with no head except for a tiny ring around the top which appears khaki. No lacing is left either.

S - Whisky comes through quite a bit. There is a little booze and some molasses and brown sugar. Vanilla is quite strong as well. Very excited.

T - Oh ya. Whisky, booye, molasses, brown sugar and alot of intense vanilla towards the end.

M -Mild to medium carbonation with full body. Tingly boozy and sweet finish.

D - At 13% it would not be a good idea to go beyond one bottle. But it tasted absolutely great and I would definitely love to try it again. A truly world class stout from Goose Island.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.67/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 3/19/11

Just noticed I didn't jot down the bottling date. Ugh.

I was so upset that MbpBugeye decided to share a BCBVS instead of a Rare he doesn't have I decided to drop the bottle right onto the carpet of his living room floor before schwaeh even got a pour. Nothing to see here; let's move along, eh?

Jet black color. Pouring much of any foam with this line of stouts is a chore. A pour from nearly two feet yielded maybe 1/8th inch head. It was around this time my anger had the best of me and I chucked the bottle down. Essentially no retention other than a collar, though swirling helps briefly.

Smells very sweet, much like the base beer. Lots of chocolate; mostly sweet with slight hints of roast/burnt characteristics. Vanilla was more prominent when calm; after the swirl it was obscured some. The vanilla never vanishes, though. Though it's plenty hot, sweet bourbon nips take a second seed to the aroma of oak.

I had a few sips in December and thankfully the vanilla has faded out some; it isn't as sweet as it was then. Of course it's still really sweet but it's kept in check better. I suppose the best way to put it is that the vanilla is well-seated throughout. Sugary chocolate; not as much roast as I would prefer. Incredibly hot; perhaps not entirely from the bourbon though. Charred oak barrel undertones.

High viscosity; slick, full body. Carbonation is appropriately low. The boozy heat is such that it's worth mentioning again. Slightly roasted chocolate, vanilla and charred barrels on the finish.

Age has done good things for this one. Enjoyable aside from the sugary sweetness and heat. It works for a sipper, though.

Photo of Mora2000
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep dark color with a hint of brown around the edges and a finer of tan-brown head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a few spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of bourbon and vanilla. There is also some sweet malt and some coffee aromas beneath. Lost of smokiness.

T - Starts off with a hit of bourbon flavor and smoke. Bit of malt and some good vanilla flavors beneath. Bit of roasted malt in the background. Through the middle some of the oak flavors come through nicely. The finish is a blend of bourbon and vanilla flavors with some smoke and malt in the background and a bit of alcohol burn that lingers nicely.

M - Full bodied with moderate-low carbonation. Really smooth and creamy. Little bit of warmness from the alcohol and bourbon flavors is nice.

D - Fairly drinkable given the strong flavors and abv. The alcohol is present but in a good way and not as strong as expected. The vanilla addition is an interesting and pleasant take on the original.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Opaque dark black body with a deep caramel brown head about 1 fingers worth of head. Very sticky lacing that leaves a thick coat on the side of the glass.

Smell: Deep chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Some oak lingering as well.

Taste: Massive sweetness imparted from a blend of vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Oak and mild smoke. Molasses and caramel. Vanilla and bourbon last through the entire taste into and past the aftertaste each sip building the strength and depth of these flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied beer. Low carbonation. Smooth and chewy. very smooth.

Overall: Drank a bottle of this right when the beer was released and the alcohol taste was way to strong and overley prominant. The vanilla was also way to over the top. Now the alcohol has mellowed; all the flavors really came out after the vanilla has mellowed / integrated into the beer more from letting this sit for a while. This beer is drinking great right now and it did not take very long at all! Delicious treat from goose island!

Photo of emmasdad
3.38/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schmittymack for bringing me some of this one back from his holiday trip to the illini state, and graciously sharing a bottle at his birthday party, which served only to remind me of how litle I cared for this one, especially compared to the other 3 versions I have tried.

Like the others, poured a deep, rich black, with a thin, smallish light brown head. Huge vanilla aromas, almost dominate the roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon. Thick (seems thinner than the other 3) and rich, with flavors of vanilla (too much vanilla), roasted malt, hot bourbon, roast and chocolate. Not bad, but a let down for sure.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.95/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split with 2 people served in small snifters.

L - black with a thin tan head that totally went away 15-20 minutes in.

S - strong vanilla extract-like aroma upfront with subtle hints of chocolate and bourbon coming through as well.

T - some bitter chocolate and sweetness upfront leads into lots of vanilla flavor on the finish, maybe a little too much vanilla.

F - full bodied with a smooth feel.

O - the bourbon is smooth but the vanilla is just a little too overpowering for my taste.

Photo of nicnut45
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber poured into a snifter.
Bottled on 11-5-10
Reviewed on 11-19-10

A Black as ive ever seen. Hold it up to the light you see the faintest of a brown ring on the sides. Nice dark carmel colored head fades quickly after a vigorous pour and im left with a few cirrus cloud wisps.

S-A wave of scents flood the nose upon first whiff. Dominant smell is chocolate covered cherries with cream. A nice alcoholic twinge compliments the underlying licorice, marshmallow scents. Call me crazy but this beer has a new car scent to it. Or maybe its leather im picking up. Throughout the session carmel becomes more evident. Its hard to keep your nose out of the snifter.

T- like an alcoholic chocolate covered cherry. Burnt molasses, carmel, dark roasted coffee, slight vanilla in the aftertaste. Im suprised by the sweetness of this beer. Maybe this will fade with time as it dries out? Or maybe the sweetness will become more evident as the hops fade.

M.F.- A bit more carbonated then the regular BCS. A nice alcoholic burn in the gullet which brings on the buzz nicely. I think the vanilla may have added to the softness of the pallet. It is remarkably smooth like whole milk.

D- It it so fine. one glass is all you need to be satisfied. A nice drinking experience to be savored on occasion.

Photo of jimmy82063
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from a beer event from New Beer Distributors on Chyrystie Street. Had this on tap at the Tiger. Nice to have one from the bottle so I can think about this one.

A) Jet black very little head.

S) Now to the fun part, vanilla all the way, just a hint of bourbon (given their other stouts).

T) Again, Vanilla, a bit of Bourbon and a little bit of chocolate. Hold on is there some coconut there?

M) This is where this beer wins it for me. The bottle date is 11/5/10. I've had the 2008 and 2009 regular barrel aged beers (and the Rare). While those are great beers this is so smooth.

I like the strong bourbon beers but this is so balanced it is such a treat. Well done!

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

Bottle into The Bruery tulip. Another in the superlative list of beers from Jeff (Alewatcher) - one thousand thank yous are not enough.

Pours pitch black, with a beautiful one finger, tiny-bubbled brown head on top. Fantastic retention, and impressive stickage as well, though not too terribly much lacing. The legs on this one would make any cab blush.

Nose is as close to perfect as I'll ever see in a barrel aged stout like this. Huge vanilla bean presence in the nose, like bourbon-soaked mocha with a dollop of homemade vanilla ice-cream. Phenomenal.

Taste goes toe to toe with nose easily. Massive, rich vanilla bean notes mesh up with the bourbon, oak, and lush chocolate-mocha base underneath to create the perfect desert-in-a-bottle. Alcohol has a bit of bite to it, but never excessive, always adding to the conversation. Long, lush finish carries more bourbon, a bit boozey, traces of oak to get you ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is so lush and creamy - just amazing. Full bodied, thick, but with a lightness that seems impossible. Lush, and again, perfect.

Overall, I can't imagine a better IS of any type. huge but somehow balanced, with seemingly 2 or even 3 times the flavor of some other stouts of the similar abv's. Insanely drinkable, remarkably delicious. Bourbon County is my favorite beer, but this is actually better. Phenomenal.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.66/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint

A- pours jet black with a two finger brown head. The head actually fades pretty heavily, and there are bubbles everywhere. No lacing at all.That was hugely disappointing

S- getting a lot of vanilla, with notes of bourbon and chocolate in there too. Smells like a sundae...and that's not a bad thing

T- it's REALLY sweet. The vanilla is assaulting my tastebuds. But that's not all...getting bourbon and chocolate in there as well. But nothing can possibly overpower the choking flavor of that vanilla. It's enamel-melting. I need a chaser of water with it

M- you can chew this. With all the vanilla, that's maybe not the best thing in the world.

O- it needs more age. Should have saved it for longer, but was in the mood for this. Oh well

Photo of Beerisheaven
4.27/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bottle of this finally last Saturday night with my usual drinking buddies. A number of fine BA trading buddies have supplied me with Goose Vanilla so thanks to any and all of you.

A - Pours black with a small head that pulls back after a bit. Rich and oily, no complaints here.

S/T - Interesting and not sure what to make of it. The vanilla is certainly there and more prominent in the after taste and certainly more prominent as you drink it. The vanilla cuts the bourbon back a bit which will probably be a slight ding for those who simply appreciate the regular Bourbon County Stout. The vanilla is not so prominent in the tast so it probably gets dinged some by some who wanted a more forward vanilla taste. For me it seems to diminish the base beer a bit and not add anything so rich and interesting as the coffee version did. For my taste and money, the coffee is certainly the more enjoyable beer. Rich chocolate, oak/vanilla, and bourbon all battling, but everyone losing a bit.

M - Like you would expect. Nice rich taste, certainly a winner here.

O - Still a really good beer but somewhat takes a back seat to the coffee. After drinking this one, I realize how great the coffee version was and how much I am looking forward to its return.

A nice offering but if you told me only one will be made again, glad it will be the coffee version.

Photo of beerhan
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split 2 ways, poured into a snifter.

A-Black as night, very little carbonation with an almost nonexistent head. Small light brown lacings that dance around the top of the liquid.

S-Mostly bourbon. Some chocolate notes but the bourbon overpowers all. Smells very rich but lacks vanilla.

T-Bourbon over powers all when it comes to tastes. There is some chocolate, cocoa and licorice. Vanilla is prominent in the aftertaste but not very forward.

M-Very thick and chewy. A little bit of a burn just because of the bourbon's presence and the high alcohol.

O-In comparison to the original bourbon county I feel that this is inferior. The addition of vanilla mellows this out a bit and takes away from the rich chocolate aspect on normal bourbon county. I personally don't think the vanilla is really necessary in such a strong barrel aged stout when some vanilla comes through anyway from the oak. Nonetheless this is a good beer and is worth trying but for what its worth regular bourbon county is the better buy,

Photo of KevSal
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've decided to review a big beer every night this week, bcbvsisup tonight! wanted to drink this before the vanilla completely disappeared.

bomber poured into a goose island specialty glass

a- looks really good, small half inch brown head that last only just a few seconds, wish it had a big creamy head, but it's a lot like it's brothers

s-huge bourbon vanilla smell (as opposed straight vanilla, it amplifies the vanilla that normal comes off a barrels) not the type of vanilla I was hoping for but it still smells good. over powers everything else tho.

t- taste a lot like an aged regular bcbs with out the aged alc. which is still a bit strong, but not as strong as a fresh bcbs. just like the nose a ton of bourbon barrel vanilla, very strong, very sweet.

m- mouthfeel is very thick and sticky ( probably due to the vanilla) it's good but extenuates the sweetness. thicker than regular and coffee.

o- this is a very good beer, a lot like regular bcbs with a lot more barrel sweetness. however it is not absolutely amazing like it's coffee brother. worth a try if you've got access to it, but if your going to seek it out aim for it's coffee counter part .

Photo of mechamifune
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a very slight brown head into a sifter. Complexion of motor oil and about the same color. Looks intimidating, which I guess a beer like this should.

Smell is lots of bourbon and lots of vanilla.... shocking I know. I'd love to say that a noted small complexeties and undercurrents beneath this but i'd be bulls***ing. This thing smells boozy and sweet as hell (not a bad thing).

Taste starts hot in the first few sips but soon mellows. Bourbon stays constant upfront, but not as overwhelming as I remember it in some fresh bottles of regular BCBS i've had over the years. Chocolate notes come up a little in the middle, and then finishes with a very strong and sweet vanilla finish and aftertaste. No real hop presence.

Moutfeel is slightly sticky but remains relatively smooth throughout. A very "heavy" feeling beer. I couldn't drink a whole lot more than one glass of this at a sitting, but given the style we are dealing with I don't consider it a problem.

Overall a fantastic sipping beer. It delivers exactly what it promises and for that I am appreciative. It will be interesting to see how it ages.... drinking it now I'd say I enjoyed it just ever so slightly more than regular BCBS aged a few years and markedly more than fresh BCBS. Pick it up if you can find it, particularly if you are a big fan of bourbon aged beers.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to beerness for the bottle!

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. Black as night body with a thin film of dark, dark tan head. Essentially no lacing.

Lots of bourbon and rich chocolate on the nose. A touch of oak barrel and some vanilla. Alcohol heat is minimal for 13% ABV. Mostly sweet, chocolaty bourbon. Nice, but not overly complex.

Tipping back the glass washes a mixture of dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla over the tongue. Finishing in a wave of sweet alcoholic warmth. The vanilla is definitely there, but it doesn't hit you over the head and it tends to get lost in the finish with all of the alcohol heat. This one is a bit too hot and sweet compared to the other Bourbon Counties. Sweetness is somewhat cloying.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and thick, but not too thick. Lower carbonation and lots of warming alcohol. On par with the other Bourbon County variations, but a bit hotter.

Overall, this is a pretty good bourbon stout, but I prefer both the regular and coffee versions to this. I think my biggest complaint is that there is too much alcohol in the flavor, which causes the vanilla to become lost. This beer should age well like all of the Bourbon County's, but you take the risk of losing the vanilla flavor. Probably not worth seeking out, especially if you have easy access to the regular Bourbon County, but still a solid bourbon stout.

Photo of abuliarose
4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black with half a finger of tanned head. Traces of lacing. Smells intensely of vanilla and milk chocolate with some toasted malt undertones. Smells warm with alcohol.

Tastes warm and milk chocolaty sweet with a strong vanilla presence along with bits of oak and a mind roastiness. Very much like a thick complex milk drinking chocolate. Hints of hazelnut on the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly syrupy with a tingly carbonation that adds no volume but breaks up the otherwise coating body. Very sippable, though very warm.

Overall I am a big fan of the vanilla presence. I wish it could hold up as the alcohol mellows out.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.
Drank to celebrate the birth of my 2nd daughter Moriah Jo.

A. Poured about a 1/2 finger of dark tan colored head. Ok retention. Small permanent collar of head. Not much lacing left. Color is pitch black.

S. Smell is obviously very similar to BCS. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, alochol. Nice dark molasess smell. Bourbon is always evident. Got some faint oak and vanilla on it that gave it a more smoother smell than regular BCS. More and more vanilla come out as it warms.

T. Damn. Why can't this be made as a year round release. Holy shit this is good. Very conflicted by drinking this knowing how good it is and the fact I only have the one bottle. Taste is vanilla, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses. Nice sweet boozy stout.

M. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering sweetness. Hides 13% very well.

O. This does not drink like regular BCS or 13%. This is probably my favorite stout to date. Maybe its a good thing that this is my only bottle otherwise I would probably get in a lot of trouble. Then again maybe not. I am a big fan of vanilla in porters and stouts when done right. Combine one of my favorite stouts with vanilla and you have Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout. Truly Exceptional!

Photo of francisweizen
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this one at the map room in August of 2010.

A: Dark, pitch black. Small head of mocha foam.

S: Bourbon!, Vanilla!, Roasted malts, chocolate, raw sugar, white coffee, and more.

T: Big on the vanilla, oak, and bourbon. This one tastes like a spiked coffee

M: Super thick, warm, and coating...In a good way

O: One of the best renditions of this beer that I have tried. The base beer is so awesome here that they cant seem to mess it up!

Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,129 ratings.