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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,108
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 8.71%
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Gots: 413 | FT: 15
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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Photo of sisuspeed
3.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
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
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Photo of sidetracked
4.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with little medium-brown head; almost no retention except a ring around the edge. No lacing.

Aroma is an amazing mix of wood, bourbon, caramel/molasses sweetness and varying levels of vanilla.

Lots of flavors coming out right upfront--semi-sweet roasty malts, caramel, molasses with a light bourbon presence. Bourbon becomes more intense at the finish where it mingles with vanilla and bitter chocolate.

Full bodied, smooth with no chewiness, sticky, low carbonation. Little alcohol heat at the finish.

Excellent balance of flavors with just the right amount of bourbon and vanilla. A lot smoother than the regular Bourbon County Stout, even with a few years on it. The first time I had this on-tap I wasn't as impressed, but this bottle blew me away. Really amazing beer.


Photo of BumpkinBrewer
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into two snifters

A - Pours a jet black with little to no head, slight ring of foam around the outside of the glass

S - Vanilla and sweet booze in the nose

T - More vanilla, sweet dark fruitiness, with a toffee finish. Bourbon flavor is subtle, the heat tends to overpower

M - Thick on the palate, very syrupy, coats the throat

O - This beer is very hot right now, but I wanted to drink it before any of the vanilla notes faded. It is a very complex beer. It's definitely a slow sipper. The heat is a bit strong right now but it is still very deliscous.

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

Pours a dark brown and black beer, carbonation muted on these, small tan ring of head less than .5".

Aroma was similar to other incantations, syrup, vanilla, chocolate, wood.

Taste, amazed how much this tasted like the aged coffee I had a month or so back. Definitely a sipping beer. Vanilla was not as strong as I expected, but the stout was a little bit 'candied' up compared to the regular bourbon version of this stuff. The sweetness isn't approaching creme brulee territory, but it does help cover up some of the alcohol. For being 13%, this beer does well.

Photo of nhindian
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Troegs Mad Elf tulip. Big thanks to denimdemon for this bottle, thanks Mike!

Tasted side-by-side with Bourbon County Coffee. Split with russwbeck

A - Overall this looks nearly identical to the Coffee version. The same, almost sludge-like, liquid makes itself comfortable in the glass, content with blocking all rays of light. This would make a very nice sun-screen. The head, while similar in dark mocha color, is bigger than the Coffee, gaining about a half-finger's worth of head. It also quickly dissolves with authority, though. I don't think I've ever seen head fizzle out with such a fuss, perhaps with the exception of Russian River's Consecration. Lacing is par for the course (none).

S - At first, I didn't get a whole lot of vanilla in the nose, but after letting it sit for a few minutes, I am almost knocked back with how blatant it is. It's like taking a huge whiff of a jar of vanilla extract. It's almost bordering on crème brûlée in terms of smell and sweetness, and at first it seems slightly artificial, but it is still damn appetizing. There are also the fudge-like chocolate here, as well as a good amount of bourbon. When comparing the Coffee and Vanilla versions, I have to give the edge to Vanilla in this category as it adds that much more depth to the beer and the contrast with the chocolate and bourbon is fantastic.

T - Again, the taste takes the vanilla focus in this beer and exacerbates it. While I've heard some people say that it's almost too sweet and has too much vanilla, but I disagree. And, unlike my first impressions from the nose, this vanilla doesn't taste artificial in the least. It's certainly sweet, but I feel it works nicely to complement and more importantly, contrast with the other big flavors of chocolate here. The vanilla is obviously the predominant flavor, but it leaves the door open for the bourbon to be more pronounced here than in the nose. It's tough to pick which one I prefer in the taste... the Coffee version is right up my alley with bold espresso, but the Vanilla is the more unique of the two... I will call it a draw!

M - Mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with low carbonation. Not as smooth as the Coffee version, but that could just be because of the starker contrast in flavors. Coats the palate thickly, and the finish is a good mixture of vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. I have to give the edge to the Coffee version here, as it has slightly more carbonation and it's smoother.

D - Like the Coffee version, the alcohol is magically hidden in this beer. The mouthfeel is a bit lower than the Coffee, but it still holds its own here. Still, it was great to try this as very rarely do you get a big bourbon barrel-aged stout with this much vanilla in it.

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

Tried side by side with the Bourbon County Coffee Stout with nhindian.

A: They both look exactly the same. Black in color, a hard pour gave a nice sized brown head, a bit darker than the Coffee Stout. Recedes down to a film along the brim of the glass. Very nice lacing.

S: The smell is very sweet, but has amazing depth. The bourbon hides nicely behind the vanilla and oak, perhaps a hint of booze.

T: The vanilla taste is up front, followed nicely by bourbon, and finished off by a nice sweet taste. Alcohol is noticed on the backend a bit.

MF: Less carbonation than the Coffee Stout and not quite as dry, but the body is just as heavy, if not heavier.

O: I like the Vanilla Stout over the Coffee Stout, and both are better than regular '09 Bourbon County Stout, and especially the '07. Neither are on the level of Bourbon County Rare, however.

Photo of callmemickey
2.93/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep brown black with a moderate khaki cap. Spotty lacing.

S: Bold bourbon notes along with plenty of vanilla, oak, chocolate, and caramel.

T: Disasterously unbalanced. Harsh bourbon, cloying vanilla. I like bold flavors as much as anyone else in my imperial stouts, but this just isn't a well integrated flavor profile.

M: Thick bodied, but enough carbonation. Cloying sweetness from the vanilla and harsh bourbon in the back end of each sip just turns me off.

O: With nearly every brewer making a super imperial stout these days, this just isn't one of the good ones.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Ryan011235 and Schwaeh. Poured into snifters, spilled on my carpet by Ryan. I guess he was trying some new method of reviewing.

Now that I've got the whole, 'Ryan spilled it on my carpet' thing out of the way I can review this beer and I won't bring it up again. I promise.

Bottled 11/05/10

BCBS stands for no head
Just like every rendition of this beer, the looks are nothing really interesting. I do mark it above 3 because of its visible thickness as it coats the glass with a thick, brown oily liquid. I guess Ryan wanted Steve to have a nicer looking glass, so he gave the bottle a good beating for him.

The smells rising from the stain on my carpet are very boozy and sweet. The booziness is the MO of this stout series, but this is a very sweetened up version. Vanilla lends a milky creaminess that teams up with caramel. There is a nice nuttiness, perhaps from the husks or shells of the vanilla beans.

I think the sweetness has tamed down to a more enjoyable level as I suck at the carpeting. The first bottle I had back in Dec was nearing gross levels of sweetness, I couldn't get nightmares of Southern Tier Creme Brulee out of my head the whole time. This time around the beer is much more enjoyable. The natural vanilla notes of the bourbon and oak start things out and the vanilla notes just keep growing like a parabola. There is plenty of caramel, lots of it actually. The vanilla and caramel make this taste like a Worther's Original. I should have saved this for my grandma.

Randalizing this through some dirty carpet gives the beer a very full body with low carbonation. Its velvety smooth, with a little stickiness, but less that I'd think there would have been. Its really damn hot. This glass is one of the booziest and hottest glasses of Bourbon County stout I've had.

Its much better after a few more months. I kinda wish I had another bottle to keep around even longer. I'm pleased with this second bottle, the first was a disappointment.

Photo of boralyl
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours pitch black and opaque. It produces a very small dark tan head that quickly disappears leaving no lacing.

S - The aroma is sweet and boozy just like the normal version of Bourbon County Brand Stout. The vanilla aroma is more pronounced in this beer, however. I couldn't stop smelling this beer, it's great!

M - Full in body with light carbonation. It's quite sticky.

T - Sweet and slightly roasty flavors dance across the tongue first. Vanilla and oak hit next followed by a fairly strong bourbon flavor that lasts into the finish. The flavor sticks around in your mouth long after you swallow.

Another excellent version of their Bourbon County Brand Stout. The vanilla adds more sweetness to it. I really enjoyed this version, but still think I prefer the coffee version. I mixed the vanilla and coffee versions and was very pleased with the result, my favorite version yet!

Photo of Sean9689
4.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, shared with my fiancé, into tulips.

A - Looks like BCBS, black with a mocha-colored head, thin cap on top and some spotty lacing.

S - Smells like BCBS. Where's the vanilla? Lots of chocolate, barrel, bourbon, slight dark fruit sweetness. Again, where's the vanilla? No where to be found, from what I can tell.

T - Tastes like BCBS. Where's the vanilla? Chocolate, huge bourbon, barrel, very rich. No vanilla, which is disappointing.

M - Full, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.

D - If you like BCBS, then you'll like this, because I don't taste any vanilla at all. Okay, maybe a slight slight touch, but really, if you title the beer with vanilla, I would hope that it would stick out a bit more.

Photo of KAP1356
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Opened at a tasting on 1/8/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Darkness snifter...

A - Poured a very viscous and completely pitch black as expected. A nice, creamy mocha colored head forms and quickly recedes to a collar of the same color.

S - Wow. Sweet bourbon and lots of vanilla right up front. Roasted/burnt malts follow with some oak and vanilla from the oak. Vanilla beans smell so awesome mixed with the bourbony goodness.

T - Vanilla beans are very strong in this one and really take the stage in front of the malt characters of the beer. Bourbon aging is near perfect on this one and the flavors added are quite sublime. Despite how intense the sweet vanilla is, it is not overly sweet or cloying at all. Nice woody flavors just give the beer another level of complexity.

M - Full bodied and very, very smooth. Just a bit of carbonation that adds to the smoothness of this beer.

O - High ABV makes this one a great sipper that I would LOVE to try again. Think this one is best served fresh as I like where the vanilla presence is in this beer.

Photo of Jeffo
3.65/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Doopie brought this one over for us to quaff while watching the 2nd leg of Bayern - Inter last night. Awesome game!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2010

Note: Drunk right after a 2009 bottle of BCBS.

APPEARANCE: Pours out black, but not quite pitch black. The pour produces a cascading ½ finger mocha colored head that magically appears out of nowhere. Jet black body with very little carbonation. Head quickly fades to nothing and a ring around the edges of the glass. A slight ring remains until the end and leaves no lacing. Looks good for the style, but the lack of lace keeps from going any further. Looks exactly the same as the regular Bourbon County.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon in the nose with vanilla and wood notes as well. A bit or roasted malts in there too, but this is all about the whisky. The vanilla is certainly there and adds to the show without dominating it. A nice nose, but not quite as bold and forthcoming as the regular version.

TASTE: Everything from the base beer is here, but a touch more vanilla. And by "a touch," I really do mean just a touch. A roasted malt base supports a big barrel, with lots of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak flavors. The aftertaste is big, bold and lingering, with lots of barrel and a touch of vanilla sugars meshing well with the rest of the flavors. The vanilla has done well in mellowing the brew, as there's not as much heat and booze as the regular version.

PALATE: Perhaps even thinner than the regular version. Very thin and light for the style. Not creamy or smooth enough, lots of prickly carbonation, and somewhat airy on the palate. Goes down fine, but is abrasive at the swallow with a bit of a burn. Some heat at the swallow, though not as rough as the regular, and finishes slightly sticky. Definitely needs a bigger body.

OVERALL: A tasty treat for sure. Though the vanilla flavors could have been a touch more prevalent for my tastes, this variant was mellower and less abrasive than the regular version we'd drunk right before it, making it slightly easier to drink. The palate was still way too light and thin for the style, and the look nothing to write home about, but the nose and taste profile certainly made for an enjoyable drink. This is one I wouldn't pass up on, but don't think I'll be trying to seek it out. Thanks heaps for sharing this one Doopie. Good times!

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

johnbjaeger send me a bottle of this to try. Thanks, John! Lucky me. Shared with Jeffo after he brought out his 2009 Bourbon County Stout.

Poured into a de Struise glass. It tpoured pitch black with just a tiny bit of tan foam.

Smells of barrel. Bourbon I'd say. Picking up on some vanilla, chocolate and quite boozy. Almost identical to the regular Bourbon County Stout.

The bourbon barrel is way up front in the tase. A wave of Vanilla hits you after that. The vanilla seem to mask to booze from the base beer.

Same light body and carbonation as the base beer.

Having tried the bourbon county stou and the VAnilla Stout side by side I have to say my vote goes to the vanilla. The vanilla tames the heat and makes this beer more drinkable for me. Higly recomended.

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

Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is smokey dark grain, rich chocolate, and anise. Plenty of vanilla and spicy oak notes that are really accented with the bourbon. Subtle traces of dark fruit.

Taste is incredibly rich and intense. Sweet and malty up front with molasses and chocolate sweetness that is complemented by the strong vanilla. Raisin and plum dark fruit. Finishes with smokey dark grain bitterness, spicy oak, licorice and smooth bourbon heat.

Mouthfeel is thick, silky and sticky.

Intensely flavorful. Not for the uninitiated. Vanilla sweetness overshadows the bourbon and stout character. Massive smokey malt and molasses. Boubon is certainly there, but is softened somewhat with the strong vanilla and woody oak. Quite a difference from the original.

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

Poured a deep dark black with a thin layer of dark brown head, very minimal lacing.

The smell is very intense and good, big sweet caramelly notes with hints of vanilla and bourbon and a bit of charred black malt.

Super sweet, almost candy bar like in the front with vanilla, toffee, and chocolate all making a big appearance. It quickly mellows out into a slightly bitter and smokey long black finish with hints of oak and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very thick and oily and leaves a huge tongue coating.

This one will take you some time to get through, 22oz bottles seem to be a poor size choice, good thing I'm splitting this. Very nice though, desert like beer. Like a sweeter version of the perfect original.

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hopsbreath for sharing this.

Appearance- Black with small red edges. Dark tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Lots of vanilla. Chocolate, smoke, and tobacco round out the smell.

Taste- bourbon up front with vanilla, dark chocolate and tobacco.

Mouthfeel- almost syrupy and slick. Thick and lingering in your mouth.

Drinkability- A 13% ABV makes you stop drinking a little faster than you think, so I couldn't drink one bottle myself, but I could have and enjoy a nice, full glass through the night.

Good beer! Nice port-like drinkability. Shared this with Tulipsnifter, Witchsbrew, and Hopsbreath. Great beer to share with great people.

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

Holy bourbon batman, this thing is boozy. Big blast of bourbon soaked vanilla upfront with a chocolatey sweetness that sticks to the roof of your mouth. The head is decent, frothy white foam, deep color but not completely black. Me likey, very hot and boozy but it woud do nicely in the cellar, need to find me another one. 4.43

2nd review:
My second go 'round with a bottle of this. I'm reviewing it again because of the huge difference since the last time I drank one. The carbonation is still minimal, you really have to force the head onto the beer, and it doesnt stick around long. The nose is a blast of vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon. Huge nose, very seductive. The taste is esceptional, booze has mellowed out significantly, vanilla is right in the forefront with a slick base of chocolate and roast. Rich and mouthfilling, long, lingering finish of booze and oak with a vanilla sweetness. Perfect balance and marriage of flavors in this beer. Top of its class. changing the score to reflect new review.

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

301st review on BA
bottle to NB Globe
11/5/10 Bottle date

Thanks to GuruDel for sharing

App- Huge dark brown pour with a nice dark tan head and almost no lacing. I expected a bit of cling from this big stout.

Smell- Huge Bourbon, Much bigger than the BCBS. Vanilla was there in spades. Just oozed with a great scent all around. It was big, sweet, and had a lot of elements to it.

Taste- I want to rate a 5. I really do. So I am going to. This matched if not bettered what the base BCBS did. Huge flavors of the bourbon with vanilla added. Just great all around.

Mouth- Just like BCBS- Full bodied with a well balanced profile. No carbonation so the thickness of the beer and the flavors really allow you to savor it.

Drink- I can see why everyone I asked to trade with me for this wouldn't. I NEED more. I WANT more. Outstanding.

Photo of n2185
3.23/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a thick black with about a finger of coffee-colored head which quickly and completely vanishes into nothing with no lacing to speak of.

S: Some slight caramel aromas along with some vanilla and oak as well as sweet chocolate. Then the bourbon strikes, wiping out all aromas. Very strong bourbon and alcohol aromas finish off the nose.

T: Similar to the aroma, there is a bit of vanilla, oak, and sweet chocolate up front. The vanilla was more apparent at first, but as I progress through the glass, it fades well into the background. Foremost is the bourbon. Lots and lots of bourbon, which overwhelms every other flavor the more sips I take. The aftertaste has strong toffee notes along with a strong alcohol burn. Not quite as sweet as the original BCBS, but still very sweet.

M: Very thick with little carbonation, this beer coats the mouth with its syrupy sweetness.

D: I've spent well over two hours working on this bomber and am still not done. The sweetness, thickness, and strong alcohol burn keep this from being very drinkable. This beer really should come in 12 oz bottles as 22 is way too much.

Overall, it's not a bad beer, but it's very one-dimensional with the bourbon overwhelming any subtleties that could be found. The vanilla makes a strong showing at first, but quickly takes the back seat to the bourbon. If you really like bourbon, you'll probably like this beer. To me, if I wanted this much bourbon in my beers, I'd probably just opt to drink straight bourbon.

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

Served in a snifter at 55 degrees from a bomber.

A - Poured a very silky, dark brown mahogany liquid. Around the edges peers roll tide red hues.

S - Directly up front is a complex mix sweets and booze. It begins with an upfront mix of chocolate and vanilla notes. I begin to pick up dark fruits and soft wood aromas, ending with a very boozy nose.

T - This cries oak aged bourbon. It is a very complex mix of chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon. As it warms it begins to become stronger in vanilla extract.

M - Viscous and creamy.

D - This has great drinkability. This beer is very sweet and complex. It correlates well with the strong alcohol.

If I could ever get my hands on this beer again, I would thoroughly enjoy it. This was an awesome beer and I may have aged it longer...

Photo of abar22
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber at 55 degrees poured into a New Belgium Tulip

Black and thick as motor oil. Mahogany colored head that settled into a thin cap. Thick ring that left no lacing.

No skimping on the nose with this one. Roasted malts fight tooth and nail with boozy bourbon and vanilla notes. Its a bit of a lost cause though as the B n V really fly out of the glass. Fantastic.

Chocolate and roasted malts start things off but quickly give way to waves of bourbon, booze, and vanilla. The bourbon come is varying waves of intensity and dominate the sip. The vanilla comes through strong at the end before letting the alcohol warm its way to the belly. A great sipper if bourbon is your thing.

Low carbonation, thick and smooth makes this beer feel like a Imperial Stout should.

Shared with a bro-in-law this beer went down as great as a beer this strength can. If you're in the mood for a beast of a beer and something to warm you up then this is the beer. Great on a cold snowy night. Delicious!

Photo of radioscooter
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Was waiting to try this for some time. Got a couple in a recent trade.

Pours beautiful, black and low retention head.

Smell is all about the bourbon. There's a vanilla tone creeping in behind, but for the most part - it's more bourbon and less malt shake.

Smell alone is good enough to chew on. Swirling in glass results in a multicolor oil-slick syrup on the glass walls.

Taste - wow. I knew that Goose Island developed the bourbon aged stuff, but I didn't think there could be such a leap in quality. One sip of this and you're developing a Southern drawl.

Deep, dark, thick stout with massive flavor bomb appeal. Sweet, sticky sweet in a toffee, vanilla, bourbon cluster that will send you into a sugar coma. No way I can get through one glass of this...

Remember to sip. Not something I should be drinking on a Monday. Save for the holidays. Have it with fig pudding and a loved one.

Delightful and toasty.

Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,108 ratings.