Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutVanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Stout - American Imperial
4.68 | pDev: 7.05%
Dec 09, 2021
Aug 02, 2014
Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand StoutVanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout
Notes: First brewed for the legendary festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago, drinkers enjoyed this Bourbon County Variant so much we bottled it the next year (2010). People flocked to stores to get their hands on a bottle and have this one of a kind barrel aged stout. Over the past few years we have heard our fans express their love for this version and we are extremely proud to bring it back in 2014. This years version features a little twist of aging the stout in Rye Whiskey Barrels with a mix of Mexican and Madagascar vanilla beans!

35 IBU
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4.25 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 09, 2021
4.75 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
5 by Utexaschris from Texas on Feb 25, 2021
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Jp2244 from Ohio

Vanilla is fading but this guy is my all time favorite. Sad to see it go.

Jan 20, 2021
4.14 by Hopelessly0 from California on Dec 06, 2020
5 by ChicagoShakeAndBake26 from Illinois on Dec 04, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by DefenCorps from Oregon

thank you, Sam.

Nose s outrageous vanilla with rye, chocolate, caramel, light buckwheat honey, oxidized lending a light nut character. Full body, chocolate, cocoa, mild chocolate syrup. Hazelnut. Spicy, peppery rye. Beautifully integrated.

Aug 30, 2020
5 by Rammed96 from Maryland on Jul 17, 2020
5 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2020
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4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

2014 vintage tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on November 15, 2019. This vintage is aged in rye whiskey barrels with a mix of Mexican and Madagascar vanilla beans. Highly recommended.

Mar 07, 2020
4.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jan 01, 2020
4.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Jan 01, 2020
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4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 10/31/14; drank 10/3/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

Minimal dark khaki head which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Vanilla, marshmallow & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Vanilla, marshmallow & milk chocolate flavors; sweet vanilla settled on my lips over the course of the session. Faint booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Sweet & rich but not cloying; dessert perfection!

Nov 20, 2019
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4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Rristow from Ohio

Tasted from bottle aged 5 years. Pours black with beige head. Aroma is incredible with vanilla mixed with bourbon notes. Molasses and caramel notes. Flavors of strong vanilla along with caramel, brown sugar. Hides ABV ridiculously well. Awesome BCS variant but I’d like the vanilla component to be a little more subtle letting the bourbon and stout flavors come through more.

Oct 29, 2019
4.68 by cp45 from New Jersey on Oct 05, 2019
4.87 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin on Sep 28, 2019
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4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by FireMedk from California

Pours like you're draining your oil pan. Just like a 20+ year marriage, there is little to no head. Oak, vanilla and toffee give me a tingle down yonder before the sip. Like sipping a fine bourbon, you wanna give this one the respect it deserves.

Jul 23, 2019
4.02 by maltznhopz from Nevada on Jul 11, 2019
5 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Jun 29, 2019
4.88 by bwhit from New Jersey on Jun 27, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by DEZ01301960 from Illinois

Thanks to my friends at Binny's I was able to score this whale for $50 bucks. Money well spent. Freaking World Class Amazing.
GI is still at the top of the BBA beer world. 2018 Vanilla, Regular, Coffee Barley wine were fantastic. Wheatwine was really good as well. GI often imitated, rarely duplicated.

May 31, 2019
4.4 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Apr 14, 2019
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by OompaMentor from Georgia

DLD - bottle share (2014); 5/19/2018

Jan 02, 2019
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4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by edisacoolcat from Virginia

2014 Vanilla Rye opened in Dec 2018

A: very smooth blend with loads of vanilla followed by chocolate, rasin, and a gentle boozy background. Likely fading a bit but still and wonderful light and balanced blend. Super smooth.

A: black with essentially no head. No visible carbonation after the initial pour

F: follows the nose perfectly. More vanilla with waves of chocolate, prune, rasin, oak, and boozy notes. Again, exceptional.

M: full body with silky mouthfeel. Lingering vanilla and chocolate with light booze. Neither sweet or bitter but nicely balanced

O: I seem to end up with similar flavor descriptors for many BCBS beers, but the 2014 series is indescribably better than any since (includes 2018). This was an amazing beer but I think it’s now past it’s prime with the nose starting to fade a bit. Still amazing though.

Dec 16, 2018
4.71 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2018
4.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Nov 26, 2018
5 by Skellbop from New York on Nov 24, 2018
4.57 by Kavinci from California on Nov 22, 2018
4.64 by SFC21 from Florida on Oct 28, 2018
4.83 by Muss42 from Michigan on Oct 20, 2018
4.79 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Oct 01, 2018
4.44 by Spaten454 from Texas on Aug 12, 2018
4.69 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2018
4.48 by mando31 from Illinois on Jul 14, 2018
5 by chitownfanatic21 from Nebraska on Jul 10, 2018
4.65 by mrtomatohead49 from Georgia on Jul 10, 2018
4.74 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina on Jul 10, 2018
4.66 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Jul 10, 2018
4.75 by RealDeal from Florida on Jul 10, 2018
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4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by DaverCS from Arizona

Pours dark black and stains the glass. Beer to celebrate completion of my MSN.

Aroma of fudge, vanilla ice cream, a little soy sauce, whiskey, alcohol-forward vanilla extract.

Taste is rich and super complex. The only reason it gets a 99/100 is due to a slight soy sauce taste and acidity. I preferred the reserve over this one. Spicy rye whiskey, brownie and fudge batter. Vanilla creaminess with a slight acidity. A bit of booze and a slight alcohol bite; almost like a vanilla extract. Delicious beer!

Overall, an amazing beer. Happily shared with my dad for a graduation celebration after dinner out. It gets a 99/100.

Jul 01, 2018
Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1988 ratings