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Bourbon County Vanilla Rye | Goose Island Beer Co.

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4.68/5
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Bourbon County Vanilla RyeBourbon County Vanilla Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
229
Ratings:
1,931
pDev:
7.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,087
Gots:
577
Trade:
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4.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of snowmageddon
4.16/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just phenomenal. Opaque brown color with a modest tan head. Everything was balanced - the nose had a nice blend of vanilla, oak, and malt. The taste brought a nice mix of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate malt, caramel, and some coffee. Medium bodied and medium carbed. One of my favorite BCBS variants.

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Photo of smi69
4.45/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dizzy242
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CoryR
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.87/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black, with little to no head. Smell is luxurious vanilla marshamallow, chocolate, mild oak, char, mild bourbon notes. Taste is simply fantastic. Liquid fudge, roasted Marshamallow, oak-bourbon notes. Full bodied, smooth, silky, but not the most viscous I’ve had. Overall, this was one of the best stouts I’ve had. Simply outstanding, enjoyed this more than 17 Handjee, more vanilla, marshmallow notes. Wow, has aged wonderfully, a real treat.

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kmkapalka
4.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MeLoynes
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rmpic82
4.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aromatics on this are phenomenal. Perfect slug of vanilla on the nose and great carryover to the palate. Easily better than the other vanilla BA stouts hierarchy.

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4.64/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 rated at a vanilla share, sampled winter 2016

Looks: pitch black with a 0.5 inch khaki head that is thin and dies quick
Smell: big vanilla and whiskey and a hint of smoke
taste: its a big vanilla beer, the vanilla is present throughout and the barrel is more mid to late.
feel ; super smooth and full body with a hint of bourbon burn

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4.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.71/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Trevor-TX
4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Reds76
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BergBeer
4.24/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My lovely, wonderful wife won this at a raffle at a great local store (France 44). Had it on tap a few times fresh, really looking forward to sitting down on my couch with a pour. 22 oz. bottle…split with my wife. Because I value my life. And testicles.

Pour: black. Smells like a vanilla orgasm. Heavy vanilla, chocolate, with the barrel a bit more subtle, perhaps due to the turning of the calendar. But damn nice.

Vanilla Rye - two of my favorite words, on my list right behind Heather Locklear. What can be said that hasn’t already been typed? Vanilla, real vanilla, bounces off of the rye whiskey & echoes into lustful infinity. Chocolate booms off the palate: this is more after-dinner liqueur than something my Blatz-loving father wood (ha!) recognize as beer. First level cleric of alcohol, lactose, roasted marshmallow, with a finish that nearly turns to rum. Thick, decadent as Caligula (without the horribleness). I could drink an entire bomber of this every week for the rest of my life & wish I could have it twice. There should be a lottery for that. I’d cheat my way into it any way I can (hey Mom? Grandmamma? I have to sign you up for something…).

Just as bloody fantastic as I remember. I can only hope that the current regime running GI can match the magnificent aging of past vintages. And put shit back in bombers! An elite beer that deserves its place in any beloved pantheon.

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4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Samact
4.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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Bourbon County Vanilla Rye from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 1,931 ratings
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