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
American Imperial Stout
4.68 | pDev: 7.05%
Jan 06, 2023
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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Rated: 4.75 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Hot on the heels of that classic Bourbon County Brand Stout flavor and the need to reach new heights, Goose Island keeps the wholesome goodness coming with both vanilla and rye. Amplified creaminess, richness, and smoothness all come to the forefront for the most succulent of stouts.

The monsterous stout pours an oily-inky and truly viscous pour of blackness with brownish legging. Formitable early head formation falters underneath the enormous gravity and alcohol of the beer. Completely opaque, the beer draws you in with most seductive of intent. Mouthwatering aromas of bitter cocoa, espresso, burnt toffee, maple syrup, brown sugar, and unmistakable rye whisky. The warming beer emits scents reminiscent of dark fruit, licorice, stone fruit and wood spice.

Sultury flavors of chocolate wafers, creamy vanilla, molasses, and sweet barrel nuances blend together for a flavor that's quite like Bourbon Ball candies. Walnuts, robust coffees, and port-like fruitiness continue to contribute new layers of flavors with each and every sip, and all wrapped in a soft vanilla envelope. Incredibly powerful in flavor, the sweetness of malt is seemingly amplified by the vanilla and reduces the roast flavor to that of mocha latte and less like true espresso; helping with the harsh roast but allowing for a heavy, icing-like sweetness.

Ultimate fullness, richness, and oily- stouts don't get much bigger. The beer coats the mouth similarly to heavy sweetened fortified liquors like cognac, port, or honey liquors. Sweetness masks the alcohols, allowing for a high level of drinkability despite its alcohol content. Very warm, but never harsh, the beer is a true desert with each sip and gives a long bourbon/chocolate linger time after time. A long and savory aftertaste of roast and vanilla come with the woodsy, peppery and earthen grit that's special to rye barrels.
Nov 28, 2022
Rated: 5 by imperialking from Illinois

Sep 19, 2022
Rated: 4.85 by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 5 by Utexaschris from Texas

Feb 25, 2021
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Rated by Jp2244 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Vanilla is fading but this guy is my all time favorite. Sad to see it go.
Jan 20, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by Hopelessly0 from California

Dec 06, 2020
Rated: 5 by ChicagoShakeAndBake26 from Illinois

Dec 04, 2020
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.55/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 5 by Rammed96 from Maryland

Jul 17, 2020
Rated: 5 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by Rristow from Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.68 by cp45 from New Jersey

Oct 05, 2019
Rated: 4.87 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin

Sep 28, 2019
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Reviewed by FireMedk from California

4.61/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.02 by maltznhopz from Nevada

Jul 11, 2019
Rated: 5 by lochraneg from New Hampshire

Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 4.88 by bwhit from New Jersey

Jun 27, 2019
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Reviewed by DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.4 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Apr 14, 2019
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
DLD - bottle share (2014); 5/19/2018
Jan 02, 2019
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Reviewed by edisacoolcat from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.71 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Nov 28, 2018
Rated: 4.93 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2018
Rated: 5 by Skellbop from New York

Nov 24, 2018
Rated: 4.57 by Kavinci from California

Nov 22, 2018
Rated: 4.64 by SFC21 from Florida

Oct 28, 2018
Rated: 4.83 by Muss42 from Michigan

Oct 20, 2018
Rated: 4.79 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Oct 01, 2018
Rated: 4.44 by Spaten454 from Texas

Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jul 28, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by mando31 from Illinois

Jul 14, 2018
Rated: 5 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Jul 10, 2018
Rated: 4.65 by mrtomatohead49 from Georgia

Jul 10, 2018
Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1992 ratings