Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.60%

Availability: Rotating

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:
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Reviews:
235
Ratings:
1,958
pDev:
7.05%
 
 
Wants:
1,078
Gots:
575
Trade:
37
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4.44/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.69/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mando31
4.48/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitownfanatic21
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mrtomatohead49
4.65/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.66/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RealDeal
4.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DaverCS
4.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WickedBeer
4.96/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another whale off the list. Bottled on Halloween, 2014.

Fudgy, smooth, motor oil pour. Tan head, not much head. The lace is minimal, it bubbles away quickly.

Nilla wafer nose. Very subtle chocolate, oakey booze. Good balance.

Low/medium carb , super creamy. All vanilla , followed up by roasty coffee and milk chocolate. Awesome balance. Nice even burn, oakey bourbon.

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

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4.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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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

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

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4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tobin776
4.78/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Get excited, the most coveted of Goose Island beers exceeds expectations offering a ridiculous harmony between spirit and sweet Vanilla adjunct flavor. Many other brewers of the same style would be lost without the pain staking conceptualizing behind this fine cake bomb. Smells greatly of Vanilla and oak, with a more rich center to drink bringing you to the depths of the base before letting you go with a fine note of rye to complement the vanilla. I would only say get it well you can, this beer like all will have a lifespan of brilliance and soon to be overshadowed by its more fierce competitors.

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

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4.62/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

L - Black as night, with a subtle, tan head that locked in the vanilla scent.

S - Tons of vanilla and chocolate, followed by the rye barrel and a hint of toffee.

T - This beer does not need any more praise, but I have to give it where it's due. The front of my palate is dominated with well-balanced vanilla and chocolate, followed by a nice, subtle kick from the barrel. Absolutely outstanding!

F - Very thick, and leaves a nice residue on your lips and the glass for you to keep tasting the vanilla.

O - Easily one of the best beers I've ever had. Again, no further praise is needed, but it's one of the best heavy-hitters in the game.

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4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | 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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Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 1,958 ratings