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 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:
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Reviews:
234
Ratings:
1,949
pDev:
7.05%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,949 |  Reviews: 234
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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Photo of Rizzy17
4.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Virby44
4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Jangoon24
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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Photo of vande
4.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MrZach76
5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of SBlobaum
4.4/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 vintage.

A: Pitch black with a short lived brown head. Minimal lacing. Not unusual for such a big barrel aged beer.

S: Heavily fudgey with aromas of hot fudge sauce, brownie batter, chocolate truffles, etc. Wave of vanilla bean washes over it all. Undercurrents of roast and char. Faintest whiff of berry-like fruitiness. Barrel brings traces of coconut, bourbon ball candy, caramel, whiskey and wood.

T: Fudgey up front with flavors of German chocolate cake, brownie batter, dark fudge. Tide of vanilla bean owns the mid palate, but then the rest of the beer catches up. Heavy roast, char, a bit smokey. Barrel character brings woody char, caramel, bourbon balls, oaky vanillins of its own, and rye whiskey. Current/berry fruitiness peeks out. Long barrel driven finish.

M: Thick and weighty. Creamy, chewy, and coating. Gently prickling carbonation. Deep whiskey warmth.

O: What an excellent spin on the Bourbon County line. It's a shame they discontinued it. It has the braun and thickness you'd expect of a Bourbon County entry. Vanilla is used with a heavy hand, but the beer is so big it can take it. The rye barrel aging is the touch that brings it all together and into perfect balance. Worthy of white whale status.

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Photo of Vivs85
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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Vanilla Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.68 out of 5 with 1,949 ratings