Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla StoutBourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.

Added by rudylaw on 11-08-2009

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.3/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

2010 vintage. Bottled 11/5/10.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, tons of vanilla aromas, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same but really vanilla forward with an alcohol kick and woody finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with an absolutely fantastic smell and great flavor that make it dangerously drinkable for its ABV.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a nice black color, as it should. The head retention is thin and lacing is thin. The smell is actually of cardboard right now. It's not bad, but it reminded me of boxes with a subtle vanilla aroma. The taste is still awesome, plenty of vanilla left in this bad boy! Very nice flavors in here. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Overall it's awesome and so glad to try it! Despite the smell, the flavors do the justice! Very good!

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of oline73
4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We opened this during the stout tasting this past weekend. Poured into a Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark black with a small layer of off white head. The head goes away completely.

Smell: There is a ton of sweet vanilla in the nose. Once you get past that, you pick up some roast and warm alcohol, but the vanilla dominates.

Taste: This is a really sweet beer. Still pretty hot even with some time in the cellar. The sweet vanilla taste definitely dominates, but it goes well with the bourbon.

Mouthfeel: The body is quite thick with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The vanilla really dominates this beer, but I love it. I would have this as many times as I can get my hands on it.

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4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Following on the heels of Bourbon County Brand Stout and the Coffee'ed version, the wholesome goodness keeps on comming with the Vanilla. Amplified sweetness, richness, and smoothness all come to the forefront for the most succulent of stout.

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 bourbon (boozy woods with vanillans and caramels). The warming beer emits scents reminescent of cherries, red licorice, raisons, dates, and figs.

Sultury flavors of chocolate waifers, creamy vanilla, molasass, and sweet bourbon blend together for a flavor that reminds me of the Kentucky popular Bourbon Ball candies. Walnuts, robust coffees, and port-like fruitiness continue to contribute new layers of flavors with each and every sip- all wrapped in the vanilla envelope. Increadibly strong in flavor, the sweetness of malt is seemingly amplified by the vanilla and reduces the roast flavor to that of strong coffee and less like true espresso; helping with the harsh roast but causing heavy sweetness.

Ultimate fullness, richness, and oily- stouts just don't get 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.

Without a doubt, these Bourbon County Brands are my preferred stouts as they give all the complexities needed for world class Stouts and in varying intensities for a seamless procession from the decant 'til finish.

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4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky pour into a Matilda glass at Smallbar Fullerton, available for one night during Chicago Craft Beer Week, for the Beermapping/HopCast Rare Beer Night.

Black body, dark tobacco stained foam rings the edge, and forms a yin yang swirl when agitated. Not much lace, only random spots here and there. Glassy black obsidian surface. It's not as sticky as regular Bourbon County.

Heavenly aroma of vanilla bean ice cream, some sweet whiskey far in the back. It's mellow and confectionary. Very smooth with no harsh edges. The vanilla is prominent, yet integrated. Woody oak, brown sugar, and related bourbon elements.

Rich, decadent flavors of vanilla fudge brownies soaked in bourbon. Mellow barrel character manifests greatest at the end with traces of dry oak. In the middle it's all charred malts and bakers chocolate, wrapped in a vanilla blanket. Finish lingers forever.

By now BCS is a welcome household name, you know it's going to be smooth and rich no matter what. Additional aging takes the edge off the original, much like the recent coffee incarnation. Could have had more, but the 1/6 barrel blew before I could have another...

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4.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, light brown head of bubbly, fluffy foam. It had some nice retention and left soapy trails of lace on the snifter.

S - It smelled strongly of vanilla! Wow, so much vanilla with hints of cola and roasty malt.

T - Of course, it tasted of vanilla. Good chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, caramel and booze.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very, very smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a potent alcohol punch.

D - This is a really great tasting beer and a nice spin on the BCS brand.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon is dominated by more vanilla then in the regular version. Taste is a nice mix between loads of vanilla with some bourbon and light nutty flavour. Body is full with nice creamy texture and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very complex with nice vanilla undertones. It is also well balanced and vanilla doesn’t’ overpower the while thing.

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4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light head, hardly and at all. Color is pretty much black. A swirl of the beer leaves legs running down the glass. Pretty thick stuff.

Aroma: Vanilla, bourbon, sweet chocolate, rich flavors, roasted malts, and dark fruits. The vanilla and bourbon are huge in this beer. Pretty awesome flavors.

Taste: A lot more dark fruit here in the taste. The bourbon and vanilla are awesome. Very rich and roasted. Oak and chocolate shows a lot. A warming beer, but in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Very warming, smooth, creamy, and syrupy. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with some bourbon notes.

Overall, this beer is very drinkable. Both times I have had it, I have pretty much slammed my glass. Top notch beer. Near as good as vanilla bean dl.

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4.5/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super dark black colored beer with a light fizzy darker colored head.

Nose has some vanilla, lots of dark roasty malts, light coffee, plenty of roast, a little syrupy caramel, light chocolate, toffee, light oak, creamy chocolate.

Taste: Vanilla! Wow vanilla, very rich, some creamy chocolate, roast, a bit of molasses and caramel, bourbon, oak, chewy dark malts, bit of oats, some warming tingly booze, slight bitterness from roast and touch of earthy fluffy hops, and some sweetness.

Mouth is medium to heavier bodied, fairly smooth and rich, warming tingly booze, decent carbonation.

Drink is not the best, but not too bad, some warming and tingly booze, sweet, fairly thick and almost syrupy.

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4.59/5  rDev -0.4%

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