Bourbon County Brand Vanilla 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): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Added by rudylaw on 11-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,266
Reviews:
418
Avg:
4.47
pDev:
9.17%
 
 
Wants:
1,548
Gots:
424
For Trade:
11
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Ratings: 1,266 |  Reviews: 418
Photo of JimmyShaker1
4.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of codytwo
4.37/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B1G
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Vicirus
4.79/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dataylor21
4.82/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robgage
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PHBoiler
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Goose Island Rare Day. A special treat. This beer has aged well and is well rounded. The vanilla really has faded into a background note as part of the barrel treatment. The body is fudgy and warming but minimal bourbon heat. Very balanced and rich.

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Photo of GreatBloomer
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rjp217
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Abbbp
4.95/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Shawner
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CraftFan5
4.84/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Photo of curlybird
4.28/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of markgugs
4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smutty33
4.87/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Motor-oil thick black sludge with deep brown silk head. Aroma is softer than the regular- the chocolate/whiskey/wood notes are now pleasant, softened by a moderate vanilla note. Flavor is also toned down compared to BCBS, probably to make way for a warm real vanilla bean entourage. The amount of vanilla is perfect: strong enough to notice without searching, but not overpowering/monotone, even if it does take the overall flavor profile back a step from the original. The malt, or perhaps if the barrels were charred, adds a good dark chocolate bitterness, but there is also significant sweetness to it, made more noticeable by the vanilla, or at least it triggers memories of all the other sweet vanilla things we eat. No trace of alcohol. The mouthfeel is as close to perfect as it can get. SO rich and thick, barely a pulse of carbonation without becoming flat, or even undercarbonated. Only calling it full bodied would be an insult.
Awesome beer, not as crazily overpowering and harsh as the original, but still bold. The vanilla is great- authentic, fresh, well balanced, well incorporated. It's earned its spot among the greats.

Note: Not to brag, but this was a perfectly aged bottle from 2010- nearly the full 5 years of age recommended and well treated that whole time. I had a younger bottle a while ago, it had a bit of the harsh alcohol edge to it, the level of vanilla was *approaching* immature (too much), and it wasn't quite as thick, but the rest of the review stands true.

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Photo of Stum-pub
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Farnswurth
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cannabispinoy
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of deadsincebirth
4.98/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Black as night. Smells of big bourbon and slight vanilla backend. Taste is of bourbon, chocolate and a suprising vanilla backend that just grows. Feel is of wonderful vanilla that lasts for days. Overall I can't believe the vanilla has that kind of staying power and the beer has morphed into a balanced phenomenon. Seek this out!!

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Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal. Wonderful blend of vanilla, bourbon, and barrel. Can't believe this beer is 5 years old. Has aged beautifully and feels like it still has more years to go!

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.47 out of 5 based on 1,266 ratings.
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