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 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.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black, small head from aggressive pour that dissipated quickly leaving some small bubbles around edges.

S - oak, bourbon, very sweet smelling

T - bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, small bit of vanilla, sweet finish.

M - thicker side of medium, nice carbonation, very smooth.

O - awesome. Liked this better than regular bcbs but not as much as bcbcs.

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4.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter - bottled on 11/5/2010

A: Pours a dark black with a small dark brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass but a ton of dark boozy legs as you swirl the glass.

S: The nose show major aromas of chocolate, bourbon, molasses, booze, and some vanilla. The first time I had this the vanilla was almost overpowering but here I can barely detect it behind the normal BCS aromas.

T: The taste is much different than the original version though. I get huge flavors of vanilla along with the normal chocolate, molasses, and bourbon of regular BCS. Amazing stuff but the vanilla may have faded by now.

M: The feel is thick an viscous with minimal carbonation. Normally I would deduct points for the low carb but it works for all the BCS versions.

O: I had this 3-4 months ago and thought the vanilla in this beer was awesome but it seems to have faded in that short time. It has faded almost completely out of the aroma but is still pretty strong in the flavor. I still think the Coffee version is much better but this is very tasty. Highly recomended.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -13%

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3.45/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle (2010)

Thanks for sharing, Cavery!

(Aged for 1 year)

Midnight black with a thin ruby brown head that doesn't stay for long. Some spotted lacing down the glass. As expected, this beer is gorgeous.

The best aspect of this beer is it's aroma. The combination of bourbon, wood, sweet and earthy vanilla, and alcohol heat make for a divine combination.

Unfortunately, smelling this was the greatest joy I got from it, as it is far too hot with alcohol. Yes there is plenty of bourbon and wood character along with lots of sweet vanilla, but the burning harshenss from the alcohol is overpowering. Interestingly, I did not experience a similar ?flaw? in the other variations of this beer. Disappointing, namely because my expectations were so incredibly high.

Medium to full mouthfeel, though a touch slick and oily. Hot with alcohol.

Way too boozy, at least at this age. The aroma saves it from falling completely from grace.

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 22 fl oz bottle poured in to tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Nearly opaque. Head is tan, 1/2 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Big bourbon and vanilla notes blast off the nose. Dark roast malt and maple notes are also apparent.

T: Huge vanilla notes accompanied by maple and bourbon. Flavors are big, but all compliment each other and are very well balanced. Aftertaste is vanilla, bourbon, and maple.

M: Full bodied and viscous. Bourbon and vanilla notes stick to the palate.

O: Truly a masterpiece. All flavors are wildly huge yet compliment each other in a way that makes the overall beer better than its individual components. Quite a shame that this is a one and done production. Don't be fooled, there is no hype around this beer. It really is that good.

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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 1,271 ratings