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Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout
- Goose Island Beer Co.
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout
Limited (brewed once).
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.
Bourbon County Brand Stout spiced with fresh vanilla beans.
(Beer added by: rudylaw on 11-08-2009)
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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...
Serving type: on-tap
05-20-2010 03:57:24 |
More by emerge077
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I woke up today with a dry throat. The damn ceiling fan, which I rely on to block out noise and keep me cool, had attacked me by confiscating all signs of moisture in my entire respiratory system overnight. I was thirsty. But I had no clue how much my thirst was about to be quenched.
Fast forward 4-5 hours to the first session of the 2nd Annual Winking Lizard cask conditioned beer festival. I check in and get a program which outlines the beers available. I check over the list to see a bunch of familiar names, some extra special treats, and the very last entry:
Goose Island Vanilla Bourbon County
This was the first beer I had today. It was the last beer I had today. It was the best beer I've had in a long time. Overall, I'd say I had 22oz or so, and, let me tell you, this beer delivers.
Appears a magnificent black, the kind of black the Rolling Stones sang about painting things. No head whatsoever, and a ton of alcohol sticks to the side of the glass when I swish.
Smell takes me somewhere. Grandma is baking vanilla cookies. Grandpa is sipping his bourbon. And I'm eating a chocolate candy while my olfactory tingles with delight.
Taste is perfect. A strange combo of coconut, vanilla bean, oak, bourbon, chocolate and caramel tastes more defined and well balanced than any desert I've had. This is exceptional in terms of its depth, extreme flavor, and ability to define different elements in unique flavor spikes along the journey. Honestly, one of the best beers I've ever had.
Mouthfeel is thin, but this may be a result of the cask feel. The carb isn't an issue, appropriate for the serving type.
Drinkability is well above many in the field. Strong? Sure, but this is a magnificent example of when imperial flavor is necessary to achieve such a magnificent result. Kev and John at the Lizard, you have outdone yourselves this year. This was just fantastic, and I want to thank you for a wonderful event and a new top 20 beer for me.
Tonight, I will sleep with the fan on. And it can't do a thing to make me uncomfortable. Try as it might, it shall not rob me of this - my thirst has been quenched for a while.
Serving type: cask
03-27-2010 21:32:47 |
More by jampics2
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I've always been a fan of the original Bourbon County stout, so when I heard that they were brewing a Vanilla version, I leaped at the opportunity to try it.
A - Black. Very similar to the original. Very light head that dissipated quickly and didn't leave much lacing.
S - Incredible. I took my time drinking this just so that I could experience all of the smells that developed. Malt, Vanilla, Chocolate, Bourbon and a slight bitter coffee smell. The vanilla scent was more prominent as it warmed. Definitely incredible.
T - Similar to the original, but just with the vanilla twist to it. Although it was said to be the same ABV, it didn't have the bite that I was expecting - which is a good thing. Dark chocolate and the tons of malt were most recognizable. The vanilla was definitely there, but not overpowering.
M - Very thick. Almost like syrup. Incredible.
D - This is definitely a sipper - and should be. It's something to enjoy and savor.
Bottom line - I'm really glad that GI is making different varieties and experimenting with BCS. If you can find this beer, definitely try it.
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2010 15:04:47 |
More by EJLinneman
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had this delectable brew at FoBAB. Two 4oz pours of this nectar of the gods.
Pours still and black as night. There was a hint of a mocha head. That head is revived slightly with a few swirls... but it's mostly bubbles at this point.
Smells divine! Tons of chocolate and vanilla that mask the bourbon. In fact, I don't get a lot of heat on this at all. A tinge of roast to round it out.
Man, does this taste good! It's almost if they took Nightstalker, added a hint of bourbon and then topped it off with a half cup of Hershey's chocolate syrup! The vanilla beans are evident as this warms. So unbelievably delicious.
This has way more drinkability than BCS and was the standout of the night for me. Kudos!
Serving type: on-tap
11-08-2009 15:05:45 |
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