Beer Review: GOOSE ISLAND BOURBON COUNTY VANILLA STOUT

Beer Review: GOOSE ISLAND BOURBON COUNTY VANILLA STOUT


Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout presents itself in a 22 oz. bottle, and as it’s poured into a goblet, the liquid reveals a viscous dark brown hue accompanied by a thin tan microfilm.

Appearance:

The beer boasts a dense, dark brown appearance with a subtle tan microfilm.

Aroma:

The olfactory experience is characterized by notes of bourbon, chocolate, and caramel, creating an enticing aromatic profile.

Taste:

Upon sipping, the palate is greeted with a symphony of flavors, including chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and hints of burnt sugar. The finish carries a distinct boozy quality, contributing to the overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel:

The mouthfeel is undeniably full-bodied, leaving a sticky sensation that lingers on the palate.

Overall:

In terms of overall enjoyment, Goose Island Bourbon County Vanilla Stout stands shoulder to shoulder with the original Bourbon County Stout. Even after a year of aging, the vanilla nuances, if once prominent, have gracefully melded into the robust chocolatey richness of the Bourbon County Stout. It’s a challenge to discern this variant from the original in a blind tasting, as both deliver a formidable combination of caramel and vanilla characteristics. The aging process seems to have intensified the beer’s overall boldness, resulting in a delightful and boozy experience.