“First brewed for the legendary festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer in Chicago, drinkers enjoyed this Bourbon County Variant so much we bottled it the next year (2010). People flocked to stores to get their hands on a bottle and have this one of a kind barrel aged stout. Over the past few years we have heard our fans express their love for this version and we are extremely proud to bring it back in 2014. This years version features a little twist of aging the stout in Rye Whiskey Barrels with a mix of Mexican and Madagascar vanilla beans!”
My full review:
Final Rating: 4.61/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Goose Island tulip. Purchased on black friday in western MA. Bottled 31Oct14.
Pours a deep, inky black body with a modest 1 finger milk chocolate colored head that reduces to leave no lacing, but a faint ring of foam.
Allowed to warm to a little under room temperature prior to analysis, as I wasn’t getting much aroma straight out of the cellar. The vanilla really opens up once it warms, lots of vanilla bean, caramel, butterscotch, reminscent of vanilla cake or a light vanilla extract smell. Bourbon and chocolate in the background with a little booziness. Very inviting on the nose.
Upfront, the vanilla is very apparent on the tongue with a sweet vanilla bean/caramel flavor, leading to a chocolatey-bourbon flavor reminiscent of other bourbon county varieties, followed by a nice roastyness that sticks around for a while. Rich, full mouthfeel with a heavy body and minimal carbonation.
Overall this was very tasty and a few notches above regular BCBS. Richer in body and with the addition of vanilla a little more complex and flavorful.