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RATINGS: 2561   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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"I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation we brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born-A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with a thick foam the color of bourbon barrels. The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla,carmel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said that it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it." Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBU’s 60-High Color - Midnight
Was 11% abv,
2007 and 2008 - 13% abv
2011 - 14.5% abv
2012 - 15% abv
2013 - 14.9% abv
2014 - 14.4% abv

Editor’s Note: Baudoinia Fulton & Wood Series offering (And the Low Storage entry from FoBAB 2012) is simply Bourbon County Stout aged in the same barrels. It has been alted as it offers no different recipe or barrel type simply the presence of a distillers fungus on the barrels that adds no distinct characteristic to the beer from the fungus itself except for possible oxygen exposure changes. While Brewers Intent indicates that they consider it a new beer, no true distinction aside from this oxidation amount and possible aging time differences seperates the beers. It’s essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (4825) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle: I think I have to thank Soren for this one (has already been two years ago...) So thank you Soren! 2009 Vintage (When  Goose Island was still Goose Island!) Well this poured a really darkened black beer (almost that motoroil blackness again, but still at some points also that darkened ruby shine). A very small thick brown head, which unfortunately disappears fairly quick and after some seconds the look is a simple headless but black colored beer. The smell is sublime, one of those imperial stouts which the barrel aging really caused a positive effect to which your nostrels are flathered, a smile is put on your face and even some shivers rise on your arms and back. I am a fan of Bourbon Barrel aging, well if it is done correctly (never had any that was r (really) bad), but this one is done very well! The aroma is nicely balanced, with a nice mix between spicy, bitter, sweet: there are vanilla tones with some buttery undertones, there are hints of some spicy wood with brown sugars and sweet flower (lightly floral and hop) in the far distance, nice roasted ingredients like roasted barley malts and roasted herbs, some light bitterness but mostly it’s the gentle whiskey tones like wood, vanilla and spices. All the following are just hints in the aroma; mocha and flower (dough), tar and darkened molassess, syrup, slightest hint of something sour. The flavours are a fine, pretty smooth soft yet spiced mix (but maybe a bit too much alcohol) of vanilla, wood, roasted malts, liquorice, sweet vanilla liquorice, full bitter, very peppery, roasted creamy viscous barleys, toffee, salty liquorice, some coffee/espresso/molasses mix, mocha/ caramel, toasted leaves, some dried liquored fruits (raisin, plums, prunes), some tar, wood roast and dark chocolate. Delicious! After a while the liquorice comes very well through (together with the firm warm bitterness). The aftertaste is warm with a firm malty backbone,  roasted spices/herbs, bitter, light caramel, mocha, chocolate, different kinds of liquorice, viscous and well balanced But unfortunately a pretty short aftertaste. Low carbo, soft creamy light spicy mouthfeel, full body and a lovely oily viscous sticky texture. Ok, you can drink it right when the bottle is opened and you can drink it after you let this breath for a while both are sublimely balanced and outspoken but you taste the difference. I am happy I got a bomber, small bottle (355..) would not be enough, lol. Guess the only things that withold me of giving this a 4.9 (a 5 can’t be given in my optique) are the strong alcohol notes, that there is no head (it’s not bad if a beer has no head, but the (dark) brown head from the beginning should be a bit bigger and disappearing slower and not leave a headless beer after some seconds) and the aftertaste which seem to loose some of the awesomeness which is in the taste itself and is missed in the aftertaste. That said: it’s a wunderschönes biere!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (92) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2015
2012 vintage, 35.5cl bottle @ home. Pours black and oily with a tiny dark brown head that very quickly fades. Aroma is clearly bourbon, prunes and wood. Taste is sweet but not overly sweet, slighty bitter and a little roasted. Body is full, texture is thick, carbonation is soft to medium. The finish is big and long, bourbon, coffee, brown sugar and roasted malt dominating.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTheRick (486) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2015
** Bouteille 2013 ** Une faible mousse brune se sauve rapidement d’un liquide noir comme la plus sombre des nuits. Un bouquet réconfortant de carrés aux dattes, de biscuits graham et de chocolat m’a replongé dans un doux souvenir de desserts concoctés avec amour par ma grand-mère. La faible carbonatation permet d’apprécier les saveurs sucrées de la bière dans toute leur splendeur. Du chocolat onctueux et des fruits confits sont emportés par une vague de chaleur alcoolisée gracieuseté du bourbon. Une pointe de bois se pointe à la fin. Un véritable dessert liquide qui se laisse apprivoiser lentement, mais sûrement.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapped (939) - New York City, TURKEY - JAN 20, 2015
Draught. Inky black with small creamy chocolate colored head, caramel-mocha aroma with undertones of whisky, robust body, low carbonation, sweet mocha - bourbon taste, longish finish with bourbon aftertaste. Such a great experience, like drinking a chocolate pudding!

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 20, 2015
13.8% ABV 2014 edition. Bottled 09.29.14. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip on 12.11.14. A: Very strong bourbon. That’s it. A: Small tan ring for a head. Midnight black body with no red in the glass. T: It’s bourbon syrup. Bourbon dominates. Dark fruit, coconut, marshmallow, chocolate, a barely there bit of oak, nuts, and a weird artificial slightly bitter sting on the back end, are all subtle. P: Silky smooth. This is the most syrupy beer ever, by far. There are some bubbles in the middle and on the back end, but not many. O: The bourbon was nice, but it was unbalanced. It was icky sweet like eating chocolate frosting with a spoon from the container. (Of course, err...I’ve never done that). The mouthfeel is way too syrupy. It feels almost flat. The alcohol heat is not bad for it being 13.8%. Another thing that bothered me was what tasted like an artificial edge that I’ve found in other AB-InBev beers. I hope, like a lot of people, that they aren’t messing with the recipe. Overall, the hype didn’t live up to the actual drink as I think that there are better BBA stouts. It was good, just not world class.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jamesthebrit (307) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Randonly on tap! Aroma is lighter. Really nothing. Looks fine. Black. Taste is amazing. Hate to admit but better than kbs. Vanilla. Boozy. Stout. Whiskey. Good balance. Palate is surprisingly medium. Overall the taste is amazing but everything else is ok. Not a bad beer. Take it back. Not as good as kbs... Too boozy. Still good tho

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElCapitan22 (157) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours a jet black color. This has next to no lacing or head retention, due to the near 14% ABV. Tastes of vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. A fantastic drink and one that is apparently hard to find. Quite a treat!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fraternie (848) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2015
2013 on Draft: Intense aromas of bourbon, chocolate and black fruits. Incredibly smooth on the palate, with initially sweet black fruit flavors of plum, fig and licorice, giving way to a blast of dark chocolate, bitter black coffee, bourbon, vanilla bean and molasses. Layers for days. Finish lingers long with hoppy spice and dark coffee, picking up the intensity as it opens. Bourbon barrel flavor is there too in the end but it is understated and in balance with the other elements, with the high abv covered well.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LiMuBai (190) - - JAN 15, 2015
Great color. Rich chocolaty head. Bursting with fruity alcohol aroma. Damn, what a kick of alcohol in the taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1494) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle, 2014 - not much head, pitch black color, definite bourbon and roast malt aroma and flavor, fair amount of woody vanilla flavor too, maybe a very very mild whiff of alcohol at the very end but not nearly as much as you would expect from a 14+%, pretty smooth finish, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RobGerman (2) - - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
I am drinking the 2013 right now, and let me say....WOW! The complex flavors of an imperial stout blends well with the bourbon barrel. This is truly a treat.


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