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RATINGS: 2758   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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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
2015 - 14.2% 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 separates 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 (5907) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugetaste42 (16) - - MAY 27, 2016
Awesome stout. Tried multiple times. Barrel flavor is huge, a bit boozy and hot, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and everything good is in this bottle. 2009 vintage bottle was the best I’ve tried, and that bottle probably deserved a solid 4.7. But in average, I say 4.3

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emusche (150) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Pours cola black with thin head. Aromas of vanilla bean, cacao, caramel, and bourbon; In-cred-i-ble. Taste is nearly identical to nose, but so smooth and creamy that it shouldn't be possible. Vanilla, caramel, slightly smoky, the barrel-flavor present but not overbearing. Worth waiting for, and worth the price if you can find it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kajser27 (1124) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 16, 2016
Hazy, dark brown to black, thick and syrupy, flat, small to no head. Aroma is of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, some chocolate, roasted malt, strong vanilla and bourbon barrel, light alcohol. Taste is very sweet brown sugar, molasses, caramel and some chocolate, strong vanilla and bourbon, oak, roasted malt, medium roasty bitterness, some alcohol but mostly very well hidden, some warmth in the finish, long lasting aftertaste. Full bodied, flat, thick and bit sticky. (bottle from the brewery from a colleague who did some commissioning there)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
N3lson1 (867) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Drank from a sample glass, shared amongst friends. Pours black, zero head. Amazing aromas of chocolate and caramel. Nice flavor, a bit of a burn from the bourbon but nothing extreme. Well done!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ShivanDragon (3007) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2016
#3000, Bier ter ere van de geboorte van mijn kleindochter Sophia; Ze verkondigde zich gistermiddag tijdens UBF’16 al aan, en vandaag dan geboren, in blakende gezondheid een kleindochter...
en hoe mooi dat het dan ook samenvalt met nummer 3000 op Ratebeer...
nu moet ik zeggen dat ik dit bier al enige tijd geleden al had gereserveerd.... maar dat het voor mij ondanks de speciale gelegenheid ook aan alle verwachtingen heeft voldaan en/of zelfs heeft overtroffen.
Nog even dank aan de ratebeer clan van gistermiddag, anders was dit unieke moment niet mogelijk geweest, dus dank voor de top dag gisteren !

ok dan nu het bier: BCS 2015 variant, schenkt stroperig dik zwart met kaki kraag. Aroma van donkere chocolade, koffie, mout, geroosterd, en een heerlijke Bourbon.
Smaken zijn behoorlijk aan de dikke kant, romig mondgevoel, enorm veel donkere chocolade, behoorlijk zoet, enorm plakkerig, super zachte en gebalanceerde Bourbon, gebrande mouten, koffie, molasse, vanille, hout, zeer lichte bitterheid die in de afdronk erg zacht blijft mede dankzij de bourbon, volle body, zachte co2, smooth... werkelijk een fantastisch bier... zonder de speciale gelegenheid een 4.8 of zo... maar vandaag gewoon de maximale score !!!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (610) - SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2016
A: Pitch black with a nice brown head N: Bourbon, coffee, vanilla, chocolate T: Vanilla, coffee, bourbon, molasses, caramel, liqourice O: Very thick and creamy mouthfeel. Excellent mouthfeel!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Curran (5) - - MAY 10, 2016 does not count
Big. Boozy. Complex. Balanced. Lots of chocolate and bourbon and dark fruit. Nice little alcoholic warmth. Real treat.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
whaturtle (8) - - MAY 9, 2016 does not count
2015版bcbs,饮用于&# 气味:奶香,&# 非常平衡而出&#

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
stevoj (3594) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 19, 2016
Catch up rating from Saturday’s RIS bottle share. Big boozy aroma, taste with plenty of burn. Muddy, black pour, kind of dull, but looks as expected. Sip slowly to savor the flavor, but not slow enough to singe your nose hairs with the burn. Will warm you up fast.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
George999 (336) - Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2016
The 2015 from the bottle is dark chocolate brown with very little light penetration, the aroma is bourbon and oak, the taste is a rich chocolate with a little bit of raisin overtones and deep malty flavor, the mouthfeel is velvety thick and very very smooth. The finish is like a bourbon with a warm alcohol feel that lingers in the back of the throat.


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