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RATINGS: 2664   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
"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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5614) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Natai (121) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours like black oil with very little head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, and coffee with hints of cocoa, nut, and licorice. Smooth and oily on the palate. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cousin_Larry (719) - - NOV 29, 2015
Had a bottle of 2015 thanks to jerkane. Good chocolate, coffee, and bourbon flavor. A little overhyped IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Changed (448) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2015
2015 bottle, bottled 18 September. Pours viscous black, small brown head, no lacing. Aroma is raisins, campfire, bourbon, vanilla. Flavor is much the same. Sweet, boozy, warming, not hot, the alcohol is very well hidden. Can you call a 14% beer drinkable? This one, you can. Complex, exceptionally well balanced. Will have to grab a few more bottles to age, if I can hold out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
saltyseadog (1) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2015 does not count
AROMA Bourbon, pitch and ethanol followed by chocolate milk, chocolate syrup and baking chocolate. APPEARANCE Black coffee with dense chocolate milk head. Just a trace of lacing with very brief head retention. TASTE Chocolate, unbleached cane sugar, maple syrup, and a hint of buttercream. Unexpectedly sweet with bourbon and alcohol burn on the finish. PALATE Heavy, malty, rich, well carbonated, coats the mouth and hangs on a good long time after a sip. OVERALL Very well integrated, complex, sweet, dessert-like, thoroughly drinkable. An unmistakably sweet beer, balanced with malt, roasty coffee bitterness, rich creamyness and lingering bourbon heat. Packs a punch, so much going on and so many contrasting elements to enjoy. A renowned beer worthy of the considerable praise heaped upon it. Great stuff, love to try some of the limited variants some day.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuzzcro (45) - Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Excellent in every way except I don’t understand the difference in ABV. My bottles are saying 13.7 ABV which is a far cry from the listed 15 % I’m still happy with what I have...just puzzled. This is one of my first purchases of a new release and it’s quite exciting in itself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ahuth (108) - - NOV 27, 2015
Bottled. 2015 edition. Has a milky dark color. The taste is a chocolate upfront taste. Has a hint of bourbon. This is a excellent bourbon stout...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BruceHartford3 (7) - - NOV 27, 2015 does not count
Aroma: caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, smoke Appearance: black, deep red corners Taste: heavy, not hot, cream—but bright, sweet, chocolate, carmel, vanilla, tobacco, oak Palate: creamy, slick, lively, long, full Overall: Crazy good. Bright, but smooth and full. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I consider this to be the filet mignon of beer. Or at least stouts. Very smooth, especially if aged, chocolatey, Carmel, amazing!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heather_B (152) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Finally getting around to rating this. Snifter at the source in Chicago for a late bday Rare Day tix I got to buy for Adam and myself. I’ve had this a lot. Dark brown with caramel head. Aroma is bourbon and dark chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is not-too-bitter dark chocolate. Bourbon is underlying but present and notable. Not overwhelming. I love this stuff. Cheers to BCS hunting 2015 in a few weeks!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tork (8) - - NOV 5, 2015 does not count
Enjoyed this every time I have had it. Recently after bottling, after 3 months, after 6 months etc. Just wish it wasn't owned by InBev but I'm still not complaining.

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