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RATINGS: 2772   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   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 (5996) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ozzy70 (690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Tap at Whole Foods, Omaha location. Poured black, lasting tan head. Aroma was bourbon, smoke, chocolate and vanilla. Taste was sweet bourbon, bitter chocolate, boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sudomorph (1079) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
2013 bottle. Pours black with a thin, tan head. Aroma has great, smooth notes of bourbon barrel, roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, wood spice, molasses, and that slight tart fruit I get from barreled beers. Taste is balanced well and not too sweet. Dark chocolate, bourbon barrel, wood spice, caramel, dark fruits, and a smooth, bourbon filled, alcohol warmed ending. Full body with a medium-low carbonation. Syrupy but not cloying in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall a really big beer with lots going on. I’m sure I’ve missed things. Dark chocolate, roast, bourbon, toffee, caramel, wood spice, and faint alcohol. Delicious and nicely aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sebilinz (1751) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 30, 2016
Bottle. Thanks to Werckmeister. Black body tan head. Aroma is cocoa fruits with wood and bourbon. Taste is coffee dark caramel burnt wood dried fruits. Aftertaste is nice some alcohol some burnt malts some caramel malts. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1663) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 30, 2016
500 ml bottle, bottled Sep 15.
Black body, with a small, dense, coffee-colored head.
Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, cocoa, liquorice, coffee, some alcohol.
Taste follows this, with additional vanilla and more booze.
Full, oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes boozy, but smooth, with cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, some liquorice, some dark fruits.

Tasty. Very well integrated bourbon notes, overall really smooth, except that the alcohol is a bit too present for my liking. Overall great stuff, but not among my favourite Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (2042) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 30, 2016
0,5l at home shared by 4 from trade with amazngwrldfood, big thanks. Vintage 2015. Bottled 22.09.2015. ABV 13.7%. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells of vanilla, wood, bourbon, alcoholic, light dark fruits, raisins. nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of dark fruits, raisins, light vanilla, licorice, spices, wood, bourbon, some alcohol. finishes rather alcoholic with notes of spices, vanilla, licorice and some bourbon. good stuff, a bit alcoholic, but every nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
klm1 (871) - - JUL 23, 2016
vintage 2015, bottled on 8th november; 14,3% abv.: pours black oily color, clear, with foamy brown head, which immediately transforms to a ring around the glass. aroma: intense bourbon aroma, very gentle, not harsh presented and at the same time supported with roasted, dark malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffe, chocolate, chocolate cake, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, tobacco, port wine,...Flavor: Intense malt flavor, with notes of chocolate, espresso coffee, vanilla, molasses, hint of cinnamon, supported with gentle note of bourbon, vanilla, oak. finish is sticky dry, body is full texture soft, carbonation is low, alcohol note is gentle hidden, but evident. I would give it a score 5, but I got only one bottle of this imps. But for sure is f...goooooooood, Damn!!!!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroadestTom (374) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Aroma chocolate, roasty, vanilla, woody, bourbon, Appearance black, minimal head, tan foam, brown foam, Taste medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate full body, thick feel, Overall this is one of the infected batches so it’s hard for me to give a honest opinion. To me the taste is full flavor of barrel bourbon and booze. I can’t tell if it is infected because this is the first time having it. Not getting any tart flavors. I think it’s a really good stout that I would like to try uninfected. I would suggest this beer to a friend.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hallstein (483) - Skogn, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle from 2012. Thanks chris! - Sweet bourbon and oak. The complexity from the bourbon comes through, big time! Chocolate syrup. Flavor has tons of vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee. Bourbon and more chocolate. This was hands down amazing. One of the best beers ive tried. Lives up to the hype!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Speko (202) - DENMARK - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle 0,355. 2012 edt. Vanilla, cocoa, raisins, alcohol is noticeable. Taste is alcohol, vanilla, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The alcohol is overwhelming, it’s almost like drinking liquor. To much alcohol, otherwise quite good. Full body, oily and sticky texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenderedBrewin (1) - Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2016 does not count
Great beer as always. Disappointed they produced so much in 2015. Hopefully their quality isn't going down. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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