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RATINGS: 2532   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 (4748) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2488) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2014
From a bottle shared by jheath99. Pours very dark brown with a fizzy light brown head. Tastes like booze, strong raisin, very roasted malt, earthy, woody, tobacco, and light ash. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet roasted malt, booze, tobacco, woody, earthy, and lots of raisin.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
theothermatt (224) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2014
2014 bottle. Rich black pour. Lots of vanilla, oak, and alcohol on the nose. Quite hot, burns on the way down. Great balance at something so large. It’s well worth the hype surrounding it.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nathan30533 (688) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2014
It’s terribly hard to argue this is not a perfect beer... Because in a few years in a cellar it would be in 3-5 years. Let it warm and enjoy this sweet bourbon stout. This beer is as dark as oil, smelly, tasty, sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomTron (395) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Christmas day beer 2015, let’s go. Deep black pour with a thin, tan head that hangs around. Burnt malts and bourbon assault the nose. This is damn well crafted beer. Alcohol is completely hidden and it’s smooth all the way down. Flavor has a ton of roasted malt notes and some cocoa, as well as the woodiness of the bourbon barrels coming through. Definitely something to try at least once.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marulv (6) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2014 does not count
355ml bottle from 2012. Color is black as night with almost no head. Aroma is bourbon bourbon bourbon... Taste is dark chocolate, roasted, boozy, cherries.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bentbird (2) - - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
Bottled August 2013. 355ml, shared with friends in snifters. Very boozy, filled the room when opening. Pitch black, very little carbonation. Toffee malts, brown sugar and big bourbon flavour and burn. slightly out of balance. Would benefit from some time in the dark. Great introduction.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cjmccahill (5) - Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014 does not count
As advertised. Pitch black, little tan head that faded fast. So many aromas and flavors. Very surprised at the smoothness for ABV. Want to try the coffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
samsmith33 (402) - - DEC 21, 2014
On tap at blend. 5 oz sampler w 2013, 2014, and barleywine. 2013 is very bold, with boubon. 2014 is less in your face, but a little less flavor. Depending on your mood, either would be better. 2014 would usually be my choice but i recognize the greatness of the 2013. Aroma bourbon, toasted malt. Taste brown sugar, coffee, bourbon of course. Good beers.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (283) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
’14 version, many thanks to Tom! Pours a thick, syrupy, completely black color, with a small, soon disappearing dark brown head, leaving a very thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Has an intriguing nose of earthy, scorched malts with hints of molasses to it, along with milk chocolate, vanilla notes and a gentle barrel infusion, providing a convincing amount of wood and slightly hot Bourbon, blending outstandingly well into the sweeter notes of the beer, building up a fantastic, complexity. A generous amount of toffee and cocoa nibs complete the inviting aromas of this beer. Tastes of earthy, wooden, toasted malts, mingled together with an unbelievable chocolate creaminess, giving this beer its incredible smooth mouthfeel. Even though this is a sipper, it drinks fairly easy, as the alcohol isn’t hidden, but a fundamentaly, well integrated aspect. The Bourbon builds up on the palate above the malt and chocolate foundation, inviting sweeter flavors of molasses, toffee and nougat to the taste, which not only provide a well fitting depth, but also are responsible for wrapping up any alcoholic burn in a very pleasant way, providing a rich, complex, slightly burning Bourbon character with oaken qualities to it. These then again blend well into the malts, leading to a sweeter finish, with a subtle coffee bitterness in the end, calmed by lots of bakers chocolate, exiting with a short, sharp bourbon bite.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
EyeAmBaldman (317) - Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours black with almost no dark tan head. Aroma is all bourbon. This is not my type of beer. Doesn’t really taste like beer, more like liqueur. Taste is sweet bourbon and that’s about it.


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