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RATINGS: 2593   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1147) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2012
March 28th, 2010 - Goose Island is proud of this one, and they should be. This is an ode to the style, a culmination of science and passion and personality, packed into individual bottles. Opening the Goose Island Bourbon County Stout ’08 is like opening a bottle of pure, distilled artisanal craftsmanship. This is bottled joy, and I feel totally undeserving in having my grasping share in it, but since it somehow slipped out of its bottle and into a glass, I guess I can’t let it go to waste. The body is deep black, but shows a light brown underbelly on the edges of my “beer chalice.” The aroma lunges from the glass, controlled but powerful, and at once vegetal, deep, and spicy. Smells of cobwebs, old wood, clove, all-spice, pomegranate and a high and dry bitter edge seduce me closer to the glass. The aroma is more powerful here, and under the control of the brew I take a light sip - a medium-heavy body greets my palate, and bubbles tickle the roof my mouth. Unctuous flavors of licorice and molasses crawl out of the beer, balanced by deep, dark chocolatey malts, and militating against a heavy oak quality and a strong-armed alcoholic burn. This is a glass bristling with intensity, where all the forces, titanic behemoths, are perfectly poised and balanced against each other, quivering with strength, but none of them ever gets the upper hand to upset this beer’s adroit flavor profile. This is masterful. Hats off to Goose Island.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2339) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2015
Flaska från SB, 2012 vintage, 15 abv. riktigt stor och kraftig IS där inte bourbonlagring tillåts ta över eftersom grundölet är så kraftigt. Aningen tjära, men annars mest söta smaker av russin, melass, vanilj, bourbon, choklad och fudge. En hel del värmande alkohol men inte alls spritig. Riktigt gott, men kanske inte lika sensationell som när den kom 2002.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (1906) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2015
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av choklad, vanilj, farinsocker, mandelmassa, marsipan, russin, karamell, bourbon. Stor sötma, rund, oljig, kraftfull, fruktig med fin beska. Riktigt gott!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LuckyDog (554) - - MAR 26, 2015
This is a sipping beer. Six ounce pour of the 2012 vintage. Very sweet. Alcohol flavor. I taste the vanilla and oak. Outstanding.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christpuncher (1635) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2015
the older BCBS are much smoother and sweeter. strong sweet bourbon flavor with a roasted malt backbone. no bite in this bad boy even at 15% alcohol. pours black with no head. smells of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. one of the best stouts i have ever had.
Earlier Rating: 12/18/2013 Total Score: 4.4
This is actually the baudoinia from goose island. Really strong 15% alcohol and has a sweet finish. Pours black and smells chocolately. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
Gimple (1) - - MAR 25, 2015 does not count
This was an off year. Way too ash and soot tasting. Purchased from two stores. Normally a favorite, not this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkSanta410 (420) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
2014 Bottle at home, obtained in a trade with huskertan. Thanks! Pours opaque black, brown head dissipates quickly into a thin film. Aroma is faint bourbon, a bit of vanilla and licorice. Black coffee and hints of chocolate. Honestly a bit underwhelmed by the aroma. Taste is milk chocolate and coffee, transitions to mellow bourbon, licorice and a bit of fruit. Semi sweet with a bitter finish. As this warms the bourbon mellows a bit more and more of the barrel complexities come out, oak and vanilla. Palate is thick but silky smooth, a bit of alcohol detectable on the palate. Medium carbonation. This is a fantastic beer, and one of the best barrel aged beers I’ve had. There is quite a bit of hype, and there are definitely better imperial stouts out there but this is one I would drink time and time again. Got another 2014 in the cellar, excited to see how it develops over the next few years!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2261) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2015
355 ml bottle, 2012 Vintage, 15 abv. Poured in to a Snifter. Pitch black with a thin, tanned head around the edge of the glass. Roasted aroma with dark malts, caramel, vanilla, bourbon barrel, ripe fruits and liqourice. Taste is sweet and roasted. Full body with an oily texture and a near flat carbonation. Long lasting dry and roasted finish with rich, dark malts and soft vanilla notes, chocolate. No sign of the 15 alcohol. Excellent Stout, really well balanced and a lovely barrel ageing.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RRistow12 (365) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Tasted from draft at Hunahpu day. Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. Full bodied thick beer with a moderate sweetness and mild bitterness. Had it along with several other bourbon barrel aged and its up there with the best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nihtila (1164) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
30.5.2014. 2012 version. Black, thick, no head. Sweet bourbon aroma with vanilla, oak. Flavour has plenty of roasted malts, coffee, some cigar(?), going towards bourbon, vanilla, oak. Also as can be expected with this abv, alcohol is present and warms a lot. Heavy and delicious stuff, deserves time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
salvaticas (498) - - MAR 7, 2015
Botte pour at Tørst. Pours like oil. Black and smooth with no head. Strong flavor. Palate is a bit watery. Pretty intense. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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