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RATINGS: 2781   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 itís a great cigar beer, but I havenít yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it." Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBUís 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

Editorís 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. Itís essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blom (837) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2009
Pit black. Heavy aroma of bourbon, alcohol and dried fruits. Full-bodied and thick with sweet notes of bourbon and vanilla combined with coffee and roasted malt. Way too much bourbon feel in this one for my taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DerWeg (1594) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2015 Bourbon Barrel imparts toasted-coconut and caramel-corn buttery flavors. Truly deep rich velvety and subtle... THICK! Black as the hour of despair. Like a liqueur of coffee and cocoa with brash American oakwood, plus rich nutty dry finish, vanilla, and butterscotch. FEELS like a whiskey finish. HOT. Big beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore (624) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
A- Pours a deep black hue with a brownish head. S- Huge smell. Fig, raisin, deep dark fruit, bourbon, brown sugar. T- The taste is sublime. Dark fruits and brown sugar as in the smell, a huge wave of bourbon and alcohol roll across the tongue. M- Thick with medium carbonation. D- This was quite possibly the best imperial stout ive ever tasted. Huge bourbon, but it didnít distract from the full body of the beer. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle courtesy of JRedmond. Awesome stout, seriously. I enjoyed this so much. Pours thick black, little to no head. Rich in everyway. Deep brutal punishment of molasses, malt, sharpie, alcohol, smoke. All the while its remarkably drinkable. .

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2009
Pours a thick, thick oily black - looks (and feels) like tar or molasses, with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is simply devestating... it ruins me for any other stout because I canít imagine anything else Iíd want to smell when opening a bottle: vanilla, maple, light peatiness. Tastes fantastic - LOTS of molasses, plenty of hops, and deep, dark, tannic astringent malting that overpowers quickly and destroys the palate, sadly. Warm boozy finish, lingering hop & roast bitterness. Body light in carb but I have never, ever tasted a thicker beer. This stuff must have a final gravity greater than the original gravity of some of its less potent rivals. Wow. This is actually too much beer for me, as tasty as it is I simply cannot enjoy it as much as I could if I could actually drink enough of a mouthful at once to savour it before being knocked out by the alcohol and overwhelming taste. Otherwise, so tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2009
Pours black, almost no head. Molasses, valnilla, cherry, and dark chocolate.Is sweet and thick. Bourbon character is a bit too dominant for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pizzaz318 (1) - Phoenix, USA - MAY 17, 2009 does not count
This one is a wow. Itís almost like drinking a peaty, single-malt scotch. Great with cigars.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 BCS Rating #1000 Bottle 2008. A ultra dark thick black color body with a very thin chocolate colored head,little to no carbonation,lots of sticky sheeting and lace. Aroma of Vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, oak, tobacco,and brown sugar.Flavor is HUGE dark toasted malt ,chocolate, coffee, licorice, raisin, smoke, vanilla, and molasis, a full body with a thick creamy mouthfeel,slightly boozy ,burbony but in a very good way,long milk chocolate,and alcohol finish. This is the bomb !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle. Black colour with a small brown head. Aroma: Bourbon up front, then malty sweetness, roastiness, oak, vanilla, chocolate, cherries, a bit sourish. Taste: Very creamy, bourbon, roastiness, licorice, chocolate, caramel, cherries, coffee, oak, alcohol, a bit vineous. Full bodied. Complex and very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
By far the thickest beer I have ever drank. Molasses, syrup, chocolate booze. Man what a great combo!

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