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RATINGS: 2761   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2441) - JAPAN - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009 Solid black pour with tan head. Nose of raisins, smoke, slight bourbon. As it warms the bourbon becomes more pronunced. Medium full body. Lots of alcohol. Sticky and sweet, perhaps overly so. Well done but a case in point where a little goes a long way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12 oz. bottle (2008), poured into a snifter. A truly huge beer. Ar: Could smell it from an open bottle two feet away. Strong chocolate, smoke and vanilla w/ underlying oak and nutmeg. Ap: Viscous pour w/ a tiny Cinnamon head. Dense black w/ caramel around the edges. Fl: Raisins, plums, burnt sugar, oaky vanilla and excellent Bourbon. Dark chocolate at the back of oneís mouth, finishing silky milk chocolate. Pa: Silky, like a truffle. Leaves a warming alcoholic burn like a fine Bourbon- lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hirigalzkar (2789) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle. L: Black. A: Bourbon. Sweet: chocolate, caramel, cream, vanilla etc. T: Oaky. Vanilla, chocolate, light smoke. Vinous in finish.O: Just super! Shut up and drink!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
phish1997 (3) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009 does not count
Best stout i have ever had.Thick black and complex,bourbon,vanilla,carmel. Great beer to warm up a cold night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
12oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. 2008 bottle, brews pours midnight black with zero head. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, oak and heavily burnt malts. Flavor is very big and full of Vanilla, bourbon and some chocolate. Iím gonna pick up a four pack of this and let it age for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2009
12 oz bottle from a trade with thecheeseman. 2007 vintage, bottled 10/12/07. thick black pour with a tan ring around the edges of my snifter. aroma of charred wood, bourbon, vanilla, black malt, caramel, and chocolate. it actually smells thick. huge mouth filling flavour. caramel, burnt barrel, chocolate. huge and complex. a thick silky imperial stout. thx cheeseman.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle from Liquor World in Kankakee, IL. Possibly my favorite beer out there. AROMA: Lots of Chocolate and Bourbon. Hints of vanilla. APPEARANCE: Thick, pitch black. Very little head. Incredible lacing and clinging to glass. FLAVOR: Bourbon and Chocolate dominate with strong notes of vanilla catching you. Finish with nice alcohol. PALATE: Comparable to Dark Lord Bourbonn Barrel version. Very thick and sticky. Full body, slick with little carbonation. OVERALL: Possibly my favorite beer. Lots of flavor going on here with absolutely nothing being overdone. I love the way that sweet notes find there way in and out to make this such a complex brew. Goose Island hit this one out of the ballpark.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2009

Source: 2007, 12 oz bottle from Kelleherís Irish Pub in Peoria.
Appearance: Poured pitch black with absolutely no head.
Aroma: Dominated by bourbon and dark chocolate. Alcohol present in the nose as well.
Flavor: Bourbon and alcohol, with notes of chocolate.
Palate: Full body with no carbonation and a slick, chewy mouthfeel.
Overall: I was iffy on this one. While this was an excellent, over the top brew, I really didnít enjoy it enough to drink one again any time soon. 12 oz is too much for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 27, 2009
Botella at ōlbaren, Cph. Pith black. Sweet dark fruity alco aroma. Very sweet roasty dark fruity flavour with bourbon and liquirice. Quite sweet roasty bourbon alco finish. Thick alco roasty sweet brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 12oz bottle. Black with a bit of foam at first but no lasting head. The aroma is pretty much straight bourbon, with a light dark chocolate accompaniment. Thick and slick with low, fine carbonation. Lots of bourbon, wood, alcohol, and dark chocolate flavors. The alcohol is relatively smooth, but very present. I can dig this a little bit, but it seems to be intense just for intensityís sake. The bourbon runs the show for sure. (7,3,7,4,14)

Rerate: 12oz bottle--2008 release. hardly any head on a aggresive pour. Red edges around an almost solid black body. Smooth bourbon and german chocolate cake aroma. Thick as a cake too, with low carbonation. Almost chewable. This release has smoothed out a bit with just over a year of age in the bottle at this point. Much better than I remember, with rich chocolate and bourbon, but much less burn. Still sweet as hell with plenty of alcohol, but more rounded at this point. Still like a bourbon chocolate dessert that you donít want to drink much more than half a small bottle of, but I can really see the appeal of this one now. Deserves a few more points, though itís still just not drinkable enough to be a top stout for me.

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