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RATINGS: 2381   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 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

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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thooper41 (546) - Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to stfun: pours pitch black with no head at all: aroma filled with chocolate and hint of bourbon, flavor was the same way but a slight hint of alcohol also. very well made beer.

3.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2008
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Let me add my disclaimer right now. I do not like bourbon. I donít like the way it smells or tastes. GIBCS pours beautifully black with a carmel-colored head that quickly settles. The aroma is overwhelmingly bourbon along with toffee, vanilla and charred wood. You can smell this beer from across the room. The flavor is extremely complex with raisin, dried apricot, bourbon (of course), alcohol, chocolate pudding, coffee and a ton of other things that are blasted away by the second sip. This beer is way too complex to adequately rate with one bottle. By the second sip your taste buds are destroyed to subtlety. I can say that Iím already past the bourbon smell and taste. It is blessedly not overpowering with the rest of the flavors. The palate is oily and chewy. The after taste is long and thick. You wonít get away from this beer anytime soon. This is the best bourbon related anything Iíve ever had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dutch23mp (254) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
I live in the area and to be frank have not been a big fan of GI products, this is the exception. Even living here you still have to know where to get it. a flavor bomb to say the least. A well crafted beer one will do at the 13%. Not inexpensive but something to savor.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Thanks footy for number 1100. Pours a thick, black oily substance w/ a modest head and minial lacing. Strong aromas of dark chocolate pudding, vanilla. Nice! Full nectar like heavy cream w/ soft residual effers. A huge chocolate malt backbone w/ defined Bourbon basting. Deep roasted coffee bean and freshly cooked chocolate pudding all wrapped together w/ a stinging asprin bittering. This stuff is amazing. Itís chunky, chewy, warming, and very generous. This brew is decadent and filling. Huge roast, brownies, vanilla, sweet yet balanced. Trump visual.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Bottled: 10/11/07. Tasted 3/3/08. This baby pours dark as night. I tried to get some light to permeate this bad boy, but no go. Pretty much no head though. The bourbon definitely makes itself known, but I wouldnít say itís overpowering. Once it warms up, the bourbon comes out even more in the aroma. At that point, itís a little too much and you have to blast through it to get to the other characteristics. What you do get there is more caramel and even toffee sweetness than I expected. Thereís still dark dark malts to be had, but they come out more in the taste and finish. Speaking of the taste: bourbon hits you up front, but it settles down into dark bitter & roasted malts and some coffee, and even less chocolate. Thereís some semi-sweet malt flavors that help balance out the dark bitterness. Bourbon comes out more in the beginning of the finish. Burns the throat more as it warms. Finishes like a dream. Nice and bitter malty, with some overlying sweetness again, but the emphasis is on the roasty & bitter. Even though itís still a bit hot for my tastes, the mouthfeel is so silky and voluptuous, it just had to be a 5. 8/4/8/5/17-4.2 Bottled 10/11/07. Tasted: 10/19/08. Disappointment was had here. The aroma kinda does smell like a cigar. The 2007 is definitely starting to oxidize. The bourbon has mellowed some but it hasn’t really caused the other flavors develop or come out more. I hope my other 2 bottles don’t oxidize as well. 6/4/8/4/14-3.6

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rlgk (9492) - GŲteborg/JŲnkŲping, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2013 Rerate 2013-03-22. I just have to give this beer top score. Drinking it together with Bells Expedition Stout and they are equally good. Old rating from 2008: 4,8.Bottle. Pitch black, brown head. Bourbon aroma, malty, vanilla, whiskty, vinous, smoked, tar, viol, licorice, milky and creamy notes, roasted and with oak notes. Bourbon flavor, oak, wood, vanilla, tar, sweetish, some almond, oily, tarmilky smoked and rather roasted, almost burnt notes. Whisky finish that lasts forever and also brings some bitterness. 13 percent and no alcohol showing. I love it!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (13196) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 2, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2013 Bottle at home with Tom and Royce... Big thanks to Dough77 for this .. 2006 Vintage roast malts lots of bourbon ... sweet vanilla ... toasted malt ..3.2.

TK 3 ... Train shefiled to huddersfield with Nightfall ... Deep black ... thin tan head ... smooth roast ... little simple bourbon... toffee and vanilla ... nose is little meaty 3.8 bottle at home ... 2009 vintage ... dark black ... thin tan head ... dark roast ... soft bourbon nose ... dark chocolate ... huge huge coconut bourbon ... massive bourbon ...dark roast ... soft chocolate ... mellow roast ...nice dark roast but too much alohol 3.5 bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft mellow roast malt nopse ....dark malts ... heavy roast ... juicy roast ... big coconut ... dark roast ... decent .. but still big alcohol and full bourbon ... 3.5

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 2, 2008
2006 bottle at cgarvieukís amazing sunday shindig. Very dark browin with beige head. Bourbon with lots of vanilla, big nose. some chocolate malt and some creaminess. Mouth is slightly carbonated, charcoal, spirit burn, some creamy vanilla. Bit overpowering. Thick and spirity, with lots of vanilla cream. Not what I was expecting, but alright.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2008
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. Aroma is bourbon, alcohol roasty and overpowering. Taste is similar, alcohol, coffee, makes me quiver when i drink, hard to swallow, terrible beer and about as far away as what i want fardark lord.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Poured pitch black with no head. Aroma - sweetness, bourbon and alcohol, maybe a hint of scotch. Is this beer? Taste was very sweet with notes of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Strong warming alcohol presence. Thick mouthfeel. Wow. Definitely a sipper. Two bottles of this stuff will put you to bed.


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