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RATINGS: 2720   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miksu (5033) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2009
12 oz bottle (vintage 2007) at Stockholm Beer Festival 2008. Pitch black with small head. Strong sweet and perfumed bourbon aroma with vanilla, salty licorice and dark chocolate. Rich sweet chocolate and bourbon flavor with vanilla, salty licorice and some grainy notes. Some coffee and charcoal towards finish. Very warming. Good strong bourbon character but not overpowering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andersand (529) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 One of the darkest (in flavour), fatest and most generous beers I have tried so far. Hereís a extreme amount of flavour, lots of bourbon both on the nose and the palate alongside a big sweetness that is still balanced out by very non-noticable hops. Extremely tasty and stylish beer that, if something is a bit one-dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
12 oz 2008 bottle pours, and feels like, warm motor oil. Bourbon dominates aroma and is strong in flavor. Body is viscous and carbonation is enough to balance. Besides bourbon, thereís barley malt syrup flavors with notes of vanilla bean extract, alcohol and oak. Finish runs overtime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2009
12oz 2008 bottle. Pours black with a thin mocha head that diminishes into a ring of foam. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and of course chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Flavors are sweet malt, roasted malt, oak, chocolate, and a nice bourbon finish. Plate is thick, rich, and smooth. BCS Warms the soul!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Bottle. Pours deep black with a thin brown head. Looks great, pours mean and appealing. Smells of sweet burnt malts and chocolate. Taste is complex, robust. Subtle notes are picked up with each sip. A treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle, 2008. Pours near black with a thin tan head. Lots of bourbon sweetness in the aroma. Secondary notes of chocolate and roast. The flavor starts with a heavy hit of bourbon and vanilla sweetness, which yields to roasted malt, coffee, and burnt wood. Slightly over the top, but definitely something Iíd seek out again in the future.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Justinsvt (9) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2009 does not count
A wonderful beer. Pours thick with little head. But the wonderful blend of chocolate, vanilla, and hint of bourbon make this tastiest stout I have ever tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MONZA (18) - Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
OMG, I am in love. Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Little carbonation. Heavy oak and chocolate maltyness on the nose. Lots of oak, creamy, Bourbon/Vanilla, very nice chocolate finish. Hint of coffee. It is 13%, but isnt crazy íhotí like you would expect from such a high ABV. This is the best dang Stout I have ever had. Yes it is $5 for a 355ml bottle, and WELL worth the cost.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ucb2007 (1) - , California, USA - FEB 13, 2009 does not count
This beer is amazing. Pours really thick. I thought I messed up the pour, since I didnít have a ton of head, but it sounds like it doesnít really have a lot. The taste was amazing. For some people, I could see the significant bourbon taste puttting some people off, esp. because of the alcohol floavor that comes along with a bourbon taste. But I love bourbon and beer with a significant bourbon essence. That caramel, vanilla, and woody flavor that comes from bourbon is ever-present with this beer. Itís amazing. Love it. Canít wait to buy more and just let it sit in my beer cooler for a few years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Can a beer really be worth this much money? Yeah. I think so. Very complex flavor - lots of caramel and oak and vanilla. For me, it rates a bit lower on the palate scale, because itís just downright thick. Iíve seen Penzoil pour thinner -- but donít let that scare you. Itís worth the taste. When the label says, "a cigar canít stand up to it" theyíre right. 12 oz. canít possibly hold all that flavor. Itís a good one to have your American pilsner fans try -- if youíre tired of them drinking all your beer.

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