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RATINGS: 2373   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 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

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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Pours a opaque black with a very thin light brown head. Beautiful lacing into my snifter. Aroma is amazing. Roasted and caramel malts compliment the vanilla, licorice and tawny port wonderfully. Alcohol is alway present, but not at all offending. The flavors match the aroma. Body is full and the texture is oily. Very similar to Dogfish’s World Wide Stout. Amazing stout. Wish it was available in Mass.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 Liquid Sex in my mouth. Creamy, with wood, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and roast. Just a hint of smoke and grain. Bliss.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
I like this Stout. It is full bodied with a lot of charcoal, coffee & chocolate. I bought a case and am planning on trying a bottle every few months to see how it ages. Also had it at Clybourn, and felt it was better bottled.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
The aroma was rich and complex with charred oak, roast, coffee, and mocha notes, including hints of dark fruit. The beer poured a very dense black to opaque with slight head and almost no lacing. The flavor was roasty, coffee, slight mocha, brown sugar, and bourbon notes. The mouthfeel was full bodied and creamy. Not bad!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Pours black as coal with minimal dark dark tan head. Aroma consists of dark chocolate, smoke, oak but is overpowered by vanilla. Minus the vanilla flavor matches aroma, but has too much alcohol presence... sipping a glass of bourbon and beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LeMunche (66) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 As the description says, "One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer." This is by far the most flavorful beer I have ever had. Flavor lasts for minutes upon minutes from a single sip. If I enjoyed the bourbon flavor more, this would probably be my favorite beer, and on certain days it might be . However, due to the times the beer is just too much, the alcohol far too noticeable, and the beer is reduced to a sipping beer, I just can’t rate it any higher. A beer shouldn’t leave you thirsty due to the time it takes to consume.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (902) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2009 We talk about pouring pitch black, but this time I mean it. No head whatsoever. Aroma is chocolate, charred oak, some smokiness, and a bit of vanilla. Flavor is very alochol up front, with some chocolate and oak. Does not do a good job AT ALL of covering up the alcohol. It’s like someone took vodka and poured some nesquik in there and soaked it in oak. This is not a balanced impy. No idea why people are raving about this. Goose Island should have thrown the party instead. Re-rate: 2009 bottle. Pours pitch black with a flat head. Aroma is alcohol, charred wood, dark chocolate, coffee grounds. Taste is much the same. A lot more balanced than I remember. A very good sipping belly warmer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
2007 bottle pours thick and black with very little in the way of head, just a milk chocolate surface head that settles to a ring around the glass. As I move it around in the snifter it slowly slides down the sides. The aroma has very dark fruit tones, vanilla, alcohol, molasses, and faint notes of the hops. The flavor has a solid dark fruit foundation, some yeast, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, not bitter, port, sweet, and wood - flavor is perfect. The beer grows warmer on this twenty below Minnesota night and only gets more sweet and complex. This beer is the thing for tonight. I chose wisely. The palate is thick and rich, but also allows a nice and pleasant carbonation to show through the thickness. Yes, there are lots of great Imperial Stouts, but this one gets my attention on this cold ass winter night. Last couple of sips at room temperature - this is the way to drink it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toddbates (95) - USA - JAN 19, 2008
aroma hits strong with alcohol but mellows out with a nice raisin, plum and date with a strong backnote molasses. Poured a beautiful thick, dark black with a thin dissapating head and little to no lacing. flavor was reminiscent of the aroma with the addition of smoke and vanilla. definitely a great beer with a not so great sticker price

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
bottle complements of toddbates: aroma is big with lots of raisin, alcohol, plums, dates, and it grows sweeter as it warms, leading to molasses, tobacco, vanilla, and of course bourbon. pours dark black with little tan head, and look thick on the pour. flavor has all the same elements as the aroma with some smoke, and it grows much sweeter as it warms, but in a delicious way. thick silky mouthfeel. This is an amazing beer.


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