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RATINGS: 2649   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
"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

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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeychugg55 (969) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 2008 vintage. Pours like 50,000 mile motor oil...as thick and black as it gets. Very faint tan film of a head which quickly became little more than a ring with an animated tan on black marble appearance. Very sweet aroma, with tons of roasted malt, espresso, dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, anise, and, of course, bourbon. The flavor is initially very sweet roasted malt. Once swallowed, anise, chocolate and hot alcohol linger. The finish is slow and eventually ends with a good amount of dry oak and a little bit of coffee bitterness. Thick and sticky on the palate, and barely carbonated. (Probably too thick for the co2 to escape.) Very dense, very sweet, very hot, pretty bitter, and not too shabby.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Logan’s Stout Tasting: 2005 Bottling. Huge Whiskey, aged malt, smoke, vanilla, and hotness in the nose. Huge Bourbon and vanilla flavors...and I mean HUGE! Chewy vanilla bourbon extravaganze...this is beyond bourbon barrel, this is just bourbon beer mousse. Absolutely spectacular sipper in every way imaginable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - OCT 27, 2008
Strange brew indeed. The nose is very complex, odd yet pleasant. Bourbon notes are clearly perceivable as the smoky notes, malt sweetness, chocolate, some soy sauce and a earthiness that reminds me of porcini mushrooms. Alcohol is present, full is the body. Sweet, chocolatey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
[1706-20080912] 355mL bottle. Sweet bourbon oxo beef cubes aroma has lots of roasted wood malt and vanilla hints. Black brown body with a quick creamy red brown head. Heavy roast beef roast malt flavour. Full body is smooth. Heavy booze but well-integrated, very nicely made.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2009 On tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago, 2008 release. Pours pitch black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, and alcohol. The initial bourbon alcohol burn gives way to big flavors of smooth chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and hints of coffee. Even with itís complexities and ABV, this is very smooth and easy to drink for me. One of the finest beers Iíve had the pleasure of savoring. Absolutely essential.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MegaMan2OO6 (21) - Los Gatos, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
(10.21.08) On draught at Firkin in Libertyville. 2008 batch. Opaque black with an average sized brown head that quickly dissipates. Little to no lacing. Unsweetened chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, pepper, cola, and oak on the nose. Hops are there, but malt leads the way. Moderate sweetness up front, which gives way to some bitterness in the finish. Outstanding mouthfeel. Chewy, full-bodied, without being quite syrupy. Alcohol starts out present and delicious though it leans toward solvent as it warms. Great use of bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - OCT 21, 2008
Huge thanks to ajm for cracking one of these open to close a night of sampling. Pours like sweet molasses from the bottle with a faint brown head. Loaded with grape playdough and bourbon on the nose with overwhelming amounts of powdered cocoa, coffee, red grapes, and caramel in the flavor to help masque the 13%. A real knockout punch.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
roguemonk (9) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2008 does not count
Probably my favorite annual offering. Had a mini vertical 2007-2008. Both were different but extremely delicious. Perfection in a glass. Dark chocolate, caramel with wrapped in a beautiful robe of bourbon. A truly inspired beer...Also recently had the Blueberry Bourbon County Stout at the brewpub...Mind expanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - OCT 18, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2015 Rating for Monks edition, barrel aged for 5 years: [4/25/15] Bottle sample at a tasting at omhperís place in TyresŲ. Thanks omhper, AndySnow and hackobock for sharing great beers! Black. Great aorma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak and some soy sauce. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, lots of vanilla and a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied. Great stuff. 8/4/8/4/16=4

Re-rate 2/14: Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmkís place. Thanks avrashi. 2012 bottle. Black with a brown head. Aroma of alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and coffee. Sweet flavor. Thick and full-bodied. Lovely. 8/4/8/4/16=4

Re-rate 4/13/10: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Zvika. 2009 bottle. Opaque black with a thin brown foamy film. Burnt aroma of bourbon, alcohol, oak and chocolate. Sweet alcoholic flavor with vanilla, bourbon, hot alcohol, chocolate, plums, dates, honey notes, licorice and wood. Full-bodied. Too hot. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

(10/10/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Clybourn, Chicago. 2008 batch - 13.5% ABV. Black-colored with a brown head. A rather alcoholic aroma with some bourbon, dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, wood and smoke notes and dark fruit hints. Sweet flavor with lots of chocolate (pralines), bourbon and a bit of caramel. Lots of alcohol in the flavor. Full thick body. Too much alcohol and quite a bit of bourbon in the flavor but still good even if not too drinkable. 7/4/7/4/15=3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2010 Bottle 3 years old. What can i say a fantastic stout that i adore. Sweet chocolate black body with a tan head. Dark fruit and bourbon dominate this with a big alcohol warming. One of my favorite darkies. 4.5 While I am quite a fan of this beer with some age on it, drinking this beer fresh is basically a chore. Its huge boozy soy and etoh latent notes make it difficult to finish even a 12 oz bottle. 3.3 fresh. Ave 4.5/3.3 --> 3.9

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