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RATINGS: 2773   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9548) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 First rating
355 ml bottle thanks to ekstedt! On February 2, 2009. Bottled 08/01/08. Labelled 11% ABV
Pitch black color, dark brown small head. Alcohol and vanilla scent with some chocolate and also vinous. Vanilla, roasted, coffee, alcohol, chocolate taste. Dry coffee aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth almost thick mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
7/4/7/5/15=3.8

Rerate
12 fl oz bottle thanks to Honka (non ratebeer) on November 27, 2011
Bottled 08/01/08, labeled 13%
Black color, dark brown head. Chocolate, roasted, coconut, alcohol scent. Boozy, chocolate, roasted taste. Fudge and chocolate aftertaste. Loads of warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
7/4/8/4/16=3.9

Rerate
Two bottles against each other, 2008 at 13% and 2012 at 15%. Both bottles thanks to Johan K (not on ratebeer), sampled on May 18, 2013.
2008:
Black color, small dark brwon head. Sweet, raisin, alcohol scent. Sweet, malty, chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
7/4/8/5/16=4.0
2012:
Very dark reddish brown to black color, brown head. Sweet, alcohol, lactic scent. Tull, rich, sweet, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
7/4/8/5/16=4.0

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle, Rainhall Drinks, Barnoldswick. Probably the strongest beer Iíve tasted thus far; opened for the superbowl. Looked almost like tar as it poured....black like the steelers helmets., with a fading tan head. Aroma was bourbon, glace cherry, booze. Big vanilla notes in the flavour which is complex and inextricably permeated by a heavy woody bourbon presence. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Roasted malts and some dark fruit try to jostle for position in there. Warming, and a great late night sipper to linger over. Quality stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
2006. Bottled 7/3/06. Dark dark brown with a light tan carbonation but no lasting head. A bit thin, smoky aroma, some roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is again thin bodied, charred oak, more choclate and vanilla, finish of lightly bitter roasted malt.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (2312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottled 2008 vintage via and shared with oakbluff. Black in colour with low carbonation. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malts, caramel, and chocolate. Loads of bourbon character upfront, with strong pale and roasted malt character lurking. An interesting finish with both vanilla caramel and drying wood notes competing for attention. Very heavy bodied. A bit too over the top for my taste... just too much bourbon!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - JAN 31, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 2008 bottle. Pours a pitch black color, looks very oily; the head is small and it dies. Aroma is absolutely fantastic! I canít say Iíve smelled anything better lately, it has been a while since I had Nšrke Kaggen and Iím not really sure, but this could even be better than that one. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, fudge, toffee, almonds, oak, vanilla, bourbon and even some light smokiness behind all this too. Flavour is powerful; very sweet, yet balanced, in my opinion. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, fudge, almonds, oak, vanilla and bourbon. Perfection. A slight warming note from the alcohol. Palate is extremely filling. A fullbodied beer, very creamy and thick, low carbonation. Long, pleasant finish. Overall this have to be the best beer Iíve had together with Kaggen! Maybe the absolute best one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwalking05 (4572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Black as night with a thick tan head. Strong almost overpowering aromas, you can pick out the bourbon and the oak. Booming flavors of oak, bourbon, coffee but somehow they manage to stay smooth. Thick body with a nice burp. The aftertaste is a very lovely dark chocolate.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2009
Thick oily black pour, low dark brown head. Very rich complex aroma and flavours of chocolate, beef broth, whiskey, charred wood, and vanilla. Thick chewy mouthfeel. Medium bitter finish. Alcohol is almost entirely hidden. Absolutely perfect marriage of the íliquor-and-beerí concept. Phenomenal. Wow do I ever want more of this!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2009
2008 Bottle - Pours a murky viscous black with a tiny tan head that lasts 5 seconds...aroma is intoxicating in itself, bourbon wood, vanilla, chocolate, char and booze...flavour is similar, with molassas and a bit of smoke...I like the nose a bit more than the taste, high booze, low bubbles...share this one or die...

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Oily black, no head at all - murky and still like a glass of motor oil. BIG bourbon aroma, smoky and oaky with rich molasses and cocoa, rounded out by caramel. Bourbon and wood notes meld nicely with rich caramel malts, alcohol lightly nips at the back of your tongue but is not overbearing at all. The swallow - there is the alcohol, warming down to your belly. Another sniff - now picking up vanilla and a green-grape fruitiness. Next sip - more in the way of cocoa powder and smoke this time, carbonation level low, allowing flavors to melt onto your tongue. Rich, complex, and damn near perfect.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle - Pitch black beer with a minimal amount of head. Sweet aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. This beer is a real sipping beer. The alcohol flavor somewhat overwhelms the malt flavors in this.


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