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RATINGS: 2750   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 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Wow this is a fantastic beer. The aroma is great, with hints of coffee and strong aromas of bourbon. The appearance is of deep black, with almost zero visible head. The palate is oily and thick, almost chewy. The flavor is very strong with vanilla and coffee and some chocolate, excellent boubon flavor. If you do not like bourbon I wouldnít recommend this beer, but even if you kind of like bourbon this beer is a must. Better than dessert!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
estebon100 (7) - skokie, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2008 does not count
My friends were telling me about this beer at a bar when we noticed that they had it. So i gave it a try and man is this beer amazing. The bourbon finish does it all for me since i love bourbon. And it leaves a creamy aftertaste that sticks with you for a while. I would recommend trying this beer for sure! great dessert beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Immiz182 (17) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Mother of God is this beer awesome. The lingering aftertaste of the bourbon is amazing. Extremely flavorful. It does have more flavor in one sip than in other entire cases of beer. Had it in a 12 oz bottle at the Goose Island brewpub

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bellmyer (41) - EAST MOLINE, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2008 12oz. Pour is a pitch black with a tan brown head that quickly retreats into a ring. Nose is heavy of oak, giving a whiskey like aroma to the beer. Also has caramel and malt notes. Taste is complex. Lots of malt and dark flavors with a little bit of sour. Also strong oak and a very hearty alcohol taste. Great brew but I simply do not have the tongue for bourbon and oak aged liquor. Still, I can recognize a great brew when it is in front of me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1592) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2008
The bourbon notes are heavy on this aged beer, but it also has sufficient malt backing and alcohol to stand up to the barrel treatment. Chocolaty, bourbony and very warm. The palate is really impressive, as this stout glides over the tongue and leaves long, delicious flavors without coating. Impossible to not savor this great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 12 oz. bottle shared with Nick and DuffmanSW. Virtually no head. This stuff is viscous like bubbling burnt motor oil. The surface kind of quivers. Amazing nose of chocolate, bourbon, oak, alcohol and toffee. Flavor is oaky vanilla, burnt fruit, dark chocolate, and warm alcohol with lingering hints of caramel and fudge. Very port-like. Smooth on the tongue, sticky and cough syrup thick. Captivating, one of my new favorite beers. UPDATE: Over time Iíve realized that I need to take a couple points away because the palate is really just too thick and oily. Still fantastic, but the honeymoon is over.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (16592) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle from Utobeer. Black, thin tan head. Spicy oaky, thick tannic oily Bourbon aroma. Not quite as thick as I expected. Didnt blow me away in the way I expected. Bourbon on aroma. Its just hollow in the mouth. Quite disappointed actually. Decent Bourbon but just dies. Oddly disappointing, but Phil l thinks that I may have had a bad bottle. Didnt taste off, but the body just disappeared.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maria (10205) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2008
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom for this very nice beer. Vintage 2006 enjoyed December 2008. It is pitch black and it has practically no head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, chocolate, oak and bourbon, it is very well balanced. The flavour has sweetness and a slightly roasted bitterness, notes of chocolate, vanilla, oak, cocoa, caramel, light dark fruit, licorice and bourbon. The alcohol is well hidden, and the body is full, and it is a smooth and harmonic stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
An awesome beer on tap at the Malt House in Madison, another Ive been waiting a while to try. Pours a thick thick black colour with a very little brown head. We are talking motor oil thick. On the nose it is strong of oak, smoke, chocolate, burned coffee beans and toast. Taste is rich, incredibly flavourful with notes of all things previously listed. A pleasent treat with a wicked ABV, i thought it was 13% actually. One of the best stouts ive had in a while. 5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep black and viscous. Motor oil with a thin brown head. Simply the most intimating beer I have ever seen. Aroma is coffee and rich chocolate. Surprisingly light on the palate but with tons of flavor. Coffee stands out, but certainly fruit notes as well. 13% alcohol completely hidden in flavor but I definitely felt the effects. A truly impressive beer.

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