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RATINGS: 2458   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 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

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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheNeil (12) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Nice beer, very little head lots of vicosity and the finish will stay with you for a bit. Anise and deeply roasted malts in the nose that repeat when you taste it. Save this beer for dessert beacause if you drink it too early in the night it will be the last thing you taste.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cheech1006 (2) - USA - DEC 24, 2007 does not count
Bottle. Pours with very little head. The beer is pretty opaque, but if you look very closely there are very tiny bubbles. I get mostly bourbon and licorice aroma. Thick and creamy mouth feel. Flavor is powerful and lingering. The barrel taste is prominent, but this sure ainít a glass of whisky. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours opaque black with very minimal chocolate milk head that only shows cause of an extremely aggressive pour. Mild in the nose, chocolate, oak, a little bourbon. Taste is as it smells with a little smokey flavor and a little more bourbon but not boozey. Full in the mouth and only to be sipped slowly.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
2005 Vintage, reviewed early 2006: Very dark brown to black in color with a dark tan colored head that quickly dissipated leaving nothing more than a few islands of carbonation in the glass, no lacing. Initial smell was a bit disappointing but as this one warmed it got vastly better and I found chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and of course coffee aromas. Others have said how much the bourbon stands out, to me it was definately present, but I found the chocolate and coffee flavors to be much more dominant and much to my delight. Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied with low carbonation, just how I think it should be. Iím stuck on where to rate this for drinkability; it was very enjoyable throughout, but it is a sipper. This is not one you would expect to have a few of, but every moment of it is enjoyable, so I think a "4" is fair here. Wonderful beer and will get more before itís gone.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Well unlike the rater below, I found Dogfish World Wide to be much more cloying and unstoutlike. This one pours like others have described, and the aroma was as good as it gets. With another year or two in the cellar, Iíd expect the heat to fade just a bit and allow the flavors to combine with the already fantastic aroma to really sweep one off oneís feet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2007
I compare this to similar beers and donít find that it holds up. It is most similar to Dogfish Head WWS and Southern Tier Jah*va, both of which are more complex, less cloying and have more "stoutlike" qualities. The WWS is a great after dinner apertif served in a small snifter and the Jah*va is just a great beer. This is way too sweet to be called a stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Bottle from pepsican, thanks for the awesome beer. Also need to send a shout out to drewbeerme, who sent me some also so I could age them. Poured an inky black color with a fine tan head that dissolves into a ring. Good aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, along with some chocolate and coffee. Slight bourbon tingle greets the tongue upon entering the mouth, leading into a sweet, malty middle with strong flavors of chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla and oak, and finishes with a smooth bourbon taste. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a slight tingle from the bourbon. Definitely a great beer, I canít wait to see what some age does to it. Thanks again Pepsi!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1627) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Poured a deep brown with thin, tight, caramel colored head. Nose is complex with chocolate, earth, and alcohol. Flavor is equally complex, but the bourbon stands out stronger than in the nose, and the earthy complexities are very strong. Very good brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Appearance is as dark as it gets. No light gets through this one. Huge aroma of bourbon and cocnout. Taste is of sweet malt, vanilla, with a bitter and warming finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy with no head, just an initial fleeting brown skin.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2007
2007 Vintage
12oz bottle courtesy of Gillard. This one has eluded me for quite a while for various reasons, so I was super excited to try it. Motor oil looking black pour, glugs and glops out of the bottle. Smallish dark mocha-tan head, very bubbly and loosely formed. Nice retention and sheet lacing. On the nose the bourbon is very apparent, along with dark chocolate, raisins, malts, coffee beans, licorice, and some fusel alcohol. Itís actually not super apparent, even at 13%, which is a nice surprise. Very chewy and chalky, tastes like a chocolate brownie with a huge kick of alcohol mixed in. Dark malts, raisins, bourbon, bakers chocolate and tart fruits are present as well, adding to the mix. Wonderful mouthfeel, just how I want a beer of this style to be. Almost have to chew this one to get it down, which is perfect. Finish is boozy, sweet chocolate and fruits, and extremely lengthy. Very warming as a result of the ABV, but itís really quite masterfully kept in check throughout the range of the beer. Masterpiece.


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