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RATINGS: 2617   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   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
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2010 06 Bourbon County Stout-12oz bottle-pours a disappearing brown head that laces and black as midnight color. Aroma is bourbon, wood, sweet dark malt-molasses, dark fruit-cherry, alcohol. Taste is bourbon, tar, wood, sweet dark malt-molasses, dark fruit-cherry, alcohol. Big. Sipping. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing. 100408 @CBCĖon tap 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a thin receding brown head. Strong oak and bourbon up front with vanilla, chocolate, spicy wood and alcohol underneath. Strong, sweet and spicy with vanilla, oak, bourbon, maple, caramel and tobacco. Alcohol prevalent throughout with tons of warming on the finish. When I first had this one I despised the bourbon barrel ales. Iíve definitely come around to them though this one is still a little hot. Perhaps a few years in the cellar is what this one needs.

6/8/2008 4/4/4/3/7 Looks good in the glass an all, but I was interested in trying a beer, not a glass of bourbon. Seriously, the bourbon overpowers everything in both taste and smell, tough to get by more than a few sips. The body is smooth and all, and it poured nicely into the dump bucket at the tasting I was at. Yuck!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2008
12 oz bottle Courtesy of Topherdrinks, thanks Chris! Pours an oily, rich opaque black color with a small dark brown head. Nose is vibrant with vanlla flourishing and bourbon coming in right behind it. Both notes dominate the nose but mild lactic notes, chocolate liquor and booziness linger in the background. Initial taste of vanilla, bourbon, mollasses, and touch of cocoa. Mid palate displays a good woodiness from the oak. Finishing with balancing hop bitterness, vanilla, smoke, tobacco, spiciness from the abv. Palate duration is absolutely perfect. Good head retention. Full bodied beer, light micro bubbles on the mouth. Silky and oily makes the beer absolutely delicately smooth and enjoyable. Definitely the best boubon BA Imperial I have ever had. Nice Job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nmouncey (7) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2008 does not count
This is one hell of an Imperial Stout. Very strong flavour of bourbon and oak. Aftertaste is dark treacle. Too much of a bourbon flavour for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - JUN 4, 2008
I used to feel the same way about I.Stouts. Youll get the palate someday CarterHayes. One of the best imperials ive had, perfect palate, smooth and velvety. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted walnuts. Aftertaste of nuts and molases, with a nice bitter-sweetness to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
67F100 (32) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Tried this at the suggestion of a friend, as Iím normally a stout fan and formerly smoked cigars and pipes. Though Iím not normally one to shy away from high-octane hooch, in this case I was completely overwhelmed and underimpressed. Goose Island really went over the top with this brew - the bourbon and oak completely drowns any chance at subtlety, and the in-your-face attitude of the beer ensures that most folks wonít want to drink a whole bottle, much less the rest of the four-pack. Sipping brings notes of dark chocolate and pleasantly rotting fruit, along with the cask-y flavor of the bourbon. If youíre curious about trying this, first imagine a half-smoked, extinguished, cold cigar dipped in Knob Creek and then squeezed into a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Rate beer describes this as an Iperial Stout. If thatís the case, Iíve just found the first example of the most popular style among beer snobs that I can actually drink. And at $5.91a 12 oz bottle, I wont worry about drinking this often but I would most definitley try this again (occasionally) with a cuban cigar. Itís unfortunate that something íBourbon County" (which is in the region where true Bourbon is made, Central Kentucky) is actually brewed in Illinois, but they know how to do it. Mollasas-thick and strong as the bourbon it resembles, this beer should only be sampled at the proper temp and with a well-lubricated taster to appreciate its qualites. Exceptional beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (10218) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 courtesy of Laurent Mousson - very dark brown colour, little dark beige foam; complex aroma of wood, nut and molasses; thick and oily, full-bodied and hugely bitter, a touch of acidity; solid carbonation; long bitter roasted and nutty finish leaving warming alcohol notes - spectacular!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Perfect Impy Stout. Aroma is wood, leather and coffee. Pours black with almost no head. Nose is bourbon and a slight bit of molasses. Flavor is an INCREDIBLY smooth taste - with notes of raisins, currants, leather, tannins and just a little coffee. Finish is a nice woody note that begs for more. Sipping this beer is as close to heaven as you can get.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 30, 2008
been looking for this bad boy for a while. Got a single at Whole Foods in Louisville for 5 and change. 12 oz. bottle (bottled 07/03/06) into a sniffer. First thing first, this god damn thing is a twist off! What are you thinking Goose Island? it even has a trace amount of crust around the twister grove (hopefully it isnít ruined). Aroma: strong cloud of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, and only a faint hint of bourbon. Pours one of the thicker oil black impy stout pours I have seen. It was so thick that when trying to pour it from extreme heights to stir up a head, nothing came because it was so soft and dense, and merely absorbed the falling liquid like a trampoline. (4 on appearance b/c I like a big dark head on my impys). Flavor - holy shit! Tons of everything good from chocolate, vanilla, smoke, currants, molasses, bourbon, and port. The alcohol bites pretty hard, but in a very bourbonesque way that warms the stomach very well - I love it. The thickest and most coating brew to have ever touched my palate - drinking this is like eating a 4 course meal. Overall - this thing is fucking phenomenal and I must rush to get the last one that was on the self at whole foods to age even further. With more age to soften the flavor and aroma this will be a 4.9 (Iíll still deduct 1 for the lack of head). Sorry this rating got so fucking long.

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