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RATINGS: 2772   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 it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it." Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBU’s 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

Editor’s 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. It’s essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - DEC 25, 2008
WOW! Black! Rich! Syrupy, Thick, Dark brown thin head. strong licorice flavour up front. Of course Bourbon flavors. Not quite like anything Ive had that i remember. Some vanilla, Carmel. This stuff is something else. Thanks Steve for bringing up a bottle from great Hollingshead! for Christmas! Great Pre Christmas Dinner snifter sipper. nice. Serving type bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6653) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2008
[Bottled] Pitch black. Very brief head. Vinous aroma. Loads of oak, vanilla and some sweet berry. Thick and oily palate. Strong alco-feel. Pretty sweetish with fruity notes. Tar and licorice. Extremely many flavours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogfish120love (1117) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2008
The pour is black with a dark brown head. The aroma is rich in the smell of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, some vanilla and caramel. Thee taste taste is out of this world, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, a little smokey and a woody or bourbon/whiskey flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trymall (2) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008 does not count
Wow! That was the only beer I had that night - it was huge. Plenty of vanilla, esspresso and bourbon to please the senses. Just opening the bottle gave me pause as sweet aromas saturated the air, cloaking me in an unexpected euphoria. What a treat. I will have to try more bourdon aged beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley for $4.99. By the way, if you are in the Bay Area, go there. Wow. This is a seriously good beer. It pours pitch black and oily with a very thin head but nice lacing. The sweet aroma has brown sugar, nuts, vanilla, some wood, and a hint of alcohol. The palate is exceedingly smooth, full, and creamy with little carbonation. The flavor really makes sense following the aromas, which I cant say for very many beers. It complements the aromas. There is a stronger presence of coffee than I had imagined, but also wood, caramel, chocolate, and of course the motif of bourbon. The alcohol is a little more noticeable in the flavor than in the nose, but still belies the 13 percent a.b.v. unlike in most barley wine style beers. I definitely get nice smooth notes of bourbon that really enhance the beer. I feel like there could be slightly more carbonation and more head, but the palate is excellent on this beer. Overall this beer is balanced and great for drinking on a rainy winter day such as this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (2300) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2008
2008 12 oz single bought in Salem Oregon $4.50 a bottle. Great brown sugar,espresso coffee, vanilla and wood aromas vVery dark brown almost black beer, creamy light brown head. Flavour is similar to the aroma, but more alcoholic.Bourbon really shows. The mouthfeel is the greatest thing about this beer,thick,silky ,creamy like a good quality milk shake! Good beer indeed. But i prefered Full Sails Bourbon Barrel beers better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2008
Oj oj oj... Mycket av allt, minst sagt. Kolsvart, litet ljusbrunt skum som strax löses upp och försvinner. Inte mycket kolsyra vad det verkar. Doften är kraftig men svårbestämd. Lite kaffe och choklad, javisst, men mest julfrukter som dadlar och liknande. Samichlaus är vad jag i första hand tänker på. Sen smaken, den fyller hela munnen. Först en lätt syrighet, en lite brännande känsla av alkohol, därefter vanilj, rök, allehanda kryddor, kaffe och säkert mycket annat. När jag sväljer infinner sig en liten beska och när den klingar av malt av rostningsgraderna karamell och svart samt lite rök. Väldigt speciell, mycket god men en i månaden är nog och mer än så.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IDunno19 (89) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Unbelievable. If I can find a better stout than this, I am going to marry it. Pours a beautiful deep chocolate/coffee hue with a thick, creamy canvas colored head. Nose full of caramel, coffee, toffee, toast, whisky, oak, and a hint of smoke for character. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, licorice, floral bourbon, caramel, and toffee all balanced for a gorgeous, full-bodied beer. Sorry Rochefort 10, there is another woman in the relationship...

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