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RATINGS: 2634   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
"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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (22640) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2008
Bottled (thanks heemer77!). 2005 vintage. Very deep ruby red colour, close to black. Not much head. Aroma is earth cellar, licorice, alcohol, vanilla and some wood. Flavour is licorice, alcohol, some mild acidicness. Aftertaste is big licorice, alcohol and very peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Come to think of it, Iíve held on to this bottle for a while, and I cannot remember who gave it to me. I know I didnít acquire it myself. Oh well, my thanks are with you, whoever you are. Pours jet black and thick, as expected, with a small brown head that dissipated quickly. Aroma of butter and bourbon, some dark chocolate, a bit of grassy hops. Flavor is complex, with the first thing I notice being that this beer is sweeter than most imperials... which is probably why Iím enjoying it more. Thereís lots of complexity, with a bit of bourbon whiskey dryness, some rich dark chocolate, perhaps the smallest touch of fruitiness. The alcohol dryness has a bit of smokiness to it. NIce combination of standard stout flavors with the dry complexity of harder liquor. Body feels pretty full, but still shy of Kalamazoo or Three Floyds imperial stouts. A bit of fruity chocolaty sweetness stays with you... a nice change from the bitter finish accompanying most imperials. One thing I enjoy about imperials is the surprising amount of variety that can be found in their flavor composition. I can see some imperial fans not liking the lack of coffee flavors or the surprising sweetness, but I find this to be an excellent dessert stout. If only I didnít open it before dinnertime...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Thanks to Jay23 for this one 2007 Bottle poured into a sniffer produced a tan colored head that turns to a nice ring around the glass. All this on top of a jet black body Aromas of vanilla roasted malts, bourbon, and a slight oak note as well Flavors are bourbon, sweet roasted malts, vanilla caramel and a hint of black licorice. Great flavors almost no bitters but the alcohol heat keeps the sweetness in check. Sips extremely well, smooth is a good word for it thick and oily in the mouth Again drinkable would not be the word I would associate with this one, sipping is a must .one of the ultimate desert beers I have had so far. A great night cap and should be enjoyed as such

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours pitch with a brown head. Aroma is huge, big dark fruit, licorice, rye bread, chocolate, smoke, and vanilla. Flavor is massive, huge chocolate malt profile, licorice, chocolate, lemongrass, tobacco, a significant alcohol note, peat, and topsoil. Nice, though bordering on "too big". I would like to try a 4/5ths version of this recipe. Sharp hop finish, almost hot. Nice craftsmanship. Thanks, Kan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle. [<a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=_new> Courtesy of kmweaver]. Clear dark brown black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, some alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is almost full, texture is oily - creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft - flat, finish feel is light alcoholi. Very very nice ;o)) (070408)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1377) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2008
Good stuff, fun to sip from the snifter. Thanks to my bro for sending this gem a while back. Pours a thick and oily black with thin, light brown head. Very malty nose with molasses and chocolate, touches of sweet whiskey. Mildly sweet and roasty-bitter flavor, oily mouthfeel going dry. Lasting bitter-chocolate aftertaste with slightly smoky backdrop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2798) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 7, 2008
2006 bottle, shared with and thanks to HogTownHarry (as always!!!) Appearance: Oily, pitch black, no head. Aroma: Toasty aroma, figs and alcohol, nutmeg too. Flavour: A pinball machine effect on my tongue! Alcohol and chocolate and espresso and more chocolate! So silky, so creamy yet such an acidic alcohol finish PHEW! My face is burning!! Thanks Harry!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Had this one bottled at our Kentucky Derby party 2008, and a big thanks to Arnie for the four-pack!! Impossibly dark brown pour, completely opaque, with a thick but rapidly dissipating medium brown head. Possibly the darkest head ever. Also, possibly the more intense nose. Dark chocolate malts, apricot and plum, combined with merlot in the nose. Very potent flavor too, but extremely smooth. Fine bitter chocolate, raisin, cocoa powder, sweet strong coffee with a fine, high-proof bourbon note tying it all together. Very, very strong alcohol presence in the finish. Very sippable, but not highly drinkable. I donít typically care for beers this intense and strong, and while this one did not disappoint, I am not a huge fan of this style. I do appreciate the sentiment, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours black as dirty engine oil. Pretty thick. Bubbly brown head. Aroma is hella powerful. Oak, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and silky. Sweetness balances the alcohol. Holy crap this is good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2008
2007 from the bottle. Rating #100. Pours a very pretty pitch black with a thin but creamy tan head. The the bourbon notes in the aroma are pretty intense, but pair nicely with the chocolate and coffee present. Also some charred oaky notes. The flavor is also excellent. Lots of bourbon up front, followed by vanilla, molasses, burnt malts, coffee, chocolate and smoke. The mouthfeel is perfect. Simple as that. Although bourbon infused beer is not exactly my cup of tea, this is a fantastic beer.

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