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RATINGS: 2778   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (622) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 16, 2008
I can really taste and smell that 13% abv. This thing is potent. Inky black high viscosity pour, with no head whatsoever. Just a little tan fizz that goes away as soon as I’m done pouring. Looks like a glass of coffee. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is coffee and alcohol. I feel like I should like this more than I do. It’s a good flavor, but the alcohol is strong to the point of being oppressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Tons of vanilla in the aroma. Coconut as well. Bourbon, alcohol. A really well done bourbon aged stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bourbon County 08 Smells of sweet bourbon, tar, blackness, sweet malts, alcohol - like an imposing and impressive Imperial should. Pours opaque black with almost no carbonation, is very dark brown on the side when drinking. Flavor upfront is sweet bourbon, then gets complex - chocolate, roasty, coffee, lingering roasty bitterness It is thick and warming, perfect as it snows. This beer rocks, but is a bit sweeter than I prefer, a few years would probably help.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Gillard. Pours a dark black color with thin yellow tan head. Aroma is strongly of malt and whiskey, some roasted notes, ripe dark fruit, hints of coffee. Flavor is roasted and toasted malt with strong bourbon notes, dark chocolate, wood, toffee and coffee. Full body with an alcohol and malt finish. This beer will be even better after it matures in a few years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChicagoCubs (1) - , Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2008 does not count
Dark and rich and will knock you over in a good way with your first smell and taste. The aging process with bourbon barrels creates a perfect blend of stout and bourbon. It is a combination I hope to see more of in the future. The taste is sweet in a good way, yet still holds a nice malty coffee like edge to it. Even though the first drink is a burst of awesomeness, almost too much awesomeness in your mouth,I found the more I drink this beer the easier it is to drink unlike some stouts. The only complaint I have to knock it down a couple ticks was I almost would like to try this beer aged for less time in the barrel. I found the bourbon taste to come through a bit more than the beer and overpowered it. Some may like this and I dont blame them, but personally I would like the beer to come through a bit more. But overall it is a great combination of flavors to make one of the most rich, savory, intense stouts out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 Pours deep black with brown head. Nice hearty malty back bone with flavors of roasted coffee, chocolate, oak, and bourbon. Some hotness in the finish, but this is an excellent sipper. Very complex and impressive.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Indulgence (141) - Ajo, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Out freakin rageous... the absolute culmination of dreams... to marry bourbon and stout... it is the sweet dreams of liquids... elixer to the gods... so smooth, creamy, bourbony, chocolatey, vanillaey, caramelly... I am inventing words here... get ya some folks... it took me an hour to drink this but it was AWESOME all the way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Pours dark brown/black, chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, wood, vanilla, roasted malts, caramel, little coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14079) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drug. 2008. Labeled Bourbon County Brand Stout 13%. Very brown black color that shows ruby at the edges (halogen) with a tan head that never really existed. Aromas of alcohol, bourbon, dark fruit, toasted malt and maybe wood. Full bodied with very mild carbonation. Flavor is bourbon, wood, raisin prune and chocolate. Probably other stuff too. Dates? Quite complex. There is sugar, but it’s not sticky sweet. Isn’t dry either. It’s quite a beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2008
2008 bottle. Pours a pitch black, opaque body with a very thin, dark brown head. Complex, sweet aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and burnt sugar with hints of oak, smoke, and cocoa. Flavor is similar, although more toffee and caramel flavors seem to come through along with notes of dark fruits and espresso. Solid, thick body with a smooth and slightly oily mouthfeel. Bourbon and coffee finish with a light alcohol warmth.

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