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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 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

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 seperates 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
demannu (187) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Not my favorite bourbon barrel aged beer. Found it it be to far tpped to the sweet side flavor wise. Palate was smooth and slightly oily. Medium full body. Aroma was dominated by sweet bourbon with some chocolate notes. expected morefrom this highly hyped beer. Prefer the coffee version by far.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cosmo6644 (86) - Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malts, taste is amazing, huge bourbon, vanilla , oak and coffee, taste really hides the abv well! Not sure it gets much better ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmanock (28) - - JUN 9, 2015
As much as I hate to say it about hyped-up beers, this one really deserves the hype! Nose is wonderfully oaky, and richly malty without showing much roast or coffee. There is a cordial cherry in dark chocolate aroma that comes through strong in the flavor. Unlike most stouts of this caliber, there isn’t a significant roastiness. This really is a dessert beer. Some sherry-like oxidation is present that compliments it beautifully. Even after only a year in the bottle, it is really smooth and the flavors have blended almost perfectly, masking the 14% ABV. As big as the flavors are, the mouthfeel is nice and not sticky. A lingering aftertaste is expected for a 14%, but it ends without coating your mouth, inviting sip after sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorkenstein (119) - - JUN 4, 2015
Aroma is bourbon, black licorice, and oak cask. Taste is milk chocolate, then black licorice with bourbon burn, and some smoke.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zwiebel88 (610) - GERMANY - MAY 31, 2015
Schwarz, kein Schaum. In der Nase extrem komplex: Bourbon, Vanille, minimal alkoholisch, Whiskey, Eiche, Kakao. Am Gaumen süßlich-cremig, Eiche, dunkle Früchte, Röstnoten, Schokolade, Bitterschokolade, Whisky, Vanille, dunkler Zucker. Sehr cremig, sehr gut trinkbar, legt sich im Mundraum aus. Unfassbar lecker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (418) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2015
bottle @ home. 2012 vintage. Pours a brown fizzy head that quickly dissipates above a pitch black liquid. Sweet vinous aroma with oak, bourbon, vanilla, licorice, some higher alcohols, dark fruits, raisins, caramel. Big mouth feel and a heavily sweet palate with long duration, almost cloying with flavors of oak, tobacco, dark chocolate cake, raisins, dates, vanilla, licorice, bourbon, ash, honey, caramel. Aftertaste has booze/whiskey, honey and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mmargarucci (165) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Pours extremely dark and thick. Lots of alcohol aroma-bourbon with some oak wood notes. Taste is well balanced with dark chocolate and coffee notes. Followed by lots of alcohol bourbon taste and a hint of smoke. Quite a complex brew with lots of interesting flavors!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
ronaldtheriot (1524) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout has a thin, tan head, a very dark brown, almost black, appearance, and essentially no lacing left on the glass. The aroma is as expected- a strong, overriding, vanilla/oak/Bourbon whiskey smell, with background malt. Taste is of the same, with lots of sugar, some char, dark, slightly-turned dark fruits, like prunes, and balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavy and velvety, and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout finishes rich and boozy. RJT

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1439) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2015
On tap at Brick Alley Pub in Newport. Served in a snifter. Deep brownish black color. No head. Very sweet on the nose and at first on the tongue. Flavor builds slowly. Notes of dark chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla. Good balance, very smooth. Tell me again why this isn’t a craft brew?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (10497) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2015
Fast schwarze Farbe, geringe bräunliche schaumkrone. Geruch sehr Schokoladig, Vanille, toffee. Geschmack süß, Vanille, leicht holzig, cremig, lecker,.

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