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RATINGS: 2374   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   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

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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1338) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 8, 2014
My bootle of Goose Island's BCS 2012 was picked up at a shop in Copenhagen & dragged back to Japan. Opened to celebrate hitting 1300 ratings on ratebeer. Served in a snifter. 15% an inky black viscous pour with ruby highlights & a thin ruddy tan head. Potent aroma of smooth bourbon, vanilla, oakiness & creamy chocolate plus a little bit of sharp booziness. Wow, very smooth body, creamy thick meaty mouthfeel with a ton of warmth as it pleasantly burns it's way down my throat. Meaty, savoury umami flavor, roasty, some cherry syrup candy like notes, bourbon, light oak, vanilla, coconut. One of the smoothest barrel aged beers I've ever had. Aged 2 years it is simply grand, I'd love to try it fresh though to see if it is as smooth! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sawbuck (246) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2014
2013 bottle....Oct 10th. Great blend of vanilla, toffee, and charcoal laced with roasted malt on the nose. Ebony black in appearance, almost no head however. Ultra sweet, but balanced with bitter chocolate notes at first. Then the burn melds everything together nicely. Slightly slick mouth feel. Finishes with a warm glow, and muted remnants of the initial flavors, slightly muted.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (621) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2014
20012 Bottle from Trembling Madness in York. Pours black with a chocolatey head that disappears very quickly. Loads of flavours going on. Sweet with bourbon very much at the forefront. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel notes in there. The alcohol is prominent, but warming rather than intrusive. Personally I felt the bourbon overpowered the flavours from the stout a bit too much. That said, this is still a mighty fine beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
redbeard3 (57) - - APR 4, 2014
Walked into Top Hops on a whim while in New York with my cousins and boy was this a joy to stumble across. This is one of the most complex beers I have ever drank. Big bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and roast are all wrapped together by a silky, dare I say, motor oil like viscosity. Absolutely fantastic! Glad this one is still made in Chicago!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drsandman (64) - New York, USA - APR 1, 2014
On tap at waterfront ale house, never thought I would walk in here and find this.. All the better. Pours jet black with very thin pretty brown head. Aroma is toffee, raw coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon / booze, sweet malt. Taste is vanilla, blast of sweet sugar / malt, caramel, coffee, and oh yeah... Bourbon! Really boozy on the back end, but it's great... Especially if you love bourbon. thick thick stuff, almost have to chew it. Full mouthfeel, low carbonation. Hype warranted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hockeybeerguy (910) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a jet black body that leaves a two finger dark tan/brown head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the beer, no lacing. The smell had bourbon straight up, wow, mainly bourbon for the 2 hour sipping period, however, some chocolate did come out. The taste was sweet and hot due to the alcohol and chocolate combination, sweet sticky aftertaste and finish. On the palate, she sits a medium to heavy as the alcohol was felt perhaps a bit too much for me. Carbonation seemed spot on and did feel pretty smooth all around, probably would make a nice winter sipper. Overall, well, it seemed like a bourbon bomb to me, but I would say that was a bit my fault for having it when I did, still I will say this is good for its style and I wouldnít mind having one again and hope its aged a bit more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1810) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Complex bourbon, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts full bodied flavor and aroma. Goose Island can rest its reputation on this beer alone. Happy that itís still brewed in the City of Big Shoulders.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hammy78 (699) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Iíve had this a few times now and never got around to rating. Pours as described MIDNiGHT, you can encourage a dark khaki head if poured aggressively, but it disappears just as quickly as it develops, no lace. Aroma is so creamy sweat, like Irish cream without the mint, milk chocolate, hint of coffee, and obviously bourbon. Tastes silky smooth, a touch bitter and a Title bite. Alcohol, vanilla, woody. Great stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
visionthing (2393) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2014
35,5cl bottle (2012) from Micro bar, Manchester. Pours dark old motor oil like, with a rather small beige head. Complex and quite intense. Bourbon whiskey is quite dominating in aroma. Malt, caramel, chocolate, wooden notes and hints of vanilla also present. Fairly sweet, but very well balanced - slightly sour notes and a balanced bitterness. Smooth, very flavourful and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arve_Christian (2736) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2014
On bottle with Visionthing, thanks a lot!! Black color, some brownish foam, very high viscosity. Aromas of bourbon, malt, dried fruits; high aroma intensity- also chocolate and vanilla . Full body & high complexity. Long lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable

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