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RATINGS: 2466   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle. The aroma is of some slightly sour dark fruit, hard alcohol, and oak. The flavor is a mix of the above. Pretty good overall, with a thick and powerful mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2007
I thought this was great, except for the overwhelming smell and taste of bourbon. Other than that this was very smooth with plenty of body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Draft at Jerryís. Black with modest, brown head / Rich, inky, sweet nose of molasses, dark fruit, and bourbon barrel / Full body, thick and chewy, very sweet and syrupy but with decent balance and bitterness under the monsterous body, and alcohol well masked / Intense flavors of molasses, dark roast coffee, semisweet chocolate, prune, coconut, vanilla, cream, and bourbon barrel / Overly sweet, and not hoppy enough for my taste, but clearly a remarkable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1389) - Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2007
(2005 bottle) Aromas of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a touch of smoke arise from this glass after the pour. It pours a thick black with just a tiny ring of tan head around the edge of the glass. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. Slight warming in the chest as this was swallowed. Truly an exceptional beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
drpimento (2280) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2007
B-I-N-G-O_! HMFA This is over the top. Having this at the beertasting and it is divine! Luscious. Thick and rich. So much going on take forever to describe it all. Aroma, color, body, head, finish are unequaled. Damn fine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2010 12 oz. Bottle from Johnís Grocery (Iowa City, IA). Poured into a tulip glass. The pour is like literally pouring used motor oil into a glass. Thick, dark, and hardly making a splash at all. This leads to a practically non-existent head with a dark cocoa color. Light smell on the beer that resembles chocolate and vaguely of bourbon. I do indeed get a faint vanilla in the smell after pour. Initial taste extremely powerful yet smooth. Sweet bourbon and coffee tastes. I almost feel like Iíve smoked a cigar with the smokey finish it leaves. This stout definately thumps itís chest and lets you know itís there. Becomes more friendly on the warm up and as the alcohol settles into me. Definately for sipping. Definately for dessert. I havenít had many Imperial Stouts. But, this is a good start. Rerate: 2009 Batch: Pours like oil, pitch black with a small dark brown head that dissipates to a layer that laces ok. Aromas are heavenly, a big dose of Bourbon and roasted malts, sweeter edges with chocolate and caramel in heavy doses, smooth and velvety. Initial is thick bodied with a heavy dose of bourbon, wet oak, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, caramel sweetness definitely evident. This stout is slanted away from bitterness, towards barrel and malt presence, sweet and complex, the beer slides down, a warming sensation, with good coffee, roasted malts, barrel, and chocolate in bitter and sweet layers. A markable improvement from my early rating times.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
naivepegasus (338) - USA - NOV 4, 2007
bottled 10/12/2007. Pours dark as oil, entirely opaque, with practically nonexistent dark tan head. Strong bourbon odor with a hint of sweet coffee malts. The smell alone has more taste than most of the beers out there. Heaven. Amazingly smooth, with strong sweet bourbon tastes, matched with coffee, chocolate with just a hint vanilla woodiness. A smoky aftertaste. Overall, an incredible beer, by far one of, if not THE, most complex stout I have ever tasted. Well worth the hype.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 4, 2007
On the way to a fest with too much bourbon (FoBAB í07) i stopped to pick this sucka up. four roasty bourbon bombs. the darkness overwhelms,broken by a thin creamy layer. smells like fire tastes like roasted butter sandwich. coats my tongue with diacetyl and bourbon... i love bourbon aged beers but man i need a break.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle packaged on 10/12/07. Pours jet black with a thin, creamy mocha head that diminishes to a ring clinging to the edge of the glass. A swirling single layer of tiny bubbles creates a morphing "island" in the center of the glass. The nose on this beer is huge: bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, plums and potent alcohol. Full-bodied and slick with tongue prickling carbonation and significant alcohol warmth. The flavor is bourbon forward and fairly hot at this time. Also present are vanilla, chocolate and plum notes along with a woody vinous quality. This is a really nice beer as it is, but I have to think that this will mellow nicely with time. The possibility of toning down the alcohol note and allowing time for the flavors to better integrate compels me to sit on my remaining 3 bottles. Iíll re-rate one in about a year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 12oz bottle, brewed 8/16/05. Pours very deep brown with a thin mocha colored head. Intense aroma, with oak, vanilla, bourbon, molasses and licorice atop a sweet malt background. Big roasted malt flavor, with vanilla, chocolate, wood, smoke, prunes, and alcohol. This is a tremendous beer, but the alcohol seemed to overwhelm the other flavors. Rating #400

4/27/09 Iíve sampled this a few more times, and Itís grown on me. I find the alcohol doesnít overwhelm the flavor. I added 1 to flavor and 2 to overall.

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