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RATINGS: 2456   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2263) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
Very black in colour, thin tan coloured head that quickly dissipates into a ring around the glass, light lacing along with some alcohol lacing. The aroma is very bourbony, some chocolate, lots of vanilla, cream and lots of alcohol. The flavour wasnít as alcohol filled as I would have thought, the vanilla doesnít hide itself, extreme sweetness, very malty, lots of chocolate. Surprisingly smooth and creamy mouthfeel, medium/large body, medium carbonation. Finishes with lots of alcohol, very long and very sweet. Pretty alcohol, very overpowering at times. I donít think that the alcohol will ever mellow.

355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott.
Opened on July 27, 2007.
Brewed on August 16, 2005.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: November 09, 1997
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, thin brown head
Aroma: sweet alcoholic aroma
Flavor: thick and rich chocolate flavor, burbony, hint of the 9% hidden within, aged for 100 days in Jim Beam Bourbon barrels

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: February 21, 2004
rich chocolate and borbon flavor,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: January 15, 2006
Mode: bottle
Score: iiii to ii+
Appearance: pours a slick black oil with a short lived thin brown head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma with a strong bourbon note
Flavor: huge alcoholic bourbon flavor, very fumey, lots of chocolate
Overall: all bourbon

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: November 14, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2005
Score: 4.0 to 4.1
Appearance: black, fine brown head
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma is in perfect balance with the sweet vanilla and bourbon
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon, vanilla sweetness brinhs out the chocolate and bourbon, lots of alcohol but not to distraction
Overall: like a bourbon chocolate candy

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: December 31, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2005
dark chocolate and bourbon still going strong, picking up some nice sherry notes, sweet caramel and vanilla,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: February 21, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 2006
sweet bourbon and chocolate aroma and flavor, very well balanced between the bourbon and chocolate, lots of vanilla brings out the chocolate, sweet licorice, light hot alcohol in the finish but not a distraction,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: December 31, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2006
rich dark chocolate and bourbon like the 05 but without the sherry notes leaving it even richer,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2006
lots of sweet dark fruits, bourbon has mellowed,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2007
sherry is kicking in and fighting with the bourbon, oxidizing sooner than the 06,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: November 01, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar tasting
Vintage: 2008
same wonderful rich chocolate and bourbon, lots of vanilla sweetness, hot as always,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: March 19, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: road trip
Vintage: 2008
none of the heat from before, just the rich chocolate and bourbon,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: December 31, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2008
not the richness of the earlier years, more caramel sweetness, still some heat from the bourbon

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2008
sweet sherry, the younger vintages are not holding up as well as the older ones,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2009
sweet bourbon and chocolate has returned after years of oxidized older vintages,

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: September 23, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2010
bourbon is boozy and takes over the chocolate, not as nice and mellow as the year old vintage or the earlier years,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

Brewery: Goose Island Brewing Co
Date: December 14, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: rich dark chocolate aroma with lots of bourbon
Flavor: rich bourbon flavor, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, touch of caramel
Overall: good balance between the sweet bourbon and rich dark chocolate

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2007
12oz Bottled on 070306. Bourbon, smoked wood, chocolate, roasted barley and vanillia mutiple aromas here on the nose. Black oil body with thin chocolate milk head. Flavor had the texture of a chocolate milk shake. Chocolate and bourbon blend along with the chalky coco was the right mix. Somewhat dry coco chalk on palate but somooth with a heavy forehead afterwards. Alcohol will be felt after liquid is all but disappeared. My wife is one hell of a beer shopper.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Great stuff. Aroma is resplendent with chocolate and coconut, as well as a hint of bourbon. Deeply complex as well as enjoyable to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2007
2006 12 oz bottle from discount liqour in Milwaukee. Opaque black color with very thin burnt red/brown head that I had to beg to come out, but it was oh so beautiful when it did. Fantastic smoky bourbon aroma, with sweet malt, caramel, dark chocolate, darklord in quality. Flavor is roasted malt, vanilla bourbon, the darkent belgian chocolate, some fruit, like cherries, alc is there but not overpowering. Full body, no carb, maybe a little syrup. Overall an amazing brew that knocks down most impys out there. So good!!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (2837) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2007
2006 12oz bottle Pours out a sweet black topped with a small dark tan head. Great aroma of roast bourbon and sweetness. Tast is WOW so good. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, and wook. Thanks so much to FOOTBALM for sending another GEM.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2007
2006 bottle--thanks to allaboutstout for sending me this amazing brew! rating 800--and this beer will be in my top ten! pour black with no head..nice milky chocolate aroma with subtle hints of cream, vanilla, oak tannins (wonderful, and inviting!)..this beer is a massive kick to the teeth--huge chocolate, vanilla, bourbon/oak, and lactose malts...creamy and dense, this beer is almost perfect...massively dark, tremendously good...beware though, this is a meal in a bottle!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2007
12oz bottle. Bottle on date:081505 1208. Whatever the last four digits mean? Batch? Anyway...Pitch opaque "inky"(somebody mentioned it somewhere tonight, catchy) Tight ring and slight spiral beige head. Roasty vanilla cherry aromas. Vanilla cookie with dark fruit jam. Bigger carbonation compared to the previous(KBS) rating. Sharper and seemingly lighter(comparatively) body. Bigger burn, and bigger acidity overall. Lesser oaky vanilla flavor, but more smokey and burnt. Acidity and alcohol higher. More fruity. Almost vinuous. More cloying, less tingling. And on a side note, this is the first(maybe second) time that I have given an appearance score higher than a 3. Strickly based on how nice it was to use the word "inky". This is the type of beer you share. Both because of the gravity and strength of the brew and that the flavors are so intense that 6oz is quite enough to smack around your taste buds. Fun and memorable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2007
courtesy solan. pours an inky black color with no identifiable head. aroma is one of the most intense I have experienced. a caucaphony of whisky, oak, vanilla, molasses, prune, even a wisp of smoke. palate is almost chewy. awesome beer

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrhammonds (29) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 7, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 What a beer. The perfect bourbon, wine, stout combination if you ask me. The oak is the most prevalent aroma--then hints of vanilla, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate explode onto the palate uniquely defined, yet congealed. The alcohol warming is inescapable, but Iím sure few us mind. This is a must try!


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