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RATINGS: 2592   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   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
2014 - 14.4% 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4984) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2007 bottle courtesy of rollinhard. wow thatís a black beer with no head at all. very hardcore bourbon, vanilla, wood and syrupy smell. good thickness and a nice very smooth woody taste. the aftertaste seems to mainly be all bourbon with a slight alcohol burn in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Courtesy of EddieG. Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish head. Aroma is mostly vanilla and bourbon. Tastes of smoked wood, whiskey, cherry, tobacco, and molasses. Palate is mostly thick with residual tastes of wood aged whiskey and molasses. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2008
2007 Bottle. Looks oily black with little head, but that may be due to the Chimay glass. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. Full bodied. Tastes of full roasted malt and molasses that leads into sweet toffee, then a hint of cherry on the end. Finish lingers for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5274) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2011 What a dark pour! Incredibly black body with a small late forming dark brown head. Aroma is unlike any I have sampled with a full nose of bourbon. Bourbon also dominates the flavor and alcohol is right up there as well. Did they get whiskey in the beer or the other way around? This is a beer on steroids except it has retained the big testicles. There are other flavors but mentioning them is like complaining about a blister on the foot after being hit in the head with an axe. Unique feel in the mouth. It is smooth to the max. This beer is as subtle as a Mike Tyson punch and is far too over powering for my taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1539) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Wow! Smells more like bourbon, then bourbon itself! Dark, no head and no lacing. All kinds of flavor going on here. You can taste the malt, vanilla, and carmel. Yet it has a nice sweet after taste. Super smooth. This is the most flavor I have ever tasted in one beer. I love the 13 percent! I wish I had an extra one to age. This is a special occasion beer. (Thanks STFUN for the awesome hookup!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fej (3) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2008 does not count
I love a good Bourbon Stout, in fact I would say it is my favorite type of beer. So when I saw this available, I happily paid the $15 for a 4-pack. This was a major disappointment to me. Not that itís a terrible drink (and I say drink because this is much stronger than your normal microbrew beer), but because of the price and hype surrounding it. The aroma is sweet like a good bourbon, the pour is as dark as old motor oil. But the taste is overwelming. The bourbon taste far overpowers all other ingredients. I was able to pick up the coffee and vanilla in the aftertaste, but the initial is like a shot of whiskey. This is definitely not a drinking beer, but a sipping beer. This would be a great beer to enjoy on a cold night in front of a fire reading a good book. Not so much if youíre going to a frat kegger. That 4-pack lasted me a week.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Wonderfully rich with an intriguing aroma and flavor. Very big flavors, full bodied and a bit of a burn in the finish. Flavor is rich and unique, some slightly smoked peaty qualities, with some whiskey wood barrel flavors in the finish. A must try. Very warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2008
2005 vintage consumed in February 2008. Whoa! This brew screams bourbon! As soon as I cracked the top, a massive nose of kentucky bourbon laden chocolate and nougat malts hit me like a ton of bricks. The thick, syrupy, opaque mahogany liquid exudes fumy notes of vanilla and burnt caramel over the silky dark chocolate malts and omnipresent bourbon. The aroma is nothing short of fantastic, and it transitions perfectly into the luxurious, intense flavor. Dark chocolate and caramel caress the tongue, while the intense bourbon melts perfectly into the fold. There is a perfectly complimentary smoky taste that sticks to the roof of the mouth and the edges of the tongue. This brew is masterfully crafted in its use of massive amounts of malt to balance out the huge bourbon notes. I canít believe how well this has held up after nearly three years. My only knock is on appearance, which would certainly garner a perfect score save for the lack of a head or lacing, a condition that is most likely due to the brewís age. A thick viscous body drinks incredibly smooth for such a huge beer, though it falls just short on carbonation levels. I will revisit this beauty as often as possible, as this is truly one of the classics. EXCELLENT!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illini4ever (23) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2008
2007 bottle poured a pitch black with a motor oil consistency. Thinmalty head that was nonexistent in no time. Aroma of bourbon and chocolate, accompanied by a smokey oak combo. Tastes of bourbon followed by a nutty coffee. Very powerful, smoothing out as it warmed. Only way to describe this Imperial Stout is fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
travita (4282) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Black as night with a thick tan head. Strong almost overpowering aromas, you can pick out the bourbon and the oak. Booming flavors of oak, bourbon, coffee but somehow they manage to stay smooth. Thick body with a nice burp. The aftertaste is a very lovely dark chocolate.

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