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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2007
2005 bottle thanks to Illinismitty. Pure black pour with a small fizzy brown head. This stuff coats the glass as you swirl it. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, pine and a hint of smoke. Lots of chocolate and vanilla flavor hitting the taste buds first, tons of alcohol, ending with bitter coffee and molasses. Thick creamy body and a huge alcohol burn. Damn! I thought someone dumped a shot of jack in my beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with no head. The aroma is dominated by coffee, followed by bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Very thick feel in the mouth. Smooth with a long lasting finish. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1849) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pitch black pour that is like burnt motor oil. Aroma is a delicate mix of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and just a touch of bourbon. No head beyond a tiny ring of dark tan cream. Flavor is more and more bourbon as it warms. The chocolate and coffee are buried and what happened to the vanilla? This beer started out beautiful and classy, but turned into a bar hopping, alcoholic bourbon bath.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Botttle. I really really enjoyed this from the onset with its strong bourbon, vanilla, malty aroma. The taste was very port-like. Def. a sipper and very warming down the throat. Flavor was very much in line with its aroma. Sweet and savory. I will be coming back to this one again and again. Not a session beer by any means. This one is meant to be sipped and enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (792) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Pours black with a very small dark tan head. Aroma of molassas, bourbon, burnt malts, vanilla. Taste is pretty much the same as aroma, but with an alchohol bite. A bit too cloying for me at this point, but I have 3 more, so I am excited about cellaring these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2007
From bottle courtesy of Immy. Pours black with a thin tan ring. Ever changing nose of decadent molasses, hints of wood, bourbon soaked raisins. Flavor was bourbon up front, dark chocolate, bitter coffee, lingering sweetness and hints of alcohol Palate is smooth and thick with some alcohol heat in the finish. Starting to have a lot of this style, but this one stands out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3239) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2006 bottle from Holdenn, although a week later I could buy it locally. Whoops. Big, big beer. Iíve been missing this in ISs lately, stuck with astringent and powerful noses but a lack of the motor-oil thick body Iíve come to expect from the top specimens. This one certainly delivers there, falling short only of Bells Expedition and Batch 7000 in mouthfeel. The degree to which the bourbon accents the beer is very nice too, letting the beer itself do the speaking and merely playing a crescendo on the taste. It is clear the Goose Island has been honing the craft of barrel-aging far longer than most American brewers. Theyíve certainly nailed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 19, 2007
12 oz bottle from my Secret Santa - thanks, whoever you are! Pours black with a ring of a beige head. Sweet raisiny soy nose, hints of bourbon and smoke. Fruity sweet dried dark fruit flavors with sweet roasty malt. Bourbon makes a splash in the finish. Alcohol well hidden. I found many of the flavors and aromas quite similar to a well aged SATB, which is amusing since that beer is so reviled and this is so well regarded.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 From a 12oz Bottle. Pitch black, viscous oil slick of a pour with a thin layer of quickly dissipating roasted brown head. A vigorous swirl brings some head back to life. Dark fruity characters of rich prune and raisin pour out the top of my snifter glass, backed by a bold, yet balanced, oaky caramel bourbon character. Some dark chocolatey fudge, soy dipped freshly baked pretzel, and a splash of vanilla also add some delicious complexity to this exquisite bouquet. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel with a silky soft chocolatey texture. The flavors start out with a decadent serving of dark chocolate fondue, drizzled with a rich, creamy caramel glaze. Notes of prune and raisin add a glorious, yet subtle fruity malt character. As the fruits rest lazily on the palate, a warming wave of caramel vanilla bourbon notes begin to take over on the tongue, along with a bit of saltiness. Before the alcohol notes begin to get too strong and unwelcome, they let off, slowly fading into the background to reveal some drier, chocolate roast coffee flavors that have been waiting patiently in the background. A hint of anise is left lingering in the final smack. The flavors of this beer are delcious, but incredibly overpowering, so much that a 12oz bottle is a tall order to consume by myself. If this beer came in a nip bottle, my rating would be even slightly higher for a slightly easier drinkability. Intense and over the top, but a sinfully delicious after dinner treat all the same. Thanks, Dillon!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Wow, i thought this was going to be straight bourbon based on some reviews. This beer was incredible. Aroma of bourbon, oak, coffee, and some dark chocolate. The first few tastes were incredible smooth but the heat caught up to it after awhile. Flavor has some vanilla coming through and bourbon. Great body and not overly sweet. Not much bitterness at all either. Very good stout.

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