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RATINGS: 2628   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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 16, 2008
Pours ebony black with some ruby coloured clarity. No head whatsoever. Little bit of lacing around edge of glass. Nose- powerful stuff- dark chocolate, espresso roast and bourbon heat rises up. Taste- thick oily monster. Beautiful roasted malts with big bourbon flavour. All nicely rounded though. Oak and hops show up in full force on the finish along with a wave of boozy heat. The vanilla also helps smooth out this powerhouse. The scary part is that drinkability is through the roof with this beer. I wish I had more...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10202) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 Sept 08 rerate. Wow now that I know beer this one is amazing. I liked it years ago now it is heaven. The chocolate, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, toffee nose is nothing compared to the incredible bomb that goes off on your tongue. Sweet chocolate, bourbon, syrup, vanilla, wood, and more just burst in your mouth and leave a finish that is minutes long. Yes this is a world class beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Pour- very oily, black Aroma- Bourbon, oak, vanilla, roasted malt Flavor-Dark fruit, bourbon, mellow alcohol flavor, incredible warming alcohol, like wine, ends on bittersweet roasted chocolate Mouthfeel- Heavy, creamy, puckering Overall: A little too much on the bourbon, and the tannin character was a little too strong. But quite tasty nonetheless ------& 2008 vintage: Incredible! Mouthfeel has improved, no longer puckering, bourbon-vanilla character was simple amazing. This was just plain delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle courtesy of drewbeerme. Pours a thick opaque black with almost zero head or carbonation, and the head it does have fades fast. Nose is coffee, chocolate, oak and bouron. Palate is dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla, roasted malt and a touch of smokey, oaky bourbon hidden in there as well (more like Scotch). Alcohol is pretty well hidden but it does have an extreme warming effect. Definitely a cold weather sipper Ė great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 13, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 Had both the 2006 and 2007 versions.....I liked the 2007 version the best and so will rate that. Pour was very oily, black. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and roasted malt. Very pleasing on the nose. Flavors of dark fruit, bourbon, mellow alcohol flavor. Very smooth and mellow...incredible warming of alcohol. The 2006 batch was a bit unbalanced...but this is very nice. Overall an incredible imp stout. --------&# 2008: Fantastic!! Very well-balanced...great vanilla-bourbon character. Nothing is over-powering...simply delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 Bottle - 2007, very fresh. Pours like used motor oil, thick and opaque black. Almost no head. Nose is huge: massive bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, hints of coffee. Delicious. Little carbonation. Flavor is just as big as the nose, and just as delicious: huge dark malt, massive bourbon, chocolate, some coffee. Undeniably smooth drinking. Palate is thick, coats the mouth. Finishes long and smooth. Beer is definitely a slow sipper, but even with the bourbon taste, itís smoother than any bourbon. Rerate - bottle, 2007, aged 3-4 months. A little age greatly reign in the vanilla and bourbon notes, and the alcohol to a lesser degree, bringing up the coffee and roast malt notes. I actually prefer the rawer, fresher version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7178) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2011 Bottle thanks to shp555. Pours a dark brown with a tiny beige head. The aroma-whoa this is gonna be trouble-sweet bourbon whiskey. The taste was dominated by a bourbon and woody quality, also some malt and a bit of bitter hops. Overall, quite earthy and warm. Really nice, Iíd love to share one of these with some Whiskey drinkers. Itís what a great beer should be; well made and interesting. Re-rate: 2008 edition, three years old. An amazing nose dominated by dark fruit, prunes massive sweet dark fruit, bourbon plays a minor role here. The flavor is sweet leather and smoke, huge dark fruit, vanilla, again light bourbon. Just an amazing beer. Wow!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thooper41 (549) - BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2008
12oz bottle thanks to stfun: pours pitch black with no head at all: aroma filled with chocolate and hint of bourbon, flavor was the same way but a slight hint of alcohol also. very well made beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2008
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Let me add my disclaimer right now. I do not like bourbon. I donít like the way it smells or tastes. GIBCS pours beautifully black with a carmel-colored head that quickly settles. The aroma is overwhelmingly bourbon along with toffee, vanilla and charred wood. You can smell this beer from across the room. The flavor is extremely complex with raisin, dried apricot, bourbon (of course), alcohol, chocolate pudding, coffee and a ton of other things that are blasted away by the second sip. This beer is way too complex to adequately rate with one bottle. By the second sip your taste buds are destroyed to subtlety. I can say that Iím already past the bourbon smell and taste. It is blessedly not overpowering with the rest of the flavors. The palate is oily and chewy. The after taste is long and thick. You wonít get away from this beer anytime soon. This is the best bourbon related anything Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dutch23mp (293) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
I live in the area and to be frank have not been a big fan of GI products, this is the exception. Even living here you still have to know where to get it. a flavor bomb to say the least. A well crafted beer one will do at the 13%. Not inexpensive but something to savor.

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