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RATINGS: 2643   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
"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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgrubb7 (6) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2008 does not count
I had 12oz bottle of 2007. $5.99 a bottlefrom Picadilly in Champaign. As I poured it into the glass, Motor Oil came to mind. Not 10W30 that comes out of the bottle, but the stuff that you drain out of the pan after itís been in there for 5000 miles. The Bourbon and the alcohol burn, I can handle. What I couldnít get past was overwhelming taste of burnt prunes. Basically overpowered all the good qualities of the beer, and gave it a cough syrup quality. The other good flavors are there, you just have to look hard to find them. I would love to try one that has aged a little more to see if it balances out over time. On a side note after drinking half of the glass, I decided I wasnít really enjoying this anymore, so I dumped the remaining 6 oz into a 12 glass of Bass. Ended up with what was actually quite a fantastic, and still coal black stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 2007 bottle (thanks to those of you who have sent me a bottle or five in the past year). blackest colored viscous pour iíve seen in a while. itís topped with a tiny tan head that i worked vigorously for. very robust aroma that i could smell from across the room... definite bourbon, sugar cane, wood, vanilla, chocolate, charcoal, tobacco and booze. very rich and complex. the flavor.... not so much. bourbon burn and sweetness dominate over any beer that may have been in here. there are nuances but they are hard to get at... rich roasty grain, chocolate, vanilla and a light salty element. itís not bad just really hot. it finishes with lots of booze and barrel flavors before the alcohol starts penetrating through my skin. full bodied with a very creamy mouth feel. this needs some time to mellow. good thing iíve got so many!...

vertical tasting on 12/19/10... í03 surprisingly good... peppery and molasses but it starts falling apart after ten minutes.

í05 is dead.soy mess.

06,07,08,09 are just mediocre and the same.

vanilla kicks all dem asses

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nparikh (20) - New York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2008
Powerful scent of sweet bourbon in the nose, overpowers the stout aspect of the scent (toast, wood, smoke). Pours dark and rich. The taste is a good example of the genre: roasted malts and chocolate but lots of bourbon and woody sweetness. Complex taste with stuff I couldnít place. A great example of the genre, but itís extremely sweet, almost cloying and personally I found it hard to get through 12 ounces. Maybe better as a dessert beer to have just ~2 ounces of.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - APR 2, 2008
If you like bourbon and stouts, hands down this is your beer. This brew has a strong bourbon aroma that overpowers any other scent that might have come from your glass. The flavor is a mix of a sweet bourbon with roasted malts. There is just a touch of bitterness, which is perfect, and overall the palate is much cleaner than i anticipated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 1, 2008
12 oz. bottle. 2007 vintage. Color is pitch black. No head, despite my best effort with a vigorous pour. Very creamy out of the bottle. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, smoked wood. Palate is unbelievable smooth and silky. Truly a treat for the senses. Flavor is a wonderful mix of rich bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee. Hot warming alcohol is present, but it definitely doesnít detract from the total package. Really tasty treat, would love to stash a few of these in the cellar for a few years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (2848) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2008
07 bottle courtesy Boboski. #400!!!!! Pours thick and black with thin tan head. Roasted grain, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and tobacco all find its way in to my senses from the aroma. Thick body. Chocolate malt, vanilla, roasted grain, caramel, and subdued hops all come through in the taste. Absolutely beautifully balanced aperitif like taste. So smooth that you donít notice the alcohol until its too late. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 a nice 10W30 from greg hall!. aroma is of strong wood and booze. flavor is the same, with an indefinable that nears smoke. the mouthfeel was amazing, truly coated everything available to its silky goodness. the fact that i could even tolerate a beer this strong is a tribute to how amazing it is. furthermore, i would drink it again!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewDad (5116) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
12oz Bottle - Trade - Pantanap
Aroma Ė Huge bourbon aroma with the deep dark malts. Tons of aromas.
Appearance Ė Dark black in color, no head and clear.
Flavor Ė One of the best Bourbon ales I have ever had The beer was flawless. Had flavor to give and was not overpowering. The rich malts and the deep oak flavors where awesome.
Palate Ė Nice Mouthfeel, Great texture with a super dry finish.
Overall Ė One of the best beers I have ever had thus far. The beer was the nectar of the gods. Great stuff I will seek this beer to the ends of the earth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bierkoning (11206) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 25, 2008
2007 bottle, 13,1%. Almost black, opague. Roasted malt aroma, indeed with the aroma of bourbon barrels. Full bodied, thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Roasted malt in the flavor with licorice, laurel and burning alcohol. The taste of bourbon is noticeable throughout the stout. Wood and red berries. Sweet but delicious and complex beer, with an astonishing aroma and flavor and a long lasting finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mcox90 (1706) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Kudos to both Acknud & BBB63 for sending me a bottle of this magic elixer. Pours a deep black with a very small brown head. Nose is semi sweet molasses & alcohol. A subtle brew it is not. Mouthfeel is smooth, but heavy & warm. Almost like brandy or port. Taste is a complex mix of molasses, Semi sweet chocolate, a ton of malt, dark wet earth & of coarse bourbon. Makers Mark, Jack Daniels, doesnít matter, take your pick. The liquid version of walking down a country road at midnight.

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