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RATINGS: 2534   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
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Well unlike the rater below, I found Dogfish World Wide to be much more cloying and unstoutlike. This one pours like others have described, and the aroma was as good as it gets. With another year or two in the cellar, Iíd expect the heat to fade just a bit and allow the flavors to combine with the already fantastic aroma to really sweep one off oneís feet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2007
I compare this to similar beers and donít find that it holds up. It is most similar to Dogfish Head WWS and Southern Tier Jah*va, both of which are more complex, less cloying and have more "stoutlike" qualities. The WWS is a great after dinner apertif served in a small snifter and the Jah*va is just a great beer. This is way too sweet to be called a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Bottle from pepsican, thanks for the awesome beer. Also need to send a shout out to drewbeerme, who sent me some also so I could age them. Poured an inky black color with a fine tan head that dissolves into a ring. Good aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, along with some chocolate and coffee. Slight bourbon tingle greets the tongue upon entering the mouth, leading into a sweet, malty middle with strong flavors of chocolate and coffee, with hints of vanilla and oak, and finishes with a smooth bourbon taste. Smooth and creamy on the palate with a slight tingle from the bourbon. Definitely a great beer, I canít wait to see what some age does to it. Thanks again Pepsi!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Poured a deep brown with thin, tight, caramel colored head. Nose is complex with chocolate, earth, and alcohol. Flavor is equally complex, but the bourbon stands out stronger than in the nose, and the earthy complexities are very strong. Very good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (947) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Appearance is as dark as it gets. No light gets through this one. Huge aroma of bourbon and cocnout. Taste is of sweet malt, vanilla, with a bitter and warming finish. Mouthfeel is very creamy with no head, just an initial fleeting brown skin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2007
2007 Vintage
12oz bottle courtesy of Gillard. This one has eluded me for quite a while for various reasons, so I was super excited to try it. Motor oil looking black pour, glugs and glops out of the bottle. Smallish dark mocha-tan head, very bubbly and loosely formed. Nice retention and sheet lacing. On the nose the bourbon is very apparent, along with dark chocolate, raisins, malts, coffee beans, licorice, and some fusel alcohol. Itís actually not super apparent, even at 13%, which is a nice surprise. Very chewy and chalky, tastes like a chocolate brownie with a huge kick of alcohol mixed in. Dark malts, raisins, bourbon, bakers chocolate and tart fruits are present as well, adding to the mix. Wonderful mouthfeel, just how I want a beer of this style to be. Almost have to chew this one to get it down, which is perfect. Finish is boozy, sweet chocolate and fruits, and extremely lengthy. Very warming as a result of the ABV, but itís really quite masterfully kept in check throughout the range of the beer. Masterpiece.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
llyons37 (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Immediately hits you with a smell of bourbon and has a very dark black color. No head to speak of. Finishes with a bourbon flavor and is very strong. Excellent beer, just canít have too many of them.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chicagobears (424) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours a still midnight black with a beige tinge around the edge. One hell of a nose with bourbon, burnt oak, and vanilla. The coffee flavor comes through more in the flavor, smoky, rich, and oily. The flavors really stick. A burning bourbon flavor. Vanilla, coconut and cocoa swirling together....think Almond Joy. This is the tastiest stout I have tried. This will certainly become an annual event. Bravo Goose Island!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Aroma of bourbon, oak, and malt. Pours an engine oil black with no head. Little carbonation. Flavor of bourbon, strong malt, oak, and light hops. Alcohol is well hidden but still felt with a warm stomach. Took me an hour to finish the beer. Great sipping beer and is well worth the $20 a 4-pack.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottled on 08/16/05. Pours a deep dark slick black with almost no light escaping and a small but lasting orangey tan head and good lace. Aroma is intense with bourbon- oak vanill ahints, lots of chocolate and coffee with some burnt notes and syrupy molasses sweet. Flavor is also very sweet with lots of bourbon and barrel oakiness to it- tons of tacky sticky tar- licorice root- molasses. Very big full flavor - very sweet and full of bourbon but the alcohol is in check.

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