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RATINGS: 2762   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
"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
2015 - 14.2% 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 separates 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle thanks to KingpinIPA. Wonderful aroma of dried prunes, sweet cherry, dates, vanilla. Great thick mouthfeel. Tastes of prunes, dark fruit, carmel, vanilla and bourbon. Finish gives a really nice alcohol warmth. I really liked this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Sweet smokey aroma - virtually no head and I poured it pretty hard- First sip threw me hard with a strong licorice and dark fruit kick. Aftertaste is kinda bourbon smoke. not a bad brew -very strong ABV at 13% and you can taste it. I think the dark fruit might be a bit too strong for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2008
This bottle somehow ended up in my cooler at a local tasting, thanks hellbilly! Pours a thick dark black with a small tan head that eventually fights it way to the top. Big aroma of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Flavor is much the same, with the addition of dark fruit. Thick and creamy on the palate. A bit of an alcohol burn on the otherwise sweet, sticky finish. A fantastic brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigJoe7231 (25) - Schererville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Good stuff! Pours black, with almost no head. Smells of sweet bourbon oak. The 13% ABV is disguised nicely by the bourbon and chocolately overtones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHANER4 (490) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Poured a black violet color with small head. Aroma is very strong - smelled like bourbon smoke and cofee grounds. Taste is very strong, high ABV. is very evident. definte sipping brew. Flavor of smoke and coffee on palate with a strong alcohol finish. This beer is rated quite high, I am surprised because of overpowering alcohol flavor. Combine bourbon and coffee and you have this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2009 2007 12oz bottle. Pours black with very thin dark tan head. Aroma is big with bourbon, booze, oak, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is smooth and creamy with suprised me based on the aroma. Big flavors of caramel, vanilla and bourbon with notes of chocolate and coffee. This is a beautiful beer. Mouthfeel is very silky. Hides 13 % ABV very well. Could have several glasses of this. Flavors really open up as it warms. Will make sure I pick up a 4 pack of the 2008.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fschouten (2) - Manteno, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2008 does not count
This stout is best enjoyed at the Goose Island Brewery restaurant on North Clybourn in Chicago. Of course, it’s probably also best to park on the south side and take the Red Line there. That gives you a chance to ride public transit back to your car and let your body work through of some of the effect of this potent stout!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
12oz bottle procured from NYC Whole Foods on Bowery, poured into a Stone OG tulip glass, 2007 edition bottled 1/20/07. Appearance is pitch black hue with tinges of brown on the periphery, head is minimal, a mere thin ring of brown bubbles, moderate lacing. Smell is amazing, big notes of molasses, dark fruits, bourbon alcohol, and woody oak, some dark bitter chocolate and coffee tones, vanilla and roasty malts as well. Taste is also quite spectacular initially characterized by bittersweet chocolate malts, whisky, and dark fruits, transitions slowly to coffee and roast malts, vanilla, and a touch of earthy hops, finishes syrupy sweet with alcohol warming. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, thick viscous texture coats the mouth like motor oil, carbonation is ample. Drinkability is moderate at 11%, you can definitely feel the alcohol but it is not overwhelming, great mix of malts, dark fruits, hops, the bourbon barrel accents are a great accent that does not hijack the flavor profile, this is deserving of high ratings and I would love to try try again after a few years of cellaring, yum!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
thanks mcbackus what a great stout great barrell notes in this dark dark beer chocolate and woods dominate flavor is great taste and aroma match perfectly not much better than this

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle aquired in a trade with StFun. Poured black with absolutely no head. Smelled of a mint chocolate and bourbon. Tasted of chocolate and the tasted lingered at the back of my throat. I was very impressed. This beer would be great on a cold winter night. I was very surprised that the ABV was 13%!!

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