Serve in Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 2750   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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2008
2007 Bottle. Bourbon and oak in the nose, light fruit and some chocolate deeper down. Inky ruby-black, still with no head. Very bourbon-heavy, but balanced with some roasty/smoky tones and chocolate. Amazing palate, chewy and engulfing. A bit boozy, but in good taste, appropriately emphasizing the bourbon flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3959) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2008
2006 vintage. Pours jet black with a small brown head. Aroma is sharp from the strong suggestion of bourbon, with hints of chocolate, soy, and oak. Taste is heavy on the bourbon, with dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, marshmallow, and maple syrup notes. Lots of alcohol make it a slow drinker, but at 11% that is to be expected. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Finish is long. This is the most impressive of the Goose Island reserve series and is ultimately very worthy of its high rating. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Poured almost syrupy black with absolutely no head (like marriage). The aroma, but more-so the flavor, was overwhelmingly sweet and malty. The coffee flavors were put on hold for huge chocolate tones and BOURBON (duh), whereas DTM thought the aroma was more mint-chocolate. I agreed, and we continued to get worked in Halo, while maintaining the zen atmosphere (at least, until the beer was gone...).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2008
black with dark tan thick head
complez malts and coffee aroma
rich dark chocolate with a bourbon edge in the finish. Lots of chocolate.
lightly bitter with some chocolatey elements.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2009 Bottle, 2007. So after 700+ ratings, I canít really add to anything others have said. Itís a bourbony beer whose bourbon is less overpowering than many others and whose base stout is better and shows through slightly more than in others. I enjoyed it greatly but I really fail to understand how a beer so dominated by BOURBON could be rated one of the top 50 BEERS out of tens of thousands. Maybe some day Iíll learn. 6-4-8-4-15/3.7

Rerate from multiple 2008 bottles. So I guess you could say Iíve learned now, and this has become one of my favorite beers. For a slow sipper and powerfully bourbony beer, this has to be one of the smoothest out there. No tannic woody notes, instead rich, lovely bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, molasses, pleasant, warming, sweet alcohol, not at all out of place, very much in place in fact. All in all, leaves nothing to be desired. While still a mood beer for me, one that I find myself increasingly in the mood for.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LilBeerDoctor (3637) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle, 2007. Pours black with a small dark tan/red head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor of bourbon, alcohol sweetness. I can tell that this is a better bourbon barrel aged beer than a lot of other BBA beers, but I can’t actually taste any of the underlying stout. I suppose it’s less bourbony than other beers, but it is definitely dominated by the bourbon. And I don’t want my beer to taste like bourbon, I want it to taste like beer. Also the 13% makes it extremely difficult to drink. Suffice it to say, I didn’t care for this bourbon bomb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle marked October 11, 2007; 13%. Fantastic oak aged beer! Thick pour that leaves a minimally sized light brown head that turns in to a ring quite quickly, but leaves a nice thin line of lacing. Pitch black body. Aroma of burbon, oak, chocolate, caramel, and some roasted nuts. Wow, that tastes good!, Rich and chocolatey, with vanilla and boozy, burbon goodness! Syrupy-creamy mouthfeel that is nearly flat carbonation wise. Leaves a bit of a dry, cedar-oaky aftertaste/mouthfeel. Really Really nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2004 Bottle thanks to Tony @ Oldsmar Tap House: Pours black with a medium tan head. Alcohol is very evident in the aroma. However, it’s well hidden in the flavor. Roasty flavor has hints of chocolate, liquorice and soy sauce. Very smooth and delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Motor Oil Black pour with a dissipating tan head. Smokey, Bourbon sweetness in the aroma, a little woody and alcohol. Thick, Viscous mouthfeel, Intense Bourbon character. Roasty, woody and smokey. Thick and Delicious but a perfect balance of smoke and bourbon makes this sipper an Incredible treat. Thanks to Pat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Many thanks to MaltOMeal!
As a fan of whisky, this is right up my alley. í07 bottle pours black and oily with a thin tan ring for a head. Iíd normally call this a 4/5, but because the beer is so like a spirit, I think its appearance is ideal. Strong, sweet bourbon nose with vanilla, smoke, and raisins. Thick, viscous mouth reveals bourbon, smoke, vanilla, and chocolate, some nice woody malt and alcohol in the aftertaste. The bourbon works wonders throughout the experience, adding warmth and character while playing with other elements, yet the beer remains refined in a category where excess is overpraised and alcohol-masking overpreferred. Ironically, itís never overbearing like WWS or even DL. BCS is all class.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 « 201 202 203  204  205 206 207 » 275

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50