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RATINGS: 2646   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 it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it." Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBU’s 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

Editor’s 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. It’s essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrewDad (5120) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
12oz Bottle - Trade - Pantanap
Aroma – Huge bourbon aroma with the deep dark malts. Tons of aromas.
Appearance – Dark black in color, no head and clear.
Flavor – 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 – Nice Mouthfeel, Great texture with a super dry finish.
Overall – 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 (11400) - 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 (1718) - 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, doesn’t matter, take your pick. The liquid version of walking down a country road at midnight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 2006 vintage (bottled 7/3/06). (also my 100th rating). Geez, this poured pitch black with the consistency of motor oil. Just wow. Dark as night with an almost non-existent tan head. Gorgeous. The aroma is wonderful with chocolate, vanilla with a not overwhelming presence of bourbon. I tried a 2007 bottle a few weeks ago and the bourbon was much more pronounced. Letting it sit for almost two years has definitely calmed it down for what I feel is the better. It definitely becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Flavor has the same components of vanilla, chocolate, smokiness, bourbon, a sticky caramel. It’s so much. This stuff is as smooth as silk to drink too. Slight alcohol burn in the finish, but just wow. Can’t wait to let the remaining bottles I have left to age a bit more for drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2009 Very complex beer. The flavor is like walking through a very old forest, where light and shadows plays, sounds of birds and bugs, aromas of earth, trees and brush and decay demand attention. It is hard to focus on everything at once, and several of the things you sense may on their own be unpleasant, but taking in all at once, concentrating on the whole and not the parts, is an experience not soon to be forgotten. I am happy to have experienced it, but also will not desire it again, at least for a very long time. (The time has come to re-rate. My first was 3.8, and either I was crazy, got a bad bottle, or have just changed. I love this one, and have put up a few. Huge malted milk ball flavor with hints of bourbon. Alcohol well hid, but with pleasing warmth. Great aftertaste, like what is left in your mouth after a fantastic chocolate malted mild shake.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Krazyjon (11) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2008
Black as tar and as smooth as silk. The first thing that hits you is the bourbon aroma with hints of dark chocolate and roasted malt. I’m no fan of bourbon, but it turned out I had no reason to fear. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and coconut get things started, but that just scratches the surface of flavors. Probably the most complex beer I’ve ever enjoyed. Finish is smooth and smoky with nice alcohol warming the throat. You have to give it up to Goose Island on this one, the beer gods were smiling when they conjured up BCS. Truly a masterpiece.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Strong bourbon aroma, roasty, tobacco, toasty, chocolaty. Pitch black, some creamy head. Thick as hell. Strong alcoholic bourbony flavor. Spicy, sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2009 Jesus Christ. This is one of the most intense beers I’ve ever had. Dark as night, with a very small brown head. Smells both smoky and sweet, with some molasses and bourbon notes. The flavor is a caramel whiskey molasses with some dark fruit (fig?). The alcohol is definetly there, but I would never have guessed 13%. A phenomenal brew, I think 3 of them would knock me on my ass.

   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 (10346) - 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.

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