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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
[WBA styles tasting] 2007, Dense, thick appearance; kind of scary. Massive bourbon aroma, vanilla, roasty. Some toasted coconut? Brown sugar, molasses loads of malt character. Subtle smoke towards the finish. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Warming, sweet finish with some strong residual sugars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mugsie84 (4) - Inverness, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2008 does not count
Thick and creamy, but no head. Very strong bourbon overtones. Not for the weak at heart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2008
12oz bottled on 10/11/07. Label indicates 13% abv. Pours completely black with a small dark brown head made of ultra fine bubbles that slowly rises then fades to but a spotting. Big malty sweet smells waft in my face, chocolaty with a bit of roastiness, vanilla and definitely some bourbon notes. This is a big beer and it tastes like it! Big chewy mouthfeel, dark caramalt and roasted barley flavors balanced by substantial hop impression that finishes with a hot bit of bourbon oakiness. Nice Imperial Stout that could age well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2006 Bottle. Pours out a dark syrupy black with a thin brown head that disappears quickly. Aroma is very sweet and complex; bourbon and chocolate. Flavor is excellent and complex - sweet and malty, vanilla, chocolate, wood, and alcohol. Very soft mouthfeel with a charcoal finish. An excellent sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5043) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2007 bottle courtesy of rollinhard. wow thatís a black beer with no head at all. very hardcore bourbon, vanilla, wood and syrupy smell. good thickness and a nice very smooth woody taste. the aftertaste seems to mainly be all bourbon with a slight alcohol burn in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Courtesy of EddieG. Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish head. Aroma is mostly vanilla and bourbon. Tastes of smoked wood, whiskey, cherry, tobacco, and molasses. Palate is mostly thick with residual tastes of wood aged whiskey and molasses. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2008
2007 Bottle. Looks oily black with little head, but that may be due to the Chimay glass. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of bourbon. Full bodied. Tastes of full roasted malt and molasses that leads into sweet toffee, then a hint of cherry on the end. Finish lingers for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5816) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2011 What a dark pour! Incredibly black body with a small late forming dark brown head. Aroma is unlike any I have sampled with a full nose of bourbon. Bourbon also dominates the flavor and alcohol is right up there as well. Did they get whiskey in the beer or the other way around? This is a beer on steroids except it has retained the big testicles. There are other flavors but mentioning them is like complaining about a blister on the foot after being hit in the head with an axe. Unique feel in the mouth. It is smooth to the max. This beer is as subtle as a Mike Tyson punch and is far too over powering for my taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1557) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Wow! Smells more like bourbon, then bourbon itself! Dark, no head and no lacing. All kinds of flavor going on here. You can taste the malt, vanilla, and carmel. Yet it has a nice sweet after taste. Super smooth. This is the most flavor I have ever tasted in one beer. I love the 13 percent! I wish I had an extra one to age. This is a special occasion beer. (Thanks STFUN for the awesome hookup!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fej (3) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2008 does not count
I love a good Bourbon Stout, in fact I would say it is my favorite type of beer. So when I saw this available, I happily paid the $15 for a 4-pack. This was a major disappointment to me. Not that itís a terrible drink (and I say drink because this is much stronger than your normal microbrew beer), but because of the price and hype surrounding it. The aroma is sweet like a good bourbon, the pour is as dark as old motor oil. But the taste is overwelming. The bourbon taste far overpowers all other ingredients. I was able to pick up the coffee and vanilla in the aftertaste, but the initial is like a shot of whiskey. This is definitely not a drinking beer, but a sipping beer. This would be a great beer to enjoy on a cold night in front of a fire reading a good book. Not so much if youíre going to a frat kegger. That 4-pack lasted me a week.

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