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RATINGS: 2634   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illini4ever (23) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2008
2007 bottle poured a pitch black with a motor oil consistency. Thinmalty head that was nonexistent in no time. Aroma of bourbon and chocolate, accompanied by a smokey oak combo. Tastes of bourbon followed by a nutty coffee. Very powerful, smoothing out as it warmed. Only way to describe this Imperial Stout is fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
travita (4417) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Black as night with a thick tan head. Strong almost overpowering aromas, you can pick out the bourbon and the oak. Booming flavors of oak, bourbon, coffee but somehow they manage to stay smooth. Thick body with a nice burp. The aftertaste is a very lovely dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2008
black pour with minimal carmel head. nice oily lacing. raosted coffee and bitter chocolate in the aroma. flavor of dark choclate, vanilla coffee and light bourban. alcohol was awesomely hidden. exceptionally drinkable for such a big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2008
Thanks to drewbeerme. Very black pour, moderate sized dark tan head, good lacing and retention. Rich aroma with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some darker fruits and roast. Full bodied, fairly sweet with moderate to light alcohol in the finish. Guessed alchohol % to be around 10. Really well done by the numbers bourbon barrel stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Vintage 2007, thanks to Badbeer for this. Pours a thick, sludgy, black/dark brown color. Very thin brown head that hangs out just a little bit. I love that smell. Smells of bourbon and vanilla. Not as much dark fruitiness as other Bourbon BA brews but still a little bit. Tastes of bourbon and alcohol up front. Tastes of chocolate and some dark fruits towards the finish. The finish itself is a little overwhelmed by alcohol. Super thick and viscose, just how a BA brew should be. Could use a bit more carbonation but its got a little so itís all good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2008
2006 I poured this violently into a Duvel tulip to get all the head I could out of it. Ended up a couple fingers from the top. Black dense body with brown bubbly head that sticks around for a while and lasted to the end. Smell was a smack in the face of coffee, chocolate and rasted malts. Flavor is a strong chocolate-vanilla with just enough bitterness. Very smooth mouthfeel for the viscosity of the brew. So drinkable for such a high alcohol and thickness beer. Need More!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 This is really really good. Always sounded good to me and I finally got my hands on some. I ended up getting 3 bottles of it, between two people (James and Hank thanks!) and it was amazing. I will always trade for this beer. Nose is bourbon, taste is all bourbon with a tiny bit of coffee and chocolate flavors. Mainly bourbon, if you dislike bourbon donít even bother with this one. Save it for me please. If I could buy this on a regular basis it would easily become my top priority at the liquor store. You cannot be a puss to drink this. For any rating out there below a 4 is probably because they dislike bourbon. So take my rating as a warning so another bottle is not wasted on those unworthy! This should never move out of the 100 percentile IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
I pop the cap and a whiff of mystery just hits my nose, and the bottle is a foot from my face. Pours pitch black with just a very small amount of tan head on the top. Nose hints of vanilla. A nice little tease for the senses really. Flavor is thick and complex. Vanilla, thick malts, and a load of body just come together. Thick liquid feel and a low carbonation still feel nice. Drinkable? This is more an interesting sipper. Something to ponder, and probably something that could use a few more years to mellow and chill.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (4166) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2008
12 oz. 2007 vintage. Pitch black with a thick and creamy two-finger head that settles into a soapy halo. Aroma is a freshly crumbled Baby Ruth in a just-emptied bourbon glass. Flavor starts with espresso, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and oak, then adds some charry wood, tobacco, and alcohol for the slightly smoky and balanced finish. Heavy body is velvety smooth and coats your teeth and tongue nicely. Tingly, warming alcohol afterwards. What a dessert!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Iíll give this one points for bold, unique, and original...pitch black brew with absolutely no head, this beer is all vanilla, campfire, símores, and hard-alcohol. Bourbon is heavy on the palate and unmistakeable. If you are a fan, you will definitely be a fan of this. I can understand why some rate this poorly, although the craftsmanship here is remarkable. If you enjoy Coors, Bud, or Michelob...DONíT TRY THIS!!! It mellows with warmth...this is a very nice stout!!!!

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