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RATINGS: 2605   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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"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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toddbates (95) - USA - JAN 19, 2008
aroma hits strong with alcohol but mellows out with a nice raisin, plum and date with a strong backnote molasses. Poured a beautiful thick, dark black with a thin dissapating head and little to no lacing. flavor was reminiscent of the aroma with the addition of smoke and vanilla. definitely a great beer with a not so great sticker price

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
bottle complements of toddbates: aroma is big with lots of raisin, alcohol, plums, dates, and it grows sweeter as it warms, leading to molasses, tobacco, vanilla, and of course bourbon. pours dark black with little tan head, and look thick on the pour. flavor has all the same elements as the aroma with some smoke, and it grows much sweeter as it warms, but in a delicious way. thick silky mouthfeel. This is an amazing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Always takes me a while to drink this. Very robust flavor of smoke, chocolate, vanilla, and oak. strong aroma of the same. Thick in the mouth. Black as night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
giberti (4) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008 does not count
Not my favorite from Goose, but an excellent beer. I was put off by the Bourbon flavor, but thatís just me. I was at a brewmasters dinner at Clyborne and this was definitely a hit with everyone there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2008
12 oz bottle from 2006, thanks to NachlamSie. Pours super black with some amber at the extremities and a thin, but everlasting brown head. The aroma is chocolatey with a distinct hazelnut note to it, along with some sweet bourbon, a touch of smoky char, and distant notes of cherry and coffee. The flavor is pleasingly complex right off the bat. Cherry and dark fruits hit immediately, then that hazelnut again. Smoke and coffee notes dance around with some sweet tobacco and alcohol. Everything is mellowed by a smooth chocolate taste all through the mouth. Vanilla starts to come out toward the finish, as does a bit of straight bourbon. This truly is an excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Big thanks to biggreen (BA) and KAggie97 for bringing this to the 2nd Houston Tasting. Dark as night pour with a gorgeous mocha head. Beautiful nose of bourbon and dark pitted fruits. Wow...the taste on this is incredible. Big heat, but the bourbon, smoke, chocolate and vanilla tastes are just amazing. I love this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2008
12 oz bottle sampled at 2nd Houston Beer Tasting, thanks to biggreen from BA site. Pours a dark black with a thin brown head which dissipated mostly, except for around the edge. The aroma was bourbon, smoke, coffee and vanilla. Incredible smell! I love vanilla in my coffee and apparently love bourbon in there too! The taste was also bourbon with coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel was medium-to-thick and was so luxurious in the mouth as to be exquisite. This is fantastic stuff! Will definitely have to get my hands on a few bottles of this to not be shared.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 14, 2008
350 ml bottle from archer liquors. Black with no head. Good strong bourbon, vanilla, and oak aroma. The taste is not as complex as I usually like from a beer like this, but, that said, the taste is an amazing rich dark chocolate and bourbon flavor with a pleasant bitterness and a lingering oakiness. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
The smell is of strong bourbon and smoke. Pours very thick and very dark with virtually no head. When you put the glass up to the light, you canít see through it..... At all. The flavor is very strong with strong hints of bourbon, and carmel. Goes down very smooth with a very pleasant after taste. One of those beers that you can sip for about an hour and not feel like you are going slow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tgncc (2994) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Beautiful aroma of the roasted coffee in the stout, the sweet smell of bourbon and a touch of oak. The appearance is redish/black, no translucence, very attractive. Not much head. The stout is my personal favorite, and this is one of the best Iíve had. The bourbon comes through on the flavor. The alcohol makes its presence known, but is not overpowering. (Amazing considering this is a 13% ABV). The flavor includes a nice roastiness, and vanilla. Very nice. A warming alcohol finish, with some sweetness from the vanilla thrown in. The beer is an appropriately thick winter beer, with a thick mouthfeel. Absolutely one of the best beers out there, and for $6 a 12 oz. bottle, it had damn welll better be.

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