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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 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
2015 - 14.2% 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 separates 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2008 2006 Bottle. Pours real nice and thick with no head whatsoever. Smell is incredible. Lots of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, with some hints of bourbon/alcohol coming through as well. This has a myriad of flavors going on in the taste. However, they’re not blended together very well. It’s one after another as they fight for the lead. The flavors are good, but not working well and complimenting as they should. Huge, creamy mouthfeel.
Update: 2007 batch.
This beer is incredible. Much more complex barrel flavor. Very good vanilla, bourbon and oak in the flavor. This batch is everything this beer needs to be. One of my favorite beers right now.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jake65 (3236) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Bottle: Immense black pour with a small brown head. Nose is complex with bourbon, vanilla, and smokiness. Taste is warming with bourbon notes, roasted malt/chocolate malt, and vanilla. Very smooth and silky, yet warm and cunning. Praise to both pantanap and badbeer for sending this in trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014
2014-02-12, vintage 2008, bottled 10/28/08, 5+ years old, 13% ABV, 7-4-9-4-17=41
It pours a thick black, with barely any head. The aroma is fading; there is some roasted malt, tar, Parmigiano Reggiano; nice but with the first signs of oxidization. Full bodied beer, with round and thick mouthfeel; the mix of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor is excellent; fairly sweet, also because the bitterness is fading away; there is some demerara sugar, leather, wood, a touch of Bourbon, a hint of liquorice, a bit salty indeed.
It’s a very interesting sipper.

2012-12-18, vintage 2008, 4 years old, 13% ABV, 9-4-9-5-18=45
bottled 10/28/08

It pours a black color, oily, with almost no head. Impressive aroma of firewood and Bourbon, with a peppery finish, and very light phenol. Full bodied, the texture is a bit oily; it has a very rich flavor of dark chocolate, medium sweet, with later hints of coffee and leather; some vanilla as well; the barrel aging adds complexity and alcohol warmth.
Wonderful now; it may not be suitable for longer aging, some oxidization would not fit here.

2011-07-14, vintage 2008, 3 years old, 13% ABV, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Black color; it has not much carbonation, it pours thick and oily, with a small and not persistent brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate first, some vanilla, leather, alcohol, cardboard and light phenol. The body is very strong, with a rather oily mouthfeel; very good dark chocolate flavor, then roasted malt, some tar and liquorice, finally the pleasant Bourbon component; moderate residual sweetness; strong warming feeling from the alcohol; correct bitterness.
Extremely powerful.

2009-11-12, at Monk’s Café, Stockholm, vintage 2007, 2 years old, 13% ABV, 9-4-8-4-17=42
Black color; it’s almost flat, with no carbonation, no head. The aroma shows a good mix of Bourbon vanilla, whiskey, roasted malt, paper, cardboard, very light smoke. It has a good body strength; strong chocolate flavor, burning alcohol feeling; well rich; dark caramel, light vanilla, light smoke.

2007-05-23, vintage 2006, 1 year old, 11% ABV, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Black oil, thin head. Intense aroma, very sweet, of vanilla, oak, roasted malt, tar, leather. Full mouthfeel, thick, oily, sweet, malty, with a very nice roasted malt line, some liquorice, cookies, vanilla, dark chocolate. Strong final, with a clear presence of the roasted malt, sugars and vanilla, salty dark chocolate 99% cocoa; toffee and rhubarb; the alcohol starts warming the mouth

Bought for 10$ at New Beer Distributors, NY, it’s a great beer to celebrate Milan victory in the Champions League tonight!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
Bouteille, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez fruité (cerises, léger de raisins et de prunes, notes de figues) légèrement boisé (fût de chêne), de malt rôti, de chocolat noir, de café espresso, d’alcool moyen-doux liquoreux (whisky), de caramel toffee sucré, léger de vanille et avec des notes de sucre brun, de réglisse noir et des traces de fumée. Ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, crémeuse et liquoreuse (voire visqueuse). Goût fruité (cerises vieillies, léger de raisins vineux, notes prunes et de figues) boisé (fût de chêne) avec un goût de vanille et des traces de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût amer de malt rôti (notes de brûlé), de chocolat noir, moyen de caramel toffee avec des notes faibles de sucre brun parallèlement à un goût d’alcool liquoreux (whisky) moyen et réchauffant ainsi qu’un goût de café et moyen de mélasse puis en finale viennent se rajouter des notes de houblon herbeux ainsi que de faibles notes de fumée. Post-goût très long, moyennement amer d’alcool liquoreux, de rôti, de chocolat noir, de café, avec un goût assez boisé et légèrement fruité (moût de cerises et de raisins vineux) ainsi que des notes de houblon herbeux.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Brown body so dark its almost black with faint brown head. Wonderful bourbon nose with an alcohol tinge to it. Creamy mouth feel with a buscuitty bourbon flavor. Tail finish has some faint coffee hint to it. Lingers for minutes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Thanks to Walt for sharing (this bottle). Pours very dark with a soapy looking brown head. Aroma of strong berries, chocolate syrup, whiskey, and coffee. Tastes similar with the cocoa and chocolate syrup taste hitting first, but followed by equally strong flavors of bourbon (duh) and raspberry. Similar to the aroma, but even stronger. Finishes earthy, leafy and pleasantly hot, which matches well with the licquor-like flavors. Not that bitter. Mouthfeel was thick and much more oily than creamy, and effortless carbonation. I’d love to try more of this, as I was highly impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoppymeal (38) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2007
This beer is big. Very big, I am halfway through and it is already knocking my socks off. It pours black with a caramel/tan-red head. Some definite smoky aromas, along with coffee like roasted malts and some vanilla. More roast and smokiness up front in the taste, a quite large sweet bourbon follows with some warming alcohol in the finish. The alcohol is not overpowering but definitely assertive, and the bourbon sweetness is nicely balanced with the roasted malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thornecb (5277) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours black into a tulip. Brown head quickly subsides to skim surface. Bourbon and chocolate aromas. Creamy and full with immediate bourbon burn. Lasting espresso finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkgrenwel (604) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Thanks to holdenn for this bottle. Consumed from a snifter at 7:30 am in Homer Babbidge library at the University of Connecticut on May 5th, 2007; the day I finished college! Wow, serious alcohol warming. Intense smooth, buttery, woody flavors. Cherry, licorice, raisin. Light prickly carbonation. Not really sweet, but far from dry. A touch roasty, but just a touch. A little bitterness in the back there, but no real hoppiness. Grainy flavor and palate. Actually reminding me a good bit of Mephistopheles (recent batch) which isn’t a huge compliment, but it’s better than that. I guess there’s vanilla. One strong point is the ability to flow between a grainy, deep palate and a rich, smooth one. Really leaves my mouth stinging long after each sip from the alcohol burn. Not sweet, but leaving my lips sticky like candy does. Definitely has a charred wood flavor too. OK, so this is complex, but it doesn’t feel really well crafted. The flavors just kinda push each other around and all show up, but they don’t blend and enhance one another like in some beers. Truth is, though, I generally don’t care for bourbon beers. This one is actually extremely hard to rate. It’s complex and tasty, but has what I perceive to be flaws, yet others may not. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I didn’t sleep last night, and I have 8 hours of sleep over the past three nights. This one 12 oz bottle is hitting me hard. I could give this anywhere between a 3.2 and a 4.7 at this point. How about a 3.7? OK

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle shared at DLD, poured a deep black with slight dark bown edges and thin tan head. Great aroma, vanilla, wood, slight alcohol burn, but it fit in nicely. Flavors of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and a background smokiness. Full bodied with perfect carbonation. A truely excellent beer!

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