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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 Attila the Hunís aperterif. Monstrous and menancing in every respect. Pours like motor oil to the deepest black with a caramel-bourbon shaded head. Aromas of brisket, caramel apples, campfire smoke and the inside of the bourbon bottle fill the room. The flavors are rich and intense, of guatemalan coffee, turtle cake, sticky caramel rolls and many full swallows of bourbon. The most viscous, chewy beer i know of offers no reprieve from its boozy attack and may have the capacity to wound the tongues of the gods. This beer just drowns you in itself. Very unkind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2006
A pleasant slightly sweet bourbon aroma will lead you to inhale deeply again and again. The side of the class holds a dark brown almost oily film when swirled. Rich and lightly bitter dark chocolate flavor lingers on the palate. The higher alcohol content instantly warms the belly and rich bourbon vapors waft through the mouth and sinuses. You can just chew your way through a mouthful of this beer, which threatens to overwhelm the senses. The íBourboní description of this stout should be taken seriously.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle shared with after4ever. Pours and opaque blackish brown with a tan head. Aroma is full of chocolate. This beer smells more like chocolate that any other stout Iíve ever tried, or as Tom observed "this smells more like chocolate than chocolate. Sweet taste of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, wood and the vaguest hint of coffee. Finishes with bittersweet smoke. Definitely a great desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
12-oz. Thanks, 46er3498! Jet black. A little swirl of brownish, nearly orange head. No visible carb. No lace. Truly a gargantuan chocolate nose. You think someoneís baking fudge. Thick but not sticky body. Hint of velvety carb. Smoke, vanilla and coffee on the mid-palate, especially as the finish takes hold. Mostly chocolate throughout the palate, though. Light smoky bitter finish. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours a thick black color with a medium tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is smokey with wonderful touch of bourbon, vanilla and molasses. Taste of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee and fruit. This beer has a nice complexity to it and hides the alcohol well. Finishes smoothly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2006
I know this one comes highly recommended but it didnít blow me away as much as other stoudts Iíve had. Still big roasted malt aroma. Getting some apple, grape, rasin aromas as well. Creamy slightly alcoholic taste that detracts a bit. Roast coffee comes through as the alcohol dissipates. Leaves a sticky sweet residue on the lips as it finishes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - NOV 13, 2006
Strong molasses roasted malt aroma with strong bourbon notes. Dark black syrupy with minimal chocolate brown head. Big flavor. Thick and syrupy. Sweet roasted coffee. Vanilla and carmel are present. Strong alcoholic presence is not overly evident. Bitterness is mild. Palate is thick and syrupy. Very good overall although I am biased towards this kind of beer. Great after dinner beer. Seems like you could pour it on ice cream.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 immediately the best beer iíve ever had out of a twist-off. couldnít help but laugh, the aroma immediately reminds me of the FoBAB last weekend. pretty perfect pour. very thick, black with light penetrating only the top, producing deep browns. head is similarly thick deep coffee-bean brown. hard to judge aroma after that festival. bourbon dominates the aroma, easily. i gather a nice meld of vanilla, chocolate and caramel complementing it... wow, really hot. even at reasonably cool temperature, alcohol very strong. some surprising cola flavor. not very bitter, not very sweet, both kinda surprising. a bit later iím still surprised at how how little coffee there is and how much more chocolate/vanilla syrup it is. no shortage on flavor, but not quite what you expect in a big impy. the oak is a no-brainer. salty. full body, sticky, really hot finish. crazy to say this, but tastes like it would be closer to mephistopheles-levels of alcohol. bummer, i would have loved to have given this a much higher score. will lay down and rerate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 2006 bottle, another big thank you to sersdf. Jet black with a caramel brown head. Smells like bourbon, oak, alcohol, brown sugar, dark fruit, anise (no chocolate or coffee in there for me, a surprise). Nice flavor, lots of coffee and chocolate, vinous, almost has a chocolate liqour taste to it. Complex but not. Hugely thick mouthfeel, kind of like herseyís chocolate syrup, but I like that right now... Overall, super dry, super rich, and lots of chocolate flavor. Bourbon in the aroma is nice, but the alcohol is a little too much. Still, I love stouts, and I love bourbon, so I have trouble giving this bad ratings. Great carbonation for a barrel aged beer too. I like it, not everyday, but itís worth having. Rerate... interesting beer. Lots of malt in the aroma. I still like this beer. Great for/with dessert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 2006. Bourbon. Bourbon. Bourbon. With a hint of stout. Aroma is more liqour than beer. The taste is the same. A hint of bourbon, whiskey, oak are fine but fundamentally I want to feel like Iím drinking beer. This is overdone. And at $19.99 a six pack Iím not going to work too hard to point out the upsides. 2007 Re-rate. Alright this one works for me- and very well. Still a lot of bourbon but an absolutely huge stout behind it wtih tobacco, leather, chocolate tones. The mouthfeel alone makes this worthwhile. There are also significant hops balancing the sweetness of the bourbon. Wonder if the 11% to 13% change also reflects a more substantial malt contribution. The key was also letting it warm for 15 minutes bfore taking the first sip.

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