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RATINGS: 2604   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
This stuff is incredible. Please age this one a bit, as it really shows some improvement over time. The Bourbon County Reserve pours a pitch black color with a minimal brown head. The aromas hit you in waves from the glass. Tons of vanilla and whiskey like smells that really get your tastebuds in the mood for something special. The mouthfeel on this is great too--nice and thick. The flavor is the winner, however. The flavors are of vanilla and chocolate together, with a nice kick of bourbon in the end. This is a very refined beer, that has a lot to offer those who have a distinguishing palate. I canít wait to get my hands on some more

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Thanks Styles for picking me up some of this.... Pours black with a nice brown to tan head Aromas were earthy and bourbon with nice roast malt and dark fruit. Flavor was bourbon up front and then a nice array of roast and chocolate malt flavors also picked up some licorice and pepper at the finish. Amazing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
Tasted blind at Sk8vikings amazing Porter/Stout tasting - Black body, big creamy head, some laces; Huge sweet alcohol powering nose, flowery sweet, Bourbon barrel, with some time the oak becomes balanced, unfortunately the alcohol and sharpness of the Bourbon (Bourbon is a terrible Whiskey anyway, why ruin you beer with such a barrel) overshadows the depth and complexity, sweet oxidized notes as well; Huge very, very sweet alcohol like body; into medium long finish with lots of fresh wood and again alcohol (or maybe the sharpness of the Bourbon) that overpowers everything else.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2006
Bottle. Pitch black colour with a nice head. Lovely aroma of thich oliy, roastedness, liqouirise, vanilla, sweetness and a touch of oaks. Lovely flavour of smooth roastedness and hints of coffee. Ends up little alcoholic and very powerfull.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunevdj (3353) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 (Blind rating at sk8vikingís.) Pours black with a brown dimminishing head. Smells nice and hoppy. Sweet and very full. Aromas of roasted malts, alcohol, oak, liquirish and prunes. Full bodied. Crispy dry finish. Fantastic... But the bourbon notes the day after are not as good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours black and opaque with a pretty much absent head. Distinct aromas of oak and bourbon. Rather full-bodied with plenty of sweet, roasted malt. All the burned malty accents are pretty much hidden underneath the sweetish bourbon notes. Lightly bitter malt finish. 030606

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DeppityBob (28) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Simply astounding. I have one bottle left and I am saving it to celebrate when my nephew and I open our own business. Itís that good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 21, 2006
12 oz bottle courtesy of The_Enemy. This beer in a word is incredible. Pours to a ink black color, with a thick, creamy, cinnamon head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful, and just packed with big aromas of dark chocolate, espresso, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and light smoke. The palate is rich and oily on the tongue with big flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, licorice, oak, vanilla, and flavors of bourbon. This beer finishes with more of those complex and wonderful dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors, and ends with a warming, peppery burn that lingers. Phenomenal example of Imperial Stout, and bourbon barrel aging and conditioning takes this beer to new heights. Very, very impressive beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2006
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Black, slight brown dissipating head. Complex aroma (let it breath a bit) of chocolate malt, oak, hint of boubon, smoke and others. Full bodied, oily, smooth. Bourbon-oaky flavor is there in full force. Underlying flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, coconut and slight smoke. Slides smoothy down the throat with a big wave of alcohol warmth, finishes with another push of oak. An intense, rich warming brew. A fireside ale if there ever was one. If you dont currently have any hair on your ass, you will after this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Black. Insignificant tan head. Nose of isopropyl, dark chocolate, wood, coffee, licorice, and dark fruits. Flavor adds vanilla, marshmallows, prunes. Full, smooth palate. Excellent.

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