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RATINGS: 2761   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 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
2015 - 14.2% 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 separates 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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2007
2006 bottle. Super thick black motor-oil pourwith no head. Rousing gives a thin dark tan head. The aroma is oak, bourbon, toffee, and chocolate. The bourbon aroma is unique in that it isnít caustic, but softer somehow. A nice dark chocolate aroma helps, too. The mouthfeel is viscous and silky. Sharp bourbon notes begin the taste, and thatís pretty much what dominates from there, safe for some chocolately tones underneath. Warmth from the alcohol is there too, but it isnít overbearing. Bet this would age pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is of aged malts and bourbon. Flavor is of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillVanE (19) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Courtesy of ford9719 a remarkably delicious imperial stout. like the commercial description reads "one sip has more flavor than your average case of beer". Pours very dark with little head dark chocolate flavors with an alcohol taste which I find enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
poured midnight black with a extremely small dark chocolaty head. aroma is of dark chocolate, alcohol (with some bourbon mixed in), and a little sweet malt. flavor is a balance of malty sweetness, with some smoke, bitter chocolate, and a little alcohol...just enough to know what you are getting yourself into. its a fantastic beer...that im sure will continue to taste better with age. which is why i have 4 of them to cellar at the moment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2007
2006 Bottle. If Satan has blood, I imagine this is what it would look and taste like. Deep, pure black with a very brown head. Nose is charred wood(bourbon), spice, alcohol, and dark chocolate with just a hint of sweetness. Completely full bodied, this beer hit my mouth like a bag of bricks. Everything you smell in this beer is doubled in the taste. A little too much for my taste buds, but you have to give Goose Island credit for creating what is one of the most unique beers in the world.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lushleague (5) - Berwyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2007 does not count
UNIQUE ... yep - that is probably the one word that captures the Bourbon County Stout. It is so overbearing that I ordered a Point as a "beer-back". It was so rich, thick & oakey that my tastebuds were fried afterwards. Itís definitely somethin special ... but be prepared for what youíre getting yourself into.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 Deeeeep black pour. Chocolate brown head. Heavenly aroma of bourbon, hazelnut, malts, coffee, chocolate, smoke and fig. Very complex already. Creamy mouthfeel with a beautiful bourbon/alcohol/vanilla aftertaste. The balance of sweetness, hot alcohol, smoke and cigar are just incredible. What a unique and amazing brew. Almost overbearing. These í06 bottles courtesy of Joey and Ty, will mellow with time. Thanks again guys!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Jet black with faint brown head. Very thick pour. Aromas of mild bourbon, cherries, burnt malts and vanilla extract. Just took first sip. WOW! What a mouthfeel. Thick, rich, and creamy. Flavor of malty bourbon but not over done. Smokey vanilla and fermented cherries. I bet a big piece of chocolate cake would go great with this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2007
12 oz. bottle from asteele8. Black with a small tan head settling to a thin ring. unmistakeable oak aroma is a backdrop for dark chocolate, roated coffee, and hints of dark cherry and smoke. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with very light carboantion and a bit of oiliness. Sweetness of burnt caramel is countered by a big bitter character with a spicy base. Finish is long and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2007
unlike any other beer I have had before. Pours very thick and dark. It has a very unique taste. First the taste of your typical imperial stout and then you get hit with a taste of vanilla and smoke followed by a very good aftertaste.

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