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RATINGS: 2772   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zootfinster (219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2009 If you arenít familiar with this style give it a little while before you rate it. It wasnít until I had a Bellís Expedition Stout that I appreciated this beer. It is certainly in the same class. Very dark, almost black color. Sweet, malty and thick. Pour one, sit back and enjoy. Itís worth the experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 12, 2007
This is just an incredible, incredible beer. I was able to share this with my brother and he too was blown away at how tasty this was. It pours out this glooping, thick, motor oil like appearance with a brown one finger head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, black licorice, black walnuts, wood, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is sticky, coating and velvety smooth. Flavors were much of the same as the aroma, with a sweet malt really coming out along with the wood and bourbon notes. Just an awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 11, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Had a bottle during an after-hours tasting at the brewery. Really great imperial stout. Taste wise itís a little bigger (but not as smooth as) Founders Kentucky Breakfast stout. But not quite as in your face as FFF Dark Lord.1 Amazingly complex, balanced, and flavorful. The alcohol makes its presence known, but itís not overpowering. What a treat-- thanks for the bottle Goose Island!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2971) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 9, 2007
Bottle(2005) from Ughsmash. Pours is super slick and oily. Black as pitch. Strong woody bourbon aromas. Huge bourbon/cabernet flavors. Rich roasted maltiness follows. Some chocolate in the finish. Quite warming as it goes down. This is a very potent and drinkable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stevec (27) - Galena, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Bottle in Chicago. Dark as stout should be. Bourbon comes across on the nose and at first taste. Followed closely by a deep chocolate flavor that blends nicely with the bourbon. Left with a nice warm feeling that reminds me I get my moneys worth of alcohol when I pay for this one. Very rich and powerful, 2 was enough in terms of alcohol and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2007
bottle 2006 from brentfeesh big thanks: pours black with no head just a rim of cocoa coloured foam. aroma is bourbon, raisin, caramel malt, chocoalte and some coffee ground. pretty much everything you could want. flavour is dark fuits and sweet caramel with a nice espresso chocolate kick and bourbon. finishes very roasted and stong. a very full beer with some alcohol feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: APR 5, 2007 Wow, thanks to pantanap for letting me try this. Black with almost no head or even lacing. Taste is strong bourbon, caramel, with lots of roasty notes. Finishes smooth with a little alcohol kick. Sticks to the side of the glass after each sip. Very very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAR 20, 2007
pours jet black. aroma sherry, chocolate, prunes, caramel, raisins, dates, expresso. tasteis sweet dark fruit named above with slight chocolate and coffee character, but does not stand out as in other stouts. finish is roasty and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Has a very nice taste profile, but I was not told on the label that this was a bourbon stout I would not have known. Very viscous and thick in body, but is a pale imitation to Bellís Expedition in that category. In the strict terms of a Bourbon Stout, I think that Schlaflyís Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is better. This packs a lot of flavor but misses the mark in aroma and bourbony goodness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Rating #1500

Seriously pours like ink (or maybe thin tar?) and commands a staunch, mocha head after a small reverse-cascade. Powerful, whiskeyed aroma over sweet chocolate syrup and caramel. And thatís what gets delivered in the flavor... a dumptruck of chocolate/caramel candy over a heady, bourbon backdrop that heats the belly and singes the tongue. Over-roasted coffee joins the finish. Extremely full-bodied (almost chokingly so), and the flavor lasts and lasts. I like Greg Hallís comment about there not being a cigar that could stand up to BCS, but I think an Acid Kuba Kuba would hold its own just fine. Oh, what a killer beer this is... totally worth its high price tag. And it really makes me wish I was back at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Events-Detail.asp?Eve (sniffle)...

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