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RATINGS: 2662   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2006
Thanks so much Phil for hooking me up with this one, much appreciated. Opaque black pour with a thin ring of mocha head. Initial blast of dark chocolate and an assault of vanilla with burnt wood and dark rum, all fill the nose. Very heavy on the vanilla in flavour, robust coffee chocolate, with burnt toast notes. But the booze comes through, and almost puts up a blockade. I mean, this is tough to even sip. Finish is almost all booze, with a little dark rum and chocolate. Perhaps a little too one dimensional. This is very good, just not exceptional. Really glad I got to try it though, thanks P-dog!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2006
12 oz. bottle, shared by cquiroga - thanks Chris! Pours ebony and opaque with a small, tannish head. Aroma of bourbon, dark roasty malts, creamy sweet coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Smooth, rich flavor, chocolate, more coffee, bourbon and kahlua, roasty bitterness and a brash alcohol presence. Smooth, liquid velvet mouthfeel with gentle carbonation. Yowsa, this is good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Pours black with a small tan head that disappears completely. Aroma is strong bourbon with chocolate, oak, and vanilla hints. Flavor reminds me a lot of a chocolate chip cookie dipped in bourbon. Strong alcohol but very fitting to everything else in the taste. If the alcohol was judt a tas more subdude, those 8ís would be 9ís. Pretty big and oily palate. Just did a vertical with CWBBS from the same year and this one stomped it!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2006 12oz. bottle. Opaque black with a small brown head. Vanilla, oatmeal-raisin cookie aroma with heavy bourbon. Currants, alefruit, and some bittersweet chocolate all get crushed underneath astringent oak tannins and palate destroying bourbon and fusel alcohol. High alcohol heat in the finish, tapers to reveal some caramel and toastiness. Mouthfeel is heavy, hot. update: second bottle was even more bourbon forward

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 26, 2006
Black pour with mahogany highlights, reddish tinged tan cap that settles quickly. Lots of stale wood in the aroma that makes me think a little of hamster bedding. Bourbon (surprise), carmel. Sweet carmel flavor, kind of sticky, a little roast, a little bit of resiny hops, vanilla ice cream. Soft full palate with just a touch of astringency. Iíd kind of like to taste this stout sans barrel. It has elements that are really very good, but it canít seem to make them cohesive, and the oak isnít helping, especially in the aroma.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
Thanks to kmpitz2 & TAR for this... Appears black with a bubbly 2 finger tan head that quickly fades into a small collar. No lacing is left behind that there is little head retention. Smell is of subdued candied bourbon & American oak & rich caramel vanilla, bitter chocolate, raisins melted into a rich, sugary syrup, and perhaps a rich cherimoya sorbet in there as well. Obviously complex! Taste is of the same aromas...left in the barrel just the right amount of time. Mouthfeel is chewy, caramely sweet, smooth, slightly fizzy on the swallow with an alcohol burn. The ABV is evident before it even reaches the mouth. It almost burns the eyes as the glass approaches the nose and mouth. Drinkability is very candy like and addictive with intense flavors. ABV is there but it is very delicious. One bottle is enough to do the job for the night. Savor every last drop of this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2006
Insane Marshmallow aroma, cinnamon raisin bread with oak in the background. Incredibly rich and sweet like a spice cake, with brown sugar/mollasses and caramel noticed in the flavor. Medium-full body. This is disappointing as an imperial stout, but an interesting and tasty beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Pours very thick and dark. All I can smell is bourbon with a touch of chocolate coffee. I can taste coffee but I can taste a lot of bourbon in it. My body had a warm glow. After some time I can taste more like some caramel and more chocolate. You have to sip and let it warm up to room temp. to apreciate this stout. Still a little to overpowering still in the bourbon flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2006
Dark brown. Very smooth. I could drink it like water. I am going to marry it. Malty smooth with brown sugary goodness. Slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2006
Big vanilla and oak aroma, toffee and chocolate, a little smoke, light fruitiness, and a little alcohol. Almost black, thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Sweet at first, toffee and chocolate, but finishes with a roasty bitterness. Alcohol is definitely more noticable in the flavor. Full body, a little alcohol burn. A big, in-your-face bourbon stout. A little hot right now, but this will definitely get better with age.

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