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RATINGS: 2592   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Black, no light gets through very thin very quickly discipating brown head that fizzes loudly away. Heavy bourbon nose, sweet with sugar and wood Little bits of malt. Taste is strong robus and sharp with alcolhol and hops. This is very disorienting from the nose as it is not expected. Alcohol and hops kick out from then more of an alcohol and malt kind of mix. But all of this is overtaken by a strong bourbon bitterness that is tart but more in a sweet kind of way. Awesome really.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Holy, heavy beer! The alcohol burn is quite warming on these cold nights of winter. Thick, black body, medium carbonation. The aroma is of...well, bourbon or scotch, with dark chocolate and chocolate malts. Chewy. The flavor is filled with roasted malts and molasses, caramel and chocolate. Yum! A great IS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9453) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
12oz bottles acquired in trades with beerhandy & CaptainCougar (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark black with an averaged sized deep brown head. Aromas start with stronger bourbon that give way to vanilla, oak, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malts. Warming alcohol finish. Nice smooth body. I start a 2 week vacation today and this beer was the perfect way to kick it off!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle: poured pitch black with little to no head. Very chocolatey aroma with wood and bourbon, but not as much bourbon as I would have thought. The body on this thing is amazing. Very full and rich. Not like Dark Lord rich but rich. Lots of chocolate and bourbon in the flavor and moderately sweet. Light alcohol for 11%. I really liked the carbonation in this thing. I would have thought it would be more subdued but quite a lot of carbonation unlike most Expedition. I would like to pour some over ice cream. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5166) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 [upon tasting several more samples, Iíve come to think that this beer is a bit too cloying and needs to age for quite some time - still great, though] Only a handful of beers have made me exclaim "holy shit!" upon my first sip, and this beer is one of them - inky black, viscous pour, with the darkest tan lace a beer can hope for - aroma of bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, figs, plums, oak, a roaring fireplace - a bit hot, which is my only complaint (a little aging should help with that) - alcohol and bourbon up front, along with the oak of the barrels - followed by vinous notes and dark fruit - vanilla and toffee, then some dark-roast coffee and cream - smokey, woody finish - once this mellows out it will be the perfect Imperial Stout IMHO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2828) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Bottle from trade with Captain Cougar. Good nose, Bourbon and ...bourbon. Maybe say soy when cold and vanilla extract as it warmed. With bourbon. Dark brownish black color. litle to no head. Bitter flavors, like aroma with baking chocolate. Thick body, viscous creamy/oily mouthfeel, sharp bitter finish. Bourbon all the way, maybe too one sided IMO. I didnít get any of the tradition stout flavors. Bourbon. I do like the taste of Bourbon though so it I still enjoyed it. Thanks Capt

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Wow. Beautiful black body with a thin tannish head. Strong aroma of bourbon. Taste is strongly of bourbon and chocolate, and oh so smooth. Mouthfeel is velvety. Bourbon and Chocolate, a beautifully comfortable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Pours a viscous black color with a thin and fizzy dark brown head that vanishes quickly. Roasted malt and bourbon in the nose. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with roasted malt and sweet caramel flavors offset by the bourbon. Very warming from beginning to end. The finish is chocolatey with a smokey flourish. Easily the best Goose Island beer I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Black Coloring with Tan Ring. Bourbon Chocolate Malt Nose. HUGE Bourbon Hit on the Tongue. Hard to Discern What Else Lies Beneath. Nice Malt, Chocoalte and Vanilla Underlay. The Vanilla Laces the Bourbon Flavor and Keeps You From Losing Sanity. Itís Definitly More of a Bourbon Flavored Beer Than a Bourbon Aged One. This one Goads You To Try, Try Again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBunn (2523) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Wow! You can smell this one across the room. Wonderful aromas of chocolatey malt, charcoal/smoke and vanilla. Appearance is very dark with a pretty substantial brown head. Itís a darn good stout, too. Malt really dominates the flavor up front. It slowly gives way to a rich chocolate/vanilla bean flavor. It packs a little alcoholic heat towards the end of each sip that is pretty nice for this time of December.

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