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RATINGS: 2466   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   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

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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Wow, this was awesome. Iíve had many bourbon barrel aged beers and most have been dominated by whiskey flavor, but this one has a complimentary bourbon flavor. Pours very thick and deep dark black. The nose is strong of whiskey and roasted malts. The flavor profile has hints of vanilla, cherry, sweet malt, and roasted malt followed up by a warming whiskey aftertaste that even non-whiskey drinkers (myself) would enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalhead (630) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Iíve been pretty disappointed by most of G.I s BIG beers. Good but not special. THIS one makes up for them. Pours like fuckin motor oil in color and substance. Big bourbon,oak,vanillia,mild chocolate aroma and flavor. Great mouthfeel. Take small sips and swirl it around. Leaves the lips sticky. The only drawback is the price. $17-18 a four pack. OUCH! Iím saving the other bottle for a nice spring day and the right cigar. Update with the 2007 vintage. Started out at about 50 F. Not as complex as last year and the Bourbon is too in your face. As it warmed it became barely 2 dimensional. Disappointment indeed. I think they crapped out on quality just to boost the ABV a notch higher. 2007 rating a 3.4.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2005
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 a phenomenal brew (I am a huge fan of the barell aging fad). Poured out syrup like, nice and thick. Pitch black with a small tanish head. Aroma full of so much goodness, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some fruits. After 20 minutes of nosing the beer, the first sip was a delight. Everything in the aroma but multiplied. A personal favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2005 If you arenít a fan of barrel aging, this isnít a beer you want to seek out. But if you are, I got one for you! Pours pitch black, very little head. Aroma is more about the barrel aging than the stout. Its very bourbony, vanilla, and fig like. Flavor is fruity, with very little smoke or roast qualities to it, uh but the boubon, its there and its excellent. Finish is very sweet and wet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 A really nice imperial stout from GI. Bourbon flavors very apparent, gives it a nice vinous quality. Strong color, and very small head. Above and beyond most GI offerings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jeppe (2631) - ōlbutikken, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 This is one unique beer! Pours a pitch black body with a small brown head. Aroma is weird, soya and prunes, bitter and cloying. Flavor is very different as well and very extreme. Strong tones of liquorice and anise with a roasted tone and some alcohol. Quite interesting but too much.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29663) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 The aroma is sweet alcoholic with notes of wood, prunes, and raisins. The color is pitch black and it has a disappearing brown head. The flavor is alcoholic with notes of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, vanilla, and a little soya. A somewhat weird flavor, but quite interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HildigŲltur (5103) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Almost black coloured. Heavy aroma of soy sauce, raisins and prunes. Very much liquorice in the flavour. Slightly salty finish. Well brewed but too much soy sauce and prunes for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Extremely bready and thick texture. Eat it with a spoon. Brutal and warming. Caramelly finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Huge aroma of soy, prunes, raisins and some roasted malts, becomes too much. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Very roasty flavor, licorice and lots of alcohol. This beer was too much for me.

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