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RATINGS: 2767   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Aromaís are of chocolate,vanilla and bourbon.Pours dark black with a medium tan head.Lots of chocolate and vanilla in the flavors with a good bit of the bourbon that comes through.Full mouthfeel with a very smooth chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Bottle. The look and pour of this great stout would be the low-light. I like a beer that only gets better as things develop. Just about no head as it settles in the glass, but the head that existed was a light brown in color. No lacing was left by this super dark brown opaque stout. Filled the nostrils with an intense super malt scent with notes of wood and smoke enhancing the rich blend. Poweful as it hits the tongue letting it all out a resinous body conveys evident smoky connotations reminiscent of burnt toast, you can sense the time this beer spent in the barrel in the wood and bourbon notes but it takes a very complimentary backstage to the overall power of malty goodness. Slightly warming, full bodied and smooth with a poweful lingering bitterness. 2008 Batch - Draught at GI Clybourn 8/17/2008 Super rich creamy almost cake like flavor very rich good. Lingers like tiramisu espresso flavors. Definite barrel and bourbon character, sweet but not cloying. Upgraded appearance from 3 to 4.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3377) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2007
12 oz bottle 2006 vintage via trade with Monger, thanks man. Pours black deep dark black with a small borwn head that quickly became a thin outer layer film with a little island of foam in the middle. The aroma is big and bold, coffee, chocolate, smoke, and lots of malty goodness. This is an impressive impy stout, the taste is rich thick, and the chocolate and coffee tones nicely balance the rich flavor. This feels great in the mouth, and while I donít agree with punkrkr about the big burn, there is a slight alchol burn, but it isnít huge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2007
2005 bottle thanks to Illinismitty. Pure black pour with a small fizzy brown head. This stuff coats the glass as you swirl it. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, pine and a hint of smoke. Lots of chocolate and vanilla flavor hitting the taste buds first, tons of alcohol, ending with bitter coffee and molasses. Thick creamy body and a huge alcohol burn. Damn! I thought someone dumped a shot of jack in my beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
llafoe (40) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with no head. The aroma is dominated by coffee, followed by bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Very thick feel in the mouth. Smooth with a long lasting finish. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (2073) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Pitch black pour that is like burnt motor oil. Aroma is a delicate mix of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and just a touch of bourbon. No head beyond a tiny ring of dark tan cream. Flavor is more and more bourbon as it warms. The chocolate and coffee are buried and what happened to the vanilla? This beer started out beautiful and classy, but turned into a bar hopping, alcoholic bourbon bath.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 Botttle. I really really enjoyed this from the onset with its strong bourbon, vanilla, malty aroma. The taste was very port-like. Def. a sipper and very warming down the throat. Flavor was very much in line with its aroma. Sweet and savory. I will be coming back to this one again and again. Not a session beer by any means. This one is meant to be sipped and enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Pours black with a very small dark tan head. Aroma of molassas, bourbon, burnt malts, vanilla. Taste is pretty much the same as aroma, but with an alchohol bite. A bit too cloying for me at this point, but I have 3 more, so I am excited about cellaring these.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2007
From bottle courtesy of Immy. Pours black with a thin tan ring. Ever changing nose of decadent molasses, hints of wood, bourbon soaked raisins. Flavor was bourbon up front, dark chocolate, bitter coffee, lingering sweetness and hints of alcohol Palate is smooth and thick with some alcohol heat in the finish. Starting to have a lot of this style, but this one stands out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2006 bottle from Holdenn, although a week later I could buy it locally. Whoops. Big, big beer. Iíve been missing this in ISs lately, stuck with astringent and powerful noses but a lack of the motor-oil thick body Iíve come to expect from the top specimens. This one certainly delivers there, falling short only of Bells Expedition and Batch 7000 in mouthfeel. The degree to which the bourbon accents the beer is very nice too, letting the beer itself do the speaking and merely playing a crescendo on the taste. It is clear the Goose Island has been honing the craft of barrel-aging far longer than most American brewers. Theyíve certainly nailed this one.

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