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RATINGS: 2582   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Bottle from Kevin... and Santa
Pours a rich black, thick like melted chocolate. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and some cookie. First sip: Like a glass of bourbon and chocolate. Rush of alcohol immediately, but it quiets down nicely so as not to be too overbearing. Flavors of oak, bourbon, chocolate, and a tinge of cherry. Palate is thick and slippery; slides down the gullet beautifully. This is one GOOD beer! Oh holy Lord, this a good, good, goooooood beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maddog (413) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
A big, bad, meaty stout. Pours opaque with a dark tan head with a powerful aroma of roasted malt. But the power, complexity and flavor of this stout sets it apart. The roasted malt is complimented by a strong oak presence and hints of bourbon. A gorgeous beer with power and alcohol. Love this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Motor oil pour with a thin brown head. Musky, milky dark caramel and roast malt aroma with some vanilla and leather. Strong bourbon flavor with some oak, char and multi-vitamin. Alcohol in the sinus. Finishes with some burn. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4534) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Black color with no head. Aroma was an intersting hit of bourbon. Most bourbon beers smell like theyíve been aged in the barrel, but this is more like it had bourbon added to it. The corn profile of the bourbon really comes through. Some vanilla traces from the barrel. The taste keeps up the game and smacks you upfront with straight bourbon. Large malt base with not as many hops as Iíd expect. Different than what I was expecting, but tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Pours an inky black that allows absolutely no light through with a one finger head that fades to a nice ring, and leaves a bit of thin lacing. Smell; thereís a definite bourbon smell to this, a little chocolate, dark fruits, and just a hint of coffee. Taste; the bourbon definitely stand out, but is not overwhelming. Thereís a bit of a wood flavor, nice hints of rich chocolate, vanilla, caramel, only a touch of coffee. This one definitely has a lot going on with the flavors. Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I expected, but it is velvety smooth and just thick enough to let me know Iím drinking a double stout. I thought the drinkabilty was really good, but I happen to like the taste of bourbon. If not for such a high abv I could drink a couple of these in a row. This was one hell of a sipping beer, and it makes me very happy that I was able to get a hold of 2/3 of a case.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5228) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2005
12 oz bottle, via trade w/ Drnk-McDermott. Pours pitch black under a small dark chocolate brown head. Little retention on the head, most likely due to barrel aging. Huge Bourbon nose, dark roasted malt, soy sauce, and some espresso and chocolate peeking thru. Big soy sauce flavor in front, very subtle Bourbon taste, then a pleasing burnt toast and charred oak finish. Warming alcoholic finish, but not over the top. This defines an oily mouthfeel, very full bodied, soft and comforting on the palate. This is one of the best barrel aged beers Iíve had yet. Shows that the "barrel" flavor doesnít need to overpower the underlying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2005
100th rating. Bottled at the Clybourn location. Poured oily black with an incredible amount of lacing and a nice bubbling tan head. Aromas of chocolate malts and roasts along with oak and brown sugar followed by just the smallest amount of alcohol. Burnt wood, coffee and sweet molasses are all complimented by a faint bourbon background. The palate has the consistancy of a light eggnog. Often times I find that the beer aged in bourbon barrels gets overpowered, but in this case Goose finds a very nice harmony between the stout and bourbon. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1522) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Black with a big thick dark brown head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. Flavor of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2005
From a bottle, into my stout glass. Pours very dark, no light seeps through this at all. Small tan head, that doesnít last long. Strong bourbon aroma. Very thick mouth feel, some hoppiness that fades quickly, to a bourbon, vanilla, coffee finish with a warming sensation from the alcohol as it lingers. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Pours a deep brown/black hue with a halo of a tan/brown head. Aromas of a light bourban oak follwed bu vanilla and a little espresso. Dark chocolate is present yet not over-powering. Soy sauce, as with most stouts is there as well. Thick mouthfeel with a nice initial hop bitterness. Flavors, again, of chocolate, coffee, smooth vanilla. wow. very nice. This bottle is about a year old and the bourbon seems to have faded a little, as itís not as fierce as some whiskey aged brew. Very nice

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