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RATINGS: 2418   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2014
Fantastic beer. Sour and tart Stout with sweet chocolate and bourbon flavours. The beer is almost oily in texture, with a jet black tar look to it. You just want to sip and smell it for hours. The 15% ABV is well woven into the rest of the experience, although it gently tickles your nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kuphish (380) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2014
2013 bottle thanks to Eddie. Pours a syrupy, deep brown (bordering on black) body with no discernible head. Sweet bourbon is on the nose with plenty of vanilla and rich roasted notes. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon wash through on the first sip and a little black licorice is also there. Thick, viscous body with low carbonation. Very sweet up front with a mildly bitter, roasty finish. Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoDL (1974) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2014
Wow, what a beer and this is only the ínormalí version. Delicious taste of roasted malt and the Bourbon vanilla. Such a diverse and tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (69) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle @ Fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours an almost black with a hint of red. Very dense and oily. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes like a sweet chocolate dessert with sweet bourbon and a slight roasted taste after swallowing. Theres also a deep taste of dark, burned coffee. Great stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Niller (534) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle from Voldby. (2012 bottle). Black pours with no head. Lots of bourbon in the aroma. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, barley, chocolate, lots of bourbon. Creamy mouthfeel. Very complex, smooth and powerful beer. Nearly no carbonation. So far, my best stout. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TappanGordo (70) - New York, USA - MAY 3, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2014 Stout, check. Chocolate, check. Coffee, check. Plan on drinking this as a dessert. The high ratings are well deserved. Awesome beer drinking experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Barnoloid (115) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2014 2013 vintage. Pitch black pour with a viscous, syrupy body. There is a slick, chewy feel to this beer with the bourbon notes hitting you from the outset. Great interplay between oak and vanilla with a hint of anise and smoked malt. Recently had a sample of a 2007 bottle. Wow. Aging BCBS is going to give you phenomenal results, with a mellowing and deepening of the flavor profile.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RussianDragon (280) - - APR 30, 2014
2009 vintage from bottle at Church Key. Pours a still black with sugary lacing. Aroma is bourbon and oak with notes of vanilla and char. Flavor is massive: cacao, oak, bourbon booze, vanilla. Lasting finish. Amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
_angst_ (2556) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. 2006 vintage. Pours oily pitch black with a small dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, roasted coconut, vanilla fudge, alcohol, leather, high quality dark chocolate, moist soil, alcohol, lemon zest, bourbon and hints of leather and lemon zest.†Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and tiny salty with roasted malts, sweet soy sauce, roasted coconuts, vanilla fudge, alcohol, high quality dark chocolate, sweetened dark roast coffee, leather, salty liquorice, orange zest and toffee. Mouthfeel is round, boozy, tiny tart and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and tiny sour with vanilla fudge, orange zest, high quality dark chocolate. Leather and lemon zest. Clearly oxidized and possibly past itís prime (havenít tried this fresh) but this is very good. 4.1

Re-rate! Several bottles of the 2012 vintage. Really bleeping good!4.4

Even more bottles sampled. Chocolate, vanilla and bourbon desert awesomeness. Last time we had this we paired it with raspberry cheesecake and it blew our mind. One of the best RIS out there! A great intense boozy desert-beer... 4.5

Re-rate! Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Monks Blend. This is a verision of the 2009 vintage BCBS where the entire barrel was acquired by Monks and was kept in the bourbon barrel till 2014 when it was bottled and released which means it was in the wood for almost 5 years. Bottled @ Monks Cafť Stockholm courtesy of "Calle" who I met at the bar. Pours oily pitch black with no head worth mentioning. Smell is intense with roasted malts, bourbon, high quality dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, shredded coconut, alcohol, raisins, prunes, charred wood, sweet liquorice candy, sherry, caramel, toffee, Schwarzwald cake, dark roast coffee, hazelnut paste, raisins, prunes, dates and hints of sherry and sweet Indonesian soy sauce. Taste is incredibly rich and complex, sweet, tiny bitter and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, raisins, bourbon, vanilla fudge, shredded coconut, caramel, chocolate cake, raisins in rum, prunes, creme brŻlťe, liquorice fudge, brown sugar sweetened dark roast coffee, alcohol, sweet soy sauce and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, creamy, tiny boozy, rich and full bodied. Finish is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut, moist soil, charred wood, chocolate cake, hazelnut paste, creme brŻlťe, dark roast coffee, soil and hay. The impact of the barrel during the incredibly long aging time is incredible. Smell and taste is absolutely ridiculous. One of the best beers Iíve ever tried. Itís Kaggen good!!! 4.8!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
novice101 (276) - - APR 25, 2014
Hands down the thickest, richest, tastiest substance Iíve had the honor to ingest. Pours dark as night with a dense thing dark mocha head, loads of bourbon on the nose. Taste is sweet, loads of bourbon with vanilla notes, as it warms chocolate and oak and s a bit of smokyness

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