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RATINGS: 2723   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johnstledger8 (470) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours jet oily black with a quickly dissipating reddish brown bubble head. Aroma of chocolate, treacle, sherry, dark fruits. Taste is of chocolate, maple syrup, dark fruits, bourbon, warming alcohol notes on the finish. Sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SteveOrz85 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
2015 edition. 16.9 oz bottle. Touch of "smoke" at opening. Served just slightly chilled. Poured in tulip glass, wish i had a snifter. Very thin dark tan head which disappears quickly. No lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and bourbon. Taste is light to medium sweet with a slight acidic bitterness. Roasted malts.Good notes of bourbon, some charred oak and slight vanilla. Alcohol warming is present but taste dosnít overly stand out. Over all a great barrel aged stout. Very enjoyable. Will age one in tje cellar a few months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (990) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Despite ImBev ownership, Iíve always found this to be in my top 20 best relatively easy to find beers on earth, with a year of age or more. The big bourbon and dark malt aroma, the rich dark chocolate, the warming feeling. Lovely. Today Iím drinking a 2008 and itís held up well relative to potential oxidation and overall flavor breakdown. The bourbon is not as pungent as later editions but still remains rich and satisfying. Iím rating this not from this particular bottle but from 7 or so years of enjoyment. Absolutely fantastic with 1-3 years of age, and darn tasty fresh or in itís many variations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
soyorganic (305) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Too much flavor. No really excellent beer. Tastes like something aged and high quality. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tightslice (707) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Christmas Eve Crispy Wings and Family Beer Tasting. Aroma is cherry, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate muffins. Taste is creamy smooth with loads of vanilla, cherry and chocolate. Alcohol is very well hidden. Had this back-to-back with Pugachevís Cobra... the Cobra was so much more boozy (despite the slightly lower ABV). A great beer...perhaps a bit overrated but delicious and totally worth seeking out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (811) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2015
700th beer rated. A good way to mark the occasion. 2015 vintage. Bottled 10/01/15, 13.7% abv. Pours motor oil with a surprisingly large tan head. Aroma is lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roasted malt. But for 13.7%, not bad! Itís absolutely Delicious smelling. Wow! Flavor is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, the body is perfect and itís 13.7%? Wow, canít tell at all for such a big beer. This is absolutely phenomenal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
madelfonatree (303) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2015
2015 14.3% enjoyed from a bottle in a tulip/snifter at World of Beer in The Villages, Florida. Half finger head settles to a ring. Dark tan. Body is dark brown. Little to no lacing. Raisin. Bourbon. Vanilla. Caramel. Raisin is strong. Caramel. Vanilla. Chocolate. Char. Bourbon. Smoke. For some reason doesnít sit as well as the coffee. Smooth for abv. Definitely warms you up. Raisin. A lot of raisin. Came from Ohio to get warm in Florida.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PDXtrailBlazer (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2015
wasnít that impressed this year. they need to up their game. i guess thatís what happens when you SELL OUT!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stoned99 (843) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
375ml bottle from gift. Thanks Alex L. (not me) Aroma: awesome bourbon and coffee, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Kinda woody. Wow! App: really dark black with burgundy tint, small brown head, little lacing. Taste and palate: full body, medium sweetness, smooth, really smooth, nice not overwhelming bitter and alcohol finish. Perfect palate. Overall: wow! This is so good. So well balanced. Just wow! A really awesome beer to start my vacation. Glad some more after coming my way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thepatrickman (239) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Multiple vintages, in bottle and on draft. One of the first barrel-aged beers, and still one of the very best. Strong bourbon taste and smell that you start getting well before you take your first sip. Part of the secret to this beerís success is the base stout, which is noticeably sweeter than your average Imperial Stout. Combined with the barrel, this is a sweet, boozy tribute to all the best things that can come from the combination of American brewing and American bourbon.

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