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RATINGS: 2561   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
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AnokaBrewer (43) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Not much on aroma, but full on taste. Black in color, pours thick. Very sweet taste, though not a malty sweet. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, and raisin. Sweet chocolatey finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thomashall (179) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2014 12oz bottle. Pours dark black with minimal ring around the top. Strong caramel and toffee notes with some bourbon. Taste the same with slight booze. Nice balanced sweetness. Really amazing stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c_lee_burton (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
12 oz. Bottle of 2014 from a 4 pack. Pours a midnight color with a slight opaque tan rim with a frothy dark tan head. Itís all bourbon on the nose with a hint of caramel. The complexity of malts, toasted caramel, bourbon booze, vanilla bean, and roasty earth flavors go in and out. The palate is smooth and full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (368) - USA - DEC 14, 2014
2012 bottle pour into a snifter the darkest brownest of black with almost not head. Aroma is like boozy molasses. Taste reminds me of dark Karo syrup. Like thick distinctive molasses. Age makes this even distinct. Love the bland of vanilla dark fruits as well. Truly an outstanding imperial stout. Every. Year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smroush (46) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Aromas: heavy bourbon, vanilla, dried currents, bread, roasted aromas, alcohol, wood. Appearance: dark brown, almost black, no head. Taste: lots of alcohol sweetness, bitterness under the alcohol. Palate: heavy body, a bit oily, creamy. Fairly carbonated mouthfeel despite the lack of a head. Finish: lots of alcohol, some carbonation, coffee, lots of bourbon, a little burning like they added pure bourbon to the beer. Overall this a complex interesting beer. Itís the first bourbon barrel stout Iíve had that has a burning sensation in your mouth like it has pure bourbon added to it. Still itís a bit over the top too, almost like a mixed drink rather than a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (277) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle (12oz $7): Vintage 2014. Black with small head that disappears. Aroma is mostly bourbon. Taste is bourbon with bitter sweet chocolate. Nice sipper that I will pick up when available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turtlesugar (5) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
Kind of too strong on the bourbon side. These seasonal blends are tough to do right, and they leaned a bit left with the liquor taste. Definitely meant to be sipped. Still tasty, but canít touch Backwoodís Bastard.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TH28 (166) - - DEC 12, 2014
2014. Appearance is jet black with no apparent head. Aroma is an intense bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, cherry, roasted malt, and molasses. Taste is amazingly complex. Starts with rich malt and dark fruit, giving way to layers of fruit, chocolate, molasses, toasted oak, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is a rich creamy viscosity, hint of alcohol warmth, with little carbonation. Finishes with a malty finish and lingering flavors of oak, vanilla, and chocolate

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sheiner (4) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
Pours thick black with a brown head. At first smell I almost could have been convinced I was about to enjoy a glass of bourbon! Also has subtle notes of chocolate that came to the forefront as my nose grew accustomed to the initial alcohol. The mouthfeel is as rich as I expected from the pour. Sweet chocolate and subtle fruit oils, and strong enough to make me reach for some crackers! Overall a fantastic, albeit heavy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (204) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle produced in Sept 2014, 13.8% abv. Pours pitch black with thin tan head. Nose is heavy on the bourbon barrel sweetness. Thick mouthfeel. Lots of boubon on the taste, vanilla, warming booze, sweet dark fruit, a bit of lingering chocolate in there. Very sweet, but smooth and balanced. Long finish. Lives up to the hype.

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