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RATINGS: 2720   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
madchemist83 (220) - USA - DEC 13, 2015
Aromas of dry fruit, chocolate, tea. Port-like nose. Pours pitch black with foam that dissapears in a jiffy. Port, alcohol warmth, molasses, coffee and chocolate. Absolutely perfect. 2015 vintage. Iím positive it can develop even greater flavor aging for couple years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Itzjerm (1901) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Aroma of brown sugar. Vanilla. Sweet not much barrel. Very thick flavors. Toasty dark malt on tongue. Hides the alcohol. Light bitter and lots of vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fkoolen (746) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2015
Bottle at SFO. Pitch black, no head. Incredibly balanced and rich aroma and taste with roasted malty chocolate and coffee and toffee, dried fruits like figs and plums, smooth bourbon and cask vanilla, smokey/roasted malty bitter finish. Long-lasting sweet bourbon-y aftertaste. Huge body, low carbonation, velvety soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
raoul_duke (221) - - DEC 11, 2015
The grand daddy of them all. This tastes exactly as I expected. Perfect. The stout to rule them all.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloshgator (624) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout is a boozy monster of a beer. Thick dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is surprisingly muted but definitely a light bourbon note. Taste is very boozy like someone put a shot of bourbon in your good quality stout -- not very well balanced. Bourbon County Stout may appeal most to those who like to sip bourbon, but it needs more balance as a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thompson (552) - - DEC 10, 2015
Bottle @ and shared by benzai... small beige head quickly gone.... all the wayz black... smell vanilla coffee bourbon... taste chocolate liqourish some prune coffee....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BucannonXC5 (1213) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2015
Type: 500ml (16.9-oz.) glass Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass From: Whole Foods in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Price: $10.99 Purchased: Nov. 27, 2015 Consumed: Dec. 6, 2015 Misc.: Bottled on Sept. 22, 2015 Poured an almost pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of dark khaki tan, rocky head. Average lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 4.00) First smell was crayon, immediately followed by chocolate, vanilla, boozy bourbon, lightly toasted coconut, earthy figs, faint tobacco, caramel, toffee, molasses and burnt plastic. (Smell - 4.25) First thought on the taste was holy shit. Just awesome. Probably even better than I thought it would be. Got milk chocolate, sugary molasses, dark sticky caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, boozy warm bourbon, light woody notes, cocoa powder, light figs, dates, faint tobacco and toffee. (Taste - 4.75) Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 5.00) This was just an awesome beer. As good as advertised and Iím glad I finally got to try it. Canít wait to try some variants. (Overall - 4.75) 4.61 100 A+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johntgrace (2) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2015 does not count
I definitely am conflicted rating this beer. I generally donít care for bourbon barrel aged anything. However, living in Chicago, and having as many liquor stores in my area who offered this to me early, I had to get as many as I could. Some will be sent to friends across the country in exchange for their local wares. I was surprised how much I liked this beer. The aroma is definitely bourbon-barrel aged. The stout appearance is undeniable, including the head. The taste is bourbon-esque, but it is sweet enough to win over beer-heads like me. It goes down smooth enough for me to double-take when I realized that I had two big mouthfuls left. Where did it go?? Iím smiling as I write this... the 14.3% is definitely in effect, but not affecting my judgement. This is good beer. Overpriced? Probably. Delicious? Definitely. May have to reconsider what I ask for in compensation for my friendsí local beers. :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Enno101 (29) - - DEC 4, 2015
Having a 2012 vintage. Pours pitch black with virtually no head whatsoever. A heavy smell of chocolate, then comes the toffee, caramel and vanilla. Dig a little deeper and you can unravel the bourbon and oak. Tastes of so much chocolate with caramel and vanilla. The oak is present along with bourbon but it blends so well with the stout. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn & bitterness. Thick Mouthfeel. This is a great beer. With its ABV it begs to be sipped and rightfully so, because it will help you unravel this complex monster.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alpha10 (495) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2015
2015/12/03 - Pours jet black with a thin tan head that immediately vanishes. Aroma is amazing. Notes of coconut, marshmallow, vanilla, coffee roast, chocolate and oak. Taste is oaky-vanilla-bourbon, with sweet marshmallow, coconut, chocolate and coffee notes. Mouthfeel is oily with smooth carbonation and rich, slightly warming finish. Simply amazing. A perfect sipper. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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