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RATINGS: 2628   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 it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it." Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBU’s 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

Editor’s 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. It’s 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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkSanta410 (584) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2015
2014 Bottle at home, obtained in a trade with huskertan. Thanks! Pours opaque black, brown head dissipates quickly into a thin film. Aroma is faint bourbon, a bit of vanilla and licorice. Black coffee and hints of chocolate. Honestly a bit underwhelmed by the aroma. Taste is milk chocolate and coffee, transitions to mellow bourbon, licorice and a bit of fruit. Semi sweet with a bitter finish. As this warms the bourbon mellows a bit more and more of the barrel complexities come out, oak and vanilla. Palate is thick but silky smooth, a bit of alcohol detectable on the palate. Medium carbonation. This is a fantastic beer, and one of the best barrel aged beers I’ve had. There is quite a bit of hype, and there are definitely better imperial stouts out there but this is one I would drink time and time again. Got another 2014 in the cellar, excited to see how it develops over the next few years!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brnandersen (2446) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2015
355 ml bottle, 2012 Vintage, 15 abv. Poured in to a Snifter. Pitch black with a thin, tanned head around the edge of the glass. Roasted aroma with dark malts, caramel, vanilla, bourbon barrel, ripe fruits and liqourice. Taste is sweet and roasted. Full body with an oily texture and a near flat carbonation. Long lasting dry and roasted finish with rich, dark malts and soft vanilla notes, chocolate. No sign of the 15 alcohol. Excellent Stout, really well balanced and a lovely barrel ageing.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RRistow12 (411) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Tasted from draft at Hunahpu day. Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma is bourbon, coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel. Full bodied thick beer with a moderate sweetness and mild bitterness. Had it along with several other bourbon barrel aged and its up there with the best. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nihtila (1600) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
30.5.2014. 2012 version. Black, thick, no head. Sweet bourbon aroma with vanilla, oak. Flavour has plenty of roasted malts, coffee, some cigar(?), going towards bourbon, vanilla, oak. Also as can be expected with this abv, alcohol is present and warms a lot. Heavy and delicious stuff, deserves time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
salvaticas (526) - - MAR 7, 2015
Botte pour at Tørst. Pours like oil. Black and smooth with no head. Strong flavor. Palate is a bit watery. Pretty intense. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
normalbeerguy (6) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2015 does not count
Bottle from 2014 Batch of 13.8% alcohol. Appearance is black, thick, oily. Smell is of bourbon, roast, chocolate, but mostly bourbon. Taste is a blast of bourbon alcohol that transitions into a delicious chocolate, roasted stout. This bottle tasted less boozy than the previous times I’ve had it on tap this year. I don’t know if it’s this particular batch that tastes smoother than the other which was 14.4% ABV but it sure seemed so. If you’re not a huge fan of bourbon barrel beers steer clear because this brings the barrel front and center. Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tillmac62 (402) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2015
BOD 8/29/14. Pours dark as a starless night. Almost no head, but being barrel aged, this is acceptable. Tremendous nose led off by bourbon. Underneath are dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel and hints of dark fruit (plum) and oak. Heavy full bodied with a texture that goes beyond creamy to the point of being thick. Above normal carbonation with effervescence from the middle on. Palate perfection. The flavor profile is World Class. This is quite intense in terms of bourbon and alcohol and results in the complexity being slightly muted by these intensities. Balance is reasonable, all things considered, as the other flavors pop in the middle. It begins with bourbon over a rich caramel and chocolate sweetness. As the bourbon fades, alcohol comes to the forefront. In the middle, the alcohol flavor masking effect fades and the complexity of this stout becomes discernible. Waves of vanilla, sweet chocolate and slight plum cascade over an oak background. The finish is a slow fade of sweet caramel and vanilla over a receding oak. The finish leaves that burn at the back of throat, an astringent alcohol pucker and a touch of sweet caramel and chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cargo150 (1000) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Couleur d’un noir profond avec un col brun mince mais résistant. Arome très complexe de café, chocolat noir, vanille, alcool, bois, pain grillé. A boire lentement. Une explosion de saveur, une très bonne imperial stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrOrla (535) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle from aleigator. Black body, with almost brown short lastest head. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, wood and bourbon and bit smoke. Very good, but strong stout stout, takes a while to consume :)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sinfull (1055) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Great , rich beer. Coffee, fruits, vanilla, chocolate ... Perfect combination. Smooth , warming finish.

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