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RATINGS: 2613   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
greenmanalishi (493) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
2012 bottling. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1525) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2015
I am not sure if I can add anything to the overly numerous reviews. This is a splendid, solid stout. Incredibly high ABV -- yet not boozy at all. Recommended, highly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
maley1 (871) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
On tap. Black pour with small dark beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel, vanilla, oak, chocolate, faint coffee, touch of smoke and faint bourbon. Taste of roasted malts, caramel, sweetened chocolate, hint of smoke, touch of coconut, and a nice bourbon finish in the far background. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, perfectly balanced, absolutely delicious!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dukeandduke (118) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2015
2/7 (Home) - 2014 Bottle. Have been a big fan of this beer since the first time Iíve had it. Whiskey is my non beer alcohol of choice. Distinct whiskey and carmel smell and taste is what I love about this beer. The beer is very strong, and pleasant to drink, The texture is smooth, and the blend of flavors works very well. Excellent beer and I look forward to continued drinking of the stout, and their other offerings (have a BC coffee on tap)!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeuroPliny (220) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
Tasted on tap at Grape & Grain (SFBW). Pours black with toffee head. Nose is caramel, vanilla, molasses, smoke, and sweet malt. Flavour is well balanced sweet dark malts with hints of figs, raisins, molasses, vanilla, oak, and bourbonesque flavours. Medium to full body. Awesome Stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weordie (235) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
Pours dark black with a thin cocoa head. You can really really smell the bourbon in the aroma with just a touch of smoke. An intense oaky taste with a smokey middle and strong bourbon finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mfhennig (111) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Poured a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Poured black, small head, gone in an instant. Bourbon aroma dominates. We got some fruit and candy coming thru, the alcohol dominates here. This is real creamy ale, itís flat and the flavor just hangs in there. Really good, almost too good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
aende002 (1) - - FEB 2, 2015 does not count
This is my favorite beer! I really enjoyed it before string cheese in Chicago this past Sat night..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Petkus331 (329) - Redford, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2014 bottle. Aroma of raisins, chocolate, some toasty oak vanilla, maple syrup, a hint of a citrusy hop, and alcohol. Opaque coffee brown, watery, no head or lace. Tastes of grassy european hop up front followed by roasty malt and a slightly charred campfire marshmellow, and chocolate - a very mellow vanilla tip toes in the background the entire time; slightly more bitter than sweet with a strong alcohol presence. Palate is watery and fizzy with a large gulp, but feels oily in small sips. Overall, good in small doses, i would prefer to drink this like a spirit, in sips.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (585) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle. 2014. Super raisin nose. Headless dark brown pour. Thick body. Tastes of raisin, plum, dark fruits in general. Sugar sweet. High alcohol flavor without being super boozey tasting.

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