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RATINGS: 2466   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 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

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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (276) - GREECE - JUL 4, 2014
355 ml bottle, 2009 vintage, at home. Black color with small beige-brown head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, raisins and alcohol. Taste begins sweet, it becomes bitter and it is almost like the aroma with flavors of bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Full body with creamy feel, soft carbonation and bitter alcoholic finish. Very good! The first BCBS that I tried was 2008 vintage at Mikkeller bar (Viktoriagade) 1 hour after I had woken up and before going to Sparta Hallen for the second day of CBC 2012. That was perfect! The best BCBS I ’ve had so far. I tried vintage 2012 just after it was released and the bourbon and alcohol was too much! So I think that this beer becomes much better after some years!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bursprak (708) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2014
355 ml bottle @ home. Pours a pitch black, thick oily like fluid with a minimal head. Nose has licorice, dark chocolate and some vanilla. Taste is boozy bourbon heavy at first but balances out as it warms up. Some light tartness with the bitter chocolate and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lricketts (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Poured into 10 oz snifter from tap. Appearance: Black body, tan head. Aroma: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight hint of vanilla. Taste: Big chocolate flavor on the front, roasted malt, subtle bourbon flavor, slight malt bitterness on finish. Palate: Medium body with a creamy consistency. Very smooth. Overall: Such a balanced imperial stout with regards to the big chocolate flavor and the very light bitterness on the back end. It truly is a dessert in a glass. Serves as such a strong starting point for all of the variants in the series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (5007) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2014
5/IV/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, 2012 vintage (2014-341) Thanks to Filip for sharing this one!

Note: apparently I forgot to enter this review, weird. Thanks to PriorL for pointing this out by bringing another bottle of this to share at my place! :-)

Dark brown to black beer, almost no head. Aroma: some caramel, mocha, lots of cocoa powder, chocolate, quite some vanilla on warming up. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: caramel, dark chocolate, sugary, some alcohol, bit of mocha. Aftertaste: caramel, lots of chocolate, sweet, some vanilla, mocha, fruity touch, cherries and dark fruits, little bitter, more chocolate. Very decent stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wolfcarnival (108) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 23, 2014
Drunk 22/06/14 with cam. honored to share this. pours sticky and black, golden ruby around the edges, almost no head. smell is great. sweet with a cut of alcohol. taste surprised me. perfect balance of woody vanilla, treacle, cream, with walnuts and slight roasty bitterness. i dislike the charred flavour imps can have but this was smooth and creamy and warming. thick and chewy, it stuck to the sides of the glass until the last drop. totally delicious

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Enjoyed on 6/15/14 @ The Farnsworth House in Bordentown, NJ. Served in official Goose Island half pint glass. Looks amazing in the glass. Black with a nice khaki head. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, maple, and brown sugar! The taste starts off with smokey bourbon, along with slight bitter coffee, and then a sweet vanilla, maple backnote. Syrupy texture and on the heavy side. I'm surprised for a craft brewery owned by In-Bev could create such an awesome beer! This is why I gave it a 5/5! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trippytbta (9) - California, USA - JUN 15, 2014 does not count
On tap into Bourbon County Tulip Glass A - Black motor oil, no real head after pouring, maybe a slight brown S - Vanilla and booze T- starts with heavy bourbon and vanilla. Comes in with chocolate and coffee. Oak, Maple, and Vanilla really bring it together. M - Very thick. The booze and the chocolate last for a while after sip. Overall - Very heavy and complex. Perfect. Favorite BA RIS so far. Thank you GOOSE ISLAND!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmythefalcon (26) - Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Dark, beautiful pour. The bourbon sticks out on the palate. The caramel and vanilla notes are there, but the stout overpowers them at times.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Desverger (2266) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle (2012) from Voldby (thanks to Niller for the share) - very dark brown near on black with no head. Dark roasted malty, dark chocolate, caramel, subtle vanilla, bourbon wooden nuances throughout, lovely and complex, vinous and oily mouthfeel, has a great roasted boozy bear hug at the end. Spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2014
2013 Vintage. Ar: Bourbon, tar - molasses and heavily roasted caramel - chocolate and burnt coffee. Ap: Pitch black with slight brown highlights on the edges - very small light brown head - low retention, leaves a thin, but solid ring of of foam. T: Sweet bourbon, some clean alcohol heat - burnt caramel, molasses - highly roasted coffee, turbinado sugar - toffee, nougat, and blueberry - bitterness is medium - char, and more bourbon and coffee on the finish. P: Full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium. O: A stellar bourbon barrel RIS - dense, complex, and warming.

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