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RATINGS: 2750   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mrnoluv (282) - long beach, California, USA - JAN 1, 2016
What more can you say, this is one of the best stouts out there, itís worth the hype. The only thin I can say is if you donít like the burn stay out of the kitchen because this one is a burner for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ljthiessen (1022) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown murky pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit. Taste is much the same. Delicious. Wow.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ARH (1093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2016 16.9oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is initially a strong cherry, followed by some caramel, a smokiness, a light vanilla, and leather / charred wood. The beer pours an oily, thick black brown, topped by a thin, dense brown head that has light retention, and a very light lace. The taste is a high bittersweet. The texture is viscous and chewy with a light fizz and a full body. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, nuts, tart, dark fruit, and smokiness are prevalent. The finish is clean and woody with a fruit flourish and leaves and aftertaste of cloying chocolate and caramel, nuts, and sweet fruit. This aftertaste fades and is relatively clean.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pjcrage (2) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2015 does not count
Very fine aroma and appearance indeed. Perhaps a few years in the bottle stored in my cellar will do it well but right now too sweet and syrupy for my taste...needs to calm a bit. Wonderful potential though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
demannu (321) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2015
HUGE aroma of bourbon and some oak. Jet black color, opaque body, reddish brown head, no retention, no lacing. Thick, heavy full body. Smooth, creamy mouth feel. Enjoying the flavor much more this year. Chocolate, slight roastiness, caramel, and of course sweet bourbon. Very nice over all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IslandHaole (1201) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Merry Christmas to me! 2015 Bottle. Black as a coal mine, tiny mahogany head, short lived. Opaque, thick & strong with coffee, unsweetened cocoa, wood, burnt toast and yes, bourbon. It has loads of layers that makes this very complex and tasty. So much going on in this beer. Canít wait to try other years and compare them.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vandc01 (292) - North Branch, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Pretty amazing beer Glad I got 2 of them. The other bottle is aging. Aroma is crazy strong. Oak, caramel wow. Impossible to determine that this is a 13% beer. Canít wait to try it down the road

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Johnstledger8 (589) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Pours jet oily black with a quickly dissipating reddish brown bubble head. Aroma of chocolate, treacle, sherry, dark fruits. Taste is of chocolate, maple syrup, dark fruits, bourbon, warming alcohol notes on the finish. Sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SteveOrz85 (196) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
2015 edition. 16.9 oz bottle. Touch of "smoke" at opening. Served just slightly chilled. Poured in tulip glass, wish i had a snifter. Very thin dark tan head which disappears quickly. No lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and bourbon. Taste is light to medium sweet with a slight acidic bitterness. Roasted malts.Good notes of bourbon, some charred oak and slight vanilla. Alcohol warming is present but taste dosnít overly stand out. Over all a great barrel aged stout. Very enjoyable. Will age one in tje cellar a few months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (996) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Despite ImBev ownership, Iíve always found this to be in my top 20 best relatively easy to find beers on earth, with a year of age or more. The big bourbon and dark malt aroma, the rich dark chocolate, the warming feeling. Lovely. Today Iím drinking a 2008 and itís held up well relative to potential oxidation and overall flavor breakdown. The bourbon is not as pungent as later editions but still remains rich and satisfying. Iím rating this not from this particular bottle but from 7 or so years of enjoyment. Absolutely fantastic with 1-3 years of age, and darn tasty fresh or in itís many variations.

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