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RATINGS: 2722   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 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 (497) - 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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JBPortland (1374) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Well, I havenít rated bcbs in 1300 beers so I guess the time is now. What more needs to be said? 500ml 2015 vintage bottle pours oily dark drown black with small thin dark tan head that is slightly fizzy. Everything about this beer is as close to perfection as you can be, bursting with vanilla, coconut, deep rich chocolate, roast, dark coffee, bourbon character is intergrated masterfully with dark fruity spice, and oaky sweet vanilla marshmallow. Mouthfeel is big, rich, creamy and smooth. Finish lasts for days and is endless pleasure. The barrel-aged stout by which all others are judged. My favorite beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jwells20 (1) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2015 does not count
Bottled on September 30th, 2015. Pours deep black, tan head that fades quickly, no lacing. Smell has overwhelming bourbon, lots of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a surprising banana or banana bread smell as well as oak. Slightly booze heavy but smooth drinking. Dark syrup molasses taste with bitter chocolates as well as coffee, vanilla and lots of ripe fruit, possibly prune, and tons of oak. Very sweet beer but outstanding flavor and amazing balance of bitter, sweet and booze flavored. I strongly recommend this beer to anyone who can get their hands on it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Metalchopz (2839) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2015
Purchased at Albertson in Vegas. Bottled on 20OCT15, batch 1918, 2015 edition. Poured an almost pitch black colour with a darker brown head that fizz away rather quickly, but not bad for such a high alcohol content. No lacing is left. Aromas of bourbon with the cherry notes, dark fruits (prunes, raisins), molasses, nuts and hints of smoke. Taste of the rich dark fruits with the roasted malts and light hops. Lots going on everywhere, but everything is so well-blended that this is a beautiful Imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wittales (756) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Appearance was opanqe with thin tiny creamy mocha head, no lacing. Aromas are bourbon, chocolate, toffee, soft coffee and vanilla, slight heat in nose. Taste are bourbon upfront then chocolate, caramel backing with slight hints vanilla and port-like fruitiness. Finishing with chewy sweetness of malts with bourbon balanced heat. Palate was soft CO2 with full-rich body with oily chewy lovely balanced finish. Overall a stellar stout, opens up with temperature. Iam going to age a few.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
cvance11 (3) - - NOV 30, 2015 does not count
This beer absolutely stands up to the hype. Completely black in color, aromas of caramel and vanilla are intense. It is incredibly smooth to drink, rich in flavor, with an almost creamy texture. By far the best bourbon stout I've ever experienced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wombat23 (137) - Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle. 2015 version. 14.3% ABV. Black color with dark tan head, which almost disappears immediately. Bourbon dominates the noise at cooler temps; as it warms, chocolate and coffee are detected as well. Tastes strongly of bourbon at first. But again, as it warms, other flavors begin to come through: oak, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, subtle vanilla notes, and a hint of smoke. Will try this again after aging (would expect the bourbon flavor to mellow). A slow sipper for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darbeer75 (122) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2015
Aroma: straight bourbon with notes of vanilla; Appearance: pitch black with tan head that completely disappears quickly; Taste: strong bourbon with aftertaste of coffee and malt; some smokiness; definitely unlike any beer Iíve tried before; Palate: full body, average carbonation, long and sweet finish; Overall: delicious if you like bourbon; rich, complex, strong; a bit harsh around the edges that will probably mellow with time; would definitely buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Natai (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours like black oil with very little head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, and coffee with hints of cocoa, nut, and licorice. Smooth and oily on the palate. Excellent.

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