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RATINGS: 2563   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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sheiner (4) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
Pours thick black with a brown head. At first smell I almost could have been convinced I was about to enjoy a glass of bourbon! Also has subtle notes of chocolate that came to the forefront as my nose grew accustomed to the initial alcohol. The mouthfeel is as rich as I expected from the pour. Sweet chocolate and subtle fruit oils, and strong enough to make me reach for some crackers! Overall a fantastic, albeit heavy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deepeary (206) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle produced in Sept 2014, 13.8% abv. Pours pitch black with thin tan head. Nose is heavy on the bourbon barrel sweetness. Thick mouthfeel. Lots of boubon on the taste, vanilla, warming booze, sweet dark fruit, a bit of lingering chocolate in there. Very sweet, but smooth and balanced. Long finish. Lives up to the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
itsamber (27) - - DEC 10, 2014
Most recent 2014 november vintage although iíve had earlier versions. Extremely smoothe and drinkable for a stout. Aroma is heavily oaky, slight bourbon and vanilla, dried fruit/prune. Flavor is deep acidic dried prune and cherry, bourbon, slight vanilla. Very full, smoothe drinking and mouth feel with a velvety finish. Very satisfying stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gramity (1509) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gkeh (259) - Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Pour is pitch black with a tan head that dissipates very quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Aroma is bitter coffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon soaked wood, raisin, plumb, sweet alcohol. Very inviting. Taste is mostly the same as the nose, not much coffee on the tongue, however. Thereís an almost overwhelming bourbon flavor though. For me, the bourbon is too strong. Velvety mouthfeel. Pretty good, but Iíd rather drink PLENTY of other stouts. Gonna let this sit a year or two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
derekbrown (105) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2014
This beer is phenomenal. Definitely one of my favorites. A friend graciously shared it with me and it was worth every sip. Tastes of dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. Luxurious mouthfeel, very thick on the palate. A very deep mahogany in color, minimal head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mears (37) - - DEC 6, 2014
Best beer ive ever had. Find it if you can. Only compliant could be it is too syrup tasting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Daytonbeer (673) - Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Pours jet black with small tan head and no lacing. Aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, dark fruit, cherries, and some cider. Taste is the same with soy sauce, slight alcohol burn, with chocolate and bourbon that lingers. Wow this is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kirk36 (159) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Too sweet for my palate. Yes black-hole. Yes great nose. But it flattens out during taste and it was 21$ for 4.! Bitter coffee aftertaste. But I do like it. I will not buy it again as there are better options out there. Think Kentucky. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kvv104 (19) - - DEC 5, 2014
Pours pitch black. Aroma of slight cofree and heavier on the bourbon side. Taste is amazing. Itís just like the way it taste, coffee with a aftertaste of bourbon.

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