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RATINGS: 2455   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Clownoisseur (222) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2014
On so many occasions and in so many different fashions have I tried this beer. I get it, it’s the "Grandfather of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Beers"....it certainly deserves respect for being a trailblazer. However, I just cannot get behind this beer like so many others seem to. It is just too big. 2012 vintage. Poured into a Bell’s snifter. Color is jet black, like spent oil. Thick brown head that recedes into a ring around the glass with spotty lacing. Aromas of subdued bourbon, oak, anise, roasted nut and smoke. Much calmer than when this was fresh....I remembered smelling this 15%’er from across the table before each sip....not so much now. The taste has muted bourbon notes upfront with a decent chocolate/anise interplay. It creates a bit of tobacco flavoring....which leads into the smoke character. Some sweetness in the middle ground....light vanilla, oak, molasses. But, the bourbon is still very much the centerpiece of the finish. It still dominates over any other subtleties this beer may offer....I can almost taste the delicacy in the base, but the bourbon just overwhelms my taste buds and palate. The beer being so oily, it resonates even further down my tongue, leaving little respite for any flavor that may be contained in the following sips. Just an exhausting beer. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a gluttonous beer as much as the next person...but I feel that since Bourbon County broke down the door for Bourbon Barrel aging, other brewers have refined the style with more tenderness in the process.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rodenbach99 (3183) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
Petite bouteille vintage 2013. Merci Patrick. Le liquide semble visqueux au versage. La robe est profonde comme la nuit. La mousse ne tient pas la route, un simple anneau. Un premier nez fort sympathique, je ne sens pas l’alcool. Il semble avoir un boisé bien intégré. Un bouche étonnante, racé, les saveurs enveloppent le palais. Ils sont interminables. Combien de caudalies ? La texture est crémeuse. Un arrière-goût étonnant de chocolat, de vanille. Superbe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beer-yum (507) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 1, 2014
This is a beer that will blow you away in more ways than one. It looks, smells, and tastes like the "angels share" itself - not the dregs left in the barrel!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Barrelbelly (642) - BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2014
Pitch black, no head. Wood, Bourbon, chocolate aroma and taste. High alcohol Bourbon warm aftertaste, sweet finish

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ElManana (274) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2014
Pours pitch black, sirupy with almost no head. Nose is heavy chocolate, mild coffee, some vanilla maybe? Taste is very heavy on the chocolate, coffee. Very damn tasty but quite fierce with alcohol. Best stout I had, together with the Hunaphu.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (224) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Deep brown, very opaque. No head. Heavy notes of caramel and molasses. Some bitterness but very sweet from start to finish. Heavy body, very upfront alcohol. Quite balanced though. Very long finish. Almost no carbonation to speak of. Exceptional. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobaink2 (81) - seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Everything you would want in a imp stout. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, figs and loads of burbon. Pretty much a perfect stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jamonsk8 (2) - - MAY 21, 2014 does not count
Chocolate bourbon deliciousness in a bottle. Tried this for the first time in 2013 and didn't know what I was getting myself into. Put Away one of the bottles in the four pack to try next year.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
mfp13jr (149) - Glenville, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Boozy bourbon in the nose. Jet oily black with tan oily head. Taste is chocolate, oily bourbon with hints of

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GrandaddyKC (2) - merriam, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2014 does not count
best stout ive ever had. super boozy. and the warmer it gets the hotter it gets which is what i personally enjoy

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