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RATINGS: 2718   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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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
2014 - 14.4% abv
2015 - 14.2% 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 separates the beers. It’s essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.


Fritz123's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (1533) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Tried at Bottle Share at the Syb Pig in Boca Raton, FL. Small snifter. Pours a jet black with a thin tan head. Head gone in about 20 seconds. Let it warm up some before going to town. Aromas of wood (oak), roasted malts, vanilla, sweet milk, and caramel. The taste was blissful. Roasted malts, the oaked barrel, vanilla, earthy wood, and dark chocolate. I really wish I had a whole bottle! Full body, smooth and not oily. Finishes big with flavors still exploding.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bulldogops (1669) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
Rating #1655 - #CBC2015 Beer 40 - Day 4 - On tap at 10 Barrel Portland w/ Pours an opaque black beauty with a rich tan foam. Aroma is heavy roast malt, mild smoke, toffee , molasses, vanilla,oak. Taste is heavy on roast malt and coffee flavours, lots of burnt sugar, toffee, bourbon vanilla, blackstrap molasses. A lovely beer that hits on all of my favourite things.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidezdonz (140) - , HONG KONG - FEB 2, 2016
A 1 pint .9 fl oz (500ml) bottle with a bottled on date of 22nd October 2015, poured into a snifter glass. It poured an extremely dark dark brown colour with a reddish hue on the sides. Dark tanned head was very thin and did not last long and there was some thin spotty lacing. Rich rich aromas full of bourbon, oak, caramel, salted chocolate and vanilla. Tastes much like the aromas. It was full of bourbon, oak, caramel, salted chocolate and vanilla. Stunning, heavenly goodness. Full bodied, thick motor oil like richness. Low carbonation. Nice light burn as it goes down. Overall… Wow, this was amazing… a brilliant sipper. Even drinking it 3 months in, aromas, taste and feel were already wonderful. It should develop more complexity with a year or two of aging, which is what I’m going to do with the rest of my bottles.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anderson01 (288) - Idaho, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Black color. Dark, tan head that collapses rather quickly. Freckled lacing. Alcohol is really coming out in the aroma. Woody. Smokey. Vanilla. Chocolate. Blackberries. Charcoal. Creamy texture. Light carbonation. Taste like a smoked briscuit. Hickory and maybe some mesquite. Long smokey finish. Alcohol is more hidden in the taste than the aroma. Heavy body. This beer seems to stick with you well after the drink. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SoDakBrew (3) - South Dakota, USA - JAN 27, 2016 does not count
Heavy black licorice smell. Dark in color as with any traditional imperial stout. Light bourbon or smoke flavor on the tongue, coffee and dense smoke on the back of the tongue. Wonderful. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
growler6 (78) - USA - JAN 27, 2016
Dark as night with low carbonation. The sniff test. Nice smoke, oak and bourbon aromas. From first to last sip. Viscous (10W30) chocolate, vanilla and tart cherry explodes in the mouth. As expected, alcohol is warming and provides balance. I was going to let this bottle age but I’m glad I didn’t. Fantastic!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (345) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - JAN 21, 2016
Look: almost black, opaque and clear. Aroma: vanilla, molasses, coffee with rum, Taste; sweet with prominent matured alcohol notes. Flavour: vanilla, wood, charcoal, prunes, pleasant mature alcohol. Very good and complex.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunstoneale (27) - MOLDOVA - JAN 18, 2016
Pours jet black with virtually no head. Rich and complex aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, oak barrel, coffee, roasted malts and some smoke. Very thick yet drinkable. Complex taste of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, liquor-like alcohol and malt that has a bitter-sweet finish. Really great multi-layered imperial stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Passthebeer (30) - Manassas, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2016
The aroma of bourbon ad chocolate hit you first. It appears almost black with very little head retention, most likely due to the high alcohol. Btw this stuff stains the carpet. Taste/flavor, raisin coffee, chocolate, caramelized sugar note smash your faces and then a slight alcohol heat that is really unwanted. Again the alcohol burn ruins the palate. Understood this alcohol burn should be expected due to the high abv. But still a mellowing of this beer "aging" should be done. I Bet After 2 OR 3 Years. This will be amazing.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
David_Deas (15) - - JAN 16, 2016
After Goose Island pioneered the bourbon barrel aged stout every brewery in the country decided they needed to offer a rendition, similar to the way every brewery now has to offer an IPA in their product lineup. However, none of these offerings duplicate what Goose Island has done. The smoothness and depth of flavor are simply unmatched, which is why all bourbon barrel aged stouts are inevitably compared to the BCBS measuring stick.

4.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zapferstellen (5) - - JAN 14, 2016 does not count
As far as stouts go I found this bourbon barrel to be heavy and full of ranging flavor from first sip to final taste. I recommend slow drinking so you can savor the changes as it reaches room temperature. Further recommendations include surrounding yourself with family members, holiday spirit, a full belly, and some stop animation Christmas classics. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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