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RATINGS: 2462   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

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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
robbmotiwalla (60) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
2013 bottle.Smells like bourbon, tastes like bourbon. Iíd like a little bit more of the bitterness to come through. Tastes like bourbon, oak, tobacco, leather. A little too sweet. Not sure if it is worth the hype. Very good nonetheless

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinVanBeer (94) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
2013 bottle from trade. This is an amazing beer. The high alcohol is disguised by incredible flavors. Very dark pour with a small dark head. Virtually no lacing. Aroma of molasses, chocolate, toffee, and wood. Bourbon cask, cola, maple, ginger, and chocolate. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
stuj01 (8) - SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2014 does not count
One of the most complex beers I ever have tasted. Very heavy! Long and distinct taste. I have only one bottle left from 2012 to be shared at a special occasion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wvhoran (352) - Tasmania, - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours black with dark brown tints. A brown head disappears fairly quickly. The aroma is rich with roasted malt, bourbon, woody notes, caramel, liqourice. A bit boozy but it is 15%. The flavour is well balanced with a good amount of sweetness to roasted notes. It is heavy on liqourice and molasses and I donít find it particularly unique although the barrel character is impressive. The body is medium to full and the texture is oily. A lovely stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeJslc (756) - USA - NOV 6, 2014
Dark brown, fairly opaque, tan head, low/moderate carbonation. Aroma of nutty-sweet malt, toffee, ripe dark fruit, leather, bourbon barrel. Flavor: huge, thick maltiness with toffee, burnt sugar, plums, raisins, some leathery age, big bourbon character, vanilla, a light smokiness, nutty and toasty notes. Huge mouthfeel. A big, chewy, syrupy barleywine with loads of dark fruit and burnt sugar/molasses-like sweetness. Definitely on the syrupy side, but Iíll forgive that because of the great complexity. A sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chalumeaux (77) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Poured from bottle with a nice dark chocolate color. Aromas of sweet caramel with a smooth mouth feel and a nice balanced alcohol finish. Superb beer full of complexity and balance.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
claesnl (4) - KÝbenhavn NV, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014 does not count
Easily the best dark beer I ever had. Just the smell is amazing. When I first had it, we drank other beers in between taking sips to make it last longer, just so we could still smell it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
JHeath99 (1080) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle shared from 2012. Tasting side by side with a KBS. Pours a deep dark opaque black with a thin layer of toffee colored head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and coffee. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6016) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"I love the style. The bar was set high. This one is great, but not the best. Not a ton of balance here, not that that is necessarily a bad thing, but the bourbon with a side of stout was ALMOSTa little too sticky sweet by the end. i would have given it an even higher grade if Iíd split a bottle. Score upped a tenth upon multiple revisits :)"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EcnarM (100) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2014
A great job by Goose Island. This 2013 bottle did not disappoint at all. It had a smooth bourbon aroma and flavor that never overpowered the underlying beer. Wow, nice job guys, can't wait to have another one! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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