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RATINGS: 2613   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   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
2014 - 14.4% 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.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/23/2012. 12 oz (2012 vintage) bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a wondrously pitch black color. However, there’s hardly any head. Any vestiges of a tan-colored head fade quickly and leave almost no lacing. Really, we’ve got to start talking about alcohol legs when we get to this gravity. And they’re pretty impressive. S: Tons of bourbon, augmented by dark fruits and vanilla. Not much in the way of roasted malts; it pretty much hits on the sweeter aspects of a good imperial stout, rather than the more savory ones. It’s really not that boozy for 15%, either. Not the strongest aroma ever (due to the low carbonation), but incredibly evocative. T: Sweet? Yes. Boozy? Yes. The flavor I notice first are stewed plums, raisins, and figs - this has a hell of a dark fruit note to it. Ultimately, it will finish with its trademark bourbon character and vanilla-infused chocolate. A slight note of smokiness will appear after a while. It’s warm, yes, but given its gravity, the booze could be a lot worse. Basically, it has the hallmark character of a proper boozy beer - an alcohol character that blends with the flavor profile instead of clashing. This definitely bears a passing resemblance to FW Parabola, only with a lot more in the way of finesse and balance. The only thing missing is some complexity; thankfully, what’s there is very enjoyable to savor slowly. M: The finish is ultra syrupy, wet, and sweet. Very creamy in its palate texture, aided by the subtle (at best) carbonation. Some oak tannins come out in the late aftertaste in an attempt to dry the palate a little, but to no avail. This really is the type of beer that sits indolently on the tongue with massive, thick sweetness. You will NOT drink this quickly, so don’t even dare - just veg over it for an hour or two and everything will be peachy keen. O: Well, what more can be said? It’s a big monster, but with enough deftness and sophistication to help give it a little extra ’something’. On the other hand, there is enough harshness to suggest this needs to lay down in the cellar for a bit. Regardless, this is something everyone should try at least once in their life.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tonkun (1018) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Poured from growler. Pitch black tar-like pour with no head. Vanilla, American oak, cream, coffee, dark fruits. Need a spoon to drink. Wow. Smooth and silky but with depth and complexity. Hides the alcohol well with the big body until the liquid burns your stomach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tourette (222) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2015
This is about as good as a barrel aged stout can get. Holy crap is it good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BBHansen (318) - Køge, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2015
Bottle (2012)@ DØE. Appearance: Pours clear deep brown/black with good soapy beige head and lacing. aroma/taste notes: caramel, chocolate oak, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon and some smoke notes. palette: powerful aroma, low to medium carbonation, full body, notable caramel sweetness, average bitterness, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: Very tasteful and powerful bourbon stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2015
Bottle, 2011. Pours black-brown with a small head, leaving fine residues on the glass. Licorice, caramel and roasted, almost smoky, tones in the nose. The taste is all bitter almonds, dried fruits, oak and vanilla. Fantastic. Oily, smooth and just a little bit of carbonation left. Not the best Bourbon County I’ve had. Still very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TychoJames (405) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2015
Flaska på begravningsbyrå Stockholm Svart kulör med ljusbrunt skum. Fantastiskt fin doft av vanilj fat och choklad. Söt smak med knäck, choklad, vanilj och torkad frukt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bodega95 (85) - - MAY 3, 2015
Draft pitch dark black with almost no head. The aroma is amazing, vanilla chocolate very mellow. You can really taste the bourbon. Incredible how a 14.2% passes like silk through my throat. 2014 edition

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryrpat (175) - Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2015
I am. It a stout guy but I can respect what this beer is all about. Ypi can really taste the bourbon barrel and would be good for a nice cold noght ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Franckg (378) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
Version 2013, bue en 2014. Tout est là. Chocolat, café, bourbon haut de gamme, grande complexité, rondeur excellente, effervescence parfaite. chaque gorgée est mémorable. Dans mon top 3, peut-être même 2.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Couch0508 (75) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2015
This is pretty good although I prefer other bourbon county offerings. Coffee and barleywine are better

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kroney (196) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
BIF project. Pours pitch black, no head, no lacing. Aroma is divine... bourbon, vanilla, roasted cacao nibs, dark chocolate, mild coconut, intense roasted coffee. Flavor is immediate bourbon but gives way to an amazing complex flavor bomb... Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, back to chocolate then some coconut then back to bitter chocolate with some good bitterness sneaking through right at the end with the alcohol warning. Fantastic.

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