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RATINGS: 2643   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.25   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
"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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
altonbrownd (3950) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle in Amsterdam. Dark brown body with slight, tan head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, alcy, coffee. Taste is whiskey, and bourbon and chocolate. Super nice. Bitter and delectable in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lillunken (55) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2015
Flaska från 2011 på Monks Café, Stockholm. Mycket god doft av bourbon, vanilj, choklad. Smak av detsamma med en värmande alkohol och sötma. Väldigt smakrik, runda, integrerade smaker. Mycket god!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markoijelena (1232) - Belgrade, SERBIA - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle 0.355l at The 8th Belgrade tasting Session Two at Alberto place in Pozarevac.18.07.2015.Thanks luttonm for this bottle.Hvala Matt for this 2014 bottle.Pour it really thick dark color with small head.Aroma bourbon and vanilla.Taste liquorice, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, wodden note, bourbon also present, Wau what a complete balanced beer.Really it’s amazing.I liked it so much.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (792) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
It is fruity as barley, smoked like a campfire, smells of wood. Coffee that is freshly milled and vinous warming alcohol with clear touch of American bourbon. It fills the mouth with a creamy and thick feeling to follow. Clear notes of smoke, strong vinous character with grapes and raisins, light delicate coffee notes as meet with dark bitter chocolate of the highest quality. It all seems almost too composed and well-founded, but in the aftertaste will find its ferocity in the form of untamed American bourbon that leaves alcohol warming effect down through the throat. The 13% alcohol is well hidden in the aforementioned tasting notes, and the overall impression is a soft, round, tasteful and warm stout as I can safely recommend to anyone. It tastes just too good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque (655) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2015
BCBS 2012 on tap at Binny’s Lincoln Park tasting room. Flavor is rich and bourbonny, but with a clean finish. Very nice compex brew. I know I’m late to the party here but this beer is one of the few really hyped beers that I feel actually met its expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haukur (1438) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - AUG 13, 2015
2014, bottle. Pitch black, small brown head around the edges. Aroma is a massive amount of vanilla, hint of black chocolate, some oak. Fantastic aroma. Big and creamy mouthfeel, somewhat sticky, sweet, again some vanilla, nice lingering bourbon but not too much. Outstanding and worth the wait.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiedler84 (10) - - AUG 7, 2015
On tap at Binnys tasting room for this review... But have had countless bottles previously. Pour is dark and bold. The nose is... Sweet sweet fudge. I let it sit for a few before sipping. Notes of bourbon and chocolate dominate this behemoth. This is my goto barrel aged stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zappbranagan (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Still one of my faves. Little hot the last few years, but still a remarkable stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
robbiemoy13 (12) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2015
2012 - This is definitely tasting great now, no wonder why so many FIBs are trying to trade for it. Probably only another year or two before it peaks.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ippopotamo36 (779) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 29, 2015
At the 8th tasting (round 2), held in Vranovo and Pozarevac. 2014 bottle courtesy of luttonm from Seattle-USA. Thank you, ciao. Pours a deep dark brown color, small ivory foam...really minimal. Nose: Ouh yeah! A blast of the roundest notes ever of vanilla, Bourbon, bouquet of roasted notes of coffee, fresh, just perfect. Stunning attack of wood and whiskey, close to perfection. Mouth: it feels like chewing some very tasty pralines, vanilla, chocolate, dry bitter end.

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