Serve in Snifter


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 2523   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
Share this beer with friends!
"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
2014 - 14.4% 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle. [<a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=_new> Courtesy of kmweaver]. Clear dark brown black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, some alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is almost full, texture is oily - creamy - syrupy, carbonation is soft - flat, finish feel is light alcoholi. Very very nice ;o)) (070408)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31793) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 7, 2009
35.5 cL bottle, says bourbon county brand stout 2008. Pours thick and oily, deep dark brown to pitch black with a small and yet dense and deep chocolate brown head. Solid roasted malt, mild smoked, dense dark chocolate and solid bourbon dense aroma. Thick oily and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, heavy bitterness showing through and mixing nicely with the solid acidic and hard roasted malt flavours yet also with a smooth vanilla/oak note to briefly attempt a counter balance. Distinct alcohol/bourbon presence going into a distinct alcohol burn in the finish. Sweet, bitter and lasting roasted/chocolate and bourbon finish. Nice yet also overempowering: beer soaked in too much bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2006 The aroma is sweet alcoholic with notes of wood, prunes, and raisins. The color is pitch black and it has a disappearing brown head. The flavor is alcoholic with notes of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, vanilla, and a little soya. A somewhat weird flavor, but quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours black and opaque with a pretty much absent head. Distinct aromas of oak and bourbon. Rather full-bodied with plenty of sweet, roasted malt. All the burned malty accents are pretty much hidden underneath the sweetish bourbon notes. Lightly bitter malt finish. 030606

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joergen (21497) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2006 Bottled, thanks to Renť for sharing. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of coffee and wood with notes of vanilla and hops. Roasted flavour of wood, dried fruits and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2008
Bottled (thanks heemer77!). 2005 vintage. Very deep ruby red colour, close to black. Not much head. Aroma is earth cellar, licorice, alcohol, vanilla and some wood. Flavour is licorice, alcohol, some mild acidicness. Aftertaste is big licorice, alcohol and very peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19936) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2006
Bottled. Dark black with near black brief head. Aroma of vanilla and licorice. Sweet with full body and clean mouthfeel with intense oak barrel flavour. The barrel character goes overboard and along with excessive alcohol it gets too intense and unbalanced. A lot of flavour, but not a lot of flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (17520) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma with hints of bourbon. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of bourbon and vanilla. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (16098) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2013 19th October 2008.
This is a 2005 beer at a modest (!) 11.0% abv. Opaque black stout with a thin brown head. Spirity coffee nose. Dark port and brandy start with a coffee undertone. Smooth semi sweet vanilla oak. Bittterish coffee spirit dry finish. Chocolate spirit aftertaste. An awesome beer. Smooth, silky and sumptuos.

3rd November 2010.
A 2007 bottle at 13.0% abv. Opaque black beer, tiny tan head. Rich dark malt with a lot of strong bourbon. Offset by sweet vanilla wood. Finishes warm. Despite being 3 years old the power of this one does not appear to have faded much! Great stuff!

4th January 2013
THE stout tasting Pt1. 2011 bottle at 14.5% abv. Thanks Jack for another bite of this classic! Palate is surprisingly light and airy, also a little dry. Rich malts, warming bourbon. Dark chocolate. Spirity aniseed but not too much, Finishes semi dry with a warming afterglow. 3.8

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (15225) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014
2014-02-12, vintage 2008, bottled 10/28/08, 5+ years old, 13% ABV, 7-4-9-4-17=41
It pours a thick black, with barely any head. The aroma is fading; there is some roasted malt, tar, Parmigiano Reggiano; nice but with the first signs of oxidization. Full bodied beer, with round and thick mouthfeel; the mix of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor is excellent; fairly sweet, also because the bitterness is fading away; there is some demerara sugar, leather, wood, a touch of Bourbon, a hint of liquorice, a bit salty indeed.
Itís a very interesting sipper.

2012-12-18, vintage 2008, 4 years old, 13% ABV, 9-4-9-5-18=45
bottled 10/28/08

It pours a black color, oily, with almost no head. Impressive aroma of firewood and Bourbon, with a peppery finish, and very light phenol. Full bodied, the texture is a bit oily; it has a very rich flavor of dark chocolate, medium sweet, with later hints of coffee and leather; some vanilla as well; the barrel aging adds complexity and alcohol warmth.
Wonderful now; it may not be suitable for longer aging, some oxidization would not fit here.

2011-07-14, vintage 2008, 3 years old, 13% ABV, 8-4-8-4-17=41
Black color; it has not much carbonation, it pours thick and oily, with a small and not persistent brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate first, some vanilla, leather, alcohol, cardboard and light phenol. The body is very strong, with a rather oily mouthfeel; very good dark chocolate flavor, then roasted malt, some tar and liquorice, finally the pleasant Bourbon component; moderate residual sweetness; strong warming feeling from the alcohol; correct bitterness.
Extremely powerful.

2009-11-12, at Monkís Cafť, Stockholm, vintage 2007, 2 years old, 13% ABV, 9-4-8-4-17=42
Black color; itís almost flat, with no carbonation, no head. The aroma shows a good mix of Bourbon vanilla, whiskey, roasted malt, paper, cardboard, very light smoke. It has a good body strength; strong chocolate flavor, burning alcohol feeling; well rich; dark caramel, light vanilla, light smoke.

2007-05-23, vintage 2006, 1 year old, 11% ABV, 8-5-9-5-18=45
Black oil, thin head. Intense aroma, very sweet, of vanilla, oak, roasted malt, tar, leather. Full mouthfeel, thick, oily, sweet, malty, with a very nice roasted malt line, some liquorice, cookies, vanilla, dark chocolate. Strong final, with a clear presence of the roasted malt, sugars and vanilla, salty dark chocolate 99% cocoa; toffee and rhubarb; the alcohol starts warming the mouth

Bought for 10$ at New Beer Distributors, NY, itís a great beer to celebrate Milan victory in the Champions League tonight!

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 253

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50