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RATINGS: 2582   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.

Tortman18's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tortman18 (174) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 2013 Re-Reviewed from bottle. Pours a pitch black with a small ring of mocha head that sits with the whole beer. Decent amount of lacing. Nose is a ton of bourbon and vanilla up front. A lot of roast and chocolate with a hint of licorice and anise. The alcohol is present, but its very sweet. The sweetness melds perfectly with the alcohol. Mouth is incredibly thick but very smooth. A lot of bourbon and vanilla up front. Once again the alcohol is present, but blends prefectly with the alcohol. The roasted malt is much stronger on the tongue. Not as hot as I remembered last years being.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cargo150 (866) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2015
Couleur d’un noir profond avec un col brun mince mais résistant. Arome très complexe de café, chocolat noir, vanille, alcool, bois, pain grillé. A boire lentement. Une explosion de saveur, une très bonne imperial stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrOrla (116) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle from aleigator. Black body, with almost brown short lastest head. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, wood and bourbon and bit smoke. Very good, but strong stout stout, takes a while to consume :)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sinfull (953) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Great , rich beer. Coffee, fruits, vanilla, chocolate ... Perfect combination. Smooth , warming finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Baristas2Brewers (24) - - FEB 26, 2015
Bourbon aged barrels give this stout a unique twist. Better served at room temp vs chilled. Definitely good with a cigar. Very strong and sip slow. Highly enjoyable session!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pcshotsauce33 (55) - Columbus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2015
This beer made me sleep like a baby I even forgot to rate it while drinking it last night. The aroma was just fantastic. Definitely charred oak and vanilla came to mind as I sipped down this thick full bodied monster. I loved it more as I drank the glass half full. Carmel and light notes of chocolate splashed my tongue along with the bourbon smoke to it. Very interesting IMO beings I haven’t had this beer in any version before. Just loved it! Cheers

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
myfriendbubba (40) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Probably good thing bud took over as this is more readily available. Great coffe notes great roast aroma great mouth great super big imperial stout flavors of coco roast and heat excelltn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (616) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2015
2013 tap at the Tap House, IL. Black with light brown ring. Smokey, vanilla, woody bourbon, alcohol and caramel. Tastes dry with a smokey aftertaste. Body is heavy with a sticky feel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (824) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 17, 2015
On tap @ Amsterdam café, San Francisco - CA. Color: dark opaque black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: coffee domination with vanilla balance. Caramel notes and roasted malt. Alcohol finish. Taste: nice oily sensation, full body. Really smoothy. Aftertaste: vanilla notes and roasted malt. Alcohol finish with coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
greenmanalishi (492) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
2012 bottling. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1415) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2015
I am not sure if I can add anything to the overly numerous reviews. This is a splendid, solid stout. Incredibly high ABV -- yet not boozy at all. Recommended, highly.

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