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RATINGS: 2458   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.

CpyNPrnT's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CpyNPrnT (385) - Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
2013 edition. 12 oz bottle. Wow. Bourbon, vanilla, charred taste. A thick, chewy beer that does not taste like 14.9%. Very balanced. Long lingering after taste. A must try.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - 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 (96) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
susanamayer (211) - Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2014
It was incredibly smooth for what I was expecting to come from this very thick black bodied beer. Its 9% alcohol content is extremely well hidden.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass. 2012 Edition. Bottled in 23.08.2012. Thanks to stevedore for bringing this one from US! A: Pours an absolutely black color forming a minimal beige to brown head (and Iíve poured quite aggressively :)). Minimal retention and no lacings left S: Absolutely delicious in the nose. Strong notes of oak and bourbon. Sweet candy. Vanilla and chocolate notes. Roasted malts. A bit booze T: Sweet upfront followed by a roasted bitterness. Strong notes of oak, coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon. Licorice. Extremely creamy and molasses. Impressive. Good bitterness caused by roasted malts, mainly. Perfect taste M: Heavy body. Extremely creamy and smooth: Impressive. Low carbonation. The thickest beer Iíve ever tried. Perfect body. Bittersweet aftertaste O: Perfect drinkability. One of the best Imperial Stouts ever! No more comments... [ BA Review @ 8/1/2013 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
berlinmany (217) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
I finally got to Chicago to have it again after many years. This one pours an inky, thick, very dark brown color. The pour from the bartender resulted in almost no head, and what was there was light brown and didnít last at all. The nose is full of bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerlove231 (166) - London, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
This stuff is unbelievably sweet--kind of like Coke with a lot of alcohol. Has a decent stout body and aroma, but I found it undrinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
This stuff is unbelievably sweet--kind of like Coke with a lot of alcohol. Has a decent stout body and aroma, but I found it undrinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - OCT 8, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-3-14- 2013 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance Ė The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a tiny brown colored head. The head fades almost instantly leaving a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass. Upon swirling the brew in the glass, its thickness could be seen, with fingers of the beer clinging to the sides of the glass and slowly receding to the bottom of the glass to its resting place. Smell Ė The aroma of the beer is massive of sweet smells with caramel, molasses, dark fruits of raisin, plum and cherry, as well as a little bit of vanilla all there. Along with these smells are lots of darker aromas of chocolate and roasted malt smells as well as some other lighter aromas of coffee. Rounding out all these smells, and as the name would suggest, a huge bourbon smell as well as a nice woody aroma mix with the rest of the smells, producing a delicious, very dark, sweet and warming aroma overall. Taste Ė The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor along with sweeter flavors of molasses and darker fruits of raisin and prune. Right from the start, there is also a big bourbon flavor. The bourbon flavor is big and smooth tasting with lots of oaky and woody flavors mixed within. The bourbon gets even richer as the taste advances, bringing with it just a hint of bitterness as more woodsy flavors and a bit of coffee come to the tongue. Along with these increases in the boozy tastes, other sweeter flavors of vanilla and a bit of chocolate come to the tongue more toward the end complementing the other flavors nicely. In the end, with all the nice roasted, sweet, and bourbon flavors of the brew, a very pleasant and still very smooth, yet somehow very warming taste is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick and creamy body are most fantastic for the darker and heavy boozy and sweet flavors of the brew, with the lower carbonation only enhancing these flavors even more. With the lower carbonation and super thick body, all the fantastic flavors really get to sit and coat the mouth allowing the taste buds to be bathed in all the delicious flavors and soothing the mouth with a fantastic feel. Overall ĖThis is a super flavorful, yet massively smooth and balanced stout with an amazing blend of bourbon, sweet, and roast flavor. A sipping stout like no other, and up at the top of my list. Oh so delicious and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerconnaiseur (96) - BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2014
A thin-head-pour. Seems very oily... and indeed; this follows up during tasting. Caramel malts, licorice and an intense alcohol burn in the nose. At first monotonous but enriching after a few smells and sips. Very delicate but poignant taste character, perfectly enriched by the intertwining of the alcohol fume - breathtaking in a literal sense, almost takes a manís oxygen away. Taste is slightly sticky in aftertaste, I detect some oak and a bitterness in the background. An oily stout from the malt extracts and barrel aging. Everything in this beer feels like being offered with moderation and balance, but still poignant in itís simplicity. Lovely stout, really, but over-priced in Belgium (13EUR).. Hype is a dangerous thing. Although, with the correct aging time an excellent experience well worth it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2014
Very dark brown with thin head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, lactose and smoke. Taste complex, sweet and some bitter. Oily mouthfeel. Some alcohol burn.

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