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RATINGS: 2524   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
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.

ClassyBeagle's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
FROM NOTES: November 29, í13 on draft into a snifter at the Black Friday event @ Kraftrwork, Philly. A: Bourbon and sweet malts mostly with some dark fruits and hints of bitter coffee. Some vanilla and oak also come through with a definite char. A: Pours a very dark almost black with a small head and not much lacing. T: Bourbon initially, with a syrupy sweetness followed by a roasted bitterness. Strong notes of oak, coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon with some faint black licorice notes. Sweetness and bourbon with strong alcohol burn in the finish. P: ULTRA thick and oily, with little carbonation with an extra long finish. O: IMO, there are better bourbon aged beers out there. That being said, this is a very good one, perhaps even one of the better ones. Slightly cloying with a high ABV makes this one a long sipper.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aleigator (280) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
í14 version, many thanks to Tom! Pours a thick, syrupy, completely black color, with a small, soon disappearing dark brown head, leaving a very thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Has an intriguing nose of earthy, scorched malts with hints of molasses to it, along with milk chocolate, vanilla notes and a gentle barrel infusion, providing a convincing amount of wood and slightly hot Bourbon, blending outstandingly well into the sweeter notes of the beer, building up a fantastic, complexity. A generous amount of toffee and cocoa nibs complete the inviting aromas of this beer. Tastes of earthy, wooden, toasted malts, mingled together with an unbelievable chocolate creaminess, giving this beer its incredible smooth mouthfeel. Even though this is a sipper, it drinks fairly easy, as the alcohol isnít hidden, but a fundamentaly, well integrated aspect. The Bourbon builds up on the palate above the malt and chocolate foundation, inviting sweeter flavors of molasses, toffee and nougat to the taste, which not only provide a well fitting depth, but also are responsible for wrapping up any alcoholic burn in a very pleasant way, providing a rich, complex, slightly burning Bourbon character with oaken qualities to it. These then again blend well into the malts, leading to a sweeter finish, with a subtle coffee bitterness in the end, calmed by lots of bakers chocolate, exiting with a short, sharp bourbon bite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
EyeAmBaldman (310) - Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours black with almost no dark tan head. Aroma is all bourbon. This is not my type of beer. Doesnít really taste like beer, more like liqueur. Taste is sweet bourbon and thatís about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jlax10 (5) - Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2014 does not count
Great nose....perfect body for a stout. The taste is a little boozy, but after aging it for a year it becomes absolutely amazing. Keeping yourself from drinking it and allowing this one to age is not the easiest thing to do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AnokaBrewer (33) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Not much on aroma, but full on taste. Black in color, pours thick. Very sweet taste, though not a malty sweet. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, and raisin. Sweet chocolatey finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thomashall (159) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2014 12oz bottle. Pours dark black with minimal ring around the top. Strong caramel and toffee notes with some bourbon. Taste the same with slight booze. Nice balanced sweetness. Really amazing stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
c_lee_burton (116) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2014
12 oz. Bottle of 2014 from a 4 pack. Pours a midnight color with a slight opaque tan rim with a frothy dark tan head. Itís all bourbon on the nose with a hint of caramel. The complexity of malts, toasted caramel, bourbon booze, vanilla bean, and roasty earth flavors go in and out. The palate is smooth and full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fitwitchik (367) - USA - DEC 14, 2014
2012 bottle pour into a snifter the darkest brownest of black with almost not head. Aroma is like boozy molasses. Taste reminds me of dark Karo syrup. Like thick distinctive molasses. Age makes this even distinct. Love the bland of vanilla dark fruits as well. Truly an outstanding imperial stout. Every. Year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smroush (41) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Aromas: heavy bourbon, vanilla, dried currents, bread, roasted aromas, alcohol, wood. Appearance: dark brown, almost black, no head. Taste: lots of alcohol sweetness, bitterness under the alcohol. Palate: heavy body, a bit oily, creamy. Fairly carbonated mouthfeel despite the lack of a head. Finish: lots of alcohol, some carbonation, coffee, lots of bourbon, a little burning like they added pure bourbon to the beer. Overall this a complex interesting beer. Itís the first bourbon barrel stout Iíve had that has a burning sensation in your mouth like it has pure bourbon added to it. Still itís a bit over the top too, almost like a mixed drink rather than a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsnicholas (243) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle (12oz $7): Vintage 2014. Black with small head that disappears. Aroma is mostly bourbon. Taste is bourbon with bitter sweet chocolate. Nice sipper that I will pick up when available.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
turtlesugar (5) - - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
Kind of too strong on the bourbon side. These seasonal blends are tough to do right, and they leaned a bit left with the liquor taste. Definitely meant to be sipped. Still tasty, but canít touch Backwoodís Bastard.

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