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RATINGS: 2765   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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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
2015 - 14.2% 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 separates the beers. Itís essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.


Lothore's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore (619) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
A- Pours a deep black hue with a brownish head. S- Huge smell. Fig, raisin, deep dark fruit, bourbon, brown sugar. T- The taste is sublime. Dark fruits and brown sugar as in the smell, a huge wave of bourbon and alcohol roll across the tongue. M- Thick with medium carbonation. D- This was quite possibly the best imperial stout ive ever tasted. Huge bourbon, but it didnít distract from the full body of the beer. Excellent.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hallstein (468) - Skogn, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle from 2012. Thanks chris! - Sweet bourbon and oak. The complexity from the bourbon comes through, big time! Chocolate syrup. Flavor has tons of vanilla, milk chocolate and coffee. Bourbon and more chocolate. This was hands down amazing. One of the best beers ive tried. Lives up to the hype!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Speko (156) - DENMARK - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle 0,355. 2012 edt. Vanilla, cocoa, raisins, alcohol is noticeable. Taste is alcohol, vanilla, coffee and a hint of chocolate. The alcohol is overwhelming, itís almost like drinking liquor. To much alcohol, otherwise quite good. Full body, oily and sticky texture, soft carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenderedBrewin (1) - Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2016 does not count
Great beer as always. Disappointed they produced so much in 2015. Hopefully their quality isn't going down. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mesjasz (873) - Lodz, POLAND - JUN 26, 2016
Aroma of pralines, cherry, vanilla, roasty, coffee. Taste is sweet, light bitter at end. Flavor of chocolate, bourbon, Barrel, vanilla, chocolate cake, pralines. Full body, oily and velvet texture.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrei79 (30) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2016
2015 bottle. Could easily pass for chocolate liquor. Tried it out because of the hype, I find it too sweet. While it feels smooth and oily with a warm aftertaste, thereís not a lot of room left for other details because of the sweetness. Wouldnít recommend.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Calh42 (1) - Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2016 does not count
This is over rated, over hyped, and way over priced. I cannot understand the huuuuuge following. I read/skimmed a thousand ratings of this and only found a few that made sense to me. Looks great. Ink black. Poured into a tulip with no head at all. Smelled musty. Taste was overly sweet and I wondered if it was attempting to be a sour gone bad. Compared it to Brer Rabbitt molasses and that wasnít it. Compared it to Sorghum and it was spot on except BCBS is much darker. Felt oily and syrupy. Looked for the strong bourbon flavor and alcohol that are mentioned in so many reviews, but donít find it. I like a good bourbon and this shows none of it. Lingering medicinal taste on the tongue. Iíll never recommend this to anyone and Iíll never purchase it again. Unfortunately I got caught up in the hype and have two more large bottles. Guess Iíll need to "share" them with our beer club or give them away.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (2207) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 9, 2016
2014 bottle shared. Thanks Gregg! Pours a jet black with a tiny ring of tan head that lingers for a little bit. Molasses, cacao nibs, vanilla, toasted caramel and bourbon notes dominate the nose. Light tobacco and soy sauce are in the background but fairly well-balanced and leans to the sweet side. Average carbonation and a chocolately finish with some warming bourbon notes. Fairly creamy on the palate as well with the vanilla notes shining. World class for sure.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
euniceradio (406) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2016
On tap to mini snifter. Pours black, brown ring head. Aroma of chocolate, barrel oak, creme brulee, bourbon. The barrel flavor is huge but smooth and balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
Awesome stout. Tried multiple times. Barrel flavor is huge, a bit boozy and hot, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and everything good is in this bottle. 2009 vintage bottle was the best Iíve tried, and that bottle probably deserved a solid 4.7. But in average, I say 4.3

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emusche (176) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2016 Pours cola black with thin head. Aromas of vanilla bean, cacao, caramel, and bourbon; this is truly incredible. Taste is nearly identical to nose, but so smooth and creamy that it shouldnít be possible. Vanilla, caramel, slightly smoky, the barrel-flavor present but not overbearing. Worth waiting for, and worth the price if you can find it.


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