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RATINGS: 2373   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.


BeanDip's rating

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2013
This isnít the same label but based on my research I will assume it is the same beer. Bourbon County Imperial Stout. Picked up in Manchester, Vt. Going to to have to just go freestyle here because this is one the most amazing beers I have had in some time. I grabbed it simply because I liked the style, the label and the sound of it! Imperial Stout and Bourbon...how can that go wrong? It was a gift for my man Nate at WoB in Tampa. And he is so cool ...and he shared it with me :) Cuz that is what cool beer aficianados do. The aroma was smooth, layered...complex. Touch of soy sauce, chocolate, cedar, yeasty nuttiness...dark fruitcake! Like a good tawny port...but BEER! It was deep and dark and chewy and decadent. I started to get angry that sample sips were wasted on people saying things like "too much, itís too sweet, yuck.." so I took their their samples from them and gladly drank away...sparing them the horror of imbibing something so epic! Now I am just angry with myself for not picking up MORE! This has now become my most memorable beer.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
57md (3) - - APR 15, 2014 does not count
Was able to score just one 12 ouncer of the 2013 batch from my favorite bottle shop - Abeís in Bethlehem, PA. Cracked this baby open for my birthday (8 December) and enjoyed it at cellar temperature. Pours a deep, dark, dark, dark brown with ruby edges. There was less than a finger of tan head that dissipated pretty quickly and left some lace, but the lace itself was not very thick or sticky. The bourbon notes in the nose are striking. The mouthfeel is creamy and the roast profile is quite hearty, but secondary to the bourbon notes in the flavor profile. The bourbon and roasted notes blend perfectly on the finish. This is a gem of an offering that lives up to the hype it receives on this and other beer sites.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scipio (650) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
2014 bottle. Pours an oily black with a thin and very dark tan head. The aroma is very powerful. It is big on bourbon along with heavy vanilla. Additionally, there are hints of chocolate and coffee. The taste is mildly sweet. As strong as the nose was the impressions from the taste come across even more. It remains dominated by bourbon while complimented by lots of vanilla. There are oak flavors, some chocolate and espresso coming through at the end. Aftertaste is long and lingering, being bourbon and espresso. Minimal carbonation, very slick in texture, and a heavy body. The alcohol content makes itself known immediately. Despite this fact, it is extremely easy to drink. I could see myself getting carried away quite easily with this one. This is what you look for in a stout, and its pretty close to perfect. If you find this, its an automatic purchase. With very few contenders, it might be the best beer Iíve ever had.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fancy_Clown (15) - London, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
2012 vintage bottle, poured into a boston shaker. No head, but thin lacing around the sides. Thick, oily and totally opaque. Really nice looking beer. Nose is sweet bourbon and vanilla. Oak notes. I remember having this in 2012 and it was a lot rougher; the aging has treated it well. Obviously big on the bourbon taste, big hints of vanilla, coffee, dark fruits, even maple syrup. A lingering aftertaste of butter/butterscotch was apparent in this bottle, which I had never experienced with younger bottles. Feels oily and dense in the mouth, very little carbonation. Overall a wonderfully complex beer, worth itís rating in every way.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SetauketBrewer (22) - New York, USA - APR 12, 2014
Amazing beer! Jet black pour, very thin tan head. Full bourbon aroma filling the nose followed by dark roasted coffee. Amazing balance of flavor. Prominent bourbon but not overpowering, allowing the roasted malt and coffee of the base stout to be present as well. Wonderfully smooth for a 14% beer. Almost makes me wish for cold nights in front of the fire again.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MichaelAwesome (2970) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - APR 11, 2014
Wonderful and thick mixture of the most different aromas. Coffee with malt, some sour moments, a bit of chocolate and sweetish sirup. Very different, very special - good one.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McTapps (2965) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - APR 11, 2014
Bottle from trade with BenH - thank you a million for it! The stout pours out of the bottle in a beautiful deep dark black colour with creamy and low head and a smooth body. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, biscuits and coffee. Taste of cake, malt, rye, barley, bread, chocolate, coffee and cream. Very quaffable, smooth and tasty beer - it is a real taste explosion.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (180) - Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2014
Tap at Bricks. Pours black with reddish brown head. Good lacing. Nose is bourbon, chocolate and caramel. Taste is straight bourbon and a little chocolate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoprider (77) - DENMARK - APR 9, 2014
The barrels must be soaking... So much bourbon booze coming through on the nose along with various roasted and vinous notes, just to balance it out. The mouthfeel is heavy/creamy with so much rosted malt, chocolate, licorice and bourbon flavour. The longer you sit on it the more vinous and oaky it gets is my experience. Long aftertaste.. So glad I can get theese year round in Denmark and Iím happy to pay $12 for a small bottle of this. Now send some BC coffee and such over here too.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
niklasdietz (36) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2014
Bottle from Ølbutikken i Copenhagen. Pours a pitch black with little or no brown leather head. Wow, this is a treat. Almost sirupy and oily mouthfeel. Nose is oak, burnt wood, bourbon vanilla and coffee. Taste is like sipping a nice glass of bourbon - warm and soothing - then comes great espresso and dark rich chocolate. Absolutely the best stout I've had till this day. - with thirst, Niklas

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1326) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 8, 2014
My bootle of Goose Island's BCS 2012 was picked up at a shop in Copenhagen & dragged back to Japan. Opened to celebrate hitting 1300 ratings on ratebeer. Served in a snifter. 15% an inky black viscous pour with ruby highlights & a thin ruddy tan head. Potent aroma of smooth bourbon, vanilla, oakiness & creamy chocolate plus a little bit of sharp booziness. Wow, very smooth body, creamy thick meaty mouthfeel with a ton of warmth as it pleasantly burns it's way down my throat. Meaty, savoury umami flavor, roasty, some cherry syrup candy like notes, bourbon, light oak, vanilla, coconut. One of the smoothest barrel aged beers I've ever had. Aged 2 years it is simply grand, I'd love to try it fresh though to see if it is as smooth! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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