RATINGS: 2863   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 417   ABV: 13.9%
"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 its a great cigar beer, but I havent yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it." Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBUs 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
2016 - 13.9% abv

Editors 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. Its essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (6536) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle: I think I have to thank Soren for this one (has already been two years ago...) So thank you Soren! 2009 Vintage (When Goose Island was still Goose Island!) Well this poured a really darkened black beer (almost that motoroil blackness again, but still at some points also that darkened ruby shine). A very small thick brown head, which unfortunately disappears fairly quick and after some seconds the look is a simple headless but black colored beer. The smell is sublime, one of those imperial stouts which the barrel aging really caused a positiveeffect to which your nostrels are flathered, a smile is put on your face and even some shivers rise on your armsand back. I am a fan of Bourbon Barrel aging, well if it is done correctly (never had any that was r (really) bad), but this one is done very well! The aroma is nicely balanced, with a nice mix between spicy, bitter, sweet: there are vanilla tones with some buttery undertones, there are hints of some spicy wood withbrown sugars andsweet flower (lightly floral and hop) in the far distance, nice roasted ingredients like roasted barley malts and roasted herbs, some light bitterness but mostly its the gentle whiskey tones like wood, vanilla and spices. All the following are just hints in the aroma; mocha and flower (dough), tar and darkened molassess, syrup, slightest hint of something sour. The flavours are a fine, pretty smooth soft yet spiced mix (but maybe a bit too much alcohol) of vanilla, wood, roasted malts, liquorice, sweet vanilla liquorice, full bitter, very peppery, roasted creamy viscous barleys, toffee, salty liquorice, some coffee/espresso/molasses mix, mocha/ caramel, toasted leaves, some dried liquored fruits (raisin, plums, prunes), some tar, wood roast and dark chocolate. Delicious! After a while the liquorice comes very well through (together with the firm warm bitterness). The aftertaste is warm with a firm malty backbone, roasted spices/herbs, bitter, light caramel, mocha, chocolate, different kinds of liquorice, viscous and well balanced But unfortunatelya pretty short aftertaste. Low carbo, soft creamy light spicy mouthfeel, full body and a lovely oily viscous sticky texture. Ok, you can drink it right when the bottle is opened and you can drink it after you let this breath for a while both are sublimely balanced and outspoken but you taste the difference. I am happy I got a bomber, small bottle (355..) would not be enough, lol. Guess the only things that withold me of giving this a 4.9 (a 5 cant be given in my optique) are the strong alcohol notes, that there is no head (its not bad if a beer has no head, but the (dark) brown head from the beginning should be a bit bigger and disappearing slowerand not leave a headless beer after some seconds) and the aftertaste which seem to loose some of the awesomeness which is in the taste itself and is missed in the aftertaste. That said: its a wunderschnes biere!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadGuide38 (4) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2017 does not count
Lekkere stout, goede smaak. donkere smaak. Mooie fles. gedronken op een temperatuur van 7 graden

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
psydtamales (24) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 17, 2017
2015 bottle 13.7% "cellared" at room temp. Poured with a dark brown head that quickly faded. *Needs to warm up* Great chewy mouthfeel, great big aroma of boozy chocolate & brownies. First sips when colder were very woody/tannic but this has faded as it warms up. Still fairly boozy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PhillyJ (5) - - MAY 6, 2017 does not count
First off if youve never had it and bought a bottle !!!!!STOP!! and put it in the cellar for a minimum of 12 months before you decide if the hype is real because it definitely is. Fresh draft this stout is an amazing treat but as it ages in a bottle it becomes a masterpiece thickening into a bourbon infused thick fudgy motor oil. Variants are good dinosaur barrels are cool but the OG that you let age for as many years as you could stand before you cracked it open is the real treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frudel (236) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle 2016. A black opaque liquid with almost no head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, woody notes and bourbon. Taste is booze, bourbon, caramel, small smoky notes, woody, medium sweetness. The perfect balance between, vanilla, sweetness and bourbon in mouth. Warmth alcohol feeling in the throat remembering us that its 13.9%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dzudohonor (67) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2017
Przepiękny aromat bourbonowej beczki kokos i wanilia, pźniej praliny w czekoladzie, delikatna kawa, zapowiada, że będzie bardzo słodko i tak jest, oleista, gęsta, oblepiająca język faktura, daje smak pełen niuansw wanilii, kokosa, marcepanu, wiśniowych czekoladek bogato i intensywnie, ze świetnie ukrytym alkoholem, lekko rozgrzewającym w przełyku, dość szybko znika ze szkła. Dobre piwo na zwieńczenie majowego weekendu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ronritter (572) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2017
on tap vertical flight 13 thru 16 black pour thin tan head aroma of chocolate and booze taste of cherries wood chocolate and vanilla finish is booze definately felt the older was smoother than the newer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Luty (102) - Swiebodzice, POLAND - APR 24, 2017
2015. Słodki Jezusie Pantokratorze. Piękny i bogaty zapach, we wszelkie pyszności i bogactwa takie jak pralinki, bombonierki, czekoladki zalane bourbonem, mleczna czekolada. Gładkie, oleiste, smukłe, gęste, pełne i seksowne ciało. Pełne od mlecznej czekolady, pralinek i bombonierek, czekoladek zalanych bourbonem i szlachetnym alkoholem, ciastem czekoladowym, następnie wchodzi kakaowa polewa i bounty oblane gorzka czekoladką :3 Tu jest naprawdę jak w fabryce Williego Wonki. Alkohol absolutnie niewyczuwalny, piękne, zmienia myślenie o piwach opisanych jako "bourbon barrel aged".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZacM612 (687) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2017
Dark, oily appearance with a very thin beige head. Sweet, boozy aroma, raisin, chocolate. Taste is sweet, vanilla, bourbon. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnbc_chugs_only (3) - - APR 12, 2017 does not count
2015 bottle. Aroma of tart red fruit, maybe infected? Looks like bourbon county, who gives a shit, this is a chug. 500ml chugged in 11s. Doesnt taste infected, fairly smooth if a bit metallic. Low carbonation which is great for a chug. Gagged once. Would chug again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (1050) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 10, 2017
Bottled 2015. Pitch black with small, light brown head. Nice, smooth, rich. Full of chocolate, some biscuits. Moderate to light heavy sweet, with long and stable duration. Moderate to high vanilla, coconut and barrel notes. Moderate to full body, silky and semi-thick texture, soft carbonation. ABV is extremely well hidden here. In overall very rich in bourbon and chocolate imperial stout.

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