RATINGS: 2849   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
"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

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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drowland (8173) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 (original tasting) 2008 - Bottle. So black light wont go through, and a nice lingering dark brown head. The aroma is endless with sweet malt, oak, vanilla, tannins, a touch of bourbon, and a dash of alcohol. The flavor delivers big sweet malts and a dash of alcohol upfront followed by hints of candied fruit and finishing with a lingering definite coffee flavor layered with chocolates. I have since tried this a few times and am aging two more bottles. This stuff is simply amazing and everyone should try it. One of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
(12oz bottled 10/21/08 drank 7/2009) Pours a viscous black with no head. Nose is vanilla, bourbon, chocolate cake, and alcohol. Quite complex. Taste is dark chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, vanilla, coffee, bitter hops and a velvty carbonation. Body is viscous and the linger is smoky and roasted malts. This is one of the most complex beers Ive ever had. Would love to have one with 5 years of age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle, 2008. Not sure why I didnt rate this the last time I had it, but since I love this beer its no problem doing it again. Pours a thick syrupy black tar, with very minimal reddish tan head. Aromas are thick of licorice, tobacco, bourbon and come coffee. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with some bitter chocolate being noticed towards the finish. I love the thick syrupy, sticky palate of this beer....it makes me smile everytime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Thanks to Secret Santa for this one! Pours motor oil black. After a moment, a deep brown head makes a futile attempt to break the surface, but promptly drowns in the blackness. Aroma is thick with deep chocolate, espresso, and bourbon. When it was cool, the bourbon was almost too much, as I felt it overwhelmed the other flavors. But as it warmed, everything fell into balance - dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, espresso all working together in unison. There is a faintly cereal note on the finish that keeps this from being perfect, but still awfully good stuff. RERATE: Draft at Mekong. Similar notes, but struck me as a touch thinner, and had a definite raisin note present that took the place of the espresso. Still nice - but I liked the Parabola a bit more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
welder666 (4) - USA - AUG 7, 2009 does not count
wow very intence flavor.. a molacis like beer with a nice brown head and a very heavy body... had a lot a note of roast... it says its nice to have a cigar with... i dont know about that, might make me sick...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rhinobrau (17) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2009
This is one of my all-time favorites. One of the original bourbon-barrels and still the best that I have tried. Theres a ton of bourbon flavor but it is backed up with a ton of beer behind it. They didnt hold back on this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
altabessie (9) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009 does not count
This is a big beer. I let it warm up just a bit before cracking it open and ensured I used a nice wide snifter. One bottle can be shared easily with 2 people.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovedarkbeer (2728) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
It took me long enough to rate this damn beer. Bottle. Dated Oct. 08. Pours a viscous dark black brown color that lets a little light in around the edges and coats the glass when swirled. A tope colored ring makes up the almost non existent head of this brew. Its body appears still. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and reduces this 13% alcohol beast to a shockingly quaffable delight with just a hint of its ruggedness on the back end. Nose is vanilla bean, a little bit of raw shredded baking coconut, heavy toast oak, booze, dates, port, baked cinnamon apple crumble, and some heath toffee bar. The taste reminds me of a late harvest Zinfandel I once had with some dark chocolate truffles. The smokey yet sweet and vinous qualities of this beer merge with deep dark chocolate and thick syrupy molasses like characteristics to form a complex and thought provoking expression of brewing. Very well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2009
2008 bottle. Deep, dark brown in color with very minimal tan head. Aroma was vanilla, molasses, dark malts, and dark fruits. Flavor was all that, plus some chocolate, and was fairly sweet. Not much carbonation, and the alcohol was in the forefront. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Draft (snifter glass) at the GI (Clybourn location). Pours dark as night black. Very small tan head. Good lacing. Strong molasses and vanilla aroma. Thick texture. Almost like cough syrup. Tastes of coffee & chocolate, but overpowered by sweetness. Strong warming sensation. Lingering Molasses mouthfeel. No question that this is a great beer, however maybe some aging would allow the flavors to be brought out from the overpowering sweetness.

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