RATINGS: 2865   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (15824) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 26, 2009
355ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Jet black, no head even when poured from a height. Big sweet vanilla aroma - clearly bourbon barrel aged. Soft sweet smooth sticky palate, but with a gentle tingle of carbonation. Vanilla sweet taste is now joined with a really rich roast - burnt, which in context comes over as a lovely dark chocolate. The alcohol is relatively constrained, but definitely there. Finish is again more of the vanilla and sweet roast, with a slightly ashy and stuffy feel to the burntness. Perhaps the best beer Ive had from the US, even topping 10/50.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borresteijn (6881) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2009
Bottle, kindly shared by Cgarvieuk and Nightfall at RBESG Sheffield 2009 at the Star Inn in Huddersfield. 2006 vintage, 11% ABV. Black in colour, no head (this was a leftover, dont know if it had any). Aroma is very sweet, liquorice, whiskey, soy sauce. Flavour is very sweet, bourbon, vanilla, some liquorice, soy sauce, bit of chocolate. Too sweet for my taste, but glad to have had the chance to try this. Thanks Craig/Alex!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2010 On tap at the Clybourn GI brewpub. Pours straight black. A few times it has come with a tan head, but most of the time it reaches the table with no head at all. Aroma is all chocolate, which predicts the taste. At times, this seems more like a chocolate liquer than a stout as far as taste goes, but the mouthfeel is really what makes it. It is thick (not syrup thick, but damn thick), yet smooth. It also gives you a nice big alcohol blast in the finale. This is one of my very favorite beers, and one that I have to get every time that I am at the brewpub.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Wow holy crap was this thing thick as hell. Honestly I like my heavy beers to burn and churn the flavors into the palate and I felt that this one had so much to offer in terms of flavor complexity but not the harshness to fully bloom all of them. Probably the maltiest beer ever, copious amounts of sugared split wheat and heavy chocolate/espresso on the after swallow. Thick thick thick, a true motor oil beer if ever there was one. Great beer, deserved of its world-rating because of what it is and how well it does everything BIGgly, but I would never be able to drink more than one of these pups. So glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2009 12 oz bottle 2007 vintage. Black black black thick oil black with a tiny dark caramel brown head and ring. The milky way of lace is swirling around the black universe. Nose is booze and cocoa/chocolate and raisins and vanilla and Im in love. Brown sugar and caramel. Lovely. Taste is cocoa and malt and booze. Nose burn from the alcohol. Bitter afters. Getting too much alcohol overpowering a lot of it. Sweet dark fruit comes through in the beginning. Super gooey sticky loogy making in the back of my throat. Have to decide later how good I think it is. 2008 Redux. Damn this is one tasty effing brew. Thick like oil. Sweet and spicy. Still lots of alcohol, but better balanced. Beautiful. Nose is sharp sweet and spicy. Allspice and cardamom. Plums. Taste is thick gooey goodness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
emoore0024 (25) - USA - JUL 14, 2009
Pours dark very dark. Thin Tan head. Full of flavors Oak, Carmel, Java, Vanilla. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2009
2008 bottle @ Kukko, Turku. Black (sic) with a tiny tanned head. Very smooth and oaky nose, molasses, natural buttery vanilla ice-cream. Flavor starts with madeira like fruits along with oak, some earthy liquorice, molasses, faint tar, menthol and cheap cologne. Its huge, but still drinkable. Roasted ryebread and bitter cocoa finish, alcohol shows here. Massively thick, mouthfilling palate, like real hot chocolate. Nowhere near perfect, though this might age so well. Now it got very one dimensional after a few sips.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2009
This is one of those times where the aroma of the beer opens my eyes and tickles the synapses in my brain. Its bourbon, its toasted oak, its barnyard (well maintained barnyard), its friggin Kentucky with a touch of heat. Reminds me of my sister in-laws horses. Sexy black, darkish tan head. Instantly coats my mouth and kind of insulates it for the next sip. Oily, slick, more toasted wood, burnt sugar, edible motor oil, and love. I have to swallow twice. Damn near cloying, but theres just too much going on to distract my palate. This beer hits me on all cylinders. Gets more sticky with each sip, though I dont seem to mind it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndreasJaeger (505) - Malm, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2009
2008 Bottle @ Fredrik. Black with brown head. Sweet vanilla toffee chocolate oak wood herbs coffee hops. Long sweet strong alkoholic aftertaste

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 10/29/2008. 2007 vintage into a Cab glass... Deep, dark, espresso/motor oil/tar...needless to say, quite viscous with wisps of pumpernickel head up top - very small wisps. Creamy vanilla with a lot of oaky feel to it - bourbon sweetness with hearty chocolate tones...a nice smokiness as in ultra-seared steak char. Heavy, boozy caramel...more bittersweet chocolate - almost too much to mention here. With further warmth, grassy hops emerge. Its got it all, baby...$#!+ dog! Whooo hooo...complexity abounds. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, coffee...ultra-dry bitter coffee/chocolate mega-roasted malt...austere grassy hops complement the bittersweet malt quite nicely and after a while balance out the bourbon booziness. This cools off nicely with a fair amount of warm alcohol remaining. All over the place - this has bittersweet grassy hops in Beautiful Chemistry with chocolate/coffee huge malt and mellowing bourbon. Port-like tones on deep background. Definitely something to seek and savor. More motivation to visit family in the Chicagoland area more often and to bring some back for the cellar. This could even out with a little more time but even now it drinks down much more quickly than anticipated. A classic.

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