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RATINGS: 2875   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 417   ABV: 13.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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 it’s a great cigar beer, but I haven’t yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it." Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBU’s 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

Editor’s 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. It’s essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.

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4.1
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Poured dark espresso with thin head. moderate retention, little lacing. Smells of bourbon tastes of bourbon super hot, warming, but incredibly well executed.

4.4
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours black and oily with a thin tan head. The aroma is of bourbon and roast malt with vanilla notes. The flavor has very apparent bourbon, but it doesn’t overwhelm the big roast malts and the coffee and vanilla accents. It’s full bodied and very tasty. I’d vote for dialing back the bourbon just a little bit, but it’s an excellent brew.

4.6
greco (41) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2009
This became my favorite beer of the moment when I had this on tap in a Chicago tap room. This is so smooth, incredibly complex, with an alcohol content that isn’t overpowering. The bourbon strikes a perfect balance with the malts. You have to try this.

4.8
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2009
WOW. Pours jet black with a great foam ring that lasts. Aroma is over the top coffee, sugars, and dried up fruit. Flavor is amazingly alcohol and sweet at the same time. A bit thin, prob because of the 13%, but still WOW!

4.2
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Whew, nice re-rate here....see below for original 2008 (4.3) rating: 12oz 2009 bottle pours like motor oil with a thin cola-colored head. Nose is heavily oaken and boozy. Bourbon seems even more pronounced this year, probably because the bottle is young. Somewhat brutal and unrefined this year, had to knock down the overall by a point. 12oz 2008 bottle pours an intense light-devouring black with virtually no head. HUGE aroma of raisins, oak, and alcohol. 13% listed on label comes through clearly in both the nose and the back of the throat. Big flavors, almonds, smoke, and finishes more like a nice Glenlivet than bourbon!

4
jonno (2762) - JAPAN - MAY 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009 Solid black pour with tan head. Nose of raisins, smoke, slight bourbon. As it warms the bourbon becomes more pronunced. Medium full body. Lots of alcohol. Sticky and sweet, perhaps overly so. Well done but a case in point where a little goes a long way.

4.6
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12 oz. bottle (2008), poured into a snifter. A truly huge beer. Ar: Could smell it from an open bottle two feet away. Strong chocolate, smoke and vanilla w/ underlying oak and nutmeg. Ap: Viscous pour w/ a tiny Cinnamon head. Dense black w/ caramel around the edges. Fl: Raisins, plums, burnt sugar, oaky vanilla and excellent Bourbon. Dark chocolate at the back of one’s mouth, finishing silky milk chocolate. Pa: Silky, like a truffle. Leaves a warming alcoholic burn like a fine Bourbon- lovely.

4.3
hirigalzkar (3169) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle. L: Black. A: Bourbon. Sweet: chocolate, caramel, cream, vanilla etc. T: Oaky. Vanilla, chocolate, light smoke. Vinous in finish.O: Just super! Shut up and drink!

5
phish1997 (3) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2009 does not count
Best stout i have ever had.Thick black and complex,bourbon,vanilla,carmel. Great beer to warm up a cold night.

4.1
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
12oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. 2008 bottle, brews pours midnight black with zero head. Tons of bourbon, vanilla, oak and heavily burnt malts. Flavor is very big and full of Vanilla, bourbon and some chocolate. I’m gonna pick up a four pack of this and let it age for sure.


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