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RATINGS: 2827   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pours black with a thin brown head. Aroma is of vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon. Texture is rich and like light syrup. Tastes of apparent bourbon along with vanilla, smoke, caramel, and rather sweet. Very good stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 Bottle... Poured black with a tiny brown head. Aroma of sweet bourbon. Smooth palate and was a little dry. Noticeable bourbon-whiskey and alcohol notes. Roasted malts and a charred character before sweet chocolate came in. Finished with whiskey and sweet, candy sugars.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (2342) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2009
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA, 2008 batch. Jet black, almost solid appearance. Very sweet cocoa aroma, plumb and bourbon (surprise). Thick. Warm and lingering, very smooth initially with a creeping booziness. Very much bourbon infused with everything that comes with it. Quite nice, although the complexity that some other imperial stouts have is taken over by the bourbon. Still very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 2008 bottle. Nose hits you right out of the bottle with sweet and charred notes. The pour is coal black with a fairly small, light brown-dark caramel color, fizzy-frothy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. Finally the nose... certianly potent but not quite complex enough yet; lots of charred oak, vanilla, light bourbon notes, blackstrap molasses, light candied currants, hints at anise and chocolate chip cookies. Flavor is amazing; sweet, rich, dessert-like, and robust, still a bit young. Notes of black strap molasses, lots of candied currants, burnt caramel, sweet vanilla bean, and chocolate chip cookies start the flavor progression but they are immediately followed by lots charred/scorched oak, light anise, a hefty amount of bourbon warmth, light notes of dark roast coffee, and some floral hops moving into the finish. Palate is too carbonated being lively but the full body and the velvety, chewy, nearly oily texture made up for it a bit; more than moderate warmth. Finishes only average length with sweet notes diminishing leaving bourbon, some roast, and light floral hop notes. Lots of mixed emotions in this one; a perfect flavor with so many nice, complementing things going on. However, the forced carbonation hurt the head and the palate, which could have great, the finish died out a bit too quickly, the warmth was nice for a bourbon imperial stout but was a bit too young, and the nose could have been great with a bit more time in the cellar. So, I guess for now I am just going to applaud the flavor in all its complexity and desert-like richness and cellar some bottles; well see what happens in some time.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
flagxj (1) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2009 does not count
12 oz bottle. Very surprised from this twist-off bottle of beer. The beer poured very thick and dark with a dark tan head. I immediately noticed the aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. I enjoyed the aroma so much I almost didnt want to drink it. Once I got around to it, the taste was just as nice. Very sweet and the taste of bourbon and oak finished it off. Very good Imperial Stout. This beer is one of the best I have had.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Big beer. oaky aromas and a smooth acidic palate. Long finish.Almost dill like, probably from the bourbon wood? I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2009
on tap @ Ginger Man NYC. Poured dark black with thin head. Definite bourbon aroma over coffee. Flavour was deep sweet alc and chocolate with a faint fruit and coffee finish. Very good sipper. Kind of remined me of those Jack Daniels chocolates you get around xmas with the booze in them...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 Bottle courtesy of jerrymorrison. Bottled 10/21/08. 13% Abv. Pours a pitch black color with a thin brown head that fades but a couple of swirls brings it back. I gladly spent a lot of time on the aroma; oak, pine, bourbon, sherry, even some dark fruit behind all of that, wonderful scent. Lots of oak, vanilla, bourbon and rum flavors, a little roasty, but not a lot of that as the oak and bourbon shine, with some piney hops and hint of dark chocolate. There is an alcohol bite but its a controlled burn thats soothing and very warm. What an amazing beer. Perfect evening sipper. Thanks again Jerry!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2009
12 oz bottle. Trying to remember what this was like, but it was special enough I think I can remember it. Forewarning: I dont like bourbon. Pours a jet black with a large tan head that lasts. Smells of lots of bourbon (extremely bourbon), and some vanilla (nothing compared to the bourbon). Tastes of straight bourbon, not even like a beer, more like drinking bourbon. It was interesting, as I knew it was a beer, but it was so extreme that I had to think that to drink it all. Surprisingly smooth though. A beer to have, definitely

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Appearance...Its a goddam Imperial stout. Clarity? who gives a shit? Black?...check. Long-lasting tan head?...check. Aroma...Clean bourbon oak. Lots of vanilla, but nothing is really over-the-top...and I mean that in a positive light. Ever so light presence of the soy-like autolysis, but actually not offensive. There is some dark fruit, but its in the background. The chocolate is nice and there is no roast to speak of. Flavor...This is all about balance. There is really nothing out of place at all. just oh-so-smooth chocolate, vanilla and bourbon in nice tight package. Palate...Does a beer of this strength get much smoother. Rich creamy body, but never cloying. Just beautiful. O.I. ..... Quite simply, the finest execution of a 12%+ beer that I have had. Just so smooth and drinkable. Everything in balance, and nothing making my jaw hurt or making me hold back from taking a good haul. If I cant take a good haul...theres something wrong. I just wish I could re-rate all of my other 1002 ratings to be in-line with a beer this good.


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