RATINGS: 2873   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 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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nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2009

Source: 2007, 12 oz bottle from Kelleher’s Irish Pub in Peoria.
Appearance: Poured pitch black with absolutely no head.
Aroma: Dominated by bourbon and dark chocolate. Alcohol present in the nose as well.
Flavor: Bourbon and alcohol, with notes of chocolate.
Palate: Full body with no carbonation and a slick, chewy mouthfeel.
Overall: I was iffy on this one. While this was an excellent, over the top brew, I really didn’t enjoy it enough to drink one again any time soon. 12 oz is too much for me.

faroeviking (10910) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 27, 2009
Botella at Ølbaren, Cph. Pith black. Sweet dark fruity alco aroma. Very sweet roasty dark fruity flavour with bourbon and liquirice. Quite sweet roasty bourbon alco finish. Thick alco roasty sweet brew.

SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2009 12oz bottle. Black with a bit of foam at first but no lasting head. The aroma is pretty much straight bourbon, with a light dark chocolate accompaniment. Thick and slick with low, fine carbonation. Lots of bourbon, wood, alcohol, and dark chocolate flavors. The alcohol is relatively smooth, but very present. I can dig this a little bit, but it seems to be intense just for intensity’s sake. The bourbon runs the show for sure. (7,3,7,4,14)

Rerate: 12oz bottle--2008 release. hardly any head on a aggresive pour. Red edges around an almost solid black body. Smooth bourbon and german chocolate cake aroma. Thick as a cake too, with low carbonation. Almost chewable. This release has smoothed out a bit with just over a year of age in the bottle at this point. Much better than I remember, with rich chocolate and bourbon, but much less burn. Still sweet as hell with plenty of alcohol, but more rounded at this point. Still like a bourbon chocolate dessert that you don’t want to drink much more than half a small bottle of, but I can really see the appeal of this one now. Deserves a few more points, though it’s still just not drinkable enough to be a top stout for me.

ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - APR 25, 2009
Bottle - toasted bourbon barrel aroma with hints of brown sugar. Has a strong bourbon flavor, alcohol is prevalent (13%). Syrupy dark flavors of licorice, chocolate and heavy caramel. Smooth considering the alcohol content, but a tad too much bourbon flavor to really love for me.

Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2009
Pours an oily, dark black with a little tan head along the edges. Aroma has a very pronounced bourbon presence, some plum fruitiness, light chocolate, vanilla and some light smokiness round out the rest of the smells. Flavor is very complex beginning with bourbon, vanilla and chocolate, the flavors then move into a prune fruitiness in the middle and ends with a moderate chocolate and coffee bitterness. There is a strong alcohol presence but not as strong as I would of expected with a 13% ABV. The beer is very thick and oily feeling in your mouth. Overall a very nice beer and one that really exemplifies what this style can do and what variation there can be within this style.

Pinball (12145) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 25, 2009
33cl bottle dark brown , small light brown head. oak, sugar, sweet, dark fruits. flavor is sweet licorice, whisky, faint dark fruts.

hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Black, black pour with a thin tan head. Definitely some vanilla, coffee and some caramel sweetness that seems to hide the alcohol. Smells delicious. Bourbon, dark chocolate, oak, slight pine at the end and minimal burn from the alcohol. BIG beer. The flavors really come out as the beer warms, very complex. Remarkable.

TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2009
12 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Shoreline, WA (2008 vintage). Poured into a brandy snifter....I can’t even call this one dark brown...it’s definitely black. Also, there was minimal head when I poured it, bit it was a dark brown. Aroma: Roasted malt, coffee, and smoke. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with a hint of tobacco and bourbon (duh). I usually don’t care for stouts, but this one is awesome,

italarican (1550) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 Beautiful dark pour with little head. Very strong bourbon smell, almost to the point of questioning whether I had beer or whiskey in my glass. Has some spice to it, but the bourbon flavor dominates. This is probably best for beer lovers who also enjoy whiskey or whiskey lovers who also enjoy beer, but it’s probably a bit much if you’re not a fan of both.

DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2009
Talk about powerful. I would have given this beer a higher rating, but it was influenced by personal taste. For the style it was done well. The bourbon flavor was a bit much though. Tons of roasted malt flavor with a chocolate sweetness. Finished strong, almost too strong. Tasted this one for an hour.

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