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RATINGS: 2849   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2009
bottle poured a super black color with a thin wisp of brown head and a still appearance. aroma is hearty, molasses, brown sugar, burnt barrel, rich bourbon, vanilla, and toasted coconut. mouth feel is super thick and the carbonation fairly low. the flavor is initially crushing with some undeniable alcohol heat. then emerges thick chocolate malt, lots of sweetness, charred barrel, bourbon burn, and some bitterness. perfect setting sitting back sipping this by the fire watching the snow pile up outside.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2009
On tap at the Ginger Man in NYC: Its hard not to begin gushing about this one right off the bat, but Ill begin with a quick description: Pours to a a deep dark black with a seriously hot aroma. The bourbons here from the get-go. Smoke, caramel, chocolate and a bit of deep vanilla. Lots On the palate its smokey, deep, complex and, as you might guess, pretty bourbon-y. This is one hell of a beer. Give it a try.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BVery (10050) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 TAP: pours jet black, nose is rich, smokey, bourbon, a little caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, and its awesome. Fantastic beer - one of the best all-time! Oily palate and the alcohol is a bit warm.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Pour a pitch black with a small head which disappers over time. nice aroma of bourbon, coffee, and choclate. intial flavor is that of a fine bourbon, with chocolate and coffee notes. mouthfeel is oily and sweet. the bourbon flavor in this beer really makes a unique beer that is full of flavor. this is a craft beer and whiskey drinkers best friend. overall. a excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2009
After first spotting the Bourbon County Stout on ratebeer, I had to wait almost a year before I got my hands on one (and I even went to the Goose Island brewery in Chicago--it was out that day!). Well, when I finally drank this highly-anticipated beer, it was one of those rare occasions when all good things in life converge and the soul feels at peace. Whatever, I was feeling in love that night, so I had goo-goo eyes for everything, but I can honestly say that this beer was fantastic. The bourbon smell and taste really hold up, and you cant argue with 13%. Hell, I cant argue with anything about this beer. Tops!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - FEB 26, 2009
Thanks to ghawener. Drank it at El Flor for New Years Eve. Wow. Talk about a potent brew. Take it easy and slowly with this one. More like a port wine than a stout. Extremely sweet, caramel, not very smoky or peaty. Yes is more like a dessert wine.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2011 12oz bottled 10/8/08 from Archer Liquors. Pours a very thick, jet black, with a whispy dark chocolate brown head that quickly fades leaving no lace. aroma came blasting from the glass with big, oaked bourbon notes up front that slowly mellow into roasted coffee, chocolate, and smoke. on the first sip...wow. this is a massive brew. starts out like the first sip of Woodford Reserve with flavors of oak, vanilla, and burnt grain. Flavors of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, and a hint of sweetness balance the bourbon flavors beautifully. Flavors are quite complex and with a lasting bourbon finish. Palate is full bodied, thick, and velvety smooth and a substantial warming quality making this a great winter stout. Overall, one of the best stouts Ive ever had and perfect if youre a beer geek who also happens to enjoy quality bourbon. *re-rate* 2010 edition - wow, this brew really is just incredible. the bottle brings beautful notes of buttercream frosting, toffee, and more sweet vanilla to the forefront balancing the perfectly smooth, spicy bourbon. the dark chocolate notes are much more prominent on the back end making this bottle as decadent as they get. just awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2009
2006 vintage Pours black with a few brown bubbles. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla and roasted malts. Flavor is much the same with added hints of chocolate and smoke.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
budallpro (20) - , Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle of 06. Pours black with thin brown head. Loaded with bourbon flavor throughout. With hints of vanilla, burnt malts. Overall taste is very complex. Enjoyed sipping it slowly.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2009
12 oz bottle (vintage 2007) at Stockholm Beer Festival 2008. Pitch black with small head. Strong sweet and perfumed bourbon aroma with vanilla, salty licorice and dark chocolate. Rich sweet chocolate and bourbon flavor with vanilla, salty licorice and some grainy notes. Some coffee and charcoal towards finish. Very warming. Good strong bourbon character but not overpowering.


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