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RATINGS: 2837   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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2009
12oz 2008 bottle. Pours black with a thin mocha head that diminishes into a ring of foam. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and of course chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Flavors are sweet malt, roasted malt, oak, chocolate, and a nice bourbon finish. Plate is thick, rich, and smooth. BCS Warms the soul!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Bottle. Pours deep black with a thin brown head. Looks great, pours mean and appealing. Smells of sweet burnt malts and chocolate. Taste is complex, robust. Subtle notes are picked up with each sip. A treat.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (8616) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle, 2008. Pours near black with a thin tan head. Lots of bourbon sweetness in the aroma. Secondary notes of chocolate and roast. The flavor starts with a heavy hit of bourbon and vanilla sweetness, which yields to roasted malt, coffee, and burnt wood. Slightly over the top, but definitely something Id seek out again in the future.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Justinsvt (9) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2009 does not count
A wonderful beer. Pours thick with little head. But the wonderful blend of chocolate, vanilla, and hint of bourbon make this tastiest stout I have ever tried.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MONZA (18) - Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2009
OMG, I am in love. Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Little carbonation. Heavy oak and chocolate maltyness on the nose. Lots of oak, creamy, Bourbon/Vanilla, very nice chocolate finish. Hint of coffee. It is 13%, but isnt crazy hot like you would expect from such a high ABV. This is the best dang Stout I have ever had. Yes it is $5 for a 355ml bottle, and WELL worth the cost.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ucb2007 (1) - , California, USA - FEB 13, 2009 does not count
This beer is amazing. Pours really thick. I thought I messed up the pour, since I didnt have a ton of head, but it sounds like it doesnt really have a lot. The taste was amazing. For some people, I could see the significant bourbon taste puttting some people off, esp. because of the alcohol floavor that comes along with a bourbon taste. But I love bourbon and beer with a significant bourbon essence. That caramel, vanilla, and woody flavor that comes from bourbon is ever-present with this beer. Its amazing. Love it. Cant wait to buy more and just let it sit in my beer cooler for a few years.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
randolphjj (116) - Raymore, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Can a beer really be worth this much money? Yeah. I think so. Very complex flavor - lots of caramel and oak and vanilla. For me, it rates a bit lower on the palate scale, because its just downright thick. Ive seen Penzoil pour thinner -- but dont let that scare you. Its worth the taste. When the label says, "a cigar cant stand up to it" theyre right. 12 oz. cant possibly hold all that flavor. Its a good one to have your American pilsner fans try -- if youre tired of them drinking all your beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2009
Bottle@Home, vintage 2006. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and tutti frutti aroma. Opaque colour, no head, pours very thick like motor oil. Sweet, chocolate, bourbon, light bitter, vanilla, wood. Cloying mouth feel. Very complex beer, wonderful.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
dumacub (18) - dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2009
This was recommended to me because of my love of stouts. It looked great to the pour, although not much of a head. Sweet tones with coffee and alcohol permeate. From start to finish overpowered by a licorice and alcohol. small hints of coffee and chocolate are completely overpowered by the pungent licorice flavor. dissapointed from start to finish. If you love licorice maybe a different experience.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2011 The full vertical thanks to ygtbsm94! Thanks Brad! 2003, 2005 (2004 was not bottled), 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

2003: rich barleywine notes, thick toffee, raisins

2005: very sweet, oxidized notes, still hot and boozy somehow

2006: thin bodied, lots of vanilla, raisins, dark fruits

2007: sherry, peaty, light-bodied comparatively, pretty spicy

2008: hot, lots of dark chocolate, spicy

2009: boozy, raisins, tobacco very sweet.

Overall this beer always pours the same- relatively flat with no retention and lace. And more often than not this impy is so hot! I mean really insane and a little over the top. Not my style. We took the best batches (03, 06, 07) and blended them to create something that was truly outstanding. Unfortunately, this is a very special occurrence and few will be able to try that blend unless they release BCS Grand Cru at some point.

22oz 2009 aged for a little bit. Holy $&@$ this is unf***ing real. Still pours an inky black with a small temporary head and no lace. Little boozy almost vodka aroma, that eventually moves to bourbon and coconut. Huge maple syrup in the body, lots of toasted coconut, perfectly balance between sweet caramel and coconut with spicy bitterness. Unreal slick, oily, perfect soft palate. No booziness, no warming alcohol. Has more maple than Canadian Breakfast Stout. Really one of the best beers Ive ever had. Unbelievable. 8/17/2010 8/4/9/5/17=4.3

355mL 2008 ed. Consumed with 3+ years of age. Pours with a thick, red head unlike other BCS batches. Small lace. Nose is spectacular: superlative chocolate ganache, walnuts, amaretto, butter pecan, loads of cinnamon, fatty flank steak, banana bread, savory mild soy sauce. Taste is wildly rich and silky with the superlative imperial stout palate: ultra silk, butter reduction, thick and full. In the body, hot chili peppers linger in the finish with mild warming alcohol like a good bourbon or Scotch. Tastes like someone took a really good imperial stout and put it in a red wine reduction to up the intensity and body. Feels like this was made without strike water...as if Bells Expedition was a watered down version of this. Insanely good. 7/11/2011 9/4/9/5/18=4.5


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