RATINGS: 2803   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
"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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamvin23 (162) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2009
An excellent beer from a local brew pub. I try to enjoy it as often as possible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kennydiaz (356) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robertjm (857) - Albany, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Lot’s of sediment in bottle. At first pours zero head, though it does foam up to about a quarter inch in height, albeit falling fairly quickly. Absolutely wonderful bourbon aromas when sticking nose deep in the glass. Flavors of brown sugar, cherry and vanilla. Not necessarily tasting the smoke, but that doesn’t matter as its fantastic as is. Body is just heavy enough on the tongue. Any thinner and it would have lost its charactor. Any thicker and it would have been a chore to drink. Only slightly warming on the palate. May just have to go back to Ledger’s and pick up a four pack to put away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianprentiss (699) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Very stout, very imperial. The alcohol is right up front and this beer tasted a little too much like bourbon and a not quite enough like stout. It is good, and complex, but as such, I’m not really enthralled by it. Bottle from Ledger Liquors Berkeley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2012 12oz bottle, 2005 vintage from 08/16/2005, nose is HUGE pour is nice and black only letting light in on the edge, but the taste is hot alcoholic and smoke, there is some redemption here though, vanilla and oak like a good bourbon.. nice but just too much for me... And man, its still packs a punch 12oz bottle, 2011 vintage. Still a black oil beverage but now im much more accustomed to the -BAL movement.. much better this go round..smoother more balanced, I prefer it fresh i suppose.. would probably go 3.8 overall if rated again. 12oz bottle 2011 vintage on 12/11/12 the barrel still dominates and the sweetness is really striking now, quite tasty but man it still is punchy at 14% probably 3.7 if rerated, point minus for alcohol burn

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dalekliz (912) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2009
2008 Bottle. Pours a deep, inky black with a tan head that fades to a ring. Rich aroma of bourbon, sweet malt, molasses, wood, and alcohol. Intense taste, of bourbon, wood, malt, dark fruits, molasses, an alcohol bite, and some chocolate at the end. Lingering bourbon and wood flavors. Very rich and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ghawener (1571) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JAN 2, 2009
bottle: 2008 vintage. Second of 09 after a great new year tasting. this one has character, potent, whisky, wood, smokey. drank with rcasta and ramenen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2008
2008 vintage on December 31, 2008. Well, before its aroma attacked me from an arms length my first impression was how much this resembled dirty oil. Thats a good sign. Its small, perfectly shaded head could only be improved by being a *little* larger. But Im still scoring its appearance a 5. Now, back to its aroma. This sucker is potent. It makes the whole room glisten in aromatic nirvana the moment you pop the cap. Its smell... like you opened a bottle of bourbon. It has awesome alcoholic fumes, heavy enough to really grab you by the heart and pull you down into its grave of tasty dreams. Sweet, sticky, and oh so warm. Something in this almost reminds me of a triple bock... but its so much better. Simply amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (8757) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle. 2008 Vintage. Black beer with ruby highlights and a small tan head. Bourbon and chocolate aroma over rich malt. Rich malt flavor with bourbon, light roast, vanilla, and ccaramel. Fuller bodied. Malt and brown sugar lingers with bourbon and vanilla. Very nice, Complex and nicely balanced. Alcohol present and lingers in a comfortable sipping beer way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gar4016 (24) - , Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2008
This was a nice sipper for me. Pours almost black with head that dissipates quickly. This seems thick and leaves a thin layer of itself on the glass wherever it’s been. Smells like.... hmmmm.... Bourbon.... lots of it, roasted malts, vanilla, some cherry and chocolate. Tastes very yummy, starts with Bourbon, very strong and somewhat alcoholic. Flavor continues complex at mid palate with various notes of chocolate, some coffee, roasted malt, a general wood feel. Ends with a good stout roastiness that lingers in your mouth. Overall the bourbon is very prominent but doesnt overpower the complexities in the rest of the stout. This will probably cellar very well!

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