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RATINGS: 2775   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
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 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% & 13.8% 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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3.9
Clarkdvm (533) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2017 Bottle in Florida. Lovely dark black pour. Overly sweet aroma. So rich & strong. I felt buzzed halfway through my glass. Great beer but bit too sweet

4.3
KoNrRiI (1657) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2017 0.355 bottle @ Sztamfer Black with a small, tanned head. Aroma of dark malts, dark fruits, marzipan. Taste is sweet, heavy, alcoholic, chocolate. Full, creamy, lively. Finish is long, sweet, and alcoholic. Overall, terrific.

4.3
GregMooreNH (165) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 26, 2017
2017 bottle - 14.1% ABV. Pours thick black with brown, one finger head. Aroma is bourbon, roast and vanilla. Taste is Taste is sweet caramel, brown sugar and vanilla to start, moving to roast and finishing with bourbon. A beautiful, warming and relaxing stout. Elite.

4.2
Beese (3266) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2017
Keg at Goose Island Taproom, Balham. Thick black pour, with no head. Huge aroma of bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, leather, treacle and oak. Strong flavours of espresso, burnt malt, not too sweet vanilla and chocolate, fruit cake and prunes. Really smooth and warming with a big, boozy kick up the ass.

4.5
Maersk (351) - MOLDOVA - NOV 24, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 2017: Dark brown, small coffee head. Rich aroma of wine, fruit, oak. Sweet, full bodied, extremely dense even, roasted, silky, with a hint of cake and alcohol in the end. Didn't feel any bourbon though, but can say it's bad. One of the best imperial stouts I've tried so far.
9-4-9-4-19 = 4.5

2015:Pitch black, small coffee head. Intensive aroma of tar, wine, dark ripe fruit, prunes. Sweet and very dense, chocolate, cake. You can't taste alcohol, but you feel it in every sip. Same as in 2017 - not much boutbon. Extremely rich beer.
9-4-9-3-18=4.3

Looks like I liked 2017 version more due to the density. It seems to be more drinkable and easy going with all the outstanding qualities of perfect imp stout

5
9er (100) - Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2017
This is a perfect beer. It has a velvety chocolate yummy texture that is hard to describe let alone analyze with each sip. The beer is so complex and so appealing as a delicacy. It is midnight black in with it soupy fitness it absolutely appeals to me in my palate. It is rich and robust, with just the right amount of warmth.

4.3
dropi6 (657) - POLAND - NOV 24, 2017
dark, Intense barrel, fruits, bourbon, chocolate, cacao, wood, vanilla, syrupy, coconut. Very sweet, heavy body, oily. Superb!

4.5
WingmanWillis (423) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2017
Free sample from bottle at Ghost Whale. 2015 vintage. Jet black with a small dirty tan head. Aroma is a big chocolate and molasses base with coffee, coconut and bourbon. Taste is really complex with lots of chocolate, molasses then the bourbon kicks in with a mellow boozy zing then more chocolate and a little coconut and coffee. Really thick and viscous. Lovely stuff.

5
jonnyguns (1106) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2017
On tap at Dutch Trading Company. Pours black motor oil with minimal beige head. Nose is heavy bourbon, molasses and dark fruit. Taste is fucking sensational. Layers of dark chocolate, balsamic vinegar, vanilla and dark fruits. Really well balanced. I feel privileged to be consuming this beer in Australia. Yours sincerely, Jonnyguns. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
WVHouseofBeer (1107) - West Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2017
I don't know if this is the best Imperial Stout I've had but it's up there. Aromas bursting with smoke, dark fruit, molasses, cocoa and bourbon. Pours black with a big frothy tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Complex flavors of wood, smoke, dark fruit, vanilla. The high ABV provides a nice warmth. Mild bitterness at the end. Low carbonation with an oily body. A very expensive beer but it lives up to the hype


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