RATINGS: 2858   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Great beer. I almost passed this one up when I saw it was a goose island brew. Pours blacker than coal looks very thick like motor oil. Very minimal, quickly diminishing, dark brown head. Slight bourbon nose with molasses. Roasty, bourbon chocolate taste with a hint of caramel. Complex beer with an almost warm, creamy finish. Definitely one of the best beers i have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
From the bottle, pours thick and black like 10W-40 motor oil, with a very small tan foamy head. Deep and rich aroma of dark malts with a hint of alcohol and a smoothness from the oak barrels. Taste is equally strong and rich, thick malts, some brown sugar/molasses, a bit of bourbon, a hint of alcohol, and a lightly bitter bite in the aftertaste. Thick and incredibly smooth, this is a pretty fantastic beer, though I’d be hard pressed to drink more than two at once.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1678) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 7, 2017 Pours pitch black, with absolutely zero head. From a 12-inch center pour, there was a thin patch of bubbles that dissipated immediately. Leaves an incredibly thin ring of bubbles around the edges of the top. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, molasses and a slightly funky note... the flavor? Wow. Ive *never* tasted anything that so magnificently soaked up the flavor of the barrels in which it was aged. It tastes like bourbon. Honest to God. Chocolate, but seriously? Mostly bourbon. Just amazing - like I poured a shot of Knob Creek into a glass of Old Viscosity, and let it sit for a year. What a distinctive flavor. Palate is wonderful, flavor is fantastic. Couldnt have expected more. UPDATE: This remains a wonderful beer, despite the IB-AB acquisition (was worried the increased production would do bad things), but the booziness shows more than I remembered, and the sheer novelty of a brew with quite so much barrel character has worn off. Knocking a few points.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KI9A (9) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2009 does not count
Oh hell, I need more of these to survive daily life. Sampled this in a neat, Michelob Ultra Amber tulip glass. Might need to acid erase the name from it next time. A: Dark as Coke, very little head. Very cool watching the foam, on the glass, at beer level, turn from tan, to black as you set th glass down. S: Bourbon dominates. Backed up by dark fruits. Just plain soothing to smell. T: Obvious bourbon. Like white/vanilla chocolate, filled with bourbon. Very sweet. M: Sticky, coats everything. Lick you lips after a drink, and you can feel the stickyness. Smooth, creamy. Great. D: Well, been awhile since I got the mid-chest, alcohol burn from a beer. Sitting here, taking notes to review, while sipping this much like a bottle of decent craft-bourbon. At 13%, this will put your lights out, quick. Beers like this, always restore my faith in the "craft" part, of craft beer. A true "craftsman" created this beer. Men Like Greg from GI, and Dan, from New Glarus, are true craftsman.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Wow! 12oz bottle, 2008. 52 deg F. Rich,sweet, not much of a head. Superb silky mouth feel. Malty with a great hops kick. Thanks to Gary, who brought me this from Chicago.

   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 (358) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robertjm (885) - 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 (700) - 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

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