RATINGS: 2849   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quake1028 (636) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2007
2007 Vintage
12oz bottle courtesy of Gillard. This one has eluded me for quite a while for various reasons, so I was super excited to try it. Motor oil looking black pour, glugs and glops out of the bottle. Smallish dark mocha-tan head, very bubbly and loosely formed. Nice retention and sheet lacing. On the nose the bourbon is very apparent, along with dark chocolate, raisins, malts, coffee beans, licorice, and some fusel alcohol. Its actually not super apparent, even at 13%, which is a nice surprise. Very chewy and chalky, tastes like a chocolate brownie with a huge kick of alcohol mixed in. Dark malts, raisins, bourbon, bakers chocolate and tart fruits are present as well, adding to the mix. Wonderful mouthfeel, just how I want a beer of this style to be. Almost have to chew this one to get it down, which is perfect. Finish is boozy, sweet chocolate and fruits, and extremely lengthy. Very warming as a result of the ABV, but its really quite masterfully kept in check throughout the range of the beer. Masterpiece.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
llyons37 (23) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Immediately hits you with a smell of bourbon and has a very dark black color. No head to speak of. Finishes with a bourbon flavor and is very strong. Excellent beer, just cant have too many of them.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chicagobears (463) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours a still midnight black with a beige tinge around the edge. One hell of a nose with bourbon, burnt oak, and vanilla. The coffee flavor comes through more in the flavor, smoky, rich, and oily. The flavors really stick. A burning bourbon flavor. Vanilla, coconut and cocoa swirling together....think Almond Joy. This is the tastiest stout I have tried. This will certainly become an annual event. Bravo Goose Island!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Aroma of bourbon, oak, and malt. Pours an engine oil black with no head. Little carbonation. Flavor of bourbon, strong malt, oak, and light hops. Alcohol is well hidden but still felt with a warm stomach. Took me an hour to finish the beer. Great sipping beer and is well worth the $20 a 4-pack.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottled on 08/16/05. Pours a deep dark slick black with almost no light escaping and a small but lasting orangey tan head and good lace. Aroma is intense with bourbon- oak vanill ahints, lots of chocolate and coffee with some burnt notes and syrupy molasses sweet. Flavor is also very sweet with lots of bourbon and barrel oakiness to it- tons of tacky sticky tar- licorice root- molasses. Very big full flavor - very sweet and full of bourbon but the alcohol is in check.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle from Secret Santa. Wow. Pours an oil like black. Thick & murky. Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon. Alcohol listed @ 13%. Phenominal beer. Bourbon doesnt dominate but adds a great dimension to this beer. Beautiful full mouthfeel. Lived up to the high expectations & that is rare

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle. Year 2007. Thick black pour with a very, very minimal head which dissolved right away into a light brown ring around the top of the beer. So black, it looks like a strong pot of coffee that was brewed then poured back into the coffee maker and brewed again through new grounds. Initial smell of caramel, lots of roasted malt, wood and a hint of smoke. Upon tasting, the first word that came out of my mouth was, WOW. I cant think of a better word to describe what I experienced in one sip. The vanilla flavor becomes more apparent upon tasting. It doesnt just coat the tongue, it coats the entire mouth. Very smooth with a nice finish. Since I dont smoke cigars, I decided to try this with a cigarette. The cig only distracted away from the palate. I am not a fan of Goose Island as a brewery, but I am impressed by this beer. Still prefer the barrel aged yeti though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dansting (222) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle. Poured a thick black color with a light brown head. Terrific strong aroma of malt and bourbon. Mouthfeel is tremendous. Flavor is a nice blend of chocolate, malt, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. This is a very solid beer, maybe even worth the $18 a four-pack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
10th Columbus Tasting (Christmas 2007). Aroma of vanilla malts and bourbon: a little oiley on the tongue, yet the taste of thick molasses. Smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Bottle shared by nolankowal at Columbus Tasting 10. THANKS JOHN. I have wanted to try this for a while and he was kind to share it with us. I LOVED THIS BEER!! I am not a fan usually of the barrell aged beers, but this one is done very well. Alcohol was well hidden and beautifully blended. I could drink this beer frequently.

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