RATINGS: 2827   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JerryMeritt (8) - Pana, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2016 does not count
Poured 55 degrees into a pint ale glass. Appearance, opaque black almost no head. Aroma, vanilla, sour dough bread, and black licorice. Taste, light sweetness, smoke, and medium dark chocolate. Finish, clean with strong smoke, black licorice, and alcohol. A good stout but the 2016 bottle probably needs stored to mature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enwiebe (309) - - NOV 26, 2016
11/25/16 2105 draft at Sams Quick Shop. 11/26/16 2016 draft at Beer Durham. Not surprisingly, 2105 was rounder with better blended flavor. 2016 had many distinct parts that fought with each other some. As advertised both were huge big beers. Bourbon aging and the booziness were prominent but not overwhelming. Roasted malt backbone was impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crispaire (126) - - NOV 26, 2016
on tap at belmont station. poured black as night. aromatics werent over the top but bourbon, vanilla, and a little woody licorice were discernible. when you take a sip of this magical elixir it just coats your mouth with a slightly oily, viscous sweetness, but well short of being cloying. great carbonation and hides the ABV very well. simply put, one of the most delicious beers ive had...ever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeymike (41) - Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2016
2016 stout on tap and bottle. Tap was 14.4%, bottle was 13.8%. Aroma is bourbon, cherry, chocolate - very satisfying. Pours viscous, oily, and jet black with minimal head. Taste is bourbon up front, followed by a very pleasant lingering chocolate. Also detect notes of vanilla and oak. Mouthfeel is very creamy and luscious, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall a top world class BA stout. It is only slightly behind Bells Black Note for me, but I would still spend my black fridays chasing this instead of shopping - Cheers!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrjaxson (514) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2016
10/16/2008 bottle shared at Thanksgiving in honor of Cubs World Series triumph. Where to start for this 8-year-old? A little fitzzz upon opening let us know there was still a bit of carbonation in this jet-black beauty (but not enough to generate a head). Aroma of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee and booze. It actually made my tongue and lips tingle each time I took another sip. Super heavy body. Long, sweet finish. Excellent. No more this old in the beer cellar, but looking forward to 2012-15 bottles waiting patiently.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerViking (4391) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2016
2015 bottle shared at one year old. Lots of coconut on the nose, plus notes of vanilla and tobacco leaf, and hints of dried fig and old leather. On the palate it is rich and thick, syrupy and drying, with more coconut, touches of cocoa and vanilla. The finish is again cocoa and coconut plus a very dry and sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Svartvit (226) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2016
2014 bottle shared at deansos thanks to RandomStrangerNL! Pours black with a quickly fading tan head. Lots of roasted malts, molasses, bourbon and vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee and some toffee and fudge notes. Very sweet, medium bitter, nice bit of booziness to round it off. Full body with soft carbonation, drinking very smooth with a longlasting finish. Definitely prefer this mellowed out version to the 2015 version I tried last year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mariuspoenari (1929) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2016
2014 bottle shared at deansos thanks to RandomStrangerNL, thanks! Pitch black pour with a thick tan head. Notes of dark fruit, cocoa, chocolate, dark cherries, chocolate. Full body, medium carbonation and a bitter-sweet finish. A world-class beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vasvas (10) - GREECE - NOV 17, 2016
A trully amazing imperial stout! A perfect brew indeed. A thick stout with tons of vanilla, raisin, woody, caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and roasty aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Adamsville (259) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2016
Bouteille 2015, pas infecte. Merci SlovakSniper!
Apparence : Noire, lger col brun fonc sans relle rtention sinon un anneau sur le pourtour du verre, carbonatation faible.
Nez : Riche chocolat, vanille, bourbon, alcool. un point, une image mest venue en tte: un brownie avec des noix grilles dessus!
Got : Entre de chocolat la vanille, assez sucre, bois, bourbon. On a par la suite droit une deuxime vague distincte dans laquelle le chocolat est noir avec une lgre amertume pour contrler le sucre. La finale est assez douce marqu par le malt grill et le fut alcoolis.
Sensation : Plutt dense, effervescence faible, chaleureuse, longueur assez bonne, alcool qui monte au nez (ce nest pas ngatif).
Bref : Je ne rcrirai pas lhistoire en disant quil sagit dune excellente bire! Lquilibre quon trouve entre le chocolat, lamertume, le fut et la prsence thylique ne sont pas loin dtre parfaits. Exemplaires tout le moins. Sil y a un lger dsquilibre, cest en direction du sucre. Celui-ci tend se balancer avec le reste des saveurs et des armes plus la bire se rchauffe.

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