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RATINGS: 2759   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (1022) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Served on-tap on three separate occasions this year, the last of which being this one at the brewhouse restaurant. A - Pours pitch black with a small half finger tall tan head leaving very tiny trails of lace down the top part of the glass. S - Smells of melted milk chocolate, dark roast, fresh vanilla beans, sweet molasses and plenty of warm bourbon booze. This is simply intoxicating. T - Starts off with a big dose of milk chocolate sweetness slowly giving way to hints of warm vanilla, dark fruit, molasses and dark roast. The bourbon heat is ever present, never really fading away. Finish is sweet with a bit of warm booze, lingering on the palate long after the finish. M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel with lots of residual sweetness and mild booze burn. The alcohol only grows as it sits in the glass. O - Definitely one of the better stouts out there and well deserving of the attention it garners. Worth seeking out if you have the chance. I will get my fill while I can and I hope to see this more often in the future.


4.6
WVHouseofBeer (1106) - 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

4.7
jandorris (835) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 10, 2017
2014. W aromacie sporo kawy, piękna beczka. W smaku sporo alkoholu. Zaznaczony bourbon. Sporo kawy, gorzka czekolada. Generalnie tej wersji dałbym tak 4-4.1. 2015. Ale super jest to piwo. W aromacie praliny czekoladowe, kawa, wanilia, kokos. W smaku cudne praliny, walilia, kokosik. Jest gładkie, wyklejające. Brak alko w smaku. Super/10. Zasługuje na jakieś 4.7 w mojej skali RB. 2016. W zapachu coś niepokojącego. W smaku chyba nawet lepsze niż wersja 2015. Jeszcze gładsze. Pyszne.

4.7
gouipa (12) - GREECE - NOV 10, 2017
Aroma is dark fruits,chocolate,coffee and smoke.Taste is quite the same.Nice color with amazing body.Amazing beer

5
Cool_Bond (2795) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2017
An orgasm of coffee, chocolate and oak in the scent. The taste is heavenly good. Coffee, chocolate and oak barrels. Awesome good aftertaste that fills the whole mouth forever. Understand why this is one of the world's best beers. Perfection! Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

4.8
wondewoman (11) - GREECE - NOV 8, 2017
THE BEST stout on the world Amazing bourbon aroma and taste followed by chocolate coffee and dark fruit taste Appearance is black with huge body

4.6
worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2017
2012 edition- Smokey roasty, smooth. This basically describes the beer. Oak and Worcestershire sauce with wood, cherries, banana, coffee and blackcurrant with a hint of smoked meat. Vanilla and leather elements as well on the nose. The taste is of strong whisky, roasted malt and pomegranate. The potential on this is amazing to see what happens to it.

5
pkomar (529) - Poznan, POLAND - NOV 7, 2017
2014 - loads of barrel influence (vanilla, coconut, leather, wood) along with decent amount of chocolate both in aroma and in taste (even stronger). Smooth, dense, intense and with huge depth. What makes it even better that the depth is created solely by malts and barrel aging. no coffee, no cocoa or spices, yet the flavour and intensity surpass most regular stouts. Very good beer.

4.6
teddybeer (4117) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 4, 2017
2008 Edition. Bottled on: 08/01/08. Batch: 1640.
Enjoyed in International Stout Day 2017
Thanks to fiulijn
Black color, no head, very low carbonation. Aroma with notes of roasted malts, spiced wine, ¿vermouth?; after some minutes we can note that roasted malts dissapear but chocolate hints appear. Flavor is slightly bittery, with a high coffee presence, strong notes of coffee beans..., licorice hints and strong alcoholic presence, perhaps unbalanced, high presence of Bourbon notes. Final is mild bittery with a high presence of alcohol. Dense and creamy mouthfeel.

2011 Edition. Bottled on: 11/11/11. Batch: 1847.
Enjoyed in International Stout Day 2017
Thanks to -I'm sorry but I don't remember his name, he is from Minnesota and I got during his visit to Spain in 2012-
Black color with a small presence of a beige head that quickly dissapears, maintaining a circle on top of beer just close to the glass. Dense while was poured. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, less than 2008 edition, any way the notes of chocolate are more noticeable with a high alcoholic presence. Some minutes after appear some notes of molasses, black ripe fruit and dry figs. Flavor is toasty, roasty, slightly sweet, no cloying, with a light presence of coffee beans, licorice and chocolate malts, its 14.5% of ABV perfectly hidden. Final is slightly bittery with roasted malts, Bourbon notes appear on palate. Creamy and smoothy mouthfeel, very dense.

4.6
Bill Becker (1779) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 2, 2017
From Jan 2008 I got this bottle in a trade with Hoppymeal. Thanks Derek! The only other GI brew that I've had was the Imperial Stout and that one was delicious. Here goes: It pours from 12oz bottle(2007) a very thickish looking pitch black with a small, rapidly receding head of tannish foam but there's some good lacing to be found here. The smell...well, it hit my nose buds as soon as I popped the cap. All sorts of things going on here. Dark fruit, caramel malt, chocolate, vanilla, and, what about that rambunctious nose of bourbon?? The taste is both outrageously tasty but also smooth. Big bourbon notes along with raisins, vanilla, chocolate, a really nice bitter chocolate flavour that adds a nice balance to the sweetness...wow! The mouthfeel is so thick and chewy and it finishes with that bitter chocolate and a good kick of that bourbon. Man. This is some crazy shit and I'm loving it. The abv is slightly noticeable during the swallow and a little more noticeable after the swallow but heck, I still find it very drinkable. I suspect that some aging would make it even more drinkable but I just couldn't wait. ;^) I can see why so many BAs rate this one so highly, like it's special. It truly is. As a caveat, I'm *not* a Bourbon fancier so my loving BCS is all the more impressive. Thanks again, Derek, for another wonderful drop!

4.1
Bif (2344) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2017
On tap. Pours a black color with a faint tan head. Aroma dark fruit, malt, vanilla and hint of bourbon. taste of dark fruit, bit of dark chocolate, roasted malt with trace of vanilla. Mild bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, thick, smooth and creamy with only a hint of the alcohol. Very enjoyable.


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