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RATINGS: 2803   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
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 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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4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bwa5879 (909) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: APR 13, 2015 2012 12oz from a 4-pack from Bacchus liquor Kalamazoo. Pitch black thick pour into snifter. Had a brown sheen reminiscent of a dark stained mahogany. Head was very dense and dark brown, inch high at first and settled to an eighth inch within a minute. Sweet and malty scent-foremost aroma of brown sugar, perhaps some molasses and complex fruits/berries like date, raisins and currants as well (a little bourbon-like nose tingle too). Thick, syrupy mouth feel, very little carbonation. Bitterness at first, strong , almost spicy flavors/feelings of bourbon with oak, vanilla and strong cherry or raisin just slightly. Strong smoky vanilla and bourbon finish that did not leave my mouth very dry. Cant wait to try one of this vintage cellared. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerandhockey8 (365) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - DEC 4, 2016
From 22oz bottle to snifter, 2016 vintage. Pour is an intense black, thinner tan head that dissipates quickly. Large notes of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, molasses, booze. Taste is sweet with touches of bitter, heavy body. Oily mouthfeel with a lingering warmness from the alcohol. Unreal beer. The complexity is outstanding. Already looking forward to the 2017 batch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (960) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2016
2016 bottle poured into a snifter showing pitch black with no head. The nose shows a lightly sweet caramel note permeates through the center surrounded by strong alcoholic bourbon presence. The palate is full bodied, thick, sticky and oily with a light carbonation. Moderate sweetness appears on the mid-palate but mostly calm and clean bourbon through out - smoke, vanilla, and charred wood. Despite a strong ABV, it doesnt become apparent until the finish which leaves a pleasant alcoholic spicy warmth. I can definitely see why this did so well

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rederic (3270) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2016
2016, 13,6%, dark brown black color, with a dark beige head, with a light boozy bourbon oak barrel, subtle maple syrup, fruity roasted, black, toasted malty nose, with a faint molasses, toffee, light coffee, burnt toast accent, and a mild vanilla, subtle burnt fruitcake, burnt toast note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a warmth bourbonish, vanilla, subtle grated coconut, chocolate character, with some sweet fruity roasted, black, chocolate, toasted malty, faint toffee, molasses, coffee flavours, leading towards a warming smooth bourbonish, vanilla, coffeeish, chocolatey, lingering sweet fruity roasty maltiness finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thisis12ptfont (1121) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 2, 2016
Aromas of massive bourbon, chocolate, dark cocoa, toffee, figs, raisins, dark malts, leather, caramel, vanilla, hints of toasted coconut and oak. Pours pitch black with a thin brown rim and noticeable alcohol legs. Taste brings thick chocolate, dark malts, toffee, chocolate syrup, cocoa nibs, dark chocolate upfront. Mid palate offers heavy bourbon, barrel wood, vanilla and faint coconut. Finishes heavily boozy with complex dark malts, chocolate, fudge, malt syrup, figs and caramel. Overall, what else is there to say? Its a legendary beer for a reason. Always a treat. A+ rating.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (2660) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Bottle from Kroger. Black, thick, and oily with a very tiny short-lived tan head. Very smooth. Aroma of roast, whiskey barrel, and a hint of cocoa and dark fruit. Very rich chocolaty roasty taste with a light woodines. Excellent stout for sure, and no complaints, but not quite as bold as Id hoped.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1540) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Why I found a bottle of this sitting alone on a shelf at my neighborhood Kroger will forever baffle me. Pours black with a dark tan head, cascading slippery lace. Aroma of wood, smoke, bourbon, cherry, licorice and chocolate.... Inviting enough. Super creamy and full on the tongue.... But still some pleasant carbonation. Heavy on the bourbon, you can taste the age in this beer... Chocolate covered cherry, vanilla, nice lactose edge wrapped it up. Quick burn as it slides down. No medicinal notes like you often get in beers like this... barely boozy. World class, but not top 50 in my opinion.

4.9
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enwiebe (308) - - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crispaire (100) - - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeymike (10) - - 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!


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