RATINGS: 2863   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 417   ABV: 13.9%
"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
2016 - 13.9% 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/23/2012. 12 oz (2012 vintage) bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a wondrously pitch black color. However, theres hardly any head. Any vestiges of a tan-colored head fade quickly and leave almost no lacing. Really, weve got to start talking about alcohol legs when we get to this gravity. And theyre pretty impressive. S: Tons of bourbon, augmented by dark fruits and vanilla. Not much in the way of roasted malts; it pretty much hits on the sweeter aspects of a good imperial stout, rather than the more savory ones. Its really not that boozy for 15%, either. Not the strongest aroma ever (due to the low carbonation), but incredibly evocative. T: Sweet? Yes. Boozy? Yes. The flavor I notice first are stewed plums, raisins, and figs - this has a hell of a dark fruit note to it. Ultimately, it will finish with its trademark bourbon character and vanilla-infused chocolate. A slight note of smokiness will appear after a while. Its warm, yes, but given its gravity, the booze could be a lot worse. Basically, it has the hallmark character of a proper boozy beer - an alcohol character that blends with the flavor profile instead of clashing. This definitely bears a passing resemblance to FW Parabola, only with a lot more in the way of finesse and balance. The only thing missing is some complexity; thankfully, whats there is very enjoyable to savor slowly. M: The finish is ultra syrupy, wet, and sweet. Very creamy in its palate texture, aided by the subtle (at best) carbonation. Some oak tannins come out in the late aftertaste in an attempt to dry the palate a little, but to no avail. This really is the type of beer that sits indolently on the tongue with massive, thick sweetness. You will NOT drink this quickly, so dont even dare - just veg over it for an hour or two and everything will be peachy keen. O: Well, what more can be said? Its a big monster, but with enough deftness and sophistication to help give it a little extra something. On the other hand, there is enough harshness to suggest this needs to lay down in the cellar for a bit. Regardless, this is something everyone should try at least once in their life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MeadGuide38 (4) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2017 does not count
Lekkere stout, goede smaak. donkere smaak. Mooie fles. gedronken op een temperatuur van 7 graden

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
psydtamales (24) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 17, 2017
2015 bottle 13.7% "cellared" at room temp. Poured with a dark brown head that quickly faded. *Needs to warm up* Great chewy mouthfeel, great big aroma of boozy chocolate & brownies. First sips when colder were very woody/tannic but this has faded as it warms up. Still fairly boozy.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PhillyJ (5) - - MAY 6, 2017 does not count
First off if youve never had it and bought a bottle !!!!!STOP!! and put it in the cellar for a minimum of 12 months before you decide if the hype is real because it definitely is. Fresh draft this stout is an amazing treat but as it ages in a bottle it becomes a masterpiece thickening into a bourbon infused thick fudgy motor oil. Variants are good dinosaur barrels are cool but the OG that you let age for as many years as you could stand before you cracked it open is the real treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frudel (236) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2017
Bottle 2016. A black opaque liquid with almost no head. Nose is vanilla, caramel, woody notes and bourbon. Taste is booze, bourbon, caramel, small smoky notes, woody, medium sweetness. The perfect balance between, vanilla, sweetness and bourbon in mouth. Warmth alcohol feeling in the throat remembering us that its 13.9%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dzudohonor (67) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2017
Przepiękny aromat bourbonowej beczki kokos i wanilia, pźniej praliny w czekoladzie, delikatna kawa, zapowiada, że będzie bardzo słodko i tak jest, oleista, gęsta, oblepiająca język faktura, daje smak pełen niuansw wanilii, kokosa, marcepanu, wiśniowych czekoladek bogato i intensywnie, ze świetnie ukrytym alkoholem, lekko rozgrzewającym w przełyku, dość szybko znika ze szkła. Dobre piwo na zwieńczenie majowego weekendu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ronritter (576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2017
on tap vertical flight 13 thru 16 black pour thin tan head aroma of chocolate and booze taste of cherries wood chocolate and vanilla finish is booze definately felt the older was smoother than the newer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Luty (102) - Swiebodzice, POLAND - APR 24, 2017
2015. Słodki Jezusie Pantokratorze. Piękny i bogaty zapach, we wszelkie pyszności i bogactwa takie jak pralinki, bombonierki, czekoladki zalane bourbonem, mleczna czekolada. Gładkie, oleiste, smukłe, gęste, pełne i seksowne ciało. Pełne od mlecznej czekolady, pralinek i bombonierek, czekoladek zalanych bourbonem i szlachetnym alkoholem, ciastem czekoladowym, następnie wchodzi kakaowa polewa i bounty oblane gorzka czekoladką :3 Tu jest naprawdę jak w fabryce Williego Wonki. Alkohol absolutnie niewyczuwalny, piękne, zmienia myślenie o piwach opisanych jako "bourbon barrel aged".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZacM612 (687) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2017
Dark, oily appearance with a very thin beige head. Sweet, boozy aroma, raisin, chocolate. Taste is sweet, vanilla, bourbon. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnbc_chugs_only (3) - - APR 12, 2017 does not count
2015 bottle. Aroma of tart red fruit, maybe infected? Looks like bourbon county, who gives a shit, this is a chug. 500ml chugged in 11s. Doesnt taste infected, fairly smooth if a bit metallic. Low carbonation which is great for a chug. Gagged once. Would chug again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (1050) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - APR 10, 2017
Bottled 2015. Pitch black with small, light brown head. Nice, smooth, rich. Full of chocolate, some biscuits. Moderate to light heavy sweet, with long and stable duration. Moderate to high vanilla, coconut and barrel notes. Moderate to full body, silky and semi-thick texture, soft carbonation. ABV is extremely well hidden here. In overall very rich in bourbon and chocolate imperial stout.

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