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RATINGS: 2838   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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4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
julian (30) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2013
First time having this in quite some time (we dont get this in WA anymore). Viscous and black with a very minimal dark chestnut colored head that quickly retreats leaving nothing but a wisp of light tan colored film on the surface. Aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, light roasted malts, dark fruit (prune, fig), some toffee/caramel and light ethanol (for 15% ABV this is insanely impressive...as its barely detectable). Taste is incredible...and complex! Dark fruit, vanilla, coconut, toffee, some underlying roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon...lots going on here! It feels almost slightly "chewy", but drinks very easily despite the complexity and high ABV. Leaves a sweet, chocolately aftertaste. This is a superb bourbon barrel imperial stout. Wish I had more!


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MCShann (11) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2017
Oh my word! This is a heavy, thick concoction! If bourbon barrel ages stouts are your thing, THIS is going to rock your world. Just short of motor oil, this stout pulls every bit of flavor from the barrel. And at 14% is is likely to kick you in the legs too!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nealblind (1770) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2017
2015 edition consumes 2.2017 Opaque pour, tan foam. Aroma raisins, molasses. Tastes clean milky caramel. Some woodiness. Nice light carb. The abv is very smooth. Id think it was more like 9%. Respectable and good but I see little reason to try it twice.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BrewSensei4 (11) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - FEB 20, 2017
Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, and roasted malts, taste is amazing, huge bourbon, vanilla , oak and coffee, taste really hides the abv well! Not sure it gets much better.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (2025) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2017
Good and a landmark beer. Smooth beer with a dark brown color and small. Hints of chocolate and toast.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fiery_1 (584) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2017
Backlog Beer Rating
500ml bottle @ home. Bottled Oct 11, 2016
Pours an opaque dark brown with a small brown head. Nose is chocolate, bourbon, dark fruits, with a slight vanilla note. Flavour is rich and smooth, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits. Full bodied and delicious.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DwarfeD (3160) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2017
500ml bottle shared at home (2015 edition). Pitch black with almost no head. Full body with low carbonation. Insanely well balanced sweet and bitter tones, very smooth moothfeel. Roasted malts, bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, subtle coffee and spices. Amazing!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
klm1 (1294) - Bled, SLOVENIA - FEB 3, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2017 RELEASE 2015: bottled on 8th november; 14,3% abv.: pours black oily color, clear, with foamy brown head, which immediately transforms to a ring around the glass. aroma: intense bourbon aroma, very gentle, not harsh presented and at the same time supported with roasted, dark malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffe, chocolate, chocolate cake, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, tobacco, port wine,...Flavor: Intense malt flavor, with notes of chocolate, espresso coffee, vanilla, molasses, hint of cinnamon, supported with gentle note of bourbon, vanilla, oak. finish is sticky dry, body is full texture soft, carbonation is low, alcohol note is gentle hidden, but evident. I would give it a score 5, but I got only one bottle of this imps. But for sure is f...goooooooood, Damn!!!!!!! OVERALL SCORE FOR 2015: 8-5-10-5-19=4.7. RELEASE 2014 in City beer in SF, betwen 20-24th january 2017 from 0.12oz. Bottle: Pours oily black, slightly clear, with foamy brown head. All components in aroma-flavor were perfectly balanced, bourbon note gentle but still noticeable, body full, texture super smooth, carbonation low. OVERALL SCORE FOR 2014 RELEASE: 9-5-10-5-18=4.7. RELEASE 2016 from Heatlhy spirits, SF: this year 13.8% abv. Very similar components to release 2015. 2016 RELEASE SCORE: 8-5-9-5-18= 4.5

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
john44 (2660) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Draft Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2010, Parsons Green, London in July 2010 - Pitch Black in colour. Viscous, syrupy. Very very Malty; roasty/burnt malts, lots of chocolate, lots of coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, charred oak, vanilla, smoke. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins. Hoppy; slightly spicy hops. Sweet roast malty, chocolate and coffee. Wonderfully warming. Alcohol very evident; not too surprisingly it is Bourbon. Great stuff. Truly, a Stunning Beer! (2010-07)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TimE (5421) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 30, 2017
Pitch black color. Dark brown head. Pours like motor oil. Heavy nose of bourbon, dark chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt. Very full body, but hides that ABV beautifully. This is definitely a sipper and a good winter beer. Velvety smooth mouth feel with good bourbon, chocolate and roasted malt notes. Modestly sweet, but never too much and never too cloying. Very well integrated. Smooth bourbon and chocolate finish. A benchmark for sure.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkujon (83) - POLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Butelka wersja 2016. Deugstacja @ DobryZbeer Co te piwo to ja nawet nie! Kolejny piwny gral zdegustowany. Faktura piwa jest gładka, kremowa i mega oleista. Po otwarciu butelki buchają aromaty czekolady, kawy, wanilii i kokosa. W ustach mega wyklejające i słodkie. Mistrzostwo!


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