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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout is meant to show our immense gratitude to our neighbors here in Chicago – the loyal and adventurous fans whose support helped bring Bourbon County Brand Stout to towering new heights. Each year this release will differ from the previous year; a special variant created for Chicago and unique to the year it was released. Whether your first sip is today or was from that first batch in 1992, thank you for lifting us up on your big shoulders and joining us every year to celebrate the original bourbon barrel aged stout.

2013 variant - Rye Whiskey Barrels with Toasted Coconut

Added by MasterSki on 03-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TampaRainman
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There was no real coconut to speak of here--I suspect that ship has long since sailed--
but it still tasted chocolatey, rich, velvety thick and delicious.

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Photo of seedyone
4.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum West, NYC. Lucky me. I guess they sandbagged some after retirement.

I am a huge Goose Island BCS fan & it's a real treat to get to travel back in time without having to deplete the cellar.

The most outstanding element is he lack of any alcohol burn whatsoever. That being said, some might find the intensity of flavors & the texture to be too 'big'.

I think it would be unfair to superimpose my personal preferences on this unique brew but I will strongly encourage anyone with the slightest curiosity to experience this if the opportunity arises.

You're welcome.

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Photo of NYC-IPAnAPA
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

!Been wanting to open this bottle for a while, and hosting a small whale share over the weekend was the perfect excuse. I absolutely love coconut stouts and this is by far the best one I have had so far. Pours jet black, minimal lacing. Smell is incredible and intoxicating, worried that some of the coconut would have started to fade, but there is absolutely no need to worry. Coconut bomb here, and it's delicious natural tasting coconut. Split with two other people which is the perfect amount, because at the end, it starts to become too sweet. The only terrible thing about this beer is that it was only made once.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coconut and black chocolate with some bourbon and some vanilla notes. Taste is a complex and satisfying mix of vanilla and bourbon with some black chocolate with just the right amount of coconut. Quite a bit of residual sugar notes but not overly so. Body is full with nice creamy body and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Such a shame that this was only brewed once.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.72/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a trade with a non-BA member. Sampled on December 26, 2015.

Dark brown to near black pour with a lingering tan head.

The aroma is rich with Bourbon liquor, dark fruit, chocolate, and earthy hops.

Big full body but smooth.

The taste tends to bring out a milk chocolate sweetness along with a boozy character and a mildly bitter finale. This gets high ratings for a reason.

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Photo of sembo
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled sample. Friend's pour had a chunk of coconut floating in it. Slightly thinner body than I've experienced with standard BCBS. Big chocolate flavors present as it warms. Not much coconut on the taste anymore. Still a fun beer to tick, but seems like it's fallen off a bit.

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Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.98/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black, slight khaki head, smell is all chocolate, coconut, and bourbon, ....taste is thick, creamy coconut and bittersweet chocolate with just the right amount of bourbon to enhance it all, and not too sweet like backyard and others...... A crazy good liquid mounds bar!

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Photo of mothman
4.64/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black with tan head. The coconut on this beer is perfect. It had every thing I love in bourbon county stout and then more. Vanilla and oak. Caramel and chocolate. Rich smooth and creamy.

I can't get over the toasted coconut flavor. Bourbon barrel aged liquid mounds bars.

12-2015 edit: coconut is staring to fade a bit. Still really good, just not the same.

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Photo of deadsincebirth
4.41/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is black with brown ring, no head. Smells of rye spice, sweet coconut, chocolate and some alcohol heat. Tastes of spicy coconut sweet tannins, slight cocoa and no bitterness to speak of. Feel is of spicy rye tingle. Overall the coconut was slightly present and had an off putting dryness. My least favorite of the BC variants.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured black color with an small to average fizzy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark roasted chocolate malt and coconut aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted coconut sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Another standout version,

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Photo of chefbrady
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect blend of coconut flavor, doesn't hurt that this was an exceptional year for BCBS too. Nice thick -slick mouth feel, vanilla, toasted nut not too marshmallow-y for me

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Photo of wordemupg
4.6/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at mattsanders tasting a ways back (from notes)

A black with deep cola edge, white UFO’s I’m guessing coconut cause there’s a bit of an oil slick on top, not sure if it’s awesome or gross looking, some color and wide legs left behind tells me she’s a big one

S Rye and bourbon, booze, chocolate fudge, some coconut but not over the top, raisins, more fudge, more barrel, smells like something I want to eat

T like the nose but bigger, I know it’s a rye barrel but I’m getting rum and bourbon, coconuts there but mellow, some booze but I’d never guess 14.1%

M rich and thick, real thick, enough carbonation to give it some life, some heat but it hits your head and chest more than your throat, my lips are stuck together

O this one’s for real, believe the hype , powerful stuff, lots of barrel, heaps of fudge with some coconut rounding things out

I’m pretty stoked I got to try this stuff, now I really want to get to all the BC variants

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Photo of Smokesnotes
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared the 2013 lineup (BCBS, BCBCS, BCBBW, Backyard, & Prop) with some friends. It was a fantastic evening, amazing brews. The Prop blew me away, really lived up to hype. The smell is misleading, but when you taste the beer, fantastic. Great coconut, a ton of chocolate, plenty of barrel, really all go well together. I'm impressed they put this out as the first prop and did so damn well.

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Photo of domdomdomdom
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mind blowing. I already knew I was going to like this going into it, having had bottle logic's iteration of a BA coconut stout, but this was even better than I thought it was going to be. Better than the '14 iteration in my books. The cinnamon notes on the '14 were good but I think I prefer this beer without it.

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Photo of W_Des
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle share pour was nice and dark. Coconut is very forward in the nose and is just awesome. I love coconut. It has a wonderful rich taste of chocolate and coconut, like an Almond Joy but not as sweet. Smooth mouth feel with some great warmth from the bourbon makes for a fantastic beer.

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Photo of mschantz
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Owl during chicago beer week. Don't feel that I need to describe the appearance as it is exactly what is expected. Nose is vanilla dominated but with borboun and woody coconut lurking, The chocolate malt driven goodness Is balanced nicely by the Roasty coconut flavors. Finish is slick and wonderful. While a great beer - I don't know that this aren't lives up to the hype for me.

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Outstanding beer. Coconut still very much present, bourbon flavor has faded to the background allowing the coconut to dance. Enjoyed as part of a massive bottle share, received about a 5oz pour.

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Photo of drew42e
4.87/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate and hint of coconut. Mouthfeel very syrupy with bit of heat after swallowing. Tastes great with same tastes as aroma mildly sweet and not as boozy as 14% would expect. Goose Island Migration event in SF

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.97/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 and 2014 drank side by side in February 2015

Appearance: deep walnut color. small tan head forms with low retention. little to no lacing. small brown viscous legs left behind as it swirls. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: cinnamon, chocolate, brown sugar and sweetness. some bourbon.

Taste: opens with some cinnamon and cocoa. some whisky taste and some alcohol comes through. ends with some brown sugar and dark fruits on the back side.

Mouthfeel: spice heat, low warmth from alcohol. medium to full body.

Overall: This one is certainly on the back side but not all gone yet. I certainly enjoyed it more than the 2014 but still not the best of the bourbon county bunch.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared by some kind guys in the tasting lines at Hunahpu’s day 2014 - poured into souvenir taster. Opaque black body, no head or lacing. Smells awesome: molasses, coconut, raisins, rye spice, and boozy dark fruits. Taste is sweet up front with brown sugar and raisin notes, turning spicy, then closing with coconut, barrel wood, and booze. Full body, thick viscous texture, low carbonation, boozy sweet finish.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.84/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark and viscous, minimal head. It pours really, really thick with a little active carbonation.

As in the backyard rye with the boysenberries, I'm amazed at how well the coconut aroma held up. It's pretty in your face, but coupled with chocolate. Many have said it before and I'll confirm, almond joy.

I can't remember the last time I gave any beer a 5 in flavor, and this one earns it. Toasted coconut, vanilla, chocolate. Boozy but smooth. Almond joy.

Super smooth. Low carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Good heat in the finish.

Quite possibly my favorite beer ever and worth all the hype. The flavors are a match made in heaven and were put together perfectly. I didn't have the pleasure of trying this fresh, but at 1 year old it seems to be a sweet spot for it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from tap in a stem-less wine glass at Beelow's.

Had to do a bit of a double take when I saw this on the menu. Something tells me I tried this stuff a while back but can't quite remember it, so hooray for second chances, eh? This stuff pours an apocalyptic black-brown topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises whiskey, light vanilla, mild roasted malts, dark chocolate syrup, light wood, and a hint of booze. The taste really shows that this was a rye barrel, as the Templeton shines through rather distinctively compared with the usual bourbon barrels (a comparison all the more easy for me to make with a glass of the regular 2014 Bourbon County sitting next to this one). The coconut also makes a bit of an appearance, though the toasting helps it blend in with the roast, cocoa, and mild vanilla already tempestuously swirling about here. The body is fairly hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally chewy feel. Overall, a damn tasty Bourbon County variant, though the rye, as welcome a change as it is, doesn't quite measure up to the regular bourbon in my eyes. Still, it's a mild hang-up for this highly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of JonathanC
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

COCONUT!(8oz pour)

Poured a very bourbon county

Smelled of bourbon sweet bcbs with coconut

Taste- Sweet bourbon molasses, with a SMACK in the face coconut.

Overall- This is very drinkable and I found the coconut to be to darn good. Between this and rare it was a toss up.

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Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Adding toasted coconut to a barrel aged stout is perfect harmony in a glass. Add it to the game changing stout that is bcbs and you have a work of art. The already present coconut from the barrel is amplified beautifully.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.96/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Enjoyed 2013 Vintage on NYE 2014, split bomber 5 ways. Drank after Abyss and this blew it out of the water IMO. absolutely amazing. Slight whiskey, choco liquid mounds bar goodness. I might be regretting trading away 3 of these now

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
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