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

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013)

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Ratings: 1,498
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 1,162
Gots: 298 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Ratings: 1,498 | Reviews: 132
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.97/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of SierraFlight
4.49/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.84/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of cubs943
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer so much!

Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of JonathanC
4.99/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Stoutguy33
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far one of the best beers I've ever tasted...

Photo of HOPSareKey
5/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Photo of cultclassic89
4.61/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Coconut was less prevalent than I would have liked, but still a wonderful beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

i paid 70 bucks at a bar for this, and while i shared it with some close friends and lovers, its the most ive ever paid for a beer, so good for that. there was drama too, a 2014 traded for a 2013 last minute, with some ups and downs, but nevermind any of that. the beer is freaking insane, so much different than other bourbon county stuff, and easily the most enjoyable of the lot for me, but i am a lush for coconut. inky thick and nearly black, it looks like the others, maybe a little flatter, this isnt much carbonation on this, but its frothy still and creamy looking. the nose is definitely toasted coconut, no doubt about it, but thats not it, even though it doesnt have all the other stuff the 2014 edition does. i get caramel, chirstmas cookies, bakers chocolate, and even a little but of hops, before the rye barrel takes over. the rye barrel is dominant in the flavor too, but i love rye, and i love coconut, so this really does wonders for me. the chocolate is strong in the taste, and the coconut is all in the finish, while the rye is spiced but mellowed by oak and vanilla and dark dark grain that has a higher final gravity than a lot of beers start at. nothing i like more than the coconut in the flavor here, and with the rye its just a gem. its thick and sticky, really sweet, and strong, but not obviously as strong as it is, which is impressive. teeth sticking density in the feel, and carbonation is really light, but the integration of the flavors is amazing over its ageing period, and its obviously one of the higher end beers out there period. we all agreed this was one of a kind, and i think its easily the most dynamic of the bourbon county beers, i want more of this, i want the 2014 edition, and honestly i dont regret the price tag at all. this made me feel a way beer rarely makes me feel. love love love love love

Photo of larryarms847
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours crude oil black with a beautiful caramel brown head, good carbonation, and so thick!

Had this after sampling the 2014. 2013 has a similar cinnamon burst in the nose from the bottle, however once poured, a heavy aroma of coconut cuts hits you, soon sweet chocolate and bourbon top it off.

Tons of coconut, cinnamon, and chocolate flavors are skillfully balanced and bourbon helps to cut through the sweetness with enough bite.

Mouthfeel is a little too sweet for my tastes. Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sticky, chewy, and sweet.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed the 2013 better than the 2014, but I'd like to see how the 2014 turns out in a year.

Photo of aleigator
4.1/5  rDev -13%

Bottle from Dan, thank you very much!

Pours a viscous, jet black color with no head, while some chunks of coconut float in the brew.

Sweet aromas of cane sugar, toffee, molasses, and burned coconut. These blend well into wooden, slightly boozy, hot barrel qualities, among bakers chocolate.

Has an incredible smooth mouthfeel, super creamy, drinks like chocolate with loads of cocoa nibs and glazed, slightly burned coconut. The bourbon acts as an intriguing counterpart to that, providing wood and earthy maltiness without revealing any booziness, less intense than the sweeter parts of the stout, still easily balancing the beer. Instead of a noteable carbonation, there is smooth creaminess, heading into a mousse au chocolate direction. The Bourbon in this beer is by no means dominant on its own, but blends perfectly into the chocolate qualities. Finishes with dark chocolate, as well as an appealing, lingering bourbon note.

Photo of HumanParaquat
4.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/19/13...Drank 12/9/14

As I suspected would be the case, the coconut has almost completely faded from this beer after a year. Disappointing in that regard, as I love coconut, but it still tastes damn good. In fact, it tastes almost exactly like a regular 1-2 year old Bourbon County (which I love), but with maybe the slightest hint of Almond Joy in the nose and a faint touch of rye whiskey spiciness in the finish. If you're looking for coconut don't bother seeking it out at this point. Very tasty, but I really wish I had tried this when it was fresh.

Photo of guityler83
4.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A fleeting finger of dark cocoa powder brown head when poured in a snifter with vigor. As the foam quickly receded, the visible coconut floties immerged on the surface and the side of the glass. Swirling the beer produced no additional foam, just a medium sustaining alcohol legs. The beer is opaque black with a dark ruby ring around the edge when held to a light source.

S: Medium strength bourbon notes give way to natural smelling vanilla and deep baker's chocolate and mild roasted malt qualities. Medium-low boozy quality detracts from the more pleasant vanilla and slight oak character. No hop aroma detected. A faint whiff of melenoidin toast and caramel, no discernable coconut aroma.

T: The sweet rye whiskey imparts fresh tobacco and deep developed caramel notes. There is a middle malt sweetness of toffee and prudes and dates that is more noticeable then the other Bourbon County releases. Fresh dark coffee and dark cacao chocolate mingle with the moderate roasted flavor profile. Only a hint of coconut in the finish that comes through as more of a vanilla / marshmallow character at cooler temperatures (~45F) then matures to a subtle coconut undertone as it warms up to room temp. The barrel character is mild, masked by the dominant rye whisky character.

M: Moderate alcohol warming in the chest and low carbonation. A slick, oily sensation on the tongue is imparted after a few sips. Full mouth feel with some tannin astringency likely from the oak adds to more complexity.

O: The beer overall is a very tasty with recognizable BCS characteristics but with a slight twist. That being said I was let down by the beer. I don't know if it was the age or some other factor that lead to such a negligible level of coconut flavor, but when I see coconut in a beer - I want to taste it. If it is the age - drink it now. If it was just the hype that made this beer so sought after.. you live you learn. I wouldn't trade for it again nor would I be disappointed if they never made it again. If it was year round, I can't say that I would get this over the base BCS. Cheers!

Photo of ChicagoGuy
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

Very nice, complex, interesting, but I wished the coconut had been more front-and-center.

Photo of NewGlarusFan
5/5  rDev +6.2%

I seldom rate at a perfect 5, but this is a perfect 5. I had 2014 at FoBAB dark as midnight and thick as nectar. Tasted like French toast or cinnamon toast crunch cereal. I will seek out this beer and so should you.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip and popped near the end of Insanity share, thanks Tim for bringing this one
I got the first pour out of the bottle which was loaded with bits of coconut

A - Dark as night like much of the other BCS variants with a minimal brown head that recedes into the glass. My pour had loads of coconut bits in it and looked damn delicious

S - Smell was loads of chocolate, fudgey brownies, vanilla, oak, coconut and bourbon. Really nice, not quite as boozy smelling as some of the others including reg, BCBVS, rare

T - Taste follows the nose here, my pour actually had plenty of coconut throughout with heavy notes of chocolate, vanilla fudge and oak. Definitely a lot smoother than fresh BCS and how Rare and BCBVS are drinking right now. Quite nice here.

M - Smooth creamy chewy. Goes down easy

O - This has been one of the better variants. This was the final one to tick, I have made homemade prop which if done with a 2012 almost creates an equal effect. Loved this one.

Thanks Tim

Photo of mlhyatt
4.59/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours pitch black with barely any head. The smell is straight bourbon. I get no coconut in the smell. The taste is another story. Tons of coconut complemented perfectly by the bourbon. It tastes like an almond joy dipped in bourbon. Fudgy and roasty that reminds me of german chocolate cake. The feel is thick and oily that completely covers the mouth. This is a great beer that doesn't dissapoint. I wish the smell was more coconut.

Photo of teamchevymxer
5/5  rDev +6.2%

On tap at Beer revolution in Oakland, CA.
Pours a dark black with a little bit of brown sugar head. Smell is chocolate, bourbon, caramel, faint coconut. Where this beer shined for me was the taste, it tasted like almond joys. So delicious.

Photo of Aetherbulb
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

Great beer

Photo of BeerSnob1022
3.5/5  rDev -25.7%

Overrated

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by myself tonight.

Pours practically still, looks like there's no carbonation, with absolutely no head or lacing. I noticed, near the end of the glass, that there's pieces of coconut floating around.

Smells fairly strongly of toasted coconut, with bourbon, chocolate, marshmallow, and a very small of booze.

This tastes delicious, although the coconut is not quite as strong as in the aroma. I'm not picking up any specific rye qualities, but tons of the typical Bourbon County qualities, but smoothed out and slightly sweeter. There's a good amount of syrupy molasses as well. The year-ish on this has smoothed it out into one of the most delicious stouts I've ever tasted.

This one is very thick bodied, with a sticky and syrupy mouthfeel- it clings to your mouth, and to the glass. There is almost no carbonation. It's really drinkable, goes down so easy- basically because it's so tasty.

The hype's been met with this one. It's as good as everyone says it is, basically.

Photo of Doodler
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

Had on tap at World Of Beer here in Denver - velly tasty +++

Photo of dboon
4.25/5  rDev -9.8%

Bottle. Joan Jett black pour with a chocolate head. Nice lacing. Sweet boozy aromas. Somewhat sweet with just a bit of boozy heat on the back end. Mellow bourbon, mild dark roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla highlights. Muted cocoanut and oak lowlights. Very good mouthfeel, balance, and body...

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,498 ratings.