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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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world-class

1,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,492
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 1,154
Gots: 303 | 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: 1,492 | Reviews: 132
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4.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.18/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jroberts8811
4.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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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.

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4/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.68/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.59/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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.

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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.

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

I love this beer so much!

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4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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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.

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4.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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