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

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1,528 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 1,209
Gots: 305 | 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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Photo of tectactoe
5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally! After weeks of searching, Proprietor's BCS falls right into my lap, courtesy of an
uber-generous beer geek at Dark Horse's 2013 4-Elf party. Despite the opaque, red Solo
cup that I have, I can see the sheer blackness of Proprietor's BCS; big enough to run a
knife right through it, and topped with a lavish, dark tan layer of creme on top.

This beer sends me into an instantaneous O-face upon bringing the cup to my face. The
olfactory is amazing here, it's like a liquid Almond Joy themed mixed drink; raw coconut,
dark chocolate, smooth bourbon, hinted with lighter amounts of wet oak, oats, nuts, and
deep seeded vanilla in the very background... Simply outstanding.

After minutes of sniffing Proprietor's BCS, I finally take a sip and am jettisoned into pure
nirvana for a few moments. I'll say it again; liquid Almond Joy. All the elements are there.
Dark chocolate, coconut shavings, brown sugar, nuttiness, roast, bourbon, oak. Wow.

Just the first few sips were enough for me to begin raving about how good this beer is.
After finishing off my entire pour, I had my campaign speech ready to go... This is quite
simply one of the finest beers I've had in a long time. It seems Americans have recently
opened up to the adjunct craze, adding many unique ingredients to their beers. It does
not always work; but it couldn't be better in this case - find this beer... ASAP.

RE-RATE: Luckily enough, I able to secure my very own bottle of this not too long after
I sampled it at 4-Elf. Huge thanks to a long time Chicago buddy of mine for being very
generous in giving me a bottle from his personal stash at face value. In this day and age,
hold on to a friend like that! Enough babbling about my friends (like I have any), It is
time to review this thing proper.

Indiscernible from my first comments, only now I can see all sides. Black, black, black as
night, just like every BCS variant. Small tan foam, like you expected any less.

The nose is standard BCS with a huge bruising of coconut shavings jumping forward and
hitting you right in the senses. Toasted Almond Joy candy. Fudge. Bourbon. Wood.
Everything I was getting before, full force & still just as incredible.

Probably the biggest difference for me here was the taste after letting the glass warm
up just a bit. I didn't have that luxury before, but now I do. After about 20 minutes or
so, things turn from excellent to near-perfection. Once more - toasted nuts, coconut
shavings, dark chocolate, roast, bourbon, wood, vanilla. Insanely smooth. I don't think
you could pick out a flaw if you tried. This is perfect, my friends.

Photo of zac16125
4.63/5  rDev -1.7%

22oz bottle into a snifter
bottled on: 19Nov13

A big thanks to NHbeerguy for sending this one over via trade!

A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges and 1/2 fingers width of fizzy mocha colored head. Head dissipate down very quickly, then some floaters can been seen on the top of the beer which is presumably coconut. Leaves effectively no lacing but some of the floaters stick to the edges of the glass. 4

S: Tons of the traditional bourbon county brand goodness, with chocolatey fudge, vinous dark fruits and roasted malt. Next I get some coconut, which is more subtle than I expected. Bourbon characters are there, with an oaky vanilla and bourbon-y booze. Excellent but I would appreciate more coconut flavors. 4.25

T: Very sweet and very boozey. Heavy bourbon/whiskey notes as well with charred oak and vanilla. Lots of dark chocolate, then the coconut starts to come out. At time it tastes like an Almond Joy. I also get some dark fruits, roasty characters, coffee like bitterness, and booze. Excellent and continues to get better throughout the drink. 4.75

M/D: Full bodied, a bit chewy, ABV is certainly noticeable (as is expected in a 14plus% ABV'er), but adds to the complexity and is not hot going down. Maybe a touch syrupy at times but its fairly smooth and all things considered drinkability is great. 4.25

O: This is pretty fantastic. Overall, I would have still liked a more prominent coconut presence, but still a great beer. Absolutely worth seeking out. 4.75

Photo of jlindros
4.87/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Holy of all holy shit baskets... 3 friggen thousand reviews... never in a million years would I have thought that I would get to this many reviews... I also thought that with many other levels, so this is just crazy. Shared this epic epic bastard with the usual rudzud, and a ridiculous thanks to oN3xM (Reddit) for this one. I need to thank him again.

Pours very little head which disappears instantly, legs are great and long, pitch black color no light coming through. However, a nice swirling action kicks up that bastard like the head was meant to be, a battle between the fluffy mocha head and the tingly alcohol.

Nose is just phenomenal, so much awesomeness!!! So much dark roasted malts, tons of cocoa and dark choc, a mild cookie dough and chocolate chip, amazing toasted coconut that's very toasted and awesome, a bit of caramel and vanilla barrel, dark chocolate, some fresh coffee roast and earthy coffee, some juicy roast and malt goodness, biscuity cookie with tons and tons of coconut and the essence of perfection.

Taste is zomg!!! Amazing dark malts, dark choc, caramel, nice fresh roasted coffee, great vanilla barrel with toasted oak, and very mild whisky like notes. Then tons of great toasted coconut, fresh roasted coconut with dark choc layers like a super expensive exotic mounds bar, with cookie base, and caramel filling. with orgasmic layers in between. A hint of warming booze in the middle, and mild bitter earthy hop. Finish lingers with amazing dark choc and tons of toasted coconut, caramel, chewy, etc, hint of whisky and vanilla barrel. I really don't think it could get any better than this!

Mouth is full bod, very little booze warmth, little creamy and very rich, little velvety, but lighter carb. The ligher carbonation may be the only thing holding this back from perfect 5 across the board as it keeps down the mouth feel and head appearance,

Overall crazy awesome, phenomenal, only real drawbacks are lack of carbonation and head, otherwise it would have been perfect across the board and best beer I'd ever had. So Close though, and so phenomenal regardless... thanks so much for this experience.

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 Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from hotpipes in a recent box. Thanks a bunch for tracking this down for me!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage 2013
Bottled 19 November 2013
Bottle 1246

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a one finger, loose, extremely fizzy dark tan head with horrid retention. Head fizzes away like Coke down to a ring in the blink of an eye. Terrible head. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Some definite coconut floaties in there, which is rather unacceptable at this point in the game. I can't imagine they dry coconutted in the bottle here. Looks very flat by the end. It's black, sure, but the wretched looking head and floaties makes me wonder how anyone could possible give this a positive score.

SMELL: Smells like Bourbon County with just a hint of fresh coconut in it. Lots of bourbon barrel with oak, vanilla, coconut and a hint of fresh coconut flesh from the additions. Boozy as well. The coconut is actually very nicely measured here, adding just enough to enhance the aroma. Hints of dark chocolate under the coconut and bold barrel aromas. This is actually quite good.

TASTE: Again, this is basically Bourbon County with a touch of fresh coconut. Follows the nose perfectly in that regard. Lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla up front with a hint of fresh coconut as well, then a big swallow with more barrel, some definite coconut flesh, some bitter dark chocolate and a touch of roasted malt from the base beer. Lots of barrel with vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate, oak and a bit of alcohol linger, while the fresh coconut comes and goes rather quickly. Still boozy, but not as much as the base beer usually is. Very good actually, but a touch boozy still for top marks.

PALATE: Same Bourbon County feel that tends to fall short. Medium body and carbonation, though still lighter on the palate than it should be. A touch creamier than the other variants, luckily, but still goes down prickly with a burn at the swallow and finishes very sticky. Lots of heat lingers. A bit creamier than other variants perhaps, but still too hot, prickly and abrasive.

OVERALL: This is certainly one of the better variants in the series. Perhaps my favorite. The coconut is well measured, adding a nice element to the coconut flavors already present from the bourbon barrels, and it seems to help mellow out the harsh alcohol and abrasive feel a little as well, which makes it much easier to drink. Despite these improvements, it is still too harsh and boozy for top marks in the style, and the floaties make this variant look even less appealing than its compatriots. That all said, I very much enjoyed this one, as the aromas were enticing and the flavor delicious. Would love to drink more of it at some point. Thanks again hotpipes. This was certainly a treat.

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

Poured into a Bourbon County snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a oily dark black viscous liquid with a thin tan head that rises up briefly and then just dissipates into nothingness. There are notes of flakey oily coconut floating around the brew.

Aroma is exquisite! Notes of fresh coconut, coconut cream with notes of molasses and bourbon to back everything up. Slight boozy heat with some nice notes of rye grain. There is some slight roast to the nose like some dark chocolate/bakers chocolate but its quickly covered up by awesome coconut sweetness.

Flavor is out of this world. Beer starts off with notes of sweet coconut with some spicy rye notes. Notes of mild chocolate fudge is present as well. The flavor is just rich and complex with the great notes of chocolate and coconut underlain be boozy heat notes. Absolutely delicious. Nice notes of chocolate can be perceived as well as notes of mild almond with some nice coconut roast. This brew is truly amazing. Just a delight to delve into the amazing sweetness with chocolate notes and mild roast. The mouthfeel is delicious, oily, slick with some nice heat on the backend.

Its hard to say truly but right now this has to be one of my favorite variants. I thought Cherry rye was terrific but this really blew my mind. Amazing.

Photo of PlinyBeMiney
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I open this bottle with great anticipation. The pour is a beautiful motor oil black. Smooth as it fills my snifter. Tan bubbles immediately dissipate. The aroma is impeccable in regards to the bourbon and coconut. I would be satisfied if this were all I got, but now it's time to taste. Classic Bourbon County Stout up front. A rye spicyness in the middle and toasty coconut on the back end. The coconut is somewhat subdued compared to the nose and I hope this isn't because I didn't get to try this sooner. Despite this, the flavor is great and definitely executed better than the few other coconut beers I've tried. I wish I got this sooner, but amazing as it stands.

Photo of Jwale73
4.49/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours one shade shy of black with no head. Nose expresses bourbon, chocolate, ethanol, some coconut notes and a hint of vanilla. Taste is reminiscent of a Mounds bar - malty and chocolatey. Mouthfeel is medium in body with an even carbonation and a mild ethanol burn. Overall, I don't know how this beer was fresh, but it's tasting great. Probably one of my all-time favorites to date.

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 Jason
4.41/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date.

Pours thick like the original and the other variations. Toasted coconut on top of boozy molasses, spicy rye fusels, charred wood and alcohol soaked raisins makes for a lovely nose. Syrupy thick body, big kiss of toasted coconut in the middle with dark sugar sweetness throughout. Just enough barrel action with hints of tannin, boozy rye and barrel char.

A massive brew no doubt, love this variation just as much as the rest and love that they are still pushing the limits even with just some flavoring. Worth the hunt ...

Photo of jeonseh
4.61/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark chocolate brown with slight coconut chunks. Really oily beer with small milk chocolate head

S - Tons of coconut, like a fresh macaroon. Slight chocolate, strong bourbon presence, and vanilla

T - Loads of sweet coconut up front that is slightly chewy and thick. After this comes the hallmarks of BCBC with there being a good amount of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and caramel sweetness

M - Thick smooth beer with a slight oily presence to it. Much oilier than regular BCBS.

O - A good BCBS variation with a lot of coconut flavor and sweetness to it. It adds a lot of flavor but is really oily compared to the regular BCBS.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.83/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Rich motor oil with a very thin dark caramel head. little to no lacing

Smell - BOURBON, lots of vanilla, cocoa, roasted malts, but no coconut

Taste - WOW is all I can say. This one is amazing. HUGE bourbon up front quickly followed by vanilla, chocolate, and sweetness. Then an amazing coconut finish. Simply perfect

Mouthfeel - how is a beer this big this smooth?!?

Overall - I am so happy I got to try this on tap. One of the best beers I have ever had hands down. Just amazing.

Photo of timc100
4.7/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is oiler than usual with even less of a head. Coconut oil and flakes float on the top and it leaves a light stain on the glass. Huge aroma - very sweet and pretty boozy. Vibrant coconut, vanilla, graham cracker, almond, and chocolate fudge. Some whiskey vanilla and rye spice heat as well, but in the back ground. Taste is just as big - very sweet, some whiskey heat. No doubt this is another bourbon county. Mouthfeel is perfect - incredibly smooth and full.

The coconut addition is a lot more interesting than I had anticipated. The big sweetness reminds me a lot of Vanilla. This is a great variation but the big dessert sweetness hides the raw, boozy whiskey flavor of the base I love so much.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Dan for this one. 22oz. bottle into a Hair of the Dog sampler. Reviewed at a tasting 1/18/14.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha colored head with low retention. Thick, oily legs with little lace. Decent.

Mocha, fudge, sweet soy sauce, chocolate and vanilla. Deep and very sweet. Every bit a Bourbon County variant.

Opens roasted coconut, cocoa powder, chocolate and fudge. Vanilla, oak and leather in the middle with sweet soy sauce and molasses sweetness to balance it out. Finishes chocolate and molasses with a touch of roast. Same aftertaste. Very good but the coconut is barely present and the lingering roast actually takes a bit away from the base.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily, slick and rich in the mouth and goes down smooth and moderately hot. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Excellent as always.

A solid and pretty unique take on Bourbon County but this is not one of the better variants. I might have gotten to this one a bit late since the coconut is almost completely faded, leaving just a touch of roastiness. Still, this is Bourbon County so its still much better than average.

Photo of Homer53
4.91/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To drunk to remember but it must have been magical! White whalezz bruh!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Fleeting khaki head. Nothing after a bit of settling.

Smell - Lots of coconut. Chocolate. Fudgy chocolate. A little bit of whiskey, but it's not as strong as I expected.

Taste - Much more fudge. Oily coconut. Sweet. Again, minimal barrel. A little whiskey.

Mouthfeel - Very sweet. Not as boozy as regular bourbon county.

Overall - The coconut is very strong, especially as it warms. This would probably be better in a bourbon barrel, but it's quite nice.

Photo of beerhan
4.69/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pitch black color with floating coconut bodies, no head, nuff said.

S - Initial coconut blast that mellows fast. Vanilla, Hershey's bars, bourbon.

T - Vanilla. More vanilla than bcbvs plus so much chocolate and mellow bourbon. It's like whiskey soaked German chocolate cake times one million.

M - As expected such a big beer is heavy. Four ounces is enough but I enjoyed the majority of a bottle. Despite the minimal carbonation, alcohol presence is very strong but the flavor profile is so simple and plays on our innate desires that we can forget about it. I would have liked a little more body but thick syrup is probably okay for this.

O - Amazing, shockingly good flavor and the coconut was subtle enough that this beer deserves every praise it gets. It's been a while since I have said wow while having anything but I did while having this pure liquid bliss.

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

Proprietor's came out on top in my recent 9 beer tasting, beating out 8 of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting, Proprietor got all 5's for look, smell, taste, mouthfeel and overall from 4 out of the 7 judges. I've never seen so much excitement as I did when I placed this one in front of the guys. Where'd you get that??? Not easy here in Vermont.

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 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 EliotRosewater
4.44/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours dark black with virtually no head. Gentle swirl brings little foam. Fucking coconut in the goddamn beer. Crazy.

S - big boozy smell up front. Whiskey, caramelized brown sugar, almost a rum-like booziness.

T - tastes like a refined bcbs. Coconut is not overly present at first but comes through on the back end. Alcohol isn't as harsh as regular bcbs and this comes off as slightly sweeter.

M - very lightly carbonated. Viscous and full. Perfectly coats the mouth. Nice lingering roasty, boozy flavor.

O - this is delicious. I can't help but thinking that having this beer almost three months after it was released doesn't showcase it in the best possible light. None the less, it is still delicious.

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 VeganUndead
4.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Midnight black with minimal carbonation and tiny pieces of coconut floating on the abyss. The nose is very boozy, with minimal coconut smell on the nose. When I take a sip I say "there it is!" Was hoping for coconut prevalence and got it. Boozy up front, but an almond joy on the finish. The mouthfeel is velvety, and the beer is very drinkable for being 14%. Definitely lives up to the hype, everything I hoped this brew would be.

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 smakawhat
4.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at Churchkey for Goose Island Migration week into a snifter. 6 oz pour

Surprisingly darker head than anticipated. Mocha coffee brown with a little bit of staying power. Deep dark walnut black body as usual and your typical Bourbon County darkness. Love this dark head though.

What a lovely nose. Classic notes of molasses and thickness, but there's a larger creamy milkier quality. Light hints of dark chocolate and vanilla together, and just a little hint of toasted coconut. Real impressive.

Palate really sings and is highly rated mostly on this just perfect mouthfeel. Deep silky dark chocolate and creamy palate. Light aromatic toasted coconut and hints of vanilla. Milk shake thick but not overly syrupy or even light. Hint of playful carbonation that really cuts through the palate. Great playful balance of flavor with a ganache deep rich dark chocolate backbone. This barely tastes like beer, and once again the giant abv is hardly even noticeable.

Overall just a magnificent beer with a much thicker, creamy, and diverse palate. Didn't think this beer could improve more with cherry rye but boy was I wrong. Really enjoyed this one, too bad I can't have more. Perhaps someday, near perfection.

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.