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

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136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 1,553
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 6.88%
Wants: 1,233
Gots: 310 | FT: 20
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 cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with light brown head. Nose is strong, lots of bourbon and heat, some of the rich malt but no where near a regular bcs, with a little of the coconut in the nose. The taste is a little all over the place, lots of coconut in there with some of the rich maltiness of the bcs up front, coconut mid palate, lots of heat and bourbon towards the back and a ton if coconut lingers. Full bodied and moderate carbonation, a hint chalky in back. (448 characters)

Photo of pepsican
3.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle @ home shared via Greg. Black with a tan head. Mildaroma of chocolate, booze, fudge, vanilla, some coffee. Condensed milk, sugary sweets, lots of alcohol. Reminds me of baking something similar to a 7 layer bar dunked in liquor. Flavor is awfully sweet, chewy, sticky on the palate. Carbonation is smooth, as expected. Lots of booze on the finish, cloying. The coconut isn't extreme in this one, which is nice. Even so, the beer is completely unbalanced, and definitely on the dessert side of imperial stouts. I’ll leave this one for the beer drinkers with a sweet tooth. (580 characters)

Photo of Kiteman
3.82/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - no head and only minor lacing. Motor oil black color and consistency.

S - way less coconut than I was expecting. I asked the bartender at map room if this really was the coconut variant. Chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon on the nose. Not really any coconut to speak of.

T - disappointed for all the hype. This is NOT liquid mounds bar. Very slight hints of coconut on the finish, which takes a while to wait for due to the overwhelming booze flavor. Notes of chocolate and vanilla try to fight through the boozy burn, but are pretty minor. This is a decent stout but no where worth near all the hype.

M - good thick imperial stout feel. Soothing to wash over your taste buds while developing the flavor profile.

O - I got this on draft for $8. People are charging over $100 per 22oz bottle on Craigslist. I'm so glad I got to try it and not waste $92. This beer is fine, but no where near the hype. The 2011 and 2012 coffees are the best stouts I've ever had...and parabola is a close second. This is not in the same league although I fear the scarcity will falsely elevate its value. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At first glance, looked pretty much like any BCBS variety, dark inky black body, brown around the edges, a half inch of chocolate brown head that receded to a ringlet, some oily residue on the glass, and floaties throughout. Well then, I guess there's coconut in my BCBS. Coconut was obvious in the aroma right up front, behind that, the usual suspects for a BCBS, roasty dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate big notes of bourbon. The coconut almost came off as an impurity in this beer, in both aroma and taste, but it's still BCBS, so it's still good. Chewy coconut flavors, creamy semi-sweet chocolate, dark malts with a good amount of roast, and smooth vanilla-bourbon notes. The coconut lent a vegetal element to the mouthfeel that I didn't care for much, with that and the oils sort of thinning out what would otherwise be a smooth velvety texture. Good overall, and worth a try, especially if you're a tick-elitist / BCBS completist, but definitely my least favorite of the varieties. (987 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (2,789 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.97/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Snifter

A - Pitch black. The 1/2 finger of dark brown head disappeared almost immediately.

S - If I was in a blind taste test, then I would say this is just regular BCBS. Typical chocolate, oak, and coffee notes. The whiskey is nice and sweet without being overbearing.

T - Again, just like the standard BCBS. Very smooth and alcohol isn't present. Very easy-drinking. A slight, SLIGHT toasted sweetness from the coconut, but not prominent.

M - Coats your mouth. Sweetness from bourbon and that subtle hint of toasted coconut lingers.

O - This looks, smells, and tastes just like regular BCBS. I would give that a 5/5. However, this is not supposed to be standard BCBS. When a beer is advertised as having toasted coconut
I expect at least some sort of coconut flavor. While there is a sweet toasted hint on the taste, the coconut is practically nonexistent.

I've had the Cherry Rye BCBS and that had a strong cherry presence. If you say you put coconut in a beer, I want some damn coconut. If you want a coconut stout, go with Wormtown's Norm.

Yes, I did say I would give regular BCBS a 5/5 and yes, I did say this was identical to BCBS. So does that mean I will also give it a 5/5? Not at all. To make a long story short (too late), this beer, in my opinion, did not deliver what it promised.

A great, barrel-aged stout? 100%! Is it coconut BCBS? Most definitely not. (1,394 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.06/5  rDev -12.7%
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! (2,091 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.1/5  rDev -11.8%

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. (934 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, poured into a snifter, shared with friends at Local Option.

The beer pours a jet black color, oily and slick, only the slightest touches of cola brown at the rim of the glass. No head appears, just a loose brown bubble or two, even with a vigorous swirl and no lace is present. The aroma is an wonderful expression of coconut, toasted yet fleshy, big notes of chocolate, rich grain, light rye character, predominately of the base whiskey with just a note of spice, light vanilla and char. The coconut really shines, reminiscent of a mounds bar. The flavors are in line, crazy coconut, toasted and fleshy like the nose, plenty of chocolate, rye whiskey, light oak, vanilla is definitely present with plenty of rich grain, but this is a showcase of coconut. The body is where this beer loses me, it's oily, not rich and thick like a typical bourbon county variant. I know this comes from the coconut oil that gets absorbed into the beer when the fresh coconut was added, but it feels thinner, slicker and lesser to the regular beer or many other variants.

Verdict: Short of greatness, but a really solid take on Bourbon County from Goose Island. The coconut flavor is great, but the oily body just isn't for me. Time wont change this, so it is what it is, a very good beer, but not quite as excellent as the rest of the series. (1,342 characters)

Photo of dsigmon
4.13/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber opened on 7/13/14

A: Poured into a Wicked Weed snifter. Jet black with light brown, quickly dissipating head.

S: Chocolate with a hint of booze and coconut.

T: Cloyingly sweet...chocolate, booze, malty and very little coconut. Just sugary as hell.

M: Thick chocolate syrup...seems to be undercarbed and just films the mouth with sugar and warms the throat as it goes down.

O: Not sure what to think about this. I want to like it but I can’t enjoy it as it’s so sweet. I have found I enjoy chili stouts far more than I do normal stouts as the spice tends to break up the sweetness from the sugar and malts. This just becomes cloying and I’m having a hard time getting past how sweet this is. It tastes fantastic but 6oz is all I needed and now I’m finishing 22oz :) It’s a great beer but I’d rather have however many Prairie Bombs I could trade it for ;) (880 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.18/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Split with the wife on our mini honeymoon, big thanks to iadler!

A- looks like normal bcbs with an oil surface and tid bits of floaters. Not the best looking variation

S- looks fantastic, smells quite good. Coconut adds a very appealing aspect to the base beer. Fudge and bourbon and a bit of burn

T- lots of bcbs goodness with an oily sweetness. Like the added coconut but it's much different the regular bcbs. Tons of coconut sweetness, not very much rye

M- very thick and oily. Alch comes thru a bit aggressively

O- I much prefer other vintages and variations. Don't understand the hype behind this one honesty. It's still very good but not all that much better than the regular version, and far behind cherry

Thanks Isaac for the chance at trying this guy! (768 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of zrbeer1579
4.2/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Proprietor's. Poured into snifter.

Appearance: Poured black. There are tiny pieces of coconuts that almost make it look like I'm staring into the night sky. Some sort of gloss on the beer, likely the coconut oil. No head at all which was expected. But there was a thin dark mocha ring. As I drank the glass, pieces of coconuts and oil stick to the glass.

Aroma: Whisky hits the nose first, then came a huge coconut aroma. Lightly toasted. Some vanilla, sweet chocolate. Maybe some char. Very little alcohol.

Taste: Coconuts and lots of it. Vanilla and sweet chocolate. Bourbon whisky. There is a sweet cake-like breadiness that is faint. Subtle oak and light spice, likely the rye. The rye is not distinctive, but it helped bring some balance. Beside the rye, the flavors are rich. Also, I can barely taste any alcohol.

As the beer warmed, leather started to show in both the aroma and taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and somewhat very oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty much nonexistent. The beer and oil cloaked the mouth nicely. Only the slightest alcohol heat in the back. Nice lingering flavors.

Overall: Coconuts is the primary flavor and is showcased well. And of course, that is what the brewers were going for. I wish there were a little more rye. The oily mouthfeel can be unpleasant for some. The alcohol is hidden incredibly well. Great sipping beer. In honesty, I prefer the regular BCBS. (1,410 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of dboon
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%

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... (307 characters)

Photo of gregoryG
4.25/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance of this beer was interesting because of the flecks of coconut floating around the top of the glass...the coconut pieces seemed to have provided the beer with a slight oily look around the glass as well.
The smell really did it for me, this was the most amount of coconut I have smelled in a beer. Coconut always seems to be such a subtle aroma in beer but it pulled through the barrel character in this one. I am a regular consumer of coconut and coconut water and was very excited to get the coconut aroma in this beer.
The flavor was a bit less heat to me on the bourbon and the coconut still came through a little on the mouth but nearly as much as on the nose for me. The mouthfeel was a bit less viscous than regular bourbon county and the coffee variant.
Overall, I highly recommend this beer especially for people who have been looking for a beer that can actually showcase some coconut flavor and aroma. I was lucky enough to have a nice trading partner than doesn't ask an arm and a leg for good beers, who gave me this, but it's not worth trading what people are giving away for it at the moment unless you LOVE coconut. Peace! (1,154 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Night of the Living Ales. Served in the accompanying taster pint.

A - Looks like cask BCS, which looks a lot like less carbonated BCS.

S - Smells like BCS too, but with a bit of coconut flesh and some spicy rye. This was unusually boozy, but that may have been largely due to the higher serving temperature.

T - The taste thankfully didn't have the same alcohol bite to it, and lacked some of the rye character as well. Coconut was moderately present mid-palate but showed up more strongly in the finish, with a dry-roasted coconut water kind of vibe.

M - Silky smooth texture, full-body, very low carbonation, and some mild alcohol warmth.

D - A neat twist on BCS, but not my favorite variant. This was a tad boozy, so perhaps some blending of barrels might help. I thought the coconut could stand to be a bit more expressive too. Still, when the base is BCS, it's pretty hard to make anything worse than very good. (921 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev -7.5%
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, (365 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black-brown color with a dark brown thin lacing head that dissipates rather quickly. Coconut flakes are visible floating around. I knew I was in for an interesting treat! Light notes of coconut were definitely detected in the nose along with rye, earthy wood, dark chocolate and sweet bourbon. The base beer, Bourbon County Brand Stout, was immediately recognized as it was first sipped. Notes of rye, wheat, coconut, bourbon, oak, chocolate, dried fruit, and vanilla are all part of the flavor complexities. Medium to full bodied along with mild carbonation throughout. Sticky mouthfeel. Beautifully made beer fitting enough to pay proper tribute to the loyal and rabid Goose Island Bourbon County fans! Too bad this is such a rare and extremely difficult beer to land for the faithful out of Chicago to try. (815 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.32/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unsurprisingly black. Doesn't form any head. Some sort of something or other is floating on the top. No lacing, but those chunky things stick to the side. Aroma is mostly BCS, if that makes since, but there is also coconut, licorice, molasses, and sweet dark fruits. Taste is similar. Dark fruits, coconut, vanilla, molasses, oak, shit like that. Seems sweeter than regular BCS. Mouth is thick, smooth, velvety, and low in carbonation. Alcoholic heat.
Yeah good shit (467 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.35/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a snifter.

A. Pours black with a reddish tinge around the edges and a small tan head that recedes quickly.

S. Fudge and bourbon dominate, with twinges of oak and coconut. Mostly smells like regular Bourbon County.

T. Almond joy, thick dark chocolate, tannic vanilla and caramel, mild booze. The coconut is there but by no means assertive.

M. Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O. Very tasty. Coconut flavor is moderate. Not really much better than regular BCBS but certainly not worse. (502 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 11/19/2013, poured into an original Bourbon County snifter today, 2/22/2014. #3 in the Bourbon County Variant lineup.

Review #455.

App- Looks like Bourbon County. Strangely, my glass is the only one that came with a significant amount of dark mocha head with surprisingly good retention. Weird. Not much lacing. Looks like a Bourbon County Stout for sure with the exception of some coconut flakes.

Smell- Strangely, not a lot of coconut, even as it warms up. It smells like a very decadent Bourbon County Brand Stout, with a bit of heat and a lot of the trademark chocolate fudge and brown sugar. Not particularly complex compared to the other variants we drank tonight, but still delicious.

Flavour- Toasted coconut bomb on the front end, a nice decadent chocolate fudginess on the backend, also quite sweet. It's a bit one-dimensional compared to BCBVS, Backyard, etc. but damn if this isn't a great tasting beer. I can see the Almond Joy/Mounds bar comparison, but I wouldn't go that far.

Mouthfeel- Typical BCBS mouthfeel, thick and silky with minimal carbonation. Gets boozy as it warms up, but there's a nice window in between chilled and before it warms up completely that is just perfect.

Overall- An excellent variant, but I actually prefer Backyard Rye to this. I like that jammy subtle fruitiness that evolves over time for the better, over the one-note coconut that loses a little bit of its luster over time. It doesn't quite deserve that 4.71 rAvg as of this writing, but it's pretty damn good. (1,535 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Consumed a few weeks ago, reviewed from written notes. Thanks again JulianC for sending me this one.

A: Pours a cola brown/near black with a very short lived film of dark brown head that quickly faded into a thin collar. As previously mentioned there are indeed tiny bits of actual coconut flakes in this beer.
S: Boozy nose overall with notes of brown sugar and caramel sweetness, toasted marshmallows, and just a very faint amount of toasted coconut.
T: The fresh boozy BCBS base is prominent with notes of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate, but I get some spicier notes of rye barrel as well an extremely smooth and buttery oak finish. The only coconut I get is mild and roasted tasting, and really only shows up in the aftertaste.
M: Creamy mouthfeel overall with a velvety smooth aftertaste. The alcohol is boozy but not overly hot or distracting. Carbonation is low, soft, and velvety. The body is extremely rich and thick, but again, very smooth. Buttery and creamy overall. Only the booziness is keeping it from scoring perfect.
O: An extremely smooth, rich and decadent beer. I thought this was smoother than regular BCBS is fresh. The coconut definitely adds a nice touch, but I was hoping it would be more prominent - not in your face like Three Hour Tour, but at least more than just barely detectable in the aftertaste. Overall this is a really delicious beer, but it's not the best of the BCBS's. Thanks again, Julian. (1,472 characters)

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.