Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.51/5 rDev -25.5%
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.
02-06-2014 02:27:07 | More by cpetrone84
3.55/5 rDev -24.6%
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.
12-04-2013 19:55:33 | More by pepsican
3.81/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
12-11-2013 03:41:44 | More by Kiteman
3.83/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
12-11-2013 05:05:48 | More by Rifugium
3.85/5 rDev -18.3%
Got this one from hotpipes in a recent box. Thanks a bunch for tracking this down for me!
From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 19 November 2013
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.
04-25-2014 09:14:59 | More by Jeffo
3.98/5 rDev -15.5%
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.
01-20-2014 18:19:43 | More by Alieniloquium
Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
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