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

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Reviews: 136
Hads: 1,551
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: 1.94%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this at his tasting.

Bottled 11/19/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Tiny pieces of coconut stick to the sides of he glass and float on top of the beer after the pour. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon, and coconut aromas. Taste is much the same with coconut, vanilla, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic coconut smell and great barrel aged flavors. (751 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
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 (1,848 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 jlindros
4.87/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (2,144 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.41/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ... (566 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 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 mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From 05/19/13 notes. Apart of our mega-BCA tasting. 22 oz glass into a mini-snifter.

a - Pours a deep brown color, almost black, with one inch of very dark tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of peanuts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, sweet bourbon, caramel malts, toasted malts, and cream. Very nice nose, lots of vanilla actually. I got a lot of nuts up front in the nose too.

t - Tastes of vanilla, chocolate syrup, roasted malts, dark chocolate, toasted malts, toasted coconut, nuts, cream, cocoa, bourbon, alcohol, and leather. Nice taste, a lot of vanilla again and more chocolate, less nuts.

m - Full body and low carbonation level. Thick and chewy, smooth body, with little head. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a variant; I ranked it 6/12 of the variants and vintages we drank. The coconut is light but nice, and I got some peanuts, but otherwise I thought it had a lot of vanilla to it. Top notch, worth checking out for sure. (1,000 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us last night at our monthly tasting.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong sugary sweetness, fudge brownie mix, coconut, molasses, dark fruits, charred wood and plenty of fusel alcohol. The coconut is there but as it warms up the intense sweetness holds it down.

T - Starts off with the intense sugary sweetness - mainly the chocolate, molasses and raw cane sugar - quickly being joined by the strong coconut flavor, dark fruits, charred wood and plenty of warming booze burn. Finish is still really sweet with some mild burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Heavy, sweet feel makes it hard to consume more than a few ounces at a time.

O - A really nice coconut stout, but I have had better in my travels. If the sweetness could be dialed back a bit I think this one could be amazing, since that won't be happening anytime soon this remains just a very nice coconut stout. (1,120 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a matching BCBS snifter. The brew appears black in color with a quick fading cap thats oily and leaves some spotty lace on the glass. Some legs of alcohol droop down the wall of the glass. It almos appears as though small shards of coconut slivers collect across the surface of the brew. A lighter brown hazy color is seen around the edges when held to the light.

The smell opens up with raw sweet coconut. Some vanilla and cocoa batter make for a strong chocolate scent. Some slight citrus hop faintly blends to whiskey spiked boozy goodness indicative of bourbon county. As it warms up, this seemingly becomes a mixture of chocolate and coffee liquor with a minor fruity raison-like finish.

The taste is sticky sweet blending to whiskey. An abundance of vanilla, caramel, toffee and coconut. So much coconut flavor that is milky sweet but also toasty and slightly caramelized. It feels like a mound bar or macaroon of sorts with a chocolate liquor and slight whiskey burn with anise in the aftertaste.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is sticky sweet but not cloying as it is contrasted by the whiskey. This is a fully rich and decadent brew with an exceprional addition of coconut. I would love to drink this again. (1,283 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer appears like any other Bourbon County beer - deep black, viscous, small head that fades to nil. However, upon further inspection, I find tiny pieces of coconut floating on the surface.

The aroma is fabulous. Bourbon, fudge, oak, roast, and all the character one expects from the standard Bourbon County. And then there's the coconut. Wow. I really enjoy coconut / coconut desserts, so this beer is right up my alley.

The flavor is just phenomenal. An instant 5 rating for me. Coconut is front and center and just works beautifully in this beer. Like a chocolate macaroon. I haven't had BCBS Rare in a while, but I do believe that this Proprietor's variant is my favorite of the Bourbon County series. World class and well deserving of the high ratings. (768 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.8/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,221 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 Axnjxn
4.54/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 19 bottling date. tulip.

dark black, thick pour. smell is very reminiscent of regular bourbon county but just a little less intense. taste is bourbony but so so smooth and the coconut comes in at the back end and is just amazing...this is possibly my favorite bourbon county. big body...mild carbonation

overall just insane . (332 characters)

Photo of SadMachine
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes from 2/8/14

A- Pours thick and black like old motor oil. A dark mocha head dissipates quickly. The coconut floats on top, and there are alcohol legs when swirled. Despite no head or lacing this is pretty to look at.

S- The aroma is incredibly deep and complex. The base stout is clearly evident, with sweet dark fruit aromas of fig, date, and prune. Vanilla, oak, molasses, and toasted coconut. Liquor soaked cherries, and dark chocolate are also present. A bit of black licorice too. The bourbon and some warming booze round this out. Incredible!

T- The first thing that I need to note is how well the coconut rounds out this beer. I feel as though this took the base beer to a whole other level! Huge baker's chocolate and cocoa notes, along with some sweet cherry. Vanilla and spicy rye on the front of the palate, and then it all gives way to massive toasted coconut notes that overwhelm the palate, but it is welcomed. In the background the figs and dates play an important secondary role. There are some buttery, oily notes that keep this nicely balanced. Only a little warming booze to remind you this is 14.1%! Just an outstanding variant of a great beer!

M- The mouth feel is creamy, yet slightly drying. Just the right amount of carbonation and it coats your tongue with an oily residue.

O- The way everything comes together is perfect! While individual aspects may not be, I can't imagine this beer being improved in any way! (1,461 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.76/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle opened on 1.2.14
Bottled On: 19NOV13

A - Pours a very dark brown with an active dark brown head that is gone fast leaving coconut floaters and oils.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, coconut.

T - Bourbon and chocolate, vanilla, then tons of coconut.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Super flavors, coconut is pleasant with out being overly sweet. Amazing beer! (372 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at mattsanders tasting a ways back (from notes)

A black with deep cola edge, white UFO’s I’m guessing coconut cause there’s a bit of an oil slick on top, not sure if it’s awesome or gross looking, some color and wide legs left behind tells me she’s a big one

S Rye and bourbon, booze, chocolate fudge, some coconut but not over the top, raisins, more fudge, more barrel, smells like something I want to eat

T like the nose but bigger, I know it’s a rye barrel but I’m getting rum and bourbon, coconuts there but mellow, some booze but I’d never guess 14.1%

M rich and thick, real thick, enough carbonation to give it some life, some heat but it hits your head and chest more than your throat, my lips are stuck together

O this one’s for real, believe the hype , powerful stuff, lots of barrel, heaps of fudge with some coconut rounding things out

I’m pretty stoked I got to try this stuff, now I really want to get to all the BC variants (981 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing!

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice dark brown nearly black hue with no female head but nice legs.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, faint coffee, so so so much barrel and coconut. Nice vanilla, roasted toasted coconut, great oak , nice cookie dough cocoa nibs going on here with no alcohol.

T - Taste is bourbon and coco, nice toasted coconut. Like a chocolate macaroon! So much bourbon soaked chocolate with enormous coconut. Unfathomable amount of coconut here, seriously...This is a mounds bar minus the diabetus. So much chocolate and coconut here. Who cares about the coffee aspects when you have chocolate bourbon coconut goodness?! Insane.

M - Mouthfeel is super nice, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy. Alcohol is hidden masterfully, awesome.

O - Overall this beer blew my mind. The coconut here is so so potent it's crazy. Super well crafted, the coconut and bourbon is balanced so well. This beer excess the hype! (989 characters)

Photo of VeganUndead
4.71/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Chris. Thanks, dogg. I never expected to get to try this.

Pouring black with a thin brown head that falls off to nothingness almost immediately, this beer is oily and dense with specks of coconut noticeable. The nose is hilariously decadent and well integrated. Like a chocolate covered coconut macaroon, this is incredibly coconutty, moderately chocolatey and has a bold dash of vanilla. What's surprising is how well the booze is integrated into the nose; it never gets in the way. The palate's similar. A clear, strong statement, a liquid realization of a coconut macaroon, this is thick, full bodies and decadent. Still, this is very well integrated and is remarkably easy to drink. Full in body and softly carbonated with a lingering finish of chocolate and coconut, this is awesome. (810 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
5/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (2,608 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.49/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I think Tom brought this to our tasting at the Gingerman in Houston. Regardless, a hug thanks.

A: This is the definition of opaque black. A tiny tan head forms to about a finger, on a vigorous pour. Which recedes in a moment, and no lace.
S: Everything is so well incorporated. Toasted malts, baked bread, vanilla, wood, dark chocolate. The coconut sweetness is great and adds a really nice complexity to everything.
T: This is the definition of rounded and well incorporated. Toasted malts, bread, and biscuit. Wood, vanilla, some more caramel sweetness. A bit o booze. Quickly followed by a great coconut sweetness that really does shine.
M/D: A full body and low carbonation. Which works perfectly here. Ultra smooth and velvety. Not over baring in its viscosity or weight. Lightly boozy, but for the strength this is so enjoyable to drink. I want the entire bomber to myself.

The difference between the Bruery monstrosities (well. many other barrel aged beers for that matter), and the Bourbon Country Brands are the finesse and nuance. Everything works perfectly here, and very moreish. A big beer for sure, but nothing over powers, which makes for an immensely enjoyable experience. Still, nobody can really touch the kings of barrel aged stouts. (1,254 characters)

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 Davepoolesque
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously into a Night Shift teku glass. Pitch black, with a smidgen of a khaki colored head that dissipated very quickly. Looks good enough to drink. Smell is classic Bourbon County, lots bourbon, chocolate and as you expect a bunch of toasted coconut. Tastes basically how it smells. Coconut was balanced so that it didn't over power the beer. The coconut was more of a compliment to the bourbon than being a huge presence itself. Absolutely delicious with a thick, coating mouth feel. I'm not sure what aging will do to this, but by the end, I was basically tasting the regular bourbon county. (604 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.