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

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Ratings: 1,411
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 1,096
Gots: 267 | FT: 23
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:
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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-18-2013)
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

spycow, Dec 13, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -15.1%

djrn2, Mar 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -15.1%

acurtis, Mar 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

Thorpe429, Dec 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Texasfan549, Jan 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

GRG1313, Nov 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

kjkinsey, Nov 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

jaydoc, Jul 29, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Knapp85, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -9.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

SocalKicks, Jan 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

largadeer, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

emerge077, Dec 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

JAHMUR, Apr 29, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev -5.9%
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 ...

Jason, Jan 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

Kegatron, Mar 01, 2014
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4.88/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

jlindros, Feb 09, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

MasterSki, Mar 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +6.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

oline73, Feb 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

mendvicdog, Feb 12, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Rifugium, Dec 11, 2013
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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
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