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

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100
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1,450 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,450
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 1,110
Gots: 281 | 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:
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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Photo of guityler83
4.05/5  rDev -14%
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!

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of ChicagoGuy
4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

Very nice, complex, interesting, but I wished the coconut had been more front-and-center.

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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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2/5  rDev -57.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.4/5  rDev -27.8%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.44/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.65/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.32/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

I seldom rate at a perfect 5, but this is a perfect 5. I had 2014 at FoBAB dark as midnight and thick as nectar. Tasted like French toast or cinnamon toast crunch cereal. I will seek out this beer and so should you.

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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 1,450 ratings.