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

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013)

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Reviews: 142
Hads: 1,582
Avg: 4.66
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 1,272
Gots: 322 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

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 larryarms847
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours crude oil black with a beautiful caramel brown head, good carbonation, and so thick!

Had this after sampling the 2014. 2013 has a similar cinnamon burst in the nose from the bottle, however once poured, a heavy aroma of coconut cuts hits you, soon sweet chocolate and bourbon top it off.

Tons of coconut, cinnamon, and chocolate flavors are skillfully balanced and bourbon helps to cut through the sweetness with enough bite.

Mouthfeel is a little too sweet for my tastes. Heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sticky, chewy, and sweet.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed the 2013 better than the 2014, but I'd like to see how the 2014 turns out in a year.

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Photo of aleigator
4.1/5  rDev -12%

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.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/19/13...Drank 12/9/14

As I suspected would be the case, the coconut has almost completely faded from this beer after a year. Disappointing in that regard, as I love coconut, but it still tastes damn good. In fact, it tastes almost exactly like a regular 1-2 year old Bourbon County (which I love), but with maybe the slightest hint of Almond Joy in the nose and a faint touch of rye whiskey spiciness in the finish. If you're looking for coconut don't bother seeking it out at this point. Very tasty, but I really wish I had tried this when it was fresh.

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Photo of guityler83
4.06/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of breadwinner
4.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Liquid Mounds, plain and simple, but with a beautifully crafted bourbon aroma/flavor note that is ever complementary, never dominant. This is one of those beers that, even with the big hype behind it, managed to stun me. Incredible.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
5/5  rDev +7.3%

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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Photo of drmcleod10
4.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip and popped near the end of Insanity share, thanks Tim for bringing this one
I got the first pour out of the bottle which was loaded with bits of coconut

A - Dark as night like much of the other BCS variants with a minimal brown head that recedes into the glass. My pour had loads of coconut bits in it and looked damn delicious

S - Smell was loads of chocolate, fudgey brownies, vanilla, oak, coconut and bourbon. Really nice, not quite as boozy smelling as some of the others including reg, BCBVS, rare

T - Taste follows the nose here, my pour actually had plenty of coconut throughout with heavy notes of chocolate, vanilla fudge and oak. Definitely a lot smoother than fresh BCS and how Rare and BCBVS are drinking right now. Quite nice here.

M - Smooth creamy chewy. Goes down easy

O - This has been one of the better variants. This was the final one to tick, I have made homemade prop which if done with a 2012 almost creates an equal effect. Loved this one.

Thanks Tim

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Photo of mlhyatt
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours pitch black with barely any head. The smell is straight bourbon. I get no coconut in the smell. The taste is another story. Tons of coconut complemented perfectly by the bourbon. It tastes like an almond joy dipped in bourbon. Fudgy and roasty that reminds me of german chocolate cake. The feel is thick and oily that completely covers the mouth. This is a great beer that doesn't dissapoint. I wish the smell was more coconut.

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Photo of teamchevymxer
5/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap at Beer revolution in Oakland, CA.
Pours a dark black with a little bit of brown sugar head. Smell is chocolate, bourbon, caramel, faint coconut. Where this beer shined for me was the taste, it tasted like almond joys. So delicious.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The smoothness of RARE with the extra enjoyable taste of coconut (In most bottles, some bottle variation). It was either a very tasty, fudgy mound bar, or a tasty fudgy BA stout.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by myself tonight.

Pours practically still, looks like there's no carbonation, with absolutely no head or lacing. I noticed, near the end of the glass, that there's pieces of coconut floating around.

Smells fairly strongly of toasted coconut, with bourbon, chocolate, marshmallow, and a very small of booze.

This tastes delicious, although the coconut is not quite as strong as in the aroma. I'm not picking up any specific rye qualities, but tons of the typical Bourbon County qualities, but smoothed out and slightly sweeter. There's a good amount of syrupy molasses as well. The year-ish on this has smoothed it out into one of the most delicious stouts I've ever tasted.

This one is very thick bodied, with a sticky and syrupy mouthfeel- it clings to your mouth, and to the glass. There is almost no carbonation. It's really drinkable, goes down so easy- basically because it's so tasty.

The hype's been met with this one. It's as good as everyone says it is, basically.

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Photo of dboon
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%

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...

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Photo of zac16125
4.63/5  rDev -0.6%

22oz bottle into a snifter
bottled on: 19Nov13

A big thanks to NHbeerguy for sending this one over via trade!

A: Pours an opaque black with some browning on the edges and 1/2 fingers width of fizzy mocha colored head. Head dissipate down very quickly, then some floaters can been seen on the top of the beer which is presumably coconut. Leaves effectively no lacing but some of the floaters stick to the edges of the glass. 4

S: Tons of the traditional bourbon county brand goodness, with chocolatey fudge, vinous dark fruits and roasted malt. Next I get some coconut, which is more subtle than I expected. Bourbon characters are there, with an oaky vanilla and bourbon-y booze. Excellent but I would appreciate more coconut flavors. 4.25

T: Very sweet and very boozey. Heavy bourbon/whiskey notes as well with charred oak and vanilla. Lots of dark chocolate, then the coconut starts to come out. At time it tastes like an Almond Joy. I also get some dark fruits, roasty characters, coffee like bitterness, and booze. Excellent and continues to get better throughout the drink. 4.75

M/D: Full bodied, a bit chewy, ABV is certainly noticeable (as is expected in a 14plus% ABV'er), but adds to the complexity and is not hot going down. Maybe a touch syrupy at times but its fairly smooth and all things considered drinkability is great. 4.25

O: This is pretty fantastic. Overall, I would have still liked a more prominent coconut presence, but still a great beer. Absolutely worth seeking out. 4.75

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Photo of jaken0ss
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer 4 times, each experience as good as the last. My most recent being 8/2/14
Each time the bottle was poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Oily with coconut flakes still floating on the top of the head. Viscous like your standard stout.

Smell: Bourbon, chocolate, and coconut. At this point (8/2) the coconut aroma is beginning to fade from the beer. In past experience the coconut flakes were in your face.

Taste: Liquid mounds. No alcohol burn at all or overpowering bourbon tones. Just straight chocolate and coconut deliciousness

Mouthfeel: Almost perfect, viscosity is just right as well as carbonation

Overall: Prop might be my favorite of the Bourbon counties. Having Rare as many times, I can say as much as I enjoy it, Prop is just so much more drinkable due to the coconut flakes.

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Photo of toppoop
4.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured out super dark with a head that quickly disappeared. No lacing. Incredible smell. Sweet bourbon and chocolate. Taste changed when it warmed. Not much coconut at first but a lot once near room temp. Mouthfeel was outstanding as well. Probably the best beer I've ever had. Magical.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours thick and oily, pitch black, leaves a small espresso colored head that fizzes aggressively but disappears rather quickly, the typical but exceptional common bourbon county stout look to it!

S: Instantly after opening the room filled with an amazing combination of bourbon, chocolate, and toasted coconut. While pouring the smell of the previous flavors only got stronger and stronger. Up front you get an intense amount of toasted coconut followed but a warming sensation of booze and rye barrels. In the middle you get this awesome blend of the initial smell mixed with chocolate and caramel, then finishes with a little vanilla. The smell of this beer is so rich, decadent, complex, and yet it is so well balanced it is almost unbelievable. This beer smells so damn good! It smells better than BCBS Rare!

T: Oh. My. God. The amount of coconut in this beer is absolutely amazing. Up front you get the most amazing rush of toasted coconut (it almost tastes like you are eating toasted coconut) mixed with chocolate and the perfect amount of booze, in the middle you start to get that slight warmth from the booze mixed with a generous amount of vanilla and rye barrels, on the finish you get a wonderful coffee, milk chocolate, and caramel mix with your primary and middle flavors. The flavor lingers for an almost absurd amount of time, but it is fantastic that it does because the flavor of this beer is so decadent you don’t ever want it to go away. Coconut is by far my favorite food so this beer rating is probably a little biased, but I’ll be damned, this beer is better than Rare, Rare used to be my number one but this beer edges it out!

M: Again so characteristic with the entire BCBS’s line up, thick and syrupy at first but finishes dry and smooth, the flavor lingers so long but it is so amazing that it does!

O: I am so glad that I went through all the hassle to get this beer, it is so worth and I honestly need to try and get more! This is a beer for the ages and is my new favorite!

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Photo of DemoniChris
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - blacker than the thickest, most used up motor oil.

S - sensory overload. caramel, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate. Perfection.

T - ...... unbelievable.

M - so rich and viscous. absolutely stellar

O - best stout I'll likely ever have. Simply perfection.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

(A)- Pours pitch black. Almost no head. Some residual coconut flake floaties still in this.

(S)- This literally smells like chocolate covered coconut; Mounds bar anyone? Absolutely delicious aroma.

(T)- Liquid Mounds bar. Lightly toasted coconut meets chocolate and the ever classic bourbon county intensity of the barrel.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. Rich and sweet. The coconut really makes this something special when added to the classic base.

(O)- Fantastically bourbon county stout, yet the coconut really adds a dynamic layer to an already dynamic beer.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.81/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to nknauz for the IP trade at Dark Lord Day 2014

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, 7-12-2014

Appearance- Pours a deep mocha brown with plenty of brown hue and shine to it. A little thinner than I expected, but very clean, with some decent legs on the glass. Not much head that hangs around, but definitely some coconut threads floating around on the top. A tiny halo of rich tan bubbles cling to the glass.

Smell- Rich oaky barrel notes bring cinnamon, chai, and dark tobacco notes, and they all blend nicely with roasty coffee, chocolate caramel, chicory, toasted coconut, and sweet creamy coconut. Smells awesome.

Taste- No astringency at all. Strong bitter espresso and dark chocolate is quickly brightened into sweet caramel, bourbon vanilla extract, brown sugar, dulce de leche, creamy milk chocolate and big toasted coconut flavors. Like someone took a Samoa Girl Scout cookie, and made an awesome stout with it. Amazing. So tasty, and no booziness to interfere with the flavors at work.

Mouthfeel- Super smooth and creamy. A bit thin, but with the big flavor, very well suited and not overbearing.

Overall- Simply put, one of the best. I am all in on the hype with this one, and reaffirms my faith in the BCBS variants. Very well done. A true gem of a beer.

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Photo of victorleyerprieto
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking this beer is like finding Kate Upton naked suntanning on the beach of a deserted island. After you smell her you have to take a step back and admire her, so nice and it pours so oily. And when you taste her, you have to stop because you dont wanna finish her, which is good because the warmer the better, the coconut kick it gives you at the end of every drink is a little orgasm, yes this beer is that good. One of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of champ103
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of dsigmon
4.13/5  rDev -11.4%
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 ;)

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of MrShake
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Coconut Flavor, with bits of coconut in the beer itself.

Not much of a head, pours DARK brown and thick. Good malt with lots of sweetness to offset the nutty coconut flavor. I've had this beer twice, and it didn't change much in 6 month. This is an outstanding beer and a jewel of my cellar!

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Photo of peacemakers48
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best stout I have ever had. Goose island know how to do this. This is so dark in color, may be the darkest stout ever. The smell is interesting and different. The taste is amazing. I taste sown thing like vanilla bean oatmeal. It's sweet but not too much. Just a perfect stout.

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.