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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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Ratings: 1,493
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.71
pDev: 7.01%
Wants: 1,156
Gots: 302 | 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:
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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Ratings: 1,493 | Reviews: 132
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5/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.64/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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4.84/5  rDev +2.8%

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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%

Photo of larryarms847
4.73/5  rDev +0.4%
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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5/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of aleigator
4.1/5  rDev -13%

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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4.8/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of HumanParaquat
4.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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1/5  rDev -78.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -4.5%

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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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5/5  rDev +6.2%

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4.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
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