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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: 137
Hads: 1,562
Avg: 4.66
pDev: 24.25%
Wants: 1,258
Gots: 317 | FT: 19
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 KevSal
4.18/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Split with the wife on our mini honeymoon, big thanks to iadler!

A- looks like normal bcbs with an oil surface and tid bits of floaters. Not the best looking variation

S- looks fantastic, smells quite good. Coconut adds a very appealing aspect to the base beer. Fudge and bourbon and a bit of burn

T- lots of bcbs goodness with an oily sweetness. Like the added coconut but it's much different the regular bcbs. Tons of coconut sweetness, not very much rye

M- very thick and oily. Alch comes thru a bit aggressively

O- I much prefer other vintages and variations. Don't understand the hype behind this one honesty. It's still very good but not all that much better than the regular version, and far behind cherry

Thanks Isaac for the chance at trying this guy!

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.87/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yowza! I have been waiting for an opportunity to pop this monster, and decided that Memorial Day was an appropriate occasion. And she did NOT disappoint!

Poured from 22oz bottle into HF tulip glass. Deep dark black appearance, minimal head & lacing, but small chunks of coconut were floating in the pour. What little collar appeared was beige brown & dissipated quickly.

On the nose, bourbon coffee & chocolate scents of base brew dominate. Coconut scent plays second fiddle & is almost undetectable. But on the palate, the coconut emerges and asserts it's character, as does the bourbon alcohol. The overall flavor profile is very similar to the base beer, but the touch of coconut is a very pleasing accent.

Mouthfeel is full & chewy, with just the right amount of carbonation (as with the base beer).

On the whole, this trophy is not quite worth the King's Ransom I had to pay to get it, but I'm still glad I did what I needed to do in order to capture it (no regrets). By any measure, this is flat-out incredible bug juice!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of beerhan
4.69/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a pitch black color with floating coconut bodies, no head, nuff said.

S - Initial coconut blast that mellows fast. Vanilla, Hershey's bars, bourbon.

T - Vanilla. More vanilla than bcbvs plus so much chocolate and mellow bourbon. It's like whiskey soaked German chocolate cake times one million.

M - As expected such a big beer is heavy. Four ounces is enough but I enjoyed the majority of a bottle. Despite the minimal carbonation, alcohol presence is very strong but the flavor profile is so simple and plays on our innate desires that we can forget about it. I would have liked a little more body but thick syrup is probably okay for this.

O - Amazing, shockingly good flavor and the coconut was subtle enough that this beer deserves every praise it gets. It's been a while since I have said wow while having anything but I did while having this pure liquid bliss.

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Photo of peensteen
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jet black, shiny-oily surface, no head or lace to mention but tons of coconut floaties on the surface. Smell is of oak, bourbon and coconut, lots of vanilla and some chocolate, roasty with a bit of alcohol showing up, not to far off of regular BCBS but you can tell its a different barrel treatment and of course the presence of coconut which is less aparent than I had thought it would be. Taste is incredible chocolate and coconut flavours initially followed by oak and bourbon, vanilla and roast, virtually no alcohol flavours, seamless blend of flavours, incredible balance for a beer as big as this, taste is flawless in execution. Full oily body, lightly carbobnated, chewey and still very smooth. Far and away the best BCBS variant I have had, virtually perfect in every aspect.

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Photo of Brabander
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was fortunate enought to be able to drink this beer yesterday @ the Zeebra extreme beerfestival. We had three bottles of this wonderfull beer. Poured in a Zeebra Tasting glass the beer looks a bit funny with the pieces of coconut floating in it. Looks like piece of a guy with psoriasis! But hey this makes this beer perfect. What a beer, one of the best i ever had from BC, tastes like a bounty. Find it a.d drink it!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a treat. Wow another winner from goose island. Tried on tap at churchkey in DC along with a ridiculous list of other GI beers.

Pours out black, oily with no lacing or head, imposing it's depth from the start. The smell opens up to a huge palate of amazing aromas you'd expect from a big stout of this magnitude: fudge, whiskey, oak, leather, vanilla, cake batter, and some nutty almond like notes. No coconut for me but you can tell it's different than regular bourbon county cause it has an extra depth and dessert like sizzle to it.

The taste is ridiculous too with a super thick prune juice like feel but still with a backbone of carbonation. The smell notes are there with extra bread malt, rye barrel, caramel, molasses and a touch of piña colada. An amazing beer that has a great taste spectrum and only falls short of a 5 because the aftertaste is a little too dry and bitter for my taste on a big BA stout like this. Still remarkably amazing.

Definitely a beer worth trading for and/or seeking out.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from hotpipes in a recent box. Thanks a bunch for tracking this down for me!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage 2013
Bottled 19 November 2013
Bottle 1246

APPEARANCE: Pours out black and yields a one finger, loose, extremely fizzy dark tan head with horrid retention. Head fizzes away like Coke down to a ring in the blink of an eye. Terrible head. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Some definite coconut floaties in there, which is rather unacceptable at this point in the game. I can't imagine they dry coconutted in the bottle here. Looks very flat by the end. It's black, sure, but the wretched looking head and floaties makes me wonder how anyone could possible give this a positive score.

SMELL: Smells like Bourbon County with just a hint of fresh coconut in it. Lots of bourbon barrel with oak, vanilla, coconut and a hint of fresh coconut flesh from the additions. Boozy as well. The coconut is actually very nicely measured here, adding just enough to enhance the aroma. Hints of dark chocolate under the coconut and bold barrel aromas. This is actually quite good.

TASTE: Again, this is basically Bourbon County with a touch of fresh coconut. Follows the nose perfectly in that regard. Lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla up front with a hint of fresh coconut as well, then a big swallow with more barrel, some definite coconut flesh, some bitter dark chocolate and a touch of roasted malt from the base beer. Lots of barrel with vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate, oak and a bit of alcohol linger, while the fresh coconut comes and goes rather quickly. Still boozy, but not as much as the base beer usually is. Very good actually, but a touch boozy still for top marks.

PALATE: Same Bourbon County feel that tends to fall short. Medium body and carbonation, though still lighter on the palate than it should be. A touch creamier than the other variants, luckily, but still goes down prickly with a burn at the swallow and finishes very sticky. Lots of heat lingers. A bit creamier than other variants perhaps, but still too hot, prickly and abrasive.

OVERALL: This is certainly one of the better variants in the series. Perhaps my favorite. The coconut is well measured, adding a nice element to the coconut flavors already present from the bourbon barrels, and it seems to help mellow out the harsh alcohol and abrasive feel a little as well, which makes it much easier to drink. Despite these improvements, it is still too harsh and boozy for top marks in the style, and the floaties make this variant look even less appealing than its compatriots. That all said, I very much enjoyed this one, as the aromas were enticing and the flavor delicious. Would love to drink more of it at some point. Thanks again hotpipes. This was certainly a treat.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of TheDDO
4.99/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a 22 oz bottle on Easter Sunday. 4-20-14. Poured into my KBS glass.

Apperance- This beer was as dark as a moonless night as it was poured. A half finger mocha colored head quickly dissipated to a thin film, which brought forth small flakes of coconut to the surface. Time to dip this bad boy to the nose!

Smell- Awesome! That's all I can say! Very unique, definitely cococut, chocolate, dark fruit. It has the signature Bourbon County smell. A bit of campfire roasted marshmallow in the background.

Taste- Oh my! This is a perfect BA stout for me! At first sip, dark fruit comes to the forefront, and finishs with a smooth coconut taste. It reminds me of a mounds bar. This beer is in a class of its own, it does not taste like a 14% beer, super smooth!

Mouthfeel- Think and silky, this beer flows great and allows you to take in all of its complexities! Perfect! There's not much more to say here!

Overall- To me this is a perfect stout, Goose Island really knocked it out of the park with this one. I feel as though I'm running out if adjectives to describe this beer, I was seriously speechless while savioring the first sips. My suggestion to you is, do whatever you can to try this beer! Don't let it pass you by!

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Photo of anteater
4.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle

A: Black, thin brown head and the infamous little spots of coconut oil or whatever

S: Very rich chocolate and bourbon, a little bit of coconut

T: This is one hell of a smooth 14.1% stout. Sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, espresso with a hint of coconut at the end. The coconut opened up a lot more as the beer warmed up, there wasn't as much as I expected but it adds a really nice component to the beer.

M: Velvet, so smooth. Thick but not too thick.

O: Very very good! Overall not my favorite bourbon county variant and ultimately fell just slightly short of the hype for me, but it is without a doubt a super delicious beer.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.04/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Snifter

A - Pitch black. The 1/2 finger of dark brown head disappeared almost immediately.

S - If I was in a blind taste test, then I would say this is just regular BCBS. Typical chocolate, oak, and coffee notes. The whiskey is nice and sweet without being overbearing.

T - Again, just like the standard BCBS. Very smooth and alcohol isn't present. Very easy-drinking. A slight, SLIGHT toasted sweetness from the coconut, but not prominent.

M - Coats your mouth. Sweetness from bourbon and that subtle hint of toasted coconut lingers.

O - This looks, smells, and tastes just like regular BCBS. I would give that a 5/5. However, this is not supposed to be standard BCBS. When a beer is advertised as having toasted coconut
I expect at least some sort of coconut flavor. While there is a sweet toasted hint on the taste, the coconut is practically nonexistent.

I've had the Cherry Rye BCBS and that had a strong cherry presence. If you say you put coconut in a beer, I want some damn coconut. If you want a coconut stout, go with Wormtown's Norm.

Yes, I did say I would give regular BCBS a 5/5 and yes, I did say this was identical to BCBS. So does that mean I will also give it a 5/5? Not at all. To make a long story short (too late), this beer, in my opinion, did not deliver what it promised.

A great, barrel-aged stout? 100%! Is it coconut BCBS? Most definitely not.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Shared with a fellow BA. Poured in a Surly Darkness snifter.

A- pours a 1/2 finger tan head that fades quickly to nothing. Color is pitch black. Typical BCS appearance.
S- The aroma is not very different from regular BCS. Slight marshmallow aroma, chocolate, vanilla.
T- Wow, the taste is where this one takes off. Love the marshmallow taste that comes out, roasted coconut, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Love this one.
M- Thick mouthfeel, dry after taste, the heat is really hidden.
O- Well this one lived up to my expectations. The coconut really added a nice touch. One of my favorites of the BCBS variants.

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Photo of N_Schleret
4.76/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a pitch black with a half finger chocolate head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Coconut flakes floating on the top.
S: Very similar to BCBS. Dark chocolate, bourbon, light coconut.
T: One of the best I have tasted. Coconut really shines with a tasty toasted marshmallow flavor. Sweet chocolate, molasses, bourbon. Cannot taste the alcohol, well done?
M: Typical Bourbon County. Thick and smooth. Light alcohol burn.
O: I could drink this all day. One of the best tasting BA Stouts out there. Expectations were met with this one!

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Photo of Etan
4.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a snifter.

A. Pours black with a reddish tinge around the edges and a small tan head that recedes quickly.

S. Fudge and bourbon dominate, with twinges of oak and coconut. Mostly smells like regular Bourbon County.

T. Almond joy, thick dark chocolate, tannic vanilla and caramel, mild booze. The coconut is there but by no means assertive.

M. Thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O. Very tasty. Coconut flavor is moderate. Not really much better than regular BCBS but certainly not worse.

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Photo of onefmatt
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really great take on the base BCBS.

A: dark as night and thick like motor oil

S: Roasty malts, sweet vanilla and a hint of coconut. Raisin aroma typical of BCBS

T: sweet coconut, vanilla, toasty bread, caramel. Very smooth and all of the flavours meld well together

M: thinner than BCBS, I have a feeling that the oils from the coconut, heavy but not super hot

O: fantastic take on BCBS, the coconut is a great addition

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.96/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Proprietor's came out on top in my recent 9 beer tasting, beating out 8 of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting, Proprietor got all 5's for look, smell, taste, mouthfeel and overall from 4 out of the 7 judges. I've never seen so much excitement as I did when I placed this one in front of the guys. Where'd you get that??? Not easy here in Vermont.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Consumed a few weeks ago, reviewed from written notes. Thanks again JulianC for sending me this one.

A: Pours a cola brown/near black with a very short lived film of dark brown head that quickly faded into a thin collar. As previously mentioned there are indeed tiny bits of actual coconut flakes in this beer.
S: Boozy nose overall with notes of brown sugar and caramel sweetness, toasted marshmallows, and just a very faint amount of toasted coconut.
T: The fresh boozy BCBS base is prominent with notes of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and chocolate, but I get some spicier notes of rye barrel as well an extremely smooth and buttery oak finish. The only coconut I get is mild and roasted tasting, and really only shows up in the aftertaste.
M: Creamy mouthfeel overall with a velvety smooth aftertaste. The alcohol is boozy but not overly hot or distracting. Carbonation is low, soft, and velvety. The body is extremely rich and thick, but again, very smooth. Buttery and creamy overall. Only the booziness is keeping it from scoring perfect.
O: An extremely smooth, rich and decadent beer. I thought this was smoother than regular BCBS is fresh. The coconut definitely adds a nice touch, but I was hoping it would be more prominent - not in your face like Three Hour Tour, but at least more than just barely detectable in the aftertaste. Overall this is a really delicious beer, but it's not the best of the BCBS's. Thanks again, Julian.

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Photo of glazeman
4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: dark dark brown with a small light brown head. Looses some points for the coconut floaties

S: coconut does come through a little here. More chocolate, licorice, and brownies though. There's some whiskey on the back end but definitely not as much barrel on the nose as the other variants.

T: very smooth with a complex blend of rye, chocolate, whiskey, and a little vanilla with burnt coffee.

M: nice and think with a slight alcohol burn. Great aftertaste though.

O: very good. May have rated it higher had I not had rare last night, which was amazing.

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Photo of stakem
4.47/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Dark black with a thin oily film and tiny bits of coconut floating around.

S - Light toasted coconut, dark cherry, spicy rye whiskey.

T - Rye whiskey, light coconut, chocolate, dark cherry notes. Has a bit of an aged BCS feel to it.

M - Slightly slick with low carbonation.

D - An excellent variant of the great BCS.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Carp19 and replacementpart for making my Bourbon County dreams come true. Worked for a couple months at these. Finally got two. Great traders! Drinking this bottle all to myself.

Pours very black, with coconut floaties all over the surface. Neat! The aromas is great. Coconut, bourbon, oak, chocolate, some vanilla. The taste is about the same. Coconut way up front, with bourbon and alcohol hear on the backend. You also get a fair amount of chocolate. The coconut isn't too sweet here, and that's really great. Coconut has the ability to take over a beer, but this does a nice job incorporating all the bcbs flavors. The mouthfeel is very slick. It's bit heavy but it's great sipper at 14 percent. The chocolate flavor lingers in your mouth wih a slight coconut sweetness. Very happy to try this, at three months old I'd still consider it fairly fresh. Would be curious how much the coconut fades over a few more months. Not willing to test it though, will be sharing the other bottle quite quickly. Overall, it's a great beer. No surpises, a bcbs with a ton of coconut. I've had pipeworks toasty nut abduction and yesterday the jacks Abby Cocoa-nut framinghammer. This one was less sweet, therefore the best in my book. Although, they are all tremendous beers. Anyone who thinks this is like a mounds bar needs to try a Vermont beer Hodad, made by fiddlehead, not barrel aged, but it's really good. Was it worth the hype? Sure! Solid beer and the coconut floaties are a nice touch.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
100 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.