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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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137 Reviews

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 1,561
Avg: 4.66
pDev: 24.25%
Wants: 1,256
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 EliotRosewater
4.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours dark black with virtually no head. Gentle swirl brings little foam. Fucking coconut in the goddamn beer. Crazy.

S - big boozy smell up front. Whiskey, caramelized brown sugar, almost a rum-like booziness.

T - tastes like a refined bcbs. Coconut is not overly present at first but comes through on the back end. Alcohol isn't as harsh as regular bcbs and this comes off as slightly sweeter.

M - very lightly carbonated. Viscous and full. Perfectly coats the mouth. Nice lingering roasty, boozy flavor.

O - this is delicious. I can't help but thinking that having this beer almost three months after it was released doesn't showcase it in the best possible light. None the less, it is still delicious.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.38/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 11/19/2013, poured into an original Bourbon County snifter today, 2/22/2014. #3 in the Bourbon County Variant lineup.

Review #455.

App- Looks like Bourbon County. Strangely, my glass is the only one that came with a significant amount of dark mocha head with surprisingly good retention. Weird. Not much lacing. Looks like a Bourbon County Stout for sure with the exception of some coconut flakes.

Smell- Strangely, not a lot of coconut, even as it warms up. It smells like a very decadent Bourbon County Brand Stout, with a bit of heat and a lot of the trademark chocolate fudge and brown sugar. Not particularly complex compared to the other variants we drank tonight, but still delicious.

Flavour- Toasted coconut bomb on the front end, a nice decadent chocolate fudginess on the backend, also quite sweet. It's a bit one-dimensional compared to BCBVS, Backyard, etc. but damn if this isn't a great tasting beer. I can see the Almond Joy/Mounds bar comparison, but I wouldn't go that far.

Mouthfeel- Typical BCBS mouthfeel, thick and silky with minimal carbonation. Gets boozy as it warms up, but there's a nice window in between chilled and before it warms up completely that is just perfect.

Overall- An excellent variant, but I actually prefer Backyard Rye to this. I like that jammy subtle fruitiness that evolves over time for the better, over the one-note coconut that loses a little bit of its luster over time. It doesn't quite deserve that 4.71 rAvg as of this writing, but it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of baybum
4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to capnmike for trading me this bottle - it was his first trade and it went perfect

Bomber into 7 tasting glasses at a bottle share.

A- Has BCBS characteristics with a slight notice of coconut film

S- Macaroons in a glass, Bourbon, roasted malt, light almond aroma, light coconut, dark chocolate.

T- smooth like 1-2 year old bcbs, not alcohol bite at all. Sweat but not overpowering like chocolate and coconut can have in a beer.

M- smooth with a slight lingering feel that makes you want more right away

O- I had high hopes for this beer, so I thought for sure I would be disappointed. I was way wrong, this was absolutely perfect!

I have been using a Randal to make my own version of this beer with 2012 bcbs, and my tasting group thought my versions are outstanding. So I didn't tell anyone what beer this was in thoughts some might think it was just another randal version. At first there was discussions as to which it was, but in the end GI could not have made this beer any better and we all knew it was the real thing!

Thanks again capnmike!!!

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Photo of JLoPMac
4.93/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best barrel aged beer I've ever had. I was skeptical going in just cause of all the hype but this is truly outstanding. It's 3 months old at this point, bottled 11/19, bottle #1244, but the coconut is still overwhelming. Would love to try this again.

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Photo of RhyminBelmont
4.74/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WankelEngine for the pour

Bomber into a plastic flight glass.

A- Looks like BCBS/BCBCS/Etc.

S- Bourbon, roasted malt, dark sweet things, very light coconut, like a high end chocolate.

T- Delicious, just the right kind of sweet, some melange of coffee/tobacco/whiskey/dark chocolate. Almond joy of the gods.

M- Thick, chewy, sticky, warming, blissful. Probably my favorite part of this series of beers.

O- dope, prizeworthy, not gonna chase it or drop massive amounts of skrilla. Thanks again to WankelEngine, a true BA ( For better or worse :p).

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Photo of MacQ32
4.96/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Pours near black with a finger of mocha colored head. Good lacing and retention

S - Chocolate, oatmeal, coconut, minimal booze, incredibly sweet. like a cinnamon raisin oatmeal cookie.

T - Sweet oatmeal raisin and tons of coconut upfront. Fades into a super sweet chocolate boozyness pretty quickly.... until it warms up, then that coconut lasts for days baby.

M - Full bodied and smooth with minimal carbonation, ideal

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Photo of jlindros
4.87/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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

Poured into a Bourbon County snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a oily dark black viscous liquid with a thin tan head that rises up briefly and then just dissipates into nothingness. There are notes of flakey oily coconut floating around the brew.

Aroma is exquisite! Notes of fresh coconut, coconut cream with notes of molasses and bourbon to back everything up. Slight boozy heat with some nice notes of rye grain. There is some slight roast to the nose like some dark chocolate/bakers chocolate but its quickly covered up by awesome coconut sweetness.

Flavor is out of this world. Beer starts off with notes of sweet coconut with some spicy rye notes. Notes of mild chocolate fudge is present as well. The flavor is just rich and complex with the great notes of chocolate and coconut underlain be boozy heat notes. Absolutely delicious. Nice notes of chocolate can be perceived as well as notes of mild almond with some nice coconut roast. This brew is truly amazing. Just a delight to delve into the amazing sweetness with chocolate notes and mild roast. The mouthfeel is delicious, oily, slick with some nice heat on the backend.

Its hard to say truly but right now this has to be one of my favorite variants. I thought Cherry rye was terrific but this really blew my mind. Amazing.

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Photo of rudzud
4.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing!

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very nice dark brown nearly black hue with no female head but nice legs.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, bourbon, faint coffee, so so so much barrel and coconut. Nice vanilla, roasted toasted coconut, great oak , nice cookie dough cocoa nibs going on here with no alcohol.

T - Taste is bourbon and coco, nice toasted coconut. Like a chocolate macaroon! So much bourbon soaked chocolate with enormous coconut. Unfathomable amount of coconut here, seriously...This is a mounds bar minus the diabetus. So much chocolate and coconut here. Who cares about the coffee aspects when you have chocolate bourbon coconut goodness?! Insane.

M - Mouthfeel is super nice, lightly carbonated, smooth and creamy. Alcohol is hidden masterfully, awesome.

O - Overall this beer blew my mind. The coconut here is so so potent it's crazy. Super well crafted, the coconut and bourbon is balanced so well. This beer excess the hype!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.51/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with light brown head. Nose is strong, lots of bourbon and heat, some of the rich malt but no where near a regular bcs, with a little of the coconut in the nose. The taste is a little all over the place, lots of coconut in there with some of the rich maltiness of the bcs up front, coconut mid palate, lots of heat and bourbon towards the back and a ton if coconut lingers. Full bodied and moderate carbonation, a hint chalky in back.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz, November 2013
Mini snifter

A: Pours the typical BCBS Oily pitch black. Some flecks of coconut in the pour actually. Looks like BCBS all around. Alcohol feet. Reddish legs on the glass after the swirl.

S: I don't smell that much like coconut, even though others were pulling it. Smells like the traditional BCBS to me which is completely fine. Lots of vanilla, fudge like chocolate, sweetness, umami character, etc. delicious.

T: Toasted coconut. Mounds bar. Oily BCBS. It's legit like eating a Mounds. That dark chocolate and vanilla mixing with coconut. It's more of a toasted character then the coconut you sometimes pick up from the barrel. Very long finish. Lingering chocolate flavors. Delicious beer. Lives up to hype as it's currently drinking for sure.

M: Full bodied. Huge mouthfeel.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.55/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter at a Superbowl party. Thanks for bringing it, Cliff!

A: Dark brown/black with a tan half finger head that settles quickly. Lots of coconut flakes floating around in the mix. Not much lacing.

S: Heavenly. Coconut dominates, followed by bourbon, malts, and caramel.

T: Fantastic. Adding the coconut really brings this one up a notch. Picking up great bourbon, chocolate and caramel malts. Robust as hell. Balanced like a champ. Sip and be overwhelmed.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Love the coconut flakes drifting around on my tongue.

O: This is one of the best beers I've ever had. Wish I could've hogged the whole bottle, but it needs to be shared with beer enthusiasts. A true masterpiece.

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Photo of De_Nada_Brewing
4.84/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cracked this bad boy on my birthday

Best thing about it was the smell, you get hit with coconut.

Does it live up to the hype though? Yes and No

I wouldn't over trade for this beer, just put some coconut flakes in a regular bcbs

Overall I thought this beer was amazing and it is definitely a beer to share with others.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.54/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 19 bottling date. tulip.

dark black, thick pour. smell is very reminiscent of regular bourbon county but just a little less intense. taste is bourbony but so so smooth and the coconut comes in at the back end and is just amazing...this is possibly my favorite bourbon county. big body...mild carbonation

overall just insane .

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Photo of dar482
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in that expended pitch black with almost no head. Some glasses had bits of coconut, mine did not.

The aroma has that classic BCBS of sweet chocolate fudge, molasses, oak, coffee vanilla, some alcohol. The coconut comes through as well.

The flavor follows with classic BCBS flavors of that sweet chocolate fudge, bourbon character, vanilla, tons of sticky molasses and sweetness. The middle and towards the finish comes this chocolatey coconut flavor that beautifully melds with this beer.

As with French pressing toasted coconut into this beer, I do believe what the coconut does to this beer is add sweetness and meld with the vanilla and chocolate notes. It does not make the beer a coconut bomb as the coconut only shines through slightly towards the end. Instead, the coconut carries and integrates with the other flavors in the beer to bring out a smoother experience.

Not my favorite variant, but darn amazing stuff.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Fleeting khaki head. Nothing after a bit of settling.

Smell - Lots of coconut. Chocolate. Fudgy chocolate. A little bit of whiskey, but it's not as strong as I expected.

Taste - Much more fudge. Oily coconut. Sweet. Again, minimal barrel. A little whiskey.

Mouthfeel - Very sweet. Not as boozy as regular bourbon county.

Overall - The coconut is very strong, especially as it warms. This would probably be better in a bourbon barrel, but it's quite nice.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Thick, pitch black pour with a one finger caramel-colored head that fades almost immediately leaving no lacing. There are traces of what appear to be coconut flakes floating on top as well. The nose is sweet and boozey with a good amount of roast and a ton of rich chocolate fudge. Hints of soy sauce, vanilla, and cocoa. The coconut was subtle at first, but really emerged as it warmed. The taste is nothing short of a Mounds candy bar in a beer. Rich and flavorful with a huge amount of chocolate fudge, and the toasted coconut was way more prevalent than I had imagined it would be. Hints of vanilla, oak, espresso, tobacco, molasses, cocoa, and a touch of black cherry. The mouthfeel is thick and oily, but velvety smooth with a nice subtle boozey warming on the finish. Overall, this did not disappoint. The alcohol was extremely well hidden and it was very drinkable for such a big beer. Definitely needs to be drank at the correct temperature. Another great variant from Goose Island!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer appears like any other Bourbon County beer - deep black, viscous, small head that fades to nil. However, upon further inspection, I find tiny pieces of coconut floating on the surface.

The aroma is fabulous. Bourbon, fudge, oak, roast, and all the character one expects from the standard Bourbon County. And then there's the coconut. Wow. I really enjoy coconut / coconut desserts, so this beer is right up my alley.

The flavor is just phenomenal. An instant 5 rating for me. Coconut is front and center and just works beautifully in this beer. Like a chocolate macaroon. I haven't had BCBS Rare in a while, but I do believe that this Proprietor's variant is my favorite of the Bourbon County series. World class and well deserving of the high ratings.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.21/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Dan for this one. 22oz. bottle into a Hair of the Dog sampler. Reviewed at a tasting 1/18/14.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha colored head with low retention. Thick, oily legs with little lace. Decent.

Mocha, fudge, sweet soy sauce, chocolate and vanilla. Deep and very sweet. Every bit a Bourbon County variant.

Opens roasted coconut, cocoa powder, chocolate and fudge. Vanilla, oak and leather in the middle with sweet soy sauce and molasses sweetness to balance it out. Finishes chocolate and molasses with a touch of roast. Same aftertaste. Very good but the coconut is barely present and the lingering roast actually takes a bit away from the base.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Oily, slick and rich in the mouth and goes down smooth and moderately hot. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Excellent as always.

A solid and pretty unique take on Bourbon County but this is not one of the better variants. I might have gotten to this one a bit late since the coconut is almost completely faded, leaving just a touch of roastiness. Still, this is Bourbon County so its still much better than average.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.51/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured from a bottle into a Trillium tulip glass, #6 at our BCBS tasting.

Appearance: This is another Bourbon County beer, so it's also really thick and black motor oil. No head or crown on this one.

Smell: Lots of dark chocolate. Hints of coconut, but not a whole lot.

Taste: Fruity dark chocolate prevails here. A little bit of coconut comes through, but when I had this in January I remember more.

Mouthfeel: The coconut is most noticeable here. Really oily and velvety. Thick, sticky, and lower carbonation.

Overall: I wish I had a chance to taste this super fresh. This might be the rare BCBS variant that doesn't improve with age.

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Photo of orangesol
4.45/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us last night at our monthly tasting.

A - Pours pitch black with a nice one finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small trails of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of strong sugary sweetness, fudge brownie mix, coconut, molasses, dark fruits, charred wood and plenty of fusel alcohol. The coconut is there but as it warms up the intense sweetness holds it down.

T - Starts off with the intense sugary sweetness - mainly the chocolate, molasses and raw cane sugar - quickly being joined by the strong coconut flavor, dark fruits, charred wood and plenty of warming booze burn. Finish is still really sweet with some mild burn, lingering long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Heavy, sweet feel makes it hard to consume more than a few ounces at a time.

O - A really nice coconut stout, but I have had better in my travels. If the sweetness could be dialed back a bit I think this one could be amazing, since that won't be happening anytime soon this remains just a very nice coconut stout.

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

Pours out dark as night. Couldn't be any darker with a small dark brown head with little retention. Smell is intense chocolate, dark fruits, dark malts. Ironically no smell of coconut at all. The chocolate is overpowering. Taste is more intense chocolate, dark malts, intense chocolate, a little bit of coconut which gives it a sweet taste, and did I say intense awesome chocolate. Mouthfeel is thicker than any stout I have ever drank. Overall the series is always a favorite and this doesn't disappoint. The coconut adds a little sweetness but is not overpowering as the coconut is fairly faint but appreciated greatly by this guy. The coconut just adds another great dimension. Not the most coconut I have ever tasted in a beer but this is just right for me today.

Edit: It was quite warm when I popped it but as it warmed up even more the coconut does seem to come out more. This is the first 5 I have given for anything. I can't taste or smell any booze at all.

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Photo of atomic
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I really wanted to hate this beer, maybe it's because I wanted to "be above the hype" or maybe because I hate coconut flavor, but I was very surprised when I loved this.

22oz bottle poured into 6oz snifter.

A: I noticed little flakes floating in the bottle I can't see them in the glass.

S: smooth nose, no alcohol, lots of toffee, vanilla, and of course coconut but none overpower each other.

T: heavenly, this is definitely the best stout variant I've had this year, and arguably of them all. Vanilla gives this a run for its money but given the choice between this and rare, I'd say proprietors all day!

M: silky, leaves a smooth feeling in the mouth. Great subtle coconut aftertaste (and I hate coconut!)

Overall this is a ridiculously good beer.

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

Bottle opened on 1.2.14
Bottled On: 19NOV13

A - Pours a very dark brown with an active dark brown head that is gone fast leaving coconut floaters and oils.

S - Bourbon, vanilla, coconut.

T - Bourbon and chocolate, vanilla, then tons of coconut.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Super flavors, coconut is pleasant with out being overly sweet. Amazing beer!

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