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

Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013)
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Stout - American Imperial
4.76 | pDev: 6.93%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013)
Notes: 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
Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 1,650 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So right away this beer was consumed that rare Kentucky Derby in September 2020. So yes, it was 7 years old when I drank it. Was in my cellar since about '15 methinks.

Pours brown, black. Makes a thin, 1/5" light brown head. I didn't think the carbonation was much different than younger BCS, but it just looked more thin. The aroma was lightly bourbon. There is a hint of the darken oak, but at 7 years old, this one wasn't pushing the coconut and that is fine.

The taste was pretty much regular BCS at this point, which is almost never a bad thing. The usual roasted malt, alcohol warmth, old wet oak, light bourbon, light sweetness, light wooden char going on. Carbonation was fine even though the appearance looked like there was just a whisp of it going on. If you really searched for it, you could get a hint of the toasted coconut, it was lightly oily. I thought it would have been sweeter than this. I doubt I could differentiate between this and a 7 year old BCS. Enjoyable experiment in cellar aging.

Sep 07, 2021
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StoneTSR from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE: Dark as a corn field in rural Nebraska on a moonless night. Pouring too much of this may be how black holes are formed. A thin (albeit thicker than expected) head of light brown, homogenous bubbles flared up for about 5 seconds when first poured then it settled into a super thin ring around the edge of the glass.

SMELL: Brandy and vanilla on the nose. Not particularly strong in this department, but hope of a big, aggressive flavor is not lost.

TASTE: Nope. Not lost at all. This is intense! A marshmallow-y vanilla leads the charge here with chocolate and Brandy notes not far behind. The rye flavor seems to have mellowed, although, I never had this fresh from the barrel, so I'm not 100% sure on that. Roasted malt flavor is a little muted, but does provide a nice bittering balance. A touch of spice is still there however, along with some oak. Still intense.

MOUTHFEEL: Creamy is the first word that comes to mind. It is certainly sweet, but very nicely balanced with that roasty bitterness mentioned above. Of course, huge body on this one, very viscous - looks like motor oil and feels like motor oil. Exactly what a gigantic, imperial, barrel-aged stout should be.

OVERALL: Still really tasting fantastic even though we let this age longer than we should have. I have to imagine that at 3-4 years this beast would have still been in it's prime, but I am very satisfied with it now. If you've still got one, drink it soon and enjoy. Outstanding beer.

Nov 01, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/19/13; drank 11/19/15 @ Village Tap.

Black appearance.

Almost no khaki head; no lace.

Marshmallow, milk chocolate & brandy notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Marshmallow, vanilla & milk chocolate flavors up front; brandy notes on the finish.

The coconut has faded, to my delight; this tasty dessert sipper is holding up very well.

Jul 25, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle aged 5 years. Pours black with essentially no head. Aroma of coconut, chocolate, toffee, whiskey. Thick chewy and sweet. Flavor of caramel, toffee, molasses, coconut, cocoa, a very slight rye whiskey bite. Exceptional beer. Worth the hype.

Jul 27, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Best BCBS variant I have had in a while. The coconut really came through on the taste, where the rye more on the smell. Overall though the flavors just beautifully melded together, molasses, chocolate, rye, coconut, bourbon, wood, and sugared dark fruit, to create an unforgettable beer experience!

May 17, 2018
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sposter4 from Pennsylvania

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

Half of a bottle poured into a snifter.
L- Pours jet black work no head. Bits of toasted coconut floating around in there? Leaves a motor oil lace on the glass.
S- The nose is mellow for a bourbon county beer. Some coconut and chocolate with barrel in the rear.
T- coconut is much more present in the taste. Huge fudge notes, burnt sugar and dark fruit similar to the base. The rye barrel adds a nice finish.
F- very think and syrupy. Definitely stick around awhile un your mouth.
O- This beer did not disappoint even with some age on it. However, I'm glad I did not wait to drink it.

Mar 26, 2017
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rabbott2 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Split 3 ways. Bottled 11/19/13

Look - black body with almost a cherry red top layer with a small foamy khaki colored head that doesn't last long

Smell - coconut aroma is still there, but subtle, however it does open up more as it warms. The rest is very bourbon-county-with-age-esque. Oaky vanilla, smooth glorious bourbon, fudge chocolate

Taste - Sweet coconut and vanilla come through a little more here than in the smell. Very much following the smell with the stout and barrel notes. This is where the barrel is noticeably rye though. Just lovely

Feel - medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel and a silky finish that coats the mouth, a slight hint of alcohol warmth

Overall - coconut has definitely faded, but it's certainly still present in the flavor. This is still a monster of a beer, and I'd expect it to be similar and at-near the peak for atleast another 6 months or so. Incredible.

Mar 20, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.44/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
Bottled 11/19/13

A- pours a viscous black color with a small foamy khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely

S- coconut aroma is still there, but barley hanging on at this point. Otherwise typical bourbon county aroma; nutty fudge, dark chocolate, coffee, fig & raisin, soy sauce

T- coconut comes through much more on the flavor. Sweet coconut and vanilla sweetness up front, followed by dark chocolate fudge and toasted walnuts, dark fig & raisin. Barrel notes come through on the finish with some spicy rye, caramel and earthy wood, lingers of vanilla and coconut

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a silky finish that Coates the mouth, a hint of alcohol warmth

O- coconut has definitely faded, but it's certainly still present in the flavor, adding vanilla-like sweetness

Dec 17, 2016
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beerforme55 from Illinois

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

Poured into Snifter

Drank this delicious stout on 11/26/16 with friends. The coconut was still noticeable in smell and very soft on the taste but noticeable! This variation of Bourbon County was delicious and very smooth! The bottle was in a wine cellar and stored properly since the bottle was purchased on Black Friday of 2013. Would gladly enjoy again!

Dec 07, 2016
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From bottle into mini snifter.

Beautiful dark oil like appearance, with a foam ring on the edge only. Not much coconut on the nose or in the taste but it was quite complex in flavor with oakiness, light coffee, vanilla and roasted malts all there. Great mouthfeel, super smooth. Would gladly drink this again if given the opportunity but the steep trading price is a turn off. Out of the 3 Props I've had, I'd still take the '14 over the '13, and both by a mile over the '15.

Sep 04, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks as always Greg!
Inky black with a stingy tan head. Molasses roast light chocolate bits of coconut light toast light oak and vanilla on the nose. Spicy rye character comes through in the flavor a bit more than the aroma. Sweet sticky brown sugary molasses with bits of caramel and chocolate. Lightly fruity with some toasty coconut just peaking out for the finish. Stick almost syrupy mouthfeel, full body and then some. light level of carbonation. I think the coconut must have faded, but I think it leaves enough background notes to keep this interesting. Pretty damn tasty imho.

Jun 29, 2016
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Nothing special. Very dark brown, no head or lacing. A few bubbles.

S- Mostly bourbon and vanilla. A little chocolate. Not really picking up any coconut.

T- A chocolatey, fudgy base. Bourbon and vanilla. Not much alcohol burn, if any. Barest hint of coconut, was probably more prominent at release.

F- Rich, just a little bit of carb. Very nice, but I would like it a hair thicker.

O- It's a top-tier stout, though I don't think I'd give up what it takes to get it again. I wish I could have had it fresher to see if there's more coconut.

Jun 14, 2016
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TampaRainman from Florida

4.6/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There was no real coconut to speak of here--I suspect that ship has long since sailed--
but it still tasted chocolatey, rich, velvety thick and delicious.

Mar 16, 2016
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seedyone from New York

4.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum West, NYC. Lucky me. I guess they sandbagged some after retirement.

I am a huge Goose Island BCS fan & it's a real treat to get to travel back in time without having to deplete the cellar.

The most outstanding element is he lack of any alcohol burn whatsoever. That being said, some might find the intensity of flavors & the texture to be too 'big'.

I think it would be unfair to superimpose my personal preferences on this unique brew but I will strongly encourage anyone with the slightest curiosity to experience this if the opportunity arises.

You're welcome.

Jan 11, 2016
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NYC-IPAnAPA from New York

4.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

!Been wanting to open this bottle for a while, and hosting a small whale share over the weekend was the perfect excuse. I absolutely love coconut stouts and this is by far the best one I have had so far. Pours jet black, minimal lacing. Smell is incredible and intoxicating, worried that some of the coconut would have started to fade, but there is absolutely no need to worry. Coconut bomb here, and it's delicious natural tasting coconut. Split with two other people which is the perfect amount, because at the end, it starts to become too sweet. The only terrible thing about this beer is that it was only made once.

Jan 11, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of coconut and black chocolate with some bourbon and some vanilla notes. Taste is a complex and satisfying mix of vanilla and bourbon with some black chocolate with just the right amount of coconut. Quite a bit of residual sugar notes but not overly so. Body is full with nice creamy body and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Such a shame that this was only brewed once.

Jan 03, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a trade with a non-BA member. Sampled on December 26, 2015.

Dark brown to near black pour with a lingering tan head.

The aroma is rich with Bourbon liquor, dark fruit, chocolate, and earthy hops.

Big full body but smooth.

The taste tends to bring out a milk chocolate sweetness along with a boozy character and a mildly bitter finale. This gets high ratings for a reason.

Dec 26, 2015
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sembo from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled sample. Friend's pour had a chunk of coconut floating in it. Slightly thinner body than I've experienced with standard BCBS. Big chocolate flavors present as it warms. Not much coconut on the taste anymore. Still a fun beer to tick, but seems like it's fallen off a bit.

Dec 21, 2015
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Ready4aHeady from New York

4.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours black, slight khaki head, smell is all chocolate, coconut, and bourbon, ....taste is thick, creamy coconut and bittersweet chocolate with just the right amount of bourbon to enhance it all, and not too sweet like backyard and others...... A crazy good liquid mounds bar!

Nov 28, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

4.64/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black with tan head. The coconut on this beer is perfect. It had every thing I love in bourbon county stout and then more. Vanilla and oak. Caramel and chocolate. Rich smooth and creamy.

I can't get over the toasted coconut flavor. Bourbon barrel aged liquid mounds bars.

12-2015 edit: coconut is staring to fade a bit. Still really good, just not the same.

Oct 24, 2015
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deadsincebirth from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look is black with brown ring, no head. Smells of rye spice, sweet coconut, chocolate and some alcohol heat. Tastes of spicy coconut sweet tannins, slight cocoa and no bitterness to speak of. Feel is of spicy rye tingle. Overall the coconut was slightly present and had an off putting dryness. My least favorite of the BC variants.

Aug 28, 2015
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tmoneyba from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Poured black color with an small to average fizzy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark roasted chocolate malt and coconut aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted coconut sweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Another standout version,

Aug 25, 2015
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chefbrady from California

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

Perfect blend of coconut flavor, doesn't hurt that this was an exceptional year for BCBS too. Nice thick -slick mouth feel, vanilla, toasted nut not too marshmallow-y for me

Aug 11, 2015
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.6/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at mattsanders tasting a ways back (from notes)

A black with deep cola edge, white UFO’s I’m guessing coconut cause there’s a bit of an oil slick on top, not sure if it’s awesome or gross looking, some color and wide legs left behind tells me she’s a big one

S Rye and bourbon, booze, chocolate fudge, some coconut but not over the top, raisins, more fudge, more barrel, smells like something I want to eat

T like the nose but bigger, I know it’s a rye barrel but I’m getting rum and bourbon, coconuts there but mellow, some booze but I’d never guess 14.1%

M rich and thick, real thick, enough carbonation to give it some life, some heat but it hits your head and chest more than your throat, my lips are stuck together

O this one’s for real, believe the hype , powerful stuff, lots of barrel, heaps of fudge with some coconut rounding things out

I’m pretty stoked I got to try this stuff, now I really want to get to all the BC variants

Jul 22, 2015
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Smokesnotes from Michigan

4.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shared the 2013 lineup (BCBS, BCBCS, BCBBW, Backyard, & Prop) with some friends. It was a fantastic evening, amazing brews. The Prop blew me away, really lived up to hype. The smell is misleading, but when you taste the beer, fantastic. Great coconut, a ton of chocolate, plenty of barrel, really all go well together. I'm impressed they put this out as the first prop and did so damn well.

Jul 13, 2015
Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) from Goose Island Beer Co.
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