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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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.71 | pDev: 7.01%
Nov 23, 2021
Mar 25, 2013
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
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Reviewed by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The coconut is gone, but the base beer is still amazing. In terms of flavor, take the best vintages of BCBS (2012-2013) with a slight bump in sweetness and you have what this beer is now.
Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.99/5  rDev -15.3%
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
Rated: 4.75 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by StoneTSR from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -8.1%
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
Rated: 4.71 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois

Mar 04, 2020
Rated: 4.58 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 19, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Rated: 4.71 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4.81 by edthehead from New York

Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Rristow from Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +5.5%
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
Rated: 4.69 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

Jul 09, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Jun 29, 2018
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Rated by Dankacheese from Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Still a ton of bourbon in the nose and a ton of bourbon and everything else in the taste. This must’ve been a hot beast in 2013.
May 21, 2018
Rated: 4.58 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

May 21, 2018
Rated: 4.85 by MTKATL from Georgia

May 20, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | 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! Typical bcbs appearance and feel with enhanced rye textures
May 17, 2018
Rated: 4.39 by Eman17 from Illinois

May 17, 2018
Rated: 4.99 by JoeTan4919 from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.84 by Jinx989 from Illinois

Dec 26, 2017
Rated: 4.82 by whitenads from Michigan

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 5 by ShawnyB from Illinois

Dec 01, 2017
Rated: 5 by JFresh21 from Illinois

Aug 30, 2017
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 4.95 by johnlatona from New Jersey

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4.75 by shoegueuze from California

Aug 16, 2017
Rated: 4.89 by vicjr85 from Illinois

Apr 21, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Apr 06, 2017
Rated: 4.64 by shareallthebeer from Colorado

Apr 05, 2017
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Reviewed by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Reviewed by rabbott2 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +0.6%
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
Rated: 5 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by tblack4d from Georgia

Jan 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.44/5  rDev -5.7%
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
Rated: 4.5 by mush from Illinois

Dec 10, 2016
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Reviewed by beerforme55 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +6.2%
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
Rated: 5 by Beernoobie from California

Nov 25, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by k47k from New York

Nov 25, 2016
Rated: 4.75 by JoeMarinello from Ohio

Oct 22, 2016
Rated: 5 by maljay26 from Florida

Oct 16, 2016
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