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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by MasterSki on 03-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,626
Reviews:
151
Avg:
4.66
pDev:
7.08%
 
 
Wants:
1,276
Gots:
317
For Trade:
17
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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a rich black color with a thin brown head on it. There are some little floaties in there from the coconut which is pretty rad I think. The smell has a heavy amount of barrel aromas and soft coconut on the nose. The taste has a lot flavors going onion it, some chocolate covered coconut and bourbon. The feel is really smooth with some boozy heat on it. Overall it's a fantastic beer.

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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.

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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.

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2/5  rDev -57.1%

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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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3.84/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

At first glance, looked pretty much like any BCBS variety, dark inky black body, brown around the edges, a half inch of chocolate brown head that receded to a ringlet, some oily residue on the glass, and floaties throughout. Well then, I guess there's coconut in my BCBS. Coconut was obvious in the aroma right up front, behind that, the usual suspects for a BCBS, roasty dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate big notes of bourbon. The coconut almost came off as an impurity in this beer, in both aroma and taste, but it's still BCBS, so it's still good. Chewy coconut flavors, creamy semi-sweet chocolate, dark malts with a good amount of roast, and smooth vanilla-bourbon notes. The coconut lent a vegetal element to the mouthfeel that I didn't care for much, with that and the oils sort of thinning out what would otherwise be a smooth velvety texture. Good overall, and worth a try, especially if you're a tick-elitist / BCBS completist, but definitely my least favorite of the varieties.

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