Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014)
Goose Island Beer Co.

Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014)
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
13.2%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.73 | pDev: 5.92%
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
1,169
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Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014)
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.

2014 variant - Made in Rye barrels with Cassia Bark, Cocoa Nibs, Panela and Coconut Water
Reviews: 124 | Ratings: 1,169 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Despite having 5 years of age on it, this reminded me what BCBS used to be compared to what we have in the last 2 years' lineup. There is nuance not hit over the head with adjuncts in both smell and taste. There is tremendous depth and character in the feel from both the barrel and the underlying stout. Rye, coconut, bourbon, very expressive wood, vanilla, rich fudge, artful booze and char, cinnamon, and a kiss of nougat. Smooth, refined, sweet but not cloying at all, boozy but balanced. Incredible.

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REVZEB from Illinois, Dec 16, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lucky to try this, I was expecting a five year old bottle of bourbon county to be over the hill. This was nice. Great coconut flavor even though they used water. Sweet, spicy, and delicious.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Sep 29, 2019
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazon beer. Tasted from bottle aged 5 years. Pours black with beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, spices, cocoa. Mouthfeel is sweet, sticky, chewy, thick goodness. Flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, rye spice, cocoa. Perfect BA adjunct stout.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/3/14; drank 12/23/16 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

Minimal khaki head; no lace.

Cinnamon, cream, fudge & faint coconut notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Cinnamon & milk chocolate flavors up front; sweet cream notes on the finish. No booze heat. Marshmallow notes emerged as this warmed.

The cinnamon bite is a bit much for me, but this was an enjoyable dessert treat.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Jul 25, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous void black with a thin fizzy dark mocha blanket dying to nothing but a still oily surface.

Cinnamon is way more potent than I imagined, and it's also impressively chocolatey, especially on the nose. Coconut rides smoothly but faintly in the background, enhanced more by the barrel characteristics than its own contributions.

The barrel makes for a very mature and rich experience, while helping to avoid decadence. As you sit with it, the cinnamon mellows out, allowing notes of dark fruit, mild char and Tootsie roll to develop. Accents of crisply carbonated herbal cola characteristics contribute a lightness to the thick body, which finishes semi-sticky. The exhale is brownie crust and chocolate pie with a touch of vanilla whip cream.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jul 08, 2019
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4.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ran into this whale for $50 bucks in 2017. Sat on it for 1 year. Absolutely amazing. World class all the way. Goose Island is still the best. I have tried other really great beers from Bottle Logic, Funky Buddha, The Bruery, 3 Floyds but GI Remains number 1. 2018 Regular BBCS was amazing for $10 a battle. Cant beat it. Variants are pricey but worth it.

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DEZ01301960 from Illinois, May 31, 2019
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4.94/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A friend ans I were watching hoops on a cool Saturday. After a couple gaming reversals and a delicious 2011BCBCS we decided ti bring out a good one.

In a word this hums with cinnamon on the mouth front and back of the mouth . It has every aspect of an excellect bourbon barrel aged stout and the cinnamon. A little, not too much. About a perfect beer.

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Thirstygoat from Illinois, Feb 03, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After over 4 years of cellaring: says it was bottled on 11/3/14

L- Pitch black coloration (even against the flashlight on my phone), very minimal brown head at pour which dissipates quickly

S- Rye whiskey, cacao nibs, faint cinnamon notes

T- Rye whiskey, dark chocolate, brown sugar, light cinnamon flavor, woody, boozy

F- Very smooth, slightly syrupy, mild viscosity, strong alcohol bite on the finish

O- Nice blend of chocolate and spices play well with the rye whiskey and woody components. Would like for the coconut to stand out a little more but that may have given way to the other flavors after cellaring. A nice entry in the Proprietor's series.

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4.65/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: seeet coconut, Vanilla, reason, fig, a little molasses, Maple, and dark cherry with roasted oak. Exceptional

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F: nicely balanced with toasted coconut, Caramell, molasses, Maple, vanilla. Some dark fruit hidden within layers of sweet boozy oak.

M: Medium full body, well balanced and finishes even with lingering boozy oak, coconut vanilla and fig

O: One of the best bourbon county beers I’ve ever had. Unlike some of the 2014’s after 4+ Years, this one remains in excellent condition.Solidifies 2014 as one of my favorite years by far.

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edisacoolcat from Virginia, Jan 08, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12/29/18 (Chicago): $9.94, 6 oz pour into round glass. Pitch black pour, sweet coconut aroma. Very smooth beer, bourbon blends well with sharp coconut and bourbon taste, excellent blend stands the test of time. Slight cinnamon noted as well. Very smooth creamy mouth feel, silky smooth. Overall outstanding pour, one of the best BCS pours I've had. Well done!

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dukeandduke from Illinois, Jan 02, 2019
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4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pulled from the mystery wall at Prop Day and consumed almost immediately.

L: Dark black and moderately thick, with zero head
S: Super cinnamon, with a hint of oaky barrel
T: Awesome, lots of cinnamon, but just enough so it's not overpowering, with a little bit of coconut taste on the back end. The coconut is not the same sweet coconut flavor you normally get from coconut as an adjunct though, it's more of a subdued, smooth coconut. Nice booziness from the bourbon barrel too.
F: Perfect thickness, and I'm probably overrating the feel a little bit, but I just find it impressive that they nailed a great mouthfeel with this much cinnamon being up front. Most cinnamon-forward beers suffer a little on mouthfeel.
O: This one really lived up to its reputation. It's a shame I can't get more of this. Almost a perfect beer. In fact, I'm even pretty sure that it's even keeping me better hydrated than other beers with all the coconut water. Prove me wrong!

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miniditka77 from Illinois, Nov 18, 2018
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4.49/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this variant. A friend was nice enough to open a bottle to celebrate his birthday and couldn't have been happier to be there and share the moment with him. Anyhow, the beer it self poured out dark black with a thin head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet but also inviting with the soft coconut aroma coming off of it. The taste of the beer still has plenty of coconut in there even after 4 years which is awesome. The feel of the beer is full bodied. Overall this one is a gem, definitely one of the best BCBS's out there.

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Oct 01, 2018
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4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The legendary Prop 14. Notes below. Tried to be thorough. Bottled 03NOV14 0931.

Nice motor oil pour, good weight. Not much lace, the tan head of foam slowly faded into nothingness.

Cinnamon, chocolate, roast nose. Balance is incredible, yet subtle at the same time. No tricks, just a very well balanced vanilla adjunct BA Stout.

Same as nose, subtle vanilla. Lingering roast malt and fudge. Subtle booze. Again, awesome balance. Nothing has fallen off at this point expect a coconut water presence.

The mouthfeel has a great weight, with a good carb level still present. Sticky, and buttery smooth.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Jun 09, 2018
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4.52/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a Pitch Black with a thin khaki head that recedes immediately. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of fudge, charcoal, vanilla, cinnamon, bark, dark fruit, and a little bourbon. It tastes of cinnamon, fudge, vanilla, charcoal, dark fruit, with a hint of bourbon. The beer has a medium body, with good complexity. This was a great bourbon county beer, but not quite what it once was. Smoother but the coconut is completely gone.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Apr 08, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cassia and subtle cacao on the nose. Decent depth and mouthfeel, but have had many Bourbon County that offer more here. Really opened up after a few minutes, but it seems cinnamon-type stouts are difficult to execute at a very high level

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rmpic82 from Kansas, Oct 14, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 8/23/17. Black pour to snifter, some brown head recedes completely. Nose of coconut, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, some wood. Taste carries booze, coconut, and the same as nose, touch of chocolate. Heavy body and below average carbonation.

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Photo of darktronica
4.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Still a crazy beer after over two and a half years. The coconut is the most noticeable additive, still very potent thanks to the nontraditional choice of coconut water; I can see tiny iridescent speckles of oil droplets on the surface from the coconut. Cinnamon and the base stout comes next. The piloncillo is more subtle but lends a distinctive brand of sweetness if you're familiar with it. Really a fantastic beer worthy of its reputation and accolades.

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4.7/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible complexity, maturity and a sense of regal taste that defies both style and expectations, the Proprietor's sub-series of Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout line of beers becomes one of the most anticipated and coveted releases of the year. Regardless of its availability or demand, the 2014 vintage version has held up impeccably over two years.

Pouring with a dark tawny-like brandy appearance, the stout is shy on froth but seductive with those fortified wine legs. A pass of the nose relaxes the senses and lures that first sip with the seductive perfume of espresso and fudge, coconut and sherry wine, peppery bourbon and smooth caramel candy. Its taste is just as lush as the scent suggests- Toffee, caramel, black-strap molasses, vanilla, cream and pulled candy only start the series of complex flavors that seem unyielding.

And as the decadent elixir washes the middle palate, its flavors simply blossom. Molasses and chocolate covered espresso beans resonate the most soundly with nuances of brownie batter and fudge lurking just behind. Strong coconut, cream, vanilla and caramel suggests something of kaluha and milkshake. A late palate of red wine shows a playful vinous tartness with the savory oxidation of madeira and sherry for a dry and toasty finish wrapped in a cocoon of bourbon spice.

Full and lavish on the palate, the immensity in taste is met with an inky texture that clings to the soft tissues of the mouth like savory dessert. But remarkably dry in finish, the beer's peppery spice from the oaken barrel and softer vanilla trend remarkably drinkable and malty-dry with a long savory aftertaste of sherry and coconut.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jan 02, 2017
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4.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep black color with a thin foamy khaki colored head that eventually disappears completely

S- opens with a blend of woody and earthy cinnamon, followed by chocolate, coffee & a peppery blend. Spicy rye barrel undertones with a hint of coconut sweetness. Very reminiscent of a Mexican coffee stout

T- plenty of earthy cinnamon up front is complimented by dark cocoa notes, along with some peppery notes, perhaps from the rye. Whiskey barrel adds some caramel and earthy wood. The finish gives more earthy cinnamon with a longer if black licorice and barrel

M- medium body and low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- absolutely delicious use of cinnamon that blends well with the barrel

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Dec 17, 2016
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This literally is in a league of it own in my opinion. After 2.5 hours at FoBAB my buddy got a pour and shared it, pallet fatigue and all this still absolutely blew my mind, nose was rye and coconut and full body was rich complex and creamy perfect balance of barrel, starting coconut sweet and chocolaty finishing smooth rye singe not a burn, just perfection.

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Gambyt20 from Illinois, Nov 13, 2016
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wave after wave of cinnamon, coconut, chocolate, honey and bourbon. unquestionably the best barrel aged beer I've ever had, just a truely perfect beer

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VetsPackage from Massachusetts, Oct 07, 2016
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5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: pours black with a film of dark tan head. Poured thick and lifeless.
S: sweetness upfront with cinnamon and coconut. Some barrel notes mixed in, a complex smelling beer
T: oh wow, this is delicious! Like the nose, nice sweetness with cinnamon and coconut. The barrel shines through in the finish to bring more complexity. Truly fantastic!
F: very thick and coating. So smooth and easy drinking.
O: what a treat! I wish they would just do the 2014 variants every year. Amazing

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Proprietor's '14 on tap at Hawthorne's in Philadelphia for Goose Island Migration Week in Philly.

Look: Dead still, oily, not as menacing as regular BCBCS. No bubbles, no head, no retention.

Smell: Super sweet, almost cloying. Chocolate cake, cheap Hershey’s chocolate syrup.

Taste: A little sharpness from the rye, lotsa chocolate and sugar. Again, too sweet. Nice boozy-barrel feel at the end of sip. Liquorice around the edges and a lingering cocoa feel.

Mouthfeel: A lil’ thin, but adequate enough. Could use more carbonation.

Overall: Not bad, not great. This is one of those “glad I tried it but wouldn’t revisit” rare brews.

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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania, Aug 16, 2016
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4.97/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marshmallow, vanilla, coconut, cocoa and cinnamon. Upon first opening, it just tasted like marshmallow coconut, but as it warmed the cocoa and cassia bark made themselves more prominently known. The aroma was godly and it was like drinking silk...can't think of much I would change about this, other than having another bottle.

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PsilohsaiBiN from New York, Jul 31, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black, thick! body with a brown head that completely vanishes. Nose has semi-sweet chocolate, cinnamon, burnt crust, a bit of an alcohol bite. Flavor is just like cinnamon sugar bread that was toasted a bit too long- sweet and yet bitter, roasty, even coming across as acidic at points. Chocolate and burnt raisin make their appearances throughout. Finish has a good amount of molasses and even a bit of heated spice like red pepper, with a warmth from the alcohol. Feel is thick and rich, viscous, sticky, and syrupy, with a bit of astringent tannins and dull carbonation fighting through the solid body.
Solid beer, but either this did not age well (despite being kept in pristine conditions) or it was just a flawed beer. The potency was appreciated, but the astringency and burnt bread/raisin notes were quite a turnoff. I miss the classic BCBS.

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 1169 ratings