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

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

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.

2014 variant - Made in Rye barrels with Cassia Bark, Cocoa Nibs, Panela and Coconut Water

Added by Danimal25 on 11-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,108
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4.66
pDev:
6.01%
 
 
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702
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271
For Trade:
15
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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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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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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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5/5  rDev +7.3%
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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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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014) from Goose Island Beer Co.
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