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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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.7 | pDev: 5.96%
Sep 24, 2022
Nov 11, 2014
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
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Rated: 4.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 5 by Rkitchen from Michigan

Jun 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
5 oz serving tasted in a long stem glass from draft at Phase Three Brewing on March 14, 2021. A wonderfully complex beer that hits all the right notes. Barrel aging done right.
Apr 20, 2021
Rated: 5 by ericmurray93 from Pennsylvania

Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 4.54 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by mtbdonn from Colorado

Jan 01, 2021
Rated: 4.66 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois

Mar 04, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by cmrncrzy10 from Ohio

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Jan 05, 2020
Rated: 5 by mig100 from Texas

Jan 01, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.
Dec 16, 2019
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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.
Sep 29, 2019
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Reviewed by Rristow from Ohio

5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.
Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -11.3%
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.
Jul 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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.


Years on down the line, it's worth noting that Goose brought a keg to FOBAB 2021 in order to promote a side by side with the new Fourteen, and it was just a musty, oxidized, cardboardy and pruney mess. We have exited the window in which this brew can shine. For all who haven't opened theirs yet, my condolences.
Jul 08, 2019
Rated: 4.8 by lochraneg from New Hampshire

Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 08, 2019
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Reviewed by DEZ01301960 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.
May 31, 2019
Rated: 4.74 by FBarber from Illinois

Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by InfernoBoss from California

Feb 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Thirstygoat from Illinois

4.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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.
Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by ChicagoShakeAndBake26 from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev -3.2%
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.
Jan 20, 2019
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Reviewed by edisacoolcat from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev -1.1%
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


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.
Jan 08, 2019
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Reviewed by ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev -2.1%
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!
Jan 02, 2019
Rated: 4.84 by edthehead from Maryland

Dec 03, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Nov 25, 2018
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Reviewed by miniditka77 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +0.9%
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!
Nov 18, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by mando31 from Illinois

Nov 08, 2018
Rated: 5 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Oct 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev -4.5%
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.
Oct 01, 2018
Rated: 4.74 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Sep 17, 2018
Rated: 4.85 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

Jul 09, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by LloydDobler from Indiana

Jun 29, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by vfgccp from New York

Jun 16, 2018
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.8/5  rDev +2.1%
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.
Jun 09, 2018
Rated: 4.72 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jun 09, 2018
Rated: 4.55 by wellsnb from Ohio

May 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.52/5  rDev -3.8%
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.
Apr 08, 2018
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