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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Stout - American Imperial
4.73 | pDev: 5.92%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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edisacoolcat from Virginia

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


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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obiwan_k3n00bi from California

3.48/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Do you like coconuts? Are you sure?

Like, really sure?

Enough to drink coconut extract?


That's kind of gross... I know that was all rhetorical, but still...

If you like coconut extract and want to drink this beer immediately, feel free to hop into a time machine and make that happen (unless they've released it again), I will not be following you.

Jul 23, 2015
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Celebrating my 1300th review with a nice treat.

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Bottled On: 03NOV14

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with an 1/8 inch reddish brown head that bears little retention time before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Cinnamon is the first perceived ingredient followed by some hazelnut and milk chocolate. Slight hint of booze with the cinnamon dominating and presenting itself in such a sweet light with tones of brown sugar and maple.

T- Full-on rice pudding with cinnamon on top and a dark chocolate aftertaste. The spice is not so powerful that it reminds one of a pumpkin beer, rather the cinnamon works within the flavor profile and you can isolate that ingredient as it complements the vanilla notes of the barrel as well as the chocolate notes of the dark roasted malt. You get traces of coconut here and there but it's the cinnamon that's the star.

M- Lusciously thick and silky smooth with low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- I get weak in the knees with every sip. Can't really see a beer getting much closer to perfection.

Apr 30, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Last year's version was sooooo good, instant top 5 beers ever for me, so I had to get one of this year's versions, with more coconut and cinnamon added. When rudzud had his 2000th review up, had to crack this for it. Thanks to urq (Reddit) for this one.

Darker color but small fizzy head, super dark black motor oil color, long legs and no light.

Nose just screams coconut, everything coconut, creamy coconut milk and fresh flesh, with tons of creamy chocolate, dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate and some caramel too, like a great expensive mounds bar. Also a light cookie dough wafer biscuit, long creamy fudgey chocolate, and light cinnamon graham cracker in the background. Some vanilla barrel in the background, faint whisky and nice barrel.

Taste just destroys, very similar to the nose, just incredible. Big coconut out front with fudgey cocoa and big cinnamon. The coconut is great, flesh and coconut water right out front, covered with great chocolate, fudgey cocoa and dark choc, great version of almond joy. Light toasted biscuit cookie and choc chip cookie, with wafer and caramel, nice vanilla too with light whiskey and vanilla barrel. Fluffy nougat mixed with the fluffy cocoa, chewy and fudgey, nice bitterness too like raw cocoa bean bitterness.

Mouth is fairly boozy, but nice carb big chewy creamy fluffy feel.

Overall just phenomenal. Again instantly probably in the top 5 beers ever. So much awesome, very very little to argue about to keep it from 5s across the board, but it's not quite that far, just so much awesome and never want to stop sipping this.

Jan 18, 2015
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Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just as good as it gets. The coconut is still somehow kicking up such a fuss. A healthy dose of cinnamon, some chocolate, smooth barrel qualities, and impeccable body as always with Bourbon County. Damn this is good!

Nov 04, 2015
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cubs943 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was pretty good I thought.

Jan 29, 2015
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.31/5  rDev -8.9%

Rating #1,500!!! Doing it in style. Bottle on trade from George. Huge thanks buddy! Pours black like you would expect for a Bourbon County beer with a finger and a half of khaki brown head that recedes surprisingly quickly. Beautiful aroma of chocolate whiskey, brown sugar, some coconut, and something that sort of reminds me of banana. Not a lot of cassia/cinnamon on the nose. Flavor is a big punch of chocolate covered whiskey drops, beautiful subtle infusion of the cinnamon flavor, notes of coconut and banana again, brown sugar and molasses. Low carbonation, thick, but less so than 2013's version. Rich and sweet and delish. My only complaint here is that I get a strange medicinal cough syrup flavor on the finish that rrrreeeally takes away from the good here. That's unfortunate, and it didn't start settling in on my palate until a quarter of the bottle in. Nice stuff, palate might be off from dinner. Overall a really nice beer, but I think they went with too much stuff here. Just the cinnamon and cocoa nibs would have been plenty.

Dec 13, 2014
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yay!, get to try this one. Found it on tap down in Chicago during Craft Beer Week. Anyway, came to the table in a snifter glass. Dark black body, with a small creamy brown ring of froth. Big aroma of coconut and chocolate. Mild whiskey aroma. Absolutely wonderful smelling. Was very excited to take that first sip and man was I not let down. Sweet cocoa taste with a great touch of coconut. Reminded me slightly of an Almond Joy, but way way better. Maybe if they used better ingredients in Almond Joys. This beer instantly put a smile on my face, and on my girlfriends, when I took a sip. Only a few beers have ever done this, PseudoSue, King Sue, Central Waters Sixteen, and now this. My only gripe about this beer is that is was thinner than I would have thought. Before this we had a regular GI Bourbon County and that beer was much thicker and had a fuller mouthfeel. However, the Prop just seemed to be more on the thickness of KBS. Still, a top 3 beer for me. :)

May 19, 2015
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bnelson997 from California

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I preferred 2013 to 2014 during my side by side. But don't get me wrong, this is a world class brew. The main difference has to be the diminished coconut flavor and increased cinnamon flavor. I much more preferred the straight up coconut flavor (floaties included) from the 2013.

Feb 22, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.

Bottled 11/3/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, coconut, cinnamon, whiskey, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, toasted coconut, cinnamon, whiskey, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and wood bitterness 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 mix of ingredients to create rich and decadent aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

Dec 15, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Massive thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer in honor of review 2000 for me.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a rich motor oil black hue that is a black light escapes! Swirling brings out a bit of a mocha head.

S - Aromas of rich coconut flesh, awesome assume coconut meat, rich chocolate, super dense almost gooey. Like a mounds bar on steroids! Light cinnamon notes faint brown unrefined sugar. Almost graham cracker notes, the coconut is enormous matched only by the chocolate.

T - Taste is fucking incredible. Absurd amount of coconut, fleshy and delicious. The chocolate is awesome, rich and dark, loads of vanilla and barrel rye notes. So much whiskey. The coconut is incredible, super rich with awesome chocolate. Wow.

M - Mouthfeel is velvet goodness, however, it is big and only two months old.

O - Overall this beer was phenomenal, waves after waves of coconut. Just absurdly awesome. Floored. Right up there with last year's batch.

Serving type: Bottle

Jan 17, 2015
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SeanBond from Illinois

5/5  rDev +5.7%

Well, they did it again. I actually think this year's Prop tastes like more of a "Mounds bar" than last year's, but either way, it's delicious. Chocolate and coconut are prominent, giving it the "Mexican hot chocolate" taste that has been mentioned before.

Better then last year's Prop? I'm not sure; that was my favorite beer ever. More complex? For sure. Just awesome; I'm looking for an excuse to skip the BCBS craze for a year, but this sure as hell isn't it.

Nov 29, 2014
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bcostner1 from Tennessee

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is quite possibly the most perfect brew I have ever experienced. It tasted like a Cinnabon dusted with coconut flakes then dipped in chocolate and drizzled with bourbon and raw cane sugar. The coconut was the most amazing addition to this brew. Ridiculously good. I believe this beer to be flawless. I would pay a large sum to have some bottles of this. Enjoyed on tap during Migration Week in Nashville, TN.

Aug 26, 2015
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Ready4aHeady from New York

3.8/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Cassia bark (cinnamon) way overpowers the beer for me.... much better on days 2 and 3 when it faded a little...

Dec 31, 2014
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mynie from Maryland

4.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Entered a raffle for what I thought was a bottle. Turns out it was for an opportunity to buy a bottle, for 40 bucks. Is this what we've come to, people?

Pours like BCBS. Smells like a smoother, less boozy BCBS with a spicier backbone: coconut and cinnamon are pronounced. Very nice, but not quite otherwordly.

Tastes effing fabulous. More or less regular BCBS up front: thick vanilla, light chocolate, booze and coffee. But the usually smooth finish is smoothed out even further by the pleasantly medicinal spices. It's hard to describe--a large, rounded burst of familiar flavors coming together to produce a profile that's entirely unique. Like a walk through a tea shop, or the spice section of a foreign grocery store.

I was all ready to hate on this beer: it costs too fucking much, and I'm yet to be *that* impressed with a Bourbon County variant. I have to give credit where it's due, however: this is one of the very best tasting beers I've ever had.

May 14, 2015
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floridadrift from Florida

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cha ching. This was good down to the last drop. We tried to fake it and make it a couple nights before with toasted coconut but this was up and beyond anything we could do.

L: Beer Porn, the liquid from the bottle stained the bright blue label just right, in glass it was black as night with a perfect tan lacing until Proprietors was no more.
S: Coconut and vanilla and bourbon waffssssss
T: O beautiful for halcyon skies, For coconut waves of grain, For bourbon mountain majesties.
M: Fluffy and smooth
O: Perfect in every aspect. I remember just drinking a drop left and it packing such a punch. It was like a coconut candle with nothing left in the glass.

Jul 26, 2015
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brock125 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -26%

2 oz pour at FOBAB

This beer was a sweet, cinnamon bomb. It was disappointing but will hopefully get better with age. Much like the Vanilla Rye, the barrel characteristics were lost in all the cinnamon flavor.

Nov 30, 2014
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stortore from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 ounce bomber into a Pipeworks snifter.

Pours thick, no real head but little swirling pools of thin foam. Dark, but kind of an auburn tinge to it. Smells divine, mostly of rich cinnamon. My bad sinuses don't pick up much else, maybe a little vanilla. Tastes awesome, just awesome. The truest and strongest cinnamon flavor I've had in a beer. Balanced nicely by the flavor from the rye barrels and the subtle tastes of chocolate and coconut. Rich bodied, feels thick on the tongue.

This is a truly incredible beer, one of the best I've had. I don't know if a glass of this a day would improve my health, but it would sure as hell improve my attitude.

Dec 28, 2014
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ChicagoGuy from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -10.1%

Only had a sampling, poured from a bottle. The cinnamon was very prominent, which I really enjoyed - I liked how it jived with the stout flavor & body. While I'm sure the coconut water, unrefined sugar, and cocoa nibs contributed to the complexity quite a bit, I felt like they all stayed in the background while the stout itself and the cinnamon took center stage.

Dec 03, 2014
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pisano from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 06, 2015
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phishphorce from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 07, 2014
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fosters9 from New York

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oct 30, 2016
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BBB from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 18, 2015
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SP1_FLA from Florida

4.57/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 19, 2015
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fiver29 from Ohio

5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May 21, 2015
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