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

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

Style: American 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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 1,157
Photo of PhillyBoy23
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A most pleasant surprise at a buds beer tasting. That awesome bourbon county goodness with a wonderful coconut and spice taste to it. Not overpowering on the spice but the coconut was the star of this show. I can see why people wait in the cold for hours for this gem of a brew.

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Photo of MartyIU13
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the best beer I have ever had. Perfect blend of coconut, cinnamon and chocolate. A bucket list beer for me and I was lucky to try some and get another bottle. Smell is intoxicating and the spice is perfect.

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Photo of ZombieHead
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lots of cinnamon on the nose and taste, not as much coconut as I was expecting; but I really enjoyed the cinnamon aspect. All around a great beer imo!
-p.s. best if you have a Regular BCS, or any BA stout really, prior to the Prop. The cinnamon is a bit intense at first to go at it w/o warming up the taste buds. Cheers!

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Photo of Ckoz
5/5  rDev +6.4%

Had it on tap at the brewpub. Was one of the best beers i've had. Can't compare it to 2013 but there was a good taste of coconut present and the cinnamon was very mellow for me.

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Photo of ChristineH13
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This amazing cinnamon, chocolatey, coconut amazingness I was fortunate enough to to try blew me away and unfortunately o had vanilla rye right after this and was disappointed in it probably because this beer was so great.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 VetsPackage
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of MarkFrankosek
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tried this back in April and it blew my mind! it tastes like liquid Almond Joy and its definitely the greatest beer i have ever had. I will be waiting on black friday to get ahold of these bad boys again because its well worth it! If you can get some, you will know what im talking about.

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Photo of Gambyt20
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Nichols33
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into tulip glass in celebration of Conor McGreggor's victory!! Quite possibly the best beer I've ever had. So smooth for such a high alcohol content. Deliciousness

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at Pour Judgment in Newport, RI, as part of Goose Island's Migration Week.

A nice hit of cinnamon up front with a Mounds bar finish of rich chocolate and coconut. I don't know how to find fault with BCBS or its variants. This beer is as exceptional as its forebears. The smooth, creamy mouthfeel makes you want to take bigger sips, but best to respect the alcohol content.

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Photo of lupercmda
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was great. Has a nice black smooth look with a nose of chocolate and cinnamon. Nice taste with a balance of stout, chocolate, and coconut through out each sip. Incredibly balance with a nice thick mouth feel. A definite perfect stout to me.

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Photo of SeanBond
5/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I hate going with the trend but this really is one of the best beers I've many dimensions....coconut, espresso, cinnamon, chocolate all in perfect harmony...5/5

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Photo of Houser
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a truly outstanding beer. the barrel and the cinnamon, sugar, chocolate really play extremely well together. i didnt get much cocnut here, which is fine by me as i had hoped it would only provide a subtle compliment to the other flavors.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decided to open one of the better beers I have been able to trade for. It hits the glass in a thick, syrup-like pour. Very little carbonation or action as far as a head goes, even with a somewhat vigorous pour. The black body of the beer retains just a ring of bubbles on the top, in turn leading to no lacing. When you go to take a sniff of the beer, you are first greeted with the familiar notes of regular bourbon county. Some good bourbon notes mix with some sweet malt scents and give the beginning of the beer the classic scent the brand is famous for. In the middle of the smell the coconut really kicks up and moves the scent in a sweeter direction. Right at the back end of the smell there is just a touch of cinnamon-like spiciness that I will attribute to whatever the hell cassis bark is and the rye barrel itself. As a buddy of mine described it to me, "it smells like a Girl Scout Samoa cookie."

Time to take a drink of this baby. When the beer hits the tongue, it greets me first with a blast of sweet chocolate and whiskey. The rye is noticed right away mixing in with the chocolate flavor, giving the first impression of an alcoholic chocolate milk. In the middle of the drink, the flavor moves more toward the spice that was displayed in the scent, with the same, cinnamon-like flavor from the cassis bark. The rye also adds a bit of spice or snap in the middle right before the coconut bursts onto the scene. The coconut really pops in the latter half of the drink and brightens up the overall flavor of the beer from its dark beginnings of chocolate and spice. As the coconut subsides a bit from its initial introduction, the barrel flavors kick back up again along with the dark malts that make Bourbon County famous. The very end of the drink has just a touch of barrel char bitterness mixing in with all of the previous flavors and leaving the coconut and cassis spice lingering on the tongue.

One thing is for certain with this beer, I am glad I traded for it. This beer is among the few beers with incredible hype that can really live up to it. The unmatched complexity of barrel flavors, spice, coconut, and base beer is truly phenomenal. There isn't a damn thing that I would change about this beer and I will for sure be seeking another.

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Photo of bcostner1
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of zookerman182
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Liquid cinnamon almond joy.
so much coconut
Signature bourbon county flavor
Great mouthfeel and perfectly balanced.
Much better than the 2013 in my opinion.

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Photo of floridadrift
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Mcj6986
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This stuff is like barrel aged cinnamon toast crunch. Freaking awesome. Great aroma, mouthfeel and taste.
If you like regular BCBS and like cinnamon, this one is a real treat!

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Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma pops of cinnamon, a hint of Christmas spice, vanilla, fudgey chocolate, bourbon character.

The flavor follows with a medium cinnamon quality up front. It then gets surrounded by rich chocolate and then a syrupy sweetness combined with coconut and vanilla. The finish moves on with coffee, cinnamon, bourbon.

The beer transitions wonderfully and is one of the best variants out Bourbon County. It easily defeated the Vanilla Rye we had next to it.

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Photo of winningwes91
5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Never thought I'd get to try this. Poured into a sample glass like used motor oil. Wow that smell. Bourbon soaked mounds chocolate bar is the best way I can think to describe it. So much chocolate, bourbon, cinnamon and whiskey spice. The taste follows perfectly. I'm in heaven. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous and the alcohol isn't detectable. Wow, this tops both the original, barleywine and coffee, and is my second favorite varient, next to the vanilla rye.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.99/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving: 22 oz. bomber poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. Bottled on 11/3/14, making this about 4.5 months old.

A: Pours straight motor-oil black. Practically no head on this, even with an aggressive pour. No "floaties" this year either.

S: Man, right off the bat, even before you pick out individual aromas, just the symphony and arrangement of elements within this nose is just astounding. First thing to land is obviously cinnamon, but it's not overwhelming. Up next is a nice, dark, chocolate fudge mixed with sweet vanilla. Beyond that, you notice the whiskey notes which are present, but not dominant. Also in there is some honey sweetness, cappuccino, vanilla latte. It's definitely got that Christmas spiced beer or Mexican hot chocolate thing going on, and it's nailing it.

T: Just like the aroma, the flavor here hits you with an amazing amalgam of rich flavors you can't get in another other beer, or let alone drink. You're struck with cinnamon, cocoa, fudge, vanilla, oak, and a touch of coconut near the finish. The rye whiskey barrel is perfectly employed and just wraps this beer in a layer of boozy goodness. Nothing is out of place and everything fits.

M: So rich and creamy. Despite the lack of head, there is some carbonation here and it's the right amount. And for a 13.2% beer, the alcohol is protected well and hardly noticeable. You get warmth from it, but it's never overly boozy.

O: I think the best way to describe this beer is that it's just delicious. It is so tasty, it's unbelievable. I don't think I've drank through a bomber of a >13% beer this quickly before. It's been nearly 1.5 hours and I've got only a 1/3 of a snifter left. There's something about this beer that just makes you keep reaching for it. I had Vanilla Rye about 2 weeks ago, and this one just blows that beer out of the water. Where I thought Vanilla Rye was a touch one-dimensional, this beer is so complex and rich and multi-faceted. It's the pinnacle of the Bourbon County series. Now, for other comparisons. Is this the #1 beer of all-time? Not quite. I think I like 2013 Prop a shade more, simply because the coconut was way more forward and I liked that. Also, the cinnamon here can be a bit loud at times if you're not into it. Coconut water tried, but just didn't capture the same level of coconut as last years. And then Vanilla Bean DL I think was a bit more balanced. The bourbon flavor was more dominant and rich, and the delicious factor was just a bit higher. And then CBS is probably on the same level, but shares similar faults in that it's core ingredient (maple syrup) can be a bit much at times if you're not ready for it. But these are small complaints. No, it's not the greatest of all time, but what is, really? It's a top 10 beer that just blows the roof off the style. It's rich, decadent, delicious, and worthy of all the hype. I just cannot put my glass down.

Recommendation: One of the hardest beers to land in the world, but if you got the ammunition to trade for it, or time to wait in line for it, do it. It's seriously that good. Almost perspective-altering if you're a real craft beer fan.

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Photo of Feelmebone
4.99/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Loved this beer on draft for a migration week from goose island . Tastes like a liquid almond joy and the textture was perfect . enjoyed in a tulip glass

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Photo of T_Hass
4.99/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a beast. It pours thick as thieves glug glug glugging away. The smell is intoxicating. Chocolate is the prominant smell with muddled coconut hints. The sting from the bourbon fills your nose on the end. The taste is so much chocolate but the spice that jumps out is surprising. I wasn't expecting this. It's a mix of pepper and cinnamon. Not much coconut as to be expect since its almost a year and a half on it. Everything melts together perfectly. I probably would have rated this beer a perfect 5 if I hadn't had it next to SR71. Overall one of the best and one of the best Christmas presents my wife has ever gotten me.

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Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2014) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.7 out of 5 with 1,157 ratings