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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 118 | Ratings: 1,157
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 dddddddd
4.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers! To me, not quite as nice as the 2013 version. The Panela definitely adds to the beer in a positive way (rather than making something overly complex in a too many cooks in the kitchen kind of way). A must try for sure.

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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 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 thegerm87
3.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I can see why people like might like this but it's just too much. The smell is deep and complex but unbalanced. The taste is interesting and diverse but overwhelming.

Nutty, chocolatey, spicy and sweet. Huge cinnamon, sugar, flan, cocoa, toasted and spicy rye whiskey, vanilla, root beer, licorice, cinnamon rolls, raisins, caramel, marshmallow, sweet potatoe pie.

All backed strongly by the BCBS but loses a bit of the slickness of the mouthfeel that helps make that beer.

Worth a try? Yes. Worth giving up a whole bunch of stuff? Only for big tickers and people who like overly spiced, bourbon barrel adjunct stouts.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky black with a quarter inch mocha-colored head that completely dissipates; no lacing on this one. Nose expresses cocoa, bourbon, burnt vanilla, dark fruits and a hint of soy sauce. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a light toasted coconut presence as well as cinnamon. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation, a slightly oily texture an even carbonation and a kiss of heat at the finish. Overall, quite good; however, I think a little more age with better coalesce and mellow the flavors.

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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 Damian
4.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank on tap at Foundry on Elm, Somerville. MA
Served in a rocks glass

Oily, viscous, pitch black appearance. The liquid was topped by a thin, frothy film that quick dissolved.

The aroma was outstanding. Super rich, malty and sweet. Fragrant coconut notes hit hard right off the bat. Brown sugar also came through strong. Boozy in a really nice sort of way. Because of the sweetness, however, I would guess rum or bourbon versus rye barrels. Loads of vanilla. Dark fruits were noticeable as well. Quite raisins-y. There was a subtle spicy quality. Hint of cinnamon. This reminded me a bit of Christmas cookies.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was immensely rich and complex. Roasted malts came through strong. Loads of brown sugar and raisins. Dark fruits were noticeable. Plums came to mind. Good dose of dark chocolate. Somewhat fudge-like. Touch of vanilla. The finish contained strong notes of bourbon. Given the high ABV, however, the alcohol was rather restrained.

The mouthfeel was absolutely flawless. Super, thick, rich, oily and viscous on the palate. Full bodied for the style. The liquid contained a super fine, moderate effervescence that gave the beer a frothy, pillowy soft texture.

Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout variants never cease to impress me, and this Proprietor's release is definitely is one of their best to date. The cinnamon and coconut water added some additional complexity to an already outstanding base beer.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour from the GI Brewpub at the United Center for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. What an awesome night.

Look: Opaque black with a little tan head.

Smell: Coconut, chocolate, molasses, bourbon, and a hint of cinnamon.

Taste: Complex. The chocolate taste definitely comes through at first. Coconut and molasses is evident, and there was a slight chili-like burn at the back of the tongue. Boozy, but in the right way.

Feel: Lower carbonation, full-bodied, but very easy to drink. For the ABV, alcohol is extremely well hidden.

Overall: A true masterpiece of brewing and barrel-aging. This one lives up to the hype. The fact that I saw the Hawks win the Cup on the same night made this one taste even better!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate notes with vanilla and bourbon notes with strong notes of sweet coconut is really unique and quite interesting. Taste is a complex and multi-layer mix of black chocolate, sweet coconut notes and light spicy cinnamon with well-balanced vanilla and bourbon notes to round off any rough edges. Body is full with nice creamy texture with good carbonation and surpassingly no apparent alcohol. I know the coconut is a bit gimmicky but I must admit I really enjoyed this beer. Not sure I would drink large quantities of it but nice to be sharing with other people.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.71/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Phyl21ca for sharing the bottle!

Pours deep black with a short, creamy khaki head falling to a thin collar. The nose, oh my gawd, the nose is incredible! Deep roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, and a big cinnamon punch from the cassia bark. The taste follows suite with a huge tasted malt bill, milk chocolate, lots of coconut and cinnamon, smooth booziness and only the slightest whiffs of alcohol in the finish. Thick and creamy on the palate but not sludgy or oily. Overall, an excellent stout with an tight mix of adjunct ingredients playing off each other extremely well.

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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 Huhzubendah
4.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thank you, Brad!

Served alongside BCBS 2014.

Typical Bourbon County appearance. Near black with a thin beige collar. The aroma is dramatically different from the 2013 Proprietor's. Lots of cinnamon up front, followed by lighter notes of vanilla, coconut, spice. Like a red hot candy with chocolate and whiskey notes. The coconut water doesn't bring the same amazing flavor that the coconuts did in the 2013 version. Still, there's no question that this is fantastic beer.

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Photo of W_Des
4.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark opaque pour at a bottle share. The nose is strongly of cinnamon. The taste is a boozey cinnamon toast crunch with a velvety smooth mouth feel. Really tasty though I wish I got more coconut. It's practically non existent compared to 2013 Prop.

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Photo of Beer_Line
3.83/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite Bourbon County. I do not know if they should label this one as Prop. 2013 was amazing and a whole different brew. Do not get me wrong, bourbon county are amazing beers, but the coconut water and the spices in this one I think just missed the perfection they have done in the past.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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. :)

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Photo of tjk135
4.84/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is such a different beer now than what it was back in November when it was a cinnamon bomb. It has mellowed nicely into just an outstanding brew.

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Photo of mynie
4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Just a smooth and dangerously drinkable as other Bourbon County brews, but the Cassia Bark (Chinese cinnamon) dominates too much of the character. I get a hit of coconut at first, and the rye is hard to pull out. It's a very good beer, but not as great as the other BCS options.

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Photo of Steffano
4.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 83proof in San Francisco. Appearance looks like any other bourbon county, dark and sticky. Aroma is similar to prop 13 but not nearly as strong. Mouthfeel is excellent and may actually surpass the '13 vintage, really thick. Taste is heavy cassia bark, sugar on the back end and very light coconut, as well as light alcohol heat from the bourbon barrel. Like a thick mexican style stout without the peppers. World-class, but really needs some age as the cassia bark overwhelms some of the other flavors at play here. Having had this and '13 on tap now I definitely feel that 2013 is the superior vintage, but you can't go wrong with either one.

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Photo of Jaxbrew
4.83/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It doesn't get much better than this! This stuff was so delicious. I nearly shed a tear when I drank the last sip. I kept smelling the glass for a half hour after it was gone. Wow.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.93/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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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 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 dboon
4.1/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by Seth. Joan Jett black pour with a mocha head. Muted booze aromas. Sweet with loads of caramel, milk chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and dark roasted malt aromas. Oak, cocoanut, cinnamon, cola, and bourbon backbeats. Good body and mouthfeel.

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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