Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2016)
Goose Island Beer Co.

Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2016)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2016)
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
13.1%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 14.05%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
218
From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  26
Gots
  86
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2016)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2016)
Notes: Bourbon county Stout aged in maple bourbon barrels with chipotle peppers and cocoa nibs.
Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 218 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by JoeMarinello:
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JoeMarinello from Ohio

2/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jul 17, 2016
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beerhunt from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was able to get few Props this year, but after reading the reviews here, I got worry about the quality and taste of this beer and had to try it before deciding to age it for some time.

I opened it with 2 of my friends, and I have to tell you that I have no idea why this beer is getting so many bad reviews, especially 86 rating, which is below a lot of beers that can’t even compare to this in quality. In my opinion it is definitely at least 94.

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Good quality Bourbon County Stout and a very well balanced chipotle peppers spiciness with the sweetness of maple syrup taste.

The chipotle peppers are listed on the bottle, if you don’t like beers with peppers don’t buy it and later complain that it has peppers in it. I had few other beers with chipotle peppers and this one is definitely one of the best out there. I did enjoy the experience...

But, if you ask if I wish they did something different this year, probably yes. I would love to see at least one more variant. Their 2013 Prop was out of this world.

Dec 07, 2016
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Rifugium from North Dakota

2.76/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap.
Much like last year's Prop, I can only say that peppers ruin BCBS, and it just gets worse and worse with time. Bad waste of good barrels and base beer, and a big mistake for InB...erm, that is, Goose Island.

Dec 04, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

super cool preview night out on Long Island in New York tonight (black Wednesday) at Jacksons in commack. good dinner fun company but this beer....I dunno. really peppery. most people i am with are not digging it. the spice is too in your face. the chocolate however is very nice. body is super sludgy. it's ok, but definitely the worst of all the props thus far imo. the maple kinda clashes w the whole thing too. not for me.

Nov 24, 2016
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mmcurran from North Carolina

2.89/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good maple up front but the chipotle peppers ruin it. They should have stuck to cocoa nibs and maple. This is a terrible mess. Please get back to basics for Prop next year.

Dec 04, 2016
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Tiburon from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap. Smoky choco on the front side, w dark fruits that I could not identify. As it warms, comes through as a muted BC base w bland taste similar Regal Rye but not as fruity. Hottish pepper.Maybe some maple. Definitely better after 15 minutes in the glass.

Dec 03, 2016
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at prop day. Dark color with minimal head. Nose is bourbon with a hint of pepper. Taste is mostly bourbon with a. Good amount of sweet maple behind it. Slight finish if pepper but overall pretty muted. Feel is your standard thick bcbs feel. Overall a very good beer.

Nov 20, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark syrupy looking black, with no head or lacing.

Smells like fleshy and spicy peppers, sweet maple, fudgy fudgy chocolate, and bourbon.

There's lots of the classic sweet bourbon and charred oak profile of the base beer beer here, with lots of great pepper flavor layered in. The pepper builds in heat intensity as it goes, and the maple syrup balances it out with sweetness. I can't exactly tell what the added cocoa nibs do here, as Bourbon County is already super fudgy already.

This is thick and syrupy, with barely any carbonation.

There's been some disagreement as to the merits of this. I'm firmly in the camp of it being good.

Feb 05, 2017
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black body with nice cocoa brown head
S- Chocolate, vanilla, coconut, some roasty malts
T- Tons of chocolate, bit of vanilla/oak, followed by medium chilli pepper
F- Milk shake quality
O- Impressed with this one. Really enjoyed the chilli and chocolate. I don't get any maple but thats ok, this beer is still good.

Dec 02, 2016
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MTKATL from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jan 14, 2017
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Mateo2699 from Texas

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour is a very dark brown, nearing black hue. Not as inky as I expected, still reminiscent of regular bcbs. Interesting smoky wood aroma, hints of cherries, burnt bark, and pepper heat. The aroma is what separates regular bcbs from this. Sweet coconut comes out more as it warms. Roasted bitterness upfront, then the complexity really shines through. Sweet roasted pecans, charred wood, dark fruit. Chipotle pepper heat and a subtle bourbon booze in the back end. Mouthfeel is very palate coating, a little medium bodied. Excellent beer.

Jan 15, 2017
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Richter525 from Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nov 13, 2016
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Futbolmanby from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Peppers... honestly it's just pure pepper

Jul 27, 2017
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RPM3334 from South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dec 24, 2018
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firkingroovin from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 06, 2017
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 24, 2016
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A proprietors variant with mixed reviews. Undoubtedly a good beer, however... notes below. Bottled 15SEP16 1028, 13.1% ABV.

Nose is a dark chocolate chili candy bar. So fudgy, so rich.
Fudgy, roasty, hot. Chili’s really come out. Pretty good balance. So different than ‘17
Sticky, smooth body. Medium carb.

Jun 09, 2018
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YvesB from Belgium

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 09, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into snifter. Rich dark color with modest carbonation leading to little to no head. Maple and hint of chilies are evident to nose. Cocoa nibs and maple on ftont of palate and chilies on back. Medium body - a very nice beer.

Jan 14, 2017
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Bjlynch83 from Oregon

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nov 13, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oily dark brown color with a centimeter of tan foam. Smells of spicy peppers and cocoa powder. The taste is spicy and smokey peppers with undertones of slightly sweet chocolate. There's a hint of bourbon and oak in the finish. The feel is oily and warming.

I'd say it's mellowed nicely and I'd drink any you may have lying around.

Jan 26, 2021
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Jonnydrinker from Illinois

4.96/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Nov 26, 2016
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 09, 2020
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Michaelpro824 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 29, 2016
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TheBlueJerzzzz from Virginia

5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 08, 2017
Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2016) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 218 ratings