Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2020)
Goose Island Beer Co.

Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2020)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2020)
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Stout - American Imperial
4.43 | pDev: 7.9%
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2020)Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2020)
Notes: Bourbon County Brand Stout blended with pistachios, cacao, candied Amarena cherries, and natural vanilla flavors.
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic used motor oil black with a shy head that never really breaks through, only really displaying a tan, even dark red chain around the surface's edge.

This one is very chocolate forward, where a hint of maraschino comes out only after the powder dry and warming finish. After a few sips, the pistachio comes through more on the nose, but I'm not sure it's all cohesive enough to emulate spumoni for me as much as say a Bottle Logic stout would succeed.

That having been said, it's quiet tasty.

Tuesday at 05:42 PM
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mschrei from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very interesting beer. Drank in late August of 2021. The adjuncts kind of blend together. Definitely get cherry, vanilla, and chocolate, but I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had a pistachio, so I’m not sure if I’m tasting it. It’s not a bad blend, but I’ve had better. Barrel does assert itself as well. Slightly thick with some oiliness. Not the best variant, but acceptable.

Aug 21, 2021
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.81/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I tried a bottle of this beer at the doghouse while in the 'Wego visiting old friends and neighbors. It was poured into a red solo cup and it was dark out...but I know it poured an opaque dark with tan head. The scent had dark fruit aroma with subtle nutty highlights. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to sip with bold dark cherry presence and subtle pistachio and cacao nuances. Further to the flavor was smooth bourbon and dark chocolate presence. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.

Jun 29, 2021
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a silky looking dark black, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells like sweet dried cherry, milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, char, and pistachio.

The cherry in this is done well - it's set back a little bit, sort of like cherry skin with only a little bit of juice. I found Cherry Rye to be pretty cough-syrupy, so I appreciate the restraint on the cherry here. There's not a ton of pistachio, but there's a wonderful creamy chocolate sweetness, with caramelly bourbon, oak spice, and vanilla.

This is medium bodied, with no real booziness to it, and a nice creamy drinkability.

This is decadent, but never ends up being too sweet, which is a big plus to me.

Jun 23, 2021
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stortore from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/16/20, had 3/13/21.

Pours near black and opaque, thick looking, with no head and some spotty cling. Aromas of pistachios, cherries, malt, tobacco, some chocolate and oak, bourbon as it warms. The bourbon stands taller in the flavor, then pistachios, chocolate, malt, vanilla, cherries- more as it warms, tobacco. Smooth, a solid full body, appropriately carbonated.

This does a pretty good job of being spumoni. The pistachios are prominent and excellent, the barrels are restrained but impactful and everything else shows up and does it’s job. Thought this was a winner.

Jun 17, 2021
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zonker17 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you brother Derek for bringing this to TX! Good pop when opening but very low carbonation, no head, minimal lacing. Near black. Nose leads with cherry, follows with vanilla, pistachio. Taste similar to nose, adds booziness, cocoa, not getting much bourbon or wood notes. Sweet and very much dessert.

Jun 03, 2021
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2020: We won the raffle and were able to grab this on Prop day. It is BCBS with deep, dark soaked cherries. The pistachio fills in as a dryness, like pistachio skins. The base and added flavors play well together without overshadowing. A successful variant but not quite a usurper of king Regal Rye (2015).

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Apr 24, 2021
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pouts jet black. No head. Aroma- dusty, vanilla, cherries. Taste- dark chocolate, bourbon. Quite a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel- slick and smooth. Overall. The cacao nibs are the overwhelming flavor here. The lasting bitterness is a bit off putting.

Feb 28, 2021
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker tan head, but it dissipates very quickly leaving only a modicum of fine rim bubbles. Few minute spots for lace. The liquid is near black where no light passes even along the edge.

Rich, even oily, aroma of brandy, alcohol and cherries.

The flavor starts like cream followed by semisweet chocolate. Next comes the flavor of cherry brandy. The swallow draws out a strong alcohol presence. Very rich with a lower level of carbonation. The finish is warming like a barley wine. This is a good winter beer with plenty of boozy aftertaste.

Feb 06, 2021
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Typical BCB appearance, except with even less head than usual; not even a full film, although it’s a nice mocha color. Dissipates quickly and obviously no lacing. Opaque black in the glass with some lightening brown on the edges. 4

S: Aroma is very nutty, huge pistachio and lots of chocolate. I know it’s supposed to be spumoni inspired, and I had a Venice Cake Bar dessert last weekend which uses those same spumoni flavors and this does smell surprisingly like that. I would say the cherry is quite subtle, perhaps wouldn’t have picked it up had it not been on the label, but the other two adjuncts are huge and very nice. I also get the base beer characters with big roastiness, subtle tobacco, and strong and lovely bourbon barrel notes. Just wonderful. 4.75

T: Taste is also terrific, it’s actually sweeter than the nose and the cherry is definitely more prominent. Chocolate is there, but less rich than on the nose; although there are some nice dark cocoa as well as subtle fudge notes. The big thing missing from the taste that was present on the nose is the pistachio; I get some, but very little in the taste. Like the nose the base beer roastiness is there, there’s also a fairly prominent bitterness which I also noticed in the regular 2020 BCBS that I don’t usually get in this series of beers (or perhaps it’s that I most often drink them with some age on them allowing that character to fade). Bourbon notes are prominent, but in a harsher way then the nose; charred oak and a subtle
peat-like character as well as a bit of fusel whisky burn. It’s delicious and there’s a lot going on, but I actually find the bitterness a bit distracting and detracting from the overall palate profile; consistent with my review of the regular 2020 BCBS. 4.5

M/D: Mouthfeel is full bodied but certainly not thick. It’s reasonably drinkable, actually it’s quite drinkable all things considered. Interestingly, even with the fairly prominent fusel alcohol whiskey like notes, the real rate limiting step in terms of drinkability for me is the bitterness on the back end. It certainly gives you that nice full body warming sensation like a good glass of bourbon. 4

O: Overall, it’s a really great beer but it’s probably middle of the pack
in terms of my favorite Props to date (Id probably give the nod to ‘13-coconut and ‘17-bananas fosters as my two favorite Props) and really BCBS variants in general for me. I’m also now through four of this years variants (still have Birthday and Anniversary left), and would probably rank them: Caramella, Prop, Special #4, London Fog. 4.5

Feb 06, 2021
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Fponce from Illinois

2.81/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Goose island: please go back to basics and stop letting people experiment with Chicago’s own. This beer is nothing but a very weird experiment to say the least, toasted nutty flavor but not a good one, little acidity from cherries but not in a good way. Regular bourbon county it’s 100 times more drinkable than this, heck, almost any decent stout it’s way better than this. It sucks for me cause I am a big fan of BCBS and it’s variants. Please go back to ‘13 or ‘14’s recipe.

Jan 25, 2021
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Saagey05 from Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Prolly more like a 4.85-4.9 overall. The cherry, pistachio, and chocolate are perfectly mixed and no bite from barrel despite the high abv. Not overly sweet either.

Jan 20, 2021
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Rristow from Ohio

5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this is good. Pours dark black with beige head. Cacao and pistachio on the nose. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky and cloying on the mouth. Flavors of pistachio and chocolate with a hint of cherry on the finish. Bourbon barrel notes take the background to the flavors of adjuncts which as with most BCS variants taste true to form and not artificial. Excellent beer!

Jan 17, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Typical viscous black bcbs body with a slight brown ring. Bourbon backed dried cherry, roasted pistachios and chocolate liqueur with accents of vanilla and leather in the nose. Not as complex as most bcbs variants. Taste is much improved: cherry is accompanied by brown sugar and bourbon, pistachio has anise and marzipan accents, chocolate rounds out powerfully with vanilla and molasses. Feel is classic bcbs though, viscous, smooth, bourbon is warming, but the adjuncts do cut the smoothness and finish a bit.

Jan 09, 2021
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pistachio and cherry front the cocoa aroma and flavor and the bourbon floats over and through it all.
Full, creamy feel with a clean finish.

All the spumoni notes are well integrated without becoming candy. I can almost taste the cherry skin, the tannins are so defined, and bourbon notes: vanilla, molasses, oak, and ash just seem to exist in the ether above the pastry as a cherub.
Some late chest warmth is welcome, but otherwise the booze is hidden.
My only gripe (weak as it is) is that no head forms, a frequent missing element after barrel aging, but I so wanted something. Sheets of tiny bubbles race back to the ring after agitation, but the glass is clean.
Overall a class act.

Jan 01, 2021
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FBarber from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Proprietors (2020) - this one is a spumoni inspired stout. Initially, I was getting this earthy, kind of nutty/tannic pistachio shell aroma and taste, but as the beer breathed a bit and warmed up, the chocolate and cherry/strawberry notes came through along with the pistachio and really did do a nice job presenting the spumoni flavor profile. Underneath the sweetness there was some charred/roasted malts, cigar ash notes and then that lovely bourbon and oak character you get from BCBS came through on the back end. The sweetness made this more of a slow sipper for me. Pretty full bodied.

Dec 28, 2020
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is buttery caramel at first. I want to say maple and a bit of coffee are next but there is also a fruity grape note. As it warms the cherry is pistachio become more pronounced and th vanilla shows up more too. Definitely a complex beer.

Dec 27, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/16/20; drank 12/11/20 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a small tan head; decent lace.

Milk chocolate, cream & mild cherry syrup notes in the nose.

Creamy, thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & vanilla flavors up front; mild cherry, faint oak & faint bourbon notes on the finish. As this warmed, cherry syrup & heavier bourbon emerged.

Nice enough, but I'm not really getting spumoni here, just a chocolate-forward bourbon barrel stout. Enjoyable but not amazing.

Dec 12, 2020
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kevanb from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, best before October 14, 2020, poured into a 2012 Goose Island BCBS snifter glass.

The beer pours a nice jet black color, thinner and bubblier as it fills the glass with a thin and crackly tan head that offers no retention nor lacing. The aroma is pleasant albeit quite sweet, layers of chocolate, soft vanilla, mild bourbon spirit with lots of cherry syrup, toasted oak and a lovely layer of pistachio that brings a needed earthy and savory quality. The flavors are good, lots of rich chocolate, charred oak, roast, mild bourbon spirit, light vanilla with a strong punch of cherry cordial, very sweet, syrupy that really starts to push the sweetness of this beer to the edge before it is saved by the pistachio, and only just, as it offers a light saltiness and a wonderful layer of nuttiness and earthiness that rounds the edges of this beer. The mouthfeel is quite nice, coating, creamy, thick and rich with a more velvety texture and a warm finish.

Verdict: A nice take on BCBS but it's very sweet and quite syrupy from the cherry, which is the most dominant flavor in this beer. The saving grace is the pistachio, while mild, really helps balance this beer to a degree and prevents it from being overpoweringly sweet. This is sure to delight anyone who loves cherry and chocolate and the pastry stout as a genre.

Dec 02, 2020
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PORK from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an 8oz draft dark as midnight....minimal to no head....big rich roasty aroma....thick and boozy flavor hits you right up front with a sweet and even more boozy finish...heavy, definitely a sipper...difficult to finish even an 8oz glass.

Nov 29, 2020
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Olesjm from Kansas

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sadly, like many things in 2020 this was a bit of a let down. It's a little rougher and more aggressive than previous iterations. More boozey, almost to the point of tasting "hot". The nose is booze with a hint of brown sugar. Color black with a red hue. Taste is booze and dark chocolate? This is sadly the worst of the bourbon counties I've had. Figures is the 2020.

Nov 28, 2020
Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout (2020) from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 49 ratings