Bourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

Bourbon County Brand Fourteen StoutBourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #313
ABV:
13.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #840
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 7.32%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
112
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 24, 2022
Added:
Aug 10, 2021
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  14
SCORE
96
World-Class
Bourbon County Brand Fourteen StoutBourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout
Notes: For the first time ever, we’re digging into the Proprietor’s (Chicago-only release) vault and bringing back a fan favorite with Bourbon County Fourteen Stout. But this time, it’s with a twist. We’re paying homage to the popular Proprietor’s 2014 recipe, but upping the rye ante by adding rye to the mash bill. Layering cassia bark, cocoa nibs, panela sugar, and coconut water, this stout has an intricate, sweet and spicy flavor profile that will have fans going back sip after sip.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
 
Rated: 4.47 by kkarimi from Texas

Sep 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.67 by beerrat from Virginia

Sep 17, 2022
Photo of kevanb
Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle, best by Sept. 23, 2026, poured into a 2012 Bourbon County snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and viscous, very opaque with a fizzy tan head that has no retention and no lacing. The aroma is excellent, lots of vanilla and cinnamon, rich chocolate, burnt oak, bourbon spirit, toffee, nougat, stone fruits and lingering marshmallow sweetness. The flavors are good, lots of rich chocolate, toasted oak, bourbon spirit with spice, toffee, caramel, vanilla marshmallow and a nice drying cinnamon. The mouthfeel is good, coating, lively, heavier medium body, nice creamy texture with a dry and warm finish.

Verdict: A very nice adjunct forward stout from Goose Island. Definitely evocative of Prop '14, the rye adds a bit more spice to the beer that is drawn out by the barrel character but this is a really nice throwback to an excellent beer.
Sep 11, 2022
Photo of hops_for_thought
Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle (2021 release) into a small tasting glass

L: pours a dark coca-cola brown with a slight, dark tan head that fades after a minute of crackling. Slight foam around the edge. Not much in terms of legs

S: very pleasant sweet and spicy aroma. Cinnamon leads nicely, with some slightly caramelized brown sugar. Solid chocolate as it’s warmed. Trying to pick out what the coconut water adds, can’t attribute something specific

T: great, complex swallow that delivers balanced waves of flavor. Opens with cinnamon and a wave of sweet chocolate, with a spicy backbone adding nice depth. Middle presents a smooth shift from sweet to spicy/bitter. Finish has a lingering cinnamon spice with bitter baking chocolate. Again I can’t quite point to what the coconut water is specifically responsible for, but there’s a bit of it toward the finish

F: light+ carb, medium+ body. Smooth, full but not overly heavy

O: realize it’s cool to rag on InBev, and I love doing it - but this is a really excellent stout. Balanced, big, rich but approachable. It’s good!
Jul 28, 2022
Photo of BEERchitect
Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Incredible complexity, maturity and a sense of regal taste that defies both style and expectations, the reinvention of Proprietor's '14 becomes one of the most anticipated and coveted of Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stouts. Regardless of its availability or demand, this extra ryed version shows that sequels can be every bit as good as the original.

Pouring with a deep and dark tawny appearance, the otherwise black stout is shy on froth but seductive with those fortified wine legs. A pass of the nose relaxes the senses and lures that first sip with the seductive perfume of espresso and fudge, coconut and sherry wine, peppery bourbon, nutty oak and smooth caramel candy. Its taste is just as lush as the scent suggests- Toffee, caramel, black-strap molasses, vanilla, cream and pulled candy only start the series of complex flavors that seem unyielding.

And as the decadent elixir washes the middle palate, its flavors simply blossom. Molasses and chocolate covered espresso beans resonate the most soundly with nuances of brownie batter and fudge lurking just behind. Strong coconut, cream, vanilla and caramel suggests something of kaluha and malt candies. A late palate of port wine shows a playful vinous tartness with the savory oxidation of madeira and sherry for a dry and toasty finish wrapped in a cocoon of peppery rye and bourbon spice.

Full and lavish on the palate, the immensity in taste is met with an inky texture that clings to the soft tissues of the mouth like savory dessert. But remarkably dry in finish, the beer's peppery bite from the oaken barrel, the extra rye, and softer vanilla trend remarkably drinkable and malty-dry with a long savory aftertaste of sherry, coconut and grit.
Jul 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jul 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by Blazer22 from Colorado

Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by not2quick from Missouri

Jul 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.42 by Mikexw from New York

Jun 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by Chuckg93 from Oregon

Jun 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.81 by Jimmeekrek from Wisconsin

Jun 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.64 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Jun 11, 2022
Photo of Zythophile
Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle Date: 2021
Palate Contaminants: barbecue

Par for the course on color, dark brown with no light coming through. There's minimal head and minimal lacing.

Lots of cinnamon on the nose, and there's also a perfume thing going, which isn't something I usually get in a stout. Cane sugar cola is in there.

I get a ton of toasted coconut in the taste. The perfume gives way to herbalness, and the cinnamon is still present. The problem is that the coconut overwhelms almost everything else. It's not a bad flavor by any means, it's just too much of an otherwise good thing. After a little warming, fig does show up. Acrid charred barrel doesn't really add. And it is moderately spicy.

Moderate weight for the type. slight bit of grit. The spice takes up for what would normally be carbonation. Charred barrel and coconut are the main aftertastes. Alcohol heat is present, although it can be difficult to parse from the spice.
May 31, 2022
Photo of Apellonious
Reviewed by Apellonious from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
1 pt .9 fl oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, 13.2%, drink by 9/23/26, pitch black with a small tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is heavy coconut, vanilla and the cassia. Taste is rooted in chocolate, cocoa, coconut, vanilla, and just a hint of barrel. As it warms you get some more barrel in the nose, more chocolate in the taste, and everything blends together more. Feel is solid, not overly slick or sticky. Not a huge fan of coconut (or cinnamon) , but this seems to work.
May 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by NappyB from Illinois

May 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Apr 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Apr 23, 2022
Photo of Treyliff
Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
16.9oz bottle poured into a wine glass

A- pours a thick jet black with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring

S- aroma opens with notes cinnamon and brown sugar, followed by notes of chocolate, peppery rye, fresh coconut and oaky bourbon. Light notes of malted milk balls, toffee and molasses

T- bold notes of cinnamon, chocolate and molasses up front, followed by notes of caramel and toffee, as well as some peppery rye that kicks in before giving way to a bold oaky bourbon backbone. The finish brings out a light sweetness of coconut cream, vanilla, cocoa nibs and brown sugar. Lingers of cinnamon, chocolate, bourbon and coconut

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a thick and creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, chewy and slightly warming finish

O- the rye makes this one quite different from what I can remember of the original, both were very good but I prefer the original
Apr 12, 2022
Photo of edthehead
Rated by edthehead from New York

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Sweeter than in Prop 2014 predecessor.
Apr 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.56 by o29 from Texas

Apr 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Apr 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.41 by loganburgh from Michigan

Apr 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Mar 31, 2022
Photo of mushroomcloud
Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16.9oz bottle with a best by 23SEP26 date.
1/4" tan head that fades to a ring and island scenario. Wispy and spotty lacing. Black body with a hint of dark brown at the lowest point of the glass. Initial aroma is barrel, booze, and fuel. Cinnamon as it warms. Chocolate syrup, cinnamon with some spice, bourbon and then coconut late...richly flavored (even more so on the second pour - next day). Full body, silky and slick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Lengthy and warming finish. Very Good.
Mar 27, 2022
Photo of barnzy78
Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
500mL bottle, 2021
L: dark brown body; thinner khaki colored head fades to a ring of foam around the edge of the glass
S: intriguing to say the least: cocoa, cinnamon, rye, oak, coconut, vanilla
T: loaded with complexity! Spicy & earthy rye whiskey, oak, cocoa, toasted coconut, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, toasted grain, tobacco leaf, earthy hops
F: thick & syrupy body, lower carbonation, boozy spicy rye helps to cut the sweetness
O: this was the one that got away in 2014 - I tried and tried to find it but it was sold out everywhere. It’s fun to kind of come back to it 7 years later, even though it is a bit different, it is totally satisfying
Mar 26, 2022
Photo of DoctorZombies
Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottled 23/Sept/21. Poured at 54°. Black with tan head; no cap retention, ring nor lace; no legs. Sweet spicy fruity berries nose. Weird strong wooden bark flavor and super sweet; caramel base, and if I think about it - bourbon…mostly spicy bark flavor, no coconut, just sugary spicy tree bark. Medium plus body, smooth velvety feel; no warmth from 13.2% abv. Overall, this beer is gimmick crap; the bark is strong and off-putting in the nostrils and on the tongue; any otherwise good base flavors are overwhelmed; hard to finish…
Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by vfgccp from New York

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Mar 19, 2022
Photo of Sparty1224
Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Serving: 16.9 Fl. oz. bottle poured into a 2015 GI BCBS snifter. Bottled on 9/15/21, making this just over 6 months old.

A: Classic BCBS pour here, maybe a bit thinner and lighter than expected. Seems less motor oil than what I remember from Prop '14.

S: Big cinnamon up front, followed by a lot of rye notes and a touch of vanilla. Little bit of coconut in there too, but dissipates as it warms.

T: Nice balance of coconut, cinnamon and vanilla here. Not a ton of chocolate or cacao honestly. Increase rye load is definitely noticeable. Has a little spicy finish.

M: Little thinner than I remember. Also a little hotter and spicier, probably due to the increased rye twist.

O: Wow, this takes me back. My first year living in Chicago, my first real BCBS hunt. Prop 14 was a treasure, man. After the hype that was 13, people couldn't wait to try this. I had it twice back then, and it was glorious. Still probably one of my top 3 BA stouts of all time. So glad to see this back, albeit in a slightly different form. First off, this is NOT that beer. It's a little lighter, thinner, more boozy and spicy. The flavors aren't meshed quite as well, and it's not as sweet and decadent. Having said that, it's still a world-class beer for me. In what is kind of shaping up to be a weaker BCBS lineup, this is probably the best one so far.

Recommendation: Whether you had the original or not, this is still a great beer worth seeking. Shows the BCBS variant at its best.
Mar 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by SkiBum22 from New York

Mar 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by shehateme from Massachusetts

Mar 14, 2022
Photo of MrDanno96
Reviewed by MrDanno96 from New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Like a Samoa Girl Scout cookie with booze! Amazing nose of toasted coconut, vanilla, cinnamon. Taste maybe just a hair too sweet but still great and balanced by the toasted barrel notes.
Mar 04, 2022
Photo of LifesAnesthesia
Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
L - Deep black with a tan head that is barely visible and dissipates quickly leaving no head behind with pretty much no lacing
S - Cinnamon (most apparent), rye, and wood along with hints of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and roasted malt
T - Pretty much follows the nose: cinnamon from the cassia bark up front and throughout provides a somewhat spicy flavor profile aided by the presence of rye barrels, followed by bakers chocolate, caramel, and vanilla, held together with a malt backbone, a sweet bourbon character, and with a hint of rich coconut mouthfeel and flavor.
F - Full bodied with light carbonation. Viscus and silky - slightly sticky finish.
O - This is the third BCBS variant I've tried from the 2021 releases, but so far this is my favorite. Incredibly complex but well executed.
Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by cp45 from New Jersey

Feb 27, 2022
Photo of BigIronH
Reviewed by BigIronH from Michigan

4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours ruby tinged black with a half finger of brown head quickly dissipating. Nose is cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, toasted malts, and rye. Taste follows suit. Good dose of vanilla, cinnamon fairly restrained. Feel is oily and thick. Good beer.
Feb 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.77 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Feb 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by BrookW from Virginia

Feb 16, 2022
Photo of Damian
Reviewed by Damian from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Drank from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Connecticut Beverage Mart, Newington, CT
2021 Vintage
Drink by: 15SEP26
Served in a snifter

Review #2175

The beer poured a thick and oily, total pitch black. It looked both thicker and darker than your standard Bourbon County Brand Stout. The liquid was topped by a small, fizzy, saddle brown head that quickly dissolved. There was no lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was really rich and complex but also surprisingly smooth. Super malty and robust. Caramel malts were most apparent. Bit of roasted malt character too. Some toffee perhaps as well. Sweet but definitely not excessively so. Cinnamon notes also came through strong. Good dose of vanilla. The cocoa appeared as the beer warmed. Perhaps a hint of coconut too.

The flavor profile was outstanding. Uber malty and robust. Big caramel malt presence. Cinnamon also came through strong. Dark chocolate was noticeable too. Subtle coconut notes appeared as the beer moved along the palate. Some roasted malts came through on the back end. The beer finished with a boozy, bourbon/rye kick but not a ton of heat. Overall, really well balanced.

Excellent rich, creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. This was definitely a lot thicker than a standard BCBS. The liquid contained a finer beaded, moderate effervescence that fluffed up like heavy whipping cream.

Bourbon County variants have been hit or miss recently (Cherry Wood was definitely a big miss), but this beer was fantastic in every regard. The adjuncts were punchy but not excessive, and they seemed well integrated into the base beer. This gives me high hope for the other beers in this year’s BCBS lineup.
Feb 11, 2022
Photo of Beersnake1
Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured at fridge temp. Pours pitch black with little head. The nose is incredible on this one. I immediately think of tonka beans, but they aren't in this one. Interesting. Lots of cinnamon, a bit of coconut, rye, milk chocolate, cherries, and some vanilla. There is a LOT going on with this one. Very excited to taste it!

The taste doesn't disappoint. A good amount of cinnamon, but definitely not overwhelming. Balanced really nicely by the rye barrels. A good dose of sweetness mingles nicely with the bitter notes. Chocolate, vanilla, licorice, roasted malts, toasted coconut, blackberries, brown sugar, and some burnt toffee. Wow. Again, a lot of complexity on the taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, this is a big winner for me. Love it.
Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 05, 2022
Bourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 169 ratings