Bourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout
Goose Island Beer Co.

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From:
Goose Island Beer Co.
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #305
ABV:
13.2%
Score:
96
Ranked #870
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 7.55%
Ratings:
155
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 15, 2022
Added:
Aug 10, 2021
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  16
SCORE
96
World-Class
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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.
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Ratings by kkazemi:
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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by kkazemi from New York

Jan 17, 2022
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4.34 by NappyB from Illinois on May 15, 2022
 
4.23 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Apr 24, 2022
 
4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington on Apr 23, 2022
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4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

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
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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by edthehead from New York

Sweeter than in Prop 2014 predecessor.

Apr 11, 2022
 
4.56 by o29 from Texas on Apr 10, 2022
 
4.24 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Apr 09, 2022
 
4.41 by loganburgh from Michigan on Apr 04, 2022
 
4.39 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Mar 31, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mushroomcloud from Texas

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
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4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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
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3.69/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by DoctorZombies from Florida

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
 
4.09 by vfgccp from New York on Mar 20, 2022
 
4.46 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Mar 19, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sparty1224 from Michigan

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
 
4.25 by SkiBum22 from New York on Mar 16, 2022
 
4.21 by shehateme from Massachusetts on Mar 14, 2022
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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by MrDanno96 from New York

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
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4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

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
 
4.35 by cp45 from New Jersey on Feb 27, 2022
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BigIronH from Michigan

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
 
4.77 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Feb 18, 2022
 
4.75 by BrookW from Virginia on Feb 16, 2022
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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Damian from Massachusetts

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
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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

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
 
4 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Feb 05, 2022
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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by heysuz from Indiana

Brew: Goose Island Beer Co. – Bourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout

Intro: 16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Pitch black, Ample head maybe 2.5 inches. Good lacing as I drank

Smell: Chocolate and coconut up front with barrel bringing up the rear.

Taste: Follows the smell. Coconut really stands out.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation. Creamy milky lactose feel

Drink: Easy drinker. Well balanced and went down smooth.

Conclusion: Our last of the offerings from Goose Island this year. Not my favorite but still happy to have tried it.

Feb 05, 2022
 
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Feb 05, 2022
 
4.49 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Feb 01, 2022
 
4.45 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Jan 28, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Served from the tap in a fluted pokal at Consume.

Pours a murky midnight hickory topped by a minor finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises sharp cinnamon (more like the cassia bark, but it's very cinnamon-y), mild roast, chocolate powder, light whiskey, and a twinge of vanilla bean hanging out in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the spicy notes playing nicely with the roasty and barrel-y ones, a hint of coconut water making its presence known at the last moment. The body is a light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Highly drinkable, pretty durn tasty, glad to see this one climb into this year's BC rotation.

Jan 27, 2022
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3.77/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by WesMantooth from Ohio

Way too rich. I could only drink about half of it.

Jan 23, 2022
 
4.34 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Jan 23, 2022
 
4.85 by KensWorld from Florida on Jan 22, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by eppie82 from Illinois

Loads and loads of cinnamon. A bit too much, as in makes it really spicy. Doesn't compare to fresh Proprietor's 2014 on taste or on feel. This one is a lot thinner.

Jan 17, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by sjrider from California

Bottle pour- dark as a moonless night with quickly dissipating chocolate milk head leaving scant lacing and a ring of tiny foamy bubbles. Nose is spicy boozy cinnamon with a hint of roasty malt. Taste follows with big sweetness and lingering cinnamon/spice on the finish. Really sweet.

Jan 16, 2022
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2.78/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

500 mL bottle. Almost black. Smells of all cinnamon and booze. Bourbon behind it. Tastes of sweet coconut, cinnamon, bourbon. But between the sugar and cinnamon, this is undrinkable. Super boozy and sweet. Yikes.

Jan 15, 2022
 
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jan 13, 2022
 
4.43 by dazedman from Virginia on Jan 11, 2022
Bourbon County Brand Fourteen Stout from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 155 ratings