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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2013

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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 417   ABV: 13.9%
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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.

2013 - Bourbon County Stout aged in Templeton Rye barrels with toasted coconut.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2014
On tap at GTMW. Big bold BCS per the many others I’ve tried with a good amount of whiskey and oak notes coming through. A fruity element follows lighter behind the dominate flavors and shows off in the finish. I couldn’t place it until someone else told me coconut.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
On tap at Brouwer’s for Migration Week. Oh, baby! Black. Nearly no visible carbonation. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, molasses. Very thick. Coconut is barely present, but comes through nicely on the finish - glad that wasn’t overdone. Absolutely astounded at how smooth this is for 14%. Bourbon isn’t as overbearing as the regular BCS. Just delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattkorsgaard (18) - Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Amazing beer. Pours dark brown. Light carbonation. Medium heavy body. Bourbon mixes well with the sweetness of the coconut. Not over powering. Very good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cobaink2 (68) - seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Lots of bourbon on the nose. What impresses is the vanilla notes and the warming alcohol flavor. So good! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dctriman (59) - USA - AUG 30, 2014
Very good. Very enjoyable. Did I meet the minimum characters yet? Nope? How about now?

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
markextrae (963) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2014
bottle shared by a friend. poured a pitch black colour with a 0,2sec lasting mocha head. big lacing on the side of the glass. white shade of some kind of coconut oil on top. (no coconut floakeds some people are talking about?) a truck load of your standard bourbon goodness. deep dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark red fruits, oak, vanilla, bourbon booze, small coconut notice (was expecting a lot of coco... to bad!). again a thick full bodied mouthfeel! complex and almost perfect! absolutely worth seeking this bad boy!! only "bad" point is the weaker coconut presence as expected... but fantastic!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1502) - Spokane, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2014
On tap at Belmont in PDX usual black tar stout in a glass. Ink. Smells initially pretty weak, but probably because it is too cold. As it warmed the coconut really came through and paired well with the beer. The Flavor is standard BCBS with a good amount of extra caramel and nougat with a subtle dose of coconut (when compared to the nose). Thick with a low carb and a sticky finish. Good, but I prefer the standard version.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (212) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle shared at Ravinia during the Umphrey’s McGee show! Pours a jet black with a minimal mocha colored head. Broke into spotty lacing, but had a very oily texture that coats the glass. Aromas were very sweet with chocolate and coconut jumping out but had the usual Bourbon County booze wafting from the glass as well. Taste was very, very big chocolate and loads of coconut in this one initially. Not being a big fan of coconut, I wished there was more char/roasted malt present across the middle. More chocolate joined forces with the bourbon to provide a pretty nice finish. Still, I thought it was a bit boozy. Definitely one of the better, if not the best Bourbon County variant I have had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7136) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2014
On tap at GTMW. Poured black with a short-lived head. The aroma picked up lots of toasty coconut, whiskey, and oaky notes over burnt black and chocolate malts. The flavor found a rich bed of roasted cocoa at the core, with lots of toasted coconut and lesser rye whiskey laced throughout.. some leather and coffee also accented.. finished warm with a tasty wash of coconut and spicy barrel. Heavy-bodied and well-balanced on the palate.. loved it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2014
A combination ratings with notes from a bottle shared by Adam (theAlum) at RBSG 2014 and from tap at the GI Wrigleyville 15th Anniversary Party:

The appearance notes are basically the same, Opaque, oily, small minimal head or lace. Rich bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, coffee mocha, leather, tobacco, and burnt coconuts are the aroma and flavor profile notes. One thing that was different was that the tap offering seemed much heavier of both coconut and chocolate and less roasty notes. Very smooth with excellent dark fruits undertones but missing the charred character needed for balance. I much liked the bottled offering more than the tap... Bottle 8/4/9/4/16 and Tap 7/4/7/4/14 for an average score of 7.5/4/8/4/15 (I will give aroma the higher score of 8)


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