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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.28   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 417   ABV: 13.9%
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Proprietorís Bourbon County Brand Stout is meant to show our immense gratitude to our neighbors here in Chicago Ė 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.

jrallen34's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2013
This beer is simply outstanding, beer of the year, right up there with Pirate Bomb. Drink this beer now its perfectly aged and ready to go. The explosion of coconut is perfectly sweet and not overbearing. The aroma is a sweet bomb but you come back for more. The taste is balanced expertly with the coconut melding with barrel, and dark chocolate. I hate the hype train, but damn this lives up to it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
markextrae (947) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1499) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (210) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle shared at Ravinia during the Umphreyís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7125) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6019) - 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)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
48FanInCali (720) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Ya. Like the rest of this series, this does not suck at all. Take the regular BCBS review and add a tinge of rye spiciness and a just the right amount of coconut. Some coconut floaties to boot. Maybe a tad bit hot. One more year an this will be damn near perfect. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork (8249) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at Gouletís. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of toasted coconut, whiskey, oak, roast chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, rye and bourbon. Full bodied. Lives up to the hype, but donít sit on it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Douberd (2222) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
Taster at Zeebra II. Pours pitch black with no head, just some bubbles forming after a swirl of the glass. No lace. Nice aroma, sweet, with the alcohol dominating, some bourbon. It takes a while for the coconut aroma to surface but itís there, albeit faint. Great taste with lots of coconut up front, with long duration carrying it all the way tot he aftertaste, liquorice, molasses, alcohol somewhat notable, giving a warming feeling. Full body, good carbonation, very sticky on the palate. Now, I havenít tried many of the Goose Island beers but this one was amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdoyledesign (173) - Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Draft pour at Heidelberg Goose Island Migration. Dark pour with lots of off white head that last a very long time. Keg was just tapped so more foam than usual. Aroma is is fantastic! Sugar, molasses, bourbon, some booze and vanilla. Taste is typical Bourbon County at first, then vanilla, molasses, and sugar hit the palate. Slight coconut on the finish. Very nicely balanced and not too overpowering on any of the flavors. Absolutely fantastic stout!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (577) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2014
On tap at Heidelberg at a Goose Island migration week tap takeover!! The pour is a nice black, with a thick thick khaki head that doesnít want to fade down in a hurry. This was the first pour, so I expected the head. The lacing is just beautiful! The aroma is big on cocoa and roasted malt. There is a beautiful hint of the rye whiskey in there, and not a whole lot of coconut. Molasses and dark fruits are also present on the back end. The nose on this is awesomely complex. The flavor is great as well. Hot damn. The thick, syrupy greatness has a ton of roast and a lightly sweet molasses. The coconut isnít really overly present here until it warms up. The coconut comes through after it sits on the palate for a while. The mouth feel is thick and viscous with a great covering carbonation and it just beautiful. The aftertaste is a little boozy, but great toasted coconut and molasses characters make me just love that a little more. Awesome, awesome beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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