Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor's 2014

 
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RATINGS: 190   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 423   ABV: 14.1%
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Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels, blended with Vietnamese Cassia Bark, Congo cocoa and a simple syrup made from coconut water and piloncillo sugar.

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4.7
koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Would like to point out that this was entered sometime around September 7, 2015 with the rest of these, and it’s now thrown off a few milestone beers, I’m sure.

From notes. Shared at a BCBS tasting put on by Brian Winters. Thanks guys! The pour is a nice viscous and heavy black that I love about BCBS. The aroma is pretty damn good. There is a ton of cinnamon and chocolate that remind me of gourmet hot chocolate. The spice of the rye whiskey work so well with the cinnamon, and the chocolate cleans it up like a champ. If you don’t like cinnamon, you probably won’t like this. The flavor mimics this well. There is a great cinnamon and chocolate with a light spicy hint of vanilla and a strong barrel presence that comes through on the back end. This is freaking great. The mouth feel is thick and chewy with a heavy chocolate and cinnamon begging you to drink more. The carbonation is beautifully soft and the aftertaste is lingeringly spicy cinnamon and rye whiskey that I love. This is great. P.S. it dominated the cuvee.

4.6
fraternie (1021) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2017
Starts with a sweet, roasted dark cocoa malt body that shows coconut and hazelnut undertones. Bourbon and vanilla influence is layered and present but restrained through the long finish. Carbonation is very light, the texture is creamy. Not as spicy as the 15.

3.5
ClarkVV (6893) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2017
Bottle drunk 7/7/17, huge thanks to Adam for sharing. Didn’t think I’d ever try this one.
Dark mahogany body shows low/little clarity and a tan ring of bubbles quickly fizzles away.
Caramel is immediately chased by a big helping of coconut. It’s a bit dominant, still, but at least feels authentic/real. Light oxidation is present, adding a touch of light sherry but thankfully no huge fudge or intense chocolate/caramel notes hit. Lots of bread though and at a mere three years of age, this one already seems like it’s past its prime. Alcohol is under control and light chocolate and coconut lingers with a touch of bread and soy.
Very rich up front, though mostly caramel and bread. Chocolate and light fudge through the middle as malts create a very, very "thick" texture. Low carbonation but still engaging. Quite a bit more complex than the aroma would suggest and that’s probably because the coconut character oddly does not manifest itself much in the flavor. Instead, layers of raisin, toffee, light char and warm alcohol surge forth with surprisingly low oxidation. Funny that the nose is so much more tired and underwhelming, while the flavor/texture seems pretty well intact. Strong acidity, not exactly sure from where, keeps this mostly balanced, and it’s competent and drinkable, though nothing particularly exciting stands out for me.

4.2
fonefan (51574) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2017

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ Pub Crawl, Thessaloniki, Greece.

[ As Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2014 ].
ABV: 13.2%. Clear dark black brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, cacao, coconut. cinnamon, bourbon. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, spicy, cinnamon, cacao nips, coconut, chocolate, dark malt, sweet malt. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20170427]

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4.3
rouhlas (3885) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAY 2, 2017
650 ml bottle thanks to Glen, shared with friends. Black color with no head. Malty aroma, roasted, chocolate, cinnamon, cocoa, coconut, caramel, alcohol, wood. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky almost creamy body with soft carbonation.

4.1
HogTownHarry (7077) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - MAR 25, 2017
September 19, 2015 - at The Kernel with a whole bunch of RateBeer lunatics for Zwanze Day. Bottle generously shared by lagerloather with the gang. Black pour, oily loooking, nice brown creamy head. Smells amazing - for once a bourbon beer with some restraint - this is all about the roast, with interesting bittering character. Taste is surprisingly delicate, well-balanced, restrained bourbon once again - sweet with hibiscus, coconut, hazelnut and nougat. Slick, light body, low-level carbonation, mouthfeel is mostly oily malt and restraint - loved it.

4.1
mR_fr0g (13657) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Bottle shared at Ratebeer awards show. 30/01/2016. Huge thanks to whomever brought it. A viscous mahogany brown coloured pour with no head. Aroma is big smooth bourbon, vanilla oak, shaved coconut, soicy jamaica cake, and chocolate. Flavour is composed of sticky caramel, toffee, praline chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and some brown sugars. Palate is full and sticky, moderate to low carbonation. Very nice!

3.7
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2017
bottle, the coconut is light, the rye is strill strong, adding sweetness, whiskey flavors, booze burn and spices. Some vanilla, but its light. Very sweet.

4.4
Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2016
Bottle @cgarvieuk, The Keith Tasting, April 2nd. [Rating Backlog] Pours black, beige head. Nose is wonderful, coconut, dark chocolate, syrup, vanilla, molasses, slight coffee. Taste is more of the same with big fruit cake vibes, huge coconut, big lemon, slightly woody.

4.2
yourilevesque (1865) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2016
9e ou 10e variante de la soirée? Je ne sais plus. Je ne compte plus depuis fort longtemps de toute façon. Cette variante me plaît toutefois beaucoup en apportant une belle fraîcheur à mon palais beurré par toutes les variantes précédentes. Le liquide a beau être noir comme la nuit, cette étiquette bleue turquoise semble l’éclaircir. Des arômes qui ne sont pas ceux du bâton de cannelle mais d’une écorce aromatique qui s’y apparente fortement. Des arômes du sud, de vanille, de palmiers. L’eau de coco me plaît beaucoup. On est loin de la noix de coco artificielle et grossière. Cette eau de coco est légère, aromatique et semble réellement alléger le liquide. Belle présence d’épices boisées, de bâton de cannelle qui n’est pas du bâton de cannelle (excuse-moi ingrédient mystère, je ne sais pas comment t’appeler), d’alcool chaud et doux. Une variante étonnante et très réussie.


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