It’s the time of year again, as we’re approaching Black Friday on Nov. 29, with the official release of Goose Island Beer Co.’s Bourbon County Stout (BCS) and its eight variants, as well as the first-ever Bourbon County Vertical Collection.

“Our goal every year is to make the best Bourbon County Stout we’ve ever made, so it means raising our game with each release. It’s one of the most important beers we make as we continue to build on the legacy Greg Hall laid out over 20 years ago.” – Mike Siegel, R&D Manager.

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"At Goose Island we brew beers worthy of conversations, debates and celebrations and if that happens in line or over a pint after the line then mission accomplished.” – Todd Ahsmann, Goose Island President

Goose Island will release eight variants this year: 

– Bourbon County Stout 

– Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout 

– 2-year Reserve Bourbon County Stout 

– Reserve Rye Bourbon County Stout 

– Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout 

– Bourbon County Wheatwine Ale 

– Bourbon County Café de Olla Stout

– Bourbon County Mon Chéri Stout

In addition to the above lineup Goose Island will release a Vertical Collection inclusive of 2017, 2018, and 2019 Bourbon County Stout.

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In 2018, over 3,000 beer lovers waited in line for a chance to purchase BCS

Bourbon County Stout (14.7% and 15.2% ABV): This year’s Bourbon County Stout, aged in a mix of Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey barrels, yields a rich, complex mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa, fudge, vanilla, caramel, almond, plus leather and tobacco, permeate this beer and deepen with each sip. 

Tasting Notes: Cocoa, Vanilla, Toffee, Caramel, Rich Chocolate, Almond

Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout (18% ABV): Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout has a depth and flavor that can only be achieved through time, patience, and partnership. This stout was first aged 12 months in 11-year-old Elijah Craig barrels from Heaven Hill Distillery. 

Tasting Notes: Barrel-Forward

2-year Reserve Bourbon County Stout (14.9% ABV): 2-Year Reserve Bourbon County Stout was aged 24 months in 11-year-old 25th Anniversary Knob Creek barrels. The barrels of this once in a lifetime bourbon delivered an oak-forward intensity accented with subtle hazelnut and chocolate notes that complimented the flavors inherent in Original Bourbon County Stout.

Tasting Notes: Oak-Forward, Maple Syrup, Nutty (Almond or Hazelnut/Nutella), Chocolate

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Reserve Rye Bourbon County Stout (14.5% ABV): The Reserve Bourbon County Stout releases showcase how a premium single source bourbon barrel can influence the nuances and flavors of our original BCS.The 2019 Reserve Rye is aged in 100% Rittenhouse Rye barrels – lovingly referred to as “the bartender’s favorite” rye. Rittenhouse’s Barrels had a unique effect on the original imperial stout, imparting flavors of fruit and spice. Reserve Rye accentuates all that makes Rittenhouse and Bourbon County unique.

Tasting Notes: Spicy, Fruity

Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout (14.5% ABV): 2019 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout is an homage to some of the most beloved ingredients from Bourbon County variants of years past. Toasted pecans, coconut, cocoa, and vanilla mingle together to create flavors reminiscent of Tiramisu. Expect an aroma of dark chocolate, toasted coconut, and caramel to round out this decadent stout. 

Tasting Notes: Coconut, Pecan, Vanilla, Chocolate, Marshmallow

Bourbon County Wheatwine Ale (15.3% ABV): The 2018 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB) award-winning variant is back for its second year, this year aged 100% in Larceny wheated bourbon casks from our partners at Heaven Hill. The result is a softer flavor profile, full of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee flavors, all while carrying the nuances of Larceny bourbon barrels. 

Tasting Notes: High Caramel, Vanilla, Butterscotch, Toffee

Bourbon County Café de Olla Stout (13.5% ABV): Created in partnership with Intelligentsia Coffee, Café de Olla is inspired by the traditional Mexican beverage of the same name.  Coffee beans and cold coffee are added to Original Bourbon County Stout and then enhance this beer further through additions of cassia bark, orange peel, and panela sugar. The resulting beer is layered in complexity. Coffee and orange permeate the nose and are followed by notes of cinnamon, chocolate, and a pleasant sweetness.

Tasting Notes: Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Orange, Cinnamon

Bourbon County Mon Chéri Stout (14.1% ABV): “Mon Chéri,” or “my darling” in French, is a love letter from BCS brewer Quinn to his wife, an avid lover of all things cherry. Mon Chéri is made with Balaton and Montmorency cherries, oats, and a dash of brown sugar. The interplay of these ingredients creates aromas of amaretto and almond. With each sip you’ll instantly be reminded of cherry cobbler. Mon Chéri has a silky, velvety finish thanks to the addition of oats to the beer.

Tasting Notes: Aromas of Amaretto and Almond, Oats, Cherry, Vanilla and Chocolate; Silky,

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