Editor’s Note: Goose Island Bourbon County Horchata turned out to be a fake label released by the brewery prior to the announcement. According to Goose Island, it’s not real.
Pastry stouts – i.e. stouts with dessert-like additions like vanilla beans or chocolate are wildly popular in beer right now. Goose Island has taken notice and looks to be adding pastry inspired additions to their famed Bourbon Country Brand Series.
Among the future dessert-themed releases could be Bourbon County Neopolitan Stout, as well as the above – Bourbon County Horchata Stout.
Horchata is aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon, vanilla, and lactose milk sugar. Inspired by the popular sweet and milky Mexican drink.
Currently, Goose Island Bourbon County Horchata is slated as a draft offering. No confirmation currently on whether it will be bottled.
Style: Imperial Stout (w/ Cinnamon. Vanilla. Lactose. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Note: This is a “sneak peek.” Details, release date, or release at all, are subject to change at anytime by the brewery.
Ed Note: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Neopolitan Stout is a fake. The brewery created fake labels ahead of the official BCBS announcement.
The original story below from July 10th, 2018.
First get familiar with the term “pastry stout”. The beer industry is full of them these days. Take a simple imperial stout.- and throw in ingredients you’d find in a scone, brownie, cookie, or cake. Pastry stouts now have vanilla beans, cinnamon, cacao nibs, coconut, lactose, even breakfast cereal or movie theater candy. Not to mention aged various spirits barrels. They are basically alcoholic desserts.
Chicago’s Goose Island is home to one of the most well-known barrel-aged imperial stouts – Bourbon County. Over the years, Coffee, Vanilla, and berry editions have surfaced. Goose Island hasn’t turned a blind eye to the success of the (using this term loosely) “style” and is potentially bringing their own pastries to the table.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Neopolitan Stout looks to sweeten palates this fall. The imperial stout has been aged in bourbon barrels with vanilla, lactose milk sugar, strawberry puree, and chocolate. Think boozy ice cream.
No official announcement has been made by Goose Island on any of the 2018 variants.
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Neopolitan Stout is slated for 16.9-ounce bottles and draft.
Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon County, a double barrel aged edition of the well-known stout is in the works.
Currently, just a keg label has surfaced. Next month when Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout returns (on Black Friday), a double barrel aged variation might surface as well.
No word on which barrels were used for this variant and no release has been officially announced. This edition is big on booze – to the tune of 17.2% alcohol by volume.
Goose Island Bourbon County Maple Rye Stout will not be a part of the brewery’s Bourbon County Series this year. The brewery will be leaving it to age in barrels longer.
The Bourbon County Series returns on Black Friday each year. In recent years the lineup has expanded with a few new variants. Among those Proprietor’s edition aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, to be released solely in Chicago. The 2016 lineup will include Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Barleywine, and Bourbon County Coffee Stout.
After a few barrel pulls, the brewing team has determined Goose Island Bourbon County Maple Rye Stout won’t be ready for the light of day in 2016. The beer needs more time before considering whether to release it.
This edition features the base imperial stout, aged in both bourbon and rye whiskey barrels with maple syrup, cacao nibs, and chipotle peppers. When and if it will ever be released remains to be seen.
Ed note: Corrected the barrels used in Proprietor’s 2016 to reflect bourbon.
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s 2016 will be available to a select few a week early this year. All you have to do is win the lottery.
Next month marks the return of Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout nationally, hitting taps and shelves on while everyone shops on the infamous Black Friday. Those located in Chicago get an extra treat – Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s. Available in Chi-town on one day only.
Beginning October 18th and running through Tuesday, October 25th, Goose Island will run a lottery. Winners selected by the system will get two tickets for the Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s release. Each ticket will allow the guest to purchase 1 bottle of Proprietor’s, as well as select Bourbon County vintages, as well as attend the celebration in the Barrel Warehouse. You can entry the lottery once per day.
About this year’s Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s.
This year’s edition will not feature scotch whisky barrels. The brewery has whisky barrels, but opted to go the traditional bourbon route for 2016. BCBS “Prop” features the imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels that previously aged maple syrup, along with chipotle peppers and cocoa nibs.
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s is only available on Black Friday in Chicago.
Goose Island Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout is a variant of the brewery’s widely known barrel-aged series, and may feature new barrel aging in its 2016 release.
In 2015, Goose Island Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout incorporated bourbon barrel-aging, plus maple, toasted pecans and Guajilo peppers. In the 2014 and 2013 releases, the barrels were rye whiskey.
It is important to note, that according to Goose Island the final barrels/blend for Proprietor’s Bourbon County have not been chosen. For now, it seems to be the direction the wind is blowing.
A Scotch whiskey variant is a new spin on this ever-evolving brand extension. Scotch barrels definitely bring a different kind of flavor profile into the mix. Depending on the scotch barrels, the resulting beer could be quite peaty and smoky (Scotch like Lagavulin and Islay). Single malts from producers like Speyside are a lighter, even slightly sweeter flavor.
The Proprietor’s release is designed as gift for the Chicago local and loyal. It’s meant to be a little weird, and fun. Scotch barrels are a new twist.
That is. If Goose Island uses them.
Variants of Proprietors include:
2014 variant – Made in Rye barrels with Cassia Bark, Cocoa Nibs, Panela and Coconut Water
2013 variant – Rye Whiskey Barrels with Toasted Coconut
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