new bourbon county bottle

Goose Island unveiled the new bottles for it’s famous Bourbon County Brand Stout. They’re upping the volume from 12oz. to 16.9oz/500ml and it’s a change that will most likely eliminate the ability to get them in 4-packs

What’s very interesting is that this format will be applied across the board for all variants (listed below, which is the big news). It used to vary year to year as to whether a BCBS offering was in a 12oz. or 22oz. bottle. This year, as far as I know, is the first time they’re all in the same bottle.

As always, these will be released on Black Friday and it’s unclear which offerings we’ll see in NC. The only things we know for sure are 1.) we’ll see the regular and B.) we won’t see the Proprietor’s (only in Chicago). You’ll find information on all the variants below.




Bourbon County Brand Stout

Brewed in honor of the 1000th batch at our original Clybourn brewpub. A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with thick foam the color of a bourbon barrel. The nose is an intense mix of charred oak, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer.


Proprietors’ Bourbon County Brand Stout

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.

2014 variant – Made in Rye barrels with Cassia Bark, Cocoa Nibs, Panela and Coconut Water

2013 variant – Rye Whiskey Barrels with Toasted Coconut


Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout

Back in 1979 the folks at Heaven Hill Distilleries filled a handful of new freshly charred American white oak barrels with some of their finest whiskey. It is rare for Bourbon to age in barrels for more than twenty-three years. But these barrels patiently sat for over thirty years. The extra years developed a distinct and complex character that makes them truly one-of-a kind. We filled those barrels with Bourbon County Brand Stout, and then stored them away in our Chicago Barrel House to age for two more years. With these rare barrels from our friends at Heaven Hill we believe this is one of the finest beers we have ever produced. This is Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Brand Stout for 2015.


Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

Everyday Goose Island smells Intelligentsia’s coffee roasting next to the brewery. This world class roaster puts the same craftsmanship into their coffee as Goose Island does with its beer. Each year this excellent coffee stout is made with a different bean variety, chosen in collaboration with our brewers and Intelligentsia’s experts. With the change in coffee comes a change in the flavor profile, making each release truly unique from the previous years. The 2015 incarnation features Intelligentsia Los Delirios coffee from Nicaragua. Available nationwide in limited quantities.

2015 Release – Intelligentsia Los Delirios

2014 Release – Intelligentsia Zirikana from Rwanda

2013 Release – Intelligentsia Los Inmortales

2012 Release – Intelligentsia La Tortuga Beans

2011 Release – Intelligentsia Anjilanaka Beans

2010 Release – Intelligentsia Black Cat Espresso Beans



Bourbon County Brand Barleywine

Aged in the third-use barrels that were once home to Kentucky bourbon and then our renowned Bourbon County Stout, this traditional English-style barleywine possesses the subtlety of flavor that only comes from a barrel that’s gone through many seasons of ritual care. The intricacies of the previous barrel denizens – oak, charcoal, hints of tobacco and vanilla, and that signature bourbon heat – are all present in this beer. Hearty and complex, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine is a titan and a timeline; a bold, flavorful journey through the craft of barrel aging.


Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout

A unique blend of Bourbon County Brand
Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels with blackberries, Luxardo candied cherries, fresh sour cherries and sea salt. Developed by the team of Goose Island brewers, this year’s recipe was especially collaborative. The brewers submitted recipes, held a roundtable discussion dissecting each and in the end landed on Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout. Available nationwide in limited quantities.