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The Bourbon County 2021 lineup was announced today as well…

Bourbon County Stout ABV 14% and 14.4% – After spending eight to 14 months in a variety of Heaven Hill, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace barrels, the beer is blended together giving us Bourbon County Stout (BCS). Expect big notes of chocolate, molasses, oak and vanilla, per usual.

Bourbon County Cherry Wood Stout 14.3% ABV – The first way Goose Island is utilizing barrels/wood in this year’s lineup, Cherry Wood Stout’s name pretty much describes the beer. The brewery took BCS and finished it with toasted honeycomb-shaped cherry wood chips.

Bourbon County Reserve 150 Stout 15.6% ABV – To celebrate Old Forester’s 150th anniversary, the distillery picked 150 barrels that were resting in their barrelhouse and created three unique batches of bourbon. Those barrels then housed Bourbon County and that’s how we get BCS Reserve 150 Stout.

Bourbon County Double Barrel Toasted Barrel Stout 16% ABV – This beer spent one year in Elijah Craig’s Small Batch Bourbon Barrels and then another year in Elijah Craig Toasted Bourbon Barrels.

Bourbon County Reserve Blanton’s Stout 15.4% ABV – Continuing down the trend of using special barrels, this variant takes the base BCS and puts it into Blanton’s Original Single Barrel Bourbon barrels for 18 months.

Bourbon County Classic Cola Stout 14.1% ABV – This one screams Kentucky Fog from 2020 and is the variant that will be the most polarizing. People will love or hate this one as it’s the first time Goose Island is doing a cola-inspired variant of BCS. They took those classic cola flavors and added lime and orange juice, zest, coriander and a host of other adjuncts to produce a beer that mimics that a whiskey cola.

Bourbon County Fourteen Stout TBD ABV – To honor that beer, Goose Island is taking the 2014 recipe but adding more rye to the beer. The original adjuncts of cassia bark, cocoa nibs, panela sugar and coconut water are still there but expect an additional level of spice we didn’t have in 2014.

Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout TBD ABV – To wrap up the lineup, Proprietor’s (only available in Chicago) returns with a similar theme from 2020. After going for a take on Spumoni last year, which overall was pretty well done, Goose Island is going for a strawberry ice cream bar flavor this year.