Goose Island Announces 2022 Bourbon County Stout Lineup

Goose Island Announces 2022 Bourbon County Stout Lineup
Goose Island's 2022 Bourbon County Stout lineup

So this news did come out earlier this morning, but I have been taking care of so many details, I don’t get to writie it up until now. Yet, there are a few of you who get their news from me, so I appreciate it.

Goose Island Beer Co. is commemorating the 30th anniversary of its Bourbon County Stout with another lineup of seven BCS variants.

The lineup includes the original Bourbon County Stout, plus a barleywine, a coffee BCS, and a Proprietor’s variant. Day and date specifics were not released, but assume the usual draft previews on Nov. 23 (Black Wednesday) and retail sales opening on Nov. 25 (Black Friday).

The 2022 Variants:

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout (14.4% ABV)

“This year, our Imperial Stout is aged and blended from freshly emptied bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Buffalo Trace distilleries. Expect flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, almond, and dried fruit.”

Goose Island Bourbon County Two-Year Barleywine Reserve (17% ABV)

“For this Reserve, we worked with our friends at Old Fitzgerald to obtain three exceptional sets of barrels of varying ages from the distillery’s Old Fitzgerald’s Bottled-In-Bond Decanter Series. This Reserve offers us a rare opportunity to highlight the distinct characteristics of our rich Barleywine aged in 14-year, 16-year and 17-year-old barrels of an amazing bourbon pedigree. Bringing back our classic English-style Barleywine for the first time since 2018, we knew this was going to be something special.”

Goose Island Bourbon County 30th Anniversary Reserve Stout (14.4% ABV)

“We created a special 30th Anniversary Stout to pay homage to the serendipitous union between (GI founder) Gregory Hall and Booker Noe (Jim Beam) that then led to subsequent years, variants, and traditions. … Going back to the inception of Bourbon County Stout, the 30th Anniversary Stout is aged from a blend of Jim Beam barrels from their Small Batch Bourbon Collection barrels. Each of the remarkable bourbon barrels offer characteristics unique to each bourbon’s distinct nuances. They are then blended together for a complex and balanced expression that celebrates the heritage and legacy of both brands. And, as history would have it, Jim
Beam launched their first-ever Small Batch Bourbon Collection 30 years ago. This 30th Anniversary Reserve Stout is a culmination signifying the historical, groundbreaking shifts in both the bourbon and beer industries from two visionaries all those years ago.”

Goose Island Bourbon County Biscotti Stout (TBD% ABV)

“At Goose Island, we believe ideas and inspiration can come from anyone in the Goose family, and our Biscotti Stout is a perfect example that came from our very own HR team. Inspired by the Italian desserts of her childhood, Jill Cerone, People Manager at Goose Island, dreamed up this variant after grabbing a box of chocolate-dipped biscotti from her cabinet. Working
with the brewing team, Jill brought the flavor to life with notes of anise, marzipan, cocoa, and buttered toffee. The biscotti enhances flavors already found in our Bourbon County Stout and adds strong notes of nostalgia from your Italian grandma’s kitchen. One sip and you’ll be reminded of pizzelle cookies, Easter Pane di Pasqua and, of course, almond biscotti.

Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout (TBD% ABV)

“In 2010, we released the first-ever Bourbon County Stout variants and our Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout has been a fan favorite ever since. For the first time since 2017, we brought back a coffee variant this year in partnership with our friends and neighbors Intelligentsia Coffee. Intelligentsia relies on Burundi for some of the cleanest, sweetest coffees in the world that ultimately complement the quality and tasting notes of Bourbon County Stout. The specific coffee blend combined with our Imperial Stout is called Turihamwe, which means “together”, and is a perfect tribute to all the hands that go into making it – from the female coffee farmers in Burundi that produced the blend, to our friends at
Intelligentsia, the first brand we worked with on a variant back in 2010. The result of this “togetherness” is another exceptional coffee variant featuring rich chocolate, coffee, and caramel flavors that will appeal to coffee drinkers and beer lovers alike.”

Goose Island Bourbon County Sir Isaac’s Stout (TBD% ABV)

“For years, brewers at Goose Island have brainstormed ways to incorporate figs in Bourbon County Stout, but faced a daunting task due to their subtle flavor. After fresh thinking from members of the Goose Island E-commerce team, Melissa Alleguez and Ryan Hubona crafted a recipe inspired by Melissa’s childhood memories of stealing fig cookies out of her grandma’s
cookie jar during her summers on Lake Michigan. And thus, the fig cookie and graham cracker-inspired Sir Isaac’s Stout was created. Highlighting the dried fried profiles extracted from the bourbon in the barrels, our brewers used Black Mission figs (10,000 pounds of them, to be specific) to create this variant resulting in characteristics of dried fruit, honey, molasses, and citrus, all reminiscent of the classic fig cookie sold on shelves today.”

Goose Island Bourbon County Proprietor’s Stout (TBD% ABV)

“The 2022 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout is inspired by a love for cocktails and the vibrant hospitality industry here in Chicago. This recipe was dreamed up after two of our brewers, Jason Krasowski and Paul Cade, spent a night out on the town trying some of the best cocktails the city has to offer. The result is a brewer’s take on a jungle bird cocktail that combines banana, coconut, lime, and a new ingredient for the Bourbon County Stout family – pineapple. The flavors are innovative and fresh, but also share common expressions found in both bourbon and our Original Bourbon County Stout but bring out flavors unlike any other Proprietor’s before. Proprietor’s Stout will bring Chicagoans down to the tropics this Bourbon County Stout season, a welcome escape from the Chicago cold.”

I, of course, am hoping to once again be chosen to take part in the Media Preview, some time in October. The general consensus from previous tastings is that the Regular BCS shines out year after year. I look forward to years with barleywines and coffee BCS as well. The Fig Newton and biscotti variants could go either way. The Prop with pineapple added is also risky, but I have seen more beers on menu boards with pineapple lately.

Thanks again to everyone checking my site for updates. I am still looking for an economical host. I’ve found out that free hosting sites are sometimes blocked by Facebook and other social media sites, perhaps because they are used to create spam or spoof sites. So I shall have to see what’s in my wallet.

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