Labels for Goose Island’s 2018 Bourbon County Stout Variants Released

In Beer Reviews by Karl

Last week we brought you the first label of this year’s Goose Island’s 2018 Bourbon County Stout variants to cross the TTB — Wheatwine. Now, in addition to the original BCS, we’re getting a look at what the rest of this year’s variants probably look like.

According to labels recently approved by the TTB, Goose Island has sent labels for the following additional Bourbon County Stout beers for approval:

  • Bourbon County Reserve (aged in Elijah Craig 12-year barrels)
  • Bourbon County Horchata (flavored with ceylon cinnamon, vanilla and lactose)
  • Bourbon County Bramble Rye (aged in rye whiskey barrels with raspberries and blackberries)
  • Bourbon County Neapolitan (with strawberry puree, chocolate, vanilla and lactose)
  • Bourbon County Coffee (made with Intelligentsia Dark Roast coffee beans)
  • Bourbon County Vanilla
  • Bourbon County Proprietors (with cocoa nibs and chocolate)

A full gallery of images follows, including Wheatwine and OG. It’s seemingly a mixture of “BCBS greatest hits” — Vanilla, Bramble Rye, Reserve — and new weirdos with Horchata and Neapolitan options.

RELATED: Check out all our Bourbon County stories and Goose Island coverage

If the approved labels are complete, we found a number of beers with bottle flags — five — but a few may be destined for draft release only, given that only the keg images are available. That said, one of those currently-looking-like-draft-only options is Proprietors, traditionally one of the most desired bottles on the secondary market — so we’d be surprised if this is really all there is. With this year’s Prop just looking like a barrel aged version of Goose’s old Big John Stout, we’re interested to try it either way.

As always, just because labels have been approved does not mean that these beers will ever see the light of day; previous BCS labels including Barleywine Reserve and Scotch-Barrel Aged variants have been held back or released under a different banner.

With nine different options available, the parade of 2018 Bourbon County Stout variants could be the biggest variety ever released. See you on Black Friday.

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Karl has written about food, travel and beer for Chicago Magazine, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago, AskMen and more. His book, Beer Lovers Chicago, is now available via Amazon and other booksellers.If you're buying, he's likely having a porter or a pale ale.

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