Although the official release is still months away, Goose Island Beer Co. has released details from this years’ incarnations of its popular Bourbon County Brand Stout.

According to a post on the Chicago-based brewery’s website, there will be a total of seven different versions of the barrel-aged beer.

  • Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017 — imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels
  • Bourbon County Brand Stout Reserve 2017 — imperial stout aged in freshly 11-year-old Knob Creek bourbon barrels
  • Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout 2017 — imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels: one using with Black Cat Espresso coffee from Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago
  • Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017 — imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with bananas, roasted almonds and cassia bark
  • Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout 2017 — imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with blueberry juice and almond extract added
  • Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale 2017 — barleywine ale aged in fresh bourbon barrels
  • Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale Reserve 2017 — barleywine ale aged for 20 months in 35-year-old Heaven Hill barrels.

The first release is Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017, an imperial stout aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

Next up is Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale 2017, a barleywine-style ale that has been aged in fresh bourbon barrels.

 

 

The Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale Reserve 2017 will be a barleywine ale aged for 20 months in 35-year-old Heaven Hill barrels. This is a change from the regular Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, which does not have the Reserve label and is not typically aged that long before being released.

 

In addition, Goose Island will be releasing Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout 2017, an imperial stout that has been aged in bourbon barrels with Black Cat Espresso coffee from Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago added.

There will also be Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout 2017, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with bananas, roasted almonds and cassia bark that will be available exclusively in Chicago.

 

Another variant being shipped nationwide is Bourbon County Brand Northwoods Stout, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with blueberry juice and almond extract added.

Finally, the there will be Bourbon County Brand Stout Reserve 2017, an imperial stout that has been aged in 11-year-old Knob Creek bourbon barrels.

These newest incarnations of the Bourbon County releases will be packaged in 500ml bottles. In 2015, Goose Island introduced new 500ml for the Bourbon County Brand family replacing the 12- and 22-ounce bottles that had been used for years.

While no official release date on the 2017 versions have been announced, in the past all but one of the different  Bourbon County Brand releases have been available nationwide starting on the day after Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 23. The exception is Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, which has always been exclusively available in Chicago, Ill. since its debut in 2013. The brewery typically hosts a soft launch prior to the nationwide release.
Update (June 11, 2017) — This post was updated to include brewing details and labels for the different versions of BCBS. It was originally published on May 5, 2017.

Update (June 11, 2017) — This post was updated to include brewing details and photos for the different versions of BCBS from Goose Island.