A little more than one week after labels for this year’s incarnation of Goose Island Beer Co.’s base Bourbon County Brand Stout came to light, we now know of a least one possible variant being released in bottles.
That variant is Bourbon County Brand Double Barrel Stout 2019, an imperial stout aged in 11-year-old barrels that previously held Elijah Craig bourbon before being aged for a second time in 12-year-old barrels that previously held Elijah Craig bourbon.
A double barrel-aged version of BCBS was released as part of the Chicago-based brewery’s 2017 Proprietor’s Day event on Nov. 19, 2017, but that incarnation was only served on draft.
The base beer for the new bottled variant is Bourbon County Brand Stout 2019, an imperial stout brewed with two-row, Black, Caramel, Chocolate, Munich 10 and Roasted Barley malts and is hopped with Millennium hops before being aged in bourbon barrels. According to the brewery, the stout debuted on draft in 1992, but it was another four years before the stout was bottled for the first time in 1996.
Although release details have not been confirmed, all but one of the eight bottled BCBS variants last year were available nationwide starting on the day after Thanksgiving, which fell on Nov. 23. The exception was Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, which has always been exclusively available in Chicago since its debut in 2013.
In addition, Double Barrel Bourbon County Brand Stout 2019 will be packaged in 500ml bottles, which Goose Island introduced in 2015 for the Bourbon County Brand family, replacing the 12- and 22-ounce bottles that had been used for years.
A representative of the brewery refused to comment on the release when reached by email.