There is one less 2017 Bourbon County variant being released by Goose Island Beer Co. this year.
The Chicago-Based brewery has announced that it will not be releasing Bourbon County Brand Barleywine Ale Reserve 2017, a barleywine ale aged for 20 months in 35-year-old Heaven Hill barrels. According to the brewery, the reason is because “it doesn’t taste like what we wanted it to.”
“This beer was aged for nearly two years in 35-year-old bourbon casks, and it was one of our most ambitious barrel projects to date,” said Jared Jankoski, brewmaster at Goose Island, in a post on the brewery’s website. “We know that both re-using barrels and lengthy aging time can put us in a vulnerable situation. But why not try it? Well, as it turns out, it doesn’t taste like what we wanted it to.”
There will still be six different Bourbon County variants released in 500ml bottles this year:
- 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 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
In addition, Goose Island has filed a keg label with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for 2017 Double Barrel Bourbon County Brand Stout, a 17.2 percent ABV imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels.
All but two of the different bottled Bourbon County Brand releases will be available nationwide starting on the day after Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 24. The exceptions are Proprietor’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, which has always been exclusively available in Chicago since its debut in 2013 and Bourbon County Brand Stout Reserve 2017, which will be shipped exclusively to the states of Kentucky and Illinois.